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Hobbs War Eagle TailTwister Trail Run – 2011 Results

Tucked in the north west corner of Arkansas, the Hobbs War Eagle TailTwister Trail Run took place in Rogers, Arkansas at the Hobbs State Park Conservancy. Hobbs State Park contains over 12,000 acres and is the largest (land area) state park in the state.

Photo: Courtesy Julie /

Close to 200 nature adventure seekers played on the 50 km, 25 km, 8.5 mile, or 3.8 mile course. And yes, the heat was ON!


There is not a lot of trail information on the event site but the photos highlight a scenic single-track route on what would likely be varied terrain. Some rocks, some groomed sections, plenty of fun.

Oklahoma runner, Julie @ Trailing Along, shared this about the trail in her race report.

“These trails were so different from what I am use to running at home.  Instead of the sandy, red dirt flattish trails, these were hilly and rocky with lots of pine needles.  Just gorgeous!  Even though there were a lot more hills than I am use to, I wouldn’t say it was extremely difficult.  The hills were mostly long and gradual or short and steep.  Not very technical.”

Yep, that be the trail. (Photo: Courtesy Julie /

Course Maps


Chilled fruit in a cup! (Photo: Courtesy Russell Bennett)

50 km

Stephen O’neal and experienced trail runner Rick Mayo (2010 Leadville 100 – 27:16) inspired each other at the front and created a fair gap (9-ish minutes) from the next chaser at the end of the 50 km adventure. At the finish line, less than three minutes separated the two with Stephen earning the inaugural win in 4:50:50 (chip time).

Top 5 male

  1. Stephen O’neal – 4:50:50
  2. Rick Mayo – 4:53:42
  3. Shannon McFarland – 5:02:33
  4. Steven Preston – 5:17:44
  5. David Joseph – 5:22:31

Mr. TZ lookin' for something cold. (Photo: Courtesy Russell Bennett)

Jenny Weater (2011 Ouchaita 50 mile – 10:28, 2nd female) and Stacey Shaver-Matson (2011 Little Rock marathon – 3:37) dashed through the finish together, stride-for-stride…and finished with the exact same time. Taking a look at the chip time put Stacey .3 seconds ahead.

Top 5 female

  1. Stacey Shaver-Matson – 5:57:34.1
  2. Jenny Weatter – 5:57:34.4
  3. Sarah Fisher – 6:54:32
  4. Kelli Oyewole – 7:12:45
  5. Kathy Hoover – 7:36:01

50 km results

25 km

The front of the female race got strung out with comfortable gaps between those at the pointy-end.  Alison Rush averaged an 8:34 min/mile pace to win the female race in 2:13:12. And Alison won the overall – BAM!

Marilyn Caulfeld finished just over six minutes later for second place in 2:19:24 and third in the overall.

Top 5 female

  1. Alison Rush – 2:13:12 (*overall win*)
  2. Marilyn Caulfeld – 2:19:24 (*3rd overall*)
  3. Natalie McBee – 2:38:56
  4. Sharon James – 2:40:16
  5. Tamara Phillips – 3:02:59

Finisher's award. (Photo: Courtesy Julie /

The front of the male race was a constant stream of runners flowing through the undulating terrain. Jeff Erickson had the extra gear at the finish to win the male race by 2+ minutes in 2:18:13.

Tony Matthews pushed through the finish next in 2:20:58.

Top 5 male

  1. Jeff Erickson – 2:18:13
  2. Tony Matthews – 2:20:58
  3. Aaron Ochoa – 2:21:48
  4. Geoff Rahmer 2:22:47
  5. Jose Rodriguez – 2:23:20

25 km results

8.5 mile

The youthful, Carter Witt (recent sub 35 minute road 10 km), worked his way through the runners to eventually lead and win the male race in 1:10:30. Matt Blaty was securely in second and finished in 1:14:20.

Top 5 male

  1. Carter Witt – 1:10:30
  2. Matt Blaty – 1:14:20
  3. Iban Hernandez – 1:17:09
  4. Fran Arellano – 1:18:13
  5. Matt Martin – 1:23:56

Rehydrating at the TATUR aid-station. (Photo: Courtesy Russell Bennett)

Maria Pope journeyed into the top ten overall to win the female race in 1:37:55. Leslie Johnson created a two minute buffer from the next chaser, to cross the line second in 1:43:34.

Top 5 female

  1. Maria Pope – 1:37:55
  2. Leslie Johnson – 1:43:34
  3. Lynne Williams – 1:45:38
  4. Amanda Denson – 1:46:08
  5. Heather Litchford – 1:50:15

8.5 mile results

3.8 mile

Kaylee Smith’s 8:42 average pace allowed her to take the pole position and female win in 32:58. Kaylee also earned fourth overall.

For minutes later, Alex Jauregui-Dusseau led the female procession of runners and cruised through the finish for second in 37:00.

Top 5 female

  1. Kaylee Smith – 32:58 (*4th overall*)
  2. Alex Jauregui-Dusseau – 37:00
  3. Stephanie Williams – 37:48
  4. Beth Stacey – 38:25
  5. Allana Fairrell – 39:28

Speed coming through. (Photo: Courtesy Russell Bennett)

Looked like father (or relative) and son going for the win. Brody Hill (age 14) and John Hill (age 50) led the adventure at the front of the male race with youth running a minute per mile faster than wisdom on this day. Brody averaged a 7:07 pace and won the male race in 27:01.

John finished second in 30:56.

Top 5 male

  1. Brody Hill – 27:01
  2. John Hill – 30:56
  3. Clayton Patrick – 32:54
  4. Eric Holland – 33:08
  5. Louis Staten – 34:59

3.8 mile results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Richard Rakes enjoyed the 3.8 mile adventure at age 67.

Also plenty of youth enjoying the morning on the trails!

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 Newman managed the humidity and increasing heat to finish the 50 km in 8:00:59.

Race Reports

  • “I kept thinking the whole time I was running, “I’m SO lucky to be out here experiencing this and I’m SO thankful”!!!” by Julie @ Trailing Along
  • “About a quarter mile to go, and I sent Bobby and Dana on. I had something I needed to do. I took off my shoes and socks, and tied my timing chip to my toes and ran the last little portion barefoot.” by TZ @ …miles to go before I sleep…

This aid-station sponsored by the American Dental Association. (Photo: Courtesy Russell Bennett)

Congrats to everyone that played on the summer trails!

Special thanks to Jule @ trailing along and Russell Bennett  for the variety of sweet photos above.

Check out the TALON Race Guide

There are 145 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.

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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 “Hobbs War Eagle TailTwister Trail Run – 2011 Results”

  1. on 09 Jun 2011 at 7:36 pm Julie

    LOVE the chilled fruit in a cup! Never had that before in a race but it’s such a great idea and went over so well.
    Great recap as always, thanks for all you do! 🙂

  2. on 11 Jun 2011 at 8:43 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Julie – The fruit had to be a treat in that heat!

    Keep rockin’ and enjoy the journey!

    …and you are welcome. Good times. 🙂