This eleventh annual fall celebration of "going long" made its rollicking return to our `south racecourse` within the Sag Valley System - Region 7. The south racecourse is a wonderful mix of wide crushed gravel paths and sometimes narrower more rugged dirt trails. We prefer to chart these trails for fall Paleozoic racing... so nice to be back. Each out-n-back lap totals a running distance of 15.534 miles. 50-Km = two laps; 25-Km = one lap. Set up with its start/finish aid station at Palos Park Woods-North Grove #1, and satellite aid station at the intersection of Will-Cook Road and the Green Trail. Carboniferous Fall II marked the tenth time on our `south racecourse`, and twenty-first 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 - Carboniferous Fall II...
|6:53 am:||32||85||W 3||Passing clouds|
|7:53 am:||37||73||NW 3||Passing clouds|
|8:53 am:||44||60||0||Passing clouds|
|9:53 am:||47||56||0||Passing clouds|
|10:53 am:||49||48||WSW 7||Passing clouds|
|11:53 am:||50||48||SW 6||Passing clouds|
|12:53 pm:||51||46||SW 7|| Passing clouds|
|1:53 pm:||51||46||SSW 6||Passing clouds|
|2:53 pm:||51||44||SW 8||Scattered clouds|
|3:53 pm:||51||48||SSE 7||Partly sunny|
|4:53 pm:||49||52||S 3||Passing clouds|
|Race Registration Statistics|
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|25 Kilometer:||86||71||71|| || |
|50 Kilometer:||89||79||74|| || |
|Race Totals:||175||150||145|| || |
|Volunteers:||8|| || || |
Delightful conditions endured throughout the day with temperatures ranging from 32° - 51°F, light winds and abundant sunshine. Runners took advantage of a dry/fast racecourse that featured long stretches blanketed under layers of fallen leaves. Paleozoic runners are an opportunist breed and despite a few slips, falls, and bruises this version, Carboniferous Fall II boasted an impressive finish rate of 96.7%!
The 25 Kilometer race
Returning as last fall's runner-up, Ismael Rubiano topped the podium, pursued by Christopher Ciszek in second place, with Timothy Jostrand in third overall. Katherine Page led the fairer sex, followed by Lily Medina in second place, closely pursued by Tracy Hixon as third overall female.
The 50 Kilometer ultramarathon
Charging at ~7:30 per mile from the start were Paleozoic first-timer's, Alexander Schrock, John Prieboy, and Tim Yuska. Alexander and Tim maintained their pace finishing in first and second place respectively, while John hung on to third overall. Of the fairer sex, last fall's runner-up Lindsay Fideli ran steady throughout finishing as overall top female, with Naomi Morimoto in second place at her Paleozoic debut, and Paleo-vet Wendy Jay as third female.
Nearing the finish line
Circling the black-walnut-obstacled `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 Sharon Scaletta and Boris Tannenbaum. Leading all veteran-paleo-dinosaur-multitime finishers is Les Hockenberry with 19 finishes, and 404.024 accumulated miles!
With their finish at today's race, the following veterans have moved up in all-time Paleozoic-finishing-stats position... 4th) David Curtin, 12, 373.088; 6th) Paul Garcia, 12, 311.0; 7th) Mark Bowman, 12, 295.35; 9th) Julie Glowacki, 11, 217.612; 11th) Boris Tannenbaum, 10, 295.154; 13th) Sharon Scaletta, 10, 217.613. Search past participant finishers under the "History"
Congratulations to our swift runners of Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall II!
- Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall II 50-Km...
Top Male Open: Alexander Schrock, 38 of Chicago - 3:51:11.8
Top Female Open: Lindsay Fideli, 40 of New Lenox - 4:52:04.1
Top Male Masters: Tim Yuska, 43 of Darien - 3:55:39.5
Top Female Masters: Wendy Jay, 48 of Lockport - 5:29:26.1 * Defending Paleo-Dev Spring II 50-Km Champion!
- Paleozoic Trail Runs - Carboniferous Fall II 25-Km...
Top Male Open: Ismael Rubiano, 47 of Chicago - 1:51:16.9 * Paleo-Perm Fall II 25-Km Runner-up!
Top Female Open: Katherine Page, 34 of Chicago - 2:11:38.9
Top Male Masters: Michael Haney, 63 of Crested Butte, CO - 2:06:36.8
Top Female Masters: Lily Medina, 42 of Oglesby - 2:25:56.1
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 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.]
- Palos Park Woods-North Aid Station: Jeni Goodwin, Linda Cepa, Amy Pointon, Kristine Yoon, Traci Lambert-Cwerenz.
- Will-Cook Road Aid Station: Walter Wendel, Jack Remiasz.
- Runner Check-In Packet Distribution: Jeni Goodwin, Linda Cepa, Amy Pointon, Kristine Yoon.
- Keeper of Finish-line Audit Trail: Jeni Goodwin.
- Supplies Delivery, Aid Station Shuttling, Red Beans and Rice Chef: Michelle Thom.
- Warming Tents Set up / Tear down: Jack Remiasz, Linda Cepa, Michael Glennon.
- Post-race Red Beans & Rice Overseer: Linda Cepa.
- Course Marshaling: Traci Lambert-Cwerenz (Racine / Sparkles), who toured the racecourse supporting all runners.
- Racecourse Marking / Course Cleanup: Dale Leonard, Michael Glennon, Bill Thom, Jeni Goodwin.
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 fall version - Carboniferous Fall II!
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