This Saturday brought a sunny cold day and 150 runners out to Bryan Park in Greensboro to compete in the classic winter trail run – The Lakeside Trail Race, put on by veteran race director, John Doggett. About 45 athletes completed the 15 mile distance and 105 took on the 8 mile course. Despite the below-freezing temperatures at the start, the runners were excited to go at 10am and warmed up quickly once they hit the trails.
About an hour later, the first finishers of the 8 mile race crossed the line, sweating and smiling. In first place was Danny McCormick of Greensboro with a time of 01:02:19 and just behind him was the first place female, Rebecca Kefer of Kernersville, at a time of 01:04:48. In second place for the males we had Jose Solano of Lexington at 01:05:14, followed by Rick Dutch of Greensboro with a time of 01:05:55 in third. Julie Wanless of Trinity took second place overall for the 8 mile females at 01:12:53 and Liana Blue of Greensboro, with a time of 01:14:38, completed the podium.
At 01:52:30, our first 15 mile finisher – Shannon Scott of Jamestown – triumphantly crossed the line with a fairly healthy lead. The second overall male finisher was Justin Lippy from Midlothian, VA with a time of 02:01:06 and third place was Dave Sobie of Winston Salem at 02:04:14. The female 15 milers were led by Sara Harmon who finished in a time of 02:18:20. Katherine Gerow Jones of Greensboro took second at 02:26:22, followed by Ilana Jaspers of Carborro with a time of 02:28:57.
We couldn’t think of a better way to start 2015 than with a long trail run with the sun shining and the trails in great condition. Participants of the 2014 race still swap battle stories of the trail that was more waterfall than trail last year and were delighted to keep their feet dry this weekend. Race director Doggett had cups of nice hot chicken broth and snacks to help runners recover after the race. Overall it was a great morning and everyone left satisfied and ready to enjoy the rest of their weekend.
Now, with the first race under their belts, local runners are looking forward to the next race in the 2015 Trivium Running Race Series – the brand new Northern Trails Marathon and Ten Miler on March 15th. Those who competed Saturday have already racked up points for their overall and age group placement. Let’s see how the standings hold up after a second race!