Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 Results

The rain stayed away, the temps were mild and it was a great day.  Only bad part is it was foggy and we could not see the expansive views but it provided a different kind of beauty.  Thanks to all of the volunteers who made it possible for another great year.

 
1 Victor Brown M 27 Tulsa OK 20-29 4:52
2 John Nobles M 31 Tulsa OK 30-39 5:48
3 Chris Murray M 30 Oklahoma City OK 30-39 6:10
4 Steven Kohler M 34 Wyandotte OK 30-39 6:17
5 J.C. Brown M 30 Mounds OK 30-39 6:28
6 Daniel Jennings M 27 Jenks OK 20-29 6:30
7 Derek Glos M 36 Nixa MO 30-39 6:37
8 Steve Knox M 51 Littleton CO 50-59 6:37
9 David Shuster M 42 Lantana TX 40-49 6:44
10 Paul Maness M 47 Branson MO 40-49 6:49
11 Jeff Wehling M 52 Springfield MO 50-59 6:52
12 Greg Sisengrath M 41 Allen TX 40-49 6:58
13 Jared Wakeham M 31 Talihina OK 30-39 6:58
14 Tyrel Denison M 34 Fayetteville AR 30-39 7:06
15 Shanna Sears F 36 Choctaw OK 30-39 7:06
16 Brandon Plate M 16 Tulsa OK <20 7:14
17 Cameron Plate M 15 Tulsa OK <20 7:15
18 Daniel Martin M 34 Broken Arrow OK 30-39 7:18
19 Danny Ponder M 58 Moore OK 50-59 7:19
20 Joshua Scherrey M 43 Fort Smith AR 40-49 7:33
21 Kristen Snyder F 33 Poteau OK 30-39 7:37
22 Jonathan Koscinski M 35 Norman OK 30-39 7:46
23 Amanda Lynch F 35 Broken Arrow OK 30-39 7:51
24 Brent Heady M 43 Dallas TX 40-49 7:52
25 Jay Mayabb M 40 Frisco TX 40-49 8:23
26 Lance West M 41 Norman OK 40-49 8:25
27 Prae Combs F 46 Bryant AR 40-49 8:27
28 George Peterka M 56 Hot Springs AR 50-59 8:27
29 Clay Turner M 37 Eufaula OK 30-39 8:55
30 Jeremy Harrison M 39 Meeker OK 30-39 8:56
31 Amanda Regier F 36 Enid OK 30-39 8:56
32 Rick Bothwell M 55 Moose Lake MN 50-59 9:11
33 Cristina Basile F 27 Edmond OK 20-29 9:42
34 Kris Wright M 39 Oklahoma City OK 30-39 9:42
35 Carre Dawson F 41 Weatherford OK 40-49 9:49
36 Emerson Mounger M 43 The Village OK 40-49 9:49




