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Texas Trail Runs – 2010 Results

Last weekend, the Texas Trails Run took place at what may be the most popular race location in the state of Texas, Huntsville State Park. The gently rolling terrain that dances through the pineywoods of the Sam Houston National Forest is a delight for many.

The Texas Trail Runs delivered a 50 km and 12.5 mile trail running adventure.

Nearly 300 nature seekers enjoyed their endorphin fix on the dirt.


The course contains some nice rolling double wide singletrack which allows you to run the entire course if you have the fitness. If you are new to trail running, roots will be the biggest beast faced with this course…unless you trip on a rock and visit the resident alligators waiting in Lake Raven.

The 50 km runners enjoy a counterclockwise 6.7 mile loop before running two loops around the lake.

The 12.5 mile athletes run a short out-and-back before the lake loop.

Course Map


50 km

Chris Robbins took off like a cannon from the word “Go!” and created a 3.5 minute lead in the first 6.7 mile (avg 7:20 pace) with a string of runners following. Chris continued the inspiring run and knocked out a 7:51 pace for his first 12-ish mile loop around Lake Raven. With a 10 minute lead, the last loop was a bit more human-like 9:02 pace but still fast enough for the male win in a time of 4:14:17 (chip time).

Nathan Jackson completed the 6.7 mile loop in 6th overall and over the remaining miles kept a nice consistent effort to cross the line in second in 4:30:19 (chip).

Top 5 male (chip time)

  1. Chris Robbins – 4:14:17
  2. Nathan Jackson – 4:30:19
  3. Lance Gay – 4:48:20
  4. Michael Pentland – 4:48:40
  5. Jeff Gosmano – 4:48:49

Note – For some reason the non-splits results don’t show Nathan Jackson. Not sure why…

Heidi Zimmerman Garza put her fast tread on this event in the early going. Heidi finished the first 6.7 mile loop at 7:59 pace and was in 5th position overall. With very consistent pacing the last two loops around the lake (8:53 and 9:01 avg pace), Heidi won the female race in 4:30:53 and moved up in the overall to finish third. The 9:01 avg pace the final loop was also the fastest by anyone in the race.

Bridget Delarosa-Lopez was second female and top 20 overall after the mini-loop. Bridget kept the wheels turning for the remaining lake loops to finish second female and 7th overall in 4:53:37.

Top 5 female (chip time)

  1. Heidi Zimmerman Garza – 4:30:53 (*3rd overall*)
  2. Bridget Delarosa-Lopez – 4:53:37 (*7th overall*)
  3. Tricia Hernandez – 5:14:27
  4. Michelle Chang – 5:16:50
  5. Elva LaFuente – 5:16:56

Complete 50 km results

Complete 50 km results with splits

12.5 mile

Sandra Carrasco created five minutes of separation to win the female race in 1:49:28. Judy Jones finished second in 1:54:37.

Top 5 female

  1. Sandra Carrasco – 1:49:28
  2. Judy Jones – 1:54:37
  3. Michele Marvin – 1:56:55
  4. Andrea Paterson – 1:59:22
  5. Cheryl Hope – 2:01:01

Sixteen year olds, Corbin Witte and Connor Mclain, finished one and two with Corbin having the extra gear to win in 1:27:59. Connor finished five+ minute later in 1:33:27.

Top 5 male

  1. Corbin Witte – 1:27:59
  2. Connor Mclain – 1:33:27
  3. Hector Delgado – 1:33:57
  4. Kelly Garban – 1:35:36
  5. Tim McGuire – 1:37:20

Complete results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Leona Devine (age 68), Bob Williams (age 68), and Robert Beck (age 72), all got dirty in the 12.5 mile run.
  • Aiko Hanyu and Jimmy Jircik both went ultra at age 70.

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:

  • Harris Argo kept the body moving forward with huge determination to finish the 50 km in 9:09:45.

Race Reports

  • “My legs could not sustain that torture and I bonked at mile 28 completely….started walking and stopping to stretch to try anything to get the pain in my legs to stop.” by Jason @ Peeshwank Rouge’s Running Blog
  • “Stacy and I were consistent in our pacing. We ran 8 mins and walked 2 mins the entire race.  No real issues while running physically.  I never felt like I was bonking which I think speaks to consistent nutrition.  We finished the race feeling strong.” by K @ Running Towards Him

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 Garmin data from the 50 km or 12.5 mile 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 a simple process. Danke!

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.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

(Photos: Cortesy of Alyoshka (image 1, image 2, and image 3))

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 “Texas Trail Runs – 2010 Results”

  1. on 17 Dec 2010 at 7:43 am Steve Wray

    I ran this race. Huntsville State Park is beautiful and a good place to spend a day running.

  2. on 19 Dec 2010 at 3:21 pm David Hanenburg

    Hence the handful of races that occur on those trails. A busy place!