2021 Archives

THE 24 HOUR LIONS ROAR  (updated April 27th)

The 24 Hour Lions Roar (Facebook page) results have been posted at the race's Ultrasignup.com page. Here are some results of particular interest:

THE 24 HOUR LIONS ROAR
COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
APRIL 23-24, 2021
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA PARTICIPANTS AND OTHERS WE KNOW
Name
City
Miles
Place
24-HOUR (33 total participants):
Scott Page Four Season
80
10th of 21 men
Alysia Maschino Roach
62.5
(new personal record)
6th of 12 women
4 Fore 30 past participants:
Cody Eubanks Columbia
120
(new race record)
1st of 21 men
David Johnston Warrenton
107.5
3rd of 21 men
Andy Emerson Columbia
90
8th of 21 men
Justin Reed Prairie Village, KS
62.5
16th of 21 men
Jamie Szabo Columbia
50
10th of 12 women
 
12-HOUR (15 total participants):
Jen Wiethop Montreal
45
(new personal record)
2nd of 6 women
Trail of Four Winds 25K past participants:
Allan Benjamin Columbia
47.5
3rd of 9 men
 
6-HOUR (16 total participants):
   
 

Lots of photos from the race have been posted here.

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FRISCO RAILROAD RUN  (updated May 4th)

The resurgence from COVID-19 continues.  The 13th annual Frisco Railroad Run (50M/50K/marathon/half/8K) held on Saturday in Willard had 596 total finishers, up 39% from the 2019 total of 430.  (Last year's race was cancelled due to COVID-19.)  It was the second largest turnout in the race's history, topped only by the 611 finishers in 2018.

Three runners from the Lake area were among this year's finishers, all in the half marathon:

Versailles High School cross country runner Carmen Lemell finished in 2:21:40, placing third (of six) in the women's 19-&-under age group.

Tim Malen of Osage Beach crossed the line in 2:26:05, placing 9th (of 16) in the men's 60-69 age group.  Minutes later, Paul Burris, also of Osage Beach, finished in 2:28:13, placing 26th (of 32) in the 40-49 age group.

Complete results can be found here.

Here are the number of race finishers each year since 2014:

FRISCO RAILROAD RUN
WILLARD, MISSOURI
NUMBER OF FINISHERS, BY DISTANCE
Distance
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
8K
79
70
100
Cancelled
due to weather
145
132

Cancelled
 due to
COVID-19

145
Half marathon
203
228
217
247
162
234
Marathon
72
97
91
109
61
137
50K
25
61
77
74
61
52
50-Mile
16
29
37
36
14
28
  Total
395
485
522
611
430
596

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OZARK FOOTHILLS  (posted April 12th)


While GO! St. Louis had a less-than-stellar return after last year's cancellation (see below), the Ozark Foothills 100-mile, 50-mile, 50K, marathon and 25K trail race, held at Greensfelder Park in far west St. Louis County, had a record turnout. There were 241 finishers across the five race distances at this year's race, up from 181 in 2019 and 140 in 2018.

No one from the Lake area was at the race, but some familiar names spotted in the results will be at the Trail of Four Winds 25K on May 1st--Craig Calkins (50M; 6th overall), Andy Emerson (50M; 17th overall), Allan Benjamin (50M, 37th overall), and a few others in the shorter distance races.

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GO! ST. LOUIS MARATHON, HALF MARATHON & 10K (posted April 12th)


This weekend's GO! St. Louis provided the year's first test of how well one of the biggest races in the state would bounce back after being cancelled last year due to COVID-19.  As the table below shows, in terms of number of finishers, the marathon and 10K were only half the size of the 2019 race; the half marathon was down a hefty 70%. Granted, this year's race still wasn't a normal GO! St. Louis event, what with all the changes and limitations imposed on it.  

If there's any good news, it's that the race was actually allowed to take place.  The City of St. Louis basically shut down all racing inside the city limits at around this time last year.  Only a few, scaled-down races were allowed to proceed.  (A few others picked up and moved to more amenable pastures in St. Charles County.)

The only familiar name found in the results was that of Robert Bruns of St. Louis.  (Robert will be returning to the Trail of Four Winds 25K in three weeks.  He finished only 15 seconds behind the race winner, Michael McCulloch, in 2019.) He took 24th overall in the marathon, finishing in 3:08:47. 