First Name Last Name gender Age City State AgeGroup Time
1 Richard Airey M 40 Point Pleasant NJ 40-49 3:03
2 Sam Young M 25 Poteau OK 20-29 3:13
3 Kandace Standridge F 19 Poteau OK <20 3:29
4 Jason Lofton M 40 De Queen AR 40-49 3:36
5 Ian Campbell M 33 Moore OK 30-39 3:40
6 Jenny Chitwood F 30 Poteau OK 30-39 3:40
7 Rachel Toews F 27 Calera OK 20-29 3:40
8 Kyle Hatcher M 23 Edmond OK 20-29 3:42
9 Kevin Blackburn M 34 Menomonee Falls WI 30-39 3:46
10 David Kucinskas M 32 Tulsa OK 30-39 3:46
11 Kyle Knapp M 41 Broken Arrow OK 40-49 3:49
12 Andrew Guthrie M 47 Edmond OK 40-49 3:56
13 Dustin Smith M 43 Norman OK 40-49 4:05
14 Jason Smith M 44 Dallas TX 40-49 4:09
15 Doug  Werhane M 56 Broken Bow OK 50-59 4:13
16 Chris Schnelle M 42 Broken Arrow OK 40-49 4:15
17 Shelly Chronister F 55 Sapulpa OK 50-59 4:21
18 Shane Spencer M 45 Blanchard OK 40-49 4:23
19 Stihl Snyder M 12 Poteau OK <20 4:25
20 Katherine Anderson F 42 Tulsa OK 40-49 4:33
21 Steve Tipton M 60 Tulsa OK 60-69 4:33
22 Kevin Gee M 44 Siloam Springs AR 40-49 4:34
23 Bryan Page M 31 Norman OK 30-39 4:42
24 Cliff Mims M 40 Tulsa OK 40-49 4:46
25 Russell Bennett M 45 Tulsa OK 40-49 4:49
26 Travis Jennings M 44 Mounds OK 40-49 4:50
27 Mike Mitchell M 35 Republic MO 30-39 4:52
28 Brian Williams M 30 Tulsa OK 30-39 4:53
29 Allyson Alexander F 36 Tulsa OK 30-39 4:56
30 Matthew Stroupe M 45 Tulsa OK 40-49 4:56
31 Cheryl Kastl F 56 Meeker OK 50-59 5:03
32 Steve Griffin M 50 Poteau OK 50-59 5:03
33 Aaron Evans M 38 Allen TX 30-39 5:04
34 Krystal Brown F 51 Dewey OK 50-59 5:05
35 Lee  Baugus M 30 Wilburton OK 30-39 5:08
36 Michael Walker M 55 Mabank TX 50-59 5:08
37 Becky Wolf F 37 Poteau OK 30-39 5:13
38 Glenn Bailey M 62 Howe TX 60-69 5:15
39 Tammy Fate F 36 Oklahoma City OK 30-39 5:16
40 J.T. Petherick M 44 Oklahoma City OK 40-49 5:16
41 Kevin Tsosie M 34 Wright City OK 30-39 5:20
42 Rebecca Dixon F 45 McAlester OK 40-49 5:24
43 Paxton Edwards M 34 Tahlequah OK 30-39 5:25
44 Brad Fitzgerald M 35 East Wenatchee WA 30-39 5:25
45 Abbi West F 33 Norman OK 30-39 5:25
46 Steve Zuniga M 42 Tulsa OK 40-49 5:31
47 Kerry McClure F 33 Spiro OK 30-39 5:35
48 Jacob Shotwell M 17 Eufaula OK <20 5:40
49 Matt Goodmiller M 33 Checotah OK 30-39 5:41
50 Justin Knight M 34 Checotah OK 30-39 5:41
51 Jenny Ward F 38 Stigler OK 30-39 5:42
52 Jerod Bible M 42 Broken Bow OK 40-49 5:45
53 Juanita Qualls F 34 Wister OK 30-39 5:46
54 Jabe Lawson M 29 Talihina OK 20-29 5:47
55 Tyson Baldridge M 36 Bella Vista AR 30-39 5:51
56 Nellie Martin F 29 Broken Arrow OK 20-29 5:51
57 Zack Savage M 33 Antlers OK 30-39 5:51
58 Geren Dalton M 15 Heavener OK <20 5:57
59 Lana Nelson F 43 Norman OK 40-49 5:59
60 Jennifer Overmeyer F 42 Tulsa OK 40-49 6:04
61 Amy Nash F 37 Aubrey TX 30-39 6:05
62 Carl Wilkes M 63 Plano TX 60-69 6:05
63 Robert Jordan M 68 Poteau OK 60-69 6:15
64 Becky Call F 47 The Colony TX 40-49 6:20
65 Rebecca Skogsbergh F 40 Plano TX 40-49 6:20
66 Julie Lewis F 47 Carthage TX 40-49 6:22
67 Christina White F 25 Hartshorne OK 20-29 6:35
68 Jennifer Dennis F 41 Edmond OK 40-49 6:40
69 Misty Rowland F 43 Tulsa OK 40-49 6:41
70 Misty Bible F 38 Broken Bow OK 30-39 7:00
71 Lynna Gilstrap F 66 Inola OK 60-69 7:04
72 Joe Sloan M 52 Sapulpa OK 50-59 7:08
73 Mj Sloan F 44 Sapulpa OK 40-49 7:08
74 Dora Bray F 65 Eufaula OK 60-69 7:13
75 Michelle Baker F 44 Howe OK 40-49 7:14
76 Christy Wilbourn F 39 Howe OK 30-39 7:14
77 Loretta Gist F 31 Spiro OK 30-39 7:15
78 Bailey Mack F 29 Fort Worth TX 20-29 7:15
79 Sheryl Jordan F 59 Poteau OK 50-59 7:25
80 Kris Pickle M 52 Poteau OK 50-59 7:25
81 Rebecca Bumpers F 42 Stigler OK 40-49 7:26
82 Samitra Smith F 30 Keota OK 30-39 7:26
83 Ken Childress M 57 Tulsa OK 50-59 7:48
84 Becky Adams F  40 Wister OK 40-49 7:50
85 Jill  Barrs F 43 Bokoshe OK 40-49 7:57
86 Joe Williams M 65 Greenwood AR 60-69 7:57
87 Carrie Smith F 41 Tulsa OK 40-49 9:43
88 Jeremy Wiley M 39 Broken Arrow OK 30-39 9:43
89 Jamey Zuniga F 45 Tulsa OK 40-49 9:44








































