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Title:Paleozoic Trail Runs - Permian Fall
Date:Saturday November 14th, 2015
Author:Bill & Michelle (RDs)
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Paleozoic Trail Runs
Permian Fall

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3rd Annual Fall-Season Paleozoic 50-Km and 25-Km
Trail Runs!

Our fall celebration of "going long" made use of the Palos trails of Willow Springs. We've charted this specific racecourse two times now... the other being Devonian Fall in 2014. This was the sixth running of our biannual race, which has always offered the event distances of 50 kilometers and 25 kilometers.

Saturday November 14 race-day conditions: low temperature of 31 F, high temperature of 58 F, SSW winds at 9 mph, gusting to 18 mph with maximum gust speeds of 27 mph, sunrise 6:39 am, sunset 4:33 pm. Historically, Saturday November 14th has averages: high temperature of 50 F, low temperature of 35 F.

Weather-wise, this was the best ever day in our three-year history. The racecourse was dry and fast... however, runners did have to deal with three sections where tress had recently fallen across the trail. I was able to push one of those trees to a point where it covered only half the trail. As for the other two... everyone had to vault over (or under) one tree, and bushwhack through the other's brushy section.

Volunteers Jeni Goodwin, Kelly Goforth, Patti Downey, Tom Kohler, and Bob Thom reported early-morning at Pioneer Woods, Grove #2 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 8:30 am sharp, followed by the 25-Km at 9:32 am. A three-quarter mile grassy parade loop circled runners past cheering spectators, then off they raced the varying Palos Trail system of unpaved paths.

A midpoint, unmanned aid station was set trailside at approximately 3.6-miles outbound. Full-service amenities awaited, staffed by Patti and Tom at Wolf Road Woods, Grove #2, which served as our turnaround aid station. Paleo-Perm 50-Km runners completed two full laps of our out-n-back racecourse, while Paleo-Perm 25-Km runners enjoyed a one-lap tour.

At the finish, awaiting all runners... customized finisher-medals, two different soup choices (chili, and vegetable), along with a sun-drenched grove for relaxing and replenishing. 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 - Permian Fall!
  • Paleo-Perm 50-Km...
    Top Male Open: Mark Sharafinski, 31 of Wauwatosa, WI - 4:05:32.2
    Top Female Open: Paula O'Connor, 46 of Oak Park - 4:39:25.5 * First ultraMarathon - New female course record - Past 25-Km champion!
    Top Male Masters: David Curtin, 41 of Munster, IN - 4:08:09.7
    Top Female Masters: Sharon Scaletta, 51 of Geneva - 5:57:34.0
  • Paleo-Perm 25-Km...
    Top Male Open: Dan Regalado, 28 of Oak Lawn - 1:34:16.3 * Five-time champion - New course record!
    Top Female Open: Annabelle Winters, 34 of Chicago - 1:59:50.3
    Top Male Masters: Rob Kennedy, 40 of Chicago - 1:52:46.4 * New masters course record!
    Top Female Masters: Ann Heaslett, 51 of Madison, WI - 2:12:32.2 * Three-time masters 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!"
  • Pioneer Woods Aid Station: Jeni Goodwin, Kelly Goforth & daughter, Bob Thom.
  • Wolf Road Woods Aid Station: Patti Downey & Tom Kohler (Bourbon Chase teammates, parents of enthusiastic cross country runners).
  • Course Marking / Course Cleanup: Bill Thom, Dale & Jacob Leonard.
Check out our gallery of photos below, captured mostly at our primary aid station, Pioneer Woods. These photos 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... summoned by the primordial instinct to go-long, who toed-the-line and answered-the-call, in our fall version - Permian Fall!

Links & Recaps as Generously Provided by Participants of
Paleozoic Trail Runs - Permian Fall!

Annabelle Winters, Paleo-Perm 25-Km Female Champion, #17
Annabelle's review: Annabelle's BibRave Review

Mariposa Brant, 3-Time Paleozoic 50-Km Veteran, #107
Mariposa's review, and new PR: My Life in Running Shoes

Race Director's Special Mentions...

Nadia Grisolia, Paleo-Perm 25-Km, #33
During the summer of 2015 Nadia dedicated herself to the goal of a "marathon finish." It would be her first. She put in the work, including the long-distance training runs, but when it came time to race her multiple targeted marathons kept getting cancelled. As a workaround... Nadia chose Permian Fall 25-Km and covered the event distance, then went back on course for an extra 10.8 miles out-n-back, measured by her GPS watch, returning with a full 26.3 miles. Congratulations, Nadia... your first-ever marathon!

