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RIVER ROCK TRIATHLON (posted July 17th)

Jim McDermott took second (of three) in the men's 60-and-over age group at Saturday's inaugural River Rock Triathlon in Ozark.  There were 37 total participants in the sprint distance race (350-meter Finley River swim, 14-mile bike and 5K run).

Jim finished in 1:19:40, placing seventh overall.  Here are his splits:

Swim:        10:23  (2:58 per 100 meters)
T-1:             1:15
Bike:         41:46  (20.1 miles per hour)
T-2:             1:17
Run:          25:01  (7:22 per mile) 
Finish:    1:19:40

Full results can be found here.

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SUMMER ROUNDUP TRIATHLON (posted July 11th)

Jim McDermott scored an age-group victory by default at Sunday's Summer Roundup Triathlon in Jasper, Missouri.

Jim did the Oympic distance race, completing the 1500-meter swim, 40K bike and 10K run in 2:55:47--nearly 50 minutes ahead of his only competitor in the men's 65-69 age group.  Here are his splits:

Swim:        46:28  (2:42 per 100 meters)
T-1:             3:09
Bike:       1:10:52  (21.1 miles per hour)
T-2:             1:50
Run:          53:29  (8:36 per mile) 
Finish:    2:55:47

Full results can be found here.

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SWEATFEST 5K & 6.6M (posted July 10th)

Carolyn Thompson of Camdenton was our lone Lake-area representative at Saturday's Sweatfest trail race at Fellows Lake in Springfield. Carolyn did the 6.6-mile, finishing in 1:15:28 and placing second (of four) in the women's 60-69 age group.

Complete results can be found here.

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VOL STATE 500K (updated July 18th)

One of the most remarkable performances in endurance sports in recent memory was turned in by Bob Hearn at this year's Vol State.  Bob finished the 500K (314-mile) race in a new record of 3 days, 4 hours and 9 minutes.  He broke his own uncrewed record (set last year) by 10 hours, and even managed to break the crewed record by 3 hours.  What makes this even more impressive is that he's 55 years old.

To help bring this performance into perspective, let's do a little comparison between what Bob did at Vol State to what Chris Boyle did so impressively at last December's 4 Fore 30.  Chris completed 158 miles in 38 hours to win 4 Fore 30.  Bob completed twice as many miles, in twice as many hours, without a support crew, and in very warm, muggy and sometimes rainy weather.  To help further illustrate the point, Bob essentially equaled the incredible Big's Backyard Ultra record performance of 283 miles in 68 hours set three years ago by 44 year-old Johan Steene.  (Bob finished 31 more miles in 8 more hours.)

Bob isn't currently listed on this year's Big's roster, but Laz ought to invite him after this remarkable performance.       


Scott Page and Alysia Maschino finished on Friday in 8 days, 5 hours and 9 minutes. 

Race statistics:

There were 106 starters. 78 finished, ranging from 3 days, 4 hours and 9 minutes, to 9 days, 22 hours and 9 minutes.

Interestingly, there was no appreciable difference in finishing success between the crewed and screwed divisions.  Eighteen (78%) of the 23 who were crewed managed to finish, while 60 (72%) of the 83 screwed participants reached the finish line.

The finishers ranged in age from 29 to 80.   The average age of the finishers was 51.7 years.   

Here are some links for the race:

Race tracking

Vol State Facebook page

Race website

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RUN FOR THE HORSES 5K/10K RUN/WALK (updated June 27th)


About 25 two-legged, and 2 four-legged,
runners and walkers toed the starting line.

It rained on the way to the Run for the Horses 5K/10K in Linn Creek on Saturday, and it rained on the way home, but, miraculously, it didn't rain a drop during the race. The bad news, though, was that the relative humidity was at or near 100%, so it felt like running in a steam bath. It was brutal. So brutal that only one person--Sam Casella--who signed up for the 10K didn't decide to step down to the 5K. Sam was the one and only 10K competitor, finishing in a very impressive 47:50 in those tough conditions.

In the 5K, Tucker Seise and Amanda Ivey (from Milo, MO; a Bridge & Dam 5K two-time finisher) were the overall male and female winners, in 18:21 and 23:57, respectively.

