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Texas Trail Runs 50/20 km 2009 Results

Texas-trail-runs-rootsIs it racing season in the Texas. Wow, another trail race has come and gone.

The Texas Trail Runs 50km and 20km event occurred last weekend at Huntsville State park located in the south east portion of the state and had over 300 athletes playing on the well groomed, root scattered trail.

This event is the resurrection of the recently deceased SunMart 50 trail run. SunMart had to draw the largest number of trail runners for any event in this state. It is great to see another event filling the void.

The Course

The 20km course consisted of a fairly short out and back segment followed by a loop around Lake Raven.

The 50km course had runners traverse a unique 6.5 mile loop and then two of the 20km loops.

I would consider the course to have rolling terrain. Much of it can be ran if you have the engine.

course map

The Results

(My translation based on the results.)

20 km

The 20km race had 128 athletes enjoying the brisk morning.

The male race had Stephen Milford and Nathan Winkelman…well, racing. An average pace difference of three seconds per mile separated the two speedsters with Milford winning with a time of 1:25:43 and Winkelman finishing 44 seconds later.

Top 3 male (gun time):

  1. Stephen Milford – 1:25:43
  2. Nathan Winkleman – 1:26:27
  3. Larry Langcaster – 1:29:24

Average male finish time: 2:05

The famale race appeared just as exciting between Jennifer Dean and Leah Critchley. An average of four seconds per mile separated the two athletes as Dean out ran Critchley by 54 seconds with a time of 1:34:55. These athletes were sixth and seventh overall as well!

Top 3 female (gun time):

  1. Jennifer Dean – 1:34:55 (6th overall)
  2. Leah Critchley – 1:35:49 (7th overall)
  3. Dianne Garban – 1:47:38

Average female finish time: 2:39.

50 km

The 50 km trail run had 184 athletes looking to test themselves.

The female race saw Liz Pinches progressively move through the field with each lap and literally ran away with the win. Pinches smoked the course averaging 8:45 min/mile and had the second fastest third loop among all the athletes. Pinches finished with a time of 4:32:10 and third overall.

Samantha Lambert and Dianna Conger challenged each other for second and third. Lambert was able to stay in front of Conger by just over one minute (across 50 km!).

Top 3 female (gun time):

  1. Liz Pinches – 4:32:10 (3rd overall)
  2. Samantha Lambert – 5:07:19
  3. Dianna Conger – 5:08:21

The average female finish time was 6:30.

The male race had Francisco Garza leading Manfred Roenz by one minute through the first two loops. During loop three, both men started to fade but Roenz had more left in the tank and went on to win with a time of 4:15:48.

Top 3 male (gun time):

  1. Manfred Roenz – 4:15:48
  2. Francisco Garza – 4:21:49
  3. Brad Jones – 4:34:57

The average male finish time was 5:51.

Complete Results.

The Tough-as-Nails Award

nails1The final finishers of an ultra distance event are some of the toughest athletes that are willing to stick with it to the best of their current ability and cross that darn finish line.

The Tough-as-Nails award recipients:

  • Denise Lazenby – Persevered and finished the 50 km in 9:30:37.
  • Elena Diaz  – Journeyed along the 20 km route in 5:21:06.

Race Reports

If you have a race report you would like to share, please let me know.

Congrats to everyone that toed the line on this brisk and peaceful morning.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

2 Responses to “Texas Trail Runs 50/20 km 2009 Results”

  1. on 12 Dec 2009 at 11:45 pm Bill Cox

    Here’s my race report, albeit very informal.

  2. on 13 Dec 2009 at 4:01 pm David Hanenburg

    Awesome Bill! Good report and congrats on your 50km finish. Maybe see you out at Rocky. 🙂