Each year we learn more about how to make a better event and how to be more prepared for next year. Extra matches or lighters for the volunteers on top of the mountain is imperative. Their lighter wouldn't work and they had to freeze up there for hours without a fire or a stove. We also ran out of some of the food and had too much of other food and things of that nature.
Let's just say the weather was memorable. The rain moved in just as we were getting started and turned to sleet as we made our way up the mountain and thankfully it stopped and then conditions weren't too terrible though it was a little cold with a few flurries. Thankfully, we still had some nice views from the high points in the course.
It sounds cliche but I really CANNOT thank our volunteers enough. They froze their butts off, they poured gatorade into our camelbaks, they listened to us complain, they encouraged us, they bandaged our wounds, they served us our food, they used the bathroom out in the woods, and they never complained. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
As for the race itself, Josh Snyder has won the 50K every single year we have had the event and this year set a new course record in 5:09. Trail newbie Rachel Coulter showed she had a natural talent for tough trails by breaking the 25K course record in 3:30. And former OU standout and Bacone College Cross Country Coach Clay Mayes blazed the 25K course to a new record of 2:55.
We had 167 total finishers! 49 of 61 that signed up for the 50K completed it. That's our highest finishing percentage yet. And one person, Amanda Runnels who had signed up for the 25K decided she was having so much fun, she just kept on running like Forrest Gump.
I am sure that there are some mistakes. As I as am transcribing from our notes, I sometimes had to guess at the times. Let me know if I messed up on your time and I will change it. Also, for some reason when I copy and paste from excel to the web here it does not quite fit the screen and if your viewing on your phone, you may have to turn the phone sideways.
Hope to see you next year in January the Saturday of MLK Weekend.
|108||Mary Ayn Tullier||7:38|
89Dora Bray 6:37
112Johnna Ellison 7:57