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Nueces Endurance Trail Run – 2011 Results

It was a busy and exciting Saturday on the trails at Camp Eagle, near Rocksprings, Texas. Nearly 200 trail runners enjoyed the 50 mile, 50 km, 25 km, or 10 km of trail goodness at the Nueces Endurance Trail Run.

The Bling! (Copyright Josh Baker /

This year’s event was also designated at the USATF 50 Mile Trail National Championship and was part of the La Sportiva Mountain Cup Series (25 km race). The TALON region has now had two USATF trail championships (Bandera 100 km in January was the other race) and will host two of the La Sportiva Mountain Cup Series events in 2011 (Jemez Mountain Trail Run (NM) is the other event). Kind of cool…but do many care? This seems up for debate.


The 10 km and 25 km course were both one loop adventures.

The 50 km and 50 mile were two and three loops respectively.

The terrain is quite varied and includes plenty of Joe Prusaitis signature rocks. I think this guys packs them up and brings them to every race he hosts. I have noticed JP carved into a couple rocks at Bandera…just saying. Max climbs appears to be up to 300 feet.


50 mile USATF Championship / 50 mile

(Olga Varlamova (Run More Talk Less) provided some great insight for the male race. Here is how the race played out.)

The first loop was run by Jim O’Brien (a collegiate miler from Chicago) in 2:00, and he did it without carrying a bottle. Dave James pushed hard in the chase before Jim dropped after the second loop. Dave began to slow due to the hard push through the first loop+ and was passed just before the end of second loop by Jason Schlarb (a 2:20 marathoner, this was his second 50 miler).

Jason Schlarb went on to earn the USATF 50 Mile Trail Championship in a course record time of 6:28:26. Dave James held onto second and crossed the finish in 6:43:24.

Top TALON athlete, Steven Moore, passed Jack Pilla within the last mile to claim fourth overall.

Btw, the top six males all broke the previous course record of 7:16:09 by Josh Beckham in 2010 (first year of the event).

Top 5 male

  1. Jason Schlarb (CO) – 6:28:26 (*New Course Record*)
  2. Dave James (AZ) – 6:43:24
  3. Jason Bryant (NC) – 6:51:35
  4. Steven Moore (TX) – 7:00:07
  5. Jack Pilla (VT) – 7:01:01

The top results are the same as noted above for the complete 50 mile male race.

Jason Schlarb cruising along the trail. (Copyright Josh Baker /

The female championship race only had three entrants but that didn’t stop Liza Howard from pushing the pace for the win and finishing seventh overall and set a new course record in 8:09:59. Liza now holds the 100 km and 50 mile USATF Trail National Championships for 2011.

Parvaneh Moayedi finished second in 10:13:38.

Top 5 female

  1. Liza Howard (TX) – 8:09:59 (*New Course Record, Championship runner*)
  2. Parvaneh Moayedi (TX) – 10:13:38 (*Championship runner*)
  3. Jameelah Abdul-Rahim Mujaahid (GA) – 11:41:34 (*Championship runner*)
  4. Leslie Hale (TX) – 12:21:59
  5. Mary Ntefidou (TX) – 13:18:36

Liza Howard at the finish! (Copyright Josh Baker /

50 km

The only sub 6-hour female finish, had Tracy Holland separate herself from the chase group and win the female race in 5:45:02.

The dash for second had Marlee Clark, Susan Levitan, and Mallory Cox, all within 3 minutes and 17 seconds of each other at the finish. A close, close race. Marlee was able to lead this chase group to finish second female and ninth overall in 6:09:51.

Top 5 female

  1. Tracy Holland (TX) – 5:45:02 (*8th overall*)
  2. Marlee Clark (TX) – 6:09:51 (*9th overall*)
  3. Susan Levitan (TX) – 6:11:40 (*10th overall*)
  4. Mallory Cox (TX) – 6:13:08
  5. Mariela Botella (TX) – 6:42:47

Tracy Holland having fun on the trail. (Copyright Josh Baker /

Jason Brooks pulled away at the front and won the male race with a 4:12:54 finish. Ten minutes later, Darin Schneidewind earned second place.

Top 5 male

  1. Jason Brooks (TX) – 4:12:54
  2. Darin Schneidewind (KS) – 4:32:54
  3. John Reynolds (TX) – 4:55:45
  4. Scott Rabb (TX) – 5:00:16
  5. Andrew Simpson (VA) – 5:20:21

Jason Brooks crankin' through the course. (Copyright Josh Baker /

25 km

Waylon Calabrese was the only runner to sneak under the two hour mark. Waylon won the male race in 1:59:12. This doesn’t mean it was an easy overall win as the top female (Megan Kimmel) was just over a minute behind.

