Lots of new trails so there was a lot of new experiences.
After passing our first aid station at Flatrock, we headed back onto the trails for a double pass loop out & around the Botanical Gardens. Yours truly heads out of the woods coming up on the Botanical Garden aid station.Volunteers can make or break a race & the volunteers at this inagural race were great. The Botanical Garden workers were friendly & very upbeat. Trying to stay warm can be a chore as there is not much body heat generated when they are not running.
Lots of ponds along the course which made for beautiful reflections.
The road headed off towards W 41st Street N . According to Tom, this was about a mile from his homestead; he could have run home after the marathon.
At some point on the course, we topped Holmes Peak; the highest point in NW Oklahoma. During our 1st training run, it was really foggy but God saw to it that we had a sunny day with a beautiful view from the top.After heading down Holmes Peak, once again headed back into the woods. Loads of tall grass trails
Oh did I mention, there were PLENTY of water crossings. A fellow runner stopped counting at 48! Try as I might, I was not able to keep my little tootsies dry the whole race. Luckily they did not get soaked until the last 5 miles or so.
A beautiful custom finisher's medal was waiting, two brewskies & a great BBQ Beef sandwich.
The 50K was a double loop, one loop forward & one loop run in reverse. Here is where much of the confusion happened as some of the trail markings were a bit confusing when seen from a different point of view. Some were obviously easy, while others were not.
God Bless You & Happy Trails.