After Saturday’s run, I showered and was off to Luke’s Basketball game. He had one of his best games and played stifling defense. Luke is not afraid of contact and likes to mix it up under the basket, which at the age of 8, is half the battle. He hustled the whole game.
Right after his game, we changed, grabbed a bite to eat, and then was off to the Crosstimbers 50 mile Ultramarathon on the shores of Lake Texaoma. I had a couple of friends running the 50 miles and was anxious to check in on them. This race is known as one of the tougher 50 milers in Texas.
We arrive around 0200 and Luke was in his element running around in the woods. After about an hour of our arrival, Scott Eppleman wraps up the 50 miler and wins the whole thing. After his completion Scott looked like he had just walked around the block instead of running a half a century.
Scott Eppleman - 50 miler winner at the finish line
Upon arriving, I checked in on Marshall K and Dmitry R half way splits. I couldn’t believe Marshall’s time. After calculating his 30 mile training run times and cross referencing his splits, he was on pace to run substantially under 11 hours. I had pre race predicted a time for Marshall at around 11 hours. Dmitry was on pace to run a strong race as well.
Marshall comes into the aid station with only 5 miles to go. He looked strong. I call out, MARSHALL, YOU ARE RUNNING LIKE AN ANIMAL! He reponds, I’m in 5th place…, “ I know”…to find out the huge obstacles he overcame the last five miles and the outcome, read about it HERE. That’s his story to tell!
Marshall at the 45 mile marker....Running Like an Animal
Off for the last 5 miles...little did he know what was about to happen! Read his blog to find out.
Luke and I waited for Dmitry to come in. It was getting close for us to go back to town due to prior commitments, so I ran a ways down the trail knowing it would almost be time for him to come into the aid station. We never saw Dmitry, but when it was said and done, he had set a PR. Way Freaking Cool.
Luke having a great time
All in all a great day. Congrats gentlemen!