The Carl Touchstone Mississippi 50 Trail Run had
another banner year with the most applicants and starters ever. This
year's run also included a 20k in addition to the 50mile and 50k. We
thank all of the runners for their support and kind words about the
race. You are the ones that make the hard work worthwhile. We try to put
on a run that you can enjoy and that makes you want to come back next
We appreciate the hospitality from our major
sponsor South Central Regional Medical Center for providing us
with a delicious pre race meal, and caring for our safety by providing
an ambulance that stayed during the entire run. Linda Gavin, Lesha Lilly
and Robert Smith coordinated this. We thank Doug Higginbotham for the
hospital's support for 8 years.
William F. Horne and Johanna Newcombe with Horne
CPA Group do a wonderful service for the race by providing race
accounting and advice. Thank you.
Brooke Touchstone, Jeffery LeBlanc Dr, Scott
Martin DDS, Kent Leggett DMD, David Rice DMD, John Barrow DDS, Laurel
Rotary Club, Stephan Ellis DDS, and Fred Walters DDS helped with our
funding. Thank you all for your support of the race.
Gifts for the pre race drawings were donated by;
Buffalo Peak Outfitters, Fleet Feet Sports, Power Gel E Caps, and
Rogers/Usry-Chevrolet/ Hummer. Thank you all for the great gifts.
LaDonna Stroud Walters, local artist, has
provided us with the artwork for the runnerís tee
shirts and plaques for the last two years. Thank you LaDonna.
Our sponsors make the run better every year.
Again, we thank you all so much.
As race director I depend on an awful lot of
people to come through; most go beyond the call of duty. They spend many
hours working to prepare for the race. They clean trails, build web
sites, send and reply to emails. You name it, the volunteers do it. All
of their hard work yielded this year's
Miraculously Davy Kennamer from Alabama over came
a 7:02 minute deficit to overtake DeWayne Satterfield and Scott Belland
to win the 50-mile race. What a race!
Wyck Neely was missed this year. His mother died
unexpectedly. Wyck and family are in our prayers.
We thank our scorekeepers: Bill McMullan, Ann
Beardshall, and Vicki Graham. Three races and 140 runners, and they were
keeping splits. Think about it. Great job.
All of you hit the big loop aid stations and the
50k runners hit the 50k-aid station. From what I am told they did a
whale of a job providing food, water and kind words. Working aid
station 1 at 4.25 miles was Tom and Patsy Foster, Cathy Dill and Sandy
Saxon. Toby and Diane Herrington (Tom and Patsyís daughter and
son-in-law) had worked with them at this station for 7 years. They ran
and completed the 50k this year. Their first run and hopefully the first
Susan Brossette and my wife Marsha DeReamer
worked aid station 2 at 7.5 miles. They also worked registration at the
pre race meal.
Aid station 3 was manned by the Hummer bunch and
was captained by Steve Burgess, John Summer, Jeff Mason, Jordan Sampson,
Grey Sampson, Stephen Sampson and Matt McDonald.
Knotty Bond and Matt Roland manned the 50k-aid
Our aid station at start/finish consisted of Ann
Poole, Charlie Payton and Normandy Freeman.
At start/finish taking rolls and rolls of photos
was our web genius (?), Elmer Beardshall. Thanks to Elmer and Ann our
race results almost beat our runners home. Articles and photos were on
the web within days. I can not thank Elmer and Ann enough for all they
do. They have spent countless hours helping make the race better.
The trail group led by Marvin Overstreet cleaned,
marked, measured, and then cleaned again after the run. Mobby volunteers
over 100 hours in helping get the trail ready and other race needs.
Helping Mobby were Shannon Holder, Elmer
Beardshall, Jeff Troyka, Steve Burgess, Meredith Burgess, and Antha
Estridge. Thank you all.
You can see from this long list of names and
sponsors that we depend on a lot of people and are grateful beyond
The runners, sponsors, and many volunteers are
the race we know as the Carl Touchstone Mississippi Trail 50.
Carl, it was a great race!