LHF 2010 Comments and stories are below.
1st, had a great time in the race this year even though I got caught up in traffic at the start but thats why I will be back next year...Then problem is that I have to bid for vacation days on December 3rd so can you tell me that date for next years run? I am assumming it will be around the 20th again and I want to be there....thanks again, very well run race and it was a great time
D D, Genoa Illinois
As soon as my husband’s uncle Doug found
out I was a runner, he started prepping me for the Living History Farms Race in Urbandale,
Iowa. He told me about the costumes, the creek crossings and the mud (lots about
the mud). Every time he talked about it, he had an ear-to-ear grin and a joyful glow
coming from inside. There was no doubt this was a beloved race, but I kept turning
down his invitation. Some people call it “cross country,” some say it is “extreme
off road.” The website says it’s “the largest cross country race in North America.”
But, after venturing into the below-freezing weather on Saturday morning, I’ll attest
that it’s unclassifiable!
What fantastic coverage on the website, with so many pictures, letters and results all so quick and easy to browse. Sure hope all the people responsible can keep having fun putting on the race, because I think you are right on target. As a race committe member for some small races and some large ones for about twenty years, Living History is the best production I have ever seen, hands down.
Peter Hawley, President, Hartford Track Club,
Chairman, Masters & LDR, USATF/Connecticut.
I really liked all the costumes, but I loved
the Santa and reindeer group. Even though I didn t get to see them grazing in the
field, my husband and other friends said they got to see that. How adorable! Did
anyone see if Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion & Scarecrow skipped along? J
The picture on the race results page I recognized
as my own. Yes, my spandex were too short! Yes, my smartwool socks still allowed
my feet to be cold! Yes, my Adidas trail shoes still allowed me to slip and slide
on some of the creek crossings and ravines. Did I have fun? Absolutely! It was a
fantastic race! Looking forward to next year!
It was my 3rd year running the race. Each
year I love it more and more. Thanks for everything. Great event. It is not easy
pulling this type of event off but you have done an incredible job. Keep up the great
THANK YOU for all of the volunteers and race directors for a fantastic and fun event. I have done a few marathons and other races, but this was the most fun I have had. It was far more than I expected. It was worth getting up at 3 AM to get on our Team Red bus from Byron, Minnesota. I can't think of one bad thing. The weather was great, fan support wonderful, and amazing plentiful food. Great to see so many runners of all levels out moving and enjoying a fun event. Love the finishers shirt. Hats off to all of you. I will be back. Dalene from Rochester, Minnesota
ROCK ON! It was cold, wet and brutal - but I crossed the finish line with plenty of room for bragging rights. I'm coming back in 2011 with some prime creek crossing training under my belt.
We had a GREAT time this year! This was my
fifth year, and my 12-year-old son's first. He got tired of waiting for mom after
2 miles and ditched me; despite face-planting in a stream, he still finished in 1:11
(25 minutes ahead of me) with a huge smile on his face! We can't wait for next year!
When will it be? Is the date set yet?
Year 33! We have the race scheduled for the 19th of Nov. 2011. Its the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day. Be sure and it on your calendar.
Ran the LHF race for the first time in 15 years. My 12 year old daughter and I had a blast. You couldn't pry the smiles off of our faces, even when stuffing them with beef stew and pumpkin bread. Thanks to all of the volunteers. We will be back.
Thanks again for a wonderful race experience.
I do approximately 20 races a year, from marathons, triathlons, a handful of Half
Ironmans, Exterra Triathlons, and mountain bike races. I travel all over the country.
LHF remains one my favorite races, each and every year. The athletes, and especially
the cross country teams, make it a fun, enjoyable atmosphere. You have it organized
very well, given the space constraints that you have to work with. This race is certainly
not for everyone, but for the right person, it's perfect.
What an amazing experience. I ran the race
with my 17 and 12 year old daughters. This was by far the furthest I had ever ran
in my life and I had a smile on my face the entire time... it was like being a kid
again. My wife and I are already discussing arrangements for our four year old for
next year so that she can join us. I had heard about this event when I first moved
to Iowa five years ago and I was intrigued at the time. I am SO glad we decided to
run this year (our first year). I have never competed in an event where everyone
is just happy to be there. Keep up the great work and see you next year.
