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Gator Bait Trail Run – 2011 Results

The recently held Gator Bait Trail Run took place on the ever popular Huntsville State Park trails located a short drive north of Houston, Texas.

Lake Raven at Huntsville State Park (Photo: Courtesy patrix99 @

Nearly 200 runner’s participated in the 15 km or 5 km summer clean-out-those-pores dirt run.


With the start/finish snuggled up next to the lake, runners ran on rooty pine needle covered trail and based on the race photos, the course included some sand to keep you honest.


15 km

Stephen Milford and Michael Barney were positioned 1 & 2  from the world “Go!”.  Based on race photos, Michael appeared to lead with Stephen right off his hip in second through much of the early and middle miles. Before crossing the finish line, positions swapped and Stephen created a two second gap in the dash for the race win. Stephen won the intense male race in a time of 1:04:14.

Michael Barney (first position) with Stephen Milford trailing a few strides behind. (Photo: Copyright bobcat13 photography llc /

Top 5 male

  1. Stephen Milford – 1:04:14
  2. Michael Barney – 1:04:16
  3. Mark Amann – 1:05:11
  4. Skip Moschell – 1:10:06
  5. Jonathan Owens – 1:11:13

Miriam Werner and Amber Knapp averaged sub-nine minute pace to earn first and second in the female race. Miriam’s 8:48 pace created a 90+ second gap at the finish to win in 1:22:06. Amber finished second in 1:23:43.

Miriam Werner cruisin' along the boardwalk. (Photo: Copyright bobcat13 photography llc /

Top 5 female

  1. Miriam Werner – 1:22:06
  2. Amber Knapp – 1:23:43
  3. Alyson Thibodeau – 1:25:13
  4. Pamela Ferguson – 1:31:37
  5. Shae Pauler – 1:34:35

5 km

10 year old Kaytlynn Welsch averaged a 7:33 pace to win the female race in 23:28! Cool! Second place appeared to be dominated by her younger sister Heather. Yep! Heather was all alone in second position and finished with a 23:56.

Kaytlynn Welsch navigating the Huntsville S.P. roots. (Photo: Copyright bobcat13 photography llc /

Top 5 female

  1. Kaytlynn Welsch – 23:28
  2. Heather Welsch – 23:56
  3. Karen Johnson – 28:11
  4. Molly Graham – 29:02
  5. Mandy Walter – 29:54

D J Snyder’s blazing 5:46 pace put him a 1/2 mile ahead of the next chaser at the end of 5 km of racing. D J crossed the finish line in 17:58. Robert Duncan pushed a steady pace in second position with a finish of 21:19.

D J Snyder floating over the sand. (Photo: Copyright bobcat13 photography llc /

Top 5 male

  1. D J Snyder – 17:58
  2. Robert Duncan – 21:19
  3. Patrick Bliven – 24:39
  4. Armando Palomino-mcclue – 16:18
  5. Michael Matteson – 27:13

Complete 15 km / 5 km Results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Gary Delord, Gerry Simpson, and Carol Young, all enjoyed the 15 km race in the 60+ age group.
  • Charles Norris completed the 5 km dirt run in the 60+ age group.

(Inspiration station (clockwise from top left): Charles Norris (#200), Carol Young (#261) with Carol Kleiber (#171), Gary Delord (#128), and Gerry Simpson (#281) (All Photos: : Copyright bobcat13 photography llc / )

Life is play. Play is life.

Race Reports

Congrats to all the runners!

Special thanks to bobcat13 photography, llc for the collection of race photos you see above!

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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.

2 Responses to “Gator Bait Trail Run – 2011 Results”

  1. on 11 Jul 2011 at 2:15 pm Jonathan

    I had the pleasure of walking Gerry to the finish line at the Magnolia Hill Trail Run July 3rd. I had already finished and was cooling off in the lake when I noticed a lone runner a mile away. I immediately ran to meet him and enjoyed the cheers as he crossed the line. Can’t wait to see him at another trail race. I hope to be running when I’m 69!

  2. on 11 Jul 2011 at 3:29 pm David Hanenburg

    Awesome Jonathan! May we all still be rockin’ on the trails at 69!