GO! ST. LOUIS MARATHON WEEKEND
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
NUMBER OF FINISHERS
Race
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
Marathon
1,373
1,335
1,171
1,078
1,001
Cancelled
474
Half Marathon
6,253
4,992
4,540
3,594
3,562
1,048
7K
-
780
1,519
1,051
-
-
10K
-
-
-
-
1,168
559
Marathon Relay teams
450
318
295
202
187
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BRONCOBUSTER LAST MAN STANDING (posted April 5th)

A small field of eleven competitors, including our own Tucker Seise, started the inaugural BroncoBuster Last Man Standing race at the Sac River Mountain Bike Trail in northwest Springfield on Saturday morning. (Alysia Maschino was registered, but had to skip the race.)

The race had a 24-hour time limit, but it took just 18 hours (74.1 miles) for Jonathan Murphy of Long Lane, Missouri to put away the last of his competitors.  Tucker placed third in the standings, completing 14 hours (57.6 miles).  That was one hour longer than he completed at last December's 4 Fore 30, but it fell shy of his personal best of 17 hours (70.9 miles) at the 2019 4 Fore 30.

For the very first time, Tucker leads in our "most miles raced" standings.  He's now at 111.2 miles so far this year. 

The complete results can be found at the race's Ultrasignup.com page

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BRIDGE AND DAM HALF MARATHON, 10K & 5K (posted March 28th)

Bridge & Dam:  It just keeps getting bigger and better.

Over the last seven years, this page has chronicled the declining participation at running races throughout this state and beyond.  Many races, including some very large ones (e.g. Rock & Roll St. Louis), have disappeared entirely.  The vast majority of those that have survived have suffered declines in attendance--some quite substantial, in fact.  Even factoring out the devastating effect of COVID-19 on running races these past twelve months, it's virtually unheard of for a race to have actually thrived over these past seven years.  Bridge & Dam is one of those very rare exceptions. 

Bridge & Dam's success is a testament to the people in the Lake of the Ozarks community who, in many different ways, have supported this race organized by the Lake of the Ozarks chapter of the non-profit Missouri Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

This year's race set another new record for size, with 551 total finishers.  Every single race distance saw an increase in participation.  Shown below are the number of finishers, by distance, since the race's inception in 2015.   (The 2019 race was on pace for a record based on registrations, but the worst weather in race history kept many from participating on race day.)

BRIDGE & DAM
NUMBER OF FINISHERS
Distance
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
All-In
-
-
7
10
7
COVID
9
Double-Down
-
-
11
8
7
10
Half Marathon
198
172
155
179
186
231
10K
75
90
119
123
105
139
5K
-
-
124
166
134
162
Total
273
262
416
486
439
551

At 551 finishers, Bridge & Dam is one of the largest running races in Missouri held outside of a large metropolitan area.  (Only the Hannibal Cannibal is known to be larger.)  Interestingly, by a slim margin, this year's Bridge & Dam ranks as the largest, in-person running race held in the state so far this year, thanks to COVID-related field limits imposed on several large St. Louis-area races. (That distinction, though, should only last several more weeks.)

What has always set Bridge & Dam apart from all other races in the state is the percentage of runners who come from distant cities to do this race.  The running community at the Lake of the Ozarks isn't big enough to field a 500-person race (even a 5K would be a big stretch), so the need to attract runners from elsewhere is critical.  As the table below shows, fully 79% of the participants at this year's race were from outside the Lake area.  (That beats the previous record of 74% set in 2016, despite the susequent addition of the 5K and 10K options that tend to have higher percentages of local runners.)   Some of the increase is almost certainly a result of the widespread COVID-related race cancellations and restrictions elsewhere that encouraged runners to seek out races in more "open" locations like the Lake of the Ozarks.

BRIDGE & DAM
BREAKDOWN OF PARTICIPANTS BY LOCATION
Distance
Lake area
Outside Lake area
Total
% from outside the Lake area
All-In
1
8
9
89
Double-Down
0
10
10
100
Half Marathon
28
203
231
88
10K
37
102
139
73
5K
49
113
162
70
Total
115
436
551
79

Race Results

Complete race results can be found here

All-In Challenge

Nine runners competed in the All-In Challenge, which consisted of a half marathon followed by both a 10K and a 5K.  (Added together, the three distances are 3.8 miles short of a full marathon.)  Jill Wagner of Sullivan, Missouri, was the overall winner, for the second time.  A Boston Marathon qualifier and finisher, Jill managed to break her own women's All-In course record of 2:56:18 (set in 2017) by less than a minute, finishing this year in 2:55:32. 

