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Steve Troxel, Whit Guthrie, and Joshua Holmes

Trail of Fears Race Recap from Steve Troxel

Trail of Fears Race Report by 2nd place finisher Steve Troxel

To put this report in perspective, you ought to know a few things about me.

I’m 58 years old with 10 grandkids.
I’m relatively new to running – been consistent for about 6 years.
I’m very new to this ultra world – first ultra distance was 50 miles at RUTS last year.

I ran TOF last year and made it 10 loops for an 8th place finish. This year I knew I was in better condition and said I would be absolutely thrilled to make it to the final 5 or 6. I have such great respect for the group that showed up for this race.

The intriguing thing about ultra events is that you really don’t know how your body will respond. There are so many variables with nutrition, gut, and muscle fatigue/strain that it’s difficult, if not impossible to accurately predict a specific outcome – too many things can go wrong, and they usually do.

My plan from the beginning was to run super easy and meet new people. The first several loops were great as I talked a bunch and was usually one of the last to finish the loop. By loops four and five I noticed my quads were a lot more tired than they ought to be. This was not a good sign. I had just run a PR marathon (3:17:01) at St. Jude two weeks earlier and figured I wasn’t fully recovered. I kept with the plan and the loops just kept clicking off.

On loops eight and nine, I had to run a little faster so I could change into my tights and different socks. This transition went well and I felt prepared as darkness approached. Loop 10 we had 13 runners and this was the first loop we had to switch on our headlamps. By the start of loop 11 we were down to 7 runners, and as we took the picture to start the loop I actually teared up. As I looked at the group I was on the line with, I just felt so incredibly blessed.

Now a side bar. One of the issues with getting a little older is with night vision. My vision becomes more and more blurry as the lights begin to fade. I knew this was going to be a problem so I ordered a new headlamp and some handheld flashlights. Loop 11 was great! I felt I could see as well as in the daylight. But on loop 12 my lights began to dim. What the heck!!? The rest of the loops became a lighting headache.

No one dropped on loop 11. On loop 12, I ended up behind Francesca Muccini and we power walked much of the second half of the course. This is actually not a bad strategy. Francesca is a fast walker and, if you stay focused, you can almost walk as fast as you can run over much of the course. Plus, walking behind allowed me to get some help from her headlamp.

I changed batteries after loop 12 and thought I was good. All 7 runners started loop 13 and I, once again, fell in behind Francesca. However, she was doing a lot of power walking at the beginning of this loop and I started to get concerned. By the halfway point, I felt we were too far behind to continue this strategy so I said I had to press ahead. Francesca just missed the cutoff for loop 13. That left 6 for the start of loop 14.

No one dropped on loop 14 but my headlamp problems continued. The lamp/flashlight combination would work for a short time and then begin to dim. As the lights dimmed, I became tentative in my steps and fell hard on both the 14th and 15th loop.

All 6 runners started the 15th loop and I started behind Randy Broadway. When we came out of the first side branch, he stopped and said he was done. I gave him a big hug – I really like and respect Randy – and continued. I really just kept plodding along. My legs felt good and I wasn’t having any major stomach issues. I still have a ways to go with proper eating in these longer races but at least I wasn’t completely falling apart. But as I already said, my lighting was not good and I fell hard. Marylou sprinted in with just 1 second left on the clock and Stewart Crouch said he was done. That left 4 runners to start loop 16.

Loop 16 was exciting since it was going to set a course record. I continued to fight my headlamp issue. I found that if I turned it off for a while and just used the flashlight I could then turn it back on for a while. This was working but it was draining me mentally. After completing the 16th loop, I asked if anyone had a headlamp I could borrow.  William Pinson let me borrow Megan‘s. This allowed me to step to the line on the 17th loop. I was surprised that Marylou decided to drop. Three of us started loop 17.

Though the borrowed headlamp helped, I really needed something brighter. I was able to run but had to keep telling myself, “Get ready to fall, get ready to fall.” Midway through this loop I decided this was no longer safe. I felt ok, but just knew I was going to get hurt. Again, this is more a mental struggle than anything, and I was getting mentally worn out. I decided I was going to line up for loop 18 but if Joshua Holmes started running I was going to stop.

All three of us lined up for loop 18. Josh said go, I took several steps and, to my surprise, Josh stayed on the line and said, “Have a good run.” I quickly ran up to Whit Guthrie and let him know Josh was not continuing. I said that if he would help guide me with his headlamp we could call this the last lap and he would win. Turns out, he was very ready to be done and was glad for the plan. We made it through the loop without incident and Whit is a true champion!

In my limited experience, I have found that competing at the ultra level is both physical and mental. I was definitely prepared physically and would not change anything in my training. Mentally, I learned a bunch, as we probably do in every race we run. I will NEVER be in this situation with lighting again – this is an easy problem to fix. The mental lessons are something I will take with me into my next bunch of races, including 2019 TOF, and will make me stronger.

My parting note to older runners: You can do more than you think is possible!

My parting note to all runners: I lost my mom to cancer when she was 43 and then lost by baby sister to cancer when she was 43. NEVER forget that what we do is a wonderful gift. Be determined to truly live each day we are given!!

Steve Troxel (2nd place finisher of the 2017 Trail of Fears)
December 16, 2017

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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru November 2016)

Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru November 2016)

Deo Jaravata and Joshua Holmes at Nanny Goat 2015 - Run It Fast

One month left of The Extreme Racer Competition. November brought in 2,172 miles for the month and 23,703 miles total for the year! This update is through the end of November. First place has quite the lead but the competition is close between others in the overall Top 10. Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group.

Leading the women is RIF #525 Karen Vollan with 3,053.5 points. Second place, RIF #473 Teal Clark with 990.95 points. Coming in third place is RIF #410 Marylou Corino with 957.6 points.

Leading the men is RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 1,792.85 points. Second place, RIF #279 George Southgate with 1,593.1 points. Coming in third place is RIF  #387 Steven Smith  with 1,322.6 points..

