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Title:Paleozoic Trail Runs - Cambrian Spring
Date:Saturday March 22nd, 2014
Author:Bill & Michelle (co-RDs)
Report:
Paleozoic Trail Runs
Cambrian Spring

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2nd Annual Spring-Season Paleozoic 50-Km and 25-Km
Trail Runs on the Palos Trail System!

The winter of 2014, and its polar-vortex-severity persisted deep into the month of March. Indeed, one week prior to race date our racecourse was more than 90% covered under snow and soft-ice. Due to extreme conditions the Forest Preserve District of Cook County had considered suspending our permit. Leading up to Paleo-Camb a couple warmish-days reduced the snow coverage to ~50%, but increased the rushing melt-off. One particular stretch of trail included an over-the-ankle, 40-foot stretch of deep cold water... there was no skirting around. Wet shoes and socks would be part of the experience for all runners.

Race-day held with cooler weather, temperature-highs of 39F, and moderate north winds. Our volunteers, Rich Limacher, Jennifer Leslie, Laurel Childress, Elias, Leslie Jacobi, and Paula Donato reported at sunup, 6:52 am, prepped our primary aid station, Palos Park Woods-North and greeted runners at check-in. Our primary lot filled and spillover parking was directed to McClaughrey Spring Woods (.2 miles south on Kean Avenue), and then Palos Park Woods-South (.4 miles south on Kean Avenue, .3 miles east on 119th St). Co-RD (and wife) Michelle helped shuttle runners between spillover parking.

Our Paleo-Camb 50-Km was underway at 8:36 am, followed by Paleo-Camb 25-Km at 9:40 am. Spectators cheered as runners splashed through a short parade loop before hitting the wide crushed-gravel trails. 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.

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, "Cambrian 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. Soon after race start reports came in that our two water containers were missing from the unmanned station... we quickly dispatched replacements for those two stolen containers.

Congratulations to our swift runners of Paleozoic Trail Runs - Cambrian Spring!
  • Paleo-Camb 50-Km...
    Top Male Open: Bart Worwa, 41 of itasca - 4:25:37.3
    Top Female Open: Shelley Cook, 39 of Waukegan - 4:54:28.0
    Top Male Masters: David Ulbert, 56 of Palatine - 4:32:54.5
    Top Female Masters: Ann Heaslett, 50 of Madison, WI - 5:30:49.0
  • Paleo-Camb 25-Km...
    Top Male Open: Dan Regalado, 27 of Oak Lawn - 1:50:54.3
    Top Female Open: Lindsey Wagner, 36 of Palos Heights - 2:16:53.0
    Top Male Masters: Alec Bath, 44 of Waukegan - 2:06:19.4
    Top Female Masters: Amy Kerrigan, 42 of Downers Grove - 2:30:22.4
Timing, webcasting, and finish-line scoring... all managed by us through our website at 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, many of which are accomplished ultra-runners, all of whom performed "beyond the call!"
  • Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station: Leslie Jacobi (Captain), Laurel Childress, Elias, Paula Donato
  • Cambrian Green Aid Station: Rich Limacher (The Troubadour), Jennifer Leslie, Paula Donato
  • Course Marking /Course Cleanup: Bill & Michelle Thom
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.

Congratulations to all runners of Paleozoic Trail Runs - Cambrian Spring... summoned by the primordial instinct to go-long, who toed-the-line and answered-the-call, in these very challenging conditions!


Links & Recaps as Generously Provided by Participants of
Paleozoic Trail Runs - Cambrian Spring!

Jeni Goodwin, Paleo-Camb 50-Km, #289
Jeni's blog: Running with a Smile

Krista Rajanen, Paleo-Camb 25-Km, #381
Krista's blog: Teaching in my Tennies

Tammy Chase, Paleo-Camb 25-Km, #342
Tammy's blog: Run like a mama

Think Thaw!
Pre-Race Trail Conditions and Information

Saturday March 15th... check out photos from a tour of the racecourse and conditions of the trail taken Saturday morning, March 15th (click the "View Photos" tab above). With race date for Paleozoic Trail Runs - Cambrian Spring only one week away we're all focused on the weather and a "big thaw!"

