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Rockledge Rumble Trail Run – 2010 Results

The cold early morning start quickly led to near perfect conditions once the sun began to rise at the 15th Annual Rockledge Rumble trail run at Grapevine lake, a north Texas urban oasis for trail runners. This North Texas Trail Running event served up three entrées depending on your trail running appetite: 15 km, 30 km, and 50 km. Only time would tell if some bit off more than they could chew.

(RD Tom Crull)

The sold out event that honors America’s veterans, had 266 complete one of the three dirty-lovin’ distances.

For those that took on the 30 km and 15 km adventure, you were given some FREE bonus miles in nature. You actually ran 34.2 and 15.9 kms respectively.

Once again, the course has changed some (thanks to the hard work by DORBA) from last year so looking at past results is a bit of a useless comparison.

I came out and helped at packet pick-up and then headed out on the trail to capture some pics and video. It was great to be back at a trail event and catch up with friends and create new ones.

Kids Race

It was also great that the event included a kids fun race. Griffin and my wife were going to come out for the race but I told them to stay home because of the cold and windy early morning temps. Who would guess we were from the midwest..unless you would talk to us. I now wish I would have had them come out as some other friends brought their little runners as well…next time.

This race was no different than for the adults. Right before the start, layers of warm clothes were shedded, they toed the start line in anxious anticipation, and then they ran! And similar to the adult trail running experience, sometimes we stray off the desired course (as the video highlights). 🙂

Little Kids Race Start video (Special thanks to Drew Meyer for the video.)

Course

The course dances along some sweet single and double-wide trails running within the trees along the shoreline of the lake. The typical trail fare of roots and some rocky sections help keep the mind from wondering too far away from the present. An added challenge for this time of year with all the fallen leaves…some of those roots and rocks are hidden from view.

Although no sustained climbs, the trail is continuously changing, which can sneak up on ya in the later miles.

50 km and 30 km trail runner traverse the entire main 30km pseudo out-and-back course. While the 30 km runners have ended their journey, the 50 km runners head back out for another 10-ish miles on the same trail. The 15 km adventurers run this same 10-ish mile portion of trail.

All distances finish with a nice little climb up some stairs.

Results


A veteran provided the countdown and "Go" for each race.

50 km

With 4.8 miles to go, male race leader Greg Gibbs, arrived at Murrell aid-station feeling the early hot pace and current mileage. Although not giving up, Greg didn’t fly through the aid-station with much urgency. A few minutes later, Matt Crownover arrived at the aid-station with the fire in his eyes still burning strong. He quickly moved through the aid station and began the return trip down the trail before his bottle was filled. He was on the hunt. An aid-station helper dashed off towards Matt and handed him the full bottle before he disappeared down the trail. Over the next few miles, Matt caught Greg and made a strategic surge to create separation and to hopefully be out of sight – out of mind. The surge stuck and Matt went on to climb the final set of sand stairs to win with a time of 4:34:00.

Within the last few miles Henry Zoch was able to move in front of Greg and earn second place in 4:37:00. Greg finished a strong third, with a time of 4:41:13.

Top 5 male

  1. Matt Crownover – 4:34:00
  2. Henry Zoch III – 4:37:00
  3. Greg Gibbs – 4:41:13
  4. Joey Guajardo – 4:43:49
  5. Jeffrey Underhill – 5:04:36

(Matt Crownover(top) and Greg Gibbs with 4.8 miles to go!)

In her usual consistent fashion, Christine Tokarz was in the mix at the front of the overall race. Chris finished fifth overall and won the female race with a sub 5 hour time of 4:56:19. Andrea Smith finished second in 5:38:18. (Andrea helped me get to the finish last year after my less than delightful puke-fest with a couple miles to the finish.)

Top 5 female

  1. Christine Tokarz – 4:56:19 (*5th overall*)
  2. Andrea Smith – 5:38:18
  3. Barbara Schultz – 5:51:00
  4. Nancy Shidler – 6:25:20
  5. Amymichelle Lucio – 6:48:58

(Chris Tokarz (top) and Barbara Schultz (I think))

Complete 50 km Results

30 km

The female race for the win was an exciting one between Merry Wolf and Kelly Richards. 73 seconds separated the two at the end of  34.2 kms of running. Merry was able to be the first to place her tread on the rock shoreline near the finish to win in 3:31:17. Shortly after, Kelly climbed the stairs and finish in 3:32:30.

