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The Ghost Town 38.5 Run – 2011 Results

68 started – 68 finished! Just the way we like it!

Over the weekend, 68 trail lovin’ athletes enjoyed the The Ghost Town 38.5 ultramarathon headquartered at Hillsboro, New Mexico, next to the ruggedly beautiful Gila National Forest in the south west portion of the state.

The event has its own flair and has an array of unique awards such as:

  • Oldest finisher under the clock.
  • Martin Luther King Day award – 17th finisher
  • Mamaw Rudy award – 57th finisher. Per race director Susan Reynolds: “My mamaw used to give us a dollar for every year we were old. It paid to age in my family. So, in her honor, the runner finishing in the same place as my age (and I have a birthday in January) will receive an award. It pays to be slow!”
  • Marty Duchow award – First finisher who lives under 1000 ft.
  • Jeff Johnston award – Most improved runner in two consecutive years.
  • Bill Halm award – First place finisher of the GT Double Masters Ultra.

Plus one new award for 2011!

The Jason Taylor award – To the first finisher whose first ultra is The Ghost Town.

RD Susan Reynolds - Final race instructions.

The event seems to have a very fun vibe associated with it and it sounded like it may be its last year??

A special thanks to Jeff Genova, Steve Grossman, Cheryl Spain, Blaine Moore, Greg Henneman, and Norbert Leinfellner, and RD Susan Reynolds (gave the A-OK) for the various pics you see.

The Course

The 38.5 mile out-and-back course begins on the pavement before heading onto a dirt forest service road within the Gila National Forest that will provide some amazing scenery and a nice aerobic challenge.

The air is a bit thin for flatlanders as the course starts at 5100 ft and peaks out at near 7000 ft in the Gila forest.


Jason Koop pushed a spunky pace and set a new course record (I think) by over two minutes to win the male race in 5:06:54. Nine minutes later, Pete Stevenson finished a strong second.

Top 5 male

  1. Jason Koop (CO) – 5:06:54
  2. Pete Stevenson (CO) – 5:16:00
  3. Nick Pedatella (CO) – 5:42:16
  4. James Darnold (NM) – 6:04:27
  5. Blaine Moore (ME) – 6:24:24

Kari Fraser led the way in the female race without a lot of female company nearby. Kari was first to cross the finish in 7:07:35. Victoria Funk and Kristel Liddle perfected their synchronized running to cross the line together in 8:15:14.

Top 5 female

  1. Kari Fraser (CO) – 7:07:35
  2. Victoria Funk (CO) and Kristel Liddle (CO) – 8:15:14
  3. Tammy Parsons (NM) – 8:35:36
  4. Renee Webb (AZ) – 8:40:37
  5. Mary Boyts (CO) – 8:42:34

The Ghost Town Special Awards

  • Jason Taylor Award – James Darnold
  • Marty Duchow Award – Blaine Moore
  • Jeff Johnston Award – Brian Pilgrim
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Award – Ed Craighead
  • Mamaw Ruby Award – Iliana Dimitrova
  • Oldest Finisher Under the Clock Award – Jean Jacques d’Aquin
  • Bill Halm Award – Bill Halm

Complete Results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Bill Halm finished in the top half of the adventure at age 83!
  • Jean Jacques d’Aquin motivated all at age 71.
  • Jim Simpson fired up many at age 69.
  • Ed Craighead finished in 7:35:01 (17th overall!) at age 68.

Damn, this stuff almost brings me to tears…too cool. Thanks for destroying old paradigms of human potential.

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:

  • Paul Carrington enjoyed the most time in nature and turned off the lights in 11:33:37.

Race Reports and other Groovy Media

  • “This race …no, this entire experience was so awesome and I just love when experiences like this come along. This is what I want in my life. I don’t care about stuff, I care about experiences. Friendships, races, loving, laughing, crying, screaming, hammering courses, training, getting faster, encouraging others, and passing the positive vibe. Some people think I might be too emotional, too wound up, too crazy – but if you do, too bad, ‘cuz feeling like this is what I live for.” by Christian @ Run 100 Miles
  • “After Stone Hut, road care was less of a priority and the road got a bit rougher. There was also a long, steep hill. At 12.7 miles, we turned onto the Forest Trail spur, which was a just over a mile, umm, forest trail. With a lot of climb, especially at the end. With a lot of snow.” by Leann @ Taper Madness
  • “The volunteers were great and one thing I came away with from ‘every’ aid station was how they always used our first name when we arrived and when we got on our way.  Something so simple, but when you’ve been out for over 7 hours fighting hills, rocks, and snow – it makes a big difference!” by Dallas @ AZTrailRunner
  • “I slid on my fanny in one portion of this section and was glad I was wearing my new long tech pants – otherwise I would have been soaked through and freezing. Looking back, I now think this was my favorite part of the course because I enjoyed walking in the deeper snow, but I am still glad we only had to do it one time!” by bookladywalker @ bookladywalker
  • “The cow was on the far side of the road looking at me, and then it glanced to the right and to the left and went back to looking at me. Once the car that was coming up from behind me had passed it, it looked to the right and left again and then sprinted across the street and disappeared down a trail. I’ve never seen a cow before that knew how to look both ways before crossing the street.” by Blaine @ Run to Win

Video slideshow by Jeff Genova

(If you can’t see the video, click here.)

Garmin Data Request

If you have Garmin data from the 38.5 mile adventure and would be willing to share a copy of it with me, please let me know through my contact page. Danke!

The La Sportiva monster?

Check out the TALON Race Guide

There are 119 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.

Congrats to everyone that enjoyed the epic day on the New Mexico trails.

Feel free to share any experiences from the day in the comment link below.

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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.

4 Responses to “The Ghost Town 38.5 Run – 2011 Results”

  1. on 20 Jan 2011 at 7:10 pm Blaine Moore

    My race report will be coming soon…I promise!

    As for Garmin race data, my training log is open to the public and you can download GPX data directly off of it for any public maps (some maps are set as private even though the workouts themselves are public.)

  2. on 21 Jan 2011 at 1:30 pm David Hanenburg

    Hey Blaine – Looked like you had a very solid day. Look forward to reading the report!

    I will check out the data, thanks.

  3. on 20 May 2012 at 8:02 pm greg roberts


    Does anyone have a 2013 date for the Ghost Town Ultra event in New Mexico?

  4. on 22 May 2012 at 9:09 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Greg, I believe 2011 was the last year of the event.