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White Rock Classic 50 km / 25 km Trail Run 2010 Results

White-Rock-Mountain-trail-rA little over a week ago, the White Rock Classic 50 km / 25 km trail run took place up near Cass, Arkansas that had trail runners scamper to the top of White Rock Mountain and back.

The low-key, no-frills (just go run!) event had 83 participants between the two distance options and 47 first-time finishers. I love the number of first-timers. Over 50% of the field!


The race website provided a nice description of the course:

The 50K course runs to the top of White Rock Mountain, then retraces back to the start. The course is run on well maintained forest road. Aid is set up approximately every 5 – 6 miles. Approximate cumulative elevation changes: Out/up: 3500 ft total climb, 1900’ total descent. Back/Down: 1900 ft total climb and 3500’ total descent

Course profile.


50 km

A total of 49 athletes ran the ultramarathon distance.

AT100 co-race director, Stan Ferguson, was able to defend his 2009 male win with a speedy time of 4:12:29. Second place male was over eight minutes back.

Top 3 male:

  1. Stan Ferguson – 412:29
  2. Stephen O’neal – 4:20:40
  3. David Wakefield – 4:27:27

The female race was a tighter challenge as Jenny Weatter and Chrissy Ferguson (name sound familiar?) were separated by four minutes at the end of the 50 km trail run. Weatter’s was first to arrive back at the start-line with a finish time of 5:48:47.

Top 3 female:

  1. Jenny Weatter – 5:48:47
  2. Chrissy Ferguson – 5:52:51
  3. Shirley Hyman – 6:05:56

25 km

A total of 34 athletes ran the 25 km course.

The first female to arrive to the finish line was Katie Helms with a time of 2:26:00, three minutes in from of second place.

Top 3 female:

  1. Katie Helms – 2:26:00
  2. Rosie Aguilar – 2:29:00
  3. Natalie McBee – 2:44:50

Willy Pickhardt appeared to set a new course record by over 6 minutes in the male race, with a time of 2:00:00. Second place was over six minutes back.

Top 3 male:

  1. Willy Pickhardt – 2:00:00 (*25 km course record*)
  2. Jon Bitler – 2:06:17
  3. Matt Marks – 2:13:48

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:

  • 50 km: Alston Jennings –  Jennings worked through the trail challenge with a sub nine hour finish time of 8:58:10.

Complete Results at Real Endurance.

Race Reports

  • 50 km – When we finally made it to the gate to the top of Whiterock Mountain, Coleen and I saw the posts that had been chewed up by bears.” – Nick @ SkooshMagoo
  • 50 km – “Needless to say, this scared me a little bit. I did a 50K last July that I thought was hilly, but the hills in this one were even steeper. And while there weren’t a lot of rolling little hills, there were long consistent hills, 2 miles or longer.” – The post also includes an amazing photo on the top of White Rock Mountain. – Dustin @ Running Long
  • Solid 16 miler – “At approximately 8 miles into the race, and up and down 3 or 4 hills, we saw the big daddy hill in the distance. White Rock Mountain, which was clearly twice the height of the ones we had been messing around on.” – TZ always includes good pics as well. TZ @ …miles to go before I sleep…

If you have a report you would like to share, please include in the comment link below.

Congrats to all of those that enjoyed a day out on the Arkansas trails.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

(Photo: Courtesy of adam*b)

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.

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