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Hells Hills Trail Run 2010 Results

Joe Prusaitis was directing yet again. This time at the Hells Hills Trail Run, located southeast of Austin at the Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville, Texas on April 2. This trail running adventure provided athletes with a 50 mile, 50 km, and 25 km rumble through the woods.

A race record 256, men, women, and children, had their play-face on and were ready to run.


The course is described as “fair bit of rocks, a collection of rolling creek bed drop-ins and roll-outs, a twisty-turny riot of single track trails, with the the Wall and the Grind at the end of each loop.”

50 mile athletes hoped to enjoy three (16.7 mile) loops. The 50 km and 25 km runners, enjoyed two (15.5 mile) and one loop respectively.


50 mile

46 (84%) of the 54 athletes finished the 50 mile trail run.

A sub 8-hour run by Stephen Baumgartner sealed the win in the male race with a time of 7:57:48. Behind Baumgartner, an adrenaline pumping challenge was taking pace with the next six men separated by less than 10 minutes at the end of the 50 miles. I have to wonder if a few reached into a place they have never gone before.

Top 3 male:

  1. Stephen Baumgartner – 7:57:48
  2. Gergo Perlaky – 8:19:52
  3. Scott Eppelman – 8:22:42

The female race was won with a new course record by California resident, Juliet Morgan, in a time of 9:21:27. Olga Varlamova was the nearest trail-chaser, eight minutes back.

Top 3 female:

  1. Juliet Morgan – 9:21:27 (*course record*)
  2. Olga Varlamova – 9:29:52
  3. Tracy Hoeg – 9:42:38 (*Denmark resident*)

50 km

94% of the 86 50 km runners, got it done.

The female race was was fairly tight at the front-end, with the top three separated by just over 10 minutes after the 31+ miles. Amanda McIntosh had the extra gear to separate from the others and win in 4:47:42. Samantha Lambert and Megan Haley had to have fun in the dash for second as they were separated by less than two minutes at the finish line.

Top 3 female:

  1. Amanda McIntosh – 4:47:42
  2. Samantha Lambert – 4:56:16
  3. Megan Haley – 4:58:09

While the 50 mile male race was won with a sub 8-hour, the 50 km was won with a sub 4-hour finish. Denmark resident, Rasmus Hoeg, took on all regional athletes to win by four-plus minutes in 3:55:37. Second place, Travis Gillespie, finished just over four hours in 4:00:55.

Top 3 male:

  1. Rasmus Hoeg – 3:55:37 (*Denmark resident*)
  2. Travis Gillespie – 4:00:55
  3. Patrick Hall – 4:11:17

25 km

98% of the 112 runners enjoyed the entire one loop course.

Ouch! – My one word description of the 25 km male race. Jason Brooks and Pete Mehok were alone at the front with a scant 14 seconds separating the two. Brooks found a way to stay in front of Mehok to win in 1:44:01.

Top 3 male:

  1. Jason Brooks – 1:44:01
  2. Pete Mehok – 1:44:15
  3. Dave Walick – 1:49:21

The female race was just as exciting with the top three separated by just over one minute! Mallory Cox, Fanny Dufour-Oliver, and Cindy Salazar, were all hungry for the win. Salazar found a way to get to the front of the line and win in 2:20:08.

Top 3 female:

  1. Cindy Salazar – 2:20:08
  2. Fanny Dufour-Oliver – 2:20:45
  3. Mallory Cox – 2:21:24

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: David Byrd dug deep to get through the 50 mile challenge in 14:11:12.
  • 50 km: Jose Berrones and Sonja Schnautz teamed up to finish this adventure in 9:38:25.

Complete Race Results

Race Reports and Photos

  • 50 km male winner: “The four of us continued, and we must all have though about what would happen next. For a full hour, we ran like characters in some fast-paced video game through the technical mountain bike trails in complete darkness.” by Fast Bastard @ Fast Bastard – World’s Fastest Hemotologist
  • 50 mile female: “This would be the loop of hallucinations, losing feeling in my hands, nausea, pain, fishing a half eaten gel out of a stray garbage can and the decision to NEVER run a 100 miler. I wasn’t sure what to think about more 50 milers as this was by far the hardest I had tried.” by Sea Legs Girl
  • 50 mile female: “I ran, from the start, and I loved it! And it felt easy! Running! Not downhill! And I was breathing like a normal person! And my legs were moving! It felt fun, and it felt different. I had no recollection of how it supposed to be, effortlessly, wonderful.” – Olga @ Run More Talk Less

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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.

6 Responses to “Hells Hills Trail Run 2010 Results”

  1. on 13 Apr 2010 at 9:35 am Jeff L

    Great day for running out at Hells Hills with the wildflowers, but it got a little hot by the end of the first loop of the 50K. That course is a lot of fun, it rolls all over the place and there are lots of little creek crossings.

    Got to finish off the day by sweeping part of the course and then chasing a friend on the 50-miler course into the finish.

  2. on 13 Apr 2010 at 1:13 pm David Hanenburg

    Hey Jeff – Sounds like a great day! Thanks for sharing.

  3. on 13 Apr 2010 at 8:42 pm Michael

    It was a fun trail, my 3rd ultra. Weather was great at the start, but indeed it did warm up. No huge hills, just a bunch of little ones. Definitely a fun course to run, lots of variety between small rocks, single track, roots, and a little pine needles. I think everyone enjoyed the bluebonnet field (which kind of came out of nowhere), and I too had to run behind some cows, as to not try to disturb them, thru the field.

  4. on 15 Apr 2010 at 5:21 am David Hanenburg

    Michael – Congrats on your third ultra! The bluebonnet field had to be nice. The cows…well…that is trail running. You just never completely know what you might experience.

  5. on 26 Apr 2010 at 12:33 pm David Byrd

    This was a great race. I signed up for the 50 miler. There were a lot of rocks and roots but nothing too difficult. Well, except that the Wall and the Grind became more treacherous after each loop. But the beautiful view of the field towards the end was an awesome treat for completing the lap. My goal here was to finish my first ultra. I took a pretty hard fall less than half way through and, as it turns out, tore my calf muscle. Ouch! So, as I finished the 2nd lap someone tried to hand me the 50K medal. It was tempting but I came to run 50 miles so I set out on lap 3. It hurt like nothing I’d ever felt but I hobbled the next 17 miles to finish dead last! Tough as nails?…doubtful…perhaps dumb as nails but injuries heal; that memory will last forever. Thanks to my roommate, Matthew Doellman, for training and motivating me…and dragging me to the truck afterwards! Luckily, besides being a great runner, he’s also an ER nurse and got me in to see the doc the next day! Was able to lose the crutches after 2 weeks and can finally walk pain free now.
    Joe is a fabulous race director but I especially have to thank the aid workers at the last station. Those ladies were great and I can’t imagine finishing without their PB&J and Ibuprofen! Thanks a lot! Can’t wait until the next Tejas Trails race.

  6. on 27 Apr 2010 at 9:19 am David Hanenburg

    @David B – The line between tough and stupid is one we all probably walk some/many time(s) during our ultra journey. Great to hear you and healing up.