everyone else who volunteered their
time and energy for the race:
I am the 72 year old, English woman
who did this race. I wanted
to congratulate y'all on an
excellent ultra. I only did the 20K
but had such a good time on the run
that I might have done it again if I
had not had someone there to take me
back to the hotel. The whole thing
was excellent - the aid stations
were awesome and the volonteers
really nice, friendly and helpful.
Special mention should be given to
the Teletubbies and the signs on the
hill leading to their station. I
cannot think of a complaint. Of
course, the weather was perfect and
there was just enough mud to make it
The Hampton Inn
was very impressive. I am glad I
stayed on for Saturday night so I
could enjoy the waffles they offered
with breakfast. The staff there was
very welcoming, especially the lady
who did the breakfast.
The dinner the night before was a
nice extra and you did a good job of
scaring me just enough - ie about
having to be looking for me after
dark if I got lost.
I will be looking
for this race next year. I am from
Memphis so it is quite a long drive
but if it is possible I will be
back. This was my first ultra and
it left me wanting more.
By the way, we have one in Memphis
in the summer. I have volonteered
for it but not run it. The trails
are harder but there are less
hills. Perhaps some of you could
come up here to this race.
Well we have
managed to get another MS50 in the books. David, Elmer
and Ann still have loads of work to do with all the
accounting and web site work but for the rest of us our
job is done.
I am always amazed with
what happens while I wonder around stressed out, hoping
it all runs smoothly and that everyone, volunteers and
runners alike, all have a great time. All of the reviews
I have seen and all of the comments made to me were
positive, as always. Everyone does such an outstanding
job on their part that all I really have to do is talk
everyone into doing the same job they have been doing
all along. I hear you all making fun of me for stressing
because you know the race will go off without any
We need to thank Sam
Landry and his group who came up from New Orleans for
the second time to help with the aid station on the
small loop and ended up doing it all. They certainly
pulled us out of a problem.
Thanks to Patrick
Scoggins who volunteered (his first time) to help anyway
he could and ended up at an aid station for the day.
Patrick and Michael did a great job. The rest of the aid
stations were to quote a popular phrase “off the hook”.
My hope is that the aid stations continue to get more
out of hand next year. Many runners told of the
encouragement they got from various aid stations when
sitting down became easier than continuing. Most seemed
reassured when they reported having been told that they
were “not likely to die” while being encouraged to
It is easy to forget
that Elmer and Ann do a great job with the website and
registration all year not just for a few days. Thanks to
them as always.
Thanks to David Dill
who handles the money. I do not want to handle the money
but would rather spend it.
A big thanks to my
family who put up with a house in turmoil and my
attitude for a week each year knowing they have a tough
few days helping with our race.
We continue to make
this race one of the best races around. Did you know
last year we were listed as 13th of the top
13 trail races you needed to run in 2009 by Runners
World Magazine. http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-239-281--12523-0,00.html
I just found that on the web the other day. That says a
lot about the race you put on each year.
I could go on and on
but thanks to all, you know what you have done to help
make this race one of the best and I hope you had a good
time doing it.
MY ARROGANCE WAS ONLY OUTWEIGHED BY
MY IGNORANCE BUT I HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE
signed up for the MS50 in August mainly because I was 10
lbs overweight for me and the MS50 gave me motivation. I
shed 28 lbs and seemingly was prepared to tun a good 50
miler. My game plan was to run 25 minutes then walk 5
minutes. That way I thought my body would regulate the
pace and it shouldn't be a problem to run the 50 miles.
During training the furthest I ran was 24 miles thinking
I could 25-5 all day. On race day I decided to "go for
it" and try to run 9 hrs with the real possibility of
not finishing at all if I fell apart. I had never even
run a full marathon before.
The first 12.5 miles
went as planned with the exception of not being prepared
for the mud. I ran 2:09 feeling great. I even stopped
after the first loop for 4 minutes to mentally run four
12.5 mile races. About Mile 18 I started to feel the
effects of the terrain and my silly theory that I would
"go for it" seemed IGNORANT.
