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Ouachita Trail Run – 2011 Results

Pleasant conditions and an array of get-your-toes wet creek crossings set the stage for the 21st edition of the Ouachita Trail Run that took place on April 16 along the northwestern edge of Little Rock, Arkansas.

144 runners participated in this adventure that first began back in 1989 when the race was only a 50 mile adventure and excluded the now often talked about Pinnacle Mountain climb and descent. Since 2000, the race has also included a 50 km adventure.

The view atop Pinnacle Mountain! (Photo: Copyright Jeff / greenninja.com)

This year another course record set!

Course

The course looks pretty simple. An out-and-back adventure that leads you up and over Pinnacle Mountain (out bound only) and then your happy feet dance along the shores of Lake Maumelle that include varied terrain and plenty of single-track. There will also be a few miles of pavement running and some highway crossings.

Areas of exposure. (Photo: Copyright Jeff / greenninja.com)

The 50 milers simply run farther down the trail before turning around.

Course Map

Results

50 mile

Local speedster Nick Lewis (AR), Feb Boswell (TN), Caleb Manis (AR), and Ad Marshall (LA) all cruised into the base of Pinnacle Mountain (mile 3.9) in 34 minutes, ready for the rocky climb and descent in the male race. The group gradually broke apart as Nick Lewis created a two minute lead from Feb (next closest chaser) after completing the mountain loop (mile 6.7).

Nick’s lead gradually built up to 15 minutes through the middle miles before growing to over 30 minutes within the last 15 miles. Nick went on to finish in 7:26:12 and set an inspiring new course record that was recently set by Oklahoma runner, Tom Brennan (7:56:41 – 2010). Nick’s win highlights that he is still in good form since his March overall win at 3 Days of Syllamo.

Feb (4:12 – 2011 Sylamore Trail 50 km) was the only other runner to finish under eight hours and maintained second position since Pinnacle Mountain. Feb’s second place finish time of 7:57:59 was just over a minute beyond the previous course record. Very solid day!

Top 5 male

  1. Nick Lewis (AR) – 7:26:12 (*course record*)
  2. Feb Boswell (TN) – 7:57:59
  3. Brian Hurley (AR) – 8:25:52
  4. Paul Schoenlaub (MO) – 8:38:28
  5. PoDog Vogler (AR) – 8:42:26

Here is a cool video glimpse of the Pinnacle Mountain climb by vonralls.

(If you can’t see the video, click here.)

After her second place overall finish in the 3 Days of Syllamo challenge, Sarah Woerner (TN) was back in Arkansas and set the pace in the early miles and never looked back. Sarah went on to finish eighth overall and win the female race in 9:01:37.

The race for second place had a fair amount of inspired running for 10+ hours between Jenny Weatter (AR) and Dreama Campbell (TN).  Jenny created a lead of up to 8 minutes at mile 5.3 before Dreama and Jenny passed through mile 16…together.

Dreama gradually created a gap that was up to 14 minutes at mile 28.4. Over the next 13.7 miles the gap slowly closed and was now down to 5 minutes at mile 42.1. By mile 46 Jenny had moved back in the lead and Dreama appeared to be struggling.

Jenny kept it together to the finish and earned an exciting second place in 10:28:16. Dreama finished in 10:43:00.

Top 5 female

  1. Sarah Woerner (TN) – 9:01;37
  2. Jenny Weatter (AR) – 10:28:16
  3. Dreama Campbell (TN) – 10:43:00
  4. Deb Baker (AR) – 11:31:08
  5. Candy Tranum (MS) – 11:45:07

Another short video by vonralls highlighting a small creek crossing and some single-track.

(If you can’t see the video, click here.)

50 km

Merry Wolf (TX) and Alicia Osborn (AR) appeared to trade off the female lead through the early miles before leaving Lake Vista (mile 10.6) together. From here to the finish, Merry began to gradually create separation and went on to win the female race in 5:38:08 and finish 6th overall.

Alicia finished firmly in second place in 5:45:31 and 10th overall.

Top 5 female

  1. Merry Wolf (TX) – 5:38:08
  2. Alicia Osborn (AR) – 5:45:31
  3. Amber Ragland (TN) – 6:39:00
  4. Stephanie Stewart (AR) – 6:43:50
  5. Christy Gurgiolo (TN) – 6:51:25

Merry at the blurry finish. (Photo: Courtesy John McCoul)

While the drama was thick in the chase for second, Tom Brennan put himself at the front after Pinnacle Mountain (mile 6.7) and focused on his race for the win. Tom continued to separate himself from the chase pack as the miles increased and won the male race in 4:34:17.

A small group of runners jockeyed for position in the chase to catch Tom. After the dust had settled and the finish was close, Charley Hogue was finally able to separate from the others and cross the line with a sub-5 finish time of 4:56:43.

Top 5 male

  1. Tom Brennan (OK) – 4:34:17
  2. Charley Hogue (MO) – 4:56:43
  3. Thomas Chapin (AR) – 5:04:25
  4. Joshua Snyder (OK) – 5:14:18
  5. David Joseph (AR) – 5:27:50

RD Chrissy "Bunny Ears" Ferguson placing the finisher's medal on Jeff. (Photo: Copyright Jeff / greenninja.com)

Complete 50 mile and 50 km results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Eugene Bruckert (IL – age 75) and Pete Ireland (AR – age 70) celebrated the day with a 50 km adventure. Bam!

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:

  • Tim Harrington (AR) maintained a day of forward progress to finish the 50 mile in 13:40:05.
  • The three-pack of Eugene Bruckert (IL), Annette Blanton (AR), and Carol Earles (AR) met up with four miles to go and finished the 50 km together in 11:27:30.

Race Reports and other Groovy Media

  • “At about mile 4… we started up Pinnacle Mountain. It was a climber’s paradise and looked as if God took a bucket of small boulders and dumped them out into a very tall pile.” by Dreama @ Dreama Campbell
  • Race photos – Race photos will eventually be available at Black Dog Photo Productions. They were not available when this article was published.
  • 50 km course flyover

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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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 “Ouachita Trail Run – 2011 Results”

  1. on 01 May 2011 at 6:00 pm Von

    Great write up!! Thanks for using my videos! Too cool!! Can’t wait until next year!

  2. on 02 May 2011 at 11:39 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Von – Really dug the Mountain Pinnacle video!! Loved it! Good luck with your next adventure.