Texan, Elizabeth Howard, handily won the female race at the recently held Rocky Raccoon 100 in the pines and toe-grabbing roots of Huntsville State park. Howard’s 15:45:03 was easily strong enough for second overall and her time is the second fastest female time in course history.
Here are a few of Elizabeth Howard’s recent trail running results (from athlinks):
- 2010 – Rocky Raccoon 100 mile – 15:45:03 – 1st female, 2nd overall
- 2009 – Cactus Rose 100 mile – 21:02 – 1st female, first overall
- 2009 – Rocky Raccoon 100 mile – 21:32:48 – 5th female, 30th overall
- 2009 – Bandera 100 km – 11:48:56 – 2nd female, 11th overall
- 2008 – Sunmart 50 mile – 8:11:52 – 3rd female, 21st overall
Observing her progression through the sport is amazing.
A few observations:
- Dropping nearly six hours off her Rocky Raccoon time from last year. Note, she did run Bandera 100 km in ’09.
- The 2010 Rocky Raccoon 100 mile time isn’t far off from simply doubling the 2008 Sunmart 50 mile effort. The endurance engine, it is a growin’. (Note: Both Sunmart and Rocky Raccoon are at the same park but probably not the exact same course.)
- A faster 100 mile time at the Fall-held Cactus Rose versus the Spring-held Rocky Raccoon. Cactus Rose is waaaaaayyyy tougher than Rocky. Wow!
As mentioned in the interview, Howard is fortunate enough to have been selected in the lottery for the Western States 100. How will she respond in a mountain ultra? It doesn’t appear that she has ran one yet but it sure is going to be fun to follow and support as she represents Texas and the south midwest region of the United States in one of the highest profile 100 mile races in the country.
Enjoy the experience Liza!
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
(Photo: Courtesy of CMSeter.)
Posted on 12 Feb 2010
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