   
10K winner Sam Casella and 5K women's winner Amanda Ivey. (I failed in getting a good photo of 5K winner Tucker Seise.)

Here are the full results:

RUN FOR THE HORSES 5K/10K
LINN CREEK, MISSOURI
JUNE 26, 2021
RESULTS BY FINISH ORDER
Name
Bib #
Finish
Time
Age Group
Age Group Place
10K:
Sam Casella (overall winner)
237
 47:50
M40-49
1 of 1
 
5K:
Tucker Seise (overall male winner)
242
 18:21
M20-29
1 of 2
Michael Maschino
243
 23:56
M0-14
1 of 3
Amanda Ivey (overall female winner)
230
 23:57
F30-39
1 of 4
Todd Scott
246
 29:01
M30-39
1 of 3
Katrina Shanks
229
 29:49
F30-39
2 of 4
Mike Toth
247
 32:27
M50-59
1 of 1
Nick Dissen
235
 33:05
M20-29
2 of 2
Brittni Dissen
236
 33:08
F20-29
1 of 1
Nick Nelson
245
 33:30
M30-39
2 of 3
Elena Dissen
240
 37:23
F30-39
3 of 4
Josh Dissen
241
 39:26
M30-39
3 of 3
Sam Wedig
233
 41:56
M0-14
2 of 3
Jill Wedig
234
 42:06
F40-49
1 of 1
Kim Sovcik
232
 43:40
F30-39
4 of 4
Donna Mitchell
226
 44:49
F60-69
1 of 2
Candice Todd
249
 49:56
F50-59
1 of 3
Abigail Shanks
227
 52:27
F15-19
1 of 1
Avery Shanks
228
 52:41
F0-14
1 of 1
Sam Maschino
244
 53:05
M0-14
3 of 3
Alesia McAnany
248
 54:09
F50-59
1 of 3
Heather Dissen
239
 54:10
F50-59
3 of 3
Pamela Bess
238
 54:11
F60-69
2 of 2

It sounds hard to believe, but two runners, Todd Scott and Nick Nelson, came all the way from Nashville to do this race.  They drove seven hours to get to the Lake on Friday, and were heading back to Nashville on Sunday.  (Nashville, like most major cities, has been tough on races.)

Todd Scott (left) and Nick Nelson playing with
one of the mini horses before the race .

The Dissen gang--Josh, Elena, Nick, (matriarch) Heather, and Brittni--showed up en masse to race, just as they did two weeks ago (along with Ben) at the Rock Island Road Race

The Dissens, from left to right: Josh, Elena, baby Dissen (forgot to ask his name), Nick, Heather and Brittni.  One of these years, perhaps they can drag family patriarch Roger (owner of Dissen Electric) out of bed early on a Saturday morning to race with them.

We always like to herald first-timers, and Sam Wedig finished his debut 5K in 41:56.  It took a lot of encouragement along the way from his mom, Jill Wedig, but Sam finished it, with a sprint to the finish line to boot. 

Sam Wedig sprints to the finish line with
his proud mom, Jill Wedig, looking on.

It was good to see Mike Toth back in the saddle.  Due to hip pain, Mike hadn't raced since February's Polar Bear Strut.

More race photos can be found here.

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CHILDREN'S LEARNING CENTER NIGHT GLOW 5K RUN/WALK (updated June 25th)

Thanks to super sleuth Scott Page, the official results have been found.  Check them out here.

The overall male winner was Connor Flesner of Kennard, Nebraska, in 21:19.  Just-graduated Camdenton High School cross country runner Cambrie Kowal was the top female, in 23:04.  In a sprint to the finish line, Cambrie came from behind to defeat Emily Marriott of Sikeston, Missouri by three seconds.  (Emily is the daughter of SplitMaster Timing's owners, Delbert and Brooke Marriott.) 

The race photos can be found here.

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LOTO ENDURANCE (updated June 17th)

Twenty-three runners sacrificed their beauty sleep for a long, late-night run at the inaugural LOTO Endurance race at Osage National Golf Resort on Saturday night/Sunday morning, benefiting Wonderland Camp.

There were 14 competitors in the 6-hour race, with Cody Eubanks of Jefferson City topping the list with 38.65 miles. Andy Emerson came in a close second, with 35.05 miles.  April Leonard was our top local finisher, with 28.4 miles.

