Dr. Sagers Fields of Dreams
Some of you may know that this years
USA Masters Weight Pentathlon is being held in Wilsall, Montana. Many
people have never heard of Wilsall, Montana. I know people in Montana who
havent heard of Wilsall, Montana. Bob Cahners and I now know Wilsall very
well, thank you.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, while many of you were
barbecuing or dashing between raindrops, we were doing a site visit. What a site
Cahners and I met in Bozeman, Montana, the nearest city to
Wilsall. I got in from Hayden Lake, Idaho, at 2:30 a.m., and he flew all day
from Naples, Florida.
We were greeted Saturday morning
with cold rain. Bob immediately went to Wal-Mart and purchased rain gear and
boots. He had come with a sweat shirt to keep him warm. It hardly ever did. I
had accidentally thrown some winter clothing in my car before I left. I
must have had some subconscious premonition.
We heard there was snow in
the pass we had to go over to get to Wilsall, so we werent in a big hurry to
get started. We surveyed the motels and hotels in Bozeman, since that is where
most athletes will be staying.
Dr. Bob Sager, who is staging the meet,
has the three motels rooms in Wilsall blocked if anyone is interested.
I found a motor home rental place and booked a 29-foot motor home for the
If it is hot, which could happen, I will be prepared.
I am selling three other beds for $55 a night. One is already spoken
This gives me the perfect opportunity to take my wife to Yellowstone
Park and Jackson Hole, places we always wanted to go to.
This will be
the second camping expedition we have been on, other than all the Holiday Inns
we have stayed in, since 1972 when we took our daughters on a tour of upstate
New York and Southern Canada with a popup trailer behind our car.
We said never again. Never say never.
Cahners and I
finally ran out of excuses and had to begin the most beautiful 40-mile drive on
earth. That even includes the snow we ran into going over the pass. I thank God
that I still had my winter ice tires on, waiting for Costcos $60-off sale on a
set of new Michelins.
When we got to Wilsall, we passed Sagers
Veterinary Clinic twice at 80 miles an hour. Finally a woman sitting at a window
in a rocking chair at the local Starbucks knockoff told us where to slow down
and find Dr. Bob. He was doing what veterinarians do, working on a sick
dog. After he finished working on the dog, we were off to the Fields of Dreams.
A Big Dream
What a big dream it is. Plenty of room for all
events. We spent the day walking all over most of Sagers 100 acres, finding the
best possible location for each of the events. I think its time to call Dr. Bob
by his Montana name, Beef. He practices mostly on beef cattle, you
Beef already has the final event weight throw circle and sector in
place right next to his home, so as people finish they can sit and drink beer
and barbecue, while watching the people behind them finish.
Over the next two days, the Bobs and I spent all our time
working, putting in slabs and preparing the site. I dont think I was prepared
for the sleet which came each day. I felt like I was getting hit in the head
with shot from a BB gun many times over. Beef promises good weather on Aug.
19. There is only a 10% chance of rain.
He also promises to have the road
graded flat and ready to go. He has plenty of work ahead of him, but I think he
will get it done. The championships should be a unique experience for all who
I recommend that you all make your reservations early, so you
can be sure to make the dance. If we can be of assistance in any way please let
I think we all want to be part of making Dr. Sagers (Bob/Beef)
Fields of Dreams come true. If we are lucky he might even let us see his pigs
(George Mathews can be contacted by e-mail