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Louisiana Trails Missions Marathon – 2010 Results

Last weekend, the trails at Eddie D. Jones Park welcomed a smilin’ group of trail runners for the Louisiana Trails Missions Marathon. This trail run took place just outside of Shreveport, Louisiana and was put on by Sportspectrum. Proceeds from the event went to Extreme Missionary Adventures, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping volunteers make a positive impact on their world.

While the event name mentions marathon, you actually could lace up the shoes for a 50 km, 26.2 mile, or 13.1 mile adventure. Over 150 runners did just that.

A special thanks to Timebox Photography for all the event pics!


The course consists of a main 13.1 mile loop on plush running single-track within Louisiana Forests. Runners enjoy this loop one or more times depending on your race distance.

After two main loops, the ultra runners get the extra miles by using a cut-through trail that reconnects to the main loop (skipping the early miles of the loop).

Course Map


50 km

Mark Larson blasted through the first loop (13.1 miles) averaging 7:17 min/mile and was quickly all alone at the front. Mark began to slow on loop two and may have included some walking (avg pace 10:29 min/mile) in final 5 miles. He still had plenty of cushion to win the male race in 4:19:11. Jacob Evans held onto second place by less than one minute as Shannon Taylor was running a crazy negative split but ran out of real estate. Jacob finished second in 5:10:07.

Top 5 male

  1. Mark Larson – 4:19:11
  2. Jacob Evans – 5:10:07
  3. Shannon Taylor – 5:11:01
  4. Todd Blanchard – 5:21:43
  5. Daniel Welch – 5:24:19

(Ronnie Moses)

Monica Embers cruised through the first loop averaging 9:43 min/miles. For the remaining miles Monica’s pace slowed but remained fairly consistent to win the female race in 5:19:45. This also earned her fourth overall. Michelle Travis crossed the finish second in 5:45:44. The dash for fourth may have gotten a bit interesting in the final miles.

Top 5 female

  1. Monica Embers – 5:19:45 (*4th overall*)
  2. Michelle Travis – 5:45:44
  3. Jenny Stinson – 6:12:13
  4. Tala Hill – 6:39:06
  5. Lisa Luyet – 6:39:11

(Cindy Langley and Charlotte Dial)

Complete 50 km Results


Rebecca Murdock and Laura Treat passed through the first loop within 10 seconds of each other. Rebecca was able to hold on to her pacing and began to separate during the second loop to win the female race in 4:05:21 and earn third overall. Laura held onto second, finishing in 4:22:44 and forth overall.

Top 5 female

  1. Rebecca Murdock – 4:05:21 (*3rd overall*)
  2. Laura Treat – 4:22:44 (*4th overall*)
  3. Amy Haygood – 4:52:08 (*8th overall*)
  4. Sparkle Paterson – 5:34:37
  5. Stacey Legg – 5:38:14

(Rebecca Murdock, Laura Treat, and Amy Haygood)

The male race was an exciting journey between David Micinski and Jeffrey Petersen.  Both passed through the first loop together. During loop two, David was eventually able to create enough separation to win by less than two minutes in 3:38:32. Jeffrey crossed the finish line in 3:40:19.

Top 5 male

  1. David Micinski – 3:38:32
  2. Jeffrey Petersen – 3:40:19
  3. Nick Tullos – 4:31:39
  4. Bill Pauls – 4:47:10
  5. Joshua Clayton – 4:50:34

(David Micinski and Jeffrey Petersen)

Complete marathon results

Half marathon

Tomas Moreno ran the only sub 7 min/mile average (6:54) to win the male race by nearly two minutes, with a time of 1:30:18. Philip Glotser crossed the line next in 1:32:08.

Top 5 male

  1. Tomas Moreno – 1:30:18
  2. Philip Glotser – 1:32:08
  3. Cruz Mendez – 1:33:39
  4. Leonardo Ruiz – 1:36:06
  5. Kelley Grafton – 1:37:47

(Tomas Moreno and Philip Glotser)

Chelsea Dressel was able create 95 seconds of separation at the finish to win the female race and finish ninth overall with a time of 1:48:20. Denise Cook finished second in 1:49:55.

Top 5 female

  1. Chelsea Dressel – 1:48:20 (*9th overall*)
  2. Denise Cook – 1:49:55
  3. Jennifer Donovan – 1:51:03
  4. Christina Guenther – 2:05:50
  5. Amanda Marino – 2:07:22

(Chelsea Dressel and Denise Cook)

Complete half marathon results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Fred Pomeroy celebrated 13.1 miles at 71.
  • Mack Varner went after the trail marathon at 65.
  • Robert Kosec went ultra at 63.

(Mack Varner)

Life is play. Play is life.

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:

  • Joan Filipowski maintained fairly consistent pacing to finish the 50 km adventure in 7:32:45.

Race Reports and Pics

  • “A chance to breathe. This is the part of ultras I live/run for. When you’re 15-20 miles into a race in the middle of the woods and you can’t see anyone. It’s such an awesome experience.” by Jacob @ What Finish Line?
  • A great collection of pics by Timebox Photography.

If you have a race experience to share, please include in the comment link below.

Congrats to all the runners!

Garmin Data Request

If you have the 50 km, mary, or half mary Garmin data from this adventure and would be willing to share it, please let me know through my contact page. Danke!

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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