Here are the standings through November:

Extreme Racer Top Ten Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan – 3053.5 points (RIF #525)
  2. John Kent Leighton – 1792.85 points (RIF #190)
  3. George Southgate – 1593.1 points (RIF #279)
  4. Steven Smith – 1322.6 points (RIF #387)
  5. Mark McCaslin – 1226.7 points (RIF #486)
  6. Teal Clark – 990.95 points (RIF #473)
  7. Mike Samuelson – 959 points (RIF #282)
  8. Marylou Corino – 957.6 points (RIF #410)
  9. Joshua Holmes – 862.4 points (RIF #1)
  10. Diane Bolton – 848.85 points (RIF #159)

 

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan – 3053.5 points (RIF #525)
  2. Teal Clark – 990.95 points (RIF #473)
  3. Marylou Corino – 957.6 points (RIF #410)
  4. Diane Bolton – 848.85 points (RIF #159)
  5. Andrea Kooiman – 727.9 points (RIF #404)
  6. Tiffani Glass – 534.32  points (RIF #328)
  7. Kit Brazier – 530.58 points (RIF #548)
  8. Patricia Klein – 497.8 points (RIF #450)
  9. Robin Brunet – 489.53 points (RIF #564)
  10. Maricris Beauchamp – 436.08 points (RIF #518)
  11. Christy Bowers – 395.3 points (RIF #60)
  12. Cheryl Bryll – 379.4 points (RIF #432)
  13. Jill Williams – 213.1 points (RIF #521)
  14. Marj Mitchell – 196.7 points (RIF #4)
  15. Suzanne Michelson – 191.2 points (RIF #280)
  16. Shannon Miller – 124.8 points (RIF #338)
  17. Michelle Lenahan – 114.4 points (RIF #283)
  18. Jennifer Liles-Dorris – 99.9 points (RIF #398)
  19. Michelle Talbott – 99.7 points (RIF #527)
  20. Erin Goetz – 92 points (RIF #443)
  21. Candice Graciano – 77.9 points (RIF #545)
  22. Lisa Gonzales – 51.7 points (RIF #5)
  23. Daniela Obregon – 30 points (RIF #49)
  24. Robin Crouch – 29.3 points (RIF #208)
  25. Angie Whitworth Pace – 29.3 points (RIF #447)

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1.  John Kent Leighton – 1792.85 points (RIF #190)
  2.  George Southgate – 1593.1 points (RIF #279)  
  3.  Steven Smith – 1322.6 points (RIF #387)
  4.  Mark McCaslin – 1226.7 points (RIF #486)
  5.  Mike Samuelson – 959 points (RIF #282)
  6.  Joshua Holmes – 862.4 points (RIF #1)
  7.  Sal Coll – 711.55 points (RIF #425)
  8.  Shane Tucker – 706.5 points (RIF #337)
  9.  Denis McCarthy – 508.17 points (RIF #263)
  10.  Chuck Engle – 463.15 points (RIF #70)
  11.  Jeff Liu – 423.8 points (RIF #275)
  12.  Seth Crowe – 379.7 points (RIF #541)
  13.  Michael Dasalla – 319.42 points (RIF #411)
  14.  Scotty Winston – 276.4 points (RIF #364)
  15.  Andy Noise – 245.2 points (RIF #570)
  16.  Michael SK Mortensen – 204 points (RIF #553)
  17.  David Mickelsen – 142.4 points (RIF #164)
  18.  Shane Beck – 120.3 points (RIF #585)
  19.  Rich Peers – 107.2 points (RIF #591)
  20.  Karl Studtmann – 78.6 points (RIF #221)
  21.  Stewart Crouch – 42.4 points (RIF #89)
  22.  Arland Blanton – 26.2 points (RIF #290)

Long distance training can be a positive and constructive form of selfishness. After all, once you’re at the starting line, you’re there by yourself. No one can run a single step for you. No one can jump in and help you. No one but you can make the decisions about what to do to keep going. It’s all up to you.” John Bingham, running speaker and writer

[Extreme Racer points are awarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru September 2016)

Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru September 2016)

Run It Fast Born to Run Pre Race

Fall is here and we are in the last quarter of The Extreme Racer Competition. September brought in 1,876 miles for the month and 19,809 miles total for the year! This update is through the end of September. First place has quite the lead but the competition is close between others in the overall Top 10. Don’t forget to update your points for October as soon as your October  races are finished. Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group.

Leading the women is RIF #525 Karen Vollan with 2,415.1 points. Second place, RIF #473 Teal Clark with 801.35 points. Coming in third place is RIF #410 Marylou Corino with 705 points.

Leading the men is RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 1,452.25 points. Second place, RIF #387 Steven Smith  with 1,322.6 points. Coming in third place is RIF #279 George Southgate with 1,278.4 points..

Here are the standings through September:

Extreme Racer Top Ten Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan – 2415.1 points (RIF #525)
  2. John Kent Leighton – 1452.25 points (RIF #190)
  3. Steven Smith – 1322.6 points (RIF #387)
  4. George Southgate – 1278.4 points (RIF #279)
  5. Mark McCaslin – 885.3 points (RIF #486)
  6. Mike Samuelson – 830.4 points (RIF #282)
  7. Teal Clark – 801.35 points (RIF #473)
  8. Sal Coll – 711.55 points (RIF #425)
  9. Marylou Corino – 705 points (RIF #410)
  10. Diane Bolton -704.7 points (RIF #159)

 

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan – 2415.1 points (RIF #525)
  2. Teal Clark – 801.35 points (RIF #473)
  3. Marylou Corino – 705 points (RIF #410)
  4. Diane Bolton – 704.7 points (RIF #159)
  5. Andrea Kooiman – 589.8 points (RIF #404)
  6. Patricia Klein – 497.8 points (RIF #450)
  7. Robin Brunet – 481.76 points (RIF #564)
  8. Kit Brazier – 447.28 points (RIF #548)
  9. Maricris Beauchamp – 436.08 points (RIF #518)
  10. Tiffani Glass – 382.62  points (RIF #328)
  11. Cheryl Bryll – 379.4 points (RIF #432)
  12. Christy Bowers – 301.05 points (RIF #60)
  13. Suzanne Michelson – 191.2 points (RIF #280)
  14. Marj Mitchell – 170.5 points (RIF #4)
  15. Shannon Miller – 124.8 points (RIF #338)
  16. Jill Williams – 118.3 points (RIF #521)
  17. Michelle Lenahan – 114.4 points (RIF #283)
  18. Jennifer Liles-Dorris – 99.9 points (RIF #398)
  19. Michelle Talbott – 99.7 points (RIF #527)
  20. Erin Goetz – 92 points (RIF #443)
  21. Candice Graciano – 77.9 points (RIF #545)
  22. Lisa Gonzales – 51.7 points (RIF #5)
  23. Daniela Obregon – 30 points (RIF #49)
  24. Robin Crouch – 29.3 points (RIF #208)
  25. Angie Whitworth Pace – 29.3 points (RIF #447)

 

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1.  John Kent Leighton – 1452.25 points (RIF #190)
  2.  Steven Smith – 1322.6 points              (RIF #387)
  3.  George Southgate – 1278.4 points (RIF #279)
  4.  Mark McCaslin – 885.3 points (RIF #486)
  5.  Mike Samuelson – 830.4 points (RIF #282)
  6.  Sal Coll – 711.55 points (RIF #425)
  7.  Joshua Holmes – 593.9 points (RIF #1)
  8.  Denis McCarthy – 508.173 points (RIF #263)
  9.  Shane Tucker – 494 points (RIF #337)  
  10.  Chuck Engle – 463.15 points (RIF #70)
  11.  Jeff Liu – 423.8 points (RIF #275)
  12.  Scotty Winston – 276.4 points (RIF #364)
  13.  Andy Noise – 245.2 points (RIF #570)
  14.  Michael Dasalla – 232.22 points (RIF #411)
  15.  Seth Crowe – 227.4 points (RIF #541)
  16.  Michael SK Mortensen – 204 points (RIF #553)
  17.  David Mickelsen – 142.4 points (RIF #164)
  18.  Shane Beck – 120.3 points (RIF #585)
  19.  Rich Peers – 107.2 points (RIF #591)
  20.  Karl Studtmann – 78.6 points (RIF #221)
  21.  Stewart Crouch – 42.4 points (RIF #89)
  22.  Arland Blanton – 26.2 points (RIF #290)


“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go.It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.” ~Patti Sue Plummer, US Olympian

[Extreme Racer points are awarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.