The marathon had six finishers, with Jeff Foes of the far southern Missouri town of Alton finishing first, in 3:58:36. Top local finisher was Rob Kucsik, in 4:42:48.

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

LOTO ENDURANCE
JUNE 12, 2021
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA RUNNERS
Overall Place
Name
Finish Time / Miles Completed
MARATHON:
2
Rob Kucsik
4:42:48
3
Mark Matthews
4:57:27
4
Tania Maschhoff
4:57:45
5
Denise Baker
4:57:45
6
Gary Thompson
5:48:50
6-HOUR:
3
April Leonard
28.4
4
Tucker Seise
26.6
5
Chris Boyle
26.6
13
Lauren Moriearty
13.3
14
Kimberly Sovcik
13.3

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ELDON ROCK ISLAND ROAD RACE (updated June 14th)

One hundred and fifty runners and walkers turned out on Saturday for Eldon's fourth annual Rock Island Road Race (Facebook), organized by the Miller County Child Advocacy Council to support its various childrens' programs.

That total was down from last year's record of 184, but the decline wasn't totally unexpected, as last year's turnout clearly benefited from a one-time boost from lockdown-weary runners who came from all over to run in the first in-person race of size to be held in the state of Missouri in three months. Still, it was encouraging that this year's turnout was larger than 2019's total of 130. Here's how this year's turnout compares to previous years, by race distance:

ROCK ISLAND ROAD RACE 15K/10K/5K
ELDON, MISSOURI
NUMBER OF FINISHERS
Distance
2018
2019
2020
2021
15K
25
51
66
58
10K
25
16
50
30
5K
Not offered
63
68
62
Total
50
130
184
150

A mid-June race in Missouri is bound to be brutal due to heat and humidity, and this year's race was no exception. Cloudy skies lingering from the storm system that rolled through Friday night actually gave us hope that the weather wouldn't be too bad after all, but, as luck would have it, the clouds moved out just before the race started, and the heat was on. The first few miles of the race, when there was no shade along the course to speak of, were particularly hard.

For the record, the temperature was 68° at the 7:15 a.m. start, and rose steadily to 78° by the race's conclusion at 10:00 a.m.  That was only slightly warmer than last year's race conditions.

The field was larger than it looks--everyone seemed to be reluctant to move closer to the starting line.  Click on the above image to see how  some of the top finishers placed themselves at the start.

Results

The complete race results can be found here. (An Excel file of the results can be downloaded here.)

15K:

The biggest story at this year's race was the overall 15K victory by Henri Coeme of Neosho, in 1:07:11.   The reason is that Henri is 68 years old, and it's almost unheard of for a runner his age to be an overall race winner at any distance. It's not a complete surprise that he won, though, since Henri has set thirty-seven Missouri state running records for his age in the last six years at distances ranging from 1 mile (5:48) to 100K (10:19:33).  Henri is a prolific racer, particularly of trail races and ultramarathons.  If you were at the Trail of Four Winds 25K last month, you may recognize him.  At that race, he placed 24th overall among 134 participants. (On a side note, Henri was among the first to come to the aid of, and begin CPR on, a competitor who was struck and killed by lightning at the Flat Rock 50 trail race in southeastern Kansas in September 2019.)

The overall women's 15K winner is no stranger to Lake-area races. Kim Ream of Sedalia, who's among the few who have completed every Bridge & Dam Half Marathon since its inception, won in 1:15:16. Her margin of victory was a mere one second over her running friend from Sedalia, Millie Cavanagh.  (Kim and Millie ran the race together, but you have to wonder if they knew that they were leading the women's race, since whoever stepped over the finish line first would be the overall winner, while the other would have to settle for an age-group victory.)

      
15K overall winners Henri Coeme (1:07:11) of Neosho, and Kim Ream (1:15:16) of Sedalia.

Millie Cavanagh (1:15:17) and Kim Ream (1:15:16), both of Sedalia, pictured at the two-mile mark of the 15K.

