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Mark Jacquez and Patrick Todd having way too much fun on the course.

Mark Jacquez's Photos. (Newbie Ultrarunner).

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Kyle Amos, 3rd, and David Lesh, 2nd Overall

Results and Race Report
 

Printable version of report/results.

2005 Psycho WyCo Run Toto Run, Saturday, Feb 19th, 2005

 

This was the first annual, inaugural event held at Wyandotte County Park, Kansas City, Kansas.  Start time was 7 AM, Saturday, Feb 19th.  It's a hilly, three-loop course held on bridle trails and single-track with multiple stream crossings.  The morning of the race, there was light rain, temps were in the 40s, and the very hilly course had somewhat muddy conditions.  Good conditions for self-flagellation.  There were 49 runners signed-up, 41 starters, 23 finishers. 

 

There were five 2-loop finishers, and thirteen 1-loop finishers.

 

One aid station was run by Kyle Amos' family, (his mom, brother and wife, Stacie).  The start/finish station was staffed by my wife, Vicki, and our son, Matt.  The wonderful chicken noodle soup was made from scratch by one of our sponsors, James Barker; who happened to be the 5th place overall finisher, as well.  The potato soup and peanut butter cookies were homemade by Vicki Holmes.  The Rice Krispie treats were made by a friend of the Amos Family.  Kyle Amos, 3rd place, helped mark the course until 8PM the night previous to the race, and put in about 15 miles of running, just 11 hours previous to the start of the race.

 

Finisher's medals were rough cut out of steel and in the shape of dog bones.  All finishers received these, but one and two loop finishers received bones cut in half that read, "I bit off more than I could chew".

 

We had 4 generous sponsors:

Garry Gribble's Running Sports

Tchoupitoulas Gourmet Coffee and Sandwiches

James T. Barker, Attorney at Law

Kansas City Track Club, host club for the event.

 

Here are some photos of the event: http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/zxc123qwe2004/album?.dir=/ae24&.src=ph&.tok=ph1G1jCBugyNW_0D

and:

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/jacquezma/album?.dir=/8fdc&.src=ph

 

The "Pitch" (alternative newspaper) had an article about the race last week at: http://www.pitch.com/issues/2005-02-17/calendar/outdoors.html

 

Ben Holmes, Race Director

Kansas City Track Club

http://www.psychowyco.com

 

 

See details below:


Overall Finisher’s Placing

Bib No.

Last Name

First Name

Age Grp

State

Finishers

Notes

34

Osborn

Michael

M30-39

KS

5:17:40

1st Male

45

Lesh

David

M50-59

AK

5:25:33

2nd Male

1

Amos

Kyle

M20-29

KS

5:28:39

3rd Male

41

Flores

Raul

M40-49

KS

5:38:14

4th Male

3

Barker

James

M30-39

MO

5:43:30

5th Male

22

McGuire

Dave

M50-59

MO

6:02:38

6th Male

4

Foresman

Matt

M40-49

MO

6:18:27

 

9

Nielsen

Dale

M40-49

NE

6:21:26

 

11

Mayo

Rick

M20-29

NC

6:31:50

 

2

Fisher

Dann

M40-49

KS

6:34:20

 

29

Smith

Rick

M30-39

KS

6:34:20

S.I. Award

17

Buckley

Angela

F30-39

KS

6:35:50

1st Female, only female finisher.

42

Kuykendall

Ben

M40-49

KS

6:35:50

 

20

Kovalev

Alexander

M30-35

MO

6:56:34

 

12

Jacquez

Mark

M20-29

KS

7:08:10

S.I. Award

14

Todd

Patrick

M20-29

MN

7:08:10

S.I. Award

27

Sidwell

Paul

M20-29

MO

7:17:17

S.I. Award

18

Detore

Tom

M50-59

NE

7:30:05

 

19

McPherson

Robert

M40-49

MO

7:51:50

 

5

Dorsey

Darrell

M40-49

KS

8:12:10

 

26

Joline

Lou

M60-99

MO

8:21:25

 

23

Hatcher

Dan

M40-49

MO

8:21:30

 

13

Dudley

Rick

M40-49

KS

8:58:10

S.I. Award

 

Age Group Rankings

Bib No.

