Monday, October 30, 2006

Trail Maintenance, Meeting, Blue Springs Trail Run

Saturday, some of us Trail Nerds went to WyCo park to do some trail maintenance & clean-up. We're hosting a trail race there on Nov 11th, and we wanted to get the trails in shape for the event. It's always hard work, but we always have a good time, as well. Good Ben brought donuts, and I had orange juice and coffee available to all takers.

After our 4-hour trail maintenance session, we headed to Shawnee Mission Park to go to a meeting about the future of SM Park and the trails in the park. We had a decent showing of trailrunners at the meeting to let them know our trailrunning needs. We will attend all future planning meetings. We have a chance to positively affect the future of the entire park system, regarding unpaved options open for us, the mountain bikers, hikers, adventure racers, and equestrian users. Cool, huh?

Trail Nerds at the 7 am Start
A few Trail Nerds at the 7 am Start.
Photo by Dick Ross.

Sunday, October 29th was the day for the Blue Springs 50/50/26.2/13.1 trail runs. The weather was perfect (if not unseasonably warm), and there was a gaggle of Trail Nerds at the race; each of them were doing one of the 4 different distances offered. I took the early 6 a.m. marathon starting time, to give my son and I a fighting chance to get to the Chiefs game and still have time to tailgate. He slept in the car while I was running...he had worked until midnight, and gone to sleep after 2 a.m. My legs felt a little dead during the whole race, (probably from just having run in a 50-miler two weeks ago). I just took it easy and had a fun time socializing and cheering-on other runners. In the end, I scratched-out a 4-hr, 27-minute marathon-distance "training run." I had a cool-looking shirt and one of Lou Joline's hand-crafted funky medals to show for my efforts, also.

The shirt.
(A Dick Ross photo)

About the shirt: Lou used a larger-version of the design from the Kansas City Trail Series shirt (that Jason Crosby designed). It looks great on a light blue tee-shirt! He will use the same design on a long-sleeve tee-shirt for the 50-kilometer "Dude, where's the trail" run. Hint: register early to guarantee yourself a shirt. Website
Click Here for Dick Ross' photos of the event.

Gary, Shane & Paul
Gary, Shane, and Paul.
(A Dick Ross photo)

Lance Calvert
Lance Calvert
(A Dick Ross photo)

Jacque wins some Schwag
Jacque wins some Race Schwag
(A Dick Ross photo)

Rick Mayo cruises
Rick Mayo on "cruise control"
(A Dick Ross photo)

More Nerds
Trail Nerds recovering after the race.
(A Dick Ross photo)


Blogger Gregg Lynn said...

It was a huge turnout of Trail Nerds at Blue Springs. Thanks to all of you for your encouragement during my first 50--I really appreciate it. Fun Day!


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