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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru August 2016)

Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru August 2016)

Run It Fast Vol State Steven Smith Francesca Muccini Diane Bolton

As summer draws to an end The Extreme Racer Competition is really heating up. August brought in 1,257 miles for the month and 17,781 miles total for the year! This update is through the end of August. First place is off and not looking back but the competition is still pretty close between a few others in the overall Top 10. Don’t forget to update your points for September as soon as your September  races are finished. Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group.

Leading the women is RIF #525 Karen Vollan with 1,991.1 points. Second place, RIF #473 Teal Clark with 722.75 points. Coming in third place is RIF #410 Marylou Corino with 601.9 points.

Leading the men is RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 1235.3 points. Second place, RIF #387 Steven Smith  with 1200.2 points. Coming in third place is RIF #279 George Southgate with 1148.8 points..

Here are the standings through August:

Extreme Racer Top Ten Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan – 1991.1 points (RIF #525)
  2. John Kent Leighton – 1235.3 points (RIF #190)
  3. Steven Smith – 1200.2 points (RIF #387)
  4. George Southgate – 1148.8 points (RIF #279)
  5. Mark McCaslin – 885.3 points (RIF #486)
  6. Teal Clark – 722.75 points (RIF #473)
  7. Sal Coll – 711.55 points (RIF #425)
  8. Mike Samuelson – 638 points (RIF #282)
  9. Marylou Corino – 601.9 points (RIF #410)
  10. Joshua Holmes -567.7 points (RIF #1)

 

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan – 1991.1 points (RIF #525)
  2. Teal Clark – 722.75 points (RIF #473)
  3. Marylou Corino – 601.9 points (RIF #410)
  4. Diane Bolton – 560.4 points (RIF #159)
  5. Patricia Klein – 497.8 points (RIF #450)
  6. Andrea Kooiman – 489.8 points (RIF #404)
  7. Kit Brazier – 447.28 points (RIF #548)
  8. Maricris Beauchamp – 403.63 points (RIF #518)
  9. Tiffani Glass – 337.79 points (RIF #328)
  10. Cheryl Bryll – 277 points (RIF #432)
  11. Christy Bowers – 258.65 points (RIF #60)
  12. Robin Brunet – 217.4 points (RIF #564)
  13. Suzanne Michelson – 191.2 points (RIF #280)
  14. Marj Mitchell – 131.2 points (RIF #4)
  15. Shannon Miller – 124.8 points (RIF #338)
  16. Michelle Lenahan – 114.4 points (RIF #283)
  17. Jennifer Liles-Dorris – 99.9 points (RIF #398)
  18. Michelle Talbott – 99.7 points (RIF #527)
  19. Erin Goetz – 92 points (RIF #443)
  20. Jill Williams – 82.3 points (RIF #521)
  21. Lisa Gonzales – 51.7 points (RIF #5)
  22. Candice Graciano – 48.6 points (RIF #545)
  23. Daniela Obregon – 30 points (RIF #49)
  24. Robin Crouch – 29.3 points (RIF #208)
  25. Angie Whitworth Pace – 29.3 points (RIF #447)


Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1. John Kent Leighton – 1235.3 points (RIF #190)
  2. Steven Smith – 1200.2 points (RIF #387)
  3. George Southgate – 1148.8 points (RIF #279)
  4. Mark McCaslin – 885.3 points (RIF #486)
  5. Sal Coll – 711.55 points (RIF #425)
  6. Mike Samuelson – 638 points (RIF #282)
  7. Joshua Holmes – 567.7 points (RIF #1)
  8. Denis McCarthy – 508.173 points (RIF #263)
  9. Shane Tucker – 468.5 points (RIF #337)
  10. Chuck Engle – 463.15 points (RIF #70)
  11. Jeff Liu – 423.8 points (RIF #275)
  12. Scotty Winston – 276.4 points (RIF #364)
  13. Andy Noise – 245.2 points (RIF #570)
  14. Michael Dasalla – 238.42 points (RIF #411)
  15. Michael SK Mortensen – 204 points (RIF #553)
  16. Seth Crowe – 182.6 points (RIF #541)
  17. Shane Beck- 120.3 points (RIF #585)
  18. Rich Peers- 107.2 points (RIF #591)
  19. David Mickelsen – 79.3 points (RIF #164)
  20. Karl Studtmann – 78.6 points (RIF #221)
  21. Stewart Crouch – 42.4 points (RIF #89)
  22. Arland Blanton – 26.2 points (RIF #290)


“Runners just do it – they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first.” ~Author Unknown

[Extreme Racer points are awarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.

 

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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru July 2016)

Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru July 2016)

Deo Jaravata, Yolanda Holder, Andrea Kooiman, Joshua Holmes before the Catalina Eco Marathon

The Extreme Racer Competition is now in the second half of the year and still going strong. July brought in 1,615 miles for the month and 16,101 miles total for the year! This update is through the end of July. First place has a pretty good lead but the competition is still pretty close between a few others in the overall Top 10. Don’t forget to update your points for August as soon as your August races are finished. Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group.

Leading the women is RIF #525 Karen Vollan with 1,752.7 points. Second place, RIF #473 Teal Clark with 659.1 points. Coming in third place is RIF #410 Marylou Corino with 601.9 points.

Leading the men is RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 1085.3 points. Second place, RIF #279 George Southgate with 1080.6 points. Coming in third place is RIF #486 Mark McCaslin with 885.3 points.

Here are the standings through July:

Extreme Racer Top Ten Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan  –  1752.7 points (RIF #525)
  2. John Kent Leighton  –  1085.3 points (RIF #190)
  3. George Southgate  –  1080.6 points (RIF #279)
  4. Mark McCaslin  –  885.3 points (RIF #486)
  5. Steven Smith  –  840.2 points (RIF #387)
  6. Sal Coll  –  711.55 points (RIF #425)
  7. Teal Clark  –  659.1 points (RIF #473)
  8. Mike Samuelson  –  638 points (RIF #282)
  9. Marylou Corino  –  601.9 points (RIF #410)
  10. Diane Bolton  –  560.4 points (RIF #159)

 

