Ozark Foothills trail 50K: A Great Start To My 2019 Running Season

by Jesse Mendoza

On the weekend of April 6th, 2019, I took a trip down to Wildwood, Missouri to run the Ozark Foothills 50k trail race put on by the Terrain Trail Runners, who are based in St. Louis, MO.

It’s a beautiful course run on the fast and challenging trails at Greensfelder Park in Wildwood, MO., located about 45 minutes southwest of St. Louis, MO.

The course is mostly single track, and the ankle deep mud with some rather tricky creek crossings made it all that more interesting.

Spring was just starting to turn things green here, but the rather bland scenery was made all the more spectacular by a lingering morning fog in the higher elevations turned aglow by the rising sun.

My run went better than expected. I felt a bit undertrained going into the race, but I was determined to finish. That was made all the more certain after completing the first 15 mile loop…

I wanted to experience it all again.

Finish time: 9h:12m:02s

Official race photos by Rick Mayo of Mile 90 Photography.

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