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24 The Hard Way Ultra Run – 2009 Results

trail-running-blurA bit late in getting this out but a little over a week ago, the first running of the 24 The Hard Way in Oklahoma City is complete. The timed event consisted of a 1/6/12/24 hour one mile loop adventure in Bluff Creek where you could choose between a mostly flat paved park trail or a slightly technical dirt trail. (Paved course video) There also was a 4-6 person relay team format for the 24 hour event.

All the comments I have heard on the event were extremely positive so this definitely seems like an event that will continue to grow throughout the coming years. The event organizer’s ( definitely seem to have their ducks in a row as they already have the date set for 2010 (October 23-24).

The event had ~124 runners getting out there to challenge themselves  and socialize with fellow runners.

Top Mileage Go-Getter’s

6 Hour Off-Road

  • Male – Jeremy Duncan (CO) – 39.65 miles (avg 9:05 min/mile)
  • Female – Christine Tokarz (TX) – 39.12 miles (avg 9:12 min/mile)

6 Hour Paved Trail

  • Male – Randy Ellis – 35.22 miles (avg 10:13 min/mile)
  • Female – Dianna Sulser – 34.15 miles (avg 10.33 min/mile)

12 Hour Off-Road

  • Male – Larry Murphy (AR) – 57.42 miles (avg  12:32 min/mile)
  • Female – Melissa Stone (OK) – 41.77 miles (avg 17:14 min/mile)

12 Hour Paved Trail

  • Male – Bruce Layne – 72.16 miles (avg 9:59 min/mile)
  • Female – Tina King (OK) – 30.78 miles (avg 23:24 min/mile)

24 Hour Off-Road

  • Male – Eunsup Kim (TX) – 81.37 miles (avg 17:42 min/mile)
  • Female – Katharine Miller (OK) – 68.32 miles (avg 21:05 min/mile)

24 Hour Paved Trail

  • Male – Danny Ponder (OK) – 114.45 miles (avg 12:35 min/mile)
  • Female – Juli Aistars (IL) – 104.85 miles (avg 13:44 min/mile)

You can check out the complete results for all flavors of there race at 24 The Hard Way Results – 2009.

What did the event look like?

The event photographer put together a slide-show of many pics that can give you a taste of the event.

As crazy as it may sound to run one mile circles for more hours than you can count on one hand,  a timed event like this is definitely one worth experiencing if you are a running fan. Here are 10 reasons why a timed event is cool.

Congrats to all athletes on what sounded like a special weekend.

For those than participated in the event, what did you think of it?

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(Photo: Courtesy of arinas74.)

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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