Sunny – Hot – Repeat! Texas summer is upon us but the trail racing continues!
Last weekend the first race of the night-time Capt’n Karl Series, the Lake, took place on the rocky and varied terrain within Inks Lake State Park. Some Hill Country rocks and a few climbs led all 60 km and 30 km runners along a mostly clockwise 10 km adventure filled loop. With a 7:00-7:15 PM start time, you have less than a couple hours of light before bat vision or a battery powered light source is required.
Over 230 runners started. Finish rates – 79% (60k), 88% (30k).
[update - Per a great dude, Chris R., the finish rate for the 60k was 53%! See the comments for more insight from Chris.]
After some impressive efforts earlier this Spring winning Hells Hills 50 mile (6:59) and Prickly Pear 50k (3:25), Neal Lucas was back playing in the dirt scene. His 1:16 half marathon road finish one week earlier seemed to highlight Neal was in good form and he didn’t disappoint in this rocky starlit run. Neal’s 9:14 average pace created 19 minutes of separation to win the male race in 5:44:32. Unfortunately 2010 winner Josh Beckham didn’t make the start, I think it would have been an edge of your fold out camping chair endurance display.
David Brown was alone in second, finishing just over six hours in 6:03:32.
Top 5 male
- Neal Lucas – 5:44:32
- David Brown – 6:03:32
- Steven Moore – 6:10:37 (*14 minutes faster than his 2010 effort*)
- Jason Doyle – 7:06:54
- Lance Gay – 7:11:06
Tracy Holland (2011 Nueces 50 km female winner) upped the distance from the 30km race last year, to win this year’s female race in 8:21:15. Twenty five minutes later, Jean Cummings Perez finished in second in a time of 8:46:48.
Top 5 female
- Tracy Holland – 8:21:15
- Jean Cummings Perez – 8:46:48
- Amanda Alvarado – 8:56:35
- DeAnna White – 9:10:04
- Julie Grant – 9:23:18
Anabel Pearson was back to defend her 2010 win but Dibna Pearson had other ideas. Dibna ran in the top 10 to finish eighth overall and win the female race in 3:03:54.
Anabel finished less than two minutes off her 2010 pace to finish firmly in second in 3:11:47.
Top 5 female
- Dibna Fulton – 3:03:54 (*8th overall*)
- Anabel Pearson – 3:11:47
- Bridget Delarosa Lopez – 3:28:35
- Monique Choiniere – 3:47:46
- Edith Davis – 3:53:38
Chris McWatters finished second in the 60 km race in 2010 (5:58:22) and third this Spring at the Bandera 50 km (4:08:38) so the guy definitely has some jalapeno. In this 30 km adventure, Chris averaged an 8:37 pace to win the male race by nearly three minutes with a time of 2:40:50 (44 seconds faster than the 2010 winner, Shawn Bostad).
The dash for second was a spicy rock hopping run between Brandon Ostrander and Patrick Hall (2nd place in 2010). As a headlamp was seen approaching the finish line, Brandon created just over a minute gap to earn second in 2:43:30.
Top 5 male
- Chris McWatters – 2:40:50
- Brandon Ostrander – 2:43:30
- Patrick Hall – 2:44;34
- Eric Herzog – 2:47:14
- Derek Pervis – 2:52:32
Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Philip Martin (age 64), Gale Murphy (age 60), Jerry Fleming (age 62), and Gary Garson (age 64) all enjoyed the 30 km starlit adventure.
Life is play. Play is life.
The Tough-as-Nails Award
The 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:
- John Luna celebrate a finish and the beginnings of a beautiful morning sunrise as he crossed the line in 11:21:45.
Race Reports and Pics
- “It was just me and my little spot of light from my headlamp. The terrain was typical beautiful, yet sketchy as is typical with the hill country. Plenty of rocks, cactus, and dare I mention it rattle snakes. Lucky for me I only encountered the first two.” by Jacob @ What Finish Line?
- “Amazing what a little motivation will do sometimes! At one point I thought I saw a rock in the shape of Texas, and a shadow of another rock that looked like a gorilla. I have never hallucinated, but I had no idea what this was supposed to mean, and I didn’t think I was hallucinating.” by ultra @ A Trail Runner’s Running Blog
- “I started out fully intending to go the distance for the 60K, knowing I would be slower than my last effort here, but ready to tough it out. I did OK for 2 loops, but 1/2 way through the third 10K loop, I took a walking break that ended up being way too long, and I never really got going again.” by Paul @ Lean Forward Run Farther
- “So what I am going to do is paste some back and forth communication from myself and one of our RockHopper veterans, Chris Russell, who has a vast amount of ultra experience and has been unbelievably helpful in my ultra training to date.” by Tim @ timRUNS!
- “I am sure I was a ridiculous sight, passing people on flat or downhill sections, then as soon as I would reach a spot where I had to climb, one or the other of my inner thighs would cramp up severely. I had to stop and stretch… every time I stretched one side, the other would cramp up.” by malvs2walk @ malvs2walk
- “At mile 2 there was some nice features of the course and by nice I mean ridiculous like a gorge crossing that is just wide enough to tempt you to try to jump across but deep enough to make you think twice in trying.” @ Memoirs of a Drunken Bastard
- The Full Collection by Enduro Photo – Lots of great images!
Congrats to all the runners! If you have any thoughts or experiences to share from the race, feel free to include them in the comments link below.
Special thanks to Geoff Hammond and Josh Baker of Enduro Photo for the sweet race photos you see above.
Check out the TALON Race Guide
There are 148 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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David – EnduranceBuzz.com