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Sylamore 50k Trail Run 2010 Results

Last weekend, the Sylamore Trail 50/25km Trail run took place in the Ozark National Forest near Allison, Arkansas. The 50 km event had extra incentive for serious speed with $2000 handed over for a course record.


The 50 km out-and-back course is ran mostly on trail but does include one mile of road running. Athletes also enjoyed four climbs in the 400 feet range plus two water crossings to get those little toes wet.

The 25 km trail runners get to experience one big climb and the two water crossings.

Course Profile Map


50 km

The 50 km adventure had 123 athletes complete the distance within the nine hour time limit.

The male race was highlighted by the dash for cash between the two top runners, David Riddle and Nick Lewis. The course record of 3:40:37 held by Dink Taylor has remain untouchable since 2000. Both of these guys were going for it.

How did things shake out?

Dink kindly provided the following race action highlights:

  • Riddle and Lewis hit the turnaround in 1:49:30, 97 seconds ahead of record setting pace.
  • Riddle remained on record pace until the last aid-station.
  • Riddle continued on to won with a time of 3:48:24 but the course record still stands.
  • Lewis finished second with a time of 3:55:37.

Top 3 male:

  1. David Riddle (AL) – 3:48:24
  2. Nick Lewis (TN) – 3:55:37
  3. Ben Creehan (MO) – 4:23:35

Top regional male athlete – Stan Ferguson (AR) – 4:30:59.

The female race was controlled by Anna Assenmacher with a time of 5:07:35. The next female was 24 minutes back.

Top 3 female:

  1. Anna Assenmacher (MO) – 5:07:35
  2. Rosie Laughlin (MO) – 5:41:08
  3. Karen Martin (AR) – 6:00:48

25 km

The 25 km trail run had 140 athletes complete the challenge.

The female race was a close challenge between Vanessa Jacoby and Laureen Coffelt as a little over three minutes separated the two at the end of the 25 km run. Jacoby outran Coffelt to win with a time of 2:37:26.

Top 3 female:

  1. Vanessa Jacoby (MO) – 2:37:26
  2. Laureen Coffelt (TN) – 2:40:37
  3. Veronica Battaglia (AR) – 2:45:11

The male race filtered down to a duel between Tennessee runners, Charlie Duke and Trapper Pressler. Pressler crossed the finish line first with 2:19:31. Pressler followed almost 2.5 minutes later.

Top 3 male:

  1. Trapper Pressler (TN) – 2:19:31
  2. Charlie Duke (TN) – 2:21:57
  3. Greg Halliday (TN) – 2:26:34

Top regional male athlete – Steve Appleton (AR) – 2:28:44

Complete 50 km Results

Complete 25 km 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:

  • 50 km: Johnny Eagles (AR) –  Eagles displayed huge determination to arrive as the last official finisher at 8:50:18.
  • There were also eight other athletes that finished the distance after the time cutoff. Congratulations on completing the 50 kms.

Race Reports

  • 50 km – “…It was all true, except I was pleasantly surprised to find that the freezing, crystal-clear water only reached mid-thigh during the river crossings!” by Kevin @ Can’t Stop
  • 25 km – “decided to run hard until my foot said not to. I rarely run that hard, but this was racing… I didn’t decide I was racing until about 5 min past the turnaround.” by CBD @ CBDUKE
  • 50 km – “The second climb was awesome. It was steep, rocky, technical, I knew I was gonna have fun coming down this later.” by Nick @ SkooshMagoo
  • 50 km – “Awesome! Incredible!!  Mind Bending!!!  OK, enough with the adjectives.  The Sylamore 50K Trail Race was an experience.” by runninghound @ Running Hound’s Weblog

Another fun day out on the trails.

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.

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