Last Name

First Name

Age Grp

State

Finishers

Notes

17

Buckley

Angela

F30-39

KS

6:35:50

1st Female

1

Amos

Kyle

M20-29

KS

5:28:39

3rd Male

11

Mayo

Rick

M20-29

NC

6:31:50

 

12

Jacquez

Mark

M20-29

KS

7:08:10

S.I. Award

14

Todd

Patrick

M20-29

MN

7:08:10

S.I. Award

27

Sidwell

Paul

M20-29

MO

7:17:17

 

20

Kovalev

Alexander

M30-35

MO

6:56:34

 

34

Osborn

Michael

M30-39

KS

5:17:40

1st Male

3

Barker

James

M30-39

MO

5:43:30

5th Male

29

Smith

Rick

M30-39

KS

6:34:20

S.I. Award

41

Flores

Raul

M40-49

KS

5:38:14

4th Male

4

Foresman

Matt

M40-49

MO

6:18:27

 

9

Nielsen

Dale

M40-49

NE

6:21:26

 

2

Fisher

Dann

M40-49

KS

6:34:20

 

42

Kuykendall

Ben

M40-49

KS

6:35:50

 

19

McPherson

Robert

M40-49

MO

7:51:50

 

5

Dorsey

Darrell

M40-49

KS

8:12:10

 

23

Hatcher

Dan

M40-49

MO

8:21:30

 

13

Dudley

Rick

M40-49

KS

8:58:10

S.I. Award

45

Lesh

David

M50-59

KS

5:25:33

2nd Male

22

McGuire

Dave

M50-59

MO

6:02:38

6th Male

18

Detore

Tom

M50-59

NE

7:30:05

 

26

Joline

Lou

M60-99

MO

8:21:25

Muddy Ol' B*stard Award

 

Two-Loop Finishers

Bib No.

Last Name

First Name

Age Grp

State

Loop 1 time

Loop 2 time

44

Sullivan

Craig

M20-29

 

1:32:30

3:16:30

28

Johnson

James

M20-29

MO

1:52:40

4:16:10

46

Ward

Howard

M40-49

MO

2:00:00

4:35:45

38

Troutman

Verna

F60-69

MO

2:53:30

6:30:45

10

Mathews

Steve

M50-59

MO

2:54:30

6:44:10

 

Single-Loop Finishers

Bib No.

Last Name

First Name

Age Grp

State

Loop 1 time

31

Latimer

Nicole

F20-29

KS

1:36:50

6

Schupp

Barb

F40-49

KS

1:55:00

7

Schupp

Mike

M50-59

KS

1:55:00

33

Malkames

Bob

M50-59

KS

2:05:18

16

Buckley

Michael

M40-49

KS

2:10:17

47

Crider

Joel

M30-39

KS

2:10:40

48

Toft

Julie

F40-49

KS

2:11:50

49

Webster

Deborah

F40-49

KS

2:11:50

25

Harbison

Bryan

M30-35

KS

2:12:00

40

Crisp

Larry

M50-59

MO

2:30:00

32

Latimer

Mona

F50-59

KS

2:35:00

24

Johnson

Debbie

F50-59

KS

2:38:00

39

Matthews

Hazel

F50-59

KS

2:39:00

 

Fruit Loops  (runners who registered the day of the race, even though they knew that the weather and course conditions would suck).

Bib No.

