Runners endure blustery weather during 100 mile race

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 3/25/2013 10:14 am Published: 3/24/2013 11:04 pm

To run 50 to 100 miles the mind has to be as strong as the body. 

Over the weekend, 17 runners from Tulsa were elevated to another level of strong when weather conditions turned blustery. 17 runners from Tatur Racing in Tulsa competed in the Prairie Spirit Trail Race in Kansas this weekend.

The race entails joggers running from Ottawa, to Inola, Kansas and back. Members of Tatur Racing, Ken Childress, tells FOX23 the conditions created another element of difficulty.

“There was 8 inches of snow, sideways snow that was hitting your face,” said Childress, “you couldn’t see more than five feet in front of you.”

Childress says his concerns grew when the snow began to pile up along the trail.

“There was a point when I thought, if something happens and we twist an ankle," said Childress, “it could be bad.”

The Prairie Spirit Trail Race put another runner's desire to run to the test.

“I did not care what the weather was doing because I was determined to keep going,” said Danielle Martin of Tulsa.

The owner of Tatur Racing, Brian Hoover, was in Tulsa during the race. He told FOX23 he was concerned for the runners and for his wife who was participating in the race.

“It was very worrisome spending the night wondering if she was alright,” said Hoover.

Runners tell FOX23 the worry was over by 5 a.m. when the race was called. Members of Parks and Recreation found and transported runners off of the trails. Six runners were able to complete the race.

Martins’ will to run is stronger than Mother Nature. She says she will be back again to race. “I can’t let go of that 100 mile race,” said Martin, “I’ve got to get it.”

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