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Cross Timbers Trail Runs

Cross Timbers Trail Lake Texoma, TX February 23, 2008 Cross Timbers Trail Runs 2008 RDs’ Report The 27th anniversary of the Cross Timbers trail run was another great event! After many months of planning for the 27th anniversary of this run, I decided that this year we would be prepared for rain (since the 2006 Cross Timbers Trail Run had more than enough rain the day of the race). We also prepared for wind; (the 2007 event was noted for the severity of the wind). So, this year I prepared for SNOW! This year’s “Old Farmers Almanac” called for snow on 02/24 and I wasn’t going to take any chances. On Friday the 22nd, John, Laurie Underwood, Mom McCoul, Larry Flies, Roger & Corrine Hale, Linda & Bob Wilmot and Jeremy Dunn arrived at Cedar Bayou to prepare for our pre-race dinner, registration and marking of the trails. Our pre-race dinner was attended by many Cross Timbers trail run veterans as well as by many runners new to Cross Timbers. Our sponsors this year are: “Adrenaline”, Cedar Bayou Marina, TEVA, Spirit Ink, Hammer Nutrition, MG’s Durant Twin Cinema and Bowling Alley. “We honored 5 members at Cross Timbers that have participated for 23+years. Jay Norman a veteran trail runner and former CTTR race director from Irving TX… Jay has participated in many trail runs including the Western States 100, the Costa Rica challenge (the oldest participant to have completed the 200k adventure race). Jay most memorable moment in sports is “finishing Western States 100 Mile Endurance Race in under 24 hrs”. Bob Williams, also a veteran trail runner from the Houston area. Bob has “completed 61 marathons and 99 ultras”. “Ultras include 100s at Arkansas Traveler (3 times), Western States (twice), Leadville and Rocky Raccoon (8 times), and a couple of 24hrs events. This is was Bobs 24th Cross Timbers! Mary Ann Miller has been a CTTR participant since the first Cross Timbers trail run. Mary Ann tells me that she was the only woman running with the original race directors. Mary Ann was also the race director for the 24/48 hr track race. “Eldertreks – 3 week hike through 4 countries in South America, 2 week hike through Czechoslovakia, Slovakia and Poland” 8 USATF age group 48 hrs track records. Bob Hancook, also a CTTR participant since the first CTTR event (27 yrs ago). Bob tells me that he remembers the “old days when Jay, Mary Ann, Bob W. and he were just young pups” …he also tells me “the actual CTTR started and finished at Juniper Point and all the spouses dragged up pots and pans and sat at the picnic tables to prepare beef stew over an open fire”. Also, “Bob empassioned by the challenges of nature and overheard by several fellow runners gave S.O.B. Hill its name” Larry Flies has been participating at CTTR for the 27 years, initially running and now Larry is a very dedicated volunteer and with the most popular aid station (at about mile 5…he hand carries most of his aid station supplies), also Larry’s aid station was named this year as “the aid station from heaven”! Larry goes as far as blowing the leaves off the entire trail…12miles!! Jay, Bob W, Mary A., Bob H and Larry F. were honored with a jacket with their name embroidered. We will honor four more members on the 28th anniversary of Cross Timbers…(names to be disclosed the evening before the event). The weather cooperated with CTTR this year, we had the most participants in quite a few years…160 participants for the four events! 25 runners started the 50 mile race and 16 completed the race for a 64% finish rate. The 50 mile event was won by Charles Corfield from Colorado with a time of 8:33:34. He ended the race with a cut over his eye and dried blood down the side of his face from a fall. The only female entered in this event Cathy Hoover had to drop out of the race due to injuries (shoulder dislocated & an ankle injury)..The shoulder injury was not enough to stop her. Another runner grabbed her arm and snapped her shoulder back into place and then she continued running. Unfortunately, she twisted her ankle around mile 30 and had to drop. The marathon was won by Matt Crownover (3rd consecutive year) with a time of 4:04:25. Marlee Clark was the first female winner with a time of 4:55:32 The Half-marathon was won by Thomas Carr with a time of 2:04:10. Christine Tokarz was the first female winner with a time of 2:33:05; Christine is a member of the “Adrenaline Team” The five mile was won by Karl Swierenga with a time of 49:22. Amy Porter was the first female winner with a time of 58:07. We had great weather and good food. Antje made sure nobody went hungry; she also made a delicious soup…THANKS Antje! A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers: Cedar Bayou: Corrine Hale, Jeremy Dunn, Rebecca Connor, Will Turner, Terri Malek. Juniper Point: Tommy and Pete Sanchez, Fred Herridge, James, “Aid station from Heaven” Larry Flies and Jackie. Paw Paw Creek: Dmitry Rozinsky, John Gaulding, Steve Switzer, and the Hopgood family. Paw Paw Point: Tim Malek, Ryan Hess, Amanda Lay, Dusty Conner, Jessica McCoul A special thanks to Mom McCoul for helping John to attend to all aid stations. Mark your calendars for the 2009 Cross Timbers Trail Runs on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009. Happy Trails, Teresa & John McCoul, Roger Hale
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