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El Scorcho Run – 2010 Results

Over the weekend while most endurance athletes had already knocked out two to three hours of deep sleep, 500 night owls enjoyed some urban running miles at the El Scorcho Run (FaceBook page) in Fort Worth, Texas. The event provided both a 50 km ultra and a 25 km dash, along with a midnight start…yeah baby!


The 3.1 mile looped course dances its way through Trinity Park along the shores of the Trinity River. While the course is flat, the surface varies from crushed limestone, asphalt, sidewalk, foot bridges, and of course…a basketball court.

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50 km Results

90 runners ran, hobbled, or sleep-walked their way to a finish.

After 50 km of night time fun, the male race had slightly over three minutes between the top two runners. Todd Reynolds appeared to lead for much of the race, averaging 7:43 min/mile and finishing with a sub four hour win.

Top 5 male

  1. Todd Reynolds – 3:59:41
  2. Edgar Matinez – 4:03:58
  3. Joe Kilianski – 4:15:02
  4. Jerod Honrath – 4:20:05
  5. Chris Wong – 4:21:53

The female race saw places shuffled in the early miles. By the 25 km mark , Christine Tokarz, Laura Nelson, and Allyson Weimer were all within 90 seconds.

Jayna Henstorf kept rolling with her consistent pacing effort that eventually had her in front of Christine by seven seconds with 5 km to go. Game on! Both Laura and Allyson had faded a bit at this time but were still pushing forward.

Jayna and Christine increased their effort by 20 seconds per mile from the previous 5 km which allowed Jayna to slightly increase her lead and win in 4:20:41 and 5th overall. Christine finished less than two minutes later in 4:22:25 and 7th overall.

Top 5 female

  1. Jayna Henstorf – 4:20:41 (*5th overall*)
  2. Christine Tokarz – 4:22:25 (*7th overall*)
  3. Laura Nelson – 4:38:25
  4. Allyson Weimer – 4:40:55
  5. Dianna Conger – 5:01:08

Complete 50 km Results

25 km Results

331 runners finished the starlit distance.

Natalie Merrill took charge early on and never looked back, averaging about 7:20 min/mile through the first 10 km. Charging during the back half of the race, Carole Hilschuh, progressively reduced the lead by Natalie but eventually ran out of real estate. Natalie won the female race, averaging 7:55 min/mile across the distance with a time of 2:02:52. Carole finished three minutes later in 2:05:55.

Top 5 female

  1. Natalie Merrill – 2:02:52
  2. Carole Holschuh – 2:05:55
  3. Christa Reynolds – 2:07:00
  4. Rachel Harp – 2:07:48
  5. Laurie Kirkland – 2:09:09

The male race took a sub seven minute average to win. Dan Clubb ran the final 5 km in 20:27 (6:35 min/mile) to win with a time of 1:46:50. Two minutes later, Seth Shiver crossed the finish in 1:48:58.

Top 5 male

  1. Dan Clubb – 1:46:50
  2. Seth Shiver – 1:48:58
  3. Adam Hennessey – 1:50:28
  4. Gergely Takacs – 1:52:02
  5. Steven Henderson – 1:53:41

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 recipient:

  • Laurence Macon kept moving forward to complete the 50 kms in 7:41:30.

Race Reports and Other Fun Goodies

  • “My friends arrive right before the start with our 7 matching tutus. Yes, tutus.  Jennifer had made our group of twitter friends all tutus to wear.” by Libby  @ The Active Joe
  • “I amused myself at one point by loping along and pretending to be a werewolf – yes, it really is that strange inside my head sometimes!!!” by Mark @ On the trail of a Welshrunner

Ryan V. (one of race originators/directors and fellow ultra nut) always creates some cool videos. Here is a little highlight video he created from the event.

El Scorcho Cu4tro from Ryan Valdez on Vimeo.

Another fun looking event. Congrats to all!

Any other experience reports to share? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment link below.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

(Photos: Courtesy of El Scorcho and various runner/volunteers.)

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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