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Run From the Ducks 8 Hour – 2010 Results

Rain, Running, Mud, and maybe even a few Ducks.

Last weekend, I took a look at the weather radar and saw some red, yellow, and green, over the Clark Botanical Gardens in Weatherford, Texas. Home of the Run from the Ducks 8 hour run. The run benefits The National Vietnam War Museum.

Apparently, the event was delayed for one hour, before nearly 40 runners splashed their way along the course. The rain eventually stopped but plenty of puddle jumping the rest of the day.

Course

This year the flat loop was increased from a half mile to a .854 mile loop within the Botanical Gardens. The happy feet surface included grass and gravel. The course contained plenty of open/exposed areas but the newly added segment included some shade.

Results

There were still some very inspiring miles knocked out even with the less-than-idea conditions.

The top five male runners all finished within 5 miles of each other and accumulated over 40 miles. It had to be pretty exciting to follow throughout the day. With the tight course, all the more exciting.

Claude Hicks completed four laps in front of Andy Blessing to win with 46.97 miles (55 laps). Andy finishing 51 laps.

Top 5 male

  1. Claude Hicks – 46.97 miles  (55 laps and I believe a distance record for this event. Update 9/29 – Ryan Loehding ran 54.42 miles last year so no record. Sorry Ryan…and thanks for the correction Deborah.)
  2. Andy Blessing – 43.554 miles (51 laps)
  3. Brian Hill – 42.7 miles (50 laps)
  4. Jeffrey Snyder – 42.7 miles (50 laps)
  5. Buddy Teaster – 41.846 miles (49 laps)

If you thought the male race was exciting, the women took it to another level. The top five women were within 2.5 miles and the top four were all within one mile of each other.

Katrina Mumaw found a way to out splash her chasers to finish with a one lap lead and a total of 35+ miles. The next three finishers, Deborah Sexton, Tammy Unangst, and Kristin Scott, all finished with 34.16 miles.

Top 5 female

  1. Katrina Mumaw – 35.014 miles (41 laps)
  2. Deborah Sexton – 34.16 miles (40 laps)
  3. Tammy Unangst – 34.16 miles (40 laps)
  4. Kristin Scott – 34.16 miles (40 laps)
  5. Cheri Woldt – 32.452 miles (38 laps)

Complete Results

Inspiration Point

Check out the wisest finisher. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.

  • Bill Rumbaugh cranked out 34.483 miles at age 64. Bam!

Life is play. Play is life.

Race Reports

  • “As I clear the Gazebo with only 12 minutes left, the race director yells “Dan, can you be back here in under 12 minutes?” I say, YES SIR, and begin kicking it in gear.” by Dan @ Tri My Will
  • “With the wet conditions, VFFs were a good choice to run in.  I stopped once about 5-6 hours in to clean them out; I think the only shoes that wouldn’t have collected mud and gravel would have been waders.” by Paul @ Lean Forward Run Farther

If you have any personal reports from the event – please share. There has to be some good ones out there.

Congrats to all that spent the day splashing, playing, and oh yeah – running!

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

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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