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the Shoe Trail Run – Capt’n Karl Series – 2011 Results

Neal Lucas and Jean Cummings Perez bring home the 60 km series championship.

Bridget Delarosa Lopez and Brandon Ostrander earn the 30 km series championship.

The final race of the Tejas Trails nighttime series went down at the Shoe over the weekend. (the Lake summary, the Falls summary) Nearly 300 runners got a free-pass to stay up late and lace them up on the challenging trails at Mule Shoe Bend Recreation Area northwest of Austin.

Photo: Courtesy Alicia /

The clockwise loop course contained plenty of twisty and rocky Hill Country fun for the 60 km, 30 km, or 10 km adventure.

Course Map


The start! (Photo: Courtesy Karla Scroggins)

60 km

Neal Lucas (EB interview) and Steven Moore were back for the final race of the series and once again were jockeying at the front during the early miles. Although Neal’s stomach wasn’t cooperating completely, he still was able to create separation from those chasing and win the final race of the series in 5:33:21 and earn the series championship while crossing the line first in all three races. Neal time was ~48 minutes under the previous course record!

Another fresh-faced and spicy-footed runner, Brian Hopton-Jones (age 24, ), passed and separated from Steven to earn the runner-up position in 5:54:34. Steven held on for third.

Top 5 male

  1. Neal Lucas – 5:33:21 (*course record*)
  2. Brian Hopton-Jones – 5:54:34
  3. Steven Moore – 6:21:21
  4. Steve Berrones – 6:43:13
  5. Paul Lopez – 6:54:32

The trail running train. (Photo: Courtesy Karla Scroggins)

The female race saw plenty of excitement in the top four with a rather small 21 minutes separating 1-4. Rachel Ballard and Jean Cummings-Perez seemingly red-lined it to the finish as 42 seconds separated them after 60 km of running. Rachel was able to keep the fire burning the longest and earned the win in 8:11:34. Jean quickly followed for second in 8:12:16. Yowza!

Top 5 female

  1. Rachel Ballard – 8:11:34
  2. Jean Cummings-Perez – 8:12:16
  3. Julie Grant – 8:28:30
  4. Susan Levitan – 8:32:18
  5. Amanda Alvarado – 9:09:02

Jean Cummings-Perez has the smallest accumulated time across the three race series to earn the female title and 10th place overall!

Photo: Courtesy Alicia /

30 km

Holly Stewart pushed the pace in the female race to win by 13+ minutes in 3:13:03.

Krista Niece finished second in 3:26:55.

Top 5 female

  1. Holly Stewart – 3:13:03
  2. Krista Niece – 3:26:55
  3. Bridget Delarosa Lopez – 3:34:02
  4. Elizabeth Black-Wills – 3:40:37
  5. Shaheen Sattar – 3:46:18

Who says you can't have fun outside when it is 106F!?! (Photo: Courtesy Karla Scroggins)

Bridget Delarosa Lopez won the female 30 km race series and finished ninth overall!

After placing second in the first race of the series, Brandon Ostrander has been the point-man for the last two races. In this final race Brandon was able to create four+ minute of separation from Fabian Leal to win in 2:39:38. Brandon was also the 30 km series male winner!

Top 5 male

  1. Brandon Ostrander – 2:39:38
  2. Fabian Leal – 2:44:07
  3. Patrick Hall – 2:46:34
  4. Greg Gibbs – 2:47:31
  5. Larry King – 2:54:51

10 km

Derick Williamson took off in the male race and never looked back. Derick created two+ minutes of separation from Mr. unknown (per Joe P. – the correct name Mr. Bandit and has been removed from the results) to win the male race in 44:21.

Top 5 male

  1. Derick Williamson – 44:21
  2. Wesley Adams – 51:09
  3. Ben Chojnacki – 53:10
  4. Benjamin Palmer – 57:55
  5. Tom Fleming – 1:00:01

The post-race glow! (Phot0: Courtesy Alicia /

Katie Muladore ran in the third small group of the overall race to finish fifth overall and win the female race in 58:31.

Jacque Venter finished second in 1:09:40.

Top 5 female

  1. Katie Muladore – 58:31 (*5th overall*)
  2. Jacque Venter – 1:09:40
  3. Blake Dowdy – 1:13:42
  4. Paula Artigas – 1:19:41
  5. Katherine King – 1:23:01

Complete Results

Complete Series Results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Philip Martin (age 64) played in the sweaty 30km  adventure.

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:

  • John Luna would not be denied and got-er done in 11:16:51.

