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Dirty Soles 5 Miler – Forge Trail Series #1 – 2011 Results

The first race of the 2011 Louisiana Trail Running State Championships took place at the Dirty Soles 5 Miler at the scenic Fontainebleau State Park on Lake Pontchartrain near the city of Mandeville. For those that have the leg-turnover, Forge Racing has once again received great support to provide some sweet prize packages (overall and age group) for this four race series. You can check out the details on their awards page.

The event also provided a one mile kids run prior to the race to allow an opportunity for the little ones to get their run on. Gotta love that!

84 runners arrived ready to play in the mild conditions.

Special thanks to Forge Racing for the various pics!


The trail within the park is nicely groomed and is rumored as the flattest race of the series. To add a bit of lemon zest, a sandy beach start.


“Focus…Speed…I am Speed.” – Lightning McQueen

The first five male runners had feet a blazing as they all ran a sub six minute pace. Matthew Manning was able to maintain 18 seconds of separation from hard charging Ryan Barrow to win the male race in a heart pounding 23:39 (5:15 min/mile). Ryan was next in 23:57.

Top 5 male

  1. Matthew Manning – 23:39
  2. Ryan Barrow – 23:57
  3. Philip Primeaux – 25:00
  4. Sean Fitzwilliams – 25:23
  5. Tyler Kirk – 26:54

While none of the 2010 series winners in the male race returned for this event, the female series winner was back and still rippin’ it. Watch out boys, she’s coming! Sarah Skotty averaged 6 min/miles to solidly win the female race in 26:59 and earn sixth overall. Allison Bodet ran solid sub 7 min/mile splits to finish second in 29:55.

Top 5 female

  1. Sarah Skotty – 26:59
  2. Allison Bodet – 29:55
  3. Catherine Clodfelter – 31:01
  4. Perry Clark – 32:49
  5. Kristin Depp – 33:48

Complete Results

Inspiration Point

While there weren’t many extremely wise running sages at this event, there were quite a few young youth that came out to play on the 4.5 mile course. Way to go!

  • Slade K. – age 12
  • Hayden B. – age 13
  • Drew T. – age 9
  • Regan T. – age 10
  • Graham B. – age 16

Awesome! Awesome!

Life is play. Play is life.

Race Reports

  • “During the 4th and 5th miles, I really started feeling that bear jump on my back. The “bear” is just a reference meaning I’m getting tired. This particular bear must have weighed around 500lb. My legs seemed as if they were going to give out at any second. After traveling to Mandeville just for this race, I refused to let that happen.” by Brandon @ claimyourjourney

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 some time in nature. You can check out the dates for the rest of the series at Forge Trail Series.

Feel free to share any experiences from the morning 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.

2 Responses to “Dirty Soles 5 Miler – Forge Trail Series #1 – 2011 Results”

  1. on 24 Jan 2011 at 1:42 pm Brandon "Bimma" Williams

    Your site is awesome! I really love what you’ve been doing here. Let’s continue to get the word out about trail running in Louisiana and surrounding areas. Thanks for the shout out!

  2. on 24 Jan 2011 at 5:38 pm David Hanenburg

    Thanks Brandon. I really appreciate the kind words. Congrats on your finish and enjoy the journey! 🙂