10K:

Nathan Reynolds became the Rock Island's first two-time overall winner, although at different distances.  In 2019, at the age of 13, Nathan won the 5K in 20:35--a full seven minutes faster than his nearest competitor.  He skipped last year's race (his sister, Nicole Reynolds, took his spot and was the women's overall 10K winner, in 51:53), but returned this year to win the 10K in 43:11, more than eight minutes ahead of the second-place finisher, women's overall winner Kelsie Lineback (51:46) of Waynesville.  Kelsie broke Nicole's women's 10K course record by a margin of jjust seven seconds.

   
10K overall winners Nathan Reynolds (43:11) of Eldon, and Kelsie Lineback (51:46) of Waynesville.

5K:

This was the first year that Lake-area runners failed to win either of the overall 5K victories. It was also the very first time that the women's winner of a Rock Island race beat the men's winner to the finish line.  Lilly Blaufuss of Overland Park, Kansas earned that distinction by beating Chase Perry of Ankeny, Iowa to the finish line by exactly one minute--21:46 to 22:46.

   
5K overall winners Lilly Blaufuss (21:46) of Overland Park, Kansas and Chase Perry (22:46) of Ankeny, Iowa.

Photos

Lots of photos taken by Debbie Fair have been posted to the race's Facebook page. My photos can be found here.

Kudos

Congratulations and thanks go to everyone involved in organizing this outstanding race, including co-race directors Scott Gray and Christy Kidwell, the Miller County Child Advocacy Council staff and board members, the numerous volunteers, and all of the Eldon police officers and city employees stationed throughout the course.  This race was truly a community effort, and all of the accolades it gets are well-deserved.

In case you hadn't heard, Scott and Jayna Gray are moving to Columbia.  Thankfully, they'll continue to be involved in this race.        

A dose of inspiration

I've said many times over the years that, if you want to see great athletes, be at the finish line of a race and watch the first ones cross, but if you really want to be inspired, stick around to see those in the back of the pack.

Pictured above are Aaron Stover (right), and his son, Nick, of Jefferson City.  They ran the entire race together, finishing in 2:14:23, ahead of just one other runner in the entire race.  Running a 15K wasn't much of a challenge for Nick, who's a cross country and track runner at Blair Oaks High School, but it was a huge challenge for his dad. 

Aaron spent 28 years in the military.  It ended when he suffered serious injuries due to exposure to dangerous chemicals.  He participated in ultramarathons and adventure races during his service years, but all of that came to an end.  He was using this race to begin to get back in his life some of what he had lost.  He was clearly suffering every time I saw him on the course, but he never gave up.    

Now, how's that for inspiration?   

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GO GIRL RUN COLUMBIA HALF MARATHON & 5K (posted June 6th)

Two Lake-area runners, Clare Herriman and Tammy Lawrence, both of Eldon, traveled to Columbia on Saturday to compete in the women-only Go Girl Run Half Marathon & 5K.   Their results are shown below:

GO GIRL RUN HALF MARATHON & 5K
COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
JUNE 5, 2021
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA PARTICIPANTS
Name
City
Finish Time
Age Group
Age Group Place
HALF MARATHON:
Clare Herriman Eldon
2:41:59
F20-24
7 of 9
 
5K:
Tammy Lawrence Eldon
58:00
F60-64
8 of 10
         

Complete race results can be found here.

Total participation was less than half that of 2019.  (Last year's race was cancelled to due Covid-19.)  Shown below are the number of race finishers since 2014.  (Based on its history of cutting events that are losing viability, it wouldn't be surprising if Ultramax Events pulls the plug on this event next year, or reduces it to just a 5K.)

 
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
Marathon
-
-
49
-
-
-
Covid
-
Half Marathon
596
467
352
360
263
229
108
5K
510
397
426
352
352
406
203
Total
1,106
864
827
712
615
635
311

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HOSPITAL HILL RUN (updated June 15th)

The 48th annual Hospital Hill Run--Kansas City's oldest race and one of the oldest running events in the state--was held on Saturday. 

The results are posted at Athlinks.com.  The results don't list the participants' cities, so it was necessary to do just a cursory look for Lake-area participants' names in the results.  

The only local runner found was Michelle Waters, who ran the 10K in 1:25:33 and placed 35th (of 45) in the 45-49 age group.

