More than a marathonPublished 10:49am Tuesday, March 26, 2013
By Ed Bailey, Outlook Sports Editor
Seventy-six runners from six states descended upon Russell Crossroads to take part in the Lake Martin 50-mile run and 27-mile fun run.
Runners from different areas of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Ohio and Texas all participated.
“We considered 50 runners overall a good turnout, so we were thrilled that we reached over 75, which was around the max limit we could take,” said David Tosch, Lake Martin 50 race coordinator.
Bradley Owen of Birmingham finished the 27-mile race first, coming in with a time of 3:23:08. Montevallo native Sally Evenden finished the 27-mile race first for the women, coming in with a time of 4:55:08.
Tosch said the race was able to spotlight what he and some runners considered one of the more aesthetically pleasing sites to jog.
“It shows off Russell Lands to people who wouldn’t even know there was a lake was out here,” Tosch said. “People were so impressed with the course. It’s such a pretty place, and it’s an enjoyable course. The developers did a great job with it.”
Birmingham native Logan Cook, who finished third in the 27-mile run with a time of 4:39:23, said the course was a pleasant surprise.
“The course is very good – it’s not as technical as I’d thought it was going to be,” Cook said. “It’s just beautiful out here – this whole area is beautiful. I’ll definitely be back out here next year.”
Tosch said that despite the amount of time and planning that goes into the events, the end result is always worth it.
“One of the great things about this is that you get to know people you’ve never met before,” he said. “It’s fun putting these races on. It’s a lot of work, but I love putting them on.”