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TRC Post Oak Lodge Trail Challenge – 2011 Results

Last weekend, the TRC Post Oak Lodge Trail Challenge took place on the varied trails just northwest of Tulsa, Oklahoma. This trail running adventure took place on the grounds of the Post Oak Lodge and offered a full weekend of running options.

Photo: Courtesy of Kim McCall, www.postoakrun.com

We will cover the Saturday trail races that included a 10 km, 25 km, and 50 km of dirty fun.

Over 330 runners got their trail run on.

Course

The course consisted of a combination of existing gravel roads, old farm roads, a couple of chat trails, rocks, creek crossings, and miles and miles of single track winding through the meadows and deep woods. Sounds like a trail race to me!

Photo: Courtesy of Kim McCall, www.postoakrun.com

Race organizers rank this course at a 7/10 on the kick-your-butt scale. Of course this scale is relative to the area.

The 10 km and 25 km runners – enjoy one fun loop.

The 50 km runners – run the 25 km loop and then turn around and run it backwards (opposite direction, not heels first).

Results

Ladies and Gentlemen...Start your Engines! Photo: Courtesy of Kim McCall, www.postoakrun.com

50 km

The male race had separation between all the front runners as William Tronoski drove the express train at an 8:25 min/mile average. William crossed the finish line first in 4:21:52.

Just under seven minutes back, Greg Doyon finished second in 4:28:35.

Top 5 male

  1. William Tronoski – 4:21:52
  2. Greg Doyon – 4:28:35
  3. Forrest Blackbear – 4:54:18
  4. Gary Hula – 4:55:52
  5. Mike Baxter – 5:01:44

Runners getting it done! Photo: Courtesy of Kim McCall, www.postoakrun.com

The female race was equally spread out at the pointy-end as Megan Brown averaged a 9:53 pace to win in 5:07:07. Kim Martin finished securely in second with a time of 5:38:12.

Top 5 female

  1. Megan Brown – 5:07:07 (*8th overall*)
  2. Kim Martin – 5:38:12
  3. Arika Hage – 5:51:30
  4. Lisa Simonetta 5:58:21
  5. Emily Jaskowiak – 6:27:45

Love this stuff! Photo: Courtesy of Kim McCall, www.postoakrun.com

Complete 50 km Results

25 km

The female race had some extra excitement at the front end as Sharon Sproule and Amy Crawford inspired each other in the dash for the win. Sharon was able to create 23 seconds of separation at the finish line to win the female race in 2:24:09. Amy crossed the line in 2:24:32.

The race for third was equally close as Kristi Perryman was able to lead Laura Blaney by 34 seconds at the finish. Kristi earned third place in 2:26:01.

Top 5 female

  1. Sharon Sproule – 2:24:09
  2. Amy Crawford – 2:24:32
  3. Kristi Perryman – 2:26:01
  4. Laura Blaney – 2:26:35
  5. Lauren Link – 2:32:48

The finish line dance. Photo: Courtesy of Kim McCall, www.postoakrun.com

While the female race was fairly intense through the finish, the male race had Troy Albright average a 7:30 pace that left the next chaser five minutes back. Troy finished in 1:56:35.

Justin Bell was able to hold off Landon Fabela to finish second in 2:02:59.

Top 5 male

  1. Troy Albright – 1:56:35
  2. Justin Bell – 2:01:47
  3. Landon Fabela – 2:02:59
  4. Chris Greenlee – 2:04:29
  5. Tom Dorothy – 2:06:25

Thumbs...way up! Photo: Courtesy of Kim McCall, www.postoakrun.com

Complete 25 km Results

10 km

Ricky Mears and Dominic Halsmer averaged a 7:25 pace. Both finished in 46:08. Were those final meters exciting? I bet so. Ben lake crossed the finish next in 51:58.

Top 5 male

  1. Ricky Mears – 46:08
  2. Dominic Halsmer – 46:08
  3. Ben Lake – 51:58
  4. Mark Davis – 53:29
  5. Jeff Reid – 54:13

Peace. Photo: Courtesy of Shawna Simpson, www.postoakrun.com

Jane Ziegler finished 3 or 4th overall (depending on the male results) and won the female race in 53:27. Muge Park crossed the line second in 58:17.

Top 5 female

  1. Jane Ziegler – 53:27 (*3rd or 4th overall*)
  2. Muge Park – 58:17
  3. Courtney Barden Peters – 59:46
  4. Jacquelyn Phillips – 59:54
  5. Hannah Cole – 1:00:25

Running strong. Photo: Courtesy of Shawna Simpson, www.postoakrun.com

Complete 10 km Results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Eugene Bruckert went ultra at age 75.
  • Alan Priest rocked the 25 km at age 66.
  • Ellen Argonis  (age 66) and Charlie Baker (age 69) enjoyed the 10 km adventure.

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 recipients:

  • Lisa Nicholls dug deep to finish the 50 km in 9:46:28.

The Bling. Photo Courtesy of Kim McCall, www.postoakrun.com

Race Reports and Pics

  • “The trail switched between being in woods, to big fields. Though the real kicker was that we would hit an area and be thrilled to see wide trails, only to realize there were still 3,253 rocks to contend with, along with mud that I feared would suck my shoes off.” by Hannah @ More than a Marathon
  • “I just had to take this picture. Not sure what animal this used to be.” by TZ @ …miles to go before I sleep… (aid -station volunteer musings)
  • Weekend Pics – Thousands of them on the events website!

If you have an experience or race report from the event, feel free to share in the comment link below.

Garmin Data Request

If you have Garmin data for the 25 km or 50 km and would be willing to share a copy of it with me, please let me know through my contact page. Danke!

Check out the TALON Race Guide

There are 124 regional trail/ultra races in the TALON Race Guide. Be sure to check it out if you are looking for the most complete list of events in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. New events are always being added.

Special thanks to the TRC Post Oak Lodge Trail Challenge, Kim McCall, and Shawna Simpson for use of the fun race photos.

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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 “TRC Post Oak Lodge Trail Challenge – 2011 Results”

  1. on 07 Mar 2011 at 8:41 am Rebecca

    THANK YOU TRC AND POST OAK LODGE! The race was well put together and a ton of fun. I was worried about sending my 11 year old into the woods alone, but the trails were so well marked and the course marshals and Aid Station Attendants were so terrific, he had a blast!

    He did his first trail, his first double, and his two longest ever distances that weekend!

    Zackery Williams finished 1st in mens 19 and under on the 10K Trail Run. He’s HOOKED! He can’t wait to run more trails.

    He also ran his first Quarter Marathon. That “Hill from Hell” was tough, but he finished 3rd overall. Not 3rd in his age group, 3rd overall (1st in mens 19 and under).

    Next year he wants to step up and double with the 25K trail and the Half Marathon! It was a great weekend and I think everyone really enjoyed it! Thanks for posting this article! Can’t wait for next year!

  2. on 07 Mar 2011 at 12:33 pm David Hanenburg

    Hi Rebecca – Thanks so much for sharing the amazing adventures of our youth over the weekend. So, so cool!

    Huge congrats to your 11 year old son and Zachery! I simply love hearing experiences like this.