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The Cowboy 200 came through O'Neill on Sunday at 12:03 a.m. when most of us were in bed, not dreaming of finishing a 200-mile trek across the Sandhills of Nebraska.
The 200 race began at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in Norfolk, started at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park and ended in Valentine, with O'Neill being one of the aid stations at 85.4 miles. The O'Neill station gave contestants a place to get a hot meal and some sleep and resupply. The contestants were required to run the race in at least 84 hours.
A second race started on Sunday at 7 a.m. the Cowboy 100 continued to the same ending as the 200 in Valentine.
Nic Chiri of West Point, Iowa, was the first contestant in O'Neill. This was Chiri's first 200 race, and he said he tried to keep a 12-mile pace per hour. The second runner to our fair city was Jack Carey of New Orleans, LA who checked in at 12:03 a.m.
There were nine full-manned aid stations along the 200-mile route (not including the start and finish). They were located in towns along the way. Ten unmanned aid stations had water and the carbohydrate/electrolyte beverage.
Total-manned aid stations had a variety of typical runner's food.
The 200 started in Norfolk with 58 runners with 46 making it to the check-in at the O'Neill station. Andrew Fehringer of O'Neill made the run starting in Norfolk and checked in to O'Neill at 10:20 a.m. on Sunday.
Fehringer finished the race on Tuesday around 11 a.m. with a time of 77:16:38. Reports from Fehringer's wife said it had been rough for Andrew.
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