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Race to the Altar Trail Run – 2011 Results

Cheri Woldt and Jeff Linwood were married on March 20th but the day before they hosted their very own trail race called the Race to the Altar Trail Run to celebrate the occasion with friends, family, and anyone interested in a fun morning on the trails.

Cheri and Jeff! (Copyright Josh Baker /

Nearly 150 participated in the marathon, half marathon, or 5 km trail run at Bluff Creek Ranch in Warda, Texas.

Tuxedo t-shirts and bridesmaid dresses welcomed! While many of the runners wore your typical running attire, I will highlight those that cranked up the fun to ’11’ for this festive trail run.


The well established single-track trails dance and wiggle along rolling terrain, through a Pine forest, along ponds and creeks, and through a…barn (of course!).

Some sweet trail! (Copyright Josh Baker /

The main loop for the marathon and half marathon runners is 6.55 miles. Loop it up for your desired distance.

The 5 km runners run the back half of the loop which is also the toughest – nice! 🙂


Let's run! (Copyright Josh Baker /


Sub 3-hour road marathoner, Geoffrey Whitfield (2:54 – 2011 Austin marathon),  ran a spicy 3:20:27 to win the male race. Patrick Hall ran a mere 10 minutes slower than his 2011 Austin marathon time to earn second place (3rd in the overall) in 3:36:46.

Top 5 male

  1. Geoffrey Whitfield – 3:20:27
  2. Patrick Hall – 3:36:46
  3. Paul Salazar – 3:41:17
  4. Scott Rabb – 3:44:54
  5. Josue Stephens – 3:52:49

(Copyright Josh Baker /

Landie Visser ran a 1:33 this year at the Brazos Bend Trail Half Marathon and once again displayed her speed finishing second overall and winning the female race in 3:24:25. Landie was also the only female finisher out of 45 runners.

[update 3/31 – The ‘F’ in the results file apparently ran out of digital ink (or someone used invisible) and I made an incorrect assumption that no other females ran the race. Thanks to Mr. Gartrell for the catch. Check out the top 5 females below. ]

Rebecca Gartrell was firmly positioned in second and finished in 4:45:43.

Top 5 female

  1. Landie Visser – 3:34:25 (*2nd overall*)
  2. Rebecca Gartrell – 4:45:43
  3. Charlene Janiak – 5:09:08
  4. Kelly Horaney – 5:26:33
  5. Adnil Buse – 5:28:24

(Copyright Josh Baker /

Half Marathon

The female race had Angel Whitley and Susan Farago finish within a long-water-stop 45 seconds of each other. Angel was able to hold onto the lead at the finish to win the female race in 2:01:43 and earned 8th overall. Susan finished soon afterwards to finish second in 2:02:28.

Top 5 female

  1. Angel Whitley – 2:01:43 (*8th overall*)
  2. Susan Farago – 2:02:28 (*9th overall*)
  3. Nancy Marks – 2:04:13 (*10th overall*)
  4. Ivana Grahovac – 2:05:55
  5. Ali Klein – 2:06:39

(Copyright Josh Baker /

The top two in the male race increased the spice factor by finishing within 36 seconds of each other. Derek Purvis (4:38 -2011 Bandera 50k) and Christian Greyling cruised through the two loop course with Derek holding on to the win in 1:38:11. Christian finished firmly in second with a 1:38:48.

Top 5 male

  1. Derek Purvis – 1:38:11
  2. Christian Greyling – 1:38:48
  3. Ron Mora – 1:47:18
  4. Jorge Guevara Jr.  – 1:50:01
  5. Heath Riborby – 1:51:53

(Copyright Josh Baker /

5 km

Leary Walker pulled away from the nearest chasers to win the male race in 30:23. Josh Levy finished a little over a minute later to finish second in 32:02.

Top 5 male

  1. Leary Levy – 30:23
  2. Josh Levy – 32:02
  3. Jason Pettiss – 41:53
  4. Joseph Terrebonne – 43:02
  5. Weston Klesel – 43:17

(Copyright Josh Baker /

Tracy Tombari ran near the front of the overall race to create a gap of over two minutes to win the female race in 32:29 and finish 3rd overall. Erin Levy was firmly in second place and finished in 34:47.