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan  –  1752.7 points (RIF #525)
  2. Teal Clark  –  659.1 points  (RIF #473)
  3. Marylou Corino  –  601.9 points (RIF #410)
  4. Diane Bolton  –  560.4 points (RIF #159)
  5. Patricia Klein  –  497.8 points (RIF #450)
  6. Kit Brazier  –  447.28 points (RIF #548)
  7. Andrea Kooiman  –  389.8 points (RIF #404)
  8. Tiffani Glass  –  324.69 points (RIF #328)
  9. Maricris Beauchamp  –  259.7 points (RIF #518)
  10. Christy Bowers  –  246.25 points (RIF #60)
  11. Cheryl Bryll  –  242.2 points (RIF #432)
  12. Robin Brunet  –  217.4 points  (RIF #564)
  13. Suzanne Michelson  –  191.2 points (RIF #280)
  14. Marj Mitchell  –  131.2 points (RIF #4)
  15. Shannon Miller  –  124.8 points (RIF #338)
  16. Michelle Lenahan  –  114.4 points (RIF #283)
  17. Jennifer Liles-Dorris  –  99.9 points (RIF #398)
  18. Michelle Talbott  –  99.7 points (RIF #527)
  19. Erin Goetz  –  92 points (RIF #443)
  20. Jill Williams  –  76.1 points (RIF #521)
  21. Lisa Gonzales  –  51.7 points (RIF #5)
  22. Candice Graciano  –  48.6 points (RIF #545)
  23. Daniela Obregon  –  30 points (RIF #49)
  24. Robin Crouch  –  29.3 points (RIF #208)
  25. Angie Whitworth Pace  –  29.3 points (RIF #447)


Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1. John Kent Leighton  –  1085.3 points  (RIF #190)
  2. George Southgate  –  1080.6 points  (RIF #279)
  3. Mark McCaslin  –  885.3 points  (RIF #486)
  4. Steven Smith  –  840.2 points  (RIF #387)
  5. Sal Coll  –  711.55 points  (RIF #425)
  6. Mike Samuelson  –  638 points  (RIF #282)
  7. Joshua Holmes  –  536.7 points  (RIF #1)
  8. Denis McCarthy  –  508.173 points  (RIF #263)
  9. Chuck Engle  –  463.15 points  (RIF #70)
  10. Jeff Liu  –  423.8 points  (RIF #275)
  11. Shane Tucker  –  408.5 points  (RIF #337)
  12. Scotty Winston  –  276.4 points  (RIF #364)
  13. Andy Noise  –  245.2 points  (RIF #570)
  14. Michael SK Mortensen  –  204 points  (RIF #553)
  15. Seth Crowe  –  179.5 points  (RIF #541)
  16. Michael Dasalla  –  105.8 points  (RIF #411)
  17. Karl Studtmann  –  78.6 points  (RIF #221)
  18. David Mickelsen  –  44.3 points  (RIF #164)
  19. Stewart Crouch  –  42.4 points  (RIF #89)
  20. Arland Blanton  –  26.2 points  (RIF #290)


If you want to live, you must walk. If you want to live long, you must run.” ~Jinabhai Navik

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.

 

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Bart Yasso and Patricia Klein – Run It Fast

Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru October 2015)

Bart Yasso and Patricia Klein - Run It Fast

The year is winding down and the standings through October are pretty close on both sides of the gender coin for Run It Fast members. The overall leader is Joshua Holmes with 1,377 points while the current top female is Patricia Klein with 1,024.1 points.

After Holmes, Steven Smith is in 2nd place with 1,269.1 points and in third is John Leighton with 1,259.57 points. Fourth male is the ever steady thoroughbred known as George Southgate with 1,217.2 points.

On the women’s side after Klein, we have Teal Clark of Arkansas with 976.9 points in 2nd place and Diane Bolton in 3rd with 940.76 points. Forth female is Canadian Marylou Corino with 864.9 points.

These standings should change often until the end of the year when we will crown a new Extreme Racer.

Extreme Racer Top 10 Leaderboard
1. Joshua Holmes – 1377 (RIF #1)
2. Steven Smith – 1269.1 (RIF #387)
3. John Kent Leighton – 1259.57 (RIF #190)
4. George Southgate – 1217.2 (RIF #279)
5. Patricia Klein – 1024.1 (RIF #450)
6. Teal Clark – 976.9 (RIF #473)
7. Mark McCaslin – 969 (RIF #486)
8. Ed Ettinghausen – 966.34 (RIF #121)
9. Diane Bolton – 940.76 (RIF #159)
10. Shane Tucker – 924.1 (RIF #337)

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard
1. Patricia Klein – 1024.1 (RIF #450)
2. Teal Clark – 976.9 (RIF #473)
3. Diane Bolton – 940.76 (RIF #159)
4. Marylou Corino – 864.9 (RIF #410)
5. Carol Earles – 864.6 (RIF #287)
6. Cathie Johnson – 811.4 (RIF #507)
7. Andrea Kooiman – 642.8 (RIF #404)
8. Heather Zeigler – 622.58 (RIF #246)
9. Angie Whitworth Pace – 602.7 (RIF #447)
10. Lisa Van Wolde – 505 (RIF #469)
11. Cheryl Bryll – 479.3 (RIF #432)
12. Amanda Staggs – 470.7 (RIF #210)
13. Suzanne Michelson – 446.4 (RIF #280)
14. Belinda Young – 361.4 (RIF #358)
15. Nicole Eldridge – 347 (RIF #446)
16. Leslie Harwell – 339.1 (RIF #417)
17. Tiffani Glass – 291.6 (RIF #328)
18. Christa Baker – 283.2 (RIF #436)
19. Christy Bowers – 277.82 (RIF #60)
20. Christy Scott – 265.4 (RIF #231)
21. Aimee Shilling – 226.9 (RIF #418)
22. Kim Crowe – 218.3 (RIF #245)
23. Lisa Gonzales – 215.1 (RIF #5)
24. Jennifer Hatcher – 202.7 (RIF #323)
25. Alicia Eno – 195.2 (RIF #126)
26. Marj Mitchell – 172.4 (RIF #4)
27. Shannon Miller – 123.1 (RIF #338)
28. Ines Cooper – 120.5 (RIF #448)
29. Erin Goetz – 110.5 (RIF #443)
30. Julia Beavers – 94.2 (RIF #339)
31. Donna Dworak – 92 (RIF #310)
32. Heather Shoemaker – 91.7 (RIF #44)
33. Michelle Bischof – 52.4 (RIF #285)
34. Sue Stephens-Wright – 26.2 (RIF #321)
35. Helen McMullin – 26.2 (RIF #390)
36. Debra Jacildo – 19.1 (RIF #98)
37. Laura Ann Evanoika – 13.1 (RIF #433)

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard
1. Joshua Holmes – 1377 (RIF #1)
2. Steven Smith – 1269.1 (RIF #387)
3. John Kent Leighton – 1259.57 (RIF #190)
4. George Southgate – 1217.2 (RIF #279)
5. Mark McCaslin – 969 (RIF #486)
6. Ed Ettinghausen – 966.34 (RIF #121)
7. Shane Tucker – 924.1 (RIF #337)
8. Troy Johnson – 837.6 (RIF #506)
9. Deo Jaravata – 655.7 (RIF #333)
10. Brian Recore – 573.2 (RIF #395)
11. Denis McCarthy – 550.2 (RIF #263)
12. Ben Herron – 520.9 (RIF #408)
13. Jeff Liu – 373.9 (RIF #275)
14. David Essary – 333.3 (RIF #475)
15. Arland Blanton – 295.8 (RIF #290)
16. Chris Baker – 283.2 (RIF #437)
17. Michael Dasalla – 256.2 (RIF #411)
18. John Sotomayor – 252.2 (RIF #393)
19. Jeff Van Demark – 230.5 (RIF #322)
20. Jeff Le – 183 (RIF #248)
21. Rick Glass – 168.3 (RIF #401)
22. Nathan Bass – 157.9 (RIF #174)
23. Charlie Taylor – 157.2 (RIF #353)
24. Winston Trice – 126 (RIF #29)
25. Stephen Griffin – 97.9 (RIF #48)
26. David Mickelsen – 92.5 (RIF #164)
27. Dennis Arriaga – 63.1 (RIF #140)
28. Mark Ogletree – 41.7 (RIF #247)
29. Robin Robbins – 35.64 (RIF #33)

Things have been interesting all year and the standings have never been constant. The last 3 months will no doubt see many changes and many more numbers added to this already impressive roster of miles. This club continues to inspire all kinds of people all over the world. Keep racing, keep running, keep being awesome!

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru September 2015)

Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru September 2015)

Joshua Holmes at Born to Run, photo by Joel Livesey - Run It Fast

It’s hard to believe how fast 2015 has flown by. We are looking towards the end of the year, and the last few months in the Extreme Racer competition for 2015. Even though there are only 3 months left to accrue race points, this time of year brings some of my favorite races, at least in this corner of the world. The Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon, Tunnel Hill 100/50 miler, and RIF’s own Black Diamond 40 miler, Double Black Diamond 40 miler, and Sequoyah series are all taking place in November and each will be a reunion of sorts for many RIF members who plan to attend.

Founder and RIF #1 Joshua Holmes is still in the lead with 1350.8 points. Only 81.7 points behind is RIF #387 Steven Smith with 1269.1 points. Taking third place is RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 1207.17 points.

The top women seem to be continuously shaking things up. RIF #450 Patricia Klein has taken over first place with 965.7 points. Coming in second place is RIF #473 Teal Clark with 869 points. And in third place is Canadian RIF #410 Marylou Corino with 781.5 points.

Here are the Extreme Racer standings through September:

Extreme Racer Top 10 Leaderboard

1. Joshua Holmes – 1350.8 (RIF #1)
2. Steven Smith – 1269.1 (RIF #387)
3. John Kent Leighton – 1207.17 (RIF #190)
4. George Southgate – 1055 (RIF #279)
5. Ed Ettinghausen – 966.34 (RIF #121)
6. Patricia Klein – 965.7 (RIF #450)
7. Teal Clark – 869 (RIF #473)
8. Mark McCaslin – 869 (RIF #486)
9. Shane Tucker – 840.9 (RIF #337)
10. Marylou Corino – 781.5 (RIF #410)

Extreme Racer Male Leaderboard:

1. Joshua Holmes – 1350.8 (RIF #1)
2. Steven Smith – 1238.1 (RIF #387)
3. John Kent Leighton – 1044.17 (RIF #190)
4. George Southgate – 1055 (RIF #279)
5. Ed Ettinghausen – 966.34 (RIF #121)
6. Mark McCaslin – 869 (RIF #486)
7. Shane Tucker – 780.2 (RIF #337)
8. Deo Jaravata – 655.7 (RIF #333)
9. Brian Recore – 516 (RIF #395)
10. Ben Herron – 513.3 (RIF #408)
11. Denis McCarthy – 419.2 (RIF #263)
12. Jeff Liu – 373.9 (RIF #275)
13. Chris Baker – 283.2 (RIF #437)
14. John Sotomayor – 252.2 (RIF #393)
15. David Essary – 85.5 (RIF #475)
16. Michael Dasalla – 216.9 (RIF #411)
17. Arland Blanton – 195.8 (RIF #290)
18. Jeff Van Demark – 175.7 (RIF #322)
19. Jeff Le – 183 (RIF #248)
20. Rick Glass – 168.3 (RIF #401)
21. Charlie Taylor – 157.2 (RIF #353)
22. Nathan Bass – 125.5 (RIF #174)
23. Winston Trice – 126 (RIF #29)
24. Stephen Griffin – 97.9 (RIF #48)
25. David Mickelsen – 92.5 (RIF #164)
26. Dennis Arriaga – 63.1 (RIF #140)
27. Mark Ogletree – 41.7 (RIF #247)
28. Robin Robbins – 35.64 (RIF #33)

Extreme Racer Female Leaderboard

1. Patricia Klein – 965.7 (RIF #450)
2. Teal Clark – 869 (RIF #473)
3. Marylou Corino – 781.5 (RIF #410)
4. Carol Earles – 759.8 (RIF #287)
5. Diane Bolton – 736.76 (RIF #159)
6. Andrea Kooiman – 642.8 (RIF #404)
7. Heather Zeigler – 517.78 (RIF #246)
8. Lisa Van Wolde – 505 (RIF #469)
9. Cheryl Bryll – 453.1 (RIF #432)
10. Angie Whitworth Pace – 450.3 (RIF #447)
11. Belinda Young – 448.6 (RIF #358)
12. Suzanne Michelson – 394 (RIF #280)
13. Nicole Eldridge – 357 (RIF #446)
14. Amanda Staggs – 340.1 (RIF #210)
15. Leslie Harwell – 339.1 (RIF #417)
16. Christa Baker – 283.2 (RIF #436)
17. Christy Scott – 265.4 (RIF #231)
18. Tiffani Glass – 251.3 (RIF #328)
19. Christy Bowers – 247.57 (RIF #60)
20. Aimee Shilling – 226.9 (RIF #418)
21. Kim Crowe – 218.3 (RIF #245)
22. Alicia Eno – 195.2 (RIF #126)
23. Lisa Gonzales – 178.9 (RIF #5)
24. Marj Mitchell – 156.2 (RIF #4)
25. Shannon Miller – 123.1 (RIF #338)
26. Ines Cooper – 120.5 (RIF #448)
27. Erin Goetz – 103.4 (RIF #443)
28. Julia Beavers – 94.2 (RIF #339)
29. Donna Dworak – 92 (RIF #310)
30. Heather Shoemaker – 91.7 (RIF #44)
31. Jennifer Hatcher – 81.7 (RIF #323)
32. Michelle Bishof – 52.4 (RIF #285)
33. Sue Stephens-Wright – 26.2 (RIF #321)
34. Helen McMullin – 26.2 (RIF #390)
35. Debra Jacildo – 19.1 (RIF #98)
36. Laura Ann Evanoika – 13.1 (RIF #433)

 

Things have been interesting all year and the standings have never been constant. The last 3 months will no doubt see many changes and many more numbers added to this already impressive roster of miles. This club continues to inspire all kinds of people all over the world. Keep racing, keep running, keep being awesome!

