Race Report by Bob Reynolds:

“Participating in a Delaware Trail Dawgs event is like stepping back in time to a simpler era. They are low-key events without a lot of fuss and hype.

The Dawgs organize the venue and each participant creates their own experience.

Sign in when you start running and sign out when you’re done.  Bring along a food or liquid contribution for the aid stations and keep track of your own time and distance.  Awards are simple homemade items.

If no one claps for you at the finish line, it doesn’t mean they don’t like you.  It’s just that you didn’t whoop it up enough to let anyone know you were coming down the trail (or they couldn’t get their mittens off in time).

The North East corner of Maryland (Cecil County) is a beautiful rural landscape of rolling hills that go on for miles and miles.  The Fair Hill Natural Area (where the race is held) consists of 5,000 undeveloped acres shared by bikers, runners and the horsey set, although it is the latter who are probably most responsible for the conditions there.

The weather on Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 was perfect for running off-road.  Cold enough that mud was not a problem but warm enough that your fingers and ears didn’t freeze numb.”

Click here for the Photo Album of the Phunt 50-K race.

For captions and additional photos, check out Josh’s facebook album here » (requires registration/log-in)