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the Falls Trail Run – Capt’n Karl’s Trail Series – 2011 Results

Neal Lucas continues to dominate the Capt’n Karl 60km series and sets new course!

Over 325 runners made the start line at Pedernales State Park, a short drive northwest of Austin, Texas for race two of the nighttime Capt’n Karl series – the Falls. (Race #1 summary)

Photo: Courtesy Jorge Rasillo /

The 30 km and 60 km distances enjoy the same 30 km counter-clockwise loop that includes a variety of grade changes and short climbs intermixed with sections of rocky terrain. The 10 km course is a mostly counter-clockwise loop that uses segments of the same course. All courses weave within a mix of singletrack, doubletrack, and dirt roads.


RD Joe Prusaitis ready to say the magic word..."Go!" (Photo: Courtesy Fawn Simpson /

60 km

It was the Neal Lucas and Steven Moore show in the early going before Neal settled into a rhythm and created a gap that continued to grow as the miles increased.

“I think it was mile 25 while I was running along a fence line, sipping the goop, drinking water, and spraying myself, that I got in this rhythm where it all felt effortless. It was an out-of-mind feeling where I was cruising and would just hear my watch beep off the miles.” – Neal Lucas in his race report

Neal crushed the old course record by 35+ minutes (held by speedster Josh Beckham) with a time of 5:12:05 (8:22 min/mile avg pace). This roadie, that now includes some dirt adventures in his schedule, continues to build on his Spring and Summer trail performances (Hells Hills 50 mile (6:59)Prickly Pear 50k (3:25), the Lake (5:44:32)) and has shown no signs of slowing down this summer.

The big guns ready to inspire - Steven Moore (#2) with Neal Lucas (far right). (Photo: Courtesy Fawn Simpson /

Steven’s solid 5:46:18 second place finish would have been a new course record as well (by just over 1 minute) but Mr. Lucas had other plans.

Top 5 male

  1. Neal Lucas – 5:12:05 (*course record*)
  2. Steven Moore – 5:46:18
  3. Eric Gilbertson – 6:04:01
  4. Jacob Evans – 6:19:48
  5. Benjamin Drezek – 6:35:16

The female race saw Jennifer Bennett running in the top 10 overall and finished 23+ minutes in front of the next female chaser, Shellie Oroshiba. Jennifer earned the female win and finished seventh overall with a time of 6:44:01 (10:50 min/mile avg pace).

Shellie was alone in second in 7:07:53.

Top 5 female

  1. Jennifer Bennett – 6:44:01 (*7th overall*)
  2. Shellie Oroshiba – 7:07:53
  3. Jean Cummings Perez – 7:43:29
  4. Julie Grant – 7:46:55
  5. Rachel Ballard – 7:48:52

30 km

The female 30 km race had the most pointy-end finish line excitement as Bridget Delarosa-Lopez (10 km female winner in 2010) and Merry Wolf finished within a scant two minutes of each other.

Bridget was first to cross the timing mat and earn the female win in 3:07:52.

Merry cruised in for second in 3:09:52.

Photo: Courtesy Fawn Simpson /

Top 5 female

  1. Bridget Delarosa-Lopez – 3:07:52
  2. Merry Wolf – 3:09:52
  3. Tricia Gill – 3:24:39
  4. Jessica Layton – 3:26:25
  5. Mandi Pels – 3:31:02

Patrick Hall knocked off five minutes from his 2010 second place finish time that would have won last year’s race. Patrick had to settle for second place once again as Brandon Ostrander laced them up this year and created a six-plus minute gap to win the male race in 2:24:41.

Patrick earned second place honors in 2:31:26.

The river...bottom. (Photo: Courtesy Jorge Rasillo /

Top 5 male

  1. Brandon Ostrander – 2:24:41
  2. Patrick Hall – 2:31:26
  3. Eric Herzog – 2:36:43
  4. Greg Gibbs – 2:37:51
  5. Nick Shoemaker – 2:39:47

10 km

For those that didn’t run an extra 3-ish miles, Landon McNeely led the inspiration train and won the male race by nearly five minutes in 45:52.

Female Andi Cragen, led the chase pack of runners and guided Ryan Otsuka to a second place male finish in 52:07.

