Race Report: 2nd Annual Psycho WyCo Run Toto Run 50K, 20M, 10M Trail Runs Saturday, Feb 11, 2006
This was the 2nd year that I've planned and race directed this race. It was a beautiful day to go for a run in the woods! The weather was crazy, but there was no mud (on loop one, anyway), and it was darn gorgeous out there with the light dusting of snow. The course was a little tougher, this year. We got rid of the grassy out-and-backs and replaced them with hilly single-track trails. There was approximately 5000 feet of elevation change per 10.35-mile loop. Todd Nott hit the trails hard, and flew up and down the steep hills for a 4:41:11 (50-K) 1st-place finish. Local "Trail Nerd" Caleb Chatfield took 2nd Place (4:48:34) in his first ultra. Jamie Donaldson from Littleton Colorado, blew away the female field in the 50K. There were medals for the finishers of each race and long-sleeve shirts for all. The design was by fellow Trail Nerd Jason Crosby, who completed his first ultra at the race. Another RBFer, "Good Ben" ran the race as well.
I had a wonderful team of volunteers to man the aid stations, and make the run fun for all: Wyandotte Triangle (tent) Aid Station: Matt Holmes, Jeff Perry, and Rick Mayo. Shelter 10 Aid Station: Stacey Amos and the extended Amos Clan (and a few others). Main Start/Finish Aid Station: Trudy Nepstad, Kristi Mayo, Karen Williams, Rick Mayo, Dave Boone, "Awesome" Robbie McPherson, (and many others).
In addition, I've had quite the crew of Kansas City Trail Nerds to help clean and maintain the trails, and help with the planning, marking and logistics. The park rangers and Wayne Burns of the Unified Govt Parks Department were once again, great folks to work with.
This year we had homemade food that included: Shelter 10 Scooby Snacks, Paula Keltner's cookies, James Barker's chicken soup & bean/barley soup, and other treats. This year's race was much better attended. 197 total finishers out of 213 starters. (Last year, we had 43 starters). The main reason was the addition of the 20 and 10-mile events.
Whew! It was fun, but a heck of a lot of hard work. The last 2 weeks have been real hectic, with my 100-miler PR run, and this event. Both events will be the same next year, so I'd better get even more organized.
I find ways to enjoy life as much as I can. Also, life's too short to treat people poorly.
I'm into long runs in the park, consuming salt, popping blisters,
eating roadkill & tree bark, and burying whiners in shallow, unmarked
graves. I also enjoy designing trail race courses that would make the
Marquis de Sade blush.
A fun time for me would include banging muddy shoes together, setting
broken bones with a machinist's vise, and duct-taping-down any part of my
body that is bleeding or just flopping-about uselessly.
What helps me to be an active trailrunner and grandpa?
1) Daily sponge baths with bovine stem cells;
2) Copious amounts of delicious & nutritious homebrewed beer; and
3) My secret elixir...Bicarbonate of Figleaf.