Mersedeh Wiskowski, Paleo-Perm 25-Km, #104
In past versions of Paleozoic Trail Runs Mersedeh has served as crew for husband, Dave, and together they've also provided galleries of race photos. In this version of Permian Fall, Mersedeh set a distance-PR by 5 miles when she finished the 25-Km event!
Website:
RunRace.net/paleozoic/  Go there or Go there in new browser
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Start of the Permian Fall 50-Km : Saturday November 14, 2015 - 8:30 amPermian Fall 50-Km Runners on their Start Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 50-Km Runners on their Start Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 50-Km Runners on their Start Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 50-Km Runners on their Start Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015
Permian Fall 50-Km Runners on their Start Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 50-Km Runners on their Start Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 50-Km Runners on their Start Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 50-Km Runners on their Start Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 50-Km Runners on their Start Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015
Start of the Permian Fall 25-Km : Saturday November 14, 2015 - 9:30 amPermian Fall 25-Km Runners Starting their Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 25-Km Runners Starting their Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 25-Km Runners Starting their Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 25-Km Runners Starting their Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015
Permian Fall 25-Km Runners Starting their Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 25-Km Runners Starting their Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 25-Km Runners Starting their Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 25-Km Runners Starting their Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 25-Km Runners Starting their Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015
Permian Fall 25-Km Runners Starting their Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Permian Fall 25-Km Runners Starting their Parade Loop : Saturday November 14, 2015Volunteers, Kelly and Jeni with their Helper at Pioneer Woods Aid Station25-Km Champion, Dan Regalado of Oak Lawn!Matthew Brooks of Bourbonnais finishes 2nd Overall in the 25-Km!
Permian Fall 50-Km runners make their halfway aid station at Pioneer WoodsPermian Fall 50-Km runners make their halfway aid station at Pioneer WoodsPermian Fall 50-Km runners make their halfway aid station at Pioneer WoodsPermian Fall 50-Km runners make their halfway aid station at Pioneer WoodsSunil Hanoman of Carol Stream finishes 3rd Overall in the 25-Km!
Alexander Manaois of Mt. Prospect finishes 4th Overall in the 25-KmPermian Fall 50-Km runners make their halfway aid station at Pioneer WoodsElias Theodosis of Evanston finishes 5th Overall in the 25-KmYutaro Seki of Chicago finishes 6th Overall in the 25-Km25-Km Masters Champion, Rob Kennedy of Glen Ellyn!
Danny Bulster of Berwyn finishes his Permian Fall 25-Km25-Km Female Champion, Annabelle Winters of Chicago!25-Km Female Champion, Annabelle Winters of Chicago!50-Km Female Champion, Paula O'Connor of Oak Park in her first-ever UltraMarathon!50-Km Female Champion, Paula O'Connor of Oak Park in her first-ever UltraMarathon!
Bill Sanders of Elmhurst finishes his Permian Fall 50-KmBibo Gao of Buffalo Grove finishes 2nd Female Overall in the 50-Km!Jeni and Michelle chat with 3-time Paleozoic 50-Km veteran, Mariposa Brant of ChicagoBob Sievert of Benton Harbor, MI, 60-Up Age Group Champion with his wife/soup server!Bob Sievert of Benton Harbor, MI, 60-Up Age Group Champion with his wife/soup server!
Mersedeh Wiskowski of Mettawa finishes the 25-Km and sets her long-distance PR by 5½ miles!Allison and Jeni greet 2-time Paleozoic 50-Km veteran, Marta Borkowska of ChicagoAnthony Mueller of Roselle finishes his Permian Fall 50-KmThank you, Permian Fall Runners and Volunteers!50-Km Runners... Amy Marek of Oak Park and Jim Webb Jr of St. Charles celebrate their finish!
Nadia Grisolia completes her 1st-ever 25k race, then runs an extra 10.8 miles for her 1st Marathon!Nadia Grisolia completes her 1st-ever 25k race, then runs an extra 10.8 miles for her 1st Marathon!Nadia Grisolia completes her 1st-ever 25k race, then runs an extra 10.8 miles for her 1st Marathon!

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Great race, great weather, great people. Thank you Bill and others for all the work putting on this race. Other than missing a turn after the downed tree because hikers were obscuring the view, the race went really well for me. I was fatigued beyond belief, but was walking normally again by Tuesday. I'm hoping to do this again in the spring, depending upon what's on the calendar when CARA finally announces the series for 2016.
Bob Sievert
Jan 11, 2016
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