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Title:Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall
Date:Saturday November 16th, 2013
Author:Bill & Michelle (co-RDs)
Report:
Paleozoic Trail Runs
Carboniferous Fall
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Fall Season Paleo-Carb 50-Km and 25-Km
Trail Runs on the Palos Trail System!

Prevailing southerly winds provided seasonally warm weather with race-day dawning at 6:42 am, temperatures already in the upper-40sF. Volunteers Mike Ward, Jennifer Leslie, and Jeni Goodwin reported ready-for-duty, and helped prepare our check-in/start/finish area while Stephen McCracken was out on the trail finalizing racecourse markings.

A shiny "Born Free Leap'n Lions" RV crept into rock-star parking and out popped legendary runner Russell Cheney, eager for his early start. Ever curious, he'd scoped our trails on Friday. We sent Russell off at 7:22 am... Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall was officially underway!

Other participants arrived, trickled through check-in, and prepared for their adventure. Our 50-Km "peloton" started at 8:33, two laps lay ahead. All 25-Km runners took off at 9:04 for their one-lap tour.

Our racecourse is an "out -n- back," following segments of the Yellow Trail, Purple Trail, and Green Trail systems of the Palos Trail System - Region 7. Comprised of wide, crushed gravel paths, the course is easy-to-follow and non-technical, but considered "quite hilly" by Chicagoland standards. This time of year... long stretches of trail are blanketed under fallen leaves.

FPDCC police served as centurions at our two road crossings. Staffed aid stations were set up at our start/finish area, "Palos Park Woods-North," and at our turnaround, "Carboniferous Green" (unofficially named at the west terminus of the Green Trail). A midpoint, unmanned water station was located trail-side at ~4.4 miles outbound, and ~3.3 miles inbound of each lap.

Congratulations to our swift runners, and current holders of course records!
  • Paleo-Carb 50-Km...
    Top Male Open: Piotr Janczyk, 42 of Elmwood Park - 4:19:22.1
    Top Female Open: Shelley Cook, 38 of Waukegan - 4:46:19.4
    Top Male Masters: John Kiser, 53 of Grayslake - 4:50:24.5
    Top Female Masters: Elizabeth (Lisa) Coll, 50 of Schaumburg - 5:47:09.7
  • Paleo-Carb 25-Km...
    Top Male Open: Dan Regalado, 26 of Oak Lawn - 1:40:11.4
    Top Female Open: Paula O'connor, 44 of Oak Park - 1:58:42.8
    Top Male Masters: Edgar Barbosa, 43 of Chicago - 2:00:47.7
    Top Female Masters: Tracy Hixon, 49 of Chicago - 2:13:13.1
Timing, webcasting, and finish-line scoring was provided by RunRace. Check out Results and our Webcast through the links...
Results: Results on RunRace
Webcast: Webcast with Checkpoint Splits

Let's give a rousing "shout out" to our race volunteers, most of which are accomplished ultra-runners, all of whom performed "beyond the call!"
  • Course Marking / Bike Patrol: Stephen McCracken
  • Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station: Jeni Goodwin (Captain), Paula Donato
  • Carboniferous Green Aid Station: Mike Ward, Jennifer Leslie, Ethan Matyas
  • Course Marshaling / Aid Station Assistance: Chris Serpa
Click the "View Photos" tab (above) to see a gallery of photos captured at our start/finish area, "Palos Park Woods-North." These photos (under the "View Photos" tab) have been optimized for display on the internet... if you'd like a "high-resolution" original contact me and I will reply with an email attachment... be sure to specify which photo(s) you'd like.

Want to see more photos? Check out this gallery posted by Mike Ward:
www.flickr.com/photos/15563121@N06/sets/72157637743872616

Congratulations to all who participated in our Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall!

Please plan to participate in our upcoming Paleozoic Trail Runs, which will take place in the early spring of 2014. Until then... Do Not Fossilize!

Bill: bill@runrace.net

Trail Map of Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall
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In addition... here's a Google Maps link that displays basic layout:
http://goo.gl/maps/us2Bu
"A" marks the location of our Start / Finish: Palos Park Woods-North, Grove #1.
"B" marks the location of our Carboniferous Green aid station / turnaround point: Green Trail & Will Cook Road.
Note: The last mile leading to the turnaround aid station is actually trail... but, Google couldn't map that section of trail. If you have the Google Earth plugin installed, you may click the "3D>" button (left-side of split screen) and experience a flyover tour of our course as it meanders westward from the start, to the turnaround.
Website:
http://www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=13321IL&tab=a3  Go there or Go there in new browser
Additional website reference address.

