Youth Chips – Awesome News!

19894567_10211368996234763_6779617976408798553_nCongratulations Andrew!! 

Andrew Burr, Youth Buffalo Chip, wanted her coach, Linda Frazier, to know that he missed the Buffalo Chips 5 miler yesterday, b/c he is in Upstate New York with his grandparents. He ran a 1:09:53 during a 10 mile road race yesterday on a USATF-certified course, which is a 7:00 flat average pace ( According to this site (, this establishes a new world record for 10 year old boys at the 10 mile distance – he’s pretty excited to have done that representing Buffalo Chips.

Thank you, Tricia Ross, for sharing and congrats to Andrew, you, Jeremy, & coach Linda!!

Interested in joining Youth Chips or have questions – please contact Coach Linda at

Celebrating Theresa – Saturday 6/17/2017

Saturday 6/17 – Celebration of Theresa McCourt will be held at William B. Pond,  10 am, 11 am, and at Noon for music, poetry, stories, and more.  Join for one or all of them. Please bring a chair or blanket for seating. There will be an unsanctioned, completely informal 5K walk/run at 8 am.

Team Theresa – T-Shirts – Order Now!!

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In memory of Theresa McCourt, wear a “Team Theresa” T-Shirt at Fab 40’s 5K !

(Be part of the team!  – When you register for Fab 40’s 5K, specify “Team Theresa” to join the team.  If mailing paper registration in, just had write it on the form.)

Click here to order your Team Theresa T-shirt.





Theresa McCourt, a long time Buffalo Chip, and dear friend to the community, consistently ran, and encouraged others to run Fab 40’s 5K , to benefit Alzheimer’s Association.  

Come run, volunteer, and support!!

For more information about Fab 40’s 5K, click here.



Team Theresa

Sadly, on the 30th of April Long time Chip, Theresa McCourt passed.

Theresa joined Buffalo Chips in 1994.  Not only was Theresa an outstanding runner, she clocked a 2:50 Marathon, but she was always smiling, a Mentor to many, and Cheerleader for everyone. 

In Theresa’s memory, Team Theresa was created for the Fab 40 5K race on July 29th. When you register for the race, specify you are running for Team Theresa.

A Facebook memorial page has been setup to share your memories of Theresa.  Search for Celebrating Theresa McCourt.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at William Pond Park.

Buffalo Enquirer – Spring 2017


Buffalo Enquirer – Spring 2017


Buffalo Bash


Coach Teddy

Teddy MorrisStarting in August of this year, I have had the opportunity to fill the role of coordinating the training component of the Buffalo Chips Running Club workouts. This has been a lot of fun and rather exciting as I get to be a part of the growth of our members in their running and overall fitness goals. For me, there is nothing better to do than to join with my fellow club members in an activity that is not only good for our bodies, but helps us in a myriad of other ways both mental and spiritual, in our human goal of living a life well run!

Since we have a vast membership, whose individual members cover a wide gamut of abilities, goals, and reasons for running, my position is to structure an organized system of training options which will be beneficial to pretty much everyone in our club.

From the sound of it, this seems like an impossible task, but I feel brave enough to take it on and, as they say, run with it. Ironically, I found out that I was chosen for the Training Coordinator position on a Saturday evening after coming back from viewing a showing of a silent film on the life of Joan of Arc. Upon reading the e-mail announcing my nomination as the new Training Coordinator, I began to wonder if the film I had just seen was a symbolic representation of my tenure in this new position—celebrated as a hero one day…burnt at the stake as a heretic the next. I guess we will just have to wait and see!

Believe it or not, I joined up with the Buffalo Chips Running Club in 1992 to get a free ride on their bus to the starting-line of the California International Marathon that year. From that simple act, basically driven by a need to save some money, look where it has led me! As far as my athletic accomplishments are concerned, having lived in Sacramento my whole life, I attended local schools here and participated in a variety of athletic endeavors while growing up. In fact, in ninth-grade, at Sam Brannan Middle School, I earned the coveted “Gold Stripe” award, from the Physical Education Department, for not just one semester, but for both semesters that year. Plus, I am the winner of the Buffalo Chips Running Club’s Prediction Run in both 2010 and 2014. Also, I was in the Guinness Book of World Records for a couple of hours, but that had nothing to due with running, so I probably shouldn’t bring that up.

