On March 12th, the 10th Annual Prickly Pear Trail Run took place on the grounds of the San Antonio urban recreational oasis of McAllister Park. Over 440 trail runners participated in the 50 km or 10 mile Saturday morning adventure.
Prickly Pear is also part of the 2011 Trail Runner Trophy Series.
Both the 50 km and 10 mile course consists of a 10-ish mile counter-clockwise loop within the park. The trail is fairly tame with some small grade changes and scattered roots to keep you awake.
Speedster Neal Lucas (2:45 – 2011 Austin Marathon) ran the only sub 7-minute pace (6:37) to win the male race by 10 minutes from the next chaser, with a finish time of 3:25:44 (gun time). Neal even-split the first two loops (1:07) before slowing slightly the final loop (1:10:40).
2010 10 mile PP winner, Dan Jess (1:03:12), held onto second place after running the first loop with Neal Lucas before gradually fading in the final two loops (1:11, 1:26). Dan finished in 3:45:22.
Top 5 male
- Neal Lucas – 3:25:44 (gun time)
- Dan Jess – 3:45:22
- David Brown – 3:49:24
- Michael Adams – 3:53:59
- Greg Foreman – 3:59:23
The female race highlighted polar opposite race day progression between Courtney Dauwalter and Ivana Leininger (2011 Austin Half marathon – 1:40:59). I will let the splits speak for themselves.
- Loop 1 (Courtney, Ivana) – 1:50:50, 1:28:56
- Loop 2 – 1:37:32, 1:33:18
- Loop 3 – 1:24:50, 1:58:17
Two ways to get it done but I can guess which person likely had a bigger smile on her face at the finish.
Courtney went on to win the female race in 4:53:22 (gun time). Ivana held onto second place with a finish time of 5:00:33.
Top 5 female
- Courtney Dauwalter – 4:53:22 (gun time)
- Ivana Leininger – 5:00:33
- Elizabeth Schwartz – 5:03:37
- Lauren Baird – 5:25:53
- Sarah Flores – 5:41:44
Alissa Inman knocked off over four minutes from her 2010 winning effort to repeat the female win with a finish time of 1:13:23.
Second place turned into a spicy finish between Holly Stewart and Kelly Newlon. An invigorating one-happy-monkey of time separated the two after 10 miles. Holly had the extra step to finish second in 1:14:42.
Top 5 female
- Alissa Inman – 1:13:23 (gun time)
- Holly Stewart – 1:14:42
- Kelly Newlon – 1:14:43
- Nusha Pelicano – 1:15:16
- Kristina Walick – 1:17:26
Anthony Rimas (2:52 – 2010 San Antonio marathon) dashed through the 10 mile course with a light-footed 6:13 min/mile pace and won the male race in 1:02:19.
Second place was a tight and inspiring effort between Stefan Grater and multi-sport athlete, Dustin Skogman (9:30 – 2010 Ironman Florida – fast time!). Dustin was able to create 21 seconds of separation to earn second place in 1:05:16 (44 seconds faster than his 2010 effort).
Top 5 male:
- Anthony Rimas – 1:02:19 (gun time)
- Dustin Skogman – 1:05:16
- Stefan Grater – 1:05:37
- Michael Lerma – 1:06:48
- Luke Wiest – 1:09:04
Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Edward Dylla, Keith Mason, Augie Llano, Vonda Lee Adorno, Margaret Berchelmann, and Maggie Stahala all celebrated the 10 mile journey in the 70-99 age group.
- Louis Mast and Richard Jares went after the three loop adventure in the 60-69 age group.
Life is play. Play is life.
The Tough-as-Nails Award
The 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:
- Thomas Moberly ran between 2:27 and 3:27 loops to finish the 50 km in 8:55:12.
Race Reports and Groovy Photos
- “And then it was time to line up. My goals for the race were simple: don’t get hurt and have fun. And not fall on my face. Oh, and not get a side stitch. And while I was at it I decided that I wanted to be a top age group finisher so that I could get a Prickly Pear beer mug.” by Danielle @ DanielleMusto
- “I was just running on feel, not too sure how fast we were going. At one point, John mentioned to me that we had a great pace going and that he was having trouble keeping up. That’s not something that is said to me often, so I checked my watch and noticed that we were running in the low 8:00 pace, sometimes even dropping into the 7:00 range. Ouch, this was going to come back and bite me later, but I was content trying to hold on as long as I could.” by Brian @ Terra Runner
- “It got hot, and I started cramping in the last 3 miles, even though I took 7 or 8 Hammer Endurolytes each hour in the last three hours. After the first 20 miles, I felt like I could have kept going another 30 at about the same pace if it had been cooler out.” by Jeff @ GreenNinja
- Video slideshow by Tom Lake
If you have an experience or thought to share from the event, please feel free to include in the comment link below.
Garmin Data Request
[update – Data received from a handful of offers. You all rock! Thank you.]
If you have Garmin data for the 50 km or 10 mile 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 Thomas Lake of the San Antonio RoadRunners for the collection of photos.
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
Posted on 21 Mar 2011
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