Boo! (Photo: Courtesy Karla Scroggins)

Race Reports and Pics

  • “In the course of just a few minutes I went from an extreme time-to-DNF low to an equally extreme master-of-the-universe high!” by Sights from the Middle
  • “My stomach was terribly upset so I reached for the pepto. I couldn’t open the packages. I had no dexterity in my fingers anymore. I looked to the sky and it was so beautiful. I decided to sit again and rest for a bit. Maybe that would help. As I looked up, the millions of stars gave me reason to lie back and just observe. They were incredible. I had not seen stars in that way since I was a child. Truly a beautiful sight!” by K @ Running Towards Him
  • “Somewhere I smelled the stench of a skunk on this lap, which was the only wildlife I encountered.  Later on I saw two more skunks, including one that was no more than five feet from the trail, but I didn’t really want to get to know him any better so I sprinted past him.” by ultra.tortoise @ A Trail Runner’s Running Blog
  • “I soon found myself alone on the trail once again arguing with myself.  Finally, I pseudo-accepted dropping out and called out in the darkness, “REALLY?  REALLY?  Are you really going to do this?  You’re going to DNF?”” by Scott @ Your Body is Your Engine
  • “From the start of the loop, I knew my eating was not the best. I was lacking a bit in the fuel tank, but I did my best to tackle the runnable sections and hike strong. At one point about halfway through, I swear a skunk army had just battled with runners ahead of me.” by Tim @ timRUNS!
  • “Once out of the technical section I caught the shimmer of a headlamp behind me. It actually appeared that it was getting closer! I couldn’t believe it. I was getting caught 34 miles in?!” by Jacob @ What Finish Line?
  • “There were rocks, steep ravines, sandy areas, limestone areas…it was very pretty.  So we continue through this beautiful trail, things are going great the first 2.5 miles…then my stomach starts cramping to high holy hell and I realize I am not going to make it.” by circles!
  • Top-shelf profession pics from Enduro Photo.

Special thanks to Alicia and Karla Scroggins for sharing their photos from the adventure! Awesome!

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7 Responses to “the Shoe Trail Run – Capt’n Karl Series – 2011 Results”

  1. on 31 Aug 2011 at 3:53 pm Tim

    Great write-up as usual. Thanks for your coverage throughout the series.

  2. on 31 Aug 2011 at 4:27 pm David Hanenburg

    Tim – Congratulations on your solid night on the trails!

    Thanks so much for the super kind words. Getting feedback like this always adds fuel to the fire.

    Have a great Cactus Rose!

  3. on 01 Sep 2011 at 8:01 am Jonathan

    Wow, what a race. I ran the 30K and had everything planned out, from my hydration strategy to my nutrition intake. Two hours in and it all went out the window. I settled into a nice pace, chatted with a few people, and enjoyed the trail. Everything was going well. I was taking in a gel every 30 mins and drinking a fair amount. I felt really good so I stopped paying attention to my eating and drinking (BIG mistake on my part). All was dandy after making the first loop until mile 13. I started to feel dizzy and had to stop and gather myself. It wasn’t happening. A group of runners walked me to the next aid station where I was taken back to the start/finish to regroup. The nice volunteers, especially Olga and her Hoka One Ones, made me drink until I ok. I realized that I had stopped sweating and I got the chills. Despite the huge mistakes on my part for not following my game plan, I was able to go back out and finish the race. No way I was going to DNF. Those last 6 miles were the most exhilerating I’ve had. I was by myself and thought how thankful I was to be out there. I ended up crossing the line in 6 hours, 2 short of my goal. Despite everything, I enjoyed everything from the volunteers who nursed me back, the kind runners who offered assistance on the trail, to a smiling Joe who said I was the runner who “came back from the dead” as he greeted me when I crossed the timing mat. The finisher’s medal says Capt’n Karl’s Endurance Run – a fitting tribute to my run that night. I have a new respect for those that finish at the back of the pack, or even last. It takes guts and endurance to finish when one is at their limits but is willing to push themselves beyond what they think they can do. I will definitely run the series next year. Lets just say I have some unfinished business. The 60K series looks like a blast.

  4. on 01 Sep 2011 at 9:04 am olga

    Jonathan, you are rockin’ man! So happy that you went back and finished!!! Sorry I had to leave to see it happen, but thrilled that you commented about it – that’s the spirit!
    And nobody drops on my watch:)
    I say, you gotta puke blood, have bone sticking out, or completely hate ultras (not simply be mentally down) to stop when there is still time. I had used all 3, so there is no fooling me with the reason:)

  5. on 01 Sep 2011 at 9:30 am Jonathan

    OLGA!!!! You are a gem! Thank you so much for helping me. You have no idea how much I appreciated seeing a kind face when I wasn’t at my best. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Hope to see you again soon at another race.

  6. on 01 Sep 2011 at 11:22 am David Hanenburg

    Jonathan – Dude what an adventure. Proud of you for sticking with it!

    This summer series with these extreme conditions likely provides some of the same challenges one would more typically encounter at the 50km+ distances.

    Times come and go. It seems you did the best you could based on your current status at the time (no going back in time)…and for that you rocked it!

    One of the biggest challenges after falling into a “hole” is to try and remain in the present moment to get yourself back on track. You dug yourself out. Wonderful people and support doesn’t hurt in this process either.

  7. on 01 Sep 2011 at 12:39 pm Larry

    Jonathan–sorry Olga had to leave so soon before you finished the race. That can be blamed on me. Tremendous effort by you in finishing out the race. Awesome job!!!