Road Trip! - Two cars, eight LPTRunners, and nothing but blacktop and cement separating us from a Saturday morning jaunt around Clinton Lake. Brain B., Saul, Marty KC, Joel, Christine, Hans, Jeff and I loaded up into two vehicles and headed south across Illinois.
This would be the third road-trip I’ve taken with Joel and Christine. They have an odd affinity for gas-station diners, and this trip was no exception. On a previous excursion, we ate at a diner that had a buffet served out of the chassis of an old car!? This time around, our pre-race eats were at an establishment whose claim to fame was that every entrée on the menu was all-u-can-eat. All of them. For no extra cost, we were also treated to a partial moon from one of the locals – The proverbial Plumber’s Union Card. Hard to eat much after that though…
All in all, it was “Oddly Satisfying”.
Next up was a restful night at the Wye Motel (Is it pronounced like “rye” as in rye-bread? –Because I found myself wondering WHY we were staying at a place where Joel had to heat his room with a hair-dryer the year before…).
Off to the race in the morning, where temps were in the mid to upper 40’s and would warm to the upper sixties by the afternoon. Trail conditions were dry and perfect as well. Couldn’t dream of better conditions!
The course consists of 3 ten-mile loops with an aid-station at the 5.5-mile mark. The trail was easy to follow as it meandered constantly up and down. Only a few of the hills were very long at all, but they were definitely numerous. Often the short down-hills would take sharp turns at the bottom, making for an exciting ride.
Joel and Christine are Clinton Lake veterans and former winners, so they were appropriately wearing bib numbers 1 & 2 at the line as the race started off exactly on time at 7:30am.
|Joel wins for the second year in a row!|
Christine also had a great run, breaking her own master’s record by clocking a 4:26:24. This was the second fastest time recorded by a female in the history of the race. Her time was also good for 4th overall –putting LPTRunners in 3 of the top four spots!
This is a very well organized race with super trails and lots of familiar faces. Let’s get an even bigger LPTR crowd out there next year!
Results will be posted here when available…
|Joel encourages me to go with him |
as he passes me at the 28 mile mark...