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Run the Caldera Trail Run – 2011 Results

Seemingly low levels of smoke from the Arizona Wallo wildfire drifted through the Valles Cadera National Preserve near Los Alamos, New Mexico, but that didn’t stop over 570 trail runners from earning a finish at the 6th Annual Run the Caldera Trail Run.

Photo: Courtesy Valles Caldera Trust Photos

Play on the marathon, half marathon, or 10 km course and enjoy the adventure of running above 8,000 feet…for the entire run and enjoying the views that come with on. Oh, baby!


This is a beautiful area of the country and since the course follows old logging roads, you may actually have some opportunity to look around and soak up the beauty…digger-free (don’t hold me to that 🙂 ). Through forests and over mountains you go.

Each of the three race distances include the same start but then have there own unique journey.

The marathon includes over 2100 feet of gain and peaks out near 10,000 feet.

The half marathon provides a nice 800 foot climb midway through the journey.

The 10 km gradually guides you down 500 feet before you have to work your way back up 250-ish feet to get to the finish.

Course Map


Photo: Courtesy Valles Caldera Trust Photos


2:35-2:45 road marathoner Steve Clarke highlighted his jalapeño turnover by averaging a 7:37 min/mile pace to create a seven minute gap to win the male race in a zesty 3:19:47. Jason Taylor finished a solid second in 3:26:47.

Top 5 male

  1. Steve Clarke – 3:19:47
  2. Jason Taylor – 3:26:47
  3. Neil Blake – 3:35:51
  4. Juniper Hunter – 3:46:24
  5. Ken Gordon – 3:50:56

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

Katrin Silva (5:44:56 – 2011 Bandera 50 km) averaged a 9:46 pace to cross the finish first in the female race with a time of 4:16:06. Eight minutes later, Whitney Dreier, finished second in 4:24:18 with the next chaser only a couple minutes back.

Top 5 female

  1. Katrin Silva – 4:16:06
  2. Whitney Dreier – 4:24:18
  3. Leah A. Sanchez – 4:26:24
  4. Michelle Hummel – 4:27:15
  5. Ruthanne Hamrick – 4:40:12

Complete marathon results

half marathon

Averaging just over eight minute pace, Kay Ulrich nearly won the overall! Kay finished second overall and won the female race in a spicy 1:45:32. While Kay created a 17 minute gap at the end of 13-ish miles, the race for second saw Nikki Madden, Bridget Herron, and Katie Goins all within a four minute window. One bad patch and the positions shuffle. Nikki was able to guide the front of this group across the finish and earned second in 2:02:21.

Top 5 female

  1. Kay Ulrich – 1:45:32 (*2nd overall*)
  2. Nikki Madden – 2:02:21
  3. Bridget Herron – 2:05:47
  4. Katie Goins – 2:06:46
  5. Kelly Cyr – 2:13:24

After a recent 1:44:34 at the Jemez Moutain 13 Mile, Bradley Skidmore still had enough go-jo to win the male race with a 7:33 pace and 1:39:10 finish time.  Similar to the female race, Matthew Brake, Adam Lang, and George Perkins pushed the pace and finished within two-ish minutes of one another. The final 5 mile (mostly uphill grade) push had to be extra fun! Matthew held on second by 62 seconds in a finish time of 1:47:44.

Top 5 male

  1. Bradley Skidmore – 1:39:10
  2. Matthew Brake – 1:47:44
  3. Adam Lang – 1:48:46
  4. George Perkins – 1:49:53
  5. Daryl Dagel – 1:52:10

Half marathon results

10 km

Jake Wilson and Abraham Kosgei set the pointy-end pace in the male race and inspired each other to sub 40 minute finishes. Abraham took the first-across-the-line honors and won the male race in 39:30. A catch your breath moment later, Jake crossed for second in 39:54.

Top 5 male

  1. Abraham Kosgei – 39:30
  2. Jake Wilson – 39:54
  3. Ryan Lesansee – 42:44
  4. Jake Lawrence – 44:17
  5. Moises Gonzalez – 47:28

Photo: Courtesy Valles Caldera Trust Photos

Jamesina Simpson pushed the pace within the top 10 of the overall to win the female race in 49:38. Six minutes later, Marcos Sanchez earned a second place finish in 55:42.

Top 5 female

  1. Jamesina Simpson – 49:38 (*8th overall*)
  2. Marcos Sanchez – 55:42
  3. Mathilde Walker – 57:04
  4. Shelly Moeller – 57:23
  5. Diane Coady-Ramsay – 57:26

Complete 10 km results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Connon Odom (age 70) and Jack Lynch (age 68) celebrated the day on the 10 km course.
  • Jack Clark (age 68), David Peterson (age 64), Kenneth O’Connor (age 72), Norm Gagne (age 68), and Shirley Sirois (age 64) took the 13 mile journey.
  • Kenneth Sirois (age 64), Earl Ortiz (age 65), and Floyd Redmon (age 66) worked the full marathon.

Love it!

Life is play. Play is life.

Race Reports and other Groovy Media

  • “By mile 8, we climbed up the Redondito Peak to 10,000 feet in elevation. By mile 15, we were back down to 8,500 feet, running parallel to the plains of the Valle Grande. Over the next four miles we ran past remote log cabins and horse ranches.” by Greg @ Perseverance Runner

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

Special thanks to Valles Caldera Trust Photos for the event photos you see above.

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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.

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