Proudfoot gears up for ultra race

By | Published Thursday, July 1, 2010

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After running a few half marathons, Adrian Proudfoot wanted to challenge himself and take on a longer race.

But the former saddle-bronc rider decided to skip past the marathon and to run a 50K (31 miles) ultra-marathon. Proudfoot will take on the fourth annual El Scorcho July 25 at Trinity Park in Fort Worth. He is using the race to help raise money for his son’s school, Royal Christian Academy of Boyd.

“I haven’t ran a marathon before, just a bunch of half marathons and other races,” said Proudfoot with the Australian accent that he still carries after coming to the United States 13 years ago. “I ran into a few ultra people, and they seem like a good crew to hang with.”

Proudfoot, 39, came to the country and North Texas to rodeo and after three years, suffering an injury that ended his career in the arena, he decided to stay in the area.

“I figured I better go get a job,” said Proudfoot, who now works for Chesapeake Energy.

Growing up in Australia, he always ran.

“We lived by an Aborigines community, and I ran with them,” Proudfoot said. “I always loved to run. A year ago, I started to do some halves.”

Proudfoot has turned in an impressive personal-best of 1:30 in a half marathon. For the 31-mile El Scorcho he is shooting for under five hours.

“The cutoff is seven hours,” Proudfoot said. “I hope to finish it in under five hours. All the training runs have been working out so far.”

To prepare, he has been running 50 to 50 miles per week. This week he was planning to run 70 miles with back-to-back 20 milers.

He is doing a majority of his running at night, which will prepare him for the unique El Scorcho, which begins at midnight.

The popular event, which has quickly sold out its 500 spots each year, has runners making 3.1-mile loops around Trinity Park for the 25K and 50K events.

“At least, you’re always close to where you started,” Proudfoot said.

While giving himself a challenge, Proudfoot is also using the event to help the school his son, Jack, attends. He is taking pledges to raise money for the self-funded private school

“They are just starting off and I thought this would be a great way to use my running to raise money for the school,” Proudfoot said. “It’s a small, Christian-based school that is trying to get going. They are self-funded and only get money from tuition and donations.”

Donors can pledge an amount per mile or make a donation. Pledges and donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1372, Boyd, TX 76023.

Group turns out for CASA 5K

Runners from across the area took on the hilly Speak Up for the Kids CASA 5K June 19 in Decatur.

Jeff Dorrill of Dallas won the event in 20:21. He narrowly beat the overall female winner, Fiona Green of Keller, who crossed the finish line in 20:45.

Local Race Calendar

July 3, Liberty Run 5K, Denton, 7:30 a.m., North Lakes Park. For information, call (940) 349-7275.

July 4, Trophy Club Fourth of July 5K, 7 a.m., Byron Nelson High School. For information, call (682) 831-4603 or visit

Race Results

Speak up for the Kids CASA 5K
June 19, Decatur

Male winner: Jeff Dorrill, Dallas, 20:21.3

Female winner: Fiona Green, Keller, 20:45.5

Male results

0-14: 1. Keygun Beaver, Alvord, 27:10; 2. Colton Unger, Decatur, 33:03.3

20-24: 1. Clayton Stanford, Red Oak, 27.44.3

25-29: 1. Jason Martin, Runaway Bay, 33.01.2; 2. Zachary Berrier, Decatur, 46:55.2; 3. Jon Llewellyn, Chico, 53:20.9

35-39: 1. Mark Fitzgerald, Decatur, 28:32.1; 2. David Cannon, Cypress, 35:06.6

40-44: 1. Robert Lane, Jacksboro, 22:19.6; 2. Todd Maxey, Telephone, 30:36.9; 3. Michael Carrillo, Decatur, 33:29.5; 4. Wesley Cannon, Decatur, 35:08.1; 5. Coy Gray, Fort Worth, 36:35.2

45-49: 1. Jeff Dorrill, Dallas, 20:21.3; 2. Tom Armstrong, Ball Ground, Ga., 21.20.2; 3. Ron Johnson, Deccatur, 23:47.5; 5. Joey Gauger, Bedford, 25:12.6; 6. Chris Noell, Red Oak, 28:13.1

50-over: 1. Perrin Wells, Mountain Home, 21:07.8; 2. Paul Pineider, Grapevine, 25:06.2; 3. Steven Dzierba, Grapevine, 27:03.6; 4. Stephen Brown, Lewisville, 27:23.2; 5. Blane Wilson, Boyd, 29:42.7; 6. Bill Weaver, Fort Worth, 33:21; 7. Ken Cannon, Decatur, 38:11.9; 8. Ron Johnson, Decatur, 45:30.9

Female results

0-14: 1. Angela Powers, Decatur, 24:36.9; 2. Monika Qualls, Paradise, 27:11.7; 3. Hannah Love, Bridgeport, 30:19.3

15-19: 1. Lindsay Maxey, Telephone, 29:29.7; 2. Jamee Ruhl, Rhome, 58:18.5

20-24: 1. Katy Anderson, Decatur, 51:20.3; 2. Courtney Driskill, Decatur, 21.23.9

25-29: 1. Carrie Polhemus, Bowie, 27:19.0; 2. Mandy Bourgeois, Boyd, 30:48.9; 3. Michelle Craig, Arlington, 36:12.6; 4. Sophie Draffin, Arlington, 36:13.7; 5. Ashley Berrier, Decatur, 46:55

30-34: 1. Melissa Gauger, Bedford, 29:03.6; 2. Jami Montgomery, Rhome, 33:45.5; 3. Jessica Murphy, Decatur, 39:27.1

35-39: 1. Marsha Saye, Flower Mound, 27:24.5; 2. Sarah Lane, Jacksboro, 28:07.5; 3. Kris Love, Bridgeport, 30:36.0; 4. Carol Lynch, Decatur, 51:19.2

40-44: 1. Connie Armstrong, Ball Ground, Ga., 27:08.8; 2. Michelle Hancock, Decatur, 30:34.8; 3. Kris Cannon, Decatur, 38:13; 4. Martha Carrillo, Decatur, 39:28.4; 5. Cathy Paden, Slaton, 45:26.4; 6. Margaret Hunt, Bowie, 58:21.7

45-49: 1. Fiona Green, Keller, 20:45.5; 2. Cathy Buchanan, Decatur, 23:34.0; 3. Cheryl White, Southlake, 33:18.7; 4. Jacqueline Noell, Red Oak, 36:11.5; 5. Mary Taylor, Crowley, 37:58.7; 6. Vickie Carter, Rhome, 45:27.2

50-over: 1. Priscilla Reese, Arlington, 25:02.2; 2. Deeann Wood, Runaway Bay, 40:02.8; 3. Joelle Cannon, Decatur, 41:32.8; 4. Darla Bowyer, Bridgeport, 53:18.9; 5. Coy Stephens, Decatur, 58.08.1

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