Justin Gonzalez crossed the finish line just over two minutes after Waylon and earned second place in 2:01:20.

Top 5 male

  1. Waylon Calabrese (TX) – 1:59:12
  2. Justin Gonzalez (TX) – 2:01:20
  3. Chris Chancey (TX) – 2:02:33
  4. Brandon Gerard (TX) – 2:05:05
  5. Christopher Whelchel (TX) – 2:09:03

Waylon Calabrese focused on the trail. (Copyright Josh Baker /

As mentioned above, Megan Kimmel came within 75 seconds of winning the overall. Megan finished second overall and won the female race in 2:00:27. Less than two minutes back, Melanie Fryar finished a strong second and fourth overall with a time of 2:02:11.

Top 5 female

  1. Megan Kimmel (CO) – 2:00:27 (*2nd overall*)
  2. Melanie Fryar (CO) – 2:02:11 (*4th overall*)
  3. Rachel Cieslewicz (UT) – 2:05:18 (*7th overall*)
  4. Rachel Hector (TX) – 2:20:38 (*9th overall*)
  5. Pauline Hernandez (TX) – 2:23:46

Megan Kimmel pushing the pace. (Copyright Josh Baker /

10 km

Blaire Cushman won the male race by over two minutes in 1:02:24. Chris Rankin and Johnny Ybarra either both had chunks of dirt and sweat flying within the last 100 meters or jogged it in like college buddies as they both finished in 1:04:49 and earned second and third. I hoped for the dirt and sweat.

Nice little dash between fourth and fifth as well.

Top 5 male

  1. Blaire Cushman (TX) – 1:02:24
  2. Chris Rankin (TX) – 1:04:49
  3. Johnny Ybarra (TX) – 1:04:49
  4. Adrian Haley (TX) – 1:08:33
  5. Scott Schiller (TX) – 1:08:37

Katie Butler ran near the front of the overall race and won the female race by three minutes with a time of 1:08:08.  Katie also earned fourth overall.

Anne Chapman finished a solid second in 1:11:07.

Top 5 female

  1. Katie Butler (TX) – 1:08:08
  2. Anne Chapman (TX) – 1:11:07
  3. Erika Moore (TX) – 1:19:39
  4. Chris Johnson (TX) – 1:19:40
  5. Erin Cushman (TX) – 1:20:02

Katie Butler looking relaxed. (Copyright Josh Baker /

Complete results for all distances.

Inspiration Point

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

  • Nofal Musfy (age 69) and Leo Lavender (age 71) inspired all in the 50 miler.
  • R. Don Ruggles (age 66) kept it rollin’ in the 50 km.
  • Weldon Glocksin (age 67) worked it in the 25 km adventure.

I just want to note a few other cool things I have been noticing more and more lately – youth racing on the trails! There were over 10 runners under the age of 18 playing on the trails! Yeah!

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:

  • Leo Lavender flowed with the 50 mile course and finished in 14:10:22.
  • Doug Harrison dug deep and finished the 50 km journey in 9:20:30.

Race Reports and Groovy Photos

  • “So, I hassled, and dragged stuff around, and set things up, and yelled at the starters, and kept everything in tight order…” by Olga @ Run More Talk Less (volunteering report)
  • “I’ve never had the “back from the dead” experience until yesterday.  It was as if someone had shaken the dust from me and said, “OK, let’s go for a run now.”” by Liza @ Liza Howard’s Blog
  • “After hitting the first aid station there was a big climb up the side of a hill where at times there really was no “trail” just a flag or ribbon to know you were on course. I ran up until my legs and lungs were on fire and then had to hike the rest of the way to the top. From there you hit some rocky ass jeep trails and the views were just awesome.” by Darin @ RunnerFreak
  • EnduroPhoto – A large collection of sweet pics from various locations along the course.

If you have a report or thoughts to share from the event, feel free to share in the comment link below.

Garmin Data Request

If you have Garmin data for the 50 mile, 50 km, or 25 km adventure 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 Josh Baker ( for the great collection of pics you see above!

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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 “Nueces Endurance Trail Run – 2011 Results”

  1. on 20 Mar 2011 at 6:06 pm Matty

    I love reading through all the awesome races that are relatively near Houston! I just need to remember them next year when registration opens.

    Keep rocking

  2. on 22 Mar 2011 at 3:12 pm David Hanenburg

    The central and south central part of the state is loaded! Go get some! 🙂

    Take a look at my regional race guide. It may help keep you in the loop for events close to home.

    Happy Running!