The final race of the burn-it-up Forge Trail Series took place at Port Hudson State Historical Site in Jackson, Louisiana. The Battlefield Trail Run presented a 6-ish mile scamper that included some well groomed dirt, roots, rocks, a few hills, and a segment called Certain Death. You signed the race waiver, right?
Beautiful weather added to the joy of a morning of play.
Friendly rivals, Edwin Koenck and Adam “The Hulk” Hoogewind were back for their third race of the series. Neither were in top form but both ready to lay it down and see what happens.
Adam took to the front in the early miles with confidence building.
“I had a pretty good feeling about halfway through when it seemed like I was starting to pull away from him.”
When you run at your limits, dancing on the crack of vomit-ville, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
With 1.5 miles to go, Adam ran into that invisible object that many of us have seen a time or two.
“I just hit the wall. It was a death march.”
As Edwin made the pass along some tight singletrack, Adam had one light-hearted option left.
“It took a lot of restraint to keep myself from throwing an accidental elbow when he passed me.”
Trail running a contact sport? Maybe!
Edwin dogged any flying limbs and crossed the finish first in 34:07. This also placed Edwin in a first place tie for the series win with Mr. Donkey Fitzwilliam who didn’t race at this one.
Adam kept it together to finish second, a little over 40 seconds later. Adam also earned second in the race series.
Top 5 male
- Edwin Koenck – 34:07
- The Hulk Hoogewind (Bally Total Fitness) – 34:51
- Jacob The Ambas Marsh – 38:36
- Kicking Sean’s Walsh – 39:01
- Walker Higgins – 39:40
Stephanie Kalozdi completed all four races of the series with a win in race #1, and now a win in the final adventure. This wasn’t without an exciting run with Jennifer Palermo. Stephanie was able to create a small 15 second gap at the finish to win in 41:12 which also placed her 8th overall.
Stephanie also won the female series.
Top 5 female
- Stephanie Kalozdi – 41:12
- Jennifer Palermo – 41:27
- Axilla Rousseau – 47:17
- Katelyn Young – 47:59
- Phoenix Friederich – 49:21
New for 2013 – Six races in the series throughout Louisiana!
Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Sallie Williams (age 65) enjoyed the off-road scamper.
Life is play. Play is life.
- “There was a treacherous section, aptly named Certain Death at a turnaround point. The trail narrowed to a thread, with a big drop off to the right and tough downhill footing over rocks and a downed tree.” by The Ale Runner @ The Ale Runner
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- How did your navigation through Certain Death play out?
Special thanks to Adam Hoogewind for sharing thoughts on his adventure with us.
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Posted on 29 Nov 2012