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

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Steven Smith – Silverton Challenge 2015 – Run It Fast

Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru August 2015)

Steven Smith - Silverton Challenge 2015 - Run It Fast

Finally, we are beginning to see some cooler temperatures blowing in. Summer is slipping away and Autumn is making its appearance. Autumn is my favorite season. It brings with it not only cooler weather, but beautiful colors, warm flavors, crisp air, fun holidays and great races, too. And there are only a few months left in the year to accrue race miles and battle for the top spot in the Extreme Racer competition.

Having recently finished the Wasatch 100 and successfully attaining a victory in the “Slamwater” challenge (a combination of the Grand Slam of 100’s and Badwater 135 in the same summer), Run It Fast’s founder and leader RIF #1 Joshua Holmes is leading the men with 1250.8 points. However, RIF #387 Steven Smith is hot on his heels in second place with 1238.1 points after winning the Silverton Challenge 6-Day, only a 12.7 point difference. RIF #279 George Southgate takes third place with 1055 points.

RIF #473 Teal Clark has taken over the first place spot in our women’s leaderboard with 761.8 points. Only 2 points behind, RIF #287 Carol Earles takes second place with 759.8 points. And RIF #410 Marylou Corino takes third place with 731.5 points, only 28.3 points behind Carol.

Here are the Extreme Racer standings through August:

Extreme Racer Top 10 Leaderboard

1. Joshua Holmes – 1250.8 (RIF #1)
2. Steven Smith – 1238.1 (RIF #387)
3. George Southgate – 1055 (RIF #279)
4. John Kent Leighton – 1044.17 (RIF #190)
5. Ed Ettinghausen – 966.34 (RIF #121)
6. Shane Tucker – 780.2 (RIF #337)
7. Teal Clark – 761.8 (RIF #473)
8. Carol Earles – 759.8 (RIF #287)
9. Marylou Corino – 731.5 (RIF #410)
10. Patricia Klein – 685.7 (RIF #450)

Extreme Racer Male Leaderboard:

1. Joshua Holmes – 1250.8 (RIF #1)
2. Steven Smith – 1238.1 (RIF #387)
3. George Southgate – 1055 (RIF #279)
4. John Kent Leighton – 1044.17 (RIF #190)
5. Ed Ettinghausen – 966.34 (RIF #121)
6. Shane Tucker – 780.2 (RIF #337)
7. Deo Jaravata – 655.7 (RIF #333)
8. Brian Recore – 516 (RIF #395)
9. Ben Herron – 513.3 (RIF #408)
10. Denis McCarthy – 419.2 (RIF #263)
11. Jeff Liu – 373.9 (RIF #275)
12. Chris Baker – 283.2 (RIF #437)
13. John Sotomayor – 252.2 (RIF #393)
14. Michael Dasalla – 216.9 (RIF #411)
15. Arland Blanton – 195.8 (RIF #290)
16. Jeff Le – 183 (RIF #248)
17. Jeff Van Demark – 175.7 (RIF #322)
18. Rick Glass – 168.3 (RIF #401)
19. Charlie Taylor – 157.2 (RIF #353)
20. Winston Trice – 126 (RIF #29)
21. Nathan Bass – 125.5 (RIF #174)
22. Stephen Griffin – 97.9 (RIF #48)
23. David Mickelsen – 92.5 (RIF #164)
24. David Essary – 85.5 (RIF #475)
25. Dennis Arriaga – 63.1 (RIF #140)
26. Mark Ogletree – 41.7 (RIF #247)
27. Robin Robbins – 35.64 (RIF #33)

Extreme Racer Female Leaderboard

1. Teal Clark – 761.8 (RIF #473)
2. Carol Earles – 759.8 (RIF #287)
3. Marylou Corino – 731.5 (RIF #410)
4. Patricia Klein – 685.7 (RIF #450)
5. Andrea Kooiman – 642.8 (RIF #404)
6. Diane Bolton – 559.6 (RIF #159)
7. Lisa Van Wolde – 505 (RIF #469)
8. Belinda Young – 448.6 (RIF #358)
9. Heather Zeigler – 439.18 (RIF #246)
10. Angie Whitworth Pace – 396.4 (RIF #447)
11. Nicole Eldridge – 357 (RIF #446)
12. Suzanne Michelson – 341.6 (RIF #280)
13. Amanda Staggs – 340.1 (RIF #210)
14. Leslie Harwell – 339.1 (RIF #417)
15. Christa Baker – 283.2 (RIF #436)
16. Cheryl Bryll – 280.9 (RIF #432)
17. Christy Scott – 265.4 (RIF #231)
18. Tiffani Glass – 228.1 (RIF #328)
19. Aimee Shilling – 226.9 (RIF #418)
21. Kim Crowe – 218.3 (RIF #245)
21. Alicia Eno – 195.2 (RIF #126)
22. Christy Bowers – 192.67 (RIF #60)
23. Lisa Gonzales – 153.4 (RIF #5)
24. Shannon Miller – 123.1 (RIF #338)
25. Ines Cooper – 120.5 (RIF #448)
26. Marj Mitchell – 115.1 (RIF #4)
27. Julia Beavers – 94.2 (RIF #339)
28. Donna Dworak – 92 (RIF #310)
29. Heather Shoemaker – 91.7 (RIF #44)
30. Erin Goetz – 90.3 (RIF #443)
31. Jennifer Hatcher – 81.7 (RIF #323)
32. Michelle Bishof – 52.4 (RIF #285)
33. Sue Stephens-Wright – 26.2 (RIF #321)
34. Helen McMullin – 26.2 (RIF #390)
35. Debra Jacildo – 19.1 (RIF #98)
36. Laura Ann Evanoika – 13.1 (RIF #433)

Run It Fast has officially reached 500 members, which is a pretty big milestone. That’s over 500 of the most driven and inspiring runners across the globe, and I am so proud to say I’m a part of it. Every one of you continues to inspire me and make me want to be better, both in running and in every other aspect of my life. Whether you’re just starting out or are a grizzled veteran of the running world, keep doing what you’re doing. Keep pushing on and inspiring the people around you to change their lives. You may not think anyone is watching, but I promise you, they are.

Happy running!

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru July 2015)

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July was a busy and exciting month for many Run It Fast members, as it hosts both the Last Annual Vol State 500k and Badwater 135. These two races helped several RIF members to rake in the race miles, which has no doubt given us quite a shake-up in the standings for the Extreme Racer competition.

Somehow, our top 3 men managed to hang on to their spots. Leading the way, is RIF #1 Joshua Holmes with 1150.8 points. Second place is held by RIF #279 George Southgate with 974 points. Coming in third place is RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 897.67 points.

We have had a change in our leading females, as Canadian record holder and 2015 finisher of the Vol State 500k, RIF #410 Marylou Corino has taken over first place with 731.5 points. Moving up to second place is RIF #450 Patricia Klein with 685.7 points and taking third place is RIF #287 Carol Earles with 681.2 points.

