Last weekend, over 300 runners (new record) played during what may have been the last blast of summer heat at the Wee-Chi-Tah Trail Run in Wichita Falls, Texas. This event is part of the big Hotter ‘N Hell weekend and included road and mountain bike races and rides (up to 100 miles).
For those that wanted to run long, you could gallop you way through the half marathon. The short course adventure was 10 km.
The website doesn’t have a lot of goodies for the course. What I do know is the course wiggles on the Wee-Chi-Tah trail within the city and is promoted as having many short, steep climbs and scream inducing descents.
Course Map – although not sure how the course exactly goes.
The top three males ran sub-7 min/miles to finish the trail half mary in under 1 hour and 30 minutes. Koby Styles flew at an average of 6:29 min/mile and won with a 1:24:55 (chip time). A bit over three minutes back, Matt Dunlavy finished in 1:27:17.
Top 5 male
- Koby Styles – 1:24:55
- Matt Dunlavy – 1:27:17
- Brian Baumgarten – 1:28:49
- Wayne Strohman – 1:34:00
- Greg Wallace – 1:37:02 (*Top Masters 40+*)
The female win came down to the feet of Elaine Bell and Lucy Montgomery. An average of one second per mile separated the two…if you can call that separation. Elaine had the extra quarter-gear to sneak in front of Lucy by 17 seconds with a time of 1:41:41 (chip time).
Top 5 female
- Elaine Bell – 1:41:41 (*also 8th overall*)
- Lucy Montgomery – 1:41:58 (*Top Masters 40+, 9th overall*)
- Kelly Aviles – 1:47:41
- Donna Tweedle – 1:56:32
- Sonia Soprenuk – 1:57:25
At just over 8 min/mile average pace, Merry Wolf went on to win the female race and fourth overall with a time of 50:15 (chip time). Two and a half minutes later, Lauren Lindley cruised in for second with a time of 52:47 and eighth overall.
Top 5 female
- Merry Wolf – 50:15 (*4th overall*)
- Lauren Lindley – 52:47 (*eighth overall*)
- Caroline Johnson – 56:29
- Laura Bays – 57:18
- Shay Barnes – 57:37 (*Top Masters 40+*)
The male race saw Kolin Styles have only one thing close to him throughout the 10 km – his shadow. Kolin’s 6:37 min/mile pace was nearly 60 seconds per mile faster than the next chaser. Kolin won in 41:02. Top Masters, Byron Benoit crossed second in 46:05.
Top 5 male
- Kolin Styles – 41:02
- Byron Benoit – 46:05 (*Top Masters 40+*)
- Eike Meuller – 48:00
- Daniel Mathena – 50:19
- Justin Eggemeyer – 51:28
Check out the wisest finisher(s) from each event. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Half marathon: Ted Netzer and Jack Demao – 61
- 10 km: Paul Welch – Are you ready? – 79
Life is play. Play is life.
Race Reports and other Media
- hmm, well none that I could find. Share one if you have one.
- MarathonFoto – Race pics.
Congrats to all you sweaty and stinky trail runners. Shower up, cooler temps are on the way.
The Fall/Winter season of trail running in the TALON region is about to start – Are you ready!
If you haven’t checked out the regional race guide I created that includes the most complete collection of trail and ultra events in the region (TX, AR, LA, OK, NM), now would be the perfect time. Simply click here to grab the most current living version of the TALON Trail/Ultra Running Race Calendar and Guide. Currently 105 events in this bad boy!
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
Posted on 05 Sep 2010