Monday, May 08, 2006

Strolling Jim 40 Mile

Strolling Jim 40 Mile

Saturday, May 6, 2006

The 28th annual Strolling Jim race was held on Saturday, May 6, 2006 in
Wartrace, TN.

This year brought about some new changes. Long-time race director, Gary Cantrell, handed off his responsibility to a very capable and enthusiastic Philip Gentry and there were aid stations set up providing water, sports drinks, sliced fruit, and veggies.  In past years, aid had consisted of gallon jugs of water placed on the sides of the road.

The morning, for the early start runners at 5 a.m., was a cool 49
degrees with fog. The sky was partly cloudy to cloudy with a cool breeze making it a great day for a race.

There were a total of 69 runners from the early and the regular starts that toed the line.

This year proved to be an exciting race with rivals Dink Taylor and
Dewayne Satterfield of Alabama exchanging first and second places
several times during the race. Dink ultimately won with the time of
4:48:56 with Dewayne coming in at 4:52:28.

The overall winner in the ladies division was Chrissy Ferguson of
Arkansas with a fast time of 6:48:14 with Peggy Wise of Florida
finishing in second place at 7:23:08.

David Jones of Eagleville, TN, running his 18th year, won the Masters
Division for the ninth time clocking in at 5:19:46.  David was racing
with a stress fracture in his foot making this his slowest finish time
at the Strolling Jim. David will be running Badwater 135 Mile Race in
Death Valley, CA this July.

Many thanks and appreciations are given to the race director, the
volunteers and to the sponsors who all worked together in putting on a
superb event.

This 40 mile loop course is not only challenging, but it winds its way
throughout some of the most scenic countryside to be had in this part of the state.  It is a "must do" on any long distance runner's itinerary.

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