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TnT Trail Run – 2011 Results

In my dash to catch up with all the sweet race results in the region…

On March 12th, RD Tim Neckar puts together a fun trail run on the varied trails of Cameron Park in Waco, Texas, called the TnT (Toughest n’ Texas) Trail Run.  Over 130 athletes enjoyed a beautiful morning and participated in 50 km, 20 mile, 10 mile, or 5 mile adventure.

Ahhhh...What a day! (Courtesy Melanie Neckar)

Of special note – Jacob’s ladder was back!


I ran this race back in 2008 (race report – formerly called the Waco 5-0) and it really is a challenging-fun course. It includes a variety of grade changes (nothing too large), some rocks, a few roots, and some perty scenery.

The main loop was 10.5 miles.

The 5 mile course was 5.7 miles.


Yes, even trail runners do it! (Courtesy of Melanie Neckar)

50 km

Paul Terranova (4:48 – 2nd place – 2010 50km North Face Endurance Challenge SF) led after the first loop and never gave up the pole position. After two loops complete, Paul led by 14 minutes over the next chaser, Christopher Meyer. Christopher ended up dropping so Paul cruised through the finish line and won the male race in 4:43:35.

Ted Ricci finished firmly in second with a time of 5:58:43.

Top 5 male

  1. Paul Terranova – 4:43:35
  2. Ted Ricci – 5:58:43
  3. Stuart Skeeter – 6:27:36
  4. Chad Spilman – 6:39:30
  5. Bradley Williams – 6:39:33

Ted Ricci holding some bling. (Courtesy of Melanie Neckar)

Chris Purslow and Meredith Terranova (Sub 24 hour finish at WS100 2010) were within a couple minutes of each other all day. Chris had a little over 90 second lead after loop two and doubled the separation at the finish line. Chris Purslow won the female and finished second overall in 5:23:50.

Meredith finished a strong second in 5:23:50.

Top 2 Female

  • Chris Purslow – 5 :20:24 (*2nd overall*)
  • Meredith Terranova – 5:23:50 (*3rd overall*)

Chris Purslow (left) and Meredith Terranova celebrating a hearty morning adventure. (Courtesy of Melanie Neckar)

20 mile

In the 20 mile race it appears that some (everyone but one person) may have accidently ran a “modified” (shortened) course.

Nancy Marks and Tess Levitan had a spicy little race at the front. Nancy had nearly a four minute lead over Tess after the first loop. During the final loop Nancy faded (~23 minutes slower on loop 2)  as Tess held fairly close to her first loop split (~4 minutes slower on loop 2) . Tess passed Nancy  in the final miles and won the female race by a scant 20 seconds  in 3:33:48.

Top 5 female (modified course)

  1. Tess Levitan – 3:33:48 (*3rd overall*)
  2. Nancy Marks – 3:34:08 (*5th overall*)
  3. Amy Winberg – 3:51:00
  4. Mandi Pels – 3:51:42
  5. Kristen Alex – 3:51:42

Nancy Marks looking mightly relaxed after a second place finish. (Courtesy of Melanie Neckar)

Apparently Jamey Plunk was the only 20 mile finisher to run the official course. Congrats Jamey! Jamey finished in 4:05:25.

The “modified” race had Bill Ewton alone at the front. Bill came across the line first in 3:10:47.

The dash for second place had to be a fun one for Jeremy Saucier as he moved through 75% of the field running a significant negative split as he earned second place in  3:33:49.

Top 5 male (modified course except first place)

  1. Jamey Plunk – 4:05:25 (*Only person to run the official course*)
  2. Bill Ewton – 3:10:47
  3. Jeremy Saucier – 3:33:49
  4. Brian Hill – 3:34:08
  5. Thomas Bulger – 3:52:39

Male winner Jamey Plunk. (Courtesy of Melanie Neckar)

10 mile

Tobin Purslow created over 90 seconds of separation at the finish line to win the male race (not the overall) in 1:41:00. Zachery Plunk was comfortably positioned in second and finished in 1:42:33.