Top 5 female

  1. Tracy Tombari – 32:29
  2. Erin Levy – 34:47
  3. Diana O’Connell – 36:29
  4. Karol Curran – 40:00
  5. Kaitlin O’Connell – 43:11

(Copyright Josh Baker /

Complete results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Ethel Woldt traveled down from Wisconsin to finish the 5 km at age 67!
  • Mirek Malinowski enjoyed the trail marathon at age 70!

Life is play. Play is life.

(Copyright Josh Baker /

Race Reports and Photos

  • “I tried to jog a little on some of the downhills, but I couldn’t sustain it for long. It doesn’t take that much exertion before I hit the feeling which is kind of like when scuba diving when your air gets low and you breathe in but are not getting much oxygen.” by JohnF @ Running and Travels
  • Photos, Photos, Photos – Josh Baker of AzulOx Photography took 100s of killer shots. Check them out!

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

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Congratulations Cheri and Jeff! (Copyright Josh Baker /

A special thanks to Josh Baker of AzulOx Photography for all of the great photos.

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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.

8 Responses to “Race to the Altar Trail Run – 2011 Results”

  1. on 31 Mar 2011 at 8:57 am Keith Gartrell

    You left out the other ladies in the Marathon. Look at the results. Give the ladies some credit – they ran the same course!!!

    Rebecca Gartrell (2nd place) 4:45:43 –
    Charlene Janiak (3rd place) 5:09:08 –
    (Kelly Horaney male/female?) –
    Adnil Buse 5:28:02 –
    Patricia Fick 5:59:34 –
    Janice Langley 6:23:22 –
    Karla Scroggins 6:56:00 –
    Shannon Mitchel 7:13:26 –
    Sheri Woldt (THE BRIDE!) 8:21:07

    Hope I didn’t miss any other amazing ladies…

  2. on 31 Mar 2011 at 9:21 am David Hanenburg

    Keith – Funny! Great catch!

    Obviously you don’t think I did this on purpose? Your wife and the other wonderful women definitely deserve to be mentioned. If you looked at the rest of the summary you would notice this trend was not repeated…hmm…maybe there is more to the story than my desire to “discredit” the ladies. (sorry have to laugh again)

    So what really happened…
    As I looked through the results for the marathon I only saw one ‘F’ (Female) next to a name (Landie’s). I didn’t audit the result list as it has never been an issue before. Oops!

    Now give your wife a high-5 from me…take a deep breath…and the results will be updated shortly. 🙂

  3. on 31 Mar 2011 at 9:52 am Jeff Linwood

    Thanks David! We had a lot of fun at the Race to the Altar, and thank Joe and Joyce Prusaitis for putting it on!

  4. on 31 Mar 2011 at 9:58 am David Hanenburg

    You’re welcome Jeff! Looked like a very fun day for all.

  5. on 31 Mar 2011 at 12:09 pm Keith Gartrell


    I know you didn’t post it on purpose. No anger in the post sorry – just my “givin you a hard time” nature. Just given prop’s to all the ladies and folks out there supporting our good friends Sheri and Jeff. Thanks to them for letting us share their special weekend with them.

    Thanks to Joe, Joyce, and all their help for putting on another fun and well supported race.

    Thanks for posting my photos – the beard comes off April 1st – my last race photo with this beard. I’m not sure anyone is thanking you for putting Sharpie’s photo up however!

    Congratulation newlyweds – Sheri and Jeff!!!

  6. on 31 Mar 2011 at 12:31 pm Keith Gartrell


    Thank you for all your post and reports. We truly enjoy you site!!!


  7. on 31 Mar 2011 at 1:58 pm David Hanenburg

    Keith – It seemed quite over-the-top (especially for the trail scene) to not be in jest but I wanted to be clear on what happened. No worries. 🙂 …and thanks for letting me know about my miss.

    I think the beard is bad-ass…likely because it would take me 10 years to grow something like that…if I was lucky. I better talk to JS…I don’t want a bounty on my head.

    Huge thanks for the kind words about the site. Hearing this kind of stuff always keeps the fire going.

    Happy Running!

  8. on 31 Mar 2011 at 2:21 pm Keith Gartrell

    David – I hoped you would understand. In retrospect text doesn’t convey the joking nature in which I intended it. Thank you again for all your work and good words in the running community.

    FYI – Sharpie doesn’t mind, I’m sure. It’s all those who got struck running behind him that day that will forever be scarred by the lack of material not covering him! 🙂

    I remember you from Bandera 100K in 2010. Good work!
    See you at the next race.