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Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress ' ' ' " Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 |B E ::":.:: : -:4 INSIDE SECTION B: ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT * COUNTY LIFE ' : Patrick Shillito Staff Writer Citizens of Lassen County can feel a little more confi- dent in the abilities of their fire agencies in an emergency car scenario. More than 35 firefighters from four Lassen County fire agencies got their chance to slice, chop, lift, push, pound and flip multiple cars at the JanesviUe Fire Department on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Fire fighters from Janesville, Susanville, Milford and the Lassen/Modoc unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection showed up to train in car emergency simulations~ The session had firefight- ers of varying experience lev- els form teams to practice using multiple tools, starting at 6:30 p.m. Five Explorers from the Susanville Fire Department , attended to receive valuable experience with such tools as the Jaws of Life. About 12 cars were sacri- ficed in the name of training, all courtesy of Bob Reuck from High Sierra Collision in Susanville. Janesville Battalion Chief John Ward and Susanville Fire Captain Dan Weaver oversaw the training. They bounced from car to car to make sure the groups they assigned were using their equipment properly. Weaver and Ward separated the firefighiiers into groups of See Drill night, page 8B Susanville Explorer Erika Mankins gets up close and personal With the windshield of this car, using a fire pick to create a hole at the top before removing the shield entirely. Photo byPatrick Shillito Aura Whittaker Staff Writer awhittaker@lassen news.corn Sore feet. Achy legs. Burning lungs. What comes to mind when you hear these words? If a marathon comes to mind then you must be one of the many who run them. LOcal resident, Prairie Houck, ran a San Francisco marathon two Sundays ago without ever leaving Susanville. The Nike Women's Marathon, ,a .ben of!t for.The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society that raised more than $18.5 million dollars, took place in San Francisco on Sunday, Oct. 21. Even with 20,000 open slots, registration sold Out for the second year in a row. Therefore, Nike offered women the chance to race in their own neighborhood on the same day for half the dis- tance. Progress was tracked via microchip imbedded in the Nike+ running shoe, an iPod Nano and a Nike+ iPod Sport Kit. The sport kit tracked Houck's distance, pace, calo- ries and time. The gear is available at and while it is an investment, the price may be less than the cost of traveling to and lodg- ing in San Francisco, and it may be worth it for die-hard runners. Houck is one such runner. She said she tried to register for The Nike Women's Marathon last year and it had sold out. "This marathon sells out at least nine months in advance, and probably in the first month it is advertised," Houck said. This is Houck's first virtual marathon and she said it went quicker than she thought it would. She was happy to have the chance to race on Susanville's streets. A half marathon is 13.1 miles. Houck mapped out a course that began on Skyline Drive and went down Cherry Terrace to North Roop Street, across Main Street to South Lassen, then to Cypress and .:onto Ric2!mond Road. She ran the majority of the half marathon on Richmond Road out to Johnstonville Road, then across Highway 36 to Riverside Drive and ending at South Mesa Street. Houck finished the race in 1 hour and 29 minutes, which she said was faster than she expected to run. When she got home, Houck plugged her iPod into her computer and downloaded all the informa- tion tracked by the computer chip in her shoe and the sport kit. Race results are available online and customized awards for the top three female and male finishers in each age division will be pro- vided by NIKEiD. Houck will check the results online and if she is one of the top three female finishers in her age group, she will receive an award in the mail. Houck said running the half marathon in Susanville was a lot of fun and she hopes to run more virtual marathons as they become available from other racing organizations: Prairie Houck runs The Nike Women's Marathori on Susanville streets Sunday, Oct. 21. Houck is see n here on Richmond Road at mile seven of the 13.1-mile half marathon. Photo submitted The door of this used BMW. doesn't stand a chance against the Jaws of Life in the hands of a Janesville Fire Department firefighter. Photo by Patrick Shillito Simpl Minutes without limits. permonth Talk all you want anytime with anyone from one phone and get one bill. It doesn't get any simpler than that. Your unlimited minutes are good for calls made anywhere on the Edge Wireless Network to anywhere in the U.S. Add a line to share your unlimited minutes for only $19.99 a month! 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