One course record broken…by six runners and plenty of dirt, fun, and a bit of BBQ.
Tulsa, Oklahoma was buzzin’ with trail runners over the weekend at the Turkey & TATURs Trail Run. This 50 km, 25 km, 10 km event leads runners with estrogen looking, yet highly visable pink ribbons within the urban paradise of Turkey Mountain.
A total of 216 dirt lovin’ runners finished one of the three distances.
Those with especially fast feet – $150 for each top male/female in the 50 km and $100 for a course record of any distance.
All three distances are loopy within the web of trails on Turkey Mountain . Just follow the little pink ribbon. (said in a manner similar to that Wizard of Oz tune)
The 50/25 km runners run on the main 25 km loop. The 10 km have their own uniquely special loop.
The trail is mostly single-track with a large amount of nature all around (trees, plants, crocodiles (maybe not)). The route dances between 600-900 feet. Green, brown, and those bright pink ribbons will be the most likely seen colors for the day.
No maps but you can read more words if you like.
The results listed are based off of the preliminary data.
Jay Jump was most likely out of sight in a hurry in the male race. His 5:03:28 finish was 50 minutes ahead of the chase group. The next five male runners had their own inspiring run. Garrett Blattner and Scott McCreight were the next chasers and less than 50 secs separated the two at the finish with Garrett claiming second male. The fourth through sixth male had about one minute separating each of them when they crossed the finish line. A bit of self talk going on in those final miles I am sure.
Top 5 male
- Jay Jump – 5:03:28
- Garrett Blattner – 5:53:33
- Scott McCreight – 5:54:22
- Chad Bailey – 6:10:51
- Leon Foust – 6:11:50
The female race at the front end was a one woman show, with Christine Tokarz crankin’ through the single-track miles. Chris’s 5:27:10 winning time was also strong enough for second overall. Krystle Martinez finished second in 6:32:08.
Top 5 female
- Christine Tokarz – 5:27:10 (*2nd overall*)
- Krystle Martinez – 6:32:08 (*10th overall*)
- Janeen Lovelace – 7:11:41
- Kellie Alexander – 7:46:13
- Nancy Shidler – 7:49:58
Meghan Curran created separation and never looked back. Meghan’s 9:13 min/mile pace was strong enough for a female winning time of 2:23:06. Jennifer Sloan and Sally Eagleton were both in the hunt for second place and inspired each other to keep pushin’. Jennifer had a bit extra in the tank to finish 17 seconds in front of Sally. Good stuff!
Top 5 female
- Meghan Curran – 2:23:06 (*6th overall*)
- Jennifer Sloan – 2:33:57
- Sally Eagleton – 2:34:14
- Elaine Palmquist – 2:40:59
- Emily Jaskowiak – 3:02:54
The male race saw Thomas Worthington from Massachusetts, swoop into Oklahoma and dominate the race. Thomas finished averaging 8:27 min/mile and a winning time of 2:11:15. Chad McCarter finished second in 2:17:09.
Top 5 male
- Thomas Worthington – 2:11:15
- Chad McCarter – 2:17:09
- Steve Lee – 2:18:52
- Josh Ridriguez – 2:21:00
- Richard West – 2:21:20
Male course record: Reynaldo Gomez – 48:07 (7:45 min/mile pace)
Well, goodbye record. The top six male runners all broke it including Mr. Gomez himself (by 1 sec).
Eighteen year old, Casey Fitzgerald took home an extra $100 thanks to his 6:57 min/mile pace that set a new course record of 43:08! Twenty-one seconds behind Casey, Carter Witt (age 16) crossed the finish second, with time of 43:29. Great effort. So close!
Top 5 male
- Casey Fitzgerald – 43:08 (*Course Record – $100 cash*)
- Carter Witt – 43:29
- Tegan Magsam – 47:19
- Jose Sifuentes – 47:21
- Michael Witt – 47:41
Shelly Chronister had 41 seconds of separation from chaser, Lindsay McCarter, and won the female race with a time of 1:03:04 (10:09 min/mile). Lindsay finished second in 1:03:45.
Top 5 female
- Shelly Chronister – 1:03:04
- Lindsay McCarter – 1:03:45
- Paula Rogge – 1:04:16
- Lori Youngworth – 1:04:56
- Brynna Schelbar – 1:05:01
Check out some of the wisest finisher(s). I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Jim Ingalls and John Hargrove getting ultra at 65.
- Adrian Wolford dancin’ along 25 km of dirt at 72.
- Mae Erb smilin’ through the 10 km at 67.
Also great to see a good number of youth running the trails. Gotta love that. Just gotta!
Life is play. Play is life.
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:
- John Hargrove completed every step of 50 km in 9:25:05.
- “This trail is very hilly, and all out in the sun. The downhills are dicey–lots of loose rocks. I had to be careful, as rolling my gimpy ankle again would not be a good thing. John is a fast walker, but my shuffle was catching him.” by TZ @ …miles to go before I sleep…
If you have a report or experience to share, please include in the comment link below.
Garmin data Request – I am looking for the 50/25 km data and 10 km Garmin data from this event. If you would be willing to share the bytes with me, please let me know through my Contact page. Danke!
Race Guide – Get your regional trail/ultra race guide – here!
Congrats to all that played in the dirt.
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com