Update:  Two more Lake-area runners participated in the event.  MIssy Burnau and Bridgid Davis ran the 5K, finishing in 41:34 and 41:46, respectively, and placing 14th and 15th (of 24) in the women's 45-49 age group.

Bridgid Davis and Missy Burnau

If I missed anyone, please let me know

Complete race results can be found here.

Total participation was down 36% from 2019, and continues a long-term downward spiral for the race.

 
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
Half Marathon
3,187
2,642
2,220
1,825
1,497
1,549
Covid
1,048
7.7 Miles
-
-
-
-
1,014
-
-
10K
1,564
1,572
1,216
1,250
-
1,071
607
5K
1,896
1,620
1,570
1,457
387
894
598
Total
6,647
5,834
5,006
4,532
2,898
3,514
2,253

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IRONMAN TULSA TRIATHLON (posted May 24th)

Congratulations to Jim McDermott for becoming a three-time Ironman finisher. On Sunday, Jim finished the inaugural Ironman Tulsa Triathlon on an overcast, slightly wet day with temperatures mostly in the low 70s and very light winds. (That was milder than the warm (80s), sunny, humid day, with much more wind, forecasted earlier in the week.)

Jim finished the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 14:27:26. He took 8th (of 17) in the men's 65-69 age group. Here are his splits:

Swim
1:45:14
T-1
14:00
Bike
6:32:42
T-2
11:15
Run
5:44:15
Finish
14:27:26

At age 67, Jim now indisputably holds the Lake-area record for finishing an Ironman Triathlon at the oldest age.  (The late Denny Gillen may have held, or shared with Jim, the previous record at the age of 63.)

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TRAIL OF FOUR WINDS 25K (posted May 1st)


Of the 175 registered participants in the sold-out starting field,
about 145 started, and 134 became official finishers.
(click on photo for a larger image)

Before the gun went off, this year's Trail of Four Winds 25K (Facebook) looked to be pretty much a repeat of the 2019 race.  It ended up far different.

Michael McCulloch, a former collegiate track and cross country runner from Columbia now living in the Kansas City area, was the obvious favorite in the men's race. Michael won the 2019 race, the 2020 virtual edition of the race, and even the Trail of Four Winds' precursor event, the Ha Ha Tonka Half Marathon, in 2018. Michael's only real challenge was expected to come from Robert Bruns of St. Louis, who finished just 15 seconds behind him in 2019.

Robert managed to again take second, despite finishing 16 minutes slower than in 2019. But this time it was Nathan Allen, a Jefferson City native now living in Berkeley, California (with an interim stay in Colorado), who took the overall crown. Nathan won in 1:57:53.  That was almost six minutes slower than Michael's 2019 winning time (1:52:14), but still 10 minutes ahead of Robert's 2:08:30.  (Michael took fifth overall, finishing in 2:20:19.  He obviously had a tough day, like so many others.)

It's always interesting to see how  runners position themselves at the starting line. Here, three-time champion Michael McCulloch (bib #1) and Robert Bruns (far right) chat with Rich Luers (left) of Final Lap Race Management just before the first wave takes off, while eventual race winner Nathan Allen (#3) coyly lines up behind them.

The women's race appeared to belong to Jaime Maher of Fenton ( suburban St. Louis).  Jaime won the 2019 race in 2:26:10, only 17 seconds ahead of her (friendly) rival, Karolina Zavisiute of St. Charles.  Karolina wasn't at this year's race, so Jaime looked to have a lock on the victory.  However, a TOFW first-timer, Hilary Campbell of Springfield, who's also a former cross country runner for Kickapoo High School, not only beat Jaime to the finish line, but shattered Jaime's course record by over five minutes.  Jaime also had a tough day, but still took third, in 3:00:37.  (She also earned bragging rights in the Maher house for the next year, after husband Ryan crossed the line 10 minutes behind her, in 3:10:22.  To his credit, though, Ryan was able to do that a few months after undergoing back surgery.)

Women's champion Hilary Campbell receives her winnings from Trail of Four Winds 25K race director John Shelby.

