As the sounds of Glad You Came Mobile DJ’s fades into the distance, Mile 9 completes the loop around Spring Lake Park. Now you shoot off into the surrounding neighborhoods. Before you go, though, let’s explain why the trail you’re on is called the Phillip McDougal Trail.
Here’s a little about Phillip and his spouse Holly, written by our race director, Julie-Ray Harrison:
Phillip McDougal was devoted to his wife, Holly, their little girl, Gracie, and his extended family. He enjoyed life and loved outdoor adventures such as hiking, biking, or running. Despite his youth and fun outlook, Phillip had a lot of responsibility and weight on his shoulders. His young wife, Holly, had recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor and he was owner of The McDougal Group and General Construction Company. Phillip was scarcely 35 years old when he was hit and killed by a hit and run driver while riding his bicycle on nearby Summerhill Road.
Holly and Phillip were high school sweethearts. Holly, the love of Phillip’s life, was fun and quick to laugh. Her heart was broken by Phillip’s death, but it was her brain tumor that ended her life just three years later at age 38.
Once you leave the Phillip McDougal Trail, you’re hitting the streets in the neighborhoods south of the park. Although there are many hills in this area, you’ll have no problem staying motivated here. Many spectators were out last year around these neighborhoods and we expect this year to be equally as busy.
If you missed the water station along the Phillip McDougal Trail early in Mile 9, don’t worry. There’s another one coming up early in Mile 10….and maybe a surprise, too…..
Some pics of former races: