On March 6th, the intimate and low-key A-OK Trail Run (no website) took place near Springtown, Oklahoma on the property trails of gracious race director Mary Ann Miller.
The race included both a 50 km and 25 km option with a registration form that specifically mentions Guitars Welcome to provide a hint of the relaxed vibe.
“Although this relatively easy, low-key race will always be a small event, this year the runner limit was raised from 50 to 75. As usual, some entrants didn’t show. Several were new to trail running; one guy said this was his first race ever. Almost half of the runners were women.” – Race Directory Mary Ann Miller
This year’s event included a new out-and-back course that included a variety of hills and rocky fun along private roads and forest trails.
The 25 km runners run the out-and-back section once. 50 km – twice.
“Ben Bray had cut some new trail along my south property boundary, the time limit was extended from seven to eight hours, with an optional one hour early start for slower runners (four did). Apparently the overall difficulty was about the same as most finish times were similar to past years.” – RD Mary Ann
“In the 50K, newcomer Kurt Egli (4:39:32) beat newcomer Jason McGinnis (4:39:41) by nine seconds.
First masters 50 plus years, Eunsup Kim, walked the first seven miles, finished the first loop in 3:14, and then ran the second loop in 2:27. All this after doing a four mile run on Saturday before taking off on the three hour drive from Dallas then staying at the bonfire until 11:00 p.m. ” – RD Mary Ann
Top 5 male
- Kurt Egli – 4:39:32
- Jason McGinnis – 4:39:41
- Michael Schneider – 5:06:19
- Al Schneider – 5:32:02
- Eunsup Kim – 5:41:37
“First female Shelley Egli (4:50:10) was less than eleven minutes behind her husband (Kurt). ” – RD Mary Ann
Malane Grace cruised across the line second with a time of 5:22:39.
Top 5 female
- Shelly Egli – 4:50:19 (*3rd overall*)
- Malane Grade – 5:22:39 (*5th overall*)
- Monica Ortiz-Burt – 5:51:43
- Tammy Starnes – 5:51:43
- Karrie Garriott – 7:33:08
“Surprise 25K female winner (from Ft. Collins, CO.) was Pam Iyer (2:29) who at age 55 cut half an hour from last year’s finish time. Dianna Sulser (2:37) then became the masters 50 plus years [winner] less than eight minutes later.” – RD Mary Ann
Top 5 female
- Pam Iyer – 2:29:59
- Dianna Sulser – 2:37:38
- Kathleen Reynolds – 2:38:55
- Lori Thornton – 2:38:56
- Pepsi Cameron – 2:41:20
“As for the 25K, Kacey Miller (1:52) preceded Ron Lamlike (1:54) the only guys in under two hours. Marty Allen (2:24) was again the first masters 50 plus years male [winner].” – RD Mary Ann
A spicy finish between third through fifth place.
Top 5 male
- Kacey Miller – 1:52:48
- Ron Lambke – 1:54:55
- Keenan Murray – 2:02:08
- Brian Dorn – 2:02:25
- Kevin Caton – 2:02:34
Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Nels Bentson and John Hargrove enjoyed a 50 km finish at age 66.
- Robert Flagler celebrated one loop of running fun at age 69.
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 recipients:
- John Hargrove dug his tread in to finish the 50 km in 9:17:25.
Race Reports and Groovy Photos
- I couldn’t find any race reports. 🙁
- Finish line Timing Photos by Mike Langille
- On Course Photos by Mike Langille
- Collection of Misc Photos by Mile Langille
If you have an experience or thought to share from the event, please feel free to include in the comment link below.
Garmin Data Request
If you have Garmin data for the 50/25 km adventure and would be willing to share a copy of it with me, please let me know through my contact page. Danke!
Check out the TALON Race Guide
There are 124 regional trail/ultra races in the TALON Race Guide. Be sure to check it out if you are looking for the most complete list of events in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. New events are always being added.
Special thanks to Mary Ann Miller for the results insight and Mike Langille for the collection of photos.
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
Posted on 16 Mar 2011