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Nueces Trail Run 2010 Races Results

Over the weekend, the Nueces trail run took place at Camp Eagle located 186 miles west of Austin, Texas. The event provided 86 athletes an opportunity to enjoy a 50 mile, marathon, or 10 km trail run that took runners along limestone cliffs and the spring fed Nueces river.

Course

The 50 mile course consisted of three 16.7 mile loops which contained six aid-stations per loop.

50 mile course map

The marathon course had one 16.7 mile loop and one 9.5 mile loop. There were four aid-station stops on loop one and six buffet tables on loop two.

marathon course map

The 10 km adventure was one 6.2 mile loop with two aid-station to support your fluid and fueling needs.

10 km course map

Ultrarunning Energizer bunny, Olga, from Run More Talk Less, provided some great insight on the course in her race report.

When someone emailed the local trail group what’s the course is like, Joe responded” think Bandera with ledges and river crossings”.

…it was pretty, extremely technical, with over 1/4 of each loop being “a la Charlie Torn (HR100 RD)” cross-country (Joe kinda tried to make new trails, but the effort was futile and too fresh), with barely a flat section. Longest uphill about 1.2 miles (per time), and longest downhill at about the same. The rest – rolls with rocks, rocks and more of that.

It is definitely worth checking out Joe’s course/area photos as well.

Results

50 mile

29 athletes began the 6 am start and 23 (79%) completed the entire distance.

The male race was dominated by Austin athletes and only two athletes were even in the same zip code at the front end of the race. I would imagine Josh Beckham and Steven Moore enjoyed some miles on the trail throughout this 7+ hour trail running journey as less than 11 minutes separated the two when it was all said and done. Beckham had a bit more speed across the distance to win with a time of 7:16:09.

Top 3 male:

  1. Josh Beckham – 7:16:09
  2. Steven Moore – 7:37:07
  3. John Reynolds – 9:19:40

The female race had only one runner that remained at the front and that was Olga Varlamova. The next female was over one hour back. Varlamova won with a 9:59:09.

Top 3 female:

  1. Olga Varlamova – 9:59:09 (*7th overall*)
  2. Oakley Gardner – 11:04:58
  3. Jean Perez – 11:16:21

Marathon

The marathon distance had the largest field with 41 starters and 40 finishers (98%).

2010 Rocky Raccoon 100 female winner (EP podcast interview), Liza Howard,  handily won the female race with a time of 4:06 and outran her coach by 25 minutes. I would hate to see Howard’s schedule for this week…lots of VO2 work – Ouch!

Top 3 female:

  1. Liza Howard – 4:06:24 (*4th overall*)
  2. Amanda McIntosh – 4:31:41
  3. Stephanie Huie – 5:24:07

Rob Clark controlled the male race and won with a 3:48:42. The excitement was behind him as Joe Constantino and Max Gray pushed each other for second place. It may have come down to a max effort, nothing left sprint as Constantino crossed the finish one second in front of Gray.

Top 3 male:

  1. Rob Clark – 3:48:42
  2. Joe Constantino – 3:59:28
  3. Max Gray – 3:59:29

10 km

16 athletes enjoyed the 10 km course all of them finished.

Brenda Rodgers not only won the female race but she took the overall by over four minutes with a time of 58:27.

Top 3 female:

  1. Brenda Rodgers – 58:27 (*1st overall*)
  2. Amanda Angel-Chua – 1:03:07 (*3rd overall*)
  3. Marcia Inger – 1:07:00 (*5th overall*)

John Brown won the male race by over two minutes in 1:02:30.

Top 3 male:

  1. John Brown – 1:02:30
  2. Chris Aspra – 1:04:48
  3. Adrian Haley – 1:27:45

Complete Results for all distances.

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:

  • Ryan Hopkins persevered and had the opportunity to enjoy the most trail time and finish the challenging 50 mile adventure in 13:57:03.

Race Reports and Photos

  • 50 mile: “Without even planning. Or pushing hard. Controlled effort, that was all there was. Joe opened his arms and said I won…” by Olga @ Run More Talk Less
  • 10 km: “And then finally came down off the climbs and hit the water … and the rock shelves that ran along the edge of it. It was too hard to even run this section … more just picking my way along trying not to fall in the river.” by Marcia @ marcia, marcia, marcia!
  • Event Photos

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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.

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