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Cross Timbers Trail Run 2010 Results

A little over a week ago, the Cross Timbers trail run took place up on the south shores of Lake Texoma in north Texas. The event had a 50 mile, marathon, half marathon, and 5 mile run. A total of 245 athletes started the event, ready to explore the challenging Texas trail.

Course

The out-and-back course is described as mostly narrow, hilly trails with some rocky and hazardous areas. I remember participating in this event a couple years ago and there were a couple sections that you had to get on all fours to climb up the short, steep section.

The event website mentions the following elevation gain/loss for each distance:

  • 50 mile – 10,900 feet
  • marathon – 5,510 feet
  • half marathon – 3480 feet
  • 5 mile – 1370 feet

I would have to say these numbers are probably a bit high but the take-away is the course is not pancake flat.

Results

50 mile

31 athletes started the 50 mile adventure and 27 (87%) were able to get to the finish line.

The front-end of the male race became a two person race between Ian Ridgway and Pete Mehok. After completing 25 miles with a time of 3:37, Ridway and Mehok were still stride-for-stride. Within the next five miles, Mehok began to slow and Ridgway continued to separate himself and go on to win with a time of 7:49:15.

Top 3 male:

  1. Iain Ridgway – 7:49:15
  2. Pete Mehok – 8:35:49
  3. Charles Corfield – 9:11:56

The female race ended up being an even tighter race between Rachel Lindner and Mariela Botella. Through 25 miles, Lindner had a time of 5:00 and held on to a 9 minute lead over Botella. Over the next 12.5 miles, Botella closed the gap and reduced the lead to one minute. Botella left the PawPawPoint like a hunter going after her prey (I worked this aid-station so saw this play out).

Lindner continued her consistant effort and would not be caught. She won the event with a time of 10:45:35. Botella finished just under 13 minutes later.

Top 3 female:

  1. Rachel Lindner – 10:45:35 (*6th overall*)
  2. Mariela Botella – 10:58:18 (*10th overall*)
  3. Cindy Melder – 11:50:10

Marathon

The trail marathon (or something within 10% of that label) had 52 spunky athletes ready to test that tempo effort. 51 trail runners (98%) had enough spunk to complete the distance.

The female race was crushed by a name we are beginning to hear quite frequently at the top of trail running events in this region, Christine Tokarz. Tokarz passed through the half-way point in 1:59, with only two minutes separating her from the overall race lead. Tokarz remained consistent on the return run back to the finish to win with a 4:02:14 and second overall.

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(Tokarz (top) and Underwood (bottom) halfway through the marathon)

Top 3 female:

  1. Christine Tokarz – 4:02:14 (*2nd overall*)
  2. Samantha Lambert – 4:39:19 (*5th overall*)
  3. Laurie Underwood – 5:38:34

The male race was won with an impressive even-split by Frank Livaudais and a time of 3:54:45. The next male was 20 minutes back.

Top 3 male:

  1. Frank Livaudais – 3:54:45
  2. Dalton Wilson – 4:15:21
  3. Neil Smith – 4:38:52

Half Marathon

The half marathon distance had 105 eager runners and 103 finishers.

The male race became a who-would-pop-first burn-fest between Sean Mcmahon, Tommy Swanson, and Joel Gibbs. All three trail runners hit the halfway point in 1:04. Mcmahon then made his move and separated himself from the other two runners to win with a negative split and time of 2:07:15.

Swanson and Gibbs left the last aid-station together, with a little over 20 minutes to decide second place. Swanson was able to maintain his pace while Gibbs slowed just enough to allow Swanson a 2:20 second place margin.

Top 3 male:

  1. Sean Mcmahon – 2:07:15
  2. Tommy Swanson – 2:12:01
  3. Joel Gibbs – 2:14:21

Julie Bergfield handily won the female race with a near even split effort and finish time of 2:23:12.

Top 3 female:

  1. Julie Bergfield – 2:23:12
  2. Merry Wolf – 2:38:04
  3. Marlee Clark  – 2:42:44

5 Mile

The five mile trail run saw 57 athletes ready to get a bit dirty. All finished the run.

The female race had four women separated by one minute with 2.5 miles to go. The largest negative split between the four was by Amber Block who won with a 58:05. Danika Trierweiler was able to hold onto second place by just under 30 seconds with a time of 1:00:08.

Top 3 female:

  1. Amber Block – 58:05 (*5th overall*)
  2. Danika Trierweiler – 1:00:08 (*7th overall*)
  3. Martha Howe – 1:00:36 (*9th overall)

Keith Schoby left all male runners behind early on and hit the half-way point in 24 minutes. Schoby had enough in the tank to negative split and cross the finish line in 47:38.  Second place was over six minutes back.

Top 3 male:

  1. Keith Schoby – 47:38
  2. Brian Baldwin – 54:07
  3. Brandon Denmon – 57:20

Complete Results for all distances (Spreadsheet).

My PawPawPoint photos.

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 mile: Paul Mastin –  Mastin kept chipping away at the distance and completed the 50 mile day in 14:57:19.

Race Reports

  • 50 mile – “…parts of the trail where you almost have to use your hands to pull yourself along, where it’s steeper than a steep staircase, or where only a mountain goat on speed could actually run down it.” – Paul @ Lean Forward Run Farther
  • half marathon – “I had never run the Cross Timbers Trail…and if I had, I would have thought twice about running it with a 40 lb Pack.” Dave @ …And the Adventure Continues
  • marathon – “In other words, when you get done with the race, if you look in the mirror at your hindquarters it may look as if you have the ass of a dancer in a rap video! Your butt is gonna be sore!” – Mark @ The Naked Runner

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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 “Cross Timbers Trail Run 2010 Results”

  1. on 01 Mar 2010 at 9:57 pm Jay Hall

    The area where you “get on all fours to climb up the short, steep section” used to be Sonofabitch Hill. It was required to utter than phrase as you scrambled up. I believe it was just a short way into the trail as you headed from Cedar Bayou to Juniper Point.

  2. on 02 Mar 2010 at 2:17 pm David Hanenburg

    Jay – Funny! But sounds fairly accurate. :)

  3. on 19 Jun 2010 at 8:30 pm Paul Mastin

    I have belatedly discovered my “Tough As Nails” award! Thanks, I think. I definitely need some guidance next time around, going for the 50-mile Texas slam. Two weeks between 50 milers is tough, and I’m not sure how to handle it or prepare for it. At least I shouldn’t have any trouble beating my course time at Cross Timbers 2011!
    Best, PM

  4. on 21 Jun 2010 at 2:47 pm David Hanenburg

    Hey Paul – Cross Timbers is no easy finish and add a 50 miler two weeks before…well, you have yourself a challenge.

    Congrats on still getting it done.

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