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Russell Cheney takes advantage of an Early Start in the 50-KmRussell Cheney takes advantage of an Early Start in the 50-KmRussell Cheney takes advantage of an Early Start in the 50-KmParticipants gather for the 8:30 am start of their 50-Km runParticipants gather for the 8:30 am start of their 50-Km run
Participants gather for the 8:30 am start of their 50-Km runParticipants gather for the 8:30 am start of their 50-Km runAnd they're off... Start of the Carboniferous Fall 50-KmAnd they're off... Start of the Carboniferous Fall 50-KmParticipants gather for the 9:00 am start of their 25-Km run
Participants gather for the 9:00 am start of their 25-Km runParticipants gather for the 9:00 am start of their 25-Km runParticipants gather for the 9:00 am start of their 25-Km runParticipants gather for the 9:00 am start of their 25-Km runParticipants gather for the 9:00 am start of their 25-Km run
Participants gather for the 9:00 am start of their 25-Km runParticipants gather for the 9:00 am start of their 25-Km runParticipants gather for the 9:00 am start of their 25-Km runParticipants gather for the 9:00 am start of their 25-Km runParticipants ready for the 9:00 am start of their 25-Km run
And they're off... Start of the Carboniferous Fall 25-KmAnd they're off... Start of the Carboniferous Fall 25-KmAnd they're off... Start of the Carboniferous Fall 25-KmAnd they're off... Start of the Carboniferous Fall 25-KmAnd they're off... Start of the Carboniferous Fall 25-Km
And they're off... Start of the Carboniferous Fall 25-KmPiotr Janczyk is first to complete lap one of Carboniferous Fall 50-KmPiotr Janczyk is first to complete lap one of Carboniferous Fall 50-KmPiotr Janczyk sets off on his second lap of Carboniferous Fall 50-KmPiotr Janczyk sets off on his second lap of Carboniferous Fall 50-Km
Dan Regalado is first to approach the finish area of Carboniferous Fall 25-Km!Dan Regalado is first to approach the finish area of Carboniferous Fall 25-Km!Dan Regalado... Carboniferous Fall 25-Km race champion!Dan Regalado... Carboniferous Fall 25-Km race champion!First-tme ultra-runner Michael Cozza completes lap one of Carboniferous Fall 50-Km
First-tme ultra-runner Michael Cozza completes lap one of Carboniferous Fall 50-KmJohn Kiser completes lap one as Michael Cozza starts lap two of Carboniferous Fall 50-KmJohn Kiser completes lap one as Michael Cozza starts lap two of Carboniferous Fall 50-KmJohn Kiser completes lap one as Michael Cozza starts lap two of Carboniferous Fall 50-KmJohn Kiser completes lap one as Michael Cozza starts lap two of Carboniferous Fall 50-Km
Michael Cozza winds through the parade loop on his second lap of Carboniferous Fall 50-KmMichael Cozza winds through the parade loop on his second lap of Carboniferous Fall 50-KmRon Baker completes lap one then quickly sets out for lap two of Carboniferous Fall 50-KmRon Baker completes lap one then quickly sets out for lap two of Carboniferous Fall 50-KmRon Baker completes lap one then quickly sets out for lap two of Carboniferous Fall 50-Km
Ron Baker completes lap one then quickly sets out for lap two of Carboniferous Fall 50-KmShelley Cook is 'top chick' to complete lap one of Carboniferous Fall 50-KmShelley Cook is 'top chick' to complete lap one of Carboniferous Fall 50-KmJason Dorgan, co-RD of Kettle 100, completes lap one of Paleo-Carb 50-KmJason Dorgan, co-RD of Kettle 100, completes lap one of Paleo-Carb 50-Km
Bruce Spottiswoode leads Jeff Clinton into the finish area of Palos Park Woods-NorthBruce Spottiswoode leads Jeff Clinton into the finish area of Palos Park Woods-NorthBruce Spottiswoode finishes 3rd place in Paleo-Carb 25-Km!Bruce Spottiswoode finishes 3rd place in Paleo-Carb 25-Km!Mike McHale finishes 4th overall, 2nd age group in the Paleo-Carb 25-Km!
Mike McHale finishes 4th overall, 2nd age group in the Paleo-Carb 25-Km!Paula O'connor of Oak Park finishes as Top Female in the Paleo-Carb 25-Km!Paula O'connor of Oak Park finishes as Top Female in the Paleo-Carb 25-Km!Paula O'connor of Oak Park finishes as Top Female in the Paleo-Carb 25-Km!Paula O'connor of Oak Park finishes as Top Female in the Paleo-Carb 25-Km!