The top male was Bridge & Dam first-timer Matt Chinn of Jefferson City.  Matt finished in 3:04:13--less than two minutes ahead of three-time Bridge & Dam finisher Kennen Hootman of Addison, Illinois.  The age-defying, local phenomenon Jim McDermott took fifth, in 3:23:32. Even at the age of 67, Jim is still setting personal records--he finished the 2018 All-In in 3:30:14. (It's high time we demand Jim provide a certified birth certificate to show his true age.  He's making us real geezers look pathetic.)

 
All-In overall winner Jill Wagner and men's winner Matt Chinn.

Double-Down Challenge

There were ten competitors in the Double-Down Challenge, which consisted of a half marathon and 10K.

The top two finishers were both first-timers at Bridge & Dam--Kenny Miller of St. Joseph and Dawn Forbes of St. Charles.   Kenny won in 2:30:25, while Dawn broke the women's course record (previously held by Kim Ream of Sedalia) by 11 minutes, finishing in 2:35:16. 

 
Double-Down winners Kenny Miller and Dawn Forbes.

Half Marathon

Anthony Wells of Amboy, Illinois set a new course record in his overall victory in the half marathon.  Anthony finished in 1:21:26, breaking Colin Cronin's record of 1:22:11 set in 2018.  Lisa Sauter of Fayette, Missouri was the overall women's winner, in 1:25:52.  That was the second-fastest women's finish since Lizzy Handschy's race-winning--and still course record--time of 1:23:20 at the inaugural Bridge & Dam in 2015. (Lizzy's is one of the very few 2015 records that has yet to be broken.)

Two past half marathon winners, Greg Linhart (2019) from Grandview, Missouri, and the incredible 61 year-old Gerald Holtmeyer (2015) from Bonnots Mill, Missouri, were among the top 12 finishers.   Greg finished 7th overall, in 1:27:10, and Gerald 12th, in 1:30:02. 

  
Half marathon winners Anthony Wells and Lisa Sauter.

10K

The 10K victories were snatched up by teenagers.

Sixteen year-old Osage High School cross country runner William Faulconer of Lake Ozark saved the local running community from a complete shutout by giving us our only overall victory at this year's race. William won the 10K in 38:48.  That's a new course record, and it broke Will's previous 11-19 age-group record of 48:25 set in 2018. 

Among the women, 14 year-old Lauren Mathews of Jefferson City took the overall 10K crown in a winning time of 46:50. 

5K

Cierra Hiland of Augusta, Illinois remains the only one to have ever won the Bridge & Dam's 5K women's race.  (2020 is disregarded due to being virtual only.)  Cierra claimed her fourth victory (the 5K was introduced in 2017) by finishing in 21:21.  She also broke her longstanding women's course record of 22:52 set in 2017.

Robert Saunders of nearby Richland, Missouri was the only runner to beat Cierra to the finish line, taking the overall victory in 21:03.

Not surprisingly, the 5K included lots of participants at both ends of the age spectrum.  Notable among them was Carol Cange of Lake Ozark, who now owns the record for the oldest female finisher, at age 81.  (The men's record is 82.) Carol finished in a leisurely 55:53.

Records

Twenty-three course, age-group or age records were either broken or established this year.  (That, too, may be a record.)  Here's the list of new Bridge & Dam records:

BRIDGE & DAM
NEW RECORDS IN 2021
Name
Finish Time
Record Set
 
 
All-In:
Jill Wagner
2:55:32
Women's course record
 
Double-Down:
Dawn Forbes
2:35:16
Women's course record
 
Half Marathon:
Anthony Wells
1:21:26
Men's course record
Brian Duffie
2:07:41
Tie - youngest male finisher
Nicole Reynolds
1:48:03
Female 14-19 age group
Rachael Leslie
1:39:25
Female 40-49 age group
Rebecca Bradley
1:47:27
Female 50-59 age group
Zy'Shone Cowans
1:25:48
Male 14-19 age group
Tucker Seise
1:28:13
Male 20-29 age group
Ernie Craig
 1:25:40
Male 40-49 age group
Gerald Holtmeyer
1:30:02
Male 60-69 age group
 
10K:
Will Faulconer
38:48
Men's course record;
Male 11-19 age group
Christian Reed
39:30
Male 50-59 age group
Michael Faulconer
50:19
Male 60-69 age group
Cindy Wismer
1:03:11
Female 60-69 age group
 
5K:
Cierra Hiland
21:21
Women's course record
Carol Cange
55:53
Oldest female finisher (81)
Addison Fowler
23:17
Female 14-19 age group
Merilee Thoenen
51:37
Female 70-79 age group
Xavier Fowler
25:55
Male 10-11 age group
Michael Maschino
23:11
Male 12-13 age group
Larry Chinski
24:28
Male 50-59 age group
     