By Mile 32 I was in
total survival mode knowing I was physically done. The
smart thing would have been to hang it up and just be
done at 37.5. However, if I was going to live by the
"going for broke" theory then I was going to do
everything I could to finish under the cutoff.
barely held on and finished in 11:44 which was next to
last for those who ran the full 50 miles and made the 12
hour cut off. I haven't looked at it closely, but my
negative splits had to be some of the biggest in this
The aid station workers were wonderful and
encouraged me all the way through. I wouldn't have
survived without them. So thank you a million times
As I was leaving the park I took a wrong
turn and tried to make a u-turn. My car got stuck and I
had to wait for a wrecker to pull me out. Thank you to
the gentleman who waited until the park officials
arrived. It was just another example of my ignorance on
A few days after the race, I was asked
if I would run again next year. My response, "of
course." I was then asked "Will you use the same race
day strategy of 'going for it?' After a couple short
moments I responded, "Of course. I don't know any other
So see you next year and you will likely
see me "fall apart" sometime during the race and I will
probably slide by just before the cut off. But at least
for a little while I will have a chance to run a great
Greg Y.- Birmingham, Al
Running Bear, and all the helpful and
entertaining volunteers at this year's MS50.
You continue to raise the bar every year.
The weather was glorious and the aid
stations continue to improve every year.
Mandy was 5+ months along in her pregnancy,
but was a trooper throughout and we both had
a splendid time, albeit a much slower time.
Mothers-to-be are entitled to
special treatment and so she happily took my
offer to carry her across the deepest creek
crossing so as not to add to her already
increased weight-load. ;)
We plan to be back next year, and plan to
bring even more Stark-Villans with us.
Mann Conrad--Starkville, MS
by Rich Limacher
(note spelling ;)
Middle Age 800-year-old lute plucker from France
Isn't there an old
(OK, not 800 years old) tune by Flatt &
Scruggs, Homer & Jethro, or some such that contains
the lyric: "It's a treat to beat your feet on the
Mississippi mud"? And didn't they play the
lute? Or maybe it was the banjo. Anyway, they
If there's any
"treating" goin' on along this totally incorrigible
bayou-marsh-swamp-type enterprise through The Big
Woods of Jones County (no booze please!) then it has
to come from something hidden inside brown paper
bags. It is NOT coming from the ground. The
shoe-sucking MUD here is sooooooooooo
amazing, that once (honest!) it did indeed suck my
shoe off. No, I don't mean the shoe getting sucked
off the foot; I mean the sole of the shoe getting
sucked off the shoe!
I forget when that
happened (in 800 years, ya know, one tends to lose
track of some details) but thankfully--and this is a
great feature of this race--you get to run by your
car every loop and, bingo: if you have an extra
pair in the trunk, your race is saved!
This year, which
was one of the COLDEST March 6ths known to
Mississlipperians in the past eight-tenths of the
millennium, it was "Yankee Weather" and I couldn't
help but notice all the hats, ear muffs, gloves,
jackets, and running tights (just like in France! :)
being worn by everyone in front of me. And, let me
be perfectly clear here, EVERYONE was in front of
despite all the crystal-clear-blue-sky and stately
pines forming a beautiful photo-op everywhere you
turned (and there were a few who turned too much,
and got lost!), this is Mississlippi and the
terra firma is never firm. I'd call it a "mud
bowl," or what we up north (France is north, no?)
call a "character builder." I believe Ol' Miss gets
an extra day each calendar year (366 or 367
depending on "leap") just so everyone can say,
"Mississippi gets 365 days of rain every single
year." The extra day only gets sunshine. This past
Saturday was that day.
Boom: a brand-new
treat this year! Trailside philosophy signs! What
a brilliant concept! While you are throat-parched,
in pain, and nearly dying out there... suddenly...
wow! The cure for being brain-dead! Before
you'd get to two of the aid stations, you had to
Aid station number
one was (yes, spelled just this way): "Bubba's
Trucks Stop." It was the place where, apparently,
they were giving away "Marlboro Reds and Water Just
Ahead." Hmmm... I must confess that when I
saw this, I assumed that what Bubba meant was that,
at his fueling station, you could Just Add Water and
wham: instant Marlboro Reds. Wow, what a concept,
huh? Imagine instant ciggies inside all those
trucks just ahead of you on the highway--and all the
fumbling around inside the cab while the driver
tries not to spill all that water all over him/her
self while trying to assemble a smoke.
So I asked the dear
people there at the cash register, "Hey, if this is
a truck stop and I am stopped, am I a truck?"
anymore at twisted syllogistic jokes coming from
just-barely-alive Trouble Doers still stuck in the
But another one of
Bubba's signs said something about "lunch specials"
including a short list of menu items, one of which,
I swear, said "Pee's Cornbread."