Top 5 female

  1. Merry Wolf – 3:31:17 (*10th overall*)
  2. Kelly Richards – 3:32:30
  3. Dianna Conger – 3:44:23
  4. Linda Hillen – 3:48:00
  5. Laurie Lukanich – 4:00:41

(Dianna Conger (top) and Griselda Camacho with friends)

Allen Helton averaged sub 7:40 min/mile and was the only sub 3-hour finisher to win the male race in 2:42:15. Second through forth place was a don’t-stop-now trail run that had less than three minutes separation one from the next. Bob Smeby finished second in 3:00:02.

Top 5 male

  1. Allen Helton – 2:42:15
  2. Bob Smeby – 3:00:02
  3. Don Robertson – 3:02:03
  4. Jon Korte – 3:04:54
  5. Richard Miller – 3:11:48

(Chris Hillen (top), Rusty Hailey, and Debby Eads)

Complete 30 km Results

15 km

Brad Bailey won the male race after creating nearly three minutes of separation from the next chaser. Brad finished in 1:12:10. Less than 20 seconds separation Joe Walker and Joshua Thompson in the race for second. Joe was able to stay in front at the stair climb to finish second in 1:14:52.

Top 5 male

  1. Brad Bailey – 1:12:10
  2. Joe Walker – 1:14:52
  3. Joshua Thompson – 1:15:10
  4. Robert Fowler – 1:16:37
  5. Daniel Hagelberg – 1:20:30

(Daniel Hagelberg (top) and Lanny Collins)

Leana Sloan ran near the front of the overall race to finish fifth and win the female race in 1:19:16. Kristen Jett was next at 1:27:50.

Top 5 female

  1. Leana Slone – 1:19:16
  2. Kristen Jett – 1:27:50
  3. Melissa Gonzales – 1:31:38
  4. Lana Johnson – 1:33:45
  5. Cathy Young – 1:36:25

(Laura Swenson (#7 top), #379, and Linda Hillen)

Complete 15 km Results

Inspiration Point

Check out some of the wisest finisher(s). I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.

  • Kent Holder finished the 50 km adventure at 71.
  • Jay Norman and Timothy Kourounis knocked out the 30 km at 72.
  • Alan Engisch enjoyed the 15 km at 71.

Life is play. Play is life.

(Murrell aid-station – Helping you rock the Rumble!)

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:

  • Jim Baudhuin kept moving forward to get up the final set of stairs in 8:24:14.

Race Reports and more

  • “…I took the foot way off the accelerator for Rockledge – a smidgen over five hours for the first 18.5 miles or so. That’s pretty much the slowest I’ve ever paced myself in any race, but I finished the last 12.5 miles in under 2 ½ hours.” @ Run with Mu
  • “One really cool part of the course that I have to mention is the bamboo forest.  I can’t remember exactly which mile we were at, somewhere around 6 or 7 I think?  Anyway, all of a sudden you are smack dab in the middle of very tall, thick bamboo and it’s beautiful!” by Julie @ Trailing Along
  • “If my numbers were right I only had about 3 miles left to go and I was feeling GREAT! My legs felt strong. My lungs were doing fine. My face was getting a little tired from the stupid grin I had on my face the whole way! But other than that… I was having a ball.” by The Trail Jogger @ The Trail Jogger
  • “Not knowing too much about the trail, but having heard it was easier than the Cross Timbers Trail Run where I did the marathon in about 6 hours, I thought I would go for a “fly and die” strategy on this race!” by Jeff @ GreenNinja
  • Many groovy pics and a sweet video.

If you have an experience to share from the event, please include it in the comment link.

Congrats to everyone that spent a morning…and some an afternoon on the trails.

Garmin Data Request

If you have the 50/30 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!]

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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.

2 Responses to “Rockledge Rumble Trail Run – 2010 Results”

  1. on 16 Nov 2010 at 8:51 am Mike Krejci

    GREAT report!!! Thanks for sharing the info, pictures, and video of the kids race. My kids had a terrific time at this race. And way to go Matty Crownover!!! What a race!

  2. on 16 Nov 2010 at 7:51 pm David Hanenburg

    Thanks Mike – Appreciate it. Congrats on your finish as well! Awesome stuff!