Here are the Extreme Racer standings through July:

Extreme Racer Top 10 Leaderboard

1. Joshua Holmes – 1150.8 (RIF #1)
2. George Southgate – 974 (RIF #279)
3. John Kent Leighton – 897.67 (RIF #190)
4. Steven Smith – 893.8 (RIF #387)
5. Shane Tucker – 761.6 (RIF #337)
6. Marylou Corino – 731.5 (RIF #410)
7. Ed Ettinghausen – 704.02 (RIF #121)
8. Patricia Klein – 685.7 (RIF #450)
9. Carol Earles – 681.2 (RIF #287)
10. Deo Jaravata – 655.7 (RIF #333)

Extreme Racer Male Leaderboard:

1. Joshua Holmes – 1150.8 (RIF #1)
2. George Southgate – 974 (RIF #279)
3. John Kent Leighton – 897.67 (RIF #190)
6. Steven Smith – 893.8 (RIF #387)
8. Shane Tucker – 761.6 (RIF #337)
4. Ed Ettinghausen – 704.02 (RIF #121)
5. Deo Jaravata – 655.7 (RIF #333)
12. Ben Herron – 513.3 (RIF #408)
7. Brian Recore – 466 (RIF #395)
9. Denis McCarthy – 393 (RIF #263)
10. Jeff Liu – 318.4 (RIF #275)
11. Chris Baker – 283.2 (RIF #437)
13. Arland Blanton – 195.8 (RIF #290)
14. John Sotomayor – 190.2 (RIF #393)
16. Jeff Le – 183 (RIF #248)
19. Michael Dasalla – 172 (RIF #411)
15. Rick Glass – 168.3 (RIF #401)
17. Charlie Taylor – 157.2 (RIF #353)
18. Jeff Van Demark – 148.4 (RIF #322)
20. Winston Trice – 126 (RIF #29)
21. Nathan Bass – 120.5 (RIF #174)
22. Stephen Griffin – 97.9 (RIF #48)
23. David Mickelsen – 92.5 (RIF #164)
24. David Essary – 85.5 (RIF #475)
25. Dennis Arriaga – 63.1 (RIF #140)
26. Mark Ogletree – 41.7 (RIF #247)
27. Robin Robbins – 35.64 (RIF #33)

Extreme Racer Female Leaderboard

1. Marylou Corino – 731.5 (RIF #410)
2. Patricia Klein – 685.7 (RIF #450)
3. Carol Earles – 681.2 (RIF #287)
4. Teal Clark – 643.9 (RIF #473)
5. Andrea Kooiman – 642.8 (RIF #404)
6. Diane Bolton – 559.6 (RIF #159)
7. Belinda Young – 448.6 (RIF #358)
8. Heather Zeigler – 386.78 (RIF #246)
9. Angie Whitworth Pace – 381.2 (RIF #447)
10. Nicole Eldridge – 357 (RIF #446)
11. Leslie Harwell – 339.1 (RIF #417)
12. Amanda Staggs – 313.9 (RIF #210)
13. Suzanne Michelson – 306.1 (RIF #280)
14. Christa Baker – 283.2 (RIF #436)
15. Cheryl Bryll – 280.9 (RIF #432)
16. Christy Scott – 265.4 (RIF #231)
17. Tiffani Glass – 220 (RIF #328)
18. Aimee Shilling – 208.8 (RIF #418)
19. Christy Bowers – 205.77 (RIF #60)
20. Kim Crowe – 187.3 (RIF #245)
21. Lisa Gonzales – 127.2 (RIF #5)
22. Alicia Eno – 127.2 (RIF #126)
23. Shannon Miller – 123.1 (RIF #338)
24. Ines Cooper – 120.5 (RIF #448)
25. Marj Mitchell – 115.1 (RIF #4)
26. Julia Beavers – 94.2 (RIF #339)
27. Donna Dworak – 92 (RIF #310)
28. Heather Shoemaker – 91.7 (RIF #44)
29. Erin Goetz – 84.1 (RIF #443)
30. Jennifer Hatcher – 81.7 (RIF #323)
31. Michelle Bishof – 52.4 (RIF #285)
32. Sue Stephens-Wright – 26.2 (RIF #321)
33. Helen McMullin – 26.2 (RIF #390)
34. Debra Jacildo – 19.1 (RIF #98)
35. Laura Ann Evanoika – 13.1 (RIF #433)

Here are a few numbers to wrap your mind around:
In 2015, 11 Run It Fast members finished the Last Annual Vol State 500k, meaning that RIF covered 3,454 miles at one race, in one year. Just from what I can tell at taking a quick look, it looks as though RIF members from 2011 to present have finished LAVS 31 times. That is 10,048 miles on one course. That does not count the miles covered up to a DNF, and I’m sure there are probably a few finishes that I missed in counting. Still, that number is the equivalent of running from the east coast to the west coast roughly 3.14 times. That is a lot of miles and extremely impressive.

This group of extraordinary people continues to awe me on a daily basis. No matter where you are or what kind of running you’re doing, you are making a difference and there is always someone watching. Someone you are inspiring to get up, get out, and get active. We are all changing peoples lives, even if we don’t realize it.

Happy running!

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

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‘The Rock’ – Marylou Corino’s Vol State 500K Race Report (2015)

‘The Rock’ – Marylou Corino’s Vol State 500K Race Report (2015)

Marylou Corino and Lisa Van Wolde Finish Vol State 500K First Females - Run It Fast 2015

The Rock

“We were born to blaze new trails and roads, partake in great adventures, take daring risks, be God strong and foolishly courageous. “Let faith not fear be your compass” and so began on Thursday July 9th, 2015 at 7:30am, a journey of a lifetime, a journey to the rock.

Just before the Last Supper, Greg Armstrong and his beautiful wife Shelley spent almost 2 hrs with Lisa Van Wolde and I, going over the route, showing us maps and providing us with amazing insights about the race. We greatly appreciated them graciously giving their time to help us, newbies to Volstate. People like them truly make our sport the best in the world. At the LAST SUPPER, we met Lazarus Lake (the Race Director), got our shirts and went over a few rules. Things were becoming real and nerves were beginning to form.

Vol State 2015 Run It Fast Members Ferry

The next day, we were to meet at 7am at the Dorena-Hickman ferry. I, of course wanted to be there super early for fear of getting caught in morning rush hour traffic or lost. Lisa just shook her head at me. There is no traffic in Hickman Kentucky, none what so ever and getting lost was unlikely. Needless to say we were the first ones there. Due to high water levels, we had a 20 minute virtual ferry ride (which entailed standing for 20 minutes ) and then off we went.

We made it through Hickman Kentucky with relative ease and passed the Tennessee State Line. We would be in this wonderful “state on the sun” ( our new name for it ) for a good part of our journey.