So next loop I
asked Bubba. And he told me, "Oh yeah. It's 'cuzza
the designs on the cornbread. They're made by
peeing them on."
Ya really gotta
love the South.
Aid station numbers
3/4 (double duty!) was even more cantankerously
philosophical. As we approached, runners were
greeted with a whole lotta signs! Here's just a
few: "Ants Never Sleep!" Hmmm...
"Dolphins Sleep With One Eye Open!" Again hmmm...
"Cleopatra Married Two of her Brothers!" Huh?
That one needs checking! "Violence Isn't the
Only Option" and a little farther down the trail:
"But It's Still an Option!" I'm guessing Julius
Caesar thought so, too. 'Cuzza what he must've done
to Cleo's bros, ya think? Was that
were the term "fratricide" comes from?
By far, THE BEST
sign was: "Why Isn't Number 11 Pronounced Onety-One?"
Hmmm!!! Then 12 would have to be "onety-two"
and 13 "onety-three" and so on. I like this! In
fact, I remember having this very discussion when
numbers were first invented back in my Middle Ages.
We were all gathered around some kind of round
table, and good ol' King Hoozits finally said:
"Nah. Sounds fake. Besides, I have teenagers! So,
we need numbers-teen!"
I asked, "Well,
sire, how about 11 being oneteen, 12 being twoteen,
13 being threeteen, and so on?"
But Merlin quashed
the whole dys-cussin'. "It has to be eleven and
twelve," he said, "because of future truck stops.
Marlboro Reds will be sold for eleven cents a pack,
in the 1940s, and then go to twelve in the '50s.
And there's just no way a Mississippi--or any other
state's--convenience store clerk is gonna be able to
handle, or even pronounce, 'onety-one.'"
That, of course,
seemed to settle the matter... well, at least for
the next 800 years.
My wife, the
kindergarten teacher, however, when I told her about
these amazing thought-provoking signs, said, in all
seriousness, "Well, that's what I deal with every
single day! Five-year-olds, who haven't been taught
anything yet, will look at an eleven and say 'onety-one!'"
So, now I guess we
know the true age of the author of THAT
philosophical sign, huh? One of the volunteer's
little kindergartners, would be my guess.
Well, by now y'all
are probbly bored to tears readin' alla dys--my
wordy equivalent to peed-on cornbread--so maybe I'll
just sign off by saying, "Thanks for reading this,
even if it's only your onety time either reading or
'Cuz it truly
is, after all, (just like I've been
sayin' now for the eighty-tenth time :) a treat to
beat your twoty feets in the Mississloppi Mud!
delivered now as
though spelling-challenged, Running Bare] ;-)
I just wanted
to let you know how proud I am of my son-in-law Donald
(Mutt) Hardin. Within 3 miles of the run, Mutt
stepped in a hole and thought he only sprained his
ankle. Through his willpower, Mutt completed the
Today, Mutt though it might be a
good idea to have his ankle checked. Yes, the
ankle is fractured! He will be in a cast for 6
weeks! A small setback…….
I am very proud of Mutt finishing
the race that he trained so hard for, but being an
athletic myself, I know how it feels to be defeated by
an injury! I just glad my other son-in-law, Richard
Goldman finished the race without injuries!!
With all this said, I’m proud to
say your organization has put together a well organized
race. Good luck on next years event!
Yakōki (Thank You)
You have done a fantastic job.
We have especially appreciated the support at aid
station 1 with Charles and his buddy and aid station
3-4 with Ava and her team!
This was our first ultra and it was awsome and
friendly. What an experience.
At the finish I have received third Jumper with a
skeleton in the back...and I was wondering why as my
running mate did not get it?
Not important for me however it was bothering the
curiosity of my friend :o)
David Genecand the Swiss guy from Illinois and
Tobias Woelfert the German guy from Illinois.
Bear's perspective of the hole thing:
Once again the runners tried hard to fluster Bear at
registration. One registrant changed her last name Friday morning to
make him look foolish. Another signed up as Xmas-Pen (yes, with a
dash) and then claimed his name was actually Pen-Xmas! Did any of
these and similar tricks actually fluster Bear? Yes!
