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Do-Wacka-Do Trail Run – 2011 Results

Fall remained in hiding as summer temps filled the day but course records dropped like a chilly February evening.

Over the weekend, the second Annual Do-Wacka-Do Trail Run took place at Sandy Sanders Wildlife Management Area in Erick, Oklahoma. This year’s event added a new distance, the 50 mile. A huge buffet of dirt lovin’ running options for this one – 5 mile, 25 km, 50 km, and 50 mile.

Photo: Courtesy Ken Childress /

The loop course is mostly foot friendly graded ranch roads and will allow you to enjoy some of the sweet views of the area, but the extra fun-factor will be the undulating terrain that includes some 200+ foot climbs.

60 runners enjoyed the morning and afternoon (for some) on the western Oklahoma trails.


Let's get this started! (Photo: Courtesy Ken Childress /

50 mile

Sub 21-hour finisher at this year’s Western States 100, Michael Adams was the sole proud entrant of the 50 mile race. Think this dude loves to run? Michael average a 9:46 pace and finished in 8:08:10 and has set the current course record.

The course! (Photo: Courtesy Ken Childress /

50 km

Oklahoma local, Andy Robinson, ran the only sub-8 pace to win the male race in a spicy, course record time of 4:05:55. This inspiring run knocked off over two hours of the previous course record.

Daniel Ueland was alone in second position and earned runner-up honors in 5:23:45.

Top 5 male

  1. Andy Robinson – 4:05:55 (*course record*)
  2. Daniel Ueland – 5:23:45
  3. Eric Steele – 6:17:50
  4. Darryl Stillson – 6:27:52
  5. Gordon Purser – 6:32:48

Eric Steele finding his groove. (Photo: Courtesy Ken Childress /

Polly Choate reduced the previous course record by over 40 minutes to win this year’s female race in 7:10:51.

Angela Tortorice kept the forward progress to finish second in 7:40:10.

Top 5 female

  1. Polly Choate – 7:10:51 (*course record*)
  2. Angela Tortorice – 7:40:10
  3. Charlotte Lindley – 8:10:14
  4. Diane Bolton – 8:13:06
  5. Shelly Mack – 8:13:24

Charlotte Lindley and Darryl Stillson all smiles at the start. (Photo: Courtesy Ken Childress /

25 km

Oklahoma runner, Elaine Palmquist and Texan, Merry Wolf (3:09 – the Falls 30k summer series), delivered the pointy-end show of the race for anyone paying attention. Both averaged sub 9:30 pace with a whole 40 seconds separating the two at the finish line. That comes out to three seconds per mile difference in pace! The last 5 km were likely a healthy helping of…pain. Who are we kidding, it had to hurt. Elaine was able to hold onto the separation to set a 50+ minute course record and win the female race in 2:26:26.

Merry earned second in 2:27:06.

Top 5 female

  1. Elaine Palmquist – 2:26:26 (*course record*)
  2. Merry Wolf – 2:27:06
  3. Marie Maurer – 2:43:43
  4. Peggy Wood – 2:46:56
  5. Melissa Stone – 2:53:30

Ed Carden and Kate Ellisor enjoying the 25 km course. (Photo: Courtesy Ken Childress /

The male race saw more breathing room at the front with two Tulsa, Oklahoma athletes leading the way with sub-9 minute efforts.

Reynaldo Gomez set a six minute course record with an 8:18 pace to win the male race in 2:08:44.

Stormy Philips pushed through less than four minutes later to earn second place in 2:12:02.

Top 5 male

  1. Reynaldo Gomez – 2:08:44 (*course record*)
  2. Stormy Philips – 2:12:02
  3. Jeff Elbert – 2:26:05
  4. Ben Crawford – 2:31:14
  5. Kevin Hargrove – 2:46:57

Susan Westmoreland and John Parris workin' the steady walk. (Photo: Courtesy Ken Childress /

5 mile

Bo and Terry Shelby averaged to create 30 seconds per mile gap from the next chasers. The youthful Bo (age 15), out kicked Terry (age 51), to win the male race in 52:05.

Terry finished second just over 30 seconds later in 52:08.

Top 5 male

  1. Bo Shelby – 52:08
  2. Terry Shelby – 52:41
  3. Colby Moynihan – 55:01
  4. David Gill – 55:34
  5. Larry Flies – 57:53

Photo: Courtesy Ken Childress /

Mandy Bryant averaged an 11:15 pace to win the female race by over two minutes in 56:14.

Rebecca Barney was able stay in front of those charging closely behind to earn second in 58:52.

Top 5 female

  1. Mandy Bryant – 56:14
  2. Rebecca Barney – 58:52
  3. Twila Tignor – 59:42
  4. Randi Sue Moynihan – 59:58
  5. Jennifer Fransen – 1:00:43

Complete Results

Inspiration Point

Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.

  • David Gill (age 67), Okla Reynolds (age 70), Richard Golden (age 65), Jamie Morgan (age 99 ??) all enjoyed the 5 mile scamper.
  • Gordon Wallace (age 68) went after the 25 km course.
  • Dennis Crosby (age 64) and Charlotte Lindley (age 60) wanted two loops for a 50 km day.

Life is play. Play is life.

The Tough-as-Nails Award

nails1The 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:

  • Mr TZ, Ken Childress, finally decided to put his camera away and finish the darn thing. Ken crossed the line in 9:25:52.
  • Michael Adams also deserves a high-5 for running the 50 mile adventure solo.

Race Reports and Pics

  • “The only wildlife I saw was this. A majestic buck bit the dust and was no doubt coyote food. Around 18 inches of his spine was still attached.” by TZ @ …miles to go before I sleep…

If you have any thoughts or experiences to share from the event, feel free to comment below!

Special thanks to Ken Childress for sharing the sweet race photos you see above!

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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.

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