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Brazos Bend Trail Run – 2011 Results

Over 230 runners enjoyed the cold and soggy conditions at the inaugural Brazos Bend Trail Run on January 16. This trail running adventure took place at Brazos Bend State Park located 28 miles southwest of Houston and provided a half marathon, marathon, or 50 kms of foot fun.

In case you need a little spark to keep you going during the final miles, you may see a few of these cute little guys throughout the park.

The Course

The main course used by all three race distances is a 13-ish mile figure-eight shaped loop that is flat on nicely packed shaded gravel trail. Nothing technical here (at least from what I could tell).

Half mary – one loop.

Marathon – two loops.

50 km – Start with a unique five mile section before joining the main course for two loops.

Main 13-ish mile loop map and profile

50 km map and profile (the initial 5 miles and a one main loop)

The events promo video, gives a little taste of what the course is like.

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


50 km

Ryan Loehding cruised through the course running 8:11 min/miles to win the male race in 4:17:43. Just over two minutes later, Stan Sanford crossed the finish for second in 4:38:03.

Top 3 male

  1. Ryan Loehding – 4:17:43
  2. Stan Sanford – 4:38:03
  3. Gary Van Kuiken – 4:55:16

Andrea Milbourne finished top four overall to win the female race in 4:59:36. Yong Collins earned a second place finish in 5:14:52.

Top 3 female

  1. Andrea Milbourne – 4:59:36 (*4th overall*)
  2. Yong Collins – 5:14:52
  3. Christine Dibbs – 5:49:54

Complete 50k Results


Audrey Salem and Meredith Terranova were separated by just over two minutes after the 26+ mile adventure. Audrey’s 7:19 min/mile pace was enough to earn the female win in 3:11:31 and finish second overall. Meredith was a solid second in 3:13:39 and third overall.

Top 3 female

  1. Audrey Salem – 3:11:31 (*2nd overall*)
  2. Meredith Terranova – 3:13:39 (*3rd overall*)
  3. Cheri Woldt – 3:21:39 (*5th overall*)

Gary Krugger led the male race averaging just over seven minute miles and crossed the finish line in 3:06:38.  Jeff Linwood ran a 7:42 pace to earn second place in 3:21:37.

Top 3 male

  1. Gary Krugger – 3:06:38
  2. Jeff Linwood – 3:21:37
  3. Michael Pentland – 3:28:20

Complete marathon Results

Half Marathon

The half mary race had the largest number of finishers at 187 and some fast feet joined in on the fun.

A Kevin Pool’s 5:55 pace was so hot it nearly set the grass along the trail on fire…as it rained. Kevin won the male race in a speedy 1:17:36. Andras Heczey finished firmly in second with a time of 1:26:06.

The race for third was another story as Jon English, John Zepeda, and David Nemoto were all within 45 seconds of each other. Jon E. was able to create the separation and finish third in 1:30:20.

Top 5 male

  1. Kevin Pool – 1:17:36
  2. Andras Heczey – 1:26:06
  3. Jon English – 1:30:20
  4. John Zepeda – 1:30:33
  5. David Nemoto – 1:30:53

Nicole Chyr ran a sub 1:30 to earn third overall and win the female race in 1:28:00. The front of the female race was more spread out as Landie Visser finished firmly in second with a 1:33:42 finish time.

Top 5 female

  1. Nicole Chyr – 1:28:00 (*3rd overall*)
  2. Landie Visser – 1:33:42
  3. Nell Kroeger – 1:39:48
  4. Maria Elisa Gonzales – 1:42:59
  5. Carolina Carstens – 1:44:43

Complete half mary results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Elsie Bennett and Tom Prentiss inspired many in the half mary at 71 and 67 respectively.

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:

  • Jennifer Framm celebrated the 50 km finish in 7:07:04.

Race Reports and Pics

  • “Last post said next stop was Rocky Raccoon, but I guess I lied.” by ultra tortoise @ A Trail Runner’s Running Blog
  • You can check out pics here but in order to see anything you have to provide an email address.

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

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.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

(Photos: Courtesy Old Shoe Woman and David Sledge)

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 “Brazos Bend Trail Run – 2011 Results”

  1. on 31 Jan 2011 at 11:08 pm Jeff Linwood

    David, I wish we ran that fast there…..Cheri and I got a late start to the race, and that’s actually our half marathon times. Not sure what happened to the race results, but Meredith Terranova lapped us!

    We took our time and watched the alligators and birds on a rainy, cold day out at the park, but it was still fun. The volunteers were great!

    The race was enjoyable for the first half of each loop around the lakes – the second half was a very boring out-and-back on a dirt road!

  2. on 02 Feb 2011 at 2:03 pm David Hanenburg

    Thanks for the correction Jeff! I was wondering if you might have had a gator chasing you two. 😉