Race day was more of the same. One runner got off course and ran
some extra distance. Bear quickly consulted the map and came
up with a plan. "Go to the first aid station on the short loop, and
come back. That will complete your 50K." Several hours later, here
comes the runner from the other direction! "What happened? I got
lost, and ended up on the road! You forgot to tell me how to get
Seriously, Many, Many thanks to everyone who registered, ran, watched, or
commented on the race. Trail runners have to be the nicest people on
the planet. And MS50 runners are the best of all. Hope to see you
all next year.
Still my favorite race! I think I want to be a
trail runner when I grow up! Thanks for all your hard work. I could
not figure out how to post a comment, so i am sending it to you to
In order to do this race, I had to plead with
my stats professor to take my exam on Friday, and show up late for
class. So, unfortunately, I had to miss the Friday night festivities.
Hated that, but loved the opportunity to do my favorite race. The
weather was perfect! I was better prepared this year than the previous
two years, so I had aspirations of bettering my time, and my top secret
aspiration was to place in the top three. Well, my first aspiration
died quickly when I started hitting the mud. My shoe was sucked off,
and it took me forever to recover it, then get it back on. I quickly
realized, the course was a little more challenging than the last two
years. I still started off too fast, Eric let me go and said he would
catch me later, (and yes, he did catch me and passed me for good around
mile 10). I twisted my ankle once, (not anything too bad, I recovered
after about a mile), slipped but managed to somehow stay upright, and
did lose my shoe once more. The water at one spot was mid thigh, and I
don't know how that can be, because no one else seems to have stepped
in water past their ankles. I can't tell all of you how much I enjoy
the challenge of this race! The concentration and focus that is
required to keep your footing, and the up and down of the terrain just
makes it the perfect run for me. I always have difficulty understanding
when runners say "just enjoy the run". Most of the time I push so hard,
I feel like someone beat the life out of me when I finish a race. This
type race is a physical and mental challenge. I can say, I pushed
just as hard, but I truly "enjoyed the run". I am still jazzed. The
cherry on the top of the pie, was that in this race I was the "official"
first female. The really fast people either stayed home, or they were
the real studs and ran the 50K or 50mile. There was actually a lady
that did finish this race ahead of me, but she dropped back from the
50K. It's all good though, because well, did I say how much I love this
run? There were some Pacers at the race, and I will be interested in
their responses to this race. Charles jumped in at the last minute, and
this was the first time he has done this one. I don't think he was
quite as excited about the whole trail thing. I finished in front of
him, (which always makes me happy :) ) but he is coming off a
marathon. (I will take it anyway). So, thanks to Elmer, Dennis, and
everyone who volunteered. It was a great experience, as always. I look
forward to next year, and who knows, I may someday bump up to the next
level. Catch all of you on the Run! Audrey
wanted the race director and all
of the volunteers to know what a great job they did Friday
and Saturday. This was my first 50K and first trail race. I
don't think you could have done a better job. The
were well-stocked with supplies, and the
volunteers that manned the stations were very nice. Thanks for
making this experience a pleasurable one.
Okay, I just have to tell you that I had THE BEST
TIME EVER!! Well, maybe not during the last 5 miles of the 50k, but at
least for all of the other parts of the race and the weekend in
general. This was my first time to run a 50k (I've only run marathon
distance), though I regularly volunteer at the Bartlett Parks Ultras in
Memphis (if you have run it during the last two years, I've been the
timer/checker at the start/finish aid station), so I at least had a
vague idea of what starts to happen mentally and physically as the miles
wear on just from witnessing the runners trying to finish that race in
103 degree temps. I only hope that I have been as good to those
struggling runners as the MS50 volunteers were to me on Saturday!!!
Charles and Randy were great, so were the guys at aid station #2 who
made suggestions on what to try to eat to keep going. The enthusiastic
crowd at aid station #3 were a hoot in their costumes - which had to be
pretty warm as the day got along. And the gal at the start/finish aid
station made a mean PB&J.
But my most enthusiastic thank you goes
to the two fellows and gal at the orange loop aid station. Please
please please let them know that the girl in the red singlet from
Memphis who was convinced she would not be able to even crawl the last 4
miles actually ran most of it and still had energy to shout with joy
when she finished. I am not kidding. With me in a state of
low-blood-sugar-exhaustion-near-panic, they totally talked me down off
the ledge. From what I recall, it was an inspired pep-talk. I'm pretty
sure it involved at least one of them saying "No, you aren't going to
die. Really, you aren't" and another saying "Do you feel like you need
to throw up? No? Then you are fine."
