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A-OK Trail Run – 2012 Results

Over 60 runners enjoyed the low-key vibe within some beautiful country near Atoka, Oklahoma for the 18th running of the “A-OK” Trail Run. Clear skies, dry air, and run friendly temps (30F-60F) added to the memory making 25 or 50 km day.

Best weather ever for the 18th “A-OK” – Race directory Mary Ann Miller

Photo: Courtesy Katherine Vincent

The course is essentially an out and back that contains a few off-shoots that requires you to sign a log book to help verify you have ran all of the course. One centralized aid station was supported, the rest were self-serve. The trail contains a fun mix of technical single-track and well groomed dirt roads. The early miles of the 25 km loop provided the most technical skill whereas the remaining miles provided plenty of opportunity to relax, look around and enjoy the environment, or snap off some fast splits.

Photo: Courtesy David Hanenburg / endurancebuzz.com

The 25 km runners enjoy the entire course once. The 50 km runners enjoy a second loop.

Athletes from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia, and the United Kingdom were all represented on this beautiful Sunday.

Results

Staying warm before the start. (Photo: Courtesy Katherine Vincent)

50 km

Although the race route was marked with tape, signs, and logs, some of the fast jocks still managed to stray. – Mary Ann Miller

Matt Crownover, Chanc Woods, and Shannon McFarland all pushed the pace together through the first 25 km loop. Matt moved to the front early on in loop two but unfortunately because of a confusing additional table hanging out in the woods (go figure), Matt ran this leg short (~1/2 mile) thinking someone had taken the sign-in notepad. The race table and notepad was actually another 1/4 mile down the trail. Matt eventually came to this understanding in the next few miles and told Chanc and Shannon what had occurred.

Matt kept pushing to the finish. Chanc began closing the gap near the finish as Shannon drifted back.

Matt ended up crossing the finish first with Chanc a few strides behind. Quite honorably, Matt quickly expressed what had happened. There may have even been some rock-paper-scissors involved. Everyone was laid back and cool about it. Mary then eventually awarded Chanc the win in 4:05:32.

(Chanc (L) and Matt (R) shortly after finishing. Photo: David Hanenburg / endurancebuzz.com)

Shannon McFarland held onto third second in 4:27:41.

Top 5 male

  1. Chanc Woods – 4:05:32
  2. Shannon McFarland – 4:27:41
  3. Kurt Egli – 5:09:08
  4. Richard Schick – 5:12:10
  5. Michael Schneider – 5:21:55

Third ultra – third win. Francesca Bissman continues her string of impressive regional efforts in an off-road sport she just entered last Fall. Francesca finished second overall and won the female race 4:17:58.

Francesca crossing the finish for the female win. (Photo: David Hanenburg / endurancebuzz.com)

Shelley Egli crossed the line fourth overall and second female in 4:55:26.

Top 5 female

  1. Francesca Bissman – 4:17:58
  2. Shelley Egli – 4:55:26
  3. Lisa Walbridge – 5:12:10
  4. Lisa Kedzuf-Mcginnis – 5:20:48
  5. Jody Lingbeck – 5:46:31

25 km

Katie Caves moved her way to seventh overall and first female across the line in 2:21:21.

Pepsi Windland cruised in for second in 2:24:28.

Top 5 female

  1.  Katie Caves – 2:21:21 (*7th overall*)
  2. Pepsi Windland – 2:24:28 (*9th overall*)
  3. Laurie Underwood – 2:26:27 (*10th overall*)
  4. Christina Urbanski – 2:35:11
  5. Lerran Preston – 2:47:46

One of the unmanned aid stations. Sign in and go! (Photo: Courtesy Katherine Vincent)

The youthful and good spirited Cole Crosby is one fast dude and he proved it once again running 18.5 miles of the 15.5 mile course in a 5:42 pace! Yep, bonus miles! Being the first person to reach a sign-in table, instead of returning the way he had come, he hopped a creek and continued running. 1.5 mile later he figured it out and retraced his steps.

This little detour didn’t stop him from moving back to the front and flying into the finish in 1:45:31.

Jared Wakeham earned second place honors in 2:00:54.

Top 5 male

  1. Cole Crosby – 1:45:31
  2. Jared Wakeham – 2:00:54
  3. Reed Maguire – 2:06:50
  4. Collin Gordon – 2:15:00
  5. David Hanenburg – 2:15:28

Complete results (downloadable Word doc)

Vid

Check out this cool video by 50 km runner Richard Schick of Georgia from this year’s scamper.

A-OK 50K 2012 from Richard T Schick on Vimeo.

Inspiration Point

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

  • John Hargrove (age 67) and Robert Flagler (age 70) inspired many in the 25 km.

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:

  • Samantha White kept moving forward to finish the 50 km in 7:52:52.

The laid back vibe of the day. (Photo: Courtesy Katherine Vincent)

Race Reports and Pics

  • “For 10 more miles I had thought I was in 3rd place as two more names appeared before mine of the sign in log.  I continued my 5:30 pace and caught the two women who I later found out to be early starters. “ by Cole @ Cresting the Summit!
  • David’s report
  • Professional pics by Calamity Creek Designs

Talk some Dirt

  • What did you think of the course and laid back vibe?
  • How did your race play out?

Special thanks Katherine Vincent for many of the great photos you see above!

Check out the TALON Race Guide

There are 150+ 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.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

 

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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