There were 22 runners that participated in the "official" Ozark County Skunk Run. The trails are located in the Mark Twain National forest and offer a lot of variety. They travel through pine flats, cedar glades, oak forests, and roll into the bottoms along the creek. We broke the run up into 3 loops or sections so runners of all abilities would have an option. When combined all 3 sections equal 11.7 miles.
But, in true Idiot fashion, several runners appeared out of nowhere at 7:16 leaving about a minute for my less than perfect trail briefing. Because we were just running for 8 hours it didn't matter what time people started their day. Some left immediately and others waited around for a few minutes. April Wilson volunteered (or got drafted) to keep an eye on the kids while I departed for a loop around 7:45. I think Jon Wilson started about 20 minutes later.
Around 11, Charley Hogue showed up ready to run. He had already completed a "slow" 5k that he won with a time of 18:45 before coming over to the Skunk Run. Freak. It was perfect timing because a thunderstorm had just rolled through and was tapering off. It was also good timing because Jon Wilson was back to take over duties at the start/finish area. Charley and I took off for another 11.7 mile loop as Wilson fired up the grill to cook some burgers and hot dogs.
So.... The 1st Annual IRC Skunk Run was a success. Yep. I said "1st Annual" because we will absolutely do it again next year. Bigger, better and mo' awesomer. Mark your calendars for next March and make travel plans to visit Ozark County, Missouri. Of course, there *might* be another event this fall. Stay tuned.....
Adventures and Races Submitted by Idiots