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Rocky Raccoon 100 Winner Liza Howard – Endurance Planet Interview

interview-micTexan, 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.

Kevin Patrick over at Endurance Planet recently created a cool interview with Howard on her Rocky Raccoon win, family, training, and more. Check it out.

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 –

(Photo: Courtesy of CMSeter.)

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.

3 Responses to “Rocky Raccoon 100 Winner Liza Howard – Endurance Planet Interview”

  1. on 12 Feb 2010 at 6:23 pm Chris Russell


    Nice analysis and enjoy the blog!

    I run with Liza some so have a couple of insights on her improvement. Her mileage base is much better this year and Amanda McIntosh, her coach, has really helped her in improving her performance and staying strong throughout the race. Also she was nursing her baby last year during races which isn’t optimal for running fast times.

    WS will be interesting. She definitely has the ability to do great things there. Hopefully Texas will help prepare for the heat. Biggest challenge will be the wear and tear on her quads from handling the downhills which are harder to train for her because we don’t have the extended downhills. But she’ll definitely give it her best shot!!


  2. on 15 Feb 2010 at 9:54 am olga

    I was about to say same thing as Chris (which I learnt from him…or may be Liza) – the nursing thing.

    I remember you and my comment! Bummer it didn’t work out that well. Next time though:)

  3. on 15 Feb 2010 at 12:27 pm David Hanenburg

    Hey Chris – Great insight on Liza’s improvement and WS adventure.

    Olga – It was nice meeting you a bit out on the trail. I am grateful for the 75. Next time, hopefully I get the full experience. 🙂