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Local runners enjoy chance at competing in 82 mile race

Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Moments after crossing the finish line. Shown, from left: (standing) Kim Jackson, Jessie Keough, Travis Moran-driver (all of Mexico), and Susan Farrell (Vandalia). Sitting, from left: Amiee Myers (Mexico), Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell (Vandalia), and Dana Keller (Farber).

Moments after crossing the finish line. Shown, from left: (standing) Kim Jackson, Jessie Keough, Travis Moran-driver (all of Mexico), and Susan Farrell (Vandalia). Sitting, from left: Amiee Myers (Mexico), Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell (Vandalia), and Dana Keller (Farber).

Six area ladies recently formed a team and were among a select group of 200 teams that participated in “The GO! Missouri™” KT82 inaugural race on Saturday, August 30.
The one day, 82-mile trail relay, featuring scenic trails like the Katy Trail, started at Creve Coeur Park in St. Louis County and finished in Hermann, Mo.
Local runners included Vandalia’s Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell, Susan Farrell, Farber’s Dana Keller, and Mexico runners Jessie Keough, Amiee Myers, and Kim Jackson.
The team called “Farm Family” put their name in the hat for a lottery of 418 teams before being selected as one of 200 to participate.
The local ladies didn’t disappoint as they finished sixth place out of 27 other teams in the over 40 category in a race that began for them at 6 a.m. and ended 13.5 hours later around 7:20-7:25 p.m.
They also finished 130th out of 200 overall teams with a pace of 9:23 per mile. There were three and six person teams representing 19 different states in the race.
“It was just a great experience for all of us to come together,” said Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell. “To know you start at 6 a.m. and you know you’re going to run 82 miles in a day and to finish, and to have everybody encouraging you to do it…It  was fun to have all of the support…It was a really fun race. We all had a really good time.”
Teams began leaving the starting line at 4:45 a.m. in Creve Coeur Park as they were lined up based on previous one mile pace times.
There were 15-16 teams starting at any time.
Runners had a bracelet with a GPS device on it.
“When you got to the exchange, you took it off and slapped it on the next person’s wrist,” Goodpasture-Culwell said.
Travis Moran was the team’s driver for Team No. 74. He would drop the next runner off at the end of each leg of the race. The legs had different distances.
When Keller hurt her knee midway through the race, the remaining legs were split among the rest of the team members.
Free food and drink was served to the runners after the race.
Goodpasture-Culwell said her team was proud of their finish considering how they had a 10 minute delay at the conclusion of leg one when the group went to the wrong checkpoint.
Teams were comprised of three divisions-male, female, and mixed.