About 450 runners will be in for a long day Saturday at the 25th running of the Palo Duro Trail Run. It was begun by the colorful Red Spicer many years ago, which neatly combined his love of running and Palo Duro Canyon.
Red is no longer with us, but his legacy remains with this run. Runners will be arriving all over the state on Friday to get ready for Saturday's run on the canyon's many trails.
The shortest of the three runs is a 20K, which is 12.2 miles. About 230 will compete in the 7:30 a.m. run. The longer two runs are the 50K (a little more than 30 miles) and the 50-miler. Those start at 7 a.m. with 100 runners each.
Two runners from the Austin area, Brenda Rogers and John Brown, met a year ago when they run the 50K. They dated and had planned to run again and get married on Sunday. Plans have changed somewhat. As of midweek, the two planned to get married before the run and then have a breakfast celebration Sunday.
No doubt, Red would have loved that.