Displaying perfect running form Renato Gonzalez finishes 3rd place in his age group!Displaying perfect running form Renato Gonzalez finishes 3rd place in his age group!Yutaro Seki charges to the finish 2nd place in his age group of the Paleo-Carb 25-KmYutaro Seki charges to the finish 2nd place in his age group of the Paleo-Carb 25-KmTracy Hixon finishes as Top Female Masters in the Paleo-Carb 25-Km!
Tracy Hixon finishes as Top Female Masters in the Paleo-Carb 25-Km!After 25 kilometers of trail running the final kick seperates Jose Alvarado from Luis ParedesAfter 25 kilometers of trail running the final kick seperates Jose Alvarado from Luis ParedesAfter 25 kilometers of trail running the final kick seperates Jose Alvarado from Luis ParedesAfter 25 kilometers of trail running the final kick seperates Jose Alvarado from Luis Paredes
Matthew Wagner gives a 'tip of the hat' at his finish of Paleo-Carb 25-Km!Matthew Wagner gives a 'tip of the hat' at his finish of Paleo-Carb 25-Km!Fan-favorite Russell Cheney reports after lap one of Paleo-Carb 50-KmFan-favorite Russell Cheney reports after lap one of Paleo-Carb 50-KmAmy Ahner makes the finish of Paleo-Carb 25-Km
Amy Ahner makes the finish of Paleo-Carb 25-KmFinishing strong is Susan Smock of Paleo-Carb 25-KmFinishing strong is Susan Smock of Paleo-Carb 25-KmIt's an electrified finish area of Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall!It's an electrified finish area of Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall!
It's an electrified finish area of Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall!A triumphant photo-op for Chi City Running Club at Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall!A triumphant photo-op for Chi City Running Club at Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall!A triumphant photo-op for Chi City Running Club at Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall!A triumphant photo-op for Chi City Running Club at Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall!
A triumphant photo-op for Chi City Running Club at Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall!A triumphant photo-op for Chi City Running Club at Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall!A triumphant photo-op for Chi City Running Club at Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall!After one lap Julie Branden makes a quick trunaround & heads back out on the Paleo-Carb 50-Km trailAfter one lap Julie Branden makes a quick trunaround & heads back out on the Paleo-Carb 50-Km trail
After one lap Julie Branden makes a quick trunaround & heads back out on the Paleo-Carb 50-Km trailAfter one lap Julie Branden makes a quick trunaround & heads back out on the Paleo-Carb 50-Km trailSergei Kravets nears the finish of his Paleo-Carb 25-KmSergei Kravets nears the finish of his Paleo-Carb 25-KmTeam Searfoss conquers the trail of Carboniferous Fall 25-Km!
Team Searfoss conquers the trail of Carboniferous Fall 25-Km!Team Searfoss conquers the trail of Carboniferous Fall 25-Km!Team Searfoss conquers the trail of Carboniferous Fall 25-Km!Team Searfoss conquers the trail of Carboniferous Fall 25-Km!Team Searfoss conquers the trail of Carboniferous Fall 25-Km!
Karyn Retzbach-Saplis earns first place age group in the Paleo-Carb 25-Km!Karyn Retzbach-Saplis earns first place age group in the Paleo-Carb 25-Km!Lori, of Team Zalewski completes her Paleo-Carb 25-KmLori, of Team Zalewski completes her Paleo-Carb 25-KmPiotr Janczyk... Carboniferous Fall 50-Km race champion!
Piotr Janczyk... Carboniferous Fall 50-Km race champion!Piotr Janczyk of Elmwood Park earns first place overall in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!Piotr Janczyk of Elmwood Park earns first place overall in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!Piotr Janczyk of Elmwood Park earns first place overall in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!It's 'The Troubadour'... Rich Limacher hits the finish first in his age group!
