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Bandera Trail Run – USATF 100 km Trail National Championship Front Runner Preview

There are currently 40 trail runners playing in the USATF 100 km Trail National Championship that takes place this weekend at the Bandera Trail Run in south central Texas. The two loop course has a fun mix of flats, flatlander-moderate (200-300 foot) rocky climbs, and nature all around. (Course Flyover – One loop of the 100 km course in 2010.)

The speedsters better be ready to run because there are few hiking opportunities available.

Last year both the male and female 100km course records were broken by multiple athletes. Will it happen again this year?

All three (female tie) of last year’s 100 km winners will not defend this year but there is fast enough tread on the starting line for both men and women. Weather conditions may be an x-factor as it doesn’t look to be as supportive as last year.

2010 – Dry and cool (20F start temp).

2011 – Currently predictions: 40 – 65 F, 40 % chance of rain.

This years temp will be a bit warmer and more humid but the competition at the front looks just deep enough to keep everyone inspired to the finish. How close the race remains at the front may just determine if new records are set.

Regardless of records, I expect some exciting racing in both the male and female race.

The Fast Tread

After a quick look at some past results using Ultra Signup, here are some of the speedy ones likely to mix it up at the front.

Female

  • Pam Smith (OR) – 6:57:37 (2nd female) at JFK 50 in November. 10th female at 2010 Western States. 10:36:25 (3rd female) at 2010 Bandera 100 km and within three minutes of winning time. Being familiar with the course will also be an asset.
  • Alison Bryant (NC) – 8:31 (1st female) at Mountain Masochist 50 mile in November. Third place female in the 2010 La Sportiva Mountain Cup Series.
  • Liza Howard (TX) – TALON speedster that won the Leadville 100 last summer. 8:48:56 (7th female) at the competitive TNF Endurance 50 in December. Liza is playing in her backyard so expect her to glide over the jagged, rock littered sections of the course.
  • Meghan Arbogast (OR) – 8:47:53 (6th female) at the competitive TNF Endurance 50 in December. 10:52:50 (first female) at Where’s Waldo 100 km in August. Second female at 2010 Western States.

Jagged Sotol waiting for runners along the course.

Male

  • Geoff Roes (CO) – 6:51:25 (2nd male) at the competitive TNF Endurance 50. 2010 Western States 100 champ! Loves the long stuff but has proven he has the mid-distance fire power as well.
  • Dave Mackey (CO) – 6:55:50 (3rd male) at the competitive TNF Endurance 50. Seems to be more of a 50 mile and under racer from the results that I looked at. Can Dave extend the pace another 12 miles?
  • Chikara Omine (CA) – 6:23:05 (2nd male) at Dick Collins Firetrails 50 mile in October. Sub 20 hour finish at 2010 Western States 100. 9:19:43 (2nd male) and less than three minutes from the win at 2010 Bandera 100 km. Chikara is the youngest and may just be the freshest of the top guys as he didn’t race the TNF Endurance 50.
  • Jason Bryant (NC) – 4:21:04 (1st male) at Stumpjump 50 km trail run in October. Forth overall male in the 2010 La Sportiva Mountain Cup Series. Seems like more of a 50 km runner so Jason has some serious speed, will he have the mid-distance endurance to go along with it?
  • Mark Godale (OH) – 6:17:03 (5th male) at Tussey Mountainback 50 mile in October. Sub 20 hour at 2010 Western States.
  • Steven Moore (TX) – TALON athlete that ran 7:14:24 (1st male) at The Wild Hare 50 mile in November. 19:35:47 (1st male) at Cactus Rose 100 in October which occurred at the same location (different course) as the Bandera 100 km. 9:58:49 (4th male) at 2010 Bandera 100 km.

If I missed someone please share in the comment link below.

Podium finishers for male and female? Feel free to share your predictions in the comment link below.

Go Time

The Bandera 100 km USATF National Trail Championship plays out this Saturday with the “Go!” at 7:30 am sharp!

Over 600 runners will be participating in either the 100 km (USATF or non-USATF), 50 km, or 25 km distances directed by Joe Prusaitis and the Tejas Trails crew. All athletes have until 7:30 am Sunday morning to cross the finish line.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

(Photos: Courtesy of Tejas Trails and gwarcita)

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.

3 Responses to “Bandera Trail Run – USATF 100 km Trail National Championship Front Runner Preview”

  1. on 05 Jan 2011 at 12:24 pm Julie

    I think Liza is going to take the win for the ladies. (go Liza!)
    For the men I think Geoff is going to pull it out with Mackey right behind.
    Should be a great race!!!
    Good luck to you in your comeback race Dave!

  2. on 06 Jan 2011 at 7:58 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Julie – It definitely looks like an exciting day for all.

    Thanks for the kind words. I am looking forward to the experience. It has been tooooo long.

  3. on 06 Jan 2011 at 9:12 am Steve

    Liza and Geoff.

    When I’m getting my 50K done I might be able to see them pass me on their second lap!