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Rocky Raccoon 50 km Trail Run – 2010 Results

Amazing Fall weather was enjoyed by all at last weekend’s Rocky Raccoon 50/25/10 km trail run on the pine needled and root scattered trails of Huntsville State park located a short drive north of Houston, Texas. Over 460 athletes got dirty at the 20th running of this event.

Question for those in the know – Why do we have two events named Rocky Raccoon in the state? Seems a bit confusing for us non-Mensa types.

Special thanks to Karen Thibodeaux @ www.yoursportingimage.com for all the great pics. Karen took what seemed to be thousands of pics. So if you ran the race, be sure to check her site out because you will likely have a couple handfuls of pics with you in them. You can filter by bib and name.

The pics displayed throughout are various random shots from the event.

Course

The 50/25 km runners gallop a 25 km clockwise loop course on scenic trails and jeep fire roads that contain some grade variety with no significant climbs. It can be a fast course for those ready to rip it.

Course map

It is not clear what course the 10 km runners followed. Hopefully it was clear on race day. 🙂

Results

(The psychedelic start!)

50 km

Just under four hours, gets the win in the male race. Ariel Martinez lead after the first loop and impressively even-split the run to win in 3:58:33 (avg 7:42 min/mile). The run for second – Jeremy Koontz and Francisco Garza passed through the first loop looking like synchronized runners. Both began to fade slightly during the second loop with Francisco losing two gears (slowed avg :40/mile) and Jeremy only losing one (slowed avg :16 /mile). Jeremy crossed the finish line second in 4:10:07.

Top 5 male

  1. Ariel Martinez – 3:58:33
  2. Jeremy Koontz – 4:10:07
  3. Francisco Garza – 4:16:23
  4. Alexander Valdez – 4:21:05
  5. Brent Bellm – 4:23:44

(random pics)

Christine Tokarz closed out the top 10 overall and won the female race in 4:47:35. Niki Bellnoski negative-split the run to earn second in 5:07:58.

Top 5 female

  1. Christine Tokarz – 2:17:56 (*10th overall*)
  2. Niki Bellnoski – 5:07:58
  3. Natalie Guerrero – 5:13:57
  4. Sandie Brandenberger – 5:38:00
  5. Stephanie Pelfrey – 5:49:17

(random pics)

25 km

Lorna Campbell turned up the happy feet to create over three minutes of separation from Jennifer Harpel, to win the female race in 1:55:42. Jennifer finished second in 1:59:14.

Top 5 female

  1. Lorna Campbell – 1:55:42
  2. Jennifer Harpel – 1:59:14
  3. Jody Berry – 2:01:54
  4. Jerri Kay Boyd – 2:05:07
  5. Leah Critchley – 2:05:07

(random pic)

If not a course record, the fastest finish in the last six years was displayed by speedster, Rusty Stover. Rusty flew (maybe literally) at just over six minute miles (6:03). With that fire power, nobody was in shouting distance when he crossed the finish in 1:33:59.

The race for second was likely a bit more exciting. Derek Wood, Simon Donato, Brian Haskett, were all uncomfortably within a 20 second spread. The final 5 km had to be interesting. Derek was able to create the don’t-trip eight seconds of separation to sprint through the finish line in 1:42:33.

Top 5 male

  1. Rusty Stover – 1:33:59
  2. Derek Wood – 1:42:33
  3. Simon Donato – 1:42:41
  4. Brian Haskett – 1:42:51
  5. Jacob Wood – 1:48:24

(yep, more random pics)

10 km

Michael Johnson lead the pack by three minutes in the male race with a time of 43:06. Ray Woodall finished second in 46:12.

Top 5 male

  1. Michael Johnson – 43:06
  2. Ray Woodall – 46:12
  3. Will Holt – 50:10 (*age 11!*)
  4. Christopher Mata – 51:03
  5. Richard Heard – 51:14

(you guessed it!…but check out Mr. Yellow’s shoes…or lack there-of)

Celeste Luke was mixing it up in the overall race and won the female dash in 51:05. Pamela Paling snuck in just under 56 minutes to earn second place in 55:59.

Top 5 female

  1. Celeste Luke – 51:05 (*5th overall*)
  2. Pamela Paling – 55:59
  3. Madi Stephens – 57:19
  4. Reagan Nerren – 57:19
  5. Allyson Hayley – 59:01

(do I really have to say it again?)

Complete Results for all distances.

Inspiration Point

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

  • Ken Johnson and Miroslaw Malinowski finished the 50 km adventure step-for-step at age 69.
  • How about these 25 km finishers! – Adrian Wolford (age 72), Keith Mason (age 74), Robert Beck (age 72), and Charlene Shipman (age 70).

Too cool!

Race Reports and tons more Pics!

  • “Before the race, the race director said the course wasn’t wet (a storm system that came in the week before), but there was alot of work the park crew had to do to clean up the broken limbs due to the high winds.  So, if you hear a tree falling, you may get in an unexpected tempo run.  Sure enough, this foreshadowing came to fruition and led to a cheap thrill around 3 miles in as the sound of a tree falling could be heard in the pitch dark, followed by nervous laughter from the runners nearby.” by ultra tourtoise @ Ultra Tourtoise’s Running Blog
  • Pics, pics, and more pics. @ Your Sporting Image

If you have a report or experience to share from the event, please include in the comment link below.

Garmin Data Request

If you have the 50/25 km Garmin data from this adventure and would be willing to share it, please let me know through my contact page. Danke! [update: data received!]

Check out the TALON Race Guide

There are over 110 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.

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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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