Paleozoic Trail Runs
Cambrian Fall II
7th Annual Fall-Season Paleozoic 50-Km and 25-Km
Our fall celebration of "going long" made use of the Sag Valley trails of Palos Park - Region 7. To date, we've charted this Paleo south racecourse a total of eight times... the others being Ordovician Fall in 2018, Cambrian Fall in 2017, Carboniferous Spring in 2017, Silurian Fall in 2016, Ordovician Spring in 2015, Cambrian Spring in 2014, and Carboniferous Fall in 2013. This was the fourteenth running of our semiannual race, which has always offered the event distances of 50 kilometers and 25 kilometers.
Saturday November 9, race-day conditions: average temperature of 39°F, low temperature of 28°F, high temperature of 47°F, SW winds with speeds that ranged from 10 to 17 mph. Sunrise 6:34 am, sunset 4:38 pm. Historically, November 9th has averages: high temperature of 52°F, low temperature of 38°F.
Weather-wise it was a cold-morning that warmed throughout the afternoon with plenty of sunshine... ideal for fast fall trail running. The racecourse was in very good shape, mostly dry and firm, with just a few wet areas. Long stretches of the racecourse were blanketed under leaves. For simplicity and consistency we marked the entire course using orange spray painted arrows, pink wire-flagging, and and the occasional orange plastic plate for confidence and to highlight particularly important trail intersections. Despite our efforts some runners reported going "off course" at the critical intersections where the Yellow and Purple trails intersect.
Reporting early-morning at Palos Park Woods-North... volunteers Jeni Goodwin, Ian Stevens, Scott Finger, Ed Scheer, Kim Kocher, Traci (Racine) Lambert-Cwerenz, Kim Ballenger, Katrina Baltes, Debi Haas, Doug Beattie, Jonathan Mireles, and Dale Leonard arrived for aid station set up and to greet runners at the 7:30 am check-in / packet pick up. Vols Tom Kohler and Patti Downey collected runner drop bags for transfer to their satellite/turnaround aid station at Wiil-Cook Road. Many Flatlander Ultrarunners were on hand throughout the day to run and patrol the racecourse.
Our 50-Km event was off-n-running right on time at 8:30:00 am. 64 participants took to the trails for their two-lap tour. An hour later, at 9:30:06 am Jon Mireless sounded the air-horn again, and set 68 25-Km runners off on their one-lap adventure.
An unmanned aid station was set trail-side at approximately 4.4 miles outbound. Full-service fare, staffed by Patti and Tom awaited at the terminus of the Green trail and Will-Cook Road, which served as our turnaround aid station.
At point of registration, 25 50-Km runners declared "Yes - this race would be my First Ultra Finish." For Paleozoic Trail Runs that's an all-time record of first-time ultra attempters, and 22 of those runners did make it to the finish, earning their "My First Ultra" pint glass award. Leading the 50-Km were newbie ultra runners Elias Theodosis and Tracey Escobedo, both of whom went on to win their respective race division. Impressive ultra debuts! Paleo-veterans Ed Scheer and Amy Pointon raced to their Top Masters divisions.
Meanwhile the 25-Km was tightly contested with six runners making their halfway turnaround in/under one hour, packed with Paleo-vets Dave Patch, Matthew Brooks, Matthew Thompson, Les Hockenberry, Michael Cramarosso, and Paleo-rookie Zach Joaquin. Heading inbound Zach intensified his pace and broke away from the pack to finish first overall. Similar tactics were used by the fairer sex as Paleo-rookie Stephanie Clapham ran negative splits to catch Paleo-vet Becky Patch on the inbound trail, and Stephanie raced on to Overall Top Female. Top Masters divisions were won by Paleo-vets Matthew Thompson and Laura Lackner.
It was a really good day for Evanston runners as they dominated podium positions for overall and age group divisions. The Hockenberry's of Flossmoor continue to lead Paleozoic Trail Runs in number of finishes and accumulated mileage. Historically, Les has 12 finishes; 279.62 miles. Margie did not run Paleo-Camb_II but maintains second position with 11 finishes; 217.48 miles. Ross Meyer of Countryside has 11 finishes; 186.41 miles. Andy McDonough maintains 10 finishes; 169.44 miles. Sam Severson of Appleton, Wisconsin has moved up to fifth position with 9 finishes; 279.62 miles.
Upon returning to Palos Park Woods-North at the finish, awaiting all runners... customized finisher-medals, vegetarian spring medley soup, and white chicken chili soup, along with a crisp low-seasonally-lit pavilion for recovering 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. Five-time Paleozoic finishers collected special zipper-draw-string shoe bag awards. For this version we had no ten-time finishers but if we had, they would have been awarded special pint-glasses!
Congratulations to our swift runners of Paleozoic Trail Runs - Cambrian Fall II!
- Paleo-Camb_II 50-Km...
Top Male Open: Elias Theodosis, 30 of Evanston - 3:38:49.8 * 4th fastest Paleo 50-Km, 2nd fastest on South racecourse!
Top Female Open: Tracey Escobedo, 44 of Alsip - 4:52:08.0 * Ninth fastest female 50-Km in her Paleozoic debut!
Top Male Masters: Ed Scheer, 47 of Wilson, WY - 4:09:04.4
Top Female Masters: Amy Pointon, 41 of Elmhurst - 5:37:01.0
- Paleo-Camb_II 25-Km...
Top Male Open: Zach Joaquin, 21 of Chicago - 1:47:15.1
Top Female Open: Stephanie Clapham, 30 of Evanston - 2:05:28.2
Top Male Masters: Matthew Thompson, 43 of Evanston - 2:00:43.8
Top Female Masters: Laura Lackner, 42 of Evanston - 2:11:34.8 * Four-time masters champion!
Timing, webcasting, and finish-line scoring... all managed by us, through our RunRace website at RunRace
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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!"
[Did I miss anyone here?... if you notice a missing or misspelled name please let me know.]
- Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station: Captains Jeni Goodwin and Scott Finger, Ian Stevens, Kim Ballenger, Katrina Baltes, Ed Scheer, Kim Kocher, Traci (Racine) Lambert-Cwerenz, Debi Haas, Jonathan Mireles, Dale Leonard.
- Will-Cook Road Aid Station: Patti Downey and Tom Kohler.
- Keepers of finish-line paper trail: Jeni Goodwin and Katrina Baltes.
- Supplies delivery, aid station shuttling: Michelle Thom, Dale Leonard, Jon Mireless.
- Post-race soup overseer: Scott Finger.
- Spillover remote parking shuttling: Michelle Thom.
- Paleozoic brew-masters of Paleozoic Imperial Blonde: Tom Kohler, Adam Zamora.
- Course marshaling: Special thanks to Racine-Traci and members of Flatlander Ultrarunners who toured the racecourse supporting all runners.
- Course marking / Course cleanup: Dale Leonard, Bill Thom.
Check out our gallery of photos below, captured mostly at our primary aid station, Palos Park Woods-North. These photos have been optimized for display on the internet... feel free to copy for your personal use -and/or- link this "Run Report" with your social networks.
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 this fall version - Cambrian Fall II!
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