I also want to especially thank Brian Hoover! Please, please shop at Runner's World Tulsa which Brian co-owns with his great wife Kathy. http://runnersworldtulsa.com/
And should you ever find yourself involved with a race, please use TATUR Timing service. Brian was absolutely amazing in not just timing the race but making it extra special for all those who finished. Brian does not just get the results done, he works with you many weeks ahead of the race, extensively the night before and then goes out of his way to make the race special. You can really tell that Brian loves managing races because I think it makes him feel good making others feel good. It is worth every penny! http://tatur.org/new-t-timing.html
|Nervous runners at the start line.|
Unfortunately the weatherman was way off. It was very cold, cloudy and windy at the top of the hill but that did not deter a record 100 runners from attempting to conquer it. Each runner is fighting their own battle to just keep those legs moving and for many that return year after year they may just be lucky enough to beat their time from a previous year and in a small way defy the aging process.
Once again, it was a tough race at the front as Oscar Reyes, a 19 year old Rogers State University Cross-Country runner pulled out to a sizeable lead of at least 100 meters or more. Last year's champion Josh Snyder was in pursuit. Josh had just raced an 11K race the day before (11/11/11) and would say later that he was feeling it a bit and he began to slow down around mile two after a jack rabbit start. I moved into second and unbelievably found myself passing the youngster at mile 3 1/2!
|Smiling Oscar Reyes is King of the Hill in 2011|
|Maggie Pickhardt is Queen of the Hill in 2011!|
|Prince of the Hill - Cameron Plate|
|Stihl Snyder on his way to becoming the youngest ever finisher!|
|Not Over the Hill Yet - 83 Years Young! - Oakland DeMoss Breaks His Own Record|
|Lucky for the younger runners, Bryan Miller is 55.|
|Looking half her age - Lynna Gilstrap|
|72 Years Young Greg Bourns Battles 8 Time Finisher Gunther The Great|
Overall results can be found at http://www.oksportsandfitness.com/race-results.php
Pictures can be found at http://photos2.walmart.com/walmart/groups/whh-2011