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Title:2005 McNaughton Park Trail Runs
Date:Saturday April 16th, 2005
Author:Bill Thom
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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 timer
Tables of the main aid station
Results board
Larry Hall and Michael Davenport in front of the scorer's tent
Your chef, Larry
Akos Konya of Hungary
Alex Swenson halfway through the 100 Miler
Tanya Cady with race director Andy Weinberg
Powerful leg of Jane Moser Cox
Completion of another 10-mile lap
Jane Moser Cox with race director Andy Weinberg
Another 10-mile lap completed
Larry Hall with Don Fritchl
Lisa Conover finishes her 50 mile run
Lisa Conover with race director Andy Weinberg
Mike Ward approaches the end of his 50 miler
Mike Ward brings it home
Bonnie Bush triumphs
The infatiguable Eric Clifton
Youthful volunteers prepare reflective markings
Cheering fans take in the ultra action
Crewing is a l-o-n-g day
Some ultra runners finishing... some continuing on
Welcome Home
Last few minutes of daylight for Saturday
Gliding an uncharacteristically easy downhill
Steve Hoger keeps his shoes looking new
Constant forward motion
Following yellow ribbons and guided by his crew
Steve Hoger's crew
Yes... that is a pull-rope
Steve Hoger enroute to his 50 Miler
Pacer and runner working the flats
Steve Hoger enters the aid station
Steve finds tranquility on the trail
A footbridge flattens this McNaughton Canyon
Great balance displayed late in Steve's 50 miler

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