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ing, and when he retired, he bought a boat, eventually sailing from Maryland to Galveston when the Lembkes moved to Texas. That’s when he picked up the nickname “Capt’n Karl.” “[My fatherin-law] was a great guy, very gregarious. Outdoorsy but not necessarily athletic,” remembered Quinn, “and so doing a trail race, what with the sense of camaraderie that goes with the trail running community, seemed like a perfect way to celebrate his life.” And so Nyla and Brad Quinn founded the Capt’n Karl’s NightTime Trail Run. The first year of the event, 2006, Quinn Eloise Lembke designs all awards with a nautical theme modeled Capt’n Karl’s after Relay for Life. to honor Capt'n Karl There were two nighttime runs of six- and 12-hours, and the winner was whoever covered the most distance in that time. The race logo came from a 30-year-old caricature the family had, and a subtle nautical theme for awards was chosen to further salute Capt’n Karl. Lembke enjoyed the festivities but, sadly, he died six weeks after that first race, succumbing to cancer at the age of 70. His wife, Eloise, took up painting to keep herself busy and found a talent which translated to the race; she created the artwork for the 2007 race awards and those thereafter, always keeping to a nautical theme in Capt’n Karl’s memory. Quinn has used the race as a fundraiser for a variety of nonprofits. “We want to spread the money around as much as possible,” he explained. The first year, a donation was made to the American Cancer Society, the group that originally sparked Quinn’s idea. For a few years, Cuisine for Healing, a nonprofit organization based in Fort Worth whose mission is to “make nutritious, delicious food readily available to people combatting disease while providing education about the power of healing food,” was the race beneficiary. The trail running community is small and tight, and choosing Cuisine for Healing was personal. Kyle Wilkie, who manages data collection and event timing, is currently on Cuisine for Healing’s board and his sister founded the organization. Last year’s race donation was made to the Phoenix Center in Marble Falls, which provides free after-school programs as well as therapy for children with behavioral or emotional needs. Over and over, Quinn talked about the feeling of family he associates with the event. Friends Joe and Joyce Prusaitis came on to help co-direct the race, making the event a joint project between Team Traverse and the Prusaitis’ company, Tejas Trails: “The race has brought the four of us together; we’re very close,” explained Quinn. The Quinn’s four children (ages 4, 6, 7, and 10) help out with everything from registration to working aid stations to course marking and tear down. “This is a great way to promote family and keep their grandfather’s memory alive,” said Quinn. Capt’n Karl’s has changed from the original format of a timed event to a multievent format of three races of 10K, 30K, and 60K. There’s no longer an event at Inks Lake, and the series has grown to four races at a variety of beautiful and challenging sites. What hasn’t changed, though, is that trail runners come to enjoy running through the night, sitting afterwards to eat burgers, share a cold one, and swap stories while waiting to cheer in the last runners. Every race starts with a few words about the event’s namesake and ends with a beautiful testament to Capt’n Karl and his family in the form of Eloise’s artwork. And every year, the smiling face of Capt’n Karl on the event logo welcomes new and experienced trail runners to the dark side of trail running. afm

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June 2012 - The Outside Issue  

The Outside Issue with #1 Cable Wakeboarder, Tom Fooshee, as the cover feature.