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TATUR Snake Run – 2011 Results

On Saturday March 19th, a two mile stretch of trail was quite busy in TATUR country. This 3 or 6 hour trail timed event, took place on the popularly peaceful (that makes sense right?) trails of Turkey Mountain in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We are talking about the seemingly frightening, yet always fun – TATUR Snake Run.

Nearly 250 trail runners enjoyed the mild conditions and were ready to accumulate as many miles as their feet would carry them…within the time limit.

This event also has pretty sweet awards for running the farthest – the vicious rattler.


Pretty simple. Run 2.1 miles out and turn-around. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat. As much or as little as you want. The trail is the smoothest and flattest on the mountain.

During the final hour, there is a mini-loop for those that don’t think they can run an entire loop within 60 minutes.

Then run and have fun!


The bling! (Copyright Russell Crawford /

6 Hour

The top 3 runners in the male race all finished with more than 35 miles. Stephen O’neal won the male race and nearly hit 40 miles. Stephen finished with 39.3 miles and averaged near 9 minute pace.

Shannon McFarland and Christian Moore inspired each other in the dash for second and were separated by a half mile after 6 hours of running. Shannon ran the extra 31680 inches to earn second place with 37.8 miles.

Top 5 male

  1. Stephen O’neal (AR) – 39.3 miles
  2. Shannon Mcfarland (OK) – 37.8 miles
  3. Christian Moore (AR) – 37.3 miles
  4. Stormy Phillips (OK) – 34.8 miles
  5. Rob Philip (OK) – 34.3 miles

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California runner, Crystal Whitlow both won the 6 hour female race and enjoyed some time with her grandmother that lived in the area (thanks to insight from TATUR TZ). A nice two-for-one. Crystal completed 32.2 miles and was tied for 8th overall.

Shannon Ijams was the only other female to finish over 30 miles and claimed second place with 30.7 miles.

Top 5 female

  1. Crystal Whitlow (CA) – 32.2 miles (*tied 8th overall*)
  2. Shannon Ijams (OK) – 30.7 miles
  3. Jody Lingbeck (AR) – 28.1 miles
  4. Cyndi Graves (TX) – 27.6 miles
  5. Karrie Garriott (OK) – 26.6 miles

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3 hour

Maggie Nelsen ran the third most miles in the overall and was top female with 21 miles (8:34 min/mile pace).

Marilyn Caulfield dashed across the 20 mile mark and claimed second place with 20.4 miles.

Top 5 female

  1. Maggie Nelsen (OK) – 21.0 miles (*3rd overall*)
  2. Marilyn Caulfield (AR) – 20.4 miles (*tied for 6th overall*)
  3. Olivia Eves (KS) – 19.9 miles
  4. Amanda Erwin (OK) – 18.4 miles
  5. Kristi Perryman (OK) – 17.9 miles

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Steve Shepherd was approaching the marathon distance within the 3 hour run to win the male race with at total of 24.6 miles (7:19 min/mile pace).  Jack Morrow called it a day after 21.5 miles and earned second place.

Top 5 male

  1. Steve Shepherd (UT) – 24.6 miles
  2. Jack Morrow (OK) – 21.5 miles
  3. John Nobles (OK) – 20.5 miles
  4. Kevin Caton (OK) – 20.5 miles
  5. Michael Mora (KS) – 20.4 miles

Copyright Russell Crawford /

Complete Results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Charlie Balkor (age 69) and Ellen Agronis (age 66) enjoyed the 3 hour adventure.

Life is play. Play is life.

Race Reports

  • Race Director Report by Mr. TZ.
  • “Two weeks ago, I ran A-OK 50K.  I had strain my calf muscle pretty bad.  Since then, I didn’t do any running in hopes that my leg would heal up.  By Thursday, I went for short 5 miles at easy pace.  My leg was still feeling the pain.  By saturday, I was still unsure if I should run for 6 hours…much less cover over 30 miles.” by AB @ Keep moving forward
  • “I used Kenisio Tape last night, but as I did it myself, it was not likely done right. I did watch the video though, so we will see. I guess I should have shaved my legs first, eh? Oh well, it will hurt coming off.” by OKUltraRunner @ Know No Boundaries
  • Race Photos – A collection of race mug shots by Russell’s Photography.

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 Russell Crawford @ Russell’s Photography for the collection of photos you see above.

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David –

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 “TATUR Snake Run – 2011 Results”

  1. on 29 Mar 2011 at 9:17 pm Mark

    Great report on this race! My two sons and I ran the 6 hour race, and Cameron and Brandon stayed together and amazingly each covered 30.2 miles, making them ultra-marathoners at ages 9 and 10! 23 miles was plenty far enough to me, as the only time I’ve ever gone further was my lone marathon back in 2006.

  2. on 30 Mar 2011 at 6:30 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Mark – Thanks so much for sharing your families experience. That is awesome stuff!

    Congratulations to you all and most importantly I hope you all had a fun time on Turkey Mountain.

    Happy Running!