Louis Joline from Blue Springs, MO (Male)
Occupation: Race Director
Age on race day: 71
2007 Blue Springs 50 Mile, 50K, 26.2 - Blue Springs, MO
This was my 129th marathon and I did not finish.
I consider myself an advanced runner and I primarily run for fitness. I began this race in 1995 to provide ultramarathon options to local runners. These are the only certified 50 mile and 50K runs in the state of Missouri as far as I know. All the state records have been set on the Blue Springs course.
I continue to enter 100 mile races, but in 2006 I was barely able to complete 50 miles due to pain in my right hip, and in 2007 I was able to make only 37 miles. My last decent run was in 2002 when I was age 70. I set a Kansas age group record of 3:38 in the marathon. I also broke a 14 year old age 70 record at the JFK 50 Mile.
The 2007 Blue Springs 50 Mile Ultramarathon was better than expected even though I wasn't able to finish. This is a small event on an easy and fast crushed stone course. It is very easy on the legs.