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Pajarito Trail Fest – 2010 Results

A little over a week ago, the Pajarito Trail Fest took place in Los Alamos, New Mexico, at the Pajarito Mountain ski lodge.  This dirty event provided a scenic 10km and 15 mile scamper on the local trails. To turn this into a family event, the little runners could have fun with a 100 yard or 1 km kids run. Good stuff!

115 runners enjoyed the special morning.

Special thanks to Jim Stein Photography for all the great pics within this summary.


The clock-wise 10km loop course leads runners from the lodge and up a ~1200 foot climb that peaks out around 10,500 feet at the top of the Aspen Lift on Pajarito Mountain. Then dash your way down to the finish.

The 15 mile adventure includes the same 10 km loop but also guides runners on an undulating out-and-back segment to complete the miles.

10 km course

15 mile course

15 mile profile


15 mile

A sub 2:10 earned the win in the male race as Bill Crooks pushed the pace to win by seven minutes with a time of 2:09:44. Daryl Dagel was able to stay in front of those chasing hard from behind, to cross the dirt line next in 2:16:44.

Top 5 male

  1. Bill Crooks – 2:09:44
  2. Daryl Dagel – 2:16:44
  3. David Coblentz – 2:17:56
  4. David Simpson – 2:19:27
  5. Mark Porter – 2:21:04

Bill Crooks (I think...)

Ruthanne Hamrick was back to defend her 2009 female win and averaged over 30 seconds per mile separation from those pushing behind. Ruthanne won the female race in 2:29:51, just outside of top 10 overall. The front of the female race was fairly spread out with Sheila Van Cuyk finishing second in 2:38:52.

Top 5 female

  1. Ruthanne Hamrick – 2:29:51
  2. Sheila Van Cuyk – 2:38:52
  3. Lynn Bjorklund – 2:43:36
  4. Jessica Kisiel – 2:50:20
  5. Veronika Mocko – 3:07:32

Ruthanne Hamrick

10 km

Susan Hanson and Amy Lee inspired each other and allowed a little over two minutes to finally separate them at the finish. Susan had the extra turnover to defend her 2009 win and won the female race in 1:02:30, which was also strong enough for ninth overall. Amy finished a solid second in 1:04:45 and 10th overall.

Top 5 female

  1. Susan Hanson – 1:02:30
  2. Amy Lee – 1:04:45
  3. Marta Becvarik – 1:08:22
  4. Kim Katko – 1:10:59
  5. Stephanie Martinez – 1:11:56

Susan Hanson

Runner-up in ’09, Hans Hanson, cranked out a 50:38 to win the male race by over three minutes. Jesse Taylor finished second in 53:49. There appeared to be a dash for third between Colin Hemez and Brian Bolser. A potentially painful one second separated the two.

Top 5 male

  1. Hans Hanson – 50:38
  2. Jesse Taylor – 53:49
  3. Colin Hemez – 57:22
  4. Brian Bolser – 57:23
  5. Cameron Staples – 59:16

Hans Hanson

Complete 10 km and 15 mile Results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Jack Clark rippin’ the 10 km at 67.
  • Kenneth Sirois pushing the distance in the 15 mile at 63.

Jack Clark

Life is play. Play is life.

Sweetest Pic – The Burn for Third Place

Colin Hemez and Brian Bolser hammering to the finish!

All four feet off the ground! Love it!

Race Reports and More Pics

  • “As I went bombing downhill I hit a 6-minute mile, which is pretty scary on technical, twisting trail. I was dodging rocks, ducking under branches, leaping small boulders and vaulting fallen trees, it was a total blast.” by S. Banoo @ Studies in Clydeology
  • Jim Stein Photography has over 700 pics from the event. Great stuff!

Garmin Data Request

If you have Garmin data from the 10km / 15 mile run and would be willing to share a copy of it with me, please let me know through my contact page. Danke!

Check out the TALON Race Guide

There are 113 regional trail/ultra races in the TALON Race Guide. Be sure to check it out if you are looking for a fairly large list of events in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. New events are always being added.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

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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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