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































  

Friday, October 19, 2012

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Welcome to the Ouachita Switchbacks 50K and 25K.


The race is set for January 14th, 2017.

The race will begin and end from the Pashubee Trailhead located near Big Cedar, Oklahoma.

We are very much looking forward to our fourth running of the Ouachita Switchbacks.  It is going to be great fun.  The race continues to grow every year and every one has a great time.  Please let me know if you have questions or comments.

Contact - If you have questions, please contact Race Director Tom Brennan at tommybrennan100@gmail.com or at 918-658-0478.

Contact Information



Tom Brennan, Race Director
Poteau, OK
918 - 658 - 0478
tommybrennan100@gmail.com

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Registration

registration is available at ultra sign up - https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=41263

Location



The race is located in the Ouachita National Forest near Big Cedar, Oklahoma.  Big Cedar is an intersection where highways 259 and 63 meet but there is not really a town there.  Talihina, OK is located 25 miles to the west and Mena, AR is located 35 miles to the east and Heavener, OK is located 25 miles to the north.  Poteau is 40 miles to the north.  All of these towns have hotels and restaraunts.

If coming North from Poteau, you will see this sign about eight miles from Pashubee.  Follow 259 here toward Broken Bow.  We've had some people go straight here.  It can be a little confusing.

Some of us will be camping at the race start.  There are primitive sites available there.  No electricity, no water, no porta-potties, no nothing.  But lots of fun.

There are no stores in Big Cedar and there will be no restroom facilities at the race site.  It is a primitive location without electricity and so be prepared.

The race itself is located two miles north of Big Cedar on Hwy 259 and then 4 miles East on a forest road.  There is a big sign on Hwy 59 that says - Pashubee Trailhead.

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Race Day Information



There are no bathroom facilities and there is no electricity at the race start and finish location so plan accordingly.  It is a remote location and there is not much that can be done about this.

Both races (50K and 25K) will begin at 8:00 am.  There is an early start option for 50K at 7:00 for those who think they may take more than eight hours.

The sunrises at 7:39 am and sets at 5:39 pm.  50K runners should be back at the at the Pashubee TH by 1:30 pm and should be at the last aid station by 3:30.  If you start early, this would give you nearly 10 1/2 hours to finish the course before dark.  After 3:30, we will close the Kiamichi aid station and give a ride back to anyone left on the course.
If you decide to drop, let the race director or aid station know!  We will be looking for you if you start the race and do not finish and leave without telling anyone.  As most trail runners know, if this happens, search and rescue will be called and you will be responsible for the costs incurred looking for you while you are at home having a beer.

The first and third aid station at the Hwy 259 Trailhead will be fully stocked.  The aid station on top of Winding Stair Mtn at Mile 8.8 will have limited aid.  Gatorade, Water, some basic food.  Aid Station back at Pashubee at mile 17.7 will be fully stocked as will the turnaround aid station at mile 23 and 26.

There will be a nice warm fire at the finish with potato soup, stew and chili.  Cornbread and tons of other food and beverages and a big party at the finish that may go on into the night!