Top 5 male

  1. Tobin Purslow – 1:41:00
  2. Zachary Plunk – 1:42:33
  3. John Minnett – 1:58:13
  4. Mike DiGennaro – 1:59:09
  5. John Dees – 2:01:14

Tobin Purslow with Mr. Neckar (Courtesy of Melanie Neckar)

Kristi Darby took home the overall win in 1:39:23!

Robyn Schrodt was able to create a 39 second gap from Kimberly Williams, to earn second place in 2:05:25.

Top 5 female

  1. Kristi Darby – 1:39:23 (*1st overall*)
  2. Robyn Schrodt – 2:05:25 (*7th overall*)
  3. Kimberly Williams – 2:06:04 (*8th overall)
  4. Beth Kush – 2:09:52
  5. Lorene England – 2:11:09

Robyn Schrodt with a big smile post race. (Courtesy of Melanie Neckar)

5 mile

Jessica Farrar led the second chase group of the overall race to finish tied for fourth overall and win the female race in 54:19. Tracy Smith finished second in 57:00.

Top 5 female

  1. Jessica Farrar – 54:19 (*tied 4th overall*)
  2. Tracy Smith – 57:00 (*6th overall*)
  3. Jackie Edwards – 59:44 (*9th overall*)
  4. Liz Painter – 59:59
  5. Christine Byrd – 1:00:02

First female/male across the line in the 5 mile race. (Courtesy of Melanie Neckar)

Eric Zatlo and Keller Matthews inspired each other at the front of the male race. The two finished within five seconds of each other with Eric finishing first in 50:43. Keller earned second in 50:48.

Top 5 male

  1. Eric Zatlo – 50:43
  2. Keller Matthews – 50:48
  3. Brady Zatlo – 51:38
  4. Trevor Williams – 54:19
  5. Donald Christensen – 56:59

Complete results (Excel Spreadsheet)

Inspiration Point

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

  • Abdel Fustok (age 70) and Nofal Musfy (age 65) went ultra!
  • Tony Alvarado enjoyed the 10 mile adventure at age 66!
  • Gretal and Jimmy Davis ran the high-five at age 71!

Abdel (left) and Nofal finished with 15 seconds of each other.

Tony Alvarado enjoying some post race refreshments. (Courtesy of Melanie Neckar)

Greatness...Gretal and Jimmy Davis! (Courtesy of Melanie Neckar)

There was also a number of youth in this event…dig it!

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:

  • David H. Johnson enjoyed the most trail time on the 50 km course and finished in 9:47:33.

Race Reports and Groovy Photos

  • “Just ahead, maybe 200 yards away, I could see the finish.  I’m almost there!  But, no, the course veers to the right, up Jacob’s Ladder.  This is a stone staircase, 90 steep steps, not regular staircase steps, but big steps, straight up the side of the hill.” by Paul @ Lean Forward Run Farther
  • Race Photos – Tim’s wife Melanie took a large collection of pics from the event.

If you have an experience or thought to share from the event, please feel free to include in the comment link below.

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 Tim and Melanie Neckar for the collection of 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 “TnT Trail Run – 2011 Results”

  1. on 25 Mar 2011 at 7:42 am Paul Mastin

    Hi Dave,
    That is a fun trail! I’m still undecided which is tougher, the Toughest in Texas, or the “Toughest Little Trail in Texas” at Cross Timbers. I’m leaning a little toward CT. . . . but both are tough and fun!
    My race report can be found here.
    I know you sometimes ask for Garmin data. I would be happy to send mine along this weekend (if I can figure out how. . . .)
    I enjoy your site!

  2. on 28 Mar 2011 at 9:50 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Paul – I would have to give CT the nod for tougher course. Both = fun! Congrats on your 50 km adventure!

    Your race report has been added to the summary!

    If you have the Garmin Connect link that would be great! If you need some guidance email me through my contact page.

    Happy Running!