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Title:Paleozoic Trail Runs - Devonian Spring II
Date:Saturday March 18th, 2023
Author:Bill & Michelle Thom
Report:
Paleozoic Trail Runs
Devonian Spring II

[Logo: Paleozoic Trail Runs]
11th Annual Spring-Season Paleozoic 50-Km and 25-Km
Trail Runs!

This wicked-coldest-by-far-ever rollicking eleventh annual spring celebration of "going long" was contested at our `north racecourse` within the Palos Trail System - Region 6. Our north racecourse has a wonderful mix of wide crushed gravel paths, narrower more rugged dirt-rocks-roots 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. Devonian Spring II marked the seventh time on our `north racecourse`, and twentieth running of our semiannual race, which has always featured the event distances of 50 kilometers and 25 kilometers.

Official statistics for our 2023 Paleozoic Trail Runs - Devonian Spring II...
Weather Statistics
Time:Temp
°F
Humidity
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Wind
MPH
Wind Gust
6:53 am:1568W 1725 mph
7:53 am:1462W 2031 mph
8:53 am:1559WNW 1629 mph
9:53 am:1756WNW 2232 mph
10:53 am:2050WNW 1830 mph
11:53 am:2248W 2333 mph
12:53 pm:2248W 2031 mph
1:53 pm:2448W 1731 mph
2:53 pm:2553WNW 2333 mph
3:53 pm:2448W 1632 mph
4:53 pm:2455NW 1632 mph
5:53 pm:2365W 1526 mph

Race Registration Statistics
Event:RegisteredStartedFinished
25 Kilometer:705252
50 Kilometer:616051
Race Totals:131112103
Volunteers:6


Frigid conditions and raw-wind-chills endured throughout the day with temperatures ranging from 14° - 25°F. Runners reported coldest of all areas were the aid stations at Wolf Road Woods, wind-blown start/finish hilltop at Pioneer Woods, and serpentine hill near Bullfrog Lake. Ironically the ultra cold temperatures froze-over soft stetches and racers took advantage of faster/firmer footing.  Paleozoic runners are an opportunist breed and despite extemely raw conditions this version, Devonian Spring II achieved an astounding finishing rate of 92%!

The 25 Kilometer race...
From the start, circling the parade loop racing downhill leading all others were Brandon LaBash (his second Paleozoic) and Katalin Anstandig (her first Paleozoic and first 25-Km). Both would go on to finish first in their respective sex divisions. Less than two minutes behind, Michael D'Aquila finished as second male, with Graham Rosby as third male and fourth overall. Defending her Masters Champion title Jara Kern (her third Paleozoic) finished as second female, closely persued by Jeni Goodwin (her tenth Paleozoic) as third overall female.

The 50 Kilometer ultramarathon...
A six-man pack consisting of David Curtin, Dan Kittivanichkulkrai, Paul Fortunato, Jason Sikora, Christopher Mileto, Jim Curtin led runners out to Wolf Road Woods aid station all within a couple minutes of each other. Dan (his second Paleozoic; defending Masters Champion) did best to hold pace and go on to finish first overall, with brothers David (his eleventh Paleozoic; past Champion) finishing second, and Jim (his third Paleozoic) finishing third overall. Meanwhile, among the fairer sex Wendy Jay (her fifth Paleozoic) found a good early rhythm which she maintained to the finish as top female, with Marta Borkowska (seventh Paleozoic; defending Female Champion) finishing second place, and Colleen Montgomery (second Paleozoic after 7-year absence) coming in third place.

Nearing the finish line...
Circling the seemingly-never-ending-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, hot red-beans-n-rice, and hot cocoa.  First-time ultramarathon finishers earned "My First Ultra" pint-glass awards.  Five-time Paleozoic finishers collected special zipper-draw-string shoe bag awards.  A Ten-time-finisher special pint-glass was earned by Jeni Goodwin (Jeni's volunteered ten times too ;-). Leading all veteran-paleo-dinosaur-multitime finishers was Les Hockenberry with 18 finishes; 388.490 miles. Sam Severson finished his 12th time, all 50-Kms with an impressive tally of 372.958 miles!

Congratulations to our swift runners of Paleozoic Trail Runs - Devonian Spring II!
  • Paleozoic Trail Runs - Devonian Spring II 50-Km...
    Top Male Open: Dan Kittivanichkulkrai, 41 of Chicago - 4:03:10.6 * 2022 Permian Fall II Runner-Up!
    Top Female Open: Wendy Jay, 47 of Lockport - 5:16:25.4
    Top Male Masters: David Curtin, 48 of Munster, IN - 4:12:34.4 * Past Paleozoic 50-Km Champion!
    Top Female Masters: Marta Borkowska, 45 of Park Ridge - 5:40:00.5 * 2022 Permian Fall II Defending Paleozoic 50-Km Female Champion!
  • Paleozoic Trail Runs - Devonian Spring II 25-Km...
    Top Male Open: Brandon LaBash, 46 of Chicago - 2:01:14.8
    Top Female Open: Katalin Anstandig, 34 of Arlington Heights - 2:01:52.1
    Top Male Masters: Michael D'Aquila, 41 of Chicago - 2:02:58.2
    Top Female Masters: Jara Kern, 43 of Arlington Heights - 2:28:44.0
    * 2022 Permian Fall II Defending Masters Champion!
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!" especially considering the extremely cold conditions.
  • Pioneer Woods Aid Station: Linda Cepa, Jack Remiasz, Ian Stevens, Traci Lambert-Cwerenz.
  • Wolf Road Woods Aid Station: Walter Wendel, Wojciech Jonczyk.
  • Runner Check-In Packet Distribution: Ian Stevens, Linda Cepa, Traci Lambert-Cwerenz.
  • Race eve Packet Stuffing: Michelle Thom.
  • Keeper of Finish-line Audit Trail: Linda Cepa, Michelle Thom.
  • Gatherer of Wood and Master of Fire: Jack Remiasz.
  • Provider of Dunkin Munchkins: Michael Glennon.
  • Bringer of Firewood: Lori Cepa.
  • Supplies Delivery, Aid Station Shuttling, Red Beans and Rice Chef: Michelle Thom.
  • Warming Tents Set up / Tear down: Walter Wendel, Wojciech Jonczyk, Jack Remiasz, Michael Glennon.
  • Racecourse Marking / Course Cleanup: Bill Thom, SubZero Mike Glennon.
  • Leader of Pre-race Buildup Run / Racecourse Tour: Brian Sheridan.
[Did I miss anyone here?... if you notice a missing or misspelled name please let me know.]

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 - Devonian Spring II!

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

25-Km #452 Carleen Coulter GPS: Distance 15.66 miles; elevation 1355 feet.
50-Km #220 Paul Fortunato GPS: Distance 31.37 miles; elevation 2165 feet.
25-Km #461 Chris Hedges: Check out Chris' first-person Race Report https://anamazingrun.com/2023/03/18/paleozoic-trail-runs-carboniferous-spring-ii-25k-race-report-2/

Website:
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