Our members have a true enthusiasm for our sport and our club. They exemplify this dynamic love of running in the races we run, the volunteer activities we participate in, and the fun we have when being together. In my role as Training Coordinator, I will try to encourage that love of running by guiding the implementation and usefulness of our training workouts so that we continue towards our club’s overall goals of celebrating a healthy lifestyle, being a strong and positive presence in the Sacramento running community, and sharing a lot of fun times while doing it!

Buffalo Stampede – Esprit De Corps

Many thanks to all the fine peeps who volunteered for the Buffalo Stampede this year! I was the last one to finish, but all of you waited around for me, and treated me like royalty when I finally crossed the finish line. Special thanks to Gen, the race director, Phil, the race’s sweep bicycle escort, Rich Hanna and all the fine people at CRRM, and Bill Roehr who helped me walk to his car and gave me a ride to my car. Bill also shared a story with me about how he was dead last in a recent Chip X-Country race. His reassuring encouragement meant the world to me. I’d love to see Bill again someday soon. Please give him my email address. Thanks again for hosting the 42nd Annual Buffalo Stampede!

Chips Create Champions!

Arnold Utterback, The High Dunger is a Champion!

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USATF Masters Championship:

  • 1st place (gold medalist) Men’s 70-74 2K Steeplechase  – Time – 9:29.64 (fastest time in the nation & 3rd fastest in the world YTD).
  • 2nd place (silver medal) Men’s 70-74 1500m  – Time – 6:11.67
  • 3rd place (bronze medal) Men’s 70-74 800m –  Time – 3:03.76

PrideMeet-SF-160x160Pride Meet – San Fransisco:

  • 1st place Men’s  70-74 800m – Time – 3:01:52
  • 1st place Men’s 70-74  1 Mile  – Time – 6:38:41

Go Fast High Dunger!!

Tuesday Night Speed Workout – started as Ladies Only

How many remember or know that Tuesday night workouts were originally ONLY for women?  And attendees had to have run “sub 70 minutes” for 10 miles to participate.

That was then.  The early days and evenings of Tuesday night sessions were devoted to helping about 6-8 of Sacramento’s most motivated female runners become more and faster than they were.  The general goal was to “break 3 hours in the marathon.”  But there were other challenging goals as well.  One of our early master’s women, Joan Reiss also aspired to break 40 minutes at 10k, and within a year she had done both a “sub 3 marathon AND a sub-40 10k.”  Bev Marx had similar ambitions as an open age group runner, and she too met her goals.  Eileen Claugus came into the group with amazing youth group credentials from 10 years or so earlier, as she had run internationally as a 16-17 year old with a mile PR of 4:41.  She went on to become a fully sponsored/supported/paid Adidas athlete turning many sub 2:40 marathons and winning Honolulu, San Francisco and Mexico City Marathons and too many shorter races to list.  Kathy Pfieffer was a dedicated local junior college student and 37 minute 5 mile runner when she first showed up at Tuesday night sessions, but she went on to set school records at 10k for CSUS, a walk-on scholarship at University of New Mexico and the club’s female 10k record of 32:59.  After college she ran “professionally” also under Reebok sponsorship.  Kathy is married to Chuck Aragon who ran for Athletics West (Nike under a low key name) with a mile PR of 3:51 and 10k times around 28 minutes.  Their kids are all national class runners who have earned full-ride scholarships at Notre Dame (where Chuck went to undergraduate school; he is now an M.D. and they live in Montana).  June Hill-Falkenthal was an early career professional and wife, but she enjoyed the challenge of running long; she went on to WIN the Sacramento Marathon in a PR 3:01, just missing her “sub-3.”

It was just George Parrott and later about a dozen of Sacramento’s fittest and fastest females in those early years of organized Tuesday night sessions (1980-1982).  By about 1983 there were several males who had wormed their way into the workouts (Jeff Hayes and Frank ?, etc.) and the sessions were made formally “coed.”  In the late 1980’s or early 1990’s we sometimes had Mark Nenow, the then American RECORD HOLDER at 10k at workouts, along with Linda Sommers, Robin Root, Tom Johnson, and others from the club who were ALL national and/or international class runners.  We even had some of the area high school coaches send their distance runners to club workout since their home programs had nobody to train with at the higher quality levels.  One of our “youth male groups” even held the youth record at the Xmas Relays at Lake Merced.