It's 'The Troubadour'... Rich Limacher hits the finish first in his age group!Shelley Cook... Carboniferous Fall 50-Km female race champion!Shelley Cook... Carboniferous Fall 50-Km female race champion!Shelley Cook... Carboniferous Fall 50-Km female race champion!Shelley Cook... Carboniferous Fall 50-Km female race champion!
Shelley Cook (center) of Waukegan earns first place fmale overall in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!Shelley Cook (center) of Waukegan earns first place fmale overall in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!John Kiser... Carboniferous Fall 50-Km Top Male Masters champion!John Kiser... Carboniferous Fall 50-Km Top Male Masters champion!Michael Cozza... 4th place overall and Top Male 18 - 29 in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!
Michael Cozza... 4th place overall and Top Male 18 - 29 in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!Ron Baker finishes first in his age group and 5th overall in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!Ron Baker finishes first in his age group and 5th overall in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!Jason Dorgan finishes first in his age group and 6th overall in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!Jason Dorgan finishes first in his age group and 6th overall in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!
Basking in the afterglow... Jason and Rich earn top spots in their respective age group!Basking in the afterglow... Jason and Rich earn top spots in their respective age group!Jeff Clinton brings it home for a 2nd place age group finish in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!Jeff Clinton brings it home for a 2nd place age group finish in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!Jeff Clinton brings it home for a 2nd place age group finish in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!
Jeff Clinton brings it home for a 2nd place age group finish in the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!Nicole Swanson cruises to 2nd female, 1st in her age group of the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!Nicole Swanson cruises to 2nd female, 1st in her age group of the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!Nicole Swanson cruises to 2nd female, 1st in her age group of the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!Nicole Swanson cruises to 2nd female, 1st in her age group of the Paleo-Carb 50-Km!
With suspiciously fresh legs... John Zalewski finishes Paleo-Carb 50-Km 3rd in his age group!With suspiciously fresh legs... John Zalewski finishes Paleo-Carb 50-Km 3rd in his age group!With suspiciously fresh legs... John Zalewski finishes Paleo-Carb 50-Km 3rd in his age group!With suspiciously fresh legs... John Zalewski finishes Paleo-Carb 50-Km 3rd in his age group!Tiffany Dore finishes Paleo-Carb 50-Km in second place of her age group!
Tiffany Dore finishes Paleo-Carb 50-Km in second place of her age group!The Hermanator... Elizabeth Hermans finishes Paleo-Carb 50-Km 3rd in her age group!The Hermanator... Elizabeth Hermans finishes Paleo-Carb 50-Km 3rd in her age group!Elizabeth Coll... Carboniferous Fall 50-Km Top Female Masters champion!Elizabeth Coll... Carboniferous Fall 50-Km Top Female Masters champion!
Beth-Bear... Beth Simpson-Hall finishes Paleo-Carb 50-Km first in her age group!Beth-Bear... Beth Simpson-Hall finishes Paleo-Carb 50-Km first in her age group!Beth-Bear... Beth Simpson-Hall finishes Paleo-Carb 50-Km first in her age group!Leslie Jacobi finishes her adventure of the Carboniferous Fall 50-Km!Leslie Jacobi finishes her adventure of the Carboniferous Fall 50-Km!
Warm-blooded Boris Tannenbaum finishes Paleo-Carb 50-Km 1st place in his age group!Warm-blooded Boris Tannenbaum finishes Paleo-Carb 50-Km 1st place in his age group!Warm-blooded Boris Tannenbaum finishes Paleo-Carb 50-Km 1st place in his age group!Erin Bockelman and Gregory Butler in tandem, make the finish of Carboniferous Fall 50-Km!Erin Bockelman and Gregory Butler in tandem, make the finish of Carboniferous Fall 50-Km!
Erin Bockelman and Gregory Butler in tandem, make the finish of Carboniferous Fall 50-Km!Erin Bockelman and Gregory Butler in tandem, make the finish of Carboniferous Fall 50-Km!

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