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3 Days of Syllamo Trail Run – 2011 Results

Three Days – 150 kilometers through the Arkansas Ozark Mountains – 23,500 ft of climbing

Memories were made at the recently held 3 Days of Syllamo Trail Run in northern Arkansas starting near the Blanchard Springs Caverns. The event was spread across three days and provided a sweet single-track buffet including a 50 km adventure on day 1, 50 mile on day 2, and 20 km, on day 3. Race one or all three!

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The course sounds like a trail runner’s paradise…if you enjoy single-track mixed with frequent grade changes. All three courses are either 100% or 99% single-track!

The 50 km is and out-and-back course on the Sylamore Trail with a spunky 9750 feet of climbing. No mountains here but it looks like you will be either going up or down for most of the journey. The bigger climbs are in the 300-ish foot range.

50 km map

50 km profile

The 50 mile course travels all of the Syllamo Trail and looks like a counter-clockwise loop of trail goodness. You enjoy nearly 10500 feet of climbing with this one. The largest climb is nearly 600 feet. Besides a couple larger ones, the majority of the climbs appear to be 200 feet or less.

50 mile map

50 mile profile

Finally, the 20 km scamper on day three is a clockwise loop on the yellow Syllamo trail. You celebrate the biggest climb in the early miles and get to enjoy 3300 feet of climbing for the day!

20 km map

20 km profile


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(based off of preliminary data as of 3/22)

Day 1 – 50 km

After placing 3rd in ’09 and 2nd in 2010, Nick Lewis was back in 2011 and dominated the male race by creating a 23 minute gap and 4:30:14 finish time.

The race for second had extra jalepeno as Sean Meissner (Team Montrail), Kyle Gibbs (20:52:54 – 2010 Ozark Trail 100), and Po Dog Vogler finished within 2 minute 17 seconds of each other. Sean was the trail guide for this small and fast group to earn second in 4:53:25.

Top 5 male

  1. Nick Lewis – 4:30:14
  2. Sean Meissner – 4:53:25
  3. Kyle Gibbs – 4:54:36
  4. Po Dog Vogler – 4:55:42
  5. Jamie Anderson – 5:08:15

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After a fourth place finish in 2010 (6:39:50), Sarah Woerner was back on the Arkansas trails and this time she was at the front. Sarah ran near the front of the overall race and finished first female and fifth overall with a time of 5:06:12.

Cassie Scallon (2nd place 2010) held onto a solid second place and finished 12+ minutes after Sarah, in 5:19:05.

Top 5 female

  1. Sarah Woerner – 5:06:12 (*5th overall*)
  2. Cassie Scallon – 5:19:05 (*8th overall*)
  3. Jill Perry – 5:49:27
  4. Anna Assenmacher – 5:50:59
  5. Julie Treder – 6:19:37

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Preliminary 50 km results.

Day 2 – 50 mile

Many of the female leaders of the 50 km were back again for the 50 mile challenge. Cassie Scallon and Sarah Woerner swapped positions as Cassie crossed the finish line first in 8:40:15 (6th overall).  Sarah finished nearly 19 minutes later in 8:59:07.

Top 5 female

  1. Cassie Scallon – 8:40:15 (*6th overall*)
  2. Sarah Woerner – 8:59:07 (*8th overall*)
  3. Jill Perry – 9:56:38
  4. Anna Assenmacher – 10:08:59
  5. Jenny Weatter – 10:37:06

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Second place finisher (4:12:17) at the recently held Sylamore Trail 50 km, Ben Creehan, had the extra pep in his step for this race since this was his first race of the series. Ben created over a 38 minute gap to win the male race in 7:05:05.

Nick, Sean, Kyle, and Po Dog continued to inspire each other at the front with Nick maintaining the driver’s seat and finishing second in 7:43:24.

Top 5 male

  1. Ben Creehan – 7:05:05
  2. Nick Lewis – 7:43:24
  3. Sean Meissner – 8:02:34
  4. Kyle Gibbs – 8:26:01
  5. Po Dog Vogler – 8:29:20

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Preliminary 50 mile results.

Day 3 – 20 km

Ben Creehan was back for the final day of racing as was ready to push the effort one more day. Ben’s average pace was 30 sec/mile faster than the chase group leader, Kyle Gibbs. Ben won the male race in 1:46:42. Kyle held on to second place by 16 seconds with a finish time of 1:52:59.

Top 5 male

  1. Ben Creehan – 1:46:42
  2. Kyle Gibbs – 1:52:59
  3. Jamie Anderson – 1:53:15
  4. Sean Meissner – 1:57:05
  5. John Muir – 1:57:05

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Katie Helms (5:39 at 2011 Sylamore Trail 50 km) led the female group on the last race of the weekend. Katie went on to win without much challenge from behind and crossed the finish line in 2:12:55. Cassie Scallon maintained the consistent effort across all three days and finished second in 2:17:13.

Top 5 female

  1. Katie Helms – 2:12:55
  2. Cassie Scallon – 2:17:13
  3. Sarah Woerner – 2:20:45
  4. Katie Nicolson – 2:21:30
  5. Jenny Weatter – 2:24:28

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Preliminary 20 km results

Final Stage Results (3 race accumulative time)

For the most part, you could probably guess…but so you don’t have to do the math here are the top five lowest time totals for the boys and girls.

Top 5 female

  1. Cassie Scallon – 16:16:33 (*5th overall*)
  2. Sarah Woerner – 16:26:04 (*6th overall*)
  3. Jill Perry – 18:13:42
  4. Anna Assenmacher – 18:28:30
  5. Jenny Weatter – 19:37:55

Top 5 male

  1. Nick Lewis – 14:16:06
  2. Sean Meissner – 14:53:04
  3. Kyle Gibbs – 15:13:36
  4. Po Dog Vogler – 15:50:04
  5. Darby Benson – 16:28:43

Preliminary stage results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Maurice Robinson celebrated the active life in the 50 km at age 69.

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 Gunnoe drank plenty of bottles of determination to finish the 50 km in 10:22:03.
  • Sarah Henning closed the door on the 50 mile stage with a focused 13:11:02 finish.

Race Reports and Groovy Photos

  • “The theme of the day and the weekend for that matter was rocks. Big rocks, little rocks. loose rocks, and any other type of rocks you could possibly imagine. It made for some very technical running, but the awesome views and weather more than made up for it.” by Sarah @ Rock/Creek
  • Gunnoe Photography – Photos from the 50 km and 20 km adventure.

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

If you have Garmin data for the 50 mile, 50 km, or 20 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 Lisa Gunnoe of Gunnoe Photography for the sweet collection of photos.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

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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.

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