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2009 Year in Review

Before running into 2010, where did 2009 go?

2009 was a bit of an interesting running year for me and for They both followed a similar path, a slow start followed by a nice build.

2009 Happy Feet Review

My running year was fairly low key the first half of the year. The first six months included the Grasslands trail marathon with my buddy TJ and two Dallas Running club events.

In June, some of Wendy’s family road tripped down to Texas for their annual visit and we had a great morning at the DRC Bloomin 4 Mile run down at White Rock Lake in Dallas. This event is becoming an annual tradition with them and has been fun to be able to share an active lifestyle together.

The back half of 2009 included more running, trails, and ultra races. I crossed the finish line in six events with three of them being ultras.

A few of the highlights included:

Total miles for year ended up at 1466.

Although the calendar year has come to a close. Those of us in the south, the trail running season is in full swing right now. My final week of 2009 contained my first week of taper for the scenic and rugged Bandera 100 km ultramarathon. My season break will come after Rocky Raccoon in February.

Although not a huge year for me on the road and trails, there were still some really great experiences that will be with me for many years to come. I am grateful for the good, bad, and ugly as they all helped create the person I am today.

What are your running highlights/memories for 2009? Please share any you would like in the comments link at the bottom of this post.

2009 Review was originally focused on road running and my adventures within it. As my passion for trail and ultra running continued to grow, so did my desire to learn and write more about it. In late spring of 2009, I refocused to the trail and road ultra scene with extra attention to my stomping grounds of the south midwest United States.

I hope for it to be a great resource to inform, inspire, and interact with other ultra nuts on the joys and challenges of an active lifestyle through ultrarunning.

The back half of the year saw significant growth for the site as the monthly number of page views and visitors have increased by ~200% since May. I am grateful for the growth and look forward to doing my best to create quality content into the new year. A special thanks to all those that have visited, commented, or contacted me about You have inspired me more than you know.

If you have any trail or road ultrarunning topics that you would like to know more about or have ideas how I could provide more value to you, please share them in the comments link below or pass along the information through my contact page.

Happy New Year


I want to wish you all a happy, healthy, and active new year. I look forward to meeting many of you on the road, trails, or through the digital running world.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

(Photo: Courtesy of enimal)

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.

4 Responses to “2009 Year in Review”

  1. on 04 Jan 2010 at 7:32 am Ryan V.

    Good luck in 2010, amigo!

  2. on 04 Jan 2010 at 10:13 am David Hanenburg

    Thanks Ryan. Look forward to sharing the trail with ya in a race this year.

  3. on 06 Jan 2010 at 10:26 am Mike W in Austin

    I enjoy your writeups, thanks for those!

    Best of luck at Bandera.
    I’ll be the one that’s freezing to death before the start, and with a beer in hand at the end.

  4. on 06 Jan 2010 at 10:54 am David Hanenburg

    Thanks Mike.

    You are going to be fun to watch on race day. Some really solid training.

    Go get it!