Male 10km winner Landon McNeely. (Photo: Courtesy Fawn Simpson /

Top 5 male

  1. Landon McNeely – 45:52
  2. Ryan Otsuka – 52:07
  3. Benjamin Palmer – 53:25
  4. Judah Gutierrez – 53:55
  5. Luke Dollmeyer – 54:41

Andi Cragen finished second overall and won the female race by over seven minutes in 50:43.

Erica Sorensen finished second in 58:13.

Andi Cragen enjoying the run! (Photo: Courtesy Fawn Simpson /

Top 5 female

  1. Andi Cragen – 50:43
  2. Erica Sorensen – 58:13
  3. Jacque Venter – 59:56
  4. Kelly Preddy – 1:00:09
  5. Ellen Hill – 1:01:48

Complete results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Paul Jensen completed the 60 km adventure at age 67.
  • Philip Martin (age 64), Louis Mast (age 63), and Gale Murphy (age 61) enjoyed the 30 km loop.

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:

  • Jose Soberano had the courage and heart to keep moving and finish the 60 km race in 13:03:04.

Race Reports and Pics

  • “We get started and it’s me and another very talented runner, Steven, for the first 10 miles or so. We poke with 7 minute miles but settle in the low 8s. It’s pretty hot, so I’m I think we’re both playing conservative, so as not to burn out early. The miles start to click off…” by Neal @ The Weekly Long Run
  • “I think, the first loop was fairly relaxed because I found people who I chatted for brief periods of time, the most memorable conversation I had was with a runner that had a shirt with a quote that read something like:  ”There’s no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather”.” – by runforpain
  • “Somewhere in this section, there was an easy doubletrack where I didn’t need my headlamp, so I turned it off and rested my eyes, and enjoyed the moon and stars filling up the sky.  The moon provided quite a bit of light, enough to light much of the trail, and the stars were beautiful in a cloudless sky.  There is no light pollution in this area of Texas and the night sky is simply gorgeous.” – by ultra tourtoise @ A Trail Runner’s Running blog
  • “Within a few minutes I can see the lights from the start line. I look down at my watch and know that sub 6:20 is gonna be close. I round the last corner and push it into the finish line for a finish time of 6:19:48 and a 2nd lap of 3:04:29!!! A full 6 minutes faster than my first lap. I stop. Speechless.” by Jacob @ What Finish Line?
  • “Now I had a backpack full of water and 6 miles to go, and I was feeling great. Headed back out to the trail and proceeded to trip over 9 billion pieces of tree detritus and catch my toe on every rock out there. After my 4th attempt to trip and the only time that night where I came close to actually falling on my face, I realized I needed to slow down a bit and calm myself.” by Amy
  • “Volunteering requires a whole different mind set than running the event. Usually runners are wholly consumed with themselves and getting to the finish line safely and uninjured. But when you are helping you are concerned with every single runner out there. I love knowing that as small as my contribution is, I’m helping someone. It’s a great feeling.” by Milano Running Mom (volunteer report)
  • “Basically every so often I would see the ground move under my feet and I would focus in to see the little guys scamper across the trail.  They were the small ones too and from what I know about scorpions it is the small ones that pack the more painful sting.  The scorpions were also not the only creature to join me on my run for the second loop.  Around mile 30 or so A very spirited armadillo bounded right in front of me startling us both I would imagine.  He paced me for a bit before making some odd and disturbing clicking sounds and bound back into the brush.” by Steve @ Memoirs of a Drunken Bastard
  • “The last 4 miles mostly flat with some gentle rolling hills.  This turned out to be my favorite part.  I had plenty of energy left and made a game out of seeing how many runners I could pass in the last few miles (turned out to be 8).” by Sights From The Middle
  • “I don’t remember much about the course except for the rock staircase down to the river bed! When we broke through the trail and I saw the view, I said, “This is freakin’ awesome!!!”” by malvs2walk @ malvs2walk
  • “On my second loop, I went out a little slower to try and keep the gas pains in check, but, occassionally, I’d find myself bent over on the trail and have a runner ask if I was “ok” as they passed.” by Larry @ To Live a Life
  • Race Photos by Enduro Photo

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.

A special thanks to Fawn Simpson and Jorge Rasillo for the great collection of 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 “the Falls Trail Run – Capt’n Karl’s Trail Series – 2011 Results”

  1. on 14 Aug 2011 at 5:59 am olga
    Larry’s report.

  2. on 14 Aug 2011 at 9:38 am David Hanenburg

    Olga – Thanks so much for the link! I will include Larry’s report in the results article and add him to the regional blog list.

    Happy healing!