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Joshua Holmes Nanny Goat 2013

Running Loopy – Why You Should Run A Timed Race

RIF #27 Anthony Ohrey and RIF #169 Billy Cannon finishing strong at the Run Under The Stars 2013

Have you ever run a timed race? Did you even know they exist? All over the country, there are 6 Hour, 12 Hour, 24 Hour, etc. races. They are usually run on a loop and they are lots of fun. I know what you’re thinking….Probably the same thing the rental car agent thought this past weekend.

Rental Car Agent: What brings you to town?
Me: I’m doing a 10 Hour race on Saturday.
RCA: Wow, where do you run to?
Me: Um, we’ll be running in circles on a half mile track the whole time.
RCA: *silence*…Good luck? *cue the this girl is nuts look*

Okay, so it may seem a little crazy but here’s why you should consider running a timed race if you haven’t done one already:

  • There is no DNF in a timed race. You show up and run whatever you want to run during your alloted time. Some people go in to them planning to run a certain distance and then calling it while others plan to run the whole time to see how many miles they can run. Whichever method you choose is entirely up to you.
  • You can’t get lost! I’ve run on half mile loops, mile loops, and 5K loops in the ones I’ve done. You are never far away from the start and/or aid station so you don’t have to worry about them calling out search parties if you miss a course marking and end up in another state.
  • You are never far from an aid station and food and water…like I stated in the previous point. This means you don’t have to carry multiple bottles or a hydration pack and you don’t have to carry a ton of food and gels on you.
  • You get to see your friends multiple times on the course. Most of the time, I see my friends at the beginning of a race (and sometimes at the end if they’ve waited for me) but with a loop course, you get to see them over, and over…and over again. 🙂 And the great thing is that since the race ends at a specific time, you never have to worry about them waiting around for you because you all end at the same time.
  • You get to make a lot of new friends. For the same reason above, you will see many of your fellow racers multiple times on the course and get to spend a lot of time with them.
  • They allow the middle and back-of-the-packers a chance to see/watch the fast guys/women.
  • You can usually set up your own little camp – with maybe a chair or blanket or sometimes even a tent – so all your stuff is there within easy access. No worrying about what to put in a drop bag for when. Night time…no problem, just grab your light. Need a change of shoes or socks…no problem, just grab them and change them.
  • Your friends and family that come to see you at the race get to see you multiple times without have to drive to various places on the course. And if they are tired, they can take a nap.
  • Hey, you can take a nap if you want to.
  • You always know where your competition is.
  • You will find yourself inspired by everyone, fast or slow, because you get to see their triumphs and their struggles.
  • It’s fun to see the miles adding up as you finish each loop.
  • You don’t have to worry about bears, mountain lions, and crazed cows…usually. Crazy runners, yes. Wild animals, no.
  • Did I mention access to great food is never far away? I’ve had pizza and cheeseburgers and tri tip and ice cream at some of my timed races.

For all these reasons…and probably a lot I forgot…timed races are a great place to set a new PR for a distance or set a new PL (Personal Long). You will be amazed by what you can accomplish at one!

I’ve done 4 so far and had a blast at each one:

New Year’s One Day 6/12/24 in San Francisco, CA – run on a 1 mile loop around Crissy Field on New Year’s Eve/Day with amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio, Alcatraz, and the city. Both the 6 Hour and the 12 Hour end at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Nanny Goat 12/24/100 in Riverside, CA – great, fun 1 mile looping course on a horse farm that supports the Wounded Warrior Project. There’s a variety of surfaces to run on so you won’t get bored.

RIF #1 Joshua Holmes having fun at the Nanny Goat 2013

Run Under The Stars 10 Hour Endurance Run in Paducah, KY – run on a 1/2 mile horse track, the race starts at 8pm on Saturday and finishes at 6am on Sunday.

Rohring Round the Clock 6/12/24 in Chula Vista, CA – run on a 5K loop around Rohring park with lots to see.

These are just a few that I’ve done. I hope to run Across the Years 24HR/48HR/72HR one of these years and will definitely go back to the others. You can find more timed races by checking out Ultra Signup.

What are you waiting for? Go find one and sign up!

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Jackson Jackass 50K Results (2013)

Below are the results for the 2013 Jackson Jackass 50K that took place on February 9, 2013 at Kam-Dam Falls in Jackson, Tennessee.