The big story of this year's race was the weather.  While it was a beautiful day to be hiking, paddling or cycling in the state park, it was too warm for a trail race, especially for those not yet acclimated to running in warm weather.  How warm was it?  This year's race day was nearly 20° warmer than 2019's.  Here are the numbers:

Time
2019
2021
10:00 a.m
57°
74°
Noon
61°
80°
2:00 p.m.
65°
82°

You need only look at the cloudy skies and long-sleeved jerseys and jackets pictured in the 2019 race photos to see just how different the conditions were.

The heat contributed to noticeably slower finish times.  The average finish time this year was 3:33:xx, or 12 minutes longer than the 3:21:xx average in 2019.

For the record, here are some miscellaneous race statistics:

 
2019
2021
Finishers, by gender:    
   Men
74
83
   Women
55
51
      Total
129
134
     
Finishers, by location:    
    Lake area
  11   (9%)
  13  (10%)
    Elsewhere
118 (91%)
121  (90%)
 
Number of two-year finishers:
N/A
22

Two of our Lake-area women claimed victories in the 30-39 and 40-49 age groups--by far the largest and most competitive age groups at this and most other running races.  Brittney DeFrates won the 30-39 age group (over 16 others), in 3:08:42, while Jessica Clark topped 14 others to win the 40-49 age group, in 3:16:55.  (As an aside, both Brittney and Jessica have seemingly come out of nowhere. The only race history I can find for either of them is Brittney's second-place, age-group finish at this year's Bridge & Dam 10K and a 1:52:14 half marathon finish at the Bear Creek Run in Columbia in 2018.  If indeed they are relative newcomers, their victories at this very challenging, competitive race are all the more impressive.)

   
Local age-group winners Brittney DeFrates (left) and Jessica Clark.

Two of our local men also earned podium spots. Tucker Seise took second (of 7) in the 20-29 age group, as well as 12th overall, with a 2:31:50 finish. Chris Boyle finished in 2:37:09--24 minutes slower than in 2019. Still, that was good enough for third (of 26) in the 40-49 age group.

The complete race results can be found here. Results for our local runners and a few of our friends from other places are shown below.

TRAIL OF FOUR WINDS 25K
LAKE OF THE OZARKS STATE PARK
MAY 1, 2021
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA RUNNERS AND SELECTED OTHERS
Name
City
Finish Time
Division
Division Place
Podium finishers are listed in bold
         
Tucker Seise Osage Beach
2:31:50
M20-29
2 of 7
Chris Boyle Osage Beach
2:37:09
M40-49
3 of 26
Aaron Koeppen Four Seasons
3:02:59
M40-49
6 of 26
Mark Matthews Kaiser
3:04:42
M40-49
7 of 26
Brittney DeFrates Lake Ozark
3:08:42
F30-39
1 of 17
Jessica Clark Rocky Mount
3:16:55
F40-49
1 of 15
Tania Maschhoff Lake Ozark
3:26:55
F40-49
4 of 15
Emily Smith Lake Ozark
3:37:43
F30-39
6 of 17
Denise Baker Lake Ozark
3:37:44
F40-49
6 of 15
Angie Fousie Lake Ozark
3:49:12
F40-49
8 of 15
Heather Miller Camdenton
4:03:20
F30-39
11 of 17
Carolyn Youngberg Linn Creek
4:09:09
F50-59
6 of 9
Gary Thompson Osage Beach
4:17:05
M60-69
5 of 6
         
Did not finish:
Lauren Moriearty Lake Ozark  
F20-29
 
         
Did not start:
Michael Classen Versailles  
M30-39
 
Pete Groce Eldon  
M50-59
 
         
Frequent Lake visitors and runners:
Andy Emerson Columbia
2:25:02
M50-59
1 of 18
Andy Goessmann Ozark
3:00:29
M30-39
13 of 22
Jaime Maher Fenton, MO
3:00:37
Overall female
3rd of 51
Ryan Maher Fenton, MO
3:10:22
M30-39
14 of 22
Gavin Eubank Columbia
4:15:14
M40-49
25 of 26

Congratulations to all who toed the starting line and gave it their all on a very tough day on an equally tough course.  Thanks and congratulations, too, to race director John Shelby and his great group of able volunteers for organizing a race of such high quality.  This race, like Bridge & Dam, is a real asset to the Lake of the Ozarks running community.   

The photos taken by Kristi Mayo of Mile 90 Photography can be found here.

My photos can be viewed here.

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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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