Legacy Half Finishers

Only nine runners can still lay claim to having finished Bridge & Dam's half marathon every year since its debut in 2015. (2020 is excluded from the tally since the race was virtual only.)  Here's the list of the remaining legacy runners:

Russell Burkett (O'Fallon, MO)
Jeanette Pfetsch (Kansas City)
Alisha Eldridge (Eldon)
Ryan Garlock (Lincoln, NE)
Lindsay Garlock (Lincoln, NE)
Lori Hurt (Sedalia)
Doug Kueker (Lake Ozark)
Kim Ream (Sedalia)
Heather Skouby (Eldon)

And, just for the record, here's the list of the seven whose streaks ended this year:

Nigher Alfaro (Montreal)
Karen Backes  (Jefferson City)
Tobby Eldridge (Eldon)
Jason Kolb (Tipton)
Angela Martin (Osage Beach)
Sherri Mundwiller (Washington, MO)
Janet Weber (Dittmer, MO)

Weather

Bridge & Dam finally got the perfect weather that always eluded it--no snow flurries (2015), no chilly monsoons (2019), and no dry-but-threatening weather (almost every year in between).  This year's race was blessed with beautiful, clear skies, light winds and mild temperatures that ranged from 50° at the start to 65° at the finish.   To top it off, the full moon provided a special visual treat as it set over the lake soon before the race started.

Special message to the out-of-town participants

First, thank you for coming to the Lake of the Ozarks to race with us and to support the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Those of us lucky enough to live at the Lake love this place, and we're happy to have our fellow runners from elsewhere come here and enjoy what we get to enjoy every day of the year.

There's one thing about this race that you may not know, but really need to.  What makes this race so outstanding and special is that it's put on by our local running community, with the support of the Lake-area community in general.  You probably already know that the co-race directors, Alysia Maschino and Scott Page are longtime, accomplished runners (and, in more recent years, the greatest race directors ever!), but among all of those volunteers you saw on Saturday--and some you didn't see--was the bulk of our core group of runners in this area.  They've all done this race before, and they would probably have preferred to run it rather than to man a street corner, set out traffic cones, etc.  But, they stepped up and pitched in to help make this the best event possible.  Personally, I've never been more proud of our local running community than I was on Saturday. You won't find a better group of people.   Anywhere.

We hope to see you again next year, and many more years after that!

Photos

1,077 photos have been posted here. Note that these are photos of just the half marathon, All-In and Double-Down runners.

As always, feel free to use or post the photos as you wish, and no photo credit is necessary. Also, if you would like a photo deleted from the gallery for any reason, please let me know which one(s).

Results for Lake-area runners

Here are the results for our Lake-area runners, by race distance and finish order:

BRIDGE & DAM
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA PARTICIPANTS
Name
City
Finish Time
Age Group
Age Group Place
         
ALL-IN:
Jim McDermott Camdenton
 3:23:32
Overall
5 of 9
 
HALF MARATHON:
Tucker Seise Osage Beach
 1:28:13
M20-29
1 of 15
Aaron Koeppen Lake Ozark
 1:42:00
M40-49
8 of 37 
Mike Malone Four Seasons
 1:46:05
M30-39
7 of 21
Michael Walsh Lake Ozark
 1:47:41
M30-39
9 o 21
Nicole Reynolds Eldon
 1:48:03
F0-19
1 of 1
Alisha Eldridge Eldon
 1:50:40
F40-49
3 of 33
Doug Kueker Lake Ozark
 1:51:46
M40-49
13 of 37 
Steven Tharp Camdenton
 1:52:10
M20-29
5 of 15 
Mark Matthews Kaiser
 1:52:29
M40-49
14 of 37 
Sondra Ellis Richland
 1:54:37
F30-39
6 of 44
Tim McNeil Lake Ozark
 1:55:50
M60-69
2 of 9
Aaron Berendzen Eldon
 1:57:55
M40-49
17 of 37 
Lauren Moriearty Lake Ozark
 2:00:12
F20-29
5 of 19 
Curtis Wehmeyer Camdenton
 2:04:37
M40-49
24 of 37 
Mallory Walsh Lake Ozark
 2:06:10
F30-39
11 of 44
Tim Malen Osage Beach
 2:08:42
M60-69
3 of 9
Chris Reynolds Eldon
 2:09:58
M40-49
28 of 37 
Charles Pitts Roach
 2:11:13
M50-59
9 of 16
Erica Adkins Lake Ozark
 2:12:52
F40-49
11 of 33 
Kristi Schrimpf Lake Ozark
 2:16:54
F30-39
23 of 44 
Nathanael Moe Eldon
 2:17:45
M20-29
12 of 15 
Paul Burris Osage Beach
 2:24:42
M40-49
34 of 37 
Sarah Hudson Osage Beach
 2:24:45
F30-39
29 of 44 
Paula O'Connor Camdenton
 2:34:13
F50-59
12 of 24
Willard Haley Eldon
 2:38:20
M60-69
4 of 9 
Heather Skouby Eldon
 2:43:05
F50-59
15 of 24 
Kendra Moe Eldon
 3:00:14
F30-39
40 of 44 
Alexis Olson Eldon
 3:00:15
F20-29
18 of 19 
Kayla Little Eldon
 3:00:16
F30-39
41 of 44 
 