I love your race and look forward to it every year! My 13 year-old son ran for the second time and we both had a blast. Everything is super well-done and organized. I like that you e-mailed the registration numbers prior to packet pick-up, It was nice to be able to skip one step in the process. It did seem like there was more walking/waiting in line during the race this year because of the large number of participants. I know that you limit the number, but were there more people this time?? Both my son and I had times that were about twenty minutes slower than last year....believe me, we don't worry about our times, but it did seem way more crowded than it has in the past! Thanks again for a wonderful time and kudos to all of the dedicated people that make this race what it is!
This was my third race in a row and again
I had a blast! My husband couldn't run with me this year so I invited my friend Melinda.
She had never run more than 3 miles or so. I thought for sure she'd give up and walk
half of it -- as she was threatening to! I was pleasantly surprised when she only
walked the last "killer hill" part way and otherwise ran the course. We
had so much fun. At one point I almost peed on myself laughing so hard when her leg
slipped off the log she was crossing and she was wet up to her thigh! At the end
of the course she told me how much she enjoyed herself and liked the way the race
was set-up; that it definitely wasn't boring. She would like to run again next year.
This was my first time running LHF, and I
had a blast! The course was incredibly well-marked, the obstacles were challenging,
and the volunteers and crowds were absolutely wonderful. I was surprised at how willing
other racers were to stop to give a tug up the slippery banks or a push at the top
of the rope climbs. It was like being on an 8,000-member cross country team. A big
(albeit muddy), Thank you! to everyone who worked so hard to put on this race!!
Just wanted to let you know that I had a
great time yesterday! As usual, the event was well run and I'll no doubt be back
I saw some of the letters that were written
complaining about the event. I wanted to write and tell you about my experience.
:) This was the most fun race EVER!
Thank you for the awesome experience! Everything
was so well organized, everyone was friendly, and the mud and mess was exactly what
we signed up for.
I loved the race! The course was fun and
exciting every step of the way. It is something that I am definitely going to try
to do every year!
We've tried this in the past and it hasn't really done much but we are willing to give it another try. maybe the younger generation is more willing to follw directions.
Another wonderful job steve. Thanks for this and all the great stuff you do. Next year I won't harass you on tv.
Results are here
I am sorry to say that I did NOT enjoy my time today as I ran this LHF race. There were WAY too many people so half of the time was spent walking not by choice because there were so many people in my way. The second complaint I have is that there were no water stations. I seriously cannot believe that a 7 mile course would not provide water stations and no i'm not going to drink the water in the creek as one of the staff memebers told me to do. I saw 3 different men urinating in there and it was quite sickening. I was very disappointed and I will not be running this race again in the future.
One more complaint. My team got there 2 hours early to get a good parking spot, and we were directed to park all the way by the girl scout club, literally in the corner right by the road, yet we're seeing other cars directed to go by and park closer to the starting line. I dont' understand what type of program is being run here. There were plenty of spots closer to the start of the race and we arrived before Hickman was even backed up, yet we had to park the farthest away. Again I'm very diappointed and I will never be running this race again.
Again, I want to say that I am sorry for your experience. We try to let people know what it is going to be like with all of the pre-race publicity. I knew on Thursday that I was going to have some newbies when I got the email regarding "if the race will be rescheduled in the case of rain and too much mud". Some events are just not to everyone's taste.
Steve Bobenhouse, Race representative
Results are here
Whatta fantastic, well-planned event! Even down to the details of car-parking...directions were given from the entrance to the actual stall to park in! Just one complaint, though...I can handle the guys dressed in only speedos...but thongs??? In our running group, we had two guys dressed in thongs with their behinds totally exposed. Even the girls in our grouping were discussed with having to run behind them. I feel sorry for the people who had to follow them up the creek embankments!!!
This was a bucket list race for me since
I started back running last year. Not only did I check it off this year, but plan
to make it an annual event, along with Dam to Dam. 7 miles of cold, wet, hilly mud.
It was a blast. Who knew?
Thanks for an awesome run! This was my first
LHF Race and I'll be back next year for sure. I was getting worried during the first
couple miles that it wasn't going to be messy enough, but by the end, I was caked
with mud. Good stuff! The beef stew, chocolate milk, hot cider, doughnuts, pumpkin
bread and cookies at the end were very much appreciated.
This is why we ask you not to do this. This is the first letter that I received this year.
Hello, I want to apologize for two entries, and hopefully, the results can be changed. Xxxxxxxx xxxxxxx and xxxxxxx xxxxxxx are 2 of my cross country runners. They slept in today, and we had to leave them in Omaha. My friend and his friend said that he wanted to run but didn't have a number. So I let him use the girls numbers. We did NOT win the XX XXXX title, although I would hope that one day we will. Here are the 2 guys names and ages.
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