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Rocky Raccoon Trail Run (“Lil’ Rocky”) – 2011 Results

*brief results format to catch up with all the TALON action*

Crisp Fall temps. A smiling sun. A well groomed trail. Over 400 trail runners.

This led to one heck of a good time at Huntsville State Park for the 21st Annual Rocky Raccoon Trail Run that took place on Saturday, November 5th.

Sunrise at Huntsville State Park! (Photo: Courtesy Corina Cervantes /

Runners enjoyed a morning and afternoon scamper on a main 25 km loop course that includes a few gentle rollers, roots, pine needles, and miles of smiles.

Got Roots? (Photo: : Courtesy Corina Cervantes /

Course distances include 50 km, 25 km, and a 10 km dash (new this year).


The start! (Photo: : Courtesy Corina Cervantes /

50 km

The youthful Benjamin Prince (age 19) averaged a 7:57 min/mile pace for the first 25 km loop with Olli Haavikko a scant 10 seconds back with one loop to go. Benjamin then dashes off a this crazy negative split…nearly 9 minutes! No one could match the pace. Benjamin crossed the finish line and won the male race in 3:57:05.

Olli was able to run a near even-split to hold onto his second position and finish in 4:09:05.

Top 5 male

  1. Benjamin Prince – 3:57:05
  2. Olli Haavikko – 4:09:05
  3. Lance Anderson – 4:18:42
  4. Nicholas Gault – 4:30:33
  5. Joe Constantino – 4:30:38 (*ran nearly a 16 minute neg-split!*)

Gareth Burton feeling good in the 50km! (Photo: Courtesy Mariela Botella and HTRex /

Anna Hern’s took to the front of the female race early on and created an 11+ minute gap after the first loop. Anna slowed slightly during loop two but continued to grow the gap. Anna won the female race in 4:55:52, just outside of top 10 overall.

Teresa Bartnicki ran a sweet negative split to finish second in 5:15:12.

Top 5 female

  1. Anna Hern – 4:55:52
  2. Teresa Bartnicki – 5:15:12
  3. Irma Sanchez – 5:23:27
  4. Jean Hofschulte – 5:40:24
  5. Heather Sasser – 5:41:49

Alicia Loran and Corina Cervantes - Having fun across the 31 mile scamper. (Photo: Courtesy Corina Cervantes /

25 km

Samantha Allen ran a sub two hour loop to to win the female race in 1:59:52 and earn sixth overall.

Claire Conron was firmly positioned in second with a time of 2:02:27. Claire also was eighth overall across the line.

Top 5 female

  1. Samantha Allen – 1:59:52 (*6th overall*)
  2. Claire Conron – 2:02:27 (*8th overall*)
  3. Victoria Webster – 2:06:50
  4. Ashley Dack – 2:08:28
  5. Kaytlynn Welsch – 2:10:10

Fiona Lu making it look easy. (Photo: Courtesy Corina Cervantes /

Chris Strait averaged sub seven minute pace (6:59) to win the male race by two+ minutes in 1:48:41.

Mark Lawton and Noah Bedard had a good little dash for second as 62 seconds separated the two after 25 km of racing. Mark was able to sneak across the line first in 1:51:09.

Top 5 male

  1. Chris Strait – 1:48:41
  2. Mark Lawton – 1:51:09
  3. Noah Bedard – 1:52:11
  4. Nick Wendes – 1:56:43
  5. Matt Kyrish – 1:58:18

The might volunteers at HTRex aid station. (Photo: : Courtesy Mariela Botella and HTRex /

10 km

Robert Duncan averaged a 7:07 min/mile effort that created over a minute gap from the string of chasers. Robert won the male race in 44:16.

Jim Land was able to lead the chase group at the finish and earned second in 45:37.

Top 5 male

  1. Robert Duncan – 44:16
  2. Jim Land – 45:37
  3. Troy Mooney – 46:41
  4. Shane Devore – 46:59
  5. Phil Pilkington – 49:05

Cornelius De Regt getting in those carbs. (Photo: Courtesy Mariela Botella and HTRex /

Heather Welsch and Natalie Pruitt pushed the pace at the front of the female race. Heather was able to create a small gap at the finish to win the female race in 50:11 (sixth overall).

Natalie crossed second in 50:48 (eighth overall).

Top 5 female

  1. Heather Welsch – 50:11 (*6th overall*)
  2. Natalie Pruitt – 50:48 (*8th overall*)
  3. Lisa Murray – 54:38
  4. Emma Robertson – 55:34
  5. Adrianna Strutt – 57:59

Nice little dirt road climb. (Photo: Courtesy Corina Cervantes /

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4 Responses to “Rocky Raccoon Trail Run (“Lil’ Rocky”) – 2011 Results”

  1. on 22 Nov 2011 at 2:12 pm Jonathan

    Great course and great weather but I left the race feeling empty handed. Don’t know if I’ll run it again. I had never been to Hunstville SP even though I live an hour away. Great environment for a race.

  2. on 23 Nov 2011 at 11:11 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Jonathan – There is definitely a nice vibe insight that park. Love those pine needles.

  3. on 29 Nov 2011 at 1:11 pm Michael Whitenton

    Loved those trails! I did the 25k course this time and enjoyed it so much that I’ll be back for the 50k next year. I think one of the biggest highlights for me was definitely the great people out on the course—both the volunteers and the runners. Everyone was so encouraging and kind. Watch out for those roots though! I almost face-planted 3 or 4 times. A guy on the 50k loop fell no less than 9 times…NINE TIMES!

    I have a race report at my blog (linked on my name above).

  4. on 30 Nov 2011 at 3:31 pm David Hanenburg

    Michael – Welcome to trail running…lots of great people! (said in a completely biased manner. 😉 )

    Yes, there are rumored to be a few toe grabbers on that trail.