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Wee-Chi-Tah Trail Run – HHH Weekend – 2011 Results

Danielle Erickson wins half marathon and sent the boys home scratching their noggins.

On August 28th, 320 trail runners enjoyed the hot and sweaty morning (temps reached up to 109F by afternoon) at the Wee-Chi-Tah Trail Run in Wichita Falls, Texas. Both half marathon and 10 km runners enjoyed the varied terrain on the Wee-Chi-Tah trail. And I think new for this year…a water crossing! Apparently there is still some water left in the state.

The trail run is all part of the big endurance athlete weekend, appropriately named for this time of the year –  Hotter ‘N Hell!

The was also a special event category called the Triple Threat. This requires completing the 11 mile mountain bike race on Friday, 100 mile road bike ride on Saturday, and the trail run on Sunday. How many signed up for this hydration and electrolyte balance challenge? 123! 97 were able to keep it together across the three days!


Photo: Courtesy Sandy Monson and

Half Marathon

Danielle Erickson chic’d all the boys by over two minutes while averaging a 7:40 pace. Danielle won the female race and overall in a time of 1:40:37.

Elaine Bell finished second female and fifth overall in 1:49:19.

Top 5 female

  1. Danielle Erickson – 1:40:37 (*overall win*)
  2. Elaine Bell – 1:49:19 (*5th overall*)
  3. Rachel Geeze – 2:05:43
  4. Tamara Strohm – 2:06:09
  5. Benane Akurkuch – 2:07:28

Brad McDonald had nearly a three minute gap from the next chaser to finish second overall and win the male race in 1:42:48.

Will Hale cruised through the finish as second male in 1:45:42.

Top 5 male

  1. Brad McDonald – 1:42:48
  2. Will Hale – 1:45:42
  3. Benjamin Drezek – 1:47:27
  4. Joe Wurster – 1:49:43
  5. Anthony Wilson – 1:49:57

Complete half marathon results

Photo: Courtesy Sandy Monson and

10 km

Daniel Castle and Clay Emge inspired at the front of the male race while separating from the chase pack. Daniel ran a sub-40 time to win the male race in 39:44.

Clay dashed across the line next in 41:24.

Top 5 male

  1. Daniel Clay – 39:44
  2. Clay Emge – 41:24
  3. Derek Allar – 54:10
  4. Joe Garza – 54:34
  5. Luke Killian – 57:00

Allie Garcia was alone at the front of the female race finishing fifth overall in 55:51.

The dash for second had a bit more spice. Ginger Krentz and Jessie Nance created a whoppin’ six second gap between each other at the finish. Ginger had the extra hop to earn second in 58:03.

Top 5 female

  1. Allie Garcia – 55:51 (*5th overall*)
  2. Ginger Krentz – 58:03 (*7th overall*)
  3. Jessie Nance – 58:09 (*8th overall*)
  4. Rachel Walck – 59:25 (*9th overall*)
  5. Karen Lee – 1:00:12

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.

  • Jim Cummings (age 71), Jack Dema (age 62), and Michael Epps (age 60) ignored the heat warnings and enjoyed the 10 km course.
  • Dennis Freeman (age 62), Chris Haeckler (age 60), Thomas Des Lauriers (age 60), Rick Fogle (age 60), and John Ruiz (age 60) all went half mary.

Life is play. Play is life.

Race Reports and Pics

  • Couldn’t find any race reports. 🙁

If you have any thoughts or experiences to share from the event, feel free to comment below!

Special thanks to Sandy Monson and the Wichita Falls Running Club for the fun water photos 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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