In my attempt to catch up on regional results from a week ago…we have the second and final race of the Rogue Fat Ass Trail Series – The Mule. This Rogue Running series event took place at Muleshoe Bend Recreational Area, a short drive northwest of Austin, Texas.
Once again, you could get more or less dirty and choose between a 30 km or 10 km gallop through the woods.
120 runners enjoyed one of the two distances.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find any pics from the event…
As compared to race #1 of the series, this course seemed more technical as you groove along sweet singletrack trail that includes plenty of rocks and some cactus that inspired a bit of extra focus…or else.
How much tougher of a course? Well, male winner Erik Stanley ran 15 minutes slower than his finish at The Shore (race #1) but still had enough mustard to win by almost nine minutes in 2:09:58. The guy chasing Erik’s shadow all series, Robert Michell, firmly held onto second place with a time of 2:18:35. Third through fifth place was a bit more exciting with four guys all within striking range.
Top 5 male
- Erik Stanley – 2:09:58
- Robert Michell – 2:18:35
- Manuel Oaxaca – 2:26:07
- Matthew Bradford – 2:29:18
- Derek Purvis – 2:30:35
Erik Stanley had the shortest cumulative time and won the 30 km male series.
Megan Haley mixed it up with the front pack of men to win the famale race in 2:32:25 and earned 7th overall. Twenty minutes later, Sydney Pitt pushed through to finish second in 2:52:34.
Top 5 female
- Megan Haley – 2:32:25 (*7th overall*)
- Sydney Pitt – 2:52:34
- Amanda Lanza – 2:55:40
- Lise Plantier – 3:10:46
- April Warner – 3:23:09
Sydney Pitt had the shortest cumulative time and won the 30 km female series.
The front of the female race was a spicy one between Falesha Thrash, Lesa Zimmerman, and Avery Young. The three women were within 45 seconds of each other at the finish line. Falesha was able to keep those legs moving fast enough to dash across the finish line first in 52:48. Lesa earned second place in 53:13, 16 seconds in front of Avery.
Top 5 female
- Falesha Thrash – 52:48
- Lesa Zimmerman – 53:13
- Avery Young – 53:29
- Meg Ayers – 54:48
- Veronica Scheer – 56:17
Falesha Thrash had the shortest cumulative time by a scant 44 seconds to win the 10 km female series.
There was some consistent spacing at the front of the male race with Paul Rademacher leading the trail running train. Paul won the male race by 81 seconds with a time of 44:01. Brad Bailey finished a solid second in 45:22.
Top 5 male
- Paul Rademacher – 44:01
- Brad Bailey – 45:22
- Christopher Alberts – 46:30
- Ben Opps – 47:23
- Vincent Quaranto – 48:46
Brad Bailey had the shortest cumulative time to win the 10 km male series.
Check out the wisest finisher. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Gayle Marie kept the legs moving to finish the 30 km at age 60.
Race Reports and Pics
- “There were tree roots, large rocks, small rocks, ledges, deep sand, long grasses, ruts and loose gravel. Most of the loop was rolling with about six decent size hills. There were a few flatter and faster sections where I was able to pick up my speed, but the majority of the course was a lot slower to run on than road.” by ChemE Runner @ ChemE Runner
Garmin Data Request
If you have Garmin data from the 30/10 km run and would be willing to share a copy of it with me, please let me know through my contact page. I can walk you through the process if you haven’t exported it before. 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.
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