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Title:Paleozoic Trail Runs - Ordovician Spring
Date:Saturday March 28th, 2015
Author:Bill & Michelle (RDs) w/ Photos by Patti Downey
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Paleozoic Trail Runs
Ordovician Spring

[Logo: Paleozoic Trail Runs]
3rd Annual Spring-Season Paleozoic 50-Km and 25-Km
Trail Runs!

Our springtime celebration of "going long" made use of the Sag Valley trails of Palos Park. We've charted this specific racecourse three times now... Cambrian Spring in 2014, and Devonian Fall in 2013. Returning runners are quite aware that late-winter weather can make for challenging conditions. As if scripted... five days prior to race day we received six inches of snow. The snow had melted away by race day.

Saturday March 28 race-day conditions: low temperature of 21 F, high temperature of 37 F, NE winds at 7 mph, gusting to 18 mph, sunrise 6:41 am, sunset 7:11 pm. Historically, March 28th has averages: high temperature of 52 F, low temperature of 35 F. Early hours included trails that were frozen and sometimes "horse-traffic post-holed." As the day progressed stretches of trail churned into muddy "slow-go zones." Two notorious low-lying sections had ankle deep, cold rushing water... some runners attempted skirt-around methods while others plunged right through!

Volunteers Jeni Goodwin (who also raced 25-Km), Paula Donato, Patti Downey, Tom Kohler, Stephen McCracken, Elias Theodosis, Irene Smielewski-Listro reported early-morning at Palos Park Woods-North, Grove #1 for aid station set up and to greet runners at the 7:30 am check-in / packet pick up.

Our 50-Km event was underway at 7:37 am as early-starters Finbarr O'Callaghan, Linda Lopez, Sara Post, and Pasquale Montana set off on their adventure. The Ordovician Spring 50-Km peloton was off at 8:30 am sharp, followed by the 25-Km at 9:34:31 am. A 300-meter grassy parade loop circled runners past cheering spectators, then off they raced along wide crushed gravel paths.

A midpoint, unmanned aid station was set trailside at approximately 4.4-miles outbound. Full-service amenities awaited, staffed by Patti and Tom at "Ordovician Green" (unofficially named at the west terminus of the Green Trail) our turnaround aid station. Paleo-Ord 50-Km runners completed two full laps of our out-n-back racecourse, while Paleo-Ord 25-Km runners enjoyed a one-lap tour.

At the finish... customized finisher-medals, two different soup choices (chicken noodle, and cream of broccoli-mushroom), along with a smoldering pit-fire welcomed back all runners. Top overall and masters runners earned very special awards. Top-three age division runners collected special pint-glass awards. First-time ultramarathon finishers earned "My First Ultra" pint-glass awards.

Congratulations to our swift runners of Paleozoic Trail Runs - Ordovician Spring!
  • Paleo-Ord 50-Km...
    Top Male Open: Bart Worwa, 42 of Itasca - 3:46:41.3 * New course record!
    Top Female Open: Shelley Cook, 40 of Gurnee - 4:48:24.3 * Five-time champion!
    Top Male Masters: Les Hockenberry, 42 of Floosmoor - 4:26:29.0 * New masters course record!
    Top Female Masters: Cindylee Torres, 55 of Steger - 5:08:27.3 * New female masters course record!
  • Paleo-Ord 25-Km...
    Top Male Open: Dan Regalado, 28 of Oak Lawn - 1:34:42.5 * Four-time champion!
    Top Female Open: Kelly Phuah, 42 of Downers Grove - 1:58:13.3 * New female course record!
    Top Male Masters: Alejandro Sandoval, 40 of Chicago - 1:58:04.3 * New masters course record!
    Top Female Masters: Ann Heaslett, 51 of Madison, WI - 2:11:52.6 * Past masters Paleo-Camb 50-Km champion!
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 runners, all of whom performed "beyond the call!"
  • Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station: Paula Donato (Captain), Elias Theodosis, Irene Smielewski-Listro, Jeni Goodwin, Amanda.
  • Ordovician Green Aid Station: Patti Downey & Tom Kohler (Bourbon Chase teammates, parents of enthusiastic cross country runners).
  • Bike Patrol & Course Marshalling: Stephen McCracken, Timothy.
  • Course Marking / Course Cleanup: Stephen McCracken, Bill & Michelle Thom
Click the "View Photos" tab (above) to see a gallery of photos captured mostly 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 - Ordovician Spring... summoned by the primordial instinct to go-long, who toed-the-line and answered-the-call, in these challenging conditions!

Want more photos? Be sure to check out these fun pics taken by Paleozoic Trail Runs veteran, Mariposa Brant: Mariposa's race photos on: Flickr


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

Rachael Pracht, Paleo-Ord 50-Km, #282
Rachael's blog: IRun4Pizza

Kelly Phuah, Paleo-Ord 25-Km, #225
Kelly's blog: Splash Mash Dash!
Website:
RunRace.net/paleozoic/  Go there or Go there in new browser
Additional website reference address.

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