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Cross Timbers Trail Run Photos and Volunteer Report

Over the weekend I enjoyed being on the flip-side and volunteered at the Cross Timbers Trail Run located in north Texas, on the south side of Lake Texoma. The event had a 50 mile, marathon, 1/2 marathon, and 5 mile run. An opportunity for nearly everyone to give the trail a try. Around 200 did just that!

I helped at the mile 12.5 aid-station (PawPaw Point) as the time-split recorder. Here are some photos I took at the aid-station throughout the day. If you see a photo of yourself, be sure to download if you like it.

(If you can’t see the photos, click here.)

Volunteer Report

While still in recovery mode since my Rocky Raccoon 75, I thought Cross Timbers would be a great chance to help out and support other trail runners in getting it done.

My post for the day would be the PawPaw Point aid-station. It was located at mile 12.5-ish and was the turnaround spot for the 50 mile and marathon runners. After the initial buffet table setup, my main role for the day was to record the splits as athletes came through.

Observations from flip-side:

  • 30 minutes – The 30 minute spread between the 50 mile and marathon start was great. This spread created no congestion at our aid-station and allowed us to provide almost individual service to each runner. Just about the time most of the 50 milers have come-and-gone, the marathoners started trickling in.
  • Sweat rate – It was definitely apparent that all the runners had various sweat rates. Some runners were extremely wet when we saw them and others appeared completely dry. This seemed to highlight the individual nature of fluid/electrolyte requirements.
  • Mud – Areas of the course had some mud so clean shoes no longer. Nobody appeared to take any diggers as the rest of the body appeared mud-free.
  • Grateful – I think nearly every runner said “thank you” to us at the aid-station. That says a lot about the character of the runners. Hopefully we helped them a bit as well.
  • Food – Further confirmation that race nutrition is individual. Most interesting fuel source I observed during the day – 8 ounces of milk with a slice of cheese. This person was a front runner as well.
  • Spirit – It was fairly apparent who was still rippin’ it and who was having to dig deeper within themselves. It was kind of fascinating to watch the human spirit in action.

Volunteering at an event offers a new perspective on the sport we enjoy. You also get a slight taste of the time/energy/coordination that goes into putting on an event. This is much greater than one may realize.

It was a good day.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

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.

3 Responses to “Cross Timbers Trail Run Photos and Volunteer Report”

  1. on 22 Feb 2010 at 12:50 pm Tx Runner

    David, thanks for helping out. All of the volunteers all day long were great!!

    I ran by you twice during the 50 and I certainly hope that I remembered to thank you. I guess we were on similar tracks, as I helped out at the Rocky Raccoon Dam Road aid station 2 weeks ago for your run and you did the turn-around at Cross Timbers for mine – a bit of symmetry to that…

    You even managed to snap two photos of me (in a black singlet) near the end of the slideshow, I’m just glad they were not close-ups!!!!! Thanks again.

  2. on 22 Feb 2010 at 1:52 pm Jeff

    Thanks for volunteering there! I think I blew through that aid station and didn’t hang around. My GPS was measuring the trail a little short, which wasn’t too surprising, so the aid station came quicker than I thought. I’m number 817 in the long sleeve green shirt in your photos.

    Thanks for taking the photo! I had no idea how I was going to find out who was taking them. I probably saw you at Rocky Raccoon as well, I was sitting in a chair in the woods right before the Park Road aid station for the first two loops cheering on the runners 🙂

  3. on 23 Feb 2010 at 8:54 am David Hanenburg

    Tx Runner – Thanks for helping out at Rocky. Cross Timbers was a fun day, I hope you enjoyed your adventure.

    Hey Jeff – No worries. In general there is a bit more flexibility and opportunity for accuracy on the road. The trail is a different beast.