You do a terrific job as a
race director. All of your hard work showed and was very much
appreciated. And thank you for arranging such gorgeous weather! Even
if you should have invested a bit more in some light cloud cover, you
made up for it with the really cold creek water that felt so good on
tired calves and feet! Thanks again for a great event. I will
recommend it highly and might even see you down there again.
o (Memphis, TN)
|March 05, 2010 11:16 am Laurel Leader
— The Carl Touchstone Memorial
Mississippi Trail 50 will be held this Saturday on the
Longleaf Horse Trail in the De Soto National Forest just south
of Laurel. The race was moved to Laurel in 1996 by Carl
Touchstone, a local dentist and accomplished ultra runner.
The 2010 race will be the 14th anniversary of the race in
Laurel, and the 9th that commemorates Dr. Carl Touchstone’s
untimely death due to cancer. The run is sponsored locally by
South Central Regional Medical Center and the Touchstone
family along with several national trail running related
According to Dennis Bisnette, Mississippi Trail
50 Race Director, the only ultra trail features races of 20K
(12.5 miles), 50K (31.1miles) and 50 miles. “We have a short
run of 20K which is not technically an ultra run for those
preferring a shorter race, but we have the 50K and 50 mile run
for those preferring a more strenuous test of their
endurance,” Bisnette said.
An ultra run is a foot race
typically on trails, but a distance longer than a marathon
distance of 26.2 miles. Planners of the event are in
preliminary discussions regarding a 100 mile trail run as a
separate event next year which would be the only 100 mile
trail run in Mississippi.
There has been a growing
national interest in trail running with registrations for the
Mississippi Trail 50 filling up early as have other trail runs
across the nation. Registration for the 2010 Mississippi Trail
50 race closed in the middle of December.
“The race has grown each year to the point where it has been
necessary to limit entrants for the last several years in
order to put on a quality event. I have no doubt that we
could double the size of the field, but we just cannot
accommodate that many runners”.
At one time one could
register for a trail run the day of the event which is no
longer possible. Registrations for some of the premier trail
runs have been filling up in as little as three minutes from
the time registration opens.
The 2010 Mississippi Trail 50
will have 260 registered runners from 25 states. One hundred
and seven (107) of the runners are from the State of
Mississippi. Nearly 30 percent of the field is female. The
average participant is age 41 with 59 runners over 50 years of
age and four runners over 70 years of age.
that almost 100 runners are running a new distance for the
first time and 138 runners are running their first Mississippi
“The weather prediction is very good with no
rain and a high in the mid 60’s for Saturday so it should be
great weather for running. The course should be a little muddy
this year with all the recent rain, but that just adds to the
character of the run. You never remember the events where the
conditions are perfect, but you never forget the events that
are hard, hot, or wet. If you want flat fast conditions with
good footing you should never run trails,” Bisnette said.
The race will begin Saturday morning at 6 a.m. and conclude
Saturday evening at 6 p.m.
THE CARL TOUCHSTONE MEMORIAL
MISSISSIPPI 50 TRAIL RUN
MARCH 6, 2010 RACE REPORT
The Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi Trail 50 was held March 6,
2010. Publicized as an excellent event for first time trail runners or
those wishing to take on a new distance, runners selected from an
introductory 20 kilometers, longer 50 kilometer and longest distance
offered of 50 miles as their courage allowed. Runners were credited with
the longest distance they complete and were awarded medals for the shorter
races and a buckle for completing fifty miles.
Winter weather had been more wet and cold than it was in recent years.
The Race Director worried about the condition of the trail in the days
leading up to the race. Many horses had been on the trails the previous
weekend for an endurance horse race. The horse race along with wet muddy
conditions threatened to leave the course a real mess. But the weather
turned sunny and windy on Tuesday leading up to the race. At the pre race
meal and meeting the course was announced as “not that wet.” Those knowing
the history of the event remember that twice the race was closed mid day
due to high water in creeks. Swimming the course lead to concerns about
safety of runners. The race directors evaluation was, if not welcomed by
Nothing so drastic as course closure occurred this year. But, the
course was unavoidably muddy. Fortunately the creeks were knee deep and
running clear enough to wash weighty mud off participants shoes every few
miles. By the second 12.5 mile loop mud had been packed down and was
drying in the sun leaving a clear path around most muddy sections but
still without any way around the six knee deep creeks crossing the course.
