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Plenty of Bull at the Boondoggle Charity Fun Run

On Saturday I enjoyed my first significant trail run since Rocky Raccoon. David P. and I headed off to Bar-H (NW of DFW) to have fun on the trails at the Boondoggle Charity Fun Run.

The fun run started at 5 pm and included two three mile loops with the aid-station/start/finish nicely positioned right in the center. The basic format was to have fun and run as many loops as you wanted until 10:59 pm or whenever everyone decided to leave.

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(Charity run organizer Antje (left))

The front three contained some nice climbs and descents, while the back three was flatter and allowed one to open it up if desired. There was no speed in our legs so we just cruised along, chatted, and enjoyed the amazingly mild weather. It was a perfect day to be out on the trails.

We were five or so minutes late to the start so we missed the small group that had already started down the trail. David P. and I casually grabbed our stuff and began following the flour arrows leading the way.

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(David P. leading us on the trail.)

The Front Three+

We worked our way up the first climb which brought us to the top of this hill overlooking the area. Sweet! We were loving it…while trying to relocate our lungs. There was a big wind farm close by which was pretty cool to see.

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(wind turbines in the distance)

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(David P. enjoying the view.)

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(SNAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

As part of the trail running experience…we got lost for a half mile before retracing our route, picking up another lost soul, and getting back on track.

All three of us finished the first loop+ – lovin it!

The Back Three

The back loop took us along some nice single-track that guided us like a flowing stream as we wiggled our way through the trees, into the fields, and back into the trees. And then we came to a screeching halt…and the stare-down began.

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(One BA Bull!)

This picture really doesn’t give it justice as this guy was huge. His head was about the size of my entire upper body and fangs the size…wait, no fangs but one tough lookin’ mofo. So the three of us stood there and looked at him. Mr. Bull ate some grass and looked at us but didn’t move a hoof.

As the three of us started to discuss who had the best insurance policy, we decided to do a little re-route which allowed us to get 15 meters on the back-side of Mr. Bull.

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(David P. – Designated Bull Scout)

After completing the loop we relaxed a few minutes at the aid-station, refilled bottles, chatted a bit, and then decided to head out for another relaxed loop.

Here is a flyover video using the Garmin Forerunner 305 data for the 6-ish mile complete loop.

If you can’t see the flyover video, click here.)

Loop Two Fun

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(David P. having too much fun as glucose levels began to drop.)

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(My face the entire run – besides the Bull encounter.)

Nightfall

After making it back to fun-run headquarters, we were officially handed the locally handcrafted rocks especially made for the winners…yes, David P and I took home our first overall co-win! It was unbelievable, as tears streamed down my eyes. It was a moment, I am sure we both will never forget.

After some enjoyable banter among the few still hanging around, David and I decided to head out to run the front three to enjoy a few miles of night running. Everyone else packed up and left as we continued our journey.

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(nice sunset)

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(Now I am having too much fun – what glucose?!?)

We walked and talked much of this loop. We took a couple breaks as David P. shared insight from a second hobby, astronomy. Good stuff!

We ran the last half mile back to the car to finish our run with 16 total miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain/descent…about 10 more miles than we are both currently used to but smiles all the same.

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(David P. smiling with his local award.)

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(Life is good! These awards rock!)

A big thanks to Antje for organizing this charity fun run. It was a day that reminded me why trail running is so much dang fun.

…and then we packed up, turned off the lights, and headed home.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

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.

2 Responses to “Plenty of Bull at the Boondoggle Charity Fun Run”

  1. on 04 May 2010 at 7:02 am Porta-pot bob

    Good job fellas!

  2. on 10 May 2010 at 7:56 am David Hanenburg

    Fun, fun, fun times!