50 km road run – 12:01 am start time – some Oklahoma History
On June 12th, the inaugural Steal the Seal 50 km point-to-point ultramarathon incorporated all three of these components. The unique inspiration for the run dates back to 1910 when the Oklahoma State Seal was moved from Guthrie, Oklahoma to Oklahoma City (additional insight).
In memory of this little piece of Oklahoma trivia, the Steal the Seal 50 km was born. A run to return the seal.
This is a point-to-point road run that starts near the Oklahoma City Capitol building and leads runners north into downtown Guthrie. The elevation profile highlights an extra 260 feet of downhill versus uphill running. The route contained both pavement and dirt roads.
This event also allowed vehicle support to provide additional aid or whatever may be needed besides a ride to the finish.
A total of 19 athletes were interested in the cooler evening temps and point-to-point road adventure.
The male race was won with a sub-5 finish by Jason Tilton. While 15 minutes separated first from second place, second and third place were separated by a mere 27 seconds!
Top 3 male:
- Jason Tilton – 4:54:00
- Stormy Phillips – 5:10:07
- Richard Smith – 5:10:34
Christine Tokarz controlled the female race early on and mixed it up with the overall and then she got lost.
“I arrived at the turn off to country dirt roads BEFORE the volunteer! The guys who were in front of me were locals and already knew the course (they had driven it the week before) so they did not need a volunteer to point them in the right direction.
So, 3:40 am and I am out about two miles…have not seen or heard a soul in 15 minutes…start to wonder…
So I decide to turn back, water running low and afraid the fireflies might start talking to me unless I get some human interaction.
I retrace the two miles and…behold…a human…”
In Tokarz’s non-competitive spirit , here first words to the volunteer were, “Did any girls pass?”
Chris was able to regroup and keep things rolling to hold onto the female win in 5:28:36 and fifth overall.
Top 3 female:
- Christine Tokarz – 5:28:36
- Mary Mikkelson – 5:55:18
- Brenda Douglass – 6:50:36
The Tough-as-Nails Award
The final finishers of an ultra distance event are some of the toughest athletes that are willing to stick with it to the best of their current ability and cross that darn finish line.
The Tough-as-Nails award recipient:
- David Bernstein stuck with it and finished the 50 km night-time adventure in 7:37:37.
Race Reports and Photos
- “When we left Edmond it was very dark and the fireflies were putting on quite a light show for us.” by Maurice @ Running Through Time
- Photos of all the finishers
Anyone else have any experiences to share from the event?
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David – EnduranceBuzz.com