10K:
William Faulconer Lake Ozark
 38:48
Overall winner
Sam Casella Sunrise Beach
 45:22
M40-49
2 of 12
Craig Charles Osage Beach
 47:29
M50-59
2 of 11
Brittney DeFrates Lake Ozark
 50:18
F30-39
2 of 30
Mark Stombaugh Lake Ozark
 51:07
M40-49
3 of 12
Gary Thompson Osage Beach
 56:08
M60-69
2 of 7
Gregory Sherman Osage Beach
 56:43
M40-49
5 of 12
Kelly Sherman Osage Beach
 56:44
F40-49
2 of 28 
Jill Wedig Eldon
 57:33
F40-49
3 of 28
Amy Fowler Lake Ozark
 59:23
F40-49
6 of 28
Rosalie Dear Versailles
 1:00:45
F30-39
8 of 30
Nicole O'Neill Barnett
 1:00:48
F20-29
7 of 13
Brittany Engelbrecht Lake Ozark
 1:00:48
F20-29
8 of 13
Marvin Bescheinen Versailles
 1:00:49
M60-69
4 of 7
Eric Faes Camdenton
 1:01:16
M40-49
8 of 12
Meagan Hardwick Sunrise Beach
 1:01:53
F40-49
10 of 28
Dylan Davis Eldon
 1:02:46
M20-29
6 of 7 
Cindy Wismer Camdenton
 1:03:11
F60-69
1 of 4
Brittany Cotner Lake Ozark
 1:04:47
F30-39
15 of 30
Michael Kelly Osage Beach
 1:05:00
M40-49
9 of 12
Angie Fousie Lake Ozark
 1:08:16
F40-49
14 of 28
Jordyn Blaha Camdenton
 1:10:10
F0-19
1 of 3
Terri Blaha Camdenton
 1:10:10
F40-49
17 of 28
Matthew Lee Sunrise Beach
 1:10:21
M50-59
8 of 11
Mary Wagemann Osage Beach
 1:13:23
F50-59
7 of 19
Tiffany Ash Lake Ozark
 1:13:31
F40-49
19 of 28
Molly Vernon Eldon
 1:14:58
F40-49
20 of 28
Beth Bashore Eldon
 1:14:59
F30-39
23 of 30
Michelle Waters Camdenton
 1:19:04
F40-49
23 of 28
Sherrie Hamner Osage Beach
 1:20:39
F40-49
24 of 28
Jo Nicklas Camdenton
 1:20:41
F40-49
25 of 28
Kathleen Robbins Sunrise Beach
 1:21:01
F50-59
11 of 19
Tom Wismer Camdenton
 1:22:21
M60-69
5 of 7
Megan Hendrickson Lake Ozark
 1:27:38
F30-39
26 of 30
Kaitlyn O'Haro Camdenton
 1:46:55
F20-29
12 of 13
Kristen O'Haro Sunrise Beach
 1:46:55
F20-29
13 of 13
Margie Gunter Osage Beach
 2:10:34
F50-59
19 of 19
 
