The 2011 Buckeye Woods 50K turned out to be just as challenging as the 2010 version. 2010 gave us a snowstorm with strong, cold winds. 2011 came with rain, wind and mud. Although the mud only covered about half the course (the other half was crushed limestone that drained well), there was enough of it for everyone to enjoy six times over.
The race took place at Buckeye Woods County Park in Medina, Ohio. Runners began with a 1-mile run, followed by six 5-mile loops through the park on the muddy trails. Twenty-seven runners started or ran at some point, and thirteen of them completed the race.
After some lead changes in the early laps, Bob Pokorny took control of the race, and never let up. Bob cruised to a 4:22 victory to become the 2011 Men's Champion. Dan Horvath (4:50), and Frank Dwyer (5:01) placed second and third.
Michelle Wolff had been considering dropping out due to the conditions. Then she learned that all of the other women had dropped, and she was the only female left. After some encouragement from fellow runners and volunteers, she kept going, and going and going. She finished in 6:01 to become the 2011 Women's Champion.
BW50K is a Medina County Road Runners Event.
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