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Big Dog Trail Run – 2010 Results

The 12th Annual Big Dog Trail Run took place over Thanksgiving weekend and provided trail runners of all abilities a chance to burn off that holiday meal. This Louisiana event put on by the Ouachita Valley Road Runners takes place on the nationally recognized mountain bike course at Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston.

Nearly 180 carb-loaded athletes finished one of the four race distances that included a 50 km, 20 mile, 10 mile, and 5 mile scamper.

A big thanks to Ouachita Valley Road Runners for the collection of random pics!


The main 10 mile loop guides runners on sweet singletrack and some jeep trails. The usual fare of rocks, roots, and hills are included to remind you this is not a road run.

Main 10-ish mile Loop - Click Image to Enlarge

Special thanks to Cheri and Jeff for the Garmin data.


50 km

Running the only sub 8 minute pace, Jeff Shaw cruised through the course to win the male race by 24 minutes in 4:04:02. Tim Norwood finished second as the only other person to finish under five hours with a time of 4:28:28.

Top 5 male

  1. Jeff Shaw – 4:04:02
  2. Tim Norwood – 4:28:28
  3. Mike Bonnette – 5:40:00
  4. Eli Perez – 6:00:35
  5. Cliff Ferren – 6:07:35

At the finish, Elisabeth Elder created eight minutes of separation from Dianna Sulser, to win the female race in 6:02:24. Dianna finished a solid second in 6:10:31. Third through fifth place had three women all within two minutes of each other.

Top 5 female

  1. Elisabeth Elder – 6:02:24 (*5th overall*)
  2. Dianna Sulser – 6:10:31 (*7th overall*)
  3. Carolyn McKinney – 6:21:07 (*10th overall*)
  4. Michelle Eskew – 6:21:54
  5. Carol Bradshaw – 6:23:20

20 mile

The female race was a one woman show – literally. Laurie Underwood was the only female finisher and completed the two loop course in 4:06:47.

The female

  1. Laurie Underwood – 4:06:47

Lawson Fall averaged an 8:34 pace to win the male race 2:51:19. Eight minutes later, Blaine Shaw finished second in 2:59:27.

Top 5 male

  1. Lawson Fall – 2:51:19
  2. Blaine Shaw – 2:59:27
  3. Matthew McVicar – 3:10:52
  4. Douglas Skelton – 3:18:26
  5. Marc Eichhorn – 3:20:08

10 mile

This race had the biggest field and some spicy competition at the front.

One second separated Devin Caldwell and Austin Thomas as they crossed the timing map. Both runners averaged an impressive 6:56 min/mile pace. Exciting finish indeed! Devin was able to create just enough separation to win the male race in 1:09:17.

Top 5 male

  1. Devin Caldwell – 1:09:17
  2. Austin Thomas – 1:09:18
  3. Kelly Grafton – 1:11:12
  4. Jason Graham – 1:13:38
  5. James Turner – 1:14:47

Candice Ramos inspired those behind in the female race. Candice averaged an 8:18 pace that created over seven minutes of separation and placed her near the top 10 overall with a finish time of 1:23:03. While Candice ran alone at the front, Emily Collins and Toni Elkins had to keep pushing as they finished within 80 seconds of each other. Emily crossed the line second in 1:31:22.

Top 5 female

  1. Candice Ramos – 1:23:03
  2. Emily Collins – 1:31:22
  3. Toni Elkins – 1:32:42
  4. Monica Waggoner – 1:36:43
  5. Kim Adkins – 1:37:45

5 mile

Deja vu?? The 5 mile race played out quite similar as the 10 mile adventure.

Genelle Rose ran alone at the front of the female race, averaged 9:11 min/mile pace and crossed the finish in 45:53. Lara Youngblood and Mindy Giambrone motivated each other to the finish as 13 seconds separated the two runners in the dash for second. Lara had the extra giddy-up to earn second in 52:41.

Top 5 female

  1. Genelle Rose – 45:53
  2. Lara Youngblood – 52:41
  3. Mindy Giambrone – 52:54
  4. Amanda Daniel – 54:18
  5. Donna Ingram – 55:28

Dustin Cochran and Kyle McLaughlin lead the pointy-end of the male race and finished within seven seconds of each other. Dustin was able to hold onto the lead and win in 34:58. Still in Dustin’s shadow, Kyle finished a close second in 35:05.

Top 5 male

  1. Dustin Cochran – 34:58
  2. Kyle McLaughlin – 35:05
  3. Greg White – 37:19
  4. Richard Cottrell – 39:30
  5. William McLaughlin – 40:20

Complete Results for all distances.

Inspiration Point

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

  • Bill Evans and Carolyn Smith completed the 5 mile at age 66.
  • Mark Johnston enjoyed the 10 mile at age 62.
  • Gerald Seddon went for 20 at age 65.
  • Elisabeth Elder went ultra at age 59…and she won the female race!

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:

  • Shannon Mitchel kept working through the miles with inspiring determination and finished the 50 km adventure in 9:31:08.

Race Reports and more pics

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

Congrats to all the runners!

Check out the TALON Race Guide

There are over 115 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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