Jackass 2 Results

  1. Arthur Priddy (Jackson, TN) – 4:39:14 (1st Male)
  2. Brad Box (Jackson, TN) – 4:48:22 (2nd Male)
  3. Ashley Hook (Memphis, TN) – 5:10:10 (3rd Male)
  4. Billy Cannon (Milan, TN) – 5:11:30
  5. Anthony Ohrey (Henderson, TN) – 5:11:31
  6. Jonathan Harrison (Henderson, TN) – 5:17:40
  7. Joshua Holmes (Los Angeles, CA) –  5:22:20
  8. Rob Philip (Saltillo, MS) – 5:31:31
  9. Kenneth Mescall (Jackson, TN) – 5:40:11
  10. Steven Reagan (Brownsville, TN) – 5:44:00
  11. Nathan Judd (Finger, TN) – 5:51:30
  12. Emily Conley (Lakeland, TN) – 5:53:03 (1st Female)
  13. Wade Anderson (Readyville, TN) – 5:53:05
  14. Nathan Bass (Madison, MS) – 5:54:54
  15. Wayne McComb (Columbus, GA) – 5:55:30
  16. Robin Robbins (Milan, TN) – 5:58:16
  17. Julie Montgomery (Jackson, TN) – 6:08:49 (2nd Female)
  18. Jeff Fugate (Jackson, TN) – 6:21:27
  19. Jonathan Bobbitt (Jackson, TN) – 6:22:57
  20. Terry Bishop (Jackson, TN) – 6:23:20
  21. Mark Watson (Medina, TN) – 6:29:12
  22. Leah Harrison (Henderson, TN) – 6:29:54 (3rd Female)
  23. Jennifer Whitley (Murfreesboro, TN) – 6:35:24
  24. Gene Pierce (Amory, MS) – 6:35:58
  25. Melanie Kayal (Jackson, TN) – 6:37:14
  26. Kevin Brandon (Dickson, TN) – 6:55:47
  27. David Oglesby (Jackson, TN) – 7:26:46
  • Chris Estes (Murfreesboro, TN) – DNF
  • Kevin Leathers (Germantown, TN) – DNF
  • Kam Otey (Amory, MS) – DNF
  • Daniel Escue (Dickson, TN) – DNF

Big thanks to Clark Bilbrey for doing all of the timekeeping and scoring as well as to Richard Sparks (Sparks Timing Services) for the use of his race clock.

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NFE 2012

Run It Fast – Club Member Profile – Todd Shadburn #35

Todd Shadburn #35

This week’s RIF Club profile is Todd Shadburn #35! Todd just became a newly minted ultrarunner! He completed the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K on Saturday, September 15, 2012 in Madison, WI. Welcome to the ultra club Todd!

Let’s see what else Todd has been up to:


Name: Todd Shadburn
RIF #: 35
Facebook: Todd Shadburn


Years Running: 6
Favorite Race Distance: All of them!! 🙂 But if I have to pick: the marathon!!
Favorite PR: 3:56 at the Mississippi Blues Marathon 2012, Jackson MS  – 1st time I broke the four hour mark in a marathon, music was great also!!!
Favorite Race: Memphis St. Jude Marathon – Love running for St. Jude Kids. It was my first marathon and I have run four times as a St. Jude Hero 🙂
Favorite Bling: Ha- I like them all!  I hang them all up in my office, this is as close as I can get to being an artist! 🙂 
Next Race: In the morning, North Face Endurance 50K, Madison WI my first Ultra and Indianapolis Marathon in October.
What Makes You FEEL Fast?: Easy question – Extra bold Starbucks coffee before a morning run and a rocking playlist on my I-Pod: Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers, U2, Foo Fighters, 3Doors Down, Black Keys and Red Hot Chili Peppers are some of my favorites 🙂 

Why do you race? About seven years ago, on a business trip to Indianapolis, I developed a blood clot in my left leg.  I got it checked out in the emergency room and thankful it is was not too serious.  After I recovered I took up running and living a more healthy life style.  I wanted to set a good example for my two boys of how to take care of yourself and have balance in your life. 
Who inspires your running and why?  My two boys Jake and Zach!!  Dean Karnazes, Ultra Marathon Man – First running book I ever read 50/50, which motivated me to run.  I got to meet Dean in Nashville this year in Nashville at the Country Music Marathon, great guy and incredible athlete.  Dean gave me some advice “Never Stop Running”!  Joshua Holmes, met him several years ago before the club at a couple of races (maybe the Tupelo Marathon), always friendly and encouraging!!  Joshua is very inspirational but I have often wondered if he is really a cyborg or a machine the way he knocks out the miles!!  Haha   

Todd and Dean Karnazes

 Todd and Joshua RIF #1

If you could go for a run with any famous person (living or dead), who would it be and why?  Maybe Dean!  90% of the races I run in, I don’t know anyone, so I really enjoy running with our RIF Club, Carmel IN running club and people from work – Anthony Ohrey (RIF), David Beach and Robert Eaton.  Really famous enough people for me.  

Anthony RIF #27, Todd, and David.

