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Title:2005 McNaughton Park Trail Runs
Date:Saturday April 16th, 2005
Author:Bill Thom
Report:
The 5th Annual McNaughton Park Trail Runs began Saturday April 16th. Race Director Andy Weinberg (local resident of Pekin, IL) set the runners off at 6:00 a.m. A bagpiper adorned in Scottish kilt confused the park wildlife while inspiring the runners at the beginning of their journey.

Race distances of 10, 30, 50, and 100 miles were run on a 10-mile loop course. The course was a well-marked mix of single-track forest trails, grassy meadows, and perimeters of farm fields. Each loop featured four aid stations, steep hills (one with a rope-pull strung up trees), and multiple stream crossings - the deepest was just over ankle. The severity of the hills had some first timers wondering if we were, in fact, in Illinois.

Registered runners were treated to stylish PEARL iZUMi shirts, unique finisher - age group and overall awards, and eager volunteers working well stocked aid stations.

195 participants took part in the races, which concluded when the course officially closed at 6:00 p.m. Sunday giving the courageous 100 milers 36 hours to finish their mission.

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David Farley mans the race timerTables of the main aid stationResults boardLarry Hall and Michael Davenport in front of the scorer's tentYour chef, Larry
Akos Konya of HungaryAlex Swenson halfway through the 100 MilerTanya Cady with race director Andy WeinbergPowerful leg of Jane Moser CoxCompletion of another 10-mile lap
Jane Moser Cox with race director Andy WeinbergAnother 10-mile lap completedLarry Hall with Don FritchlLisa Conover finishes her 50 mile runLisa Conover with race director Andy Weinberg
Mike Ward approaches the end of his 50 milerMike Ward brings it homeBonnie Bush triumphsThe infatiguable Eric CliftonYouthful volunteers prepare reflective markings
Cheering fans take in the ultra actionCrewing is a l-o-n-g daySome ultra runners finishing... some continuing onWelcome HomeLast few minutes of daylight for Saturday
Gliding an uncharacteristically easy downhillSteve Hoger keeps his shoes looking newConstant forward motionFollowing yellow ribbons and guided by his crewSteve Hoger's crew
Yes... that is a pull-ropeSteve Hoger enroute to his 50 MilerPacer and runner working the flatsSteve Hoger enters the aid stationSteve finds tranquility on the trail
A footbridge flattens this McNaughton CanyonGreat balance displayed late in Steve's 50 miler

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