This rollicking tenth annual spring celebration of "going long" made its triumphant return to our `north racecourse` within the Palos Trail System - Region 6. Due to retrictions caused by the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic we haven't been able to chart this course in over two years... so nice to be back. Our north racecourse has a wonderful mix of wide crushed gravel paths, narrower more rugged dirt trails, occasional grass stretches, and even segments of eroding asphalt. Each out-n-back lap totals a running distance of 7.767 miles. 50-Km = two laps; 25-Km = one lap. Set up with its start/finish aid station at Pioneer Woods Grove #2, and satellite aid station at Wolf Road Woods Grove #2. Carboniferous Spring II marked the sixth time on our `north racecourse`, and eighteenth running of our semiannual race, which has always featured the event distances of 50 kilometers and 25 kilometers.
Official statistics for our 2022 Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Spring II...
|7:53 am:||40||89||32||NW 16||Light Rain Fog/Mist|
|8:53 am:||39||86||31||NW 14||Overcast|
|9:53 am:||40||86||34||NW 10||Light Rain|
|10:53 am:||41||82||35||NW 10||Light Rain|
|11:53 am:||40||83||34||NW 10||Light Rain|
|12:53 pm:||40||83||34||NW 10||Light Rain|
|1:53 pm:||41||79||34||NW 13||Overcast|
|2:53 pm:||41||82||33||NW 14||Light Rain|
|3:53 pm:||42||79||36||W 10||Light Rain|
|4:53 pm:||43||80||39||W 7||Light Rain|
|5:53 pm:||44||83||40||W 7||Light Rain|
|Race Registration Statistics|
|Event:||Registered||Started||Finished|| || |
|25 Kilometer:||70||56||55|| || |
|50 Kilometer:||68||60||57|| || |
|Race Totals:||138||116||112|| || |
|Volunteers:||6|| || || |
Rather raw conditions endured throughout the day with temperatures ranging from 39˚ - 44˚F, brisk winds, persistent light precipitation, and a supersaturated racecourse, softened with long stretches of shoe-sucking mud and slippery hills. Paleozoic runners are a resilient breed and despite slips, falls, bruises, one-step-forward-half-a-step-back-striding this version, Carboniferous Spring II boasted an astounding finishing rate of 96.5%!
The 25 Kilometer race...
Defending their races of November 2021, past Paleozoic champions Elias Theodosis and Matthew Thompson topped podium positions in their respective Overall and Masters divisions. In his Paleozoic debut Justin Jacobson raced to second place overall. Paleo-vet Becky Patch led the fairer sex with another top-of-the-podium, persued by first-timer Valentina Ricupati who finished second female overall. In yet another Paleo-debut Leah Young topped the Female Masters podium.
The 50 Kilometer ultramarathon...
Never separated by more than a few minutes Zachary Pligge and David Curtin maintained a-blistering-for-conditions sub-8-minute pace to win their respective Overall and Masters divisions, with defending champion Jimmy Kasper in third overall. Yumi Spiller, who now hails from Lone Tree, CO earned Overall Top Female honors. Lily Medina defended her position as Masters Top Female. Lindy Lorenz finished as third overall female.
Circling the uphill `parade loop`, through the Paleozoic feather flags, under the race banner, across the finish line timing mats, awaiting all runners... customized finisher-medals, special awards, optional beer, and the drawing-them-in-siren-sound of cheering race enthusiasts. First-time ultramarathon finishers earned "My First Ultra" pint-glass awards. Five-time Paleozoic finishers collected special zipper-draw-string shoe bag awards. Ten-time-finisher special pint-glasses were earned by Julie Glowacki, David Curtin, and Edna Jackeline Vazquez. Leading all veteran-paleo-dinosaur-multitime finishers are Les Hockenberry with 16 finishes - 341.886 miles, and Margie Hockenberry with 14 finishes - 264.147 miles!
Congratulations to our swift runners of Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Spring II!
- Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Spring II 50-Km...
Top Male Open: Zachary Pligge, 33 of Chicago - 4:02:25.8 * Past Paleozoic 50-Km Champion!
Top Female Open: Yumi Spiller, 37 of Lone Tree, CO - 5:25:04.4 * Past Paleozoic 25-Km Champion!
Top Male Masters: David Curtin, 47 of Munster, IN - 4:05:39.2 * Past Paleozoic 50-Km Champion!
Top Female Masters: Lily Medina, 40 of Oglesby - 5:37:04.7 * Defending Paleozoic 50-Km Masters Champion!
- Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Spring II 25-Km...
Top Male Open: Elias Theodosis, 32 of Glenview - 1:53:44.0 * 3-Time Past Paleozoic 25-Km Champion, and Past Paleozoic 50-Km Champion!
Top Female Open: Becky Patch, 38 of 2:09:11.8 * Past Paleozoic 50-Km Champion!
Top Male Masters: Matthew Thompson, 44 of Evanston - 2:03:36.7 * Defending Paleozoic 25-Km Masters Champion!
Top Female Masters: Leah Young, 43 of Lockport - 2:40:58.1
Timing, webcasting, and finish-line scoring... all managed by us, through our RunRace website at RunRace
. Check out Results and our Webcast through the links...
Results: Results on RunRace
Webcast: Webcast with Checkpoint Splits
Let's ring a cowbell and 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.]
- Pioneer Woods Aid Station: Captains Honggang Ye and Michael Glennon, Ed Sheer, Amy Pointon.
- Wolf Road Woods Aid Station: Walter Wendell, Joe Lawrence.
- Race eve Packet Stuffing: Jason Dorgan, Michelle Thom.
- Keeper of finish-line paper trail: Hong Ye.
- Bringer of Girls Scout Cookies: Michael Glennon.
- Supplies delivery, aid station shuttling: Michelle Thom, Joe Lawrence.
- Course marking / Course cleanup: Bill and Michelle Thom.
Check out our gallery of photos below, captured throughout the day of racing. These photos have been optimized for internet display... 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 spring version - Carboniferous Spring II!
Links & Recaps as Generously Provided by Participants of
Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Spring II!
, Paleo-Carb_II 25-Km 12th Place Finisher, #380
Chris' Amazing Run Coverage: Chris' Report