On April 2nd there was plenty of sun, sweat, and fun at the Lake McMurtry Trail Race in Stillwater, Oklahoma (a short drive west of Tulsa).
Over 260 runners played on the shoreline trails for a 50 km, 25 km, or 12 km morning…and afternoon (for some).
With the start/finished tucked in the middle of the course, trail runners journey on a northern and southern loop (some out-and-back) along mostly plush single-track. This is trail running so a few roots, rocks, and grade changes are included free of charge.
This race includes the infamous Leap O’ Doom! Due to various legal, environmental, and astrological reasons I can’t say anything else besides – it exists. Most do survive based on the results I have looked at over the last few years.
50 km – northern and southern loop twice
25 km – northern and southern loop once
12 km – not sure? I do know that the Leap O’ Doom was not included. Not sure if it was a coincidence but the finish rate was also higher in this event…just saying.
Billy Ray Richardson finished 4th overall (7:32 min/mile pace) in 2010 on the 12 km course and was apparently ready to go ultra this year. Billy averaged an 8:52 pace to win the male race by 10 minutes with a time of 4:35:03.
Gary Hula (2011 TRC Post Oak Lodge 50 km – 4:55) crossed the line second in 4:45:53.
Top 5 male
- Billy Ray Richardson – 4:35:03
- Gary Hula – 4:45:53
- Leon Foust – 4:50:28
- Jim Ampleman – 5:04:39
- Mike Jusko – 5:09:54
Gretchen Stokes made the trip from Missouri to be the only sub 6-hour female finisher and win the female race in 5:54:27 (11:25 min/mile avg).
Nancy Shidler was firmly positioned in second position and crossed the finish line in 6:23:34.
Top 5 female
- Gretchen Stokes – 5:54:27
- Nancy Shidler – 6:23:34
- Julie Dolph – 6:57:13
- Kathy Hoover – 7:02:57
- Arena Muelller – 9:13:15
Merry Wolf (2011 Grasslands trail marathon – 4:00) set the pace in the female race averaging 8:25 min/mile. Merry won the female race in 2:10:44.
Debbie Brooks maintained three minutes of separation from the next chaser to finish second in 2:21:57.
Top 5 female
- Merry Wolf – 2:10:44 (*7th overall*)
- Debbie Brooks – 2:21:57
- Kristi Perryman – 2:25:16
- Beth Scruggs – 2:29:53
- Julie Kelly – 2:30:37
Sub 3-hour road marathoner Chris McClure and experienced Lake McMurtry 25 km runner Mike Kelly (6 previous finishes, last in ’07 – 1:57) had themselves a fun little run at the front. At the end of the 25 km adventure, their average pace was the same – a spicy 7:14 min/mile but the finish time difference was four seconds. Chris crossed the line first in 1:52:14 to earn the exciting male win.
Mike earned a solid second in 1:52:18.
Top 5 male
- Chris McClure – 1:52:14
- Mike Kelly – 1:52:18
- Tom Dorothy – 2:01:02
- Michael Mora – 2:02:11
- Keenan Murray – 2:07:46
Jordan Ware inspired many at the front as he seemingly flew through the course averaging 6:35 min/miles. Jordan finished sub-50 to win the male race in 48:58.
Anthony Sherrell finished second in 2009 with a time of 1:01:01. Anthony beat his 2009 time by over two minutes but will maintain his second place position.
Top 5 male
- Jordan Ware – 48:58
- Anthony Sherrell – 58:42
- Andrew Milian – 58:49
- Brent Eves – 59:19
- Michael Erickson – 1:00:35
Kansas athlete, Olivia Eves ran an 8:14 min/mile pace that put her alone at the front. Olivia crossed the finish line in 1:01:17 and won the female race.
Deb Abbott averaged 8:56 min/miles to finished second in 1:06:31.
Top 5 female
- Olivia Eves – 1:01:17
- Deb Abbott – 1:06:31
- Danielle Lawrence – 1:05:58
- Suzanne Dudding – 1:11:27
- Lindsey Lightner – 1:14:54
Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Terry Smith went ultra at age 64.
- Adrian Wolf inspired others in the 25 km adventure at age 73.
- Don Nelson celebrated the day in the 12 km at age 72.
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:
- Kate Ellisor brought her hard hat and lunch box to the trail as she went to work to finish the 50 km in 9:13:48.
- Race directory report – TZ highlights the day through his eyes.
- “It’s such a good feeling to get to see your family after each loop and really gives you something to look forward to. I started the south loop which is my favorite because you are running beside the lake most of the time and get a good breeze off of the lake.” by Julie @ Trailing Along
If you have an experience or thought to share from the event, please feel free to include in the comment link below.
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 Julie Dolph and Travis Owens for the photos you see above!
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David – EnduranceBuzz.com
Posted on 08 Apr 2011