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The Falls Trail Run – Capt’n Karl Trail Series – 2010 Results

Last weekend, race #2 of the Capt’n Karl trail series took place at Pedernales Falls State park just west of Austin, Texas. The Falls delivered an evening 60/30 km or morning 10 km romp through the hill country trails.

182 smiling and excited runners placing there toes at one of the three starting lines which resulted in a 40+% growth over last year’s numbers. The temps allowed plenty of egg frying on rocks throughout the park to allow increased protein intake for most athletes. The heat isn’t all bad.


The counter clockwise loop course guides trail runners through the oak and juniper woodland hills and a couple short segments along the Pedernales River.

The 60/30km athletes run the same 18.6 mile,  either twice or once depending on your run of choice. The 10 km runners enjoy a modified clockwise loops using portions of the 18.6 mile loop.

Profile of main 18-ish mile loop. (A special thanks to Jason for his Garmin file.)

The profile may look intimidating but fear not, the course primarily dances within 250 feet of elevation change. This is still not flat, at least by flatlander standards.

With elevation correction, the entire loop has approximately 1550 feet of gain/descent.

Course Map


60 km

Similar to race #1 of the series, Josh Beckham kept inspiring others to raise there game. Josh had a 5+ minute lead over the nearest chasers after the first loop. He continued to increase his lead on loop two to win with the only sub six hour time of 5:47:34. Second through fifth place were inspiring each other to keep pushing with roughly two minutes separated one runner from the next. The feet – they were a coming.

Top 5 male

  1. Josh Beckham – 5:47:34 (*also winner of first race in series – The Lake*)
  2. Stephen Baumgartner – 6:11:09
  3. Steve Berrones – 6:13:11
  4. Derek Purvis – 6:16:32
  5. Scott Rabb – 6:19:21

The female race was a bit more spread out with Melissa Cox leading the way. Melissa’s consistently paced effort brought her through the first loop in 3:47:45. While many ran 30-60 minutes slower on loop two, Melissa was only about five minutes slower and this includes all of loop two in the dark. Impressive. Melissa finished with the only sub 8 hour female time of 7:39:54.

Top 5 female

  1. Melissa Cox – 7:39:54
  2. Julie Grant – 8:19:04
  3. Jean Perez – 8:25:40
  4. Rochelle Frazeur – 8:36:01
  5. Heidi Patterson – 9:02:28

60 km finish rate: 79%

30 km

Andrea Fischer seemed to attack this course and was one of only four runners out of 77 with a sub 3 hour finish. Andrea’s 2:54:50 was solid enough for the female win and third overall. Those behind continued to push hard with a few minutes separating one from the next.

Top 5 female

  1. Andrea Fischer – 2:54:50 (*3rd overall*)
  2. Jennifer Price – 3:21:18
  3. Mallory Cox – 3:25:00
  4. Kristen Alex – 3:27:27
  5. Pamela Harght – 3:30:35

The front of the male race came down to Jason Brooks and Patrick Hall. Patrick missed the win at The Lake but just over a minute and I bet was excited for another crack at it. This time Jason had the extra gear and was able to create just under five minutes of separation at the finish to win in 2:31:40.

Top 5 male

  1. Jason Brooks – 2:31:40
  2. Patrick Hall – 2:36:26
  3. Steven Bernhardt – 2:58:17
  4. Henry Eliperia – 3:08:26
  5. Thomas Bowling – 3:09:34

30 km finish rate: 94%

10 km

It was a bit spicy at the front of the male race as less than one minute separated second through forth place. While the chase pack were all within a rock-toss from one another, Mark Stratton brought another level of trail running fitness to win by nearly three minutes over the chase pack with a time of 42:47. Toss on a course record as well (previous – 45:32).

Top 5 male

  1. Mark Stratton – 42:47
  2. Jonathon Wahlers – 45:30
  3. Charles Trakas – 46:12
  4. Thomas Fad – 46:23
  5. Jason Moore – 48:03

The ladies grabbed three of the top 10 overall places with Bridget DeLaRosa-Lopez leading the way. Bridget’s 48:03 was speedy enough to tie for fifth overall.

Top 5 female

  1. Bridget DeLaRosa-Lopez – 48:03 (*tie for 5th overall*)
  2. Carla Uribe – 51:43 (*7th overall*)
  3. Joleen Kinzer – 53:55 (*9th overall*)
  4. Margo Martinez – 56:36
  5. Edith Davis – 57:52

10km finish rate: 100%

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:

  • Becky Williams and Ray Rowehl apparently supported and worked together to cross the 60 km finish line in 11:30:00.

Complete Results

Race Reports

  • “The next four miles were pretty tough. The downhills were more technical (so I couldn’t accumulate any speed), and it seemed like we went uphill WAY more than downhill (funny how that works).” by Nicole @ The Life of Nizzy
  • “Only there was NO Fluids of any kind when we got there. OK, I have a little HEED in one water bottle and Nicole is completely out. What do we do now.” by Derek @ Journey Through the Ultra World
  • “After coming off the river trail there was a short climb and into the grassy trails. ” A little high” was an understatement. This stuff was waist high and you could not see where your foot was landing….all I kept thinking was snakes and so I was literally high kneeing it thru that section.” by Jason @ Peeshwank Rouge’s Running blog

Congrats to everyone that enjoyed a morning or evening run on the trails.

Feel free to share any experiences from the event in the comment link below.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

(Photos: Courtesy of Steven Wilke , diveofficer, mccheek)

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.

2 Responses to “The Falls Trail Run – Capt’n Karl Trail Series – 2010 Results”

  1. on 18 Aug 2010 at 8:35 pm Michael

    Ran my longest distance as a 60k and finished feeling suprirsed that was the strongest race I’ve run. I also lost my left contact at mile 22, so I had to run 15+ miles in the dark trails with only one good eye, so that was quite an adventure. But it looks like others had some adventures with the water too. Rock on.

  2. on 19 Aug 2010 at 8:07 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Michael – Congrats on the new distance experience. Running using only one eye on the trails…in the dark…no open wounds…you da man! 🙂