Course Description and Directions to Start



This is a very tough and arduous course.  Of course we do not wish to scare any one away and want as many people to participate as possible but also want runners and hikers to know what to expect.

The course is very technical single track with substantial elevation gain.  The 25K has 2982 feet of elevation gain.  The 50K has 6,368 feet of elevation gain.  Here is a link to Stuart Johnson's Garmin information which is really great - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/263936156    Thanks Stuart!  The course record is well over 5 hours for the 50K.  Mid-pack runner can expect to take 6-7 hours.  Back of the pack may take 8 - 10 hours.

The entire course follows the Ouachita Trail which is clearly marked by blue blazes.  A few critical junctions will be marked with flour but otherwise the course should be really easy to follow.  If you do not see blue blazes and thus are not on the Ouachita Trail, you have gone off course.  But there are no trail intersections of any significance and so as long as you stay on the trail and follow the blue blazes.  You should be good to go.

The race begins at Pushubee Trailhead.  To get to Pashubee Trailhead, travel north of Big Cedar, Oklahoma on Hwy 259 for approximately 1 - 2 miles.  You will see a sign that says Pashubee Trailhead and will proceed East for approximately 4 miles on a forest road and that road will take you to the Trailhead.  Signs will be posted to direct you from Hwy 259. 

Coming from the North, you will go approximately 4 miles South of junction 259 and hwy 1 (Talimena Scenic Drive) until you come to the sign that directs you to the Pashubee Trailhead which is approximately 4 miles East on a Forest Road.

The course starts at Pashubee Trailhead and heads west.  The course follows the Ouachita Trail the entire route which is marked by blue blazes.  Runners will go 3.7 miles on the trail over and down one significant climb back to hwy 259 and another trailhead and parking area.  Runners will cross the hwy to the first aid station.

Immediately after the aid station, runners will cross a creek which if there has been rain, there may be ankle deep water. 

Water crossing is ankle to shin deep.

After the water crossing, runners proceed on a steady climb.  You are beginning to climb the Winding Stair Mountain.  At mile 5 is a cool rock glacier which is very scenic and around mile 6 is the Red Cedar Spring.  You could even refill water here if you need to though it is not an aid station.

Continue climbing past a hiker campground at a steady climb and around mile 7, the trail begins to descend to a small saddle.  At this saddle is where the real climbing begins.  The Ouachita Trail has 33 switchbacks (hence the name of the race) to the top of Winding Stair Mountain!  The views will be incredible and unlike anything you would ever expect in Oklahoma.

Aid Station at mile 8.8 (turnaround on top of Winding Stair Mtn)

The climb ends at an old fire tower at the top of the mountain which is mile 8.8.  In 2013, a new hiker shelter was built here and the aid station will be at the shelter.  It is really nice.  There will be a limited aid station here because we will have to hike in supplies but it should be plenty to fit your needs.  All runners will turnaround here and descend the mountain and follow the course back to where they started.

Aid will come again at the Hwy 259 Trailhead which is mile 14 on the course. 

25K runners will then finish there out and back run back at the Pashubee Trailhead which will actually give then a total distance of 17.7 miles.

50K runners will continue past where they started at Pashubee Trailhead which of course will be another aid station.  Now they will head East on the Ouachita Trail.  Fuel up here because it is 5 to 6 miles to the next aid station.  There is simply no place for another aid station after this point and so runners should plan to be self sufficient. 

One of the rockier sections but it doesn't last long.

The next 5 miles will take runners over one smaller climb and then one significant climb before descending to the Kiamichi River Trailhead.  Look for the race signs and arrows because you will get off the Ouachita Trail here and follow the forest road for about a half a mile to a gate.  You will go through the gate and then go left on a forest road for about another half mile and the road crosses the Kiamichi River.  You are likely to get a little wet here (about thigh high) and the aid stations is located on the other side of the river.  (This is a change from the first year because it just seemed too inaccessible to bring the aid stations to the Kiamichi River Trailhead and much easier to move it back to this location.)  Fill up here and proceed the six plus miles back to the original start and the finish line!