5K:
Michael Maschino Roach
 23:11
M12-13
1 of 1
Harley Owens Eldon
 23:13
M30-39
1 of 6
Addison Fowler Lake Ozark
 23:17
F14-19
1 of 5
Larry Chinski Rocky Mount
 24:28
M50-59
1 o 6
Lonny Cook Four Seasons
 24:49
M60-69
1 of 8
Xavier Fowler Lake Ozark
 25:55
M10-11
1 of 5
Tobby Eldridge Eldon
 27:18
M40-49
1 of 11
R.J. Matthews Osage Beach
 27:18
M10-11
2 of 5
Teresa O'Loughlin Lake Ozark
 28:01
F40-49
1 of 22
Jennifer Griffin Lake Ozark
 29:14
F40-49
2 of 22
Curtis Nicklas Camdenton
 29:31
M14-19
1 of 4
Kayla McNabb Osage Beach
 31:13
F20-29
3 of 9
Alicia Carper Sunrise Beach
 31:21
F30-39
3 of 22
Diana Matthews Osage Beach
 32:02
F50-59
3 of 24
Creed Krulatz Linn Creek
 32:27
M10-11
4 of 5
Eric D'Antonio Sunrise Beach
 34:10
M50-59
4 of 6
Brenda Parry Lake Ozark
 34:25
F50-59
4 of 24
Steve Brennaman Camdenton
 34:31
M60-69
3 of 8
Danny Stoelting Linn Creek
 35:08
M60-69
5 of 8
Shawn Fowler Lake Ozark
 35:16
M40-49
4 of 11
Isabella Hamner Osage Beach
 35:19
F14-19
2 of 5
Carter Smith Camdenton
 35:20
M14-19
2 of 4
Sirenia Thoenen Sunrise Beach
 37:17
F40-49
8 of 22
Aala Jamieson Eldon
 37:55
F12-13
2 of 6
John Brody Eldon
 38:03
M40-49
5 of 11
Sherri Hankins Lake Ozark
 38:19
F50-59
9 of 24
Casey Richards Montreal
 39:01
F30-39
6 of 22
Layla Thurman Osage Beach
 40:26
F40-49
10 of 22
Tami Wehmeyer Camdenton
 40:41
F30-39
8 of 22
Brooke Chenoweth Eldon
 42:13
F40-49
12 of 22
Spencer Dixon Lake Ozark
 44:18
M14-19
4 of 4
Kathleen West Camdenton
 49:21
F60-69
6 of 14
Christina Wilson Osage Beach
 49:55
F50-59
12 of 24  
Kimberly Sovcik Linn Creek
 49:56
F30-39
19 of 22
Zoey Dixon Lake Ozark
 51:28
F12-13
3 of 6
Jaylee Myers Lake Ozark
 51:28
F12-13
4 of 6
Lauren Adkins Lake Ozark
 51:38
F12-13
6 of 6
Lisa Sutter Lake Ozark
 52:32
F50-59
16 of 24
Linda West Camdenton
 53:02
F70+
3 of 5
Cindy Page Lake Ozark
 55:33
F50-59
17 of 24
Pam Bess Rocky Mount
 55:39
F60-69
11 of 14
Carol Cange Lake Ozark
 55:53
F70+
4 of 5
Patty Dieckhaus Lake Ozark
 55:54
F50-59
18 of 24
Bob Scarlett Roach
 57:54
M70+
3 of 4
Mary Scarlett Roach
 57:55
F60-69
12 of 14
Ron Ferguson Lake Ozark
 1:01:28
M70+
4 of 4
Deborah Ferguson Lake Ozark
 1:01:29
F70+
5 of 5
Gail Carlock Lake Ozark
 1:30:45
F50-59
23 of 24
Rachel King Eldon
 1:30:47
F20-29
9 of 9

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WHOBILATION 5K RUN/WALK (updated March 7th)


The photos can be viewed here.

Here are the results:

Place Name
Finish Time
1
Tucker Seise (top overall male)
17:10
2
Harley Owens
22:47
3
Sondra Ellis (top overall female)
23:13
4
Kelsie Pirrie
26:32
5
Carolyn Bandy
27:33
6
Ethan McDonnell
32:33
7
Ashley McDonnell
32:34
8
Maverick Sovcik
32:40
9
Renee Vandiver
33:03
10
Abby Sloan
34:21
11
Jim Glickert
34:39
12
Leo Hermes
35:23
13
Paul Bernabe
37:18
14
Jamy Sloan
37:28
15
Ann Walters
40:54
16
Katie Preist
41:08
17
Madison Shearer
48:32
18
Colton Doner
49:38
19
Jeremy Bernabe
50:21
20
Ian Avellanosa
50:38
21
Pinky Smith
50:52
22
Ivan Avellanosa
55:03
23
Josef Bernabe
55:04
24
Tracy Mercer
56:15
25
Deborah Dunbar
56:16
26
Andrea Morrison
56:26
27
Christina Wilson
56:27
28
Anna Avellanosa
56:45
29
Maria Bernabe
56:46
30
Gerrie Henze
56:47
31
Morgan Welty
1:13:34
32
Vickie Gettler
1:13:47
33
Jessie Cody
1:13:48
Patricia Hotop
DNF
Patty Hermes
DNF

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QUEENY BACKYARD ULTRA (updated March 7th)

The inaugural Queeny Backyard Ultra at Queeny Park in suburban St. Louis started at noon on Friday with 57 hopefuls aiming to outlast all others.