Participants started the day bundled against the mid 20 degree
temperature in the glow of the sun rising in the clear sky only to peel
off layers of clothing as the sun and temperatures rose higher. Some
participants ended up shirtless by the end of 50 miles with temperatures
in the high 60 degrees.
Aid on the course was abundant with “Bubba’s Trucks Stop” just over
four miles on the course and at eight miles hula girls alternated with
cartoon characters providing aid. Runners were seen wasting time for
pictures with various inhabitants at aid stations.
Fifty runners completed the 50 mile trail run and 68 completed the 50
kilometer run. Sixty five participants completed the 20 kilometer run for
a total of 183 runners completing a distance. Almost 100 participants ran
a new distance although not all were successful. The field included
representatives from 25 states with the majority from the states of
Mississippi and Alabama.
The relatively flat course can be very fast when dry but when wet has
resulted in runners diving into mud to retrieve shoes. The past four years
proved to be dry and fast. This year resulted in slower times but a more
memorable fun event.
Many participants run the Mississippi 50 because of the varied
distances. The 20 kilometer race is long enough to introduce runners to
what trail running is all about without being so long that they are
reluctant to try another trail run or step up to the 50 kilometer race in
future years. The standard trail running distances of 50 kilometers and 50
miles may be too much for an introduction to trail running but those
attempting such a distance know what is in store. A long day of adverse
conditions always leads to a great trail running experience.
In continuing with "Positively Wednesdays," I cannot
think of anyone more
deserving of this exaggerated honor than the man
in whose memory the race
I've just run, the Mississippi Trails
50/50/20, yet endures. Although my
good friend departed this life in
the year 2000, there is nothing that says
my subjects for this series
need to be living. And so it is that I would
now like to pay tribute
to The Man, my friend and hero, who actually did
once say to me,
after I'd given him my PowerBar somewhere out on the trail
of the Ice
Age 50M race in Wisconsin, "Rich, you just saved my life."
however, I didn't.
He is the late Dr. Carl Touchstone, DDS, and
THIS is Positively Wednesday!]
When he would invent a race, he'd
expect EVERYONE to attend his race. And
when he'd gets calls from
the Jackson International Airport that one of his
make the race because his driver's license had expired and
rent him a car, this race director would fly his own airplane
Laurel to Jackson, pick up the stranded attendee, bring him to the
race, and then return him to Jackson afterwards.
When he was a
racer himself, he could finish 50 miles in seven hours.
Later, in his
largesse as an RD, he would give folks (nearly double that
twelve hours to do the same.
Instead of making peeps buy tix on
Northwest Orient to run Western States,
he would buy the airline
himself, and fly all his friends out there for
known to set his plane "down just over yonder" and run Wisconsin's
IAT practically every single year of its existence. Afterwards, if you
needed a ride, he would take you back "over yonder" on a magic carpet,
then fly you to wherever you needed to be. Even if you lived in
foreign country, like Canada!
If you showed up at
his race on your birthday, he'd have a birthday cake at
line, and direct the choir of finishers and volunteers in a
rendition of "Happy Birthday To You!"
After you got home, he'd
give you a couple days to let the mud cake and the
dust settle, then
call you on the phone to ask how you liked it and what you
suggest to improve it. If he interrupted your workday, he would mail
a check to your boss to reimburse the company for lost productivity. If
were self-employed, he'd send it to you.
If you showed up
on race day and wondered where to put the parking sticker
National Forest Service had just issued to you, he would take it
wing it directly into the nearest trash barrel, saying, "That's where
you put that, right THERE."
He'd be the ONE man in the cosmos who
actually *could* get nOrm and Helen
Klein to show up, volunteer, and
guest-speak at his pre-race banquet. Then
the next day, during the
monsoons, he'd also be the ONE man that could
actually GET nOrm to do
any work! nOrm and he would then push all the
rental cars out of the
mud so his runners could get out of the woods.
throughout the whole South ever had impossibly crooked teeth, he'd
the ONE orthodontist who could straighten them.
In heaven right
now, there is a forest, and he is the ONE new race director
all the angels to start running 50 miles, and all the archangels
volunteer, and all the devils (from down below) to issue the permits,
sell the parking stickers, and serve as rangers to close down the race
whenever the monsoons get too heavy, the Good Lord ISN'T willing, and
creek DOES rise---to a level somewhere over your head.
