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Frigid morning doesn’t keep runners off the course for The Mid South

Frigid morning doesn't keep runners off the course for The Mid South

Yatika Fields of Stillwater leads a pack of runners on a snow-dusted road Friday morning on the course of the Mid South 50K. Fields was…

Saturday, Mar 12

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Yatika Fields of Stillwater leads a pack of runners on a snow-dusted road Friday morning on the course of the Mid South 50K. Fields was competing in the The Double, which means he was also planning to ride in the 100-mile cycling race Saturday. Everyone began in the snow, but only a few crossed the finish line with the evidence of winter’s long goodbye still in sight.

The Mid South, no longer content to be a gravel cycling race, officially began Friday morning with the the 50K ultramarathon and “The Double” – for those who will also attempt the 100-mile bike ride Saturday. The Mid South riders meeting was held Friday evening at block 34 in downtown Stillwater. Bobby Wintle, the charged race promoter, encouraged the crowd to push hard and have fun in today’s bicycle events. Chris Peters/Stillwater News Press Organizers moved up the times of the events in hopes that they could take off some of the early morning chill. It was still cold Friday morning, though “Director of Stoke” Bobby Wintle told the News Press they thought runners would have an easier time staying warm than Saturday’s riders. They have trailing jeeps throughout the course if the need arises.

“We have a number to call that goes into my office, where we have people set up that can track where the jeeps are in real-time. We can pinpoint who called, what mile marker they’re at and then our Jeeps pick them up and bring them back,” Wintle said. […]

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