Dogwood Canyon 50K

21 Jul 2011 08:00
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Focus on a race

Hello, on October 23rd 2011, you’ll be organizing the Dogwood Canyon 50K Trail Run. Can you tell us where it is located?

It is located in Dogwood Canyon State Park in Lampe, Missouri.

How old is the race and why was it created in the first place?

The race is in its third year and was created to challenge runners and encourage another avenue of adventure and fitness.

What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it?

The route is challenging with hills, streams and plenty of adventure. It is probably the most challenging route in the Midwest. It is also one of the most beautiful routes around. I would describe is as a challenging adventure.

What's the Rush?
Credit : Darin House
How many runners do you expect on Sunday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract?

The 50K will draw about 100 participants. They are generally folks who like challenge and are looking for a way to gain personal satisfaction from completing this event.

Do you organize other races during the Week-End? If so, on what distances?

We will have a 25K and a 15K. The day before the trail runs we are having a ROGAINE Race.

At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect?

Cold, dry weather in the morning warming up to mild weather as the day goes on.

Silent Reflections
Credit : Darin House
Have you planned festivities around the marathon?

Our marathon weekend happens two weeks after our trail runs. We will have a full, half, relay, 5K, pasta dinner, and wellness walk that weekend.

The race finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Lampe before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing?

Take advantage of the park and the area. It is a beautiful place, worth spending a day in the area just to explore. I would recommend staying at Big Cedar Lodge, eating at their restaurant and then driving through Lampe and the surrounding area.

I would recommend exploring the trails and the park as a whole.

In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the Dogwood Canyon 50K Trail Run?

The Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs, open only to those running these events, are designed for those runners wanting to challenge themselves while being able to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Dogwood Canyon.


Interview with Melissa Bondy who is coordinating the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival, which includes the Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs.