| Palo Duro Canyon 50km
October 20 , 2001
by Linda Hurd
|Here are the photos taken during our visit to Palo Duro Canyon State Park on Oct 20, 2001 for the Palo Duro 50km Trail Race. Sylvia, Homero, Mariela, and I had been training for this 50km trail race since the late spring. In late September, I noticed an intermittent pain in my right knee. The culprit was torn cartilage and I had arthroscopic surgery on Oct 9th. Eventhough I was not able to run in this trail race as planned, I was able to volunteer at aid stations and take photos during the race.
The Houston-area had good representation at this trail race.. about a dozen or so runners participated in this year's 3 events (20km, 50km, and 50 mile).
|The trail race took place in Palo Duro Canyon State Park about 25 miles
south of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle!
This photo shows Sylvia , Linda and Mariela at the entrance to the State Park.
For more information on the park see: http://www.palodurocanyon.com
|The Start/Finish Area was colorfully decorated with Texas flags and a US flag. The race started at 7:30am, about 20 minutes before sunrise to the sound of scottish bagpipes . The air temperature in the canyon was nippy.... in the upper 30's during the start of the race.|
|This photo was taken of Homero (at about the 6 mile mark) following the completion of
the first loop at the aid station located at Start/Finish Aid Station .
|A photo of Mariela at the end of first loop:|
A photo of Sylvia at the end of the first loop.
|Race Director "Red Spicer" at one of the aid stations|
|A view of the beautiful canyon|
|Mariela, Sylvia, and Homero by trail sign after completing the 50k race|
|The Sunflower Aid Station|
|Bill and Gigi at the Light House Aid Station.|
|Homero running along a section of the trail that parallels the park road.|