What running moment are you most proud of?  Ha – My most proud running moment has nothing to do with a PR or what place I got during a race.  It was my son’s Jake’s first big 5k race, the Gibson Guitar 5k charity race in Memphis down Beale Street.  At the beginning of the race, he asked me if he could run it alone.  I struggled with it but I agreed!!  When the race started, he shot out like a bullet and it nearly killed me trying to keep him in sight.  About mile 2 he was exhausted and I passed him, encouraging along the way but I ran on up shortly ahead to give him his freedom.  As the finished line approached, Jake yelled, “hey dad wait up and let’s cross the finish line together”. ”.  As the finish line came in sight, Jake bolted for the finish line to beat me across!!  We both ran with everything we had while the crowd cheered and a photographer took the photo below.  My favorite photo of the two of us and my one and only FB profile picture!!  Just can’t change it!! 🙂


I think a lot of us started out running for health reasons – to manage weight, blood pressure, pain or chronic illness, or because of a scare like Todd had. Luckily, some of us come to love running for itself…just like Todd has. His enthusiasm for our sport is infectious. 🙂 He also has great taste in running music, friends, and inspirations! And what a great photo of him and his son at the 5K. THAT is how you Run It Fast!

Thanks for taking the time to let us get to know you, Todd. Good luck at the Indianapolis Marathon and Run It Fast!

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[All photos submitted by Todd Shadburn]

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Run It Fast – Club Member Profile – Anthony Ohrey #27

#27 Anthony Ohrey

This week’s Run It Fast – The Club member profile is #27 Anthony Ohrey! I bet you didn’t know Run It Fast – The Club had superheroes in it? Well, there are quite a few! And Anthony is just one of them. There’s even a picture for proof! So read on to meet this week’s superhero, Anthony:


Name: Anthony Ohrey
RIF #: 27
Facebook: Anthony Ohrey


Years Running: 2.5 years
Favorite Race Distance: Half marathon
Favorite PR: Lexington KY half marathon 2011  1:41:55  third in age group
Favorite Race: Mercedes Benz Half Marathon

Favorite Bling: St. Jude Country Music Marathon Nashville (1st full marathon)

Next Race: Southern Plunge half/full marathon
What Makes You FEEL Fast?: Having strangers on a course yelling encouraging words during any race!


What is the strangest/funniest thing you’ve ever seen while running?  I was running in the Mercedes Benz Half Marathon 2011 and it started to warm up to where runners were dropping coats and scarfs off.  A lady about ten feet in front of me had seen a guy drop a Northface  vest and stopped to pick it up.  She said “Oh look, it’s a Northface vest!”  put it on and started running with it.  I thought that it was a little tacky since the clothes left during a race were going to people in need.

Have you ever worn a costume during a race? What was it and for what race? If not, would you?  I went as Captain America to the Warrior Dash 2011 in Manchester TN.  I’m a really big comic geek and had seen the Captain America movie before and I decided to run as him.  I bought a mask and a plastic shield because I had seen pictures of people dressed in all sorts of outfits.  I fit right in!  It was a blast and I plan to break out the costume again (not sure when though).

What is your favorite go-to pre-race meal? I really love a Snickers bar and Monster before 5Ks and half marathons.  I have a blueberry muffin before a marathon.

What is the thing you splurge on after a race?  Chinese food.  I really love Chinese!!!!

Big races or small races? And why?  I really enjoy the small races that have more of that hometown feel like the Coca Cola 10K in Corinth, MS.  It has a very good turnout and all the people are very friendly.  The big races are cool but sometimes it feels like you get lost in all the people!

Anthony with RIF #35 Todd Shadburn

What is the one piece of running gear you can’t leave the house without?  MP3 player.  The music helps move me to the finish line.

What running moment are you most proud of?  I’m most proud of my first marathon in Nashville.  I started off great sticking to my plan of trying to pace myself.  About mile 14 or 15 my legs started to cramp.  By mile 18 I was cramping bad.  I would walk a little and stop, walk a little more and stop and stretch, then try and run some more but I could not go far.  I wanted to stop and just give up but I worked through it and with the help of another runner towards the end I was able to finish my first marathon.

If you can’t run, you’re ________? Prob working.

Finally, is there anything else you would like the rest of the club to know that we didn’t cover in the questions? I really enjoy being part of Run It Fast.  Everyone in the club is a valuable asset to ask questions, get information, and great people. I have met some of the most inspiring people through this club and they have given me helpful advice for my running. I think that I wouldn’t have tried any longer distances than half marathons if it wasn’t for RIF.  Its great to see everyone always encouraging each other and helping out where they are needed.  Thanks

RIFers at The Jackal

Anthony with RIF #4 Marj Mitchell


Having just run as Minnie Mouse at the Disneyland Half Marathon, I am so happy to see another RIF – Club member has also run in a costume. I was beginning to think no one else had. Kudos to Anthony for having fun as Captain America! The best part…he is his own hero. Not only did he not plan on ever running a marathon, but he finished one under tough circumstances. Just goes to prove: we can do more than we think we can…and that is what Run It Fast is all about.

Thanks for sharing Anthony and I hope you share photos of your next race in a costume. Good luck at the Southern Plunge and Run It Fast!

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[All photos submitted by Anthony Ohrey]

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