A couple weeks ago, the first race of the Capt’n Karl’s Trail Series took place in the Texas Hill Country. This trail adventure simply named The Lake, took place at Inks Lake State Park, located a short drive northwest Austin.
This event delivered a 10 km, 30 km, and 60 km run that also followed the recent theme of night time, escape the sun running that delivered a 7 pm start time for the 30/60 km distances. The six milers added a bit more humidity to the challenge with a separate 8 am start.
Continued growth! The 212 runners that toed the start line included an additional 50%+ over last year.
Inks Lake is part of the Highlands Lake chain of seven lakes and is surrounded by granite hills. The 10 km loop-ish route included a clockwise loop with a couple out-and-back sections (start/finish and midway point) dangling off of it.
Josh Beckham averaged 9:13 min/mile and led the male race from start to finish and set a new course record by over 15 minutes in the second running of this event. With 10 km to go, the next chaser, Chris McWatters, was about five minutes back but unable to surge. Josh knocked out a one hour final loop to win in 5:43:00.
Top 5 male
- Josh Beckham – 5:43:00 (*course record*)
- Chris McWatters – 5:58:22
- Steven Moore – 6:24:04
- Derek Purvis – 6:33:46
- Steve Berrones – 6:33:49
Liza Howard is back rollin’ again as she gets ready for Leadville. Similar to the male race, Liza led from start to finish. After gradually slowing through 24.8 miles, Liza regrouped and cruised in with a 1:03:48 final 10 km split and 6:37:52 finish time. Liza also comfortably held 6th overall and produced a new course record by 2+ hours.
Top 5 female
- Liza Howard – 6:37:52 (*6th overall – course record*)
- Barbara Hitzfeld – 7:48:03
- Casey Shoemaker – 8:22:46
- Rochelle Frazeur – 8:49:33
- Julie Grant – 9:09:18
60 km finish rate – 53%
Just over five minutes separated the top two females after 30 km of trail fun. Andrea Fischer (Isn’t she pregnant?) and Anabel Pearson each led a lap with less than two minutes separating the two at the start of the final loop. Anabel ran a 1:08:49 final 10 km to cross the finish line first in 3:10:04, five minutes ahead of Andrea.
Top 5 female
- Anabel Pearson – 3:10:04 (*7th overall*)
- Andrea Fischer – 3:15:28 (*8th overall*)
- Mallory Cox – 3:22:35
- Jennifer Price – 3:28:48
- Tracy Holland – 3:34:05
71 seconds separated separated Shawn Bostad and Patrick Hall after 30 km of running. Patrick ran nearly 3.5 minutes faster than Shawn on the final 10 km but it wasn’t enough to catch him thanks to Shawn’s speedy 47:22 first loop.
Top 5 male
- Shawn Bostad – 2:41:34
- Patrick Hall – 2:42:45
- Paul Pugh – 2:57:35
- John Reynolds – 3:03:38
- Josue Stephens – 3:06:37
30 km finish rate – 86%
Yowza! Three seconds separated the top three male runners. Britt Standard, Matt Bush, and Jason Moore = game on! Seventeen year old, Britt, was able to out sprint both Matt and Jason to sneak across the finish line one second ahead of Matt. Fun Finish!
Top 5 male
- Britt Standard – 53:15
- Matt Bush – 53:16
- Jason Moore – 53:18
- Dennis Runyan – 1:00:27
- Michael Tigges – 1:03:17
Kate Joyce comfortably (is a 10 km ever comfortable??) held fourth overall to win the female race in 57:00. Amy Bush finished second in 1:05:35.
Top 5 female
- Kate Joyce – 57:00
- Amy Bush – 1:05:35
- Rachel Ruane – 1:07:53
- Bobbie Fawcett – 1:11:53
- Kerry and Erin Lischka - 1:20:29
100% finish rate!
The Tough-as-Nails Award
The 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:
- Julie Monte would not be denied and finished the 60 km memory maker in 12 hours.
- “I made peace with Captn Karls’ the Lake. I pushed through the humidity, a bundle of aches and pains on wooden legs, guzzling flattish Coke at the aid stations. And then, after 40k, I felt better.” by Liza @ Liza Howard’s Bl0g
- “We both commented that we didn’t care which order we finished, we just didn’t want to get passed. There were awards for the top 5 finishers Male & Female. Then as if this guys was on cue, some runner yells out to us “good job, you’re 5th & 6th”. Huh?” by Steve @ 50 for 50
Congrats to all the runners that started this Texas summer trail run.
If you participated or where at the event, feel free to share an experiences in the comment link below.
Last week was a big ’0′ for articles due to limited/no internet access. Should get back to regular posting this week. Monday with an article out the door – things are lookin’ up.
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
(Photo: Courtesy of miggell1)