Jul 062011

I was trapped.  The enemy had my position surrounded . . . I had no other option but to shoot my way out.  I was standing behind a tiny building with gunfire raining down on me from both sides of the building.  I started to the left, aiming at my target who was concealing himself behind the building.  I took three shots and turned towards the other side of the building and fired three more at another shooter hiding behind the trees and some brush, I could barely see his mask through the brush but fired anyways.  I returned back to my first target whose body was now exposed, I fired three shots, landing one of them.  He was out of the game.  I returned to fire on the shooter in the brush.  He was ready.  The second my gun came into his view, he fired.  I felt a stinging sensation in my arm and looked . . . green paint.  I was dead.

The Running Brothers and Lacey go Paintballing

We went paintballing for our most recent Mystery Challenge.

Rocky had been paintballing once before and I had never gone.  We also took our sister with us because she follows us around everywhere like a puppy dog or something.  I woke up at 7 AM and bought 2,000 paintballs at Wal-Mart, my brother showed up at the house, we had some breakfast then made our way to SC Village in Chino/Corona.

We picked up our rental guns and masks and awaited our first game.  As we were waiting a 12 year old kid had just been shot and kicked out of the game.  He was crying.  Did it really hurt that much?  What if I start crying?  Man, I was nervous.  That game ended and we walked to the place where our first game was set to begin.  My heart was beating fast, we were given instructions and then off we went, storming a castle against overwhelming odds.  I was the third person to get shot and the cool thing was . . . I hardly felt it.  From that point on, I knew it would be a fun day.

SC Village has a variety of maps that their paintballing takes place on, maps like Kosovo, South Vietman, China Beach, Iraq, Afghanistan and so on.  Each one has it’s own unique style.  Each game lasts 10 minutes or until one team or the other is eliminated from the field.  During the day we played about 10 games and had a great time.  The only downside was that it was over 100 degrees and we were wearing long-sleeved shirts, jeans and masks.  It was hot and uncomfortable, but surprisingly fun none the less.  Personally, I hardly noticed the heat, but I could tell that Rocky and Lacey felt it a little bit more than I did.

At the end of the day we left with some great memories, many bruises and a comraderie between us.  We had taken on the enemy against overwhelming odds and although we got shot more than we shot other people we had a great time paintballing.

Jun 032011

As you may remember from one of our earlier posts, http://runningbrothers.com/1057/mystery-challenge-2/, I established a Mystery Challenge for my brother, Rocky.  Unfortunately, a huge golf tournament, the Richard McKinnon 5th Annual Golf Tournament took place on the day that I had originally planned for our Mystery Challenge #2.

The new date is set for June 26 and barring any setbacks, the Mystery Challenge for my brother, Rocky will commence.  Rocky, be prepared because in 25 days my Mystery Challenge will have you testing the limits of what you thought was possible. 

Anyone who is interested in participating in the Mystery Challenge is more than welcome to join us.  If you are interested in finding out more information about the Mystery Challenge leave a comment on our page and I will inform you about what it will entail. 

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May 242011

The Running Brothers, our Dad, Larry and our cousin, Beau all participated in a golf tournament this past Sunday.  I had not been golfing since December and I know that my brother has not been playing much either since he has been too busy with work.  However, I knew that I would not have to be performing at my best for this golf tournament as many of the people who were entered had no idea how to play golf.

We made our way slowly around the golf course and on the first par 3, on a 180 yard hole, I pulled out my 6 iron and “stroked” a beautiful shot that hit the green and rolled up towards the pin.  The ball landed on the green and slowly rolled towards the hole.  I raised my hands in the air anticipating the ball dropping into the hole for my very first hole in one.  But, the ball didn’t drop.  We drove up to the green and saw that somehow the ball had rolled directly behind the hole by about two inches.  How it didn’t drop, I had no idea.

We skipped a few holes, in order to pass some of the beginning golfers and made up for those few missed holes by playing some holes twice.  Once we passed those golfers, it was smooth sailing for us.  On another 180 yard par 3 on the back nine, I stuck a 5 iron to 14 feet 10 inches which was good enough to win one of the closest to the pin prizes, a free round of golf for me and a friend at El Prado golf course.

On the 17th hole, a straight par 5, my brother and I narrowly missed hitting the green in two and after missing our short eagle chips, settled for birdies.  When the round was over, I had shot an 81, while Rocky shot an 88.  Both great scores for us.  When all was said and done, I had the second best score of the tournament, losing by one stroke to the first place guy.  All in all, we had a great time golfing and were happy to get out and play some golf with family and friends.

After our round of golf, we played a soccer game, too.  We ended up winning 4 to 1.  It was an easy game and an easy victory.

Our Mystery Challenge had to be postponed in order to enter the tournament.  Expect an update on the date to our next Mystery Challenge.

May 142011

To those of you that were interested in participating in the May 22 Mystery Challenge, it has been postponed.  My brother and I will be entering a golf tournament instead. 

The golf tournament is the 5th Annual Richard H. McKinnon Memorial Golf Tournament: which will be held on Sunday, May 22nd.  We will be playing at El Prado Golf Course and are looking forward to taking home the trophy . . . or at least having a good time!

Our Mystery Challenge will be rescheduled for another date in the near future.  I will keep all of you informed on the new date.

Apr 282011

Rocky issued me the first mystery challenge several months ago.  I had no idea what to expect and when my brother showed up on Super Bowl Sunday at some ungodly hour in the morning he displayed our new Running Brothers t-shirt and told me that I would be running a half-marathon in a couple of hours. 

With no preparation and never having ran a distance amounting to that much in my life, I thought I did pretty good under the circumstances.  I completed my first half-marathon running the entire way and it was a really cool experience.  My brother’s mystery challenge was a huge success and today, I am throwing down my mystery challenge for my brother. 

The mystery challenge is set to take place on Sunday May 22, 2011.  The date is negotiable, so Rocky, if you need to change the date, just let me know.  Another great thing about this mystery challenge is that anyone who lives in Southern California is invited to participate.  If you are interested in participating in Mystery Challenge #2 . . . a mystery for Rocky, call me or send us an email at runningbros@gmail.com and we can tell you what the mystery challenge is so that you can decide to participate in it with us. 

The great thing about it is that if you don’t want to run, or bike, or swim, you don’t have to and you can still have a great time with The Running Brothers and friends.