Last Name

First Name

Age Grp

State

Loop 1 time

Loop 2 time

Loop 3 time

Notes

45

Lesh

David

M50-59

KS

1:32:30

3:17:50

5:25:33

2nd-place overall

46

Ward

Howard

M40-49

MO

2:00:00

4:35:45

 

 

47

Crider

Joel

M30-39

KS

2:10:40

 

 

 

48

Toft

Julie

F40-49

KS

2:11:50

 

 

 

49

Webster

Deborah

F40-49

KS

2:11:50

 

 

 

 

Known Special Idiots* (finishers doing their first Ultra event).

Bib No.

Last Name

First Name

Age Grp

State

Loop 1 time

Loop 2 time

Loop 3 time

12

Jacquez

Mark

M20-29

KS

1:52:44

4:12:50

7:08:10

13

Dudley

Rick

M40-49

KS

2:31:00

5:30:15

8:58:10

14

Todd

Patrick

M20-29

MN

1:52:44

4:12:50

7:08:10

27

Sidwell

Paul

M20-29

MO

1:59:10

4:24:50

7:17:17

29

Smith

Rick

M30-39

KS

1:53:00

4:00:05

6:34:20

* Special Idiot: “Any idiot can run a marathon; it takes a special kind of idiot to run an ultra-marathon.” – Alan Cabelly

 

Psycho WyCo Run Toto Run 50k
Race Report by Rick Smith, (Participant)
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Executive Summary:

Thought I'd try the ultra thing. Borrowing some fitness from my marathon in early January, I signed up for the Psycho WyCo Run Toto Run 50k in Kansas City, Kansas. "WyCo" stands for Wyandotte County (Kansas), and the "Run Toto Run" was a held in Wyandotte County Park on the "Bridle Trails" that circle Wyandotte County Lake, easily one of the hilliest areas of the Kansas City metro. Run Toto Run is an obvious play off The Wizard of Oz. I will try to spare you the cliché analogies, mostly because I don't remember the Yellow Brick Road being so hilly, but I must admit that the volunteers did make the aid stations feel like the Emerald City with all their hospitality and wonderful selection of Munchkins...I mean, munchies. I went in just looking to finish and enjoy the laid-back ultra experience, and I managed to do just that.

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The Mud-Slinging Tale:

 

Nearly 50 people had signed up for this first-time race, organized by Kansas City ultrarunner and trail running advocate Ben Holmes. Despite 40-degree temps, a steady drizzle and guaranteed sucky conditions, five people of questionable intelligence signed up on race morning. Crazy. At the crack of dawn, 41 starters anxiously toed the line...well, it was more like standing around in the rain chatting, waiting for the start (this was an ultra, after all). Some last-minute direction from Ben, and we were off.

 

A 50k is not really much more than a marathon, but 31 miles on trails is
still plenty far to cover on foot. According to the pre-race literature:

 

"This is a 50-Kilometer TRAIL event. If you want a sissy paved course, this
isn't the race for you. The course is a 3-loop course run on the bridle
trails of Wyandotte County Lake Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The trails on
this course can be challenging due to rocks and roots and sometimes muddy conditions, and the constant barrage of rolling hills. But remember: This is Kansas, so how tough can it really be???" Oh, that Ben...he's a funny one.
Soon after the start, we left the safety of the parking lot and park roads and headed into the trails where we were greeted by a sign informing us that the trails "might be muddy." I might add that this is also where the "barrage of rolling hills" officially began.

 

He he, you're killing me, Ben. Killing me.

 

I planned to run the course in what I've read is typical ultrarunner fashion: run the flats and downhills and walk the steep uphills. Ideally, I could find an ultra veteran to help keep me patient.

 

I found plenty of ultra veterans around, but with nearly 75 percent of the
course a muddy mess, the flats and downhills were runnable/slideable, and walking the uphills was just as fast as trying to run most of them anyway. In some of the low spots, it was all I could do to keep my shoes on my feet and out of the ankle-deep slop.

 

The first loop went well. I hooked up with Tom, who informed me that he had run a couple marathons last weekend. Yeah, two marathons...last weekend. I figured anyone doing that sort of schedule would be sure to set a sensible pace (meaning he wouldn't go out too fast...I'm not sure the word "sensible" belongs anywhere near Mr. Double-Marathon-Weekend). The first loop was all about getting my bearings and determining what I could expect for the next two laps.

