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Squash Blossom Classic Trail Run – 2011 Results

Over 160 trail runners played on the High Desert Trail System just north of Gallup, New Mexico. The Squash Blossom Classic included a half marathon, 4.5 mile, and 1 mile fun run. The half marathon is also run in memory of local runner, Kent Hodges.

Route 66 Through Gallup, NM (Photo: Courtesy jimmywayne @

The counter-clockwise loops contains a mix of sweet views intermixed with some technical terrain to keep ya honest.


Kent Hodges Memorial Half Marathon

LeAndrew Martine averaged a spicy 6:30 min/mile pace within the challenging terrain to win the half marathon by nearly seven minutes with a 1:25:22 finish time.

Elroy Tso was alone in second and crossed the line in 1:32:14.

Top 5 male

  1. LeAndrew Martine – 1:25:22
  2. Elroy Tso – 1:32:14
  3. Amit Pande – 1:41:54
  4. Mark Jones – 1:42:24
  5. Vernon Jackson – 1:46:14

Carletta Segay ran within the top 10 overall inspiring those behind to push for second place. Carletta won the female race by nearly eight minutes witha time of 1:46:45.

The dash for second saw Stephanie Littlehat and Janel Lanphere a little over a minute apart at the end of 13 miles of running. Stephanie was able to create the gap and earn second in 1:54:12.

Top 5 female

  1. Carletta Segay – 1:46:45
  2. Stephanie Littlehat – 1:54:12
  3. Janel Lanphere – 1:55:33
  4. Jordan Jackson – 1:58:08
  5. Reycita Six –  1:58:46

4.5 mile

Cynthia Chavez, Maxine Johnson, and Lori Todachcheene all finished within an 11 second window that set the stage for an exciting finish.

Lori found a way to create an eight second gap to win the female race in 39:28.

A short breath later, Maxine crossed the line while holding off Cynthia by three seconds. Maxine earned second in 39:36.

Top 5 female

  1. Lori Todachcheene – 39:28
  2. Maxine Johnson – 39:36
  3. Cynthia Chavez – 39:39
  4. Arlinda Mitchell – 40:52
  5. Fayetta Dale – 40:59

Chad Upshaw’s 6:20 pace created a 47 second gap from the chase group, to win the male race in sub-30 time of 28:32.

Alfred Murphy Jr. held off Zach Serma to finish second in 29:19.

Top 5 male

  1. Chad Upshaw – 28:32
  2. Alfred Murphy Jr. – 29:19
  3. Zach Serma – 29:33
  4. DeRay Chatter – 29:40
  5. Allen Lewis – 30:27

Complete Results (Excel Spreadsheet)

Inspiration Point

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

  • Robert Charles (age 60), Robert Tohe (age 62), Rob Koops (age 68), Peter Procopio (age 66), Cathryn Russell (age 64) all enjoyed the 4.5 mile run.
  • Howard Maat (age 72) and Helen Silversmith (age 72) took on the half marathon.

Life is play. Play is life.

Race Reports and Pics

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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.

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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.

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