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XTERRA Bluff Creek Ranch Trail Run – 2011 Results

Rainfall on the parched Hill Country land left many wondering what that foreign substance from the sky was doing to the hard packed earth that was now grabbing their tread and not letting go.

On October 9th nearly 25 runners played on varied terrain 60 miles East of Austin, Texas for the XTERRA Bluff Creek Ranch Trail Run. 24, 12, or 6 km distances provided a variety of options to enjoy the scenic and periodically technical singletrack within Bluff Creek Ranch.

The 6 and 12 km courses are one loop. The 24 km scamper enjoys two 12 km loops.

Bonus points – Bluff Creek Ranch offers all natural Grass Fed Beef without hormones, antibiotics, or grain fed finishing processing – I can dig it!


24 km

Austin athlete, Christopher Whelchel, ran a two minute negative split that created over a six minute gap and male win in 1:52:00.

Sam Labrie  finished alone in second with a time of 1:58:09.

Top 5 male

  1. Christopher Whelchel – 1:52:00
  2. Sam Labrie – 1:58:09
  3. William Mallin – 2:05:14
  4. Michael Gates – 2:11:27
  5. James Randall – 2:13:08

Leslie Crane ran nearly a two minute negative split that increased her lead after loop 1 and set up a female win in 2:31:07.

Kathleen Brock earned second place honors in 2:47:29.

Top 5 female

  1. Leslie Crane – 2:31:07
  2. Kathleen Brock – 2:47:29
  3. Jennifer Fehmel – 3:11:40
  4. Alicia Janecke – 3:13:08
  5. Sarah Beck – 3:14:04

12 km

Small group. Seven total runners in the 12 km race.

In the female race Tam Le averaged a 10:29 pace to win the female race in 1:18:15.

Randy Rigney ran an 8:42 pace that created nearly a nine minute gap to win the male race in 1:04:58.

Top 5 overall

  1. Randy Rigney (male) – 1:04:58
  2. Steve Smith (male) – 1:13:15
  3. Armando Zermeno (male) – 1:15:43
  4. Tam Le (female) – 1:18:15
  5. Sean Albro (female) – 1:22:08

6 km

Three total runners. All female.

Jen Ragan-Marlowe led the way with a 10:17 pace to cross the finish first in 40:19.

All 3 overall

  1. Jen Ragan-Marlowe – 38:23
  2. Kathy Johnson – 40:19
  3. Cheryl O’Connor – 58:22

Complete results

Race Reports and Pics

  • “Arrived at the park where the monsoon quickly started, and was quite cold.  Initially had one tech shirt one, but that soon changed to two.  Brought in my umbrella to check in where another runner joked if I would be bringing that along?” by ultra.tortoise @ A Trail Runner’s Running Blog

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