 

I finished the first lap in a little less than two hours...it had been a pretty comfortable lap, talking with Tom and taking plenty of time to enjoy
all the great offerings at the aid stations ("Scooby Snacks," warm soup,
Rice Krispie bars, Pringles, pretzels, cookies, Gatorade, coffee...you name
it, they had it.) I hoped I could maintain that pace (the running, not the
snacking) through the next two laps, but I also realized the mud would have something to say about that.

 

Tom had stopped to make some shoe adjustments, so I was on my own as I headed out for my second lap. It had quit raining, so I made a quick stop to change from my heavier fleece jacket into a lighter weight shirt, then it
was back into the trails. I soon caught up with Dann, Ben and Angie, and we covered the second lap as a group.

 

More good conversation, another leisurely aid station stop, and a familiar
course led us back to the end of the second loop in a little over two hours.
A little slower than the first loop, but most of it was probably due to a
little detour we took so Angie could show us a really cool concrete
overflow-drainage-funnel-thing that dropped water like a water park ride
around 75 feet straight down. Well worth a look, but it was a good thing we looked on the second loop...I think the vertigo would have been too much for me on the third lap, and the extra little distance wouldn't have been very welcome, either. Besides, I'm not sure the waiver covered a swimming and diving portion of the race.

 

By the end of the second loop, the mud was taking its toll, and my legs were taking notice. Nothing major, and it helped that I had a veteran ultrarunner in Dann hanging around to keep me company. Hard to complain much about a little 50k when Dann is rattling off near-death experiences and humorous encounters from various 50-milers, 100-milers and 24-hour runs he has done...

 

Third verse, same as the first. Dann and I made our way through the course at a steady pace, now traversing familiar terrain. For Dann, that meant having a pretty good idea how far to the next aid station or other landmark.  For me, it was more like one long, continuous deja vu: "Oh yeah, I remember this mud section. It comes right after that last mudslide we just came down and right before this next uphill where we try and grab the nearby limbs to keep from sliding backwards." The only place I consistently remembered from the previous two laps was Ben's "Mile 1" marker, placed somewhere between second and fifth miles of the 10-mile loop. Approximately 15 feet beyond the marker was Ben's "Just Kidding" marker. 

 

You a very funny man, Mr. Holmes!

 

Yet another leisurely aid station stop (had my first Starbucks Frappuccino
thing...Nectar from the Gods, I tell you) and increasing fatigue managed to
slow us down even more on the last loop, but no matter. We had both quit
"racing" early on, and just savoring the satisfaction that comes from a long
day in the beauty of the outdoors was more than enough. I'm convinced we could have had a slightly better finish time, but my enjoyment of the
experience far outweighed a few minutes here or there, especially since the conditions dictated so much of our pace. Besides, I might not have noticed the Scooby Snacks at the aid station.

 

Everyone who finished received "dog bone" finisher's medals, rough cut out of steel. Those finishing one or two loops received bones cut in half that read, "I bit off more than I could chew."

 

That Ben Holmes, he's such a cut-up.

 

Bottom line, a great first-timer experience. I might want to try another 50k sometime. Or I might want to try working up to a 50-miler someday. Or I may never do another ultra. No matter what, I can say that I have no regrets from choosing this one. It was well-run, with just the atmosphere and support I was looking for, and I'd recommend it to anyone...especially if they like mud.

 

Some pictures from the day can be found at http://tinyurl.com/3s55q.
Not me, but might as well have been:
http://tinyurl.com/6eskv.

 

Next year it’ll probably be snow and ice,

R~

Rick Smith
Sabetha, KS USA

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Angela Buckley - First Place Female - Only Female Finisher

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Mike Osborn - Overall Winner with 5:17:40

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