Not one, but two days full of running on the grounds of the Post Oak Lodge in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Post Oak Lodge Challenge offered 50km, 25km, and 10km trail adventures on Saturday with the more roadie style runs on Sunday. A crisp 25F and 10-20 mph winds form the North welcomed runners at the trail adventure start line before warming up to near 50F for the day. A trail system known to surprise a few runners with its mix of challenging hills and most everything else a trail in the woods can throw at you in that area of the state.
Trail Run Results
3 hour road marathoner, Zach Bailor of Wichita, Kansas, ran off a 4:26:26 for the win!
A good little race for second included Scott White of Oklahoma and Dan Laplante of Minnesota. Scott was able to create a fairly small 3+ minute gap to earn runner-up honors.
Top 5 male
- Zach Bailor – 4:26:26
- Scott White – 4:54:13
- Dan Laplante – 4:57:56
- Scott Reeves – 5:02:02
- Jordan Christy – 5:05:53
The female scamper saw Lizzi Paulus finish 12th overall and win the female race in 5:22:38.
Sharon James has been seen playing in the 25km race the last couple of years. She went ultra in 2013 and crossed the finish line in second place.
Top 5 female
- Lizzie Paulus – 5:22:38
- Sharon James – 5:26:45
- Shelley Egli – 5:32:59
- Jessica Turner – 5:54:32
- Joni Schmidt – 5:59:44
Trail Talk with Karrie Garriott
Karrie Garriott of eastern Oklahoma was back for another 50km adventure after enjoying the hilly course and well run event last year. Karrie is a runner that enjoys the social aspect of the sport as much as the run.
Here are a few of Karrie’s strongest memories from the adventure.
“I get very excited about good food at the aid stations so when we got to the first aid station and there was bacon and mimosa’s I was a happy girl. The fact that we saw that aid station six times during the race gave me something to look forward to during the in-between times.”
“The course was well marked which is always a benefit because I am directionally challenged. (Okay truth be told, I went off course three times in the second loop but I blame this more on delirium and lack of attention on my part). This gave the people behind us (I ran the whole thing with my good friend Marty) a chance to pass us. I believe they feared they were in last place and were desperate to get ahead of us. We ended up passing them again later but they finished strong shortly after us.”
How Far? How Long?
“At about 11 miles in during a nice climb a guy asked us how long we had been running and how far into the race we were. I told him and he responded “that can’t be right.” I gave him a nice pep talk about how close we were to being done with the first loop. Welcome to ultra trail running.”
Lost and Found – People helping People.
“Close to the end of the race there was a girl on the trail coming toward us. She was lost and turned around. She was able to follow us to the “hill from hell” where she fell behind but made it to the finish. She thanked us for helping her. This is one of the best aspects of trail running for me. People are always willing to help each other.”
“Beer always tastes better after a race.”
Amber Steege of Tulsa, Oklahoma created over a 10 minute gap to win the female race in 2:16:40.
Dee Ann Smith finished alone in second.
Top 5 female
- Amber Steege – 2:16:40
- Dee Ann Smith – 2:26:46
- Jamie Cousatte – 2:31:54
- April Reeder – 2:36:25
- Laurel Ledbetter – 2:48:35
The fast-footed Cole Starkey of Oklahoma continues to set the pace at the front of most, if not all the trail adventures he starts. While familiar with the trails, the course was tougher than he expected.
“It seemed like the RD chose the hardest options up each hill.”
Cole was aware of the other fast tread at the start line, so his approach to the day was simple.
“I just put my head down and ran…knowing that if I was going to get up front it would be on the hills.”
Cole separated himself form the small chase group to win in 1:56:05.
Zachary Harris led the two-man chase group to finish second in 1:59:05.
Top 5 male
- Cole Starkey (Hoka) – 1:56:05
- Zachary Harris – 1:59:05
- Russell Johnson – 1:59:50
- Landon Fabela – 2:02:01
- Todd Grant – 2:07:07
A bit of David and Goliath…
14 year old, Nick Bordofske, challenged 50 year old, Dominic Halsmer, all the way to the finish. Dominic was able to hold off the speedy youngster to win the male race in 50:12.
Goliath won…this time.
Top 5 male
- Dominic Halsmer – 50:12
- Nick Bordofske – 50:32
- Mark Davis – 51:56
- Michael Woodward – 52:52
- Toby Smith – 53:11
Whitney Kirby of Poteau, Oklahoma, led all women across the finish in 1:01:14.
Jill Bates crossed the line a couple minutes later for second.
Top 5 female
- Whitney Kirby – 1:01:14
- Jill Bates – 1:03:11
- Christen Meyer – 1:05:25
- Dawn Heckman – 1:06:24
- Abigail Basler – 1:06:53
Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Dennis Crosby (age 66), Hammie Farrokhi (age 65), Will Smith (age 65), Ellen Agronis (age 67), Dan Simon (age 66), Don Nelson (age 74), Penny Pate (age 65), Erika Hull (age 71), and Donna Bullock (age 65) all played on the Post Oak Lodge trails.
I love this stuff!
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:
- Jared McCloe crossed the 50km finish in 9:16:47!
- Be sure to check out all the great photos by Watt Design Photography.
Special thanks to Karrie Garriott, Cole Starkey, Ped at Watt Design Photography, and Julia Backus for their gracious support with this article.
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Posted on 05 Apr 2013