Tim Barbee of Columbia, Illinois needed 25 hours (104.17 miles) to shake off the last of his competitors to become the race's last man standing.  Along the way, Angela McKnight of St. Louis was the last of the women to bow out, after 14 hours (58.83 miles).

Photos and video clips can be found at the race's Facebook page, as well as that of Janzow Photography.

Full results can be found at the race's Ultrasignup page.

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LAKE OUACHITA VISTA ENDURANCE RUN  (posted February 28th)

The Lake-area record for the most number of solo ultramarathons completed is now tied at 14.  John Shelby tied Chris Boyle's record by finishing the very challenging Lake Ouachita Vista Endurance Run (100K/100M) near Hot Springs, Arkansas on Saturday.  John completed the 100K race in 14:20:13, placing 22nd overall among the 31 finishers.

The winner of the 100K absolutely smashed the course record. The previous record was 9:35:00.  It now stands at an incredible 8:12:15.  (To put that in perspective, Chris Boyle was the 100K overall winner in 2019 in 11:13:54.)

The beautiful weather we had at the Lake on Saturday wasn't shared in Hot Springs.  They had overcast skies with fog and mist much of the day, with temperatures not rising above the mid 50s.

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POLAR BEAR STRUT 5K RUN/WALK (updated March 5th)

Fifty-three runners and walkers turned out for the 20th annual Polar Bear Strut 5K in Osage Beach on Saturday.   Disappointingly, that represented the smallest turnout for the Strut in at least twelve years, despite the sunny, mild (50°) weather.

The starting line was moved this year due to the traffic in the public beach #2 area.  The turnaround on the out-and-back course remained at the Osage Beach Parkway/Case Rd. intersection, shortening the course by about 0.3 miles.

With no current or former cross country runners in this year's field, Nigher Alfaro was able to claim his sixth overall victory--the most in Strut history.  Nigher won in 19:20 on a noticeably shorter, 2.8-mile course.  (He took third last year in 21:40.)   The top female was a first-time Strut winner.  Jacinda Espinosa crossed the line in 21:53.

 
Overall men's and women's winners Nigher Alfaro and Jacinda Espinosa.

The race photos can be found here.

The complete race results can be found here.

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TAME THE DRAGON (posted March 2nd)

The St. Louis Orienteering Club held its second annual Tame the Dragon orienteering race at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park on Saturday.  A total of 68 competitors turned out, including 17 competing solo, and 51 spread among 20 teams.

The race started and ended at the Osage Beach City Park softball pavilion.   Pictured here is course designer and race director Gary Thompson giving final race instructions prior to the start.  The weather was ideal, with sunny skies and temperatures ranging from the mid 40s at the 8:00 a.m. start to the low  60s by mid afternoon.

Competitors planned their own routes to collect as many of the 36 checkpoints as possible within the 8-hour time limit, so the distance that each covered will vary.  Many, though, reported covering 20-25 miles. (The checkpoints have varying point values, so you can still finish ahead of a competitor if you collect more-valuable checkpoints.)

Armed with only a map and a compass, the competitors made their way through miles of endless hills throughout the state park. 

Like last year, no one collected all of the checkpoints, although they did come tantalizingly close.  Jason Bettis, the overall solo winner, and the top team--42 Down, consisting of Jeff Ryan, Josh Borgmeyer and Jason Noakes--were able to to collect 35 of the 36.  On average, each solo/team competitor collected 18 checkpoints.

Overall winner Jason Bettis.

Top team--42 Down (from left):  Jason Noakes, Josh Borgmeyer and Jeff Ryan.

Solo competitors generally placed higher in the overall standings than the teams.  About two-thirds of the solos finished in the top half of the standings, versus only one-third of the teams.  (In a race like this, where the team must physically stay together for the entire duration, the team's outcome is generally determined by the slowest team member.)

This year's race was the first foray into orienteering by seven Lake-area runners.  The Might Survive team of Chris Boyle, Tucker Seise and Jefferson City's Cody Eubanks commendably placed 6th among the 20 teams.  They collected 19 of the 36 checkpoints in 7:44:48.

Might Survive team (from left): Tucker Seise, Chris Boyle and Cody Eubanks.

