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By Voda Beth Gradine
Cousins Jennifer Strawn and Codie Hair were two of three people that finished the 100K Piney Woods Ultra race in Tyler, TX Saturday Sept. 18. This was a 62-mile course through the pine trees, hills with a good measure of humidity thrown in.
The race started at 7:00 a.m. Saturday. Codie completed the race at 11:13 p.m. after 16 hours 13 minutes. Jennifer was next finishing at 12:20 a.m. Sunday, after running for 17 hours 20 minutes.
Jennifer said the humidity caused problems with dehydration for the West Texas two.
“The last 12 miles was brutal. We couldn’t even drink water.”, said Jennifer.
This was the longest race she has competed in, previously running a 52-mile race.
Fifteen runners started the 100K race, with 10 men and 5 women competing. Another 250 runners were entered to run shorter distances. Runners ranged in age from 21 to 70-years old.
“My Pit Crew consisting of Donna Cowdrey and Karren Curtis. They are the reason I finished the race” Jennifer replied. “They supported me and encouraged me to keep going.”
Codie and Jennifer are Post High graduates in 1996 and 1999 respectively. Codie, the son of Donny and Carolyn Hair lives in Lubbock and is married to his wife Sarah. Jennifer is the daughter of Jay and Susan Strawn of Lubbock and is married to Cara Cash of Post.
The cousins plan to run a 100 mile run next February in Huntsville.