Regardless of race-day conditions, we expect Paleozoic Trail Runs - Cambrian Spring to satisfy your primordial instinct to "go long," and provide an epic adventure for all!
[Finishers Medal: Paleozoic Trail Runs - Cambrian Spring]
You cannot purchase these anywhere... but you can earn one at Paleozoic Trail Runs - Cambrian Spring!
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Prior to Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Prior to Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Prior to Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Prior to Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Prior to Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014
Prior to Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Pre-race Gathering at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressPre-race Gathering at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressPre-race Gathering at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressPre-race Gathering at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
50-Km Runners Line Up for Their Start : Laurel Childress50-Km Runners Line Up for Their Start : Laurel Childress50-Km Runners Line Up for Their Start : Laurel Childress50-Km Runners Line Up for Their Start : Laurel Childress50-Km Runners Line Up for Their Start : Laurel Childress
And They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
And They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
And They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress50-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014
Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014
Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014Start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km : Saturday March 22, 2014
Timo chats with Bill after start of Paleo-Camb 50-KmTimo chats with Bill after start of Paleo-Camb 50-Km25-Km Runners Prepare for their Adventure at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress25-Km Runners Prepare for their Adventure at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress25-Km Runners Prepare for their Adventure at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
25-Km Runners Prepare for their Adventure at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 25-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 25-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 25-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 25-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
And They're Off... 25-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 25-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 25-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 25-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 25-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
And They're Off... 25-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 25-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAnd They're Off... 25-Km Runners Depart Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress25-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 201425-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 2014
25-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 201425-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 201425-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 201425-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 201425-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 2014
25-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 201425-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 201425-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 201425-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 201425-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 2014
25-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 201425-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 201425-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 201425-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 201425-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 2014
25-Km Runners Hit the Crushed Gravel Trail : Saturday March 22, 2014Where Are We, Again? : Laurel ChildressDale Leonard (#297) and Tony Schirmang (308) complete the first lap of Cambrian Spring 50-KmDale Leonard (#297) and Tony Schirmang (308) complete the first lap of Cambrian Spring 50-KmDennis Duria Completes His 1st Lap and Returns to Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
Dan Regalado (#400) leads all Cambrian Spring 25-Km Runners to His 2nd Consecutive PTR VictoryDan Regalado (#400) leads all Cambrian Spring 25-Km Runners to His 2nd Consecutive PTR VictoryDan Regalado Successfully Defends His First Place Finish of Nov 2013 : Laurel ChildressDan Regalado Successfully Defends His First Place Finish of Nov 2013 : Laurel ChildressDan Regalado (#400) leads all Cambrian Spring 25-Km Runners to His 2nd Consecutive PTR Victory
Dan Regalado (#400) leads all Cambrian Spring 25-Km Runners to His 2nd Consecutive PTR VictoryDan Regalado Successfully Defends His First Place Finish of Nov 2013 : Laurel ChildressDan Regalado Successfully Defends His First Place Finish of Nov 2013 : Laurel ChildressDennis Duria Completes His 1st Lap and Returns to Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressJohn Stuligross Finishes Paleo-Camb 25-Km in Second Place : Laurel Childress
John Stuligross Finishes Paleo-Camb 25-Km in Second Place : Laurel ChildressJohn Stuligross Finishes Paleo-Camb 25-Km in Second Place : Laurel ChildressJohn Stuligross Finishes Paleo-Camb 25-Km in Second Place : Laurel ChildressJohn Stuligross Finishes Paleo-Camb 25-Km in Second Place : Laurel ChildressJohn Stuligross of Kenosha, WI Finishes Second Overall in PTR Cambrian Spring 25-Km!
John Stuligross of Kenosha, WI Finishes Second Overall in PTR Cambrian Spring 25-Km!Action at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAction at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAction at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAction at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
Action at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAction at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAction at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAction at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressAction at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
Action at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressRace Action at the Aid Station of Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressRace Action at the Aid Station of Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressRace Action at the Aid Station of Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressRace Action at the Aid Station of Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
Race Action at the Aid Station of Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressRace Action at the Aid Station of Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressRace Action at the Aid Station of Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressLindsey Wagner at the 25-Km Finish Line as First Place Female : Laurel ChildressLindsey Wagner at the 25-Km Finish Line as First Place Female : Laurel Childress
Lindsey Wagner of Palos Heights is Top Female in PTR Cambrian Spring 25-Km!Lindsey Wagner of Palos Heights is Top Female in PTR Cambrian Spring 25-Km!Lindsey Wagner at the 25-Km Finish Line as First Place Female : Laurel ChildressLindsey Wagner at the 25-Km Finish Line as First Place Female : Laurel ChildressTop 25-Km Finishers at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
Top 25-Km Finishers at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressTop 25-Km Finishers at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressTop 25-Km Finishers at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressTop 25-Km Finishers at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressTop 25-Km Finishers at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
Top 25-Km Finishers at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressTop 25-Km Finishers at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressTop 25-Km Finishers at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressTop 25-Km Finishers at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressTop 25-Km Finishers at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel Childress
Top 25-Km Finishers at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressTop 25-Km Finishers at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressTop 25-Km Finishers at Palos Park Woods-North : Laurel ChildressIt's Amy Kerrigan of Downers Grove Finishing Second Female Overall in the PTR Cambrian Spring 25-Km!It's Amy Kerrigan of Downers Grove Finishing Second Female Overall in the PTR Cambrian Spring 25-Km!
Race Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel Childress
Race Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel Childress
Race Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel Childress
Race Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressRace Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel Childress
Action at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressAction at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressAction at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressAction at Palos Park Woods-North : ©Laurel ChildressBart Worwa of Itasca is Race Champion of PTR Cambrian Spring 50-Km!
Bart Worwa of Itasca is Race Champion of PTR Cambrian Spring 50-Km!Bart Worwa of Itasca is Race Champion of PTR Cambrian Spring 50-Km!Bart Worwa of Itasca is Race Champion of PTR Cambrian Spring 50-Km!Bart Worwa of Itasca is Race Champion of PTR Cambrian Spring 50-Km!Action at Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station
Action at Palos Park Woods-North Aid StationAction at Palos Park Woods-North Aid StationDavid Ulbert of Palatine is Top Masters and 2nd Overall in Paleo-Camn 50-Km!David Ulbert of Palatine is Top Masters and 2nd Overall in Paleo-Camn 50-Km!Tom Lieber of Algonquin Finishes 3rd Overall in Paleo-Camb 50-Km!
Tom Lieber of Algonquin Finishes 3rd Overall in Paleo-Camb 50-Km!Tom Lieber of Algonquin Finishes 3rd Overall in Paleo-Camb 50-Km!Tom Lieber of Algonquin Finishes 3rd Overall in Paleo-Camb 50-Km!Action at Palos Park Woods-North Aid StationAction at Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station
Action at Palos Park Woods-North Aid StationAction at Palos Park Woods-North Aid StationAction at Palos Park Woods-North Aid StationAction at Palos Park Woods-North Aid StationAction at Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station
Action at Palos Park Woods-North Aid StationAnn Heaslett Nears the Finish of Paleo-Camb 50-KmAction at Palos Park Woods-North Finish LineAction at Palos Park Woods-North Finish LineAnn Heaslett Finishes Paleo-Camb as Top Masters Female and 2nd Female Overall!
Ann Heaslett Finishes Paleo-Camb as Top Masters Female and 2nd Female Overall!Action at Palos Park Woods-North Aid StationLocal Standouts - Shelly Cook, Top Female Paleo-Camb 50-Km and Alec Bath, 3rd OA in 25-Km!Local Standouts - Shelly Cook, Top Female Paleo-Camb 50-Km and Alec Bath, 3rd OA in 25-Km!John Zalewski with His Traditional Leap at the Finish of Paleo-Camb 50-Km
John Zalewski with His Traditional Leap at the Finish of Paleo-Camb 50-KmAction at Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station Finish LineAction at Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station Finish LineAction at Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station Finish LineAction at Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station Finish Line
Action at Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station Finish LineAction at Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station Finish LineAction at Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station Finish LineAction at Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station Finish LineAction at Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station Finish Line
Action at Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station Finish LineAction at Palos Park Woods-North Finish LineAction at Palos Park Woods-North Finish LineAction at Palos Park Woods-North Finish LineAction at Palos Park Woods-North Finish Line
Action at Palos Park Woods-North Finish LineAction at Palos Park Woods-North Finish LinePatty Fedak Celebrates Her 1st-Ever Ultra-Marathon!Palos Park Woods-North on the Day After Race Day : Sunday March 23, 2014Palos Park Woods-North on the Day After Race Day : Sunday March 23, 2014
Palos Park Woods-North on the Day After Race Day : Sunday March 23, 2014Palos Park Woods-North on the Day After Race Day : Sunday March 23, 2014Cannot purchase these anywhere... but you can earn one at Paleozoic Trail Runs - Cambrian Spring!Palos Park Woods-North, Grove #1 : Start / Finish Area : Saturday March 15McClaughrey Spring Woods : Spillover Parking (.2 miles south on Kean Avenue) : Saturday March 15
Cambrian Spring Course Conditions 1-Week Before Race : Saturday March 15Cambrian Spring Course Conditions 1-Week Before Race : Saturday March 15Cambrian Spring Course Conditions 1-Week Before Race : Saturday March 15Cambrian Spring Course Conditions 1-Week Before Race : Saturday March 15Cambrian Spring Course Conditions 1-Week Before Race : Saturday March 15
Cambrian Spring Course Conditions 1-Week Before Race : Saturday March 15

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