The Dragon Asses team of Scott Page, Gary Braman, Mark Matthews, Rob Kucsik and Stacy Roberts collected the 8th most points among the 20 teams, but the severe point penalty for finishing a mere 11 minutes over the 8-hour time limit dropped them all the way down to 14th place.

Dragon Asses team (from left): Mark Matthews, Stacy Roberts, Rob Kucsik, Scott Page and Gary Braman.

The complete race results can be found here.

Many more photos can be found here

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CABIN FEVER RELIEVER 5K/10K/20K (posted February 7th) 


Matt Weatherford of Eldon was the only Lake-area runner to toe a starting line on this cold, dreary and snowy weekend.  Matt was in Rogersville (10 miles east of Springfield) on Saturday for the Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners' 6th annual Cabin Fever Reliever. He finished the 10K in 1:11:08. He placed second in the men's 20-29 age group, missing out on a victory in his age group by a miniscule 0.35 seconds.

There were 268 finishers on the day, including 111 in the 5K, 79 in the 10K, and 78 in the 20K.  Our former LOTO running buddy Andy Goessman took 4th overall (and first in men's 30-39 age group) in the 10K, finishing in 42:27.  Randy Acklin of Marshfield placed 6th in the 40-49 age group in the 20K with a 1:41:11 finish.

Complete results can be found here.

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ROC7K TRAIL RUN (posted January 24th)

Three Lake-area runners were in Columbia on Saturday vying to become the very first local runner to cross a finish line in 2021.  Sarah Wood of Eldon won those bragging rights by finishing the ROC7K Trail Run at Cosmo Park in 42:21. Sarah won the women's 30-39 age group over 21 others.

Brian Frederick of Kaiser finished in 49:31, taking 7th (of 13) in the men's 50-59 age group.  Another Eldon runner, John Brody, finished in 58:23, placing 15th (of 16) in the 40-44 age group.

Our Columbia running friend Andy Emerson finished 5th overall among the 128 total competitors, in 35:35.

Less than two seconds separated the top two finishers. Complete results can be found here.

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DAVID'S TRAIL ENDURANCE RUN (posted January 24th)

Thirteen of our Lake-area runners traveled to Mountain Home, Arkansas on Saturday for the sixth annual David's Trail Endurance Run (Facebook page). Five managed to pull off podium finishes.

In the 50K, Chris Boyle won the 40-49 age group, with a 5:38:41 finish that also placed him 4th overall (of 52 finishers). John Shelby and Gary Braman took 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in the 50-59 age group.

In the 25K, Tucker Seise knocked 13 minutes off of last year's 3rd-place overall finish time, but his 1:54:19 was still only good enough for another 3rd-place overall.  (It should be noted that the second-place finisher was also credited with a 1:54:19 finish time, so Tucker apparently missed out on that spot by a fraction of a second.)  Rob Kucsik, who aged up to the 50-59 group this year, took 3rd place with a 2:45:22 finish time.

Some of the Lake-area entourage (clockwise, from lower left): Gary Braman, Scott Page, Katie Roberts, Stacy Roberts, Mark Matthews, Rob Kucsik, Tucker Seise and Nigher Alfaro. (Photo provided.)

Here are results for our Lake-area runners, plus a few runners familiar to us:

DAVID'S TRAIL ENDURANCE RUN
MOUNTAIN HOME, ARKANSAS
JANUARY 23, 2021
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA RUNNERS

Name
Finish Time
Age Group
Age Group Place
50K:
Chris Boyle
5:38:41
M40-49
1 of 13
John Shelby
6:38:08
M50-59
2 of 4
Aaron Koeppen
6:49:20
M40-49
7 of 13
Gary Braman
6:57:07
M40-49
3 of 4
       
25K:
Tucker Seise
1:54:19
-
3rd overall male
Scott Page
2:43:05
M40-49
5 of 20
Rob Kucsik
2:45:22
M50-59
3 of 11
Mark Matthews
2:56:59
M40-49
7 of 20
Doug Kueker
3:00:02
M40-49
8 of 20
Nigher Alfaro
3:19:26
M40-49
11 of 20
Stacy Roberts
3:20:51
M40-49
12 of 20
Katie Roberts
3:20:53
F40-49
6 of 30
Alysia Maschino
3:26:04
F40-49
8 of 30
       

Complete results can be found here

Lots of photos have been posted on the race's Facebook page.

There were 241 finishers at this year's race (versus 225 last year), including 52 for the 50K, 126 for the 25K and 63 for the 7K.  

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