He's been The Most Interesting Man in the World.
"I don't always
need dentistry; but when I do, I prefer the Touchstone
smiling, my friends."
( 00 )
[aka Rich Limacher,
The TroubleDoer at
Yankee Folly of the Day:
The "folly" part
follows IF y'all bother to check my damn time this past
Some 50 runners complete 50-mile, MS Trail 50 run
By Dennis Bisnette, Mississippi Trail 50 Race Director for the Laurel
March 15, 2010 01:26 pm
— Some 50 runners recently completed the
50-mile Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi Trail 50 and 68 completed the
50 kilometer run.
Sixty five participants completed the 20- kilometer
run for a total of 183 runners completing the distance.
George Sekzix won the 50-mile race with a time of 7:22:22. In second was
Mississippian Greg Gearhart with a time of 8:06:12. Georgia’s jason
Overbaugh came in third with a clocking of 8:27:19.
New York’s Dana
Culbreath was the first female finisher. She finished the course in
8:46.21. Candy Tranum was second in 10:13:20, while Anita Fromm was third
with a time of 10:46:50.
The results of the 50K run had Mississippi’s
Matthew Darby win it with a time of 4:35:01. Runner-up was Louisiana’s
Brian Novak with a time of 4:49:16. In third was Mississippi’s Jacob
Berkowitz ( 5:00:29).
Female winner was Kellie Smirnoff with a time of
5:01:00. In second was Allison Betchick in 6:10:38. Kristel Liddle was
third in a time of 6:35:50.
Jordan Perrett won the 20K run with a
finish of 1:24:16. In second was Steven Rogers with a time of 1:25:48. In
third was Mississippi’s Drew Carter in a time of 1:28:19.
Audrey Jackson was the first female finisher. Her time was 2:01:18.
Alabama’s Sarah Gilberti was second with a 2:05:58. Mississippi’s Lynne
Leonard was third with a 2:09:14.
Almost 100 participants ran a new
distance, although not all were successful. The field included
representatives from 25 states with the majority from the states of
Mississippi and Alabama.
The Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi
Trail 50 is publicized as an excellent event for first-time trail runners
or those wishing to take on new distances. Runners picked from an
introductory 20K, longer 50K and longest distance offered of 50 miles as
their courage allowed.
Runners were credited with the longest distance
they complete and were awarded medals for the shorter races and a buckle
for completing 50 miles.
Local sponsors of the run were South Central
Regional Medical Center, EMServ Ambulance, Bill McMullan, Holt &
Associates, PLLC, Fleet Feet of Jackson, and Buffalo Peak Outfitters of
Winter weather had been more wet and cold than it was in
recent years. The race director worried about the condition of the trail
in the days leading up to the race. A horse race, along with wet, muddy
conditions, threatened to leave the course a real mess. But the weather
turned sunny and windy on days before three race.
At the pre-race meal
and meeting, the course was announced as “not that wet.” Those knowing the
history of the event remember that twice the race was closed mid-day due
to high water in creeks. Swimming the course led to concerns about safety
of runners. The race directors evaluation was, if not welcomed by all,
Nothing so drastic as course closure occurred this year.
But, the course was unavoidably muddy. Fortunately the creeks were knee
deep and running clear enough to wash weighty mud off participants shoes
every few miles.
By the second 12.5-miles, mud had been packed down
and drying in the sun leaving a clear path around most muddy sections but
still without any way around the six knee-deep creeks crossing the course.
Participants started the day bundled against the mid-20 degree
temperature in the glow of the sun rising in the clear sky only to peel
off layers of clothing as the sun and temperatures rose higher. Some
participants ended up shirtless by the end of 50 miles with temperatures
in the high 60s.
The relatively flat course can be very fast when dry
but when wet has resulted in runners diving into mud to retrieve shoes.
The past four years proved to be dry and fast. This year resulted in
slower times but a more memorable fun event.
Many participants run the
Mississippi 50 because of the varied distances. The 20 kilometer race is
long enough to introduce runners to what trail running is all about
without being so long that they are reluctant to try another trail run or
step up to the 50 kilometer race in future years.
The standard trail
running distances of 50K and 50 miles may be too much for an introduction
to trail running. Those attempting such a distance know what is in store.
A long day of adverse conditions always leads to a great trail running