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February 14, 2003

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Friday, February 14, 2003 / Serving Catalina Island and its Mainland Friends every week since 1914 by Dar Brown Gathering for the 4th Annual Buffalo Run, more than 400 runners traversed some of the most beautiful roads of Avalon under blue skies and 70 degree weather. The Buffalo Run, sponsored this year by New Balance, includes two events, a half marathon and a 5K. The half marathon, 13.1 miles, starts at sea level and continues to 1600 foot elevation with a very challenging, hilly course on the east end of Catalina Island. The eight mile climb on dirt fire roads challenges the marathoners until the descent back into Avalon. The 5K is a fast and flat course out on the paved road to Pebbly Beach and back again. Race Director Jack Caress of Pacific Sports is happy to be back in Avalon for the fourth year in a row. Sponsorship is key to continuing to bring the race to Catalina and, with New Balance's sponsorship, the event was off and running. "This is the most beautiful course you can possibly imagine," states Caress, "and we hope to continue to draw people year after year. If they run it once, they always want to come back." Caress' enthusiasm for events See For the love, page 6 Early Saturday morning, runners and supporters gathered on Crescent to bend, stretch and converse before the race. Race organizers set up registration booths and directed the crowds. Photo by Dar Brown Under clear skies and with perfect running weather, 294 runners participated in the half marathon at the 4th Annual Buffalo Run in Catalina including 12 Islanders. Anissa Seguin of Valencia, California, was the top female with a finish of 1:31:17. Steven Bono of Boulder Colorado, took the male top honors with a finish of 1:22:42. Photo by Dar Brown by Marie Whittington She can be seen most mornings walking around town, lost in a private reverie. This is the time when random thoughts produce ideas for her writing. Scribbled on scraps of paper, they grow into mounds until she attempts to organize them into coherent sentences. Her name is Judith Mclntyre and she is the author of "Custody," a novel which can be found on the shelves of the Avalon Library. The book was two years in the writing, all in long hand, and her first attempt at fiction, though she has published a number of nonfiction pieces. It was her husband, Werner, who encouraged her to approach Avalon Library Director Linda Cookman to consider adding it to the library collection. Cookman was quick to say "yes" and the book is now available. McIntyre calls it a "novel of hope." The plot involves a widowed mother and son who face individual life challenges which eventually lead to a new understanding of who they are and where they fit into the grand scheme of things. Each has inner battles which question both their role in soczety and their spirituality. The story takes the reader into the complex workings of the Vatican and priestly vocations as the son struggles with the pull of the secular world. Along the way, the hierarchy of the Pope, cardinals, bishops and priests is particularly relevant given the present crisis in the Catholic Church in the United States. Mother and son travel separate paths that eventually coalesce into a more mature understanding of one another. Research for "Custody" included books by both Catholic and secular writers, all listed in the bibliography at the back of the book. She says she is glad she wrote the book before the disturbing sexual abuse charges facing the Church, though the issue of celibacy plays an intriguing role in the plot development. McIntyre was born in Mason City, Iowa, a small mid-western town of 30,000 residents. She attended Catholic school and was editor of her high school newspaper. As an adult she came to Avalon, where she met and married Werner. They raised their family here - two daughters and a son. The desire to offer their children more cultural exper- iences than Avalon prompted a move to Flagstaff, Arizona where winter sports and a rich cultural environment broadened their See Writer, page 6 Judy Mclntyre's "Custody" a good read at Avalon Library.