Josh Tyner Vol State 500K with Marylou Corino and Lisa - Run It Fast

We were quite charmed by the little towns we were passing and were greeted by a few Run It Fast® members. Thank you Josh and Jamie! It was great to see them out there! ( a special thank you to Jamie’s wife for allowing us into her work to cool off). It was on our way from Martin to Dresden where we caught our first glimpse of heat and humidity. It seemed like the state road was freshly paved and that steam was rising from the ground. It was also the middle of the afternoon which probably didn’t help matters. Our focus changed quickly however because it was here were we first experienced the warmth and kindness of the people of Tennessee. This was to continue through the duration of our journey. Many handed us popsicles, freezes, water, ice and although we had crew, these were still uplifting moments. We made sure to tell every person we met that there were runners doing this on their own and to please find as many of them as they could.

Vol State Day 2 Marylou Corino and Lisa Van Wolde

Our goal was to reach 9o miles (the town of Lexington) in the first day. That was our plan ( silly naïve Canadians- throw away the plan right Joshua Holmes? ) We didn’t quite make it there. Our total distance for day one was 76 miles. We knew after day one that our goals from then on would be the following a)not to plan b)survive the heat, c)keep moving forward, and d)listen to our bodies and enjoy this tremendous experience as it was already shaping out to be.

On day two, we made it to Lexington but not before passing some pretty towns, in particular Hungtindgon. In Lexington, we rewarded ourselves with sonic slushies and sweet tea. These two things were to be a staple for the remainder of this “ vacation on foot” as some people have called it. Once we turned left out of Lexington we knew we would be on the US 412 for roughly 95 miles until we hit Colombia. For a moment that seemed quite daunting but we knew it was the only way to get to the rock. We passed many towns on this long stretch of road including Parsons where we enjoyed a nice dinner listening to live music. We made the trek through the town of Linden at night and this seemed to be just one never ending climb with really no shoulder to run/walk on. We made it to the other end of town and took a much needed nap in the car. We ended day two with another 65 miles for a total of 141 miles.

Lisa Van Wolde and Marylou Corino Day 3 Vol State 500K Waterfall - Run It Fast

It was much hotter on day three and day four and it was starting to show. These two days were our low mileage days but included some incredible moments. We reached the halfway point ( 157) where we enjoyed a beautiful waterfall.

Marylou Corino Vol State 500K Bench of Despair 2015 - Run It Fast

We made a concentrated effort to look at the miles we covered and not the ones we still had yet to do. We hit the famous “Bench of Despair” which made us quite emotional. The store owners left a barrel of ice and water bottles and markers to sign our names and times on the bench which we gladly did.

The next 7-8 miles were quite beautiful and went by rather quickly. It was also on this road where a family left lawn chairs, an umbrella, food, shirts, salt pills and a number of different items for volstate runners. Again, one can’t help but get emotional at such a selfless act of kindness. We were going through a particularly hard, hot, humid, and hilly stretch into Lewisburg. We jokingly said that we could cross off running on the sun from our bucket list. We honestly felt like our skin was going to peel off. I remember making very small conversation with Lisa at which point she turned me and said “Mare I flatlined 3 hills ago” and that summarizes how we felt at times. Oddly enough, our skin didn’t peel off nor did we flatline. Day 3 and 4 saw us do 44 and 49 miles respectively for a total of 234 miles by the end of day 4.

The start of day 5 brought us to see our fourth sunrise. As the sun rose, so did we. It rejuvenated us. It was a new day, a new dawn. We had made it through yet another day in the Volstate. We also found this on the start of day 5 and were wondering if by using it we would get to the rock faster.

Day 5 Vol State 500K Marylou Corino and Lisa Van Wolde

Running highs were amplified but so were the lows at Volstate. We embraced the highs, became humbled with the lows and moved one foot in front of the other. We thoroughly enjoyed running to the town of Wartrace and from there to the US41. It was early in the morning, quiet, scenic and peaceful, just us and the road. The miles flew by during this section and we both could say we were in a dream like running state. I had never felt that before. I made sure I was present for every step because I knew deep down, I was probably never going to feel that again. It was along US41 where Whitney, a runitfast member came to see us bringing with her strawberry popsicles and some much needed salt pills. Thank you! The end of Day 5 saw us climb 3 miles up Monteagle. We stopped at the top, lay on the floor and admired the sky full of stars trying to absorb this whole experience. We ended day 5 with 44 miles and a total of 278 miles. In the last five 5days, we spent approximately 2 hours out of the sun each day and rested on average between two to three hours at night. This strategy worked for us for every time we hit the road we felt re-energized and ready to move sometimes slow, sometimes slower but always forward.

We woke up on day 6 knowing that we were going to make it to the rock. We made it through Tracy City, Jasper and Kimball where we saw Lazarus, Steven ( who had finished Volstate the day before),
Bill ( who crewed Steven but always made sure we were okay when he saw us, Thank you Mr. Baker! ), John ( two time Volstate finisher- uncrewed) and Sue ( women’s record holder for Volstate!) Seeing them made us smile. We were near the 300 mile mark at this point.

Marylou Corino Vol State 500K Resting in Alabama - Run It Fast

We made it to the bottom of the Mountain, dug deep and began our 6 mile climb into Alabama through the cornfields to the rock.

Marylou Corino and Lisa Van Wolde Finishing the 2015 Vol State 500K - Run It Fast

We had done it. 5 days , 8 hours , 6 minutes and 52 seconds later, we had made it.

There are so many people that were instrumental in our success. A special thank you to both our husbands who entertained the thought of us participating in this race and for taking care of things back home while we were away. To our crew. Alissa, Nikki Laura Lee and Bill. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel towards you and all you did for us over the 5 days, stopping every 3 miles, cooling us down, getting us food, being patient while we tended to our feet and just being positive and encouraging. We will forever be appreciative. ( I think Bill was taking the picture!)

Vol State 500K 1st Female Marylou Corino and Lisa Van Wolde - Run It Fast

To all of you that came by to visit, to those at home cheering for us, and sending us positive vibes, Thank you! We used that to fuel us and keep going. A special mention to Joshua Holmes for believing that I could finish this race when I asked him about it back in December. Thank you. It was everything you said it would be and more. To God, who shined his light on us every day we were out there. Congratulations to all Volstate finishers this year and to those who didn’t finish, congratulations for having the courage to tow the start line. A special congratulations to my running partner and great friend Lisa who not only completed her first multiday but was “officially” the first female to touch the rock. I would not have had it any other way.

Vol State 500K Lisa Van Wolde and Marylou Corino with Lazarus Lake in Kimball 2015 - Run It Fast

This race enters your blood and becomes part of who you are. It touches your core and captures your soul. One lives so much in those 314 miles that it undeniably leaves its mark on you permanently. We are definitely not the same people that started the race. It is an experience that develops your character but at the same time reveals it. It tested our limits and in the process, made us go beyond them. The journey inspired us, brought us to your knees and at times made us feel broken physically, mentally and spiritually BUT it didn’t defeat us. Somehow ,somewhere , someway along this journey we become MORE stubborn and relentless than the VOL STATE and step by step we overcame and made it to the rock.

Marylou Corino (RIF #410)
July 9-15, 2015
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