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Bandera 100 km: TALON Athletes Ready for USATF National Championship – Plus Periodic Race Updates

2012 starts off with a bit of national excitement in the trail running world with the USATF 100 km Trail National Championship taking place in Bandera, Texas this weekend at the Bandera Trail Run. There are nearly 800 athletes registered for the 100 km, 50 km, or 25 km rock littered scamper.

Bandera Country

Trail sounds to be in great shape, weather looks quite pleasant (45F – 67F, Partly Cloudy).

The USATF trail championship is a small component (total of 47 athletes) of the race but there is a spunky and speedy group of TALON athletes excited to mix it up with some national tread and simply be a part of this event. Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico will represent from the TALON region with 21 trail runners.


the girls

Liza Howard (TX) – Liza set the Bandera 100km course record last year (9:35:23) with big smiles and some fast sneakers. She also unofficially holds the honor of being the fastest pacer in a cactus costume. As long as she didn’t stub a toe while marking the course on Wednesday, Liza will be tough to beat.

Margaret Welk (NM) – Margaret is familiar with the Texas trail as she has ran the 50 km scamper at least twice (2011 – 6:28:57). Margaret is stepping up to the 100 km this year!

Susan Levitan (TX) – Susan finished 7th female (12:31:47) in October on these same trails (different course) at the Cactus Rose 50 and ran a 10:31:56 a few weeks back at the competitive North Face 50 in San Francisco.

Nancy Halpin (TX) – Nancy is a Bandera 100 km veteran and is back again to enjoy these special Texas trails and has accumulated 500 kms of Bandera adventure.

the boys

Steven Moore (TX) – Steven has been hanging out in the top 5 at Bandera the last three years with a 9:32:32 showing last year. After a course record win at Cactus Rose 100 (on these same trails) back in October and permanently removing some more toenails last month, this dude is ready to mix it up. Have a beer ready for him at the finish! (Past interview with Steven)

Steven gets a dream cover after the recent Cactus Rose 100 win. (click image to enlarge)

Neal Lucas (TX) – The youthful rookie. This 2:44 road marathoner has inspired and dominated ever trail race he entered in 2011 that included some speedy local competition. Being new to the distance and course, Neal will likely be under most front-runners radar. He could surprise many outside the state. Watch for his smile! (Past interview with Neal)

Prior to the start at the Falls. Ready to go!

Paul Terranova (TX) – Paul is a consistent top performer. Paul and Neal Lucas both showcased an exciting 50 mile race last Spring at the Hells Hills 50 mile being separated by just over two and a half minutes after 50 miles of racing. (Hells Hills Recap)

Paul taking off at the front (in black with white hat) of the tnt 50 km.

Ken Gordon (NM) – Ken is a Leadville and Hardrock veteran and finished the Bandera 50 km last year in 4:43:50 (9th place).

Josh Bart (TX) – Josh ran the White Rock Marathon (road) in 3:13 this past December and ran the Cactus Rose 50 this Fall in 10:32.

Danny Ponder (OK) – Danny ran a sub-21 hour at Pumpkin Holler 100 this fall. Last year Danny knocked out a 13+ hour Bandera 100km.

Anthony Roman (TX) – Anthony finished second (8:12) at the Wild Hare 50km that past November. This looks to be Anthony’s first Bandera adventure.

German Collazos (TX) – German is an experienced trail runner that has finished past Bandera 100ks in the 14-15 hour range.

Aaron Ochoa (OK) – Aaron is a 3:20-ish marathoner (road) and appears to be making his first visit to Bandera.

Robert Botto (TX) – Robert is a veteran trail runner that ran Cactus Rose 50 mile in October and finished in 15:41.

Daniel Ford (TX) – Can’t find much on Daniel. Anyone?

Boog Ferrell (TX) – Boog ran Bandera 100km last year in 13:08.

Scott Gordon (NM) – Scott has been a frequent Bandera visitor and has often enjoyed a 14-15 hour adventure. The dude is also heading out for HURT 100! Scott is also going after 1000 km accumulated on this course…’nuff said.

Bill Patience (TX) – Bill also a Bandera veteran, finished last year in 15:02. Bill is also going after 1000 Bandera Kilometers!

Fred Thompson (TX) – Fred completed the Wasatch Front 100 mile last September (33:58) and loves the ultra distances. Fred has racked up 500 km on this course.

Fred on Western States Trail.

Peter Vrolijk (TX) –  Peter has danced within the top 14 places since he started running at this 100 km trail party. Peter also has 500 km of Bandera miles under his belt.

Peter (red) at 2009 Rocky Raccoon 100.

Richard Mihalik (TX) – Richard ran a sub-4 30 km finish this summer at the Capt’n Karl Series within Texas Hill Country. Richard appears to be new to Bandera.

Bryon Powell of iRunFar also has a nice summary containing the favorites for the USATF 100 km championship.

Periodic Race Coverage – Part Deux

My attempt at Cactus Rose (same place as Bandera) coverage was a bust in October.

New attempt for Bandera – Periodic bursts of goodies.

How to follow:

The EB Live! page will contain all my tweets, tweets from Bryon at iRunFar, tweets with hashtag #b100k, and any additional Bandera dirt I place directly on the page.

How to join in the coverage:

  • Share Bandera goodies on Twitter with hashtag #b100k.
  • Comment on the EB Live! page.

Here’s to an improvement of the Cactus Rose  coverage. 🙂

An Adventure Awaits

I can’t help but get fired up for the weekend as I finish this post!

Good luck to all.

Embrace the journey!

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

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.

5 Responses to “Bandera 100 km: TALON Athletes Ready for USATF National Championship – Plus Periodic Race Updates”

  1. on 05 Jan 2012 at 5:35 pm Jeff Linwood

    David, are you running out at Bandera this weekend?

  2. on 05 Jan 2012 at 6:56 pm David Hanenburg

    Hey Jeff – I may go for a run but I won’t be racing. Are you heading down?

  3. on 05 Jan 2012 at 7:28 pm Tim Smith

    I want to say Daniel Ford is a triathaloner and ran some of the Capt
    Karls but maybe not. I seem to recall him being active on the Tejas Trails facebook page.

  4. on 08 Jan 2012 at 8:01 pm Mike Wilen

    Hey David,
    So sorry I was kind of aloof when you reached out to say hi and shake my hand. I totally spaced out post 50k and your name didn’t connect when we met. Only after I was on the road did I realize whom I had just met.
    My apologies. I’m typically not that brain dead!
    Mike Wilen

  5. on 10 Jan 2012 at 10:08 am David Hanenburg

    @Tim – for the insight on Daniel.
    @ Mike – No worries dude. 🙂