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Bandera Trail Run – 2012 Results

Over 750 trail runners experienced the ruggedly beautiful and technically challenging trails at the Bandera Trail Run over the weekend. For the second year in a row, Bandera was host of the USATF 100 km trail national championship which adds addition excitement and fast tread to the event.

The usual dirt lovers buffet of 100km, 50 km, or 25 km was prepared and included some sweet singletrack, a mix of 200-300 foot climbs, and some rocks…oh, those rocks!

Running along the 3 Sisters at Bandera. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

The 100 km scamper contains two 50 km loops.

The 50 km is one loop but not the same loop at the 100 km event.

The 25 km course is also one loop.

All three races started at the same time and headed off into different directions before all eventually ending up at “The Lodge”.

I enjoyed a great weekend taking pics, a few videos, being inspired by fellow runners, and helping Bryon Powell of iRunFar with race coverage during the afternoon as the race began to spread out.


USATF 100 km National Championship

Oregon athlete, Timothy Olson ran at the front of the race since the opening 1/4 mile and looked steady and strong throughout the day to win the 100 km title in 8:28:40!

Timothy Olson grunting like a raging bull as he starts the last 10 miles. He was fired up! (Photo: David Hanenburg)

(1/4 mile into the 100 km Race. Timothy Olson and Dave James already off the front. – If you can’t see the video, click here.)

Dave Mackey was able to regroup during the final 10 miles to hold onto second position after having to work through two tough low patches across the two loop course. Dave finished second in 8:38:30.

Top 5 male

  1. Timothy Olson (OR) – 8:28:40
  2. Dave Mackey (CA) – 8:38:30
  3. Joe Uhan (OR) – 8:38:55
  4. Dylan Bowman (CO) – 8:40:07
  5. Nick Clark (CO) – 8:57:06

Top 5 L-to-R: Timothy Olson, Dave Mackey, Joe Uhan, Dylan Bowman, Nick Clark (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Top male TALON (TX, AR, LA, OK, NM) finisher, Texan Paul Terranova looked like a man on a mission coming into the Cross Roads aid station positioned within the middle miles of the final 50 km loop. Paul kept a strong push to the finish and earned sixth postion in 9:08:58.

Paul Terranova arriving at Cross Roads aid station for the final 10 mile push. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

The youthful Texan, Neal Lucas, earned his first 100 km and Bandera finish while placing 9th male in 10:08:17. Cactus Rose 100 winner, Steven Moore, rounded out the top 10 men in 10:12:08.

Neal Lucas looking for the perfect snack at Cross Roads aid station. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Steven Moore shortly after completing his 100k adventure. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

TALON male

  • Paul Terranova (TX) – 9:08:58 (*6th male*)
  • Neal Lucas (TX) – 10:08:17 (*9th male*)
  • Steven Moore (TX) – 10:12:08 (*10th male*)
  • Ken Gordon (NM) – 11:14:44
  • Peter Vrolijk (TX) – 12:12:54
  • Danny Ponder (OK) – 12:33:25
  • Anthony Roman (TX) – 12:35:49
  • Scott Wood (TX) – 14:27:50
  • German Collazos (TX) – 15:27:51
  • Scott Gordon (NM) – 15:50:37
  • Fred Thompson (TX) – 15:53:09
  • Jeremy Day (AR) – 16:58:02
  • Robert Botto (TX) – 17:50:16
  • Richard Mihalik (TX) – 19:42:40

Wisconsin trail runner, Cassie Scallon, took home the female championship in 9:40:20. Cassie and Texan Liza Howard (2011 female winner) left the 50 km turn-around within seconds on one another before Cassie gradually pulled away from Liza and would not be caught.

Cassie Scallon climbing the first of the 3 Sisters. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Liza regrouped and held strong through the final 15 miles to hold off the charging Pam Smith (OR) to earn a solid second place, 10th overall, and top TALON female in 9:56:30.

Liza Howard heading out of Cross Roads with 10 miles to go. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Top 5 female

  1. Cassie Scallon (WI) – 9:40:20 (*9th overall*)
  2. Liza Howard (TX) – 9:56:30 (*10th overall*)
  3. Pam Smith (OR) – 10:04:51
  4. Jacqueline Palmer (DE) – 12:08:24
  5. Margaret Welk (NM) – 13:20:12

TALON females rounded out the final four entrants with Rochelle Frazeur leading the way with a 14:26:00 finish.

TALON female

  • Liza Howard (TX) – 9:56:30 (*2nd female*)
  • Margaret Welk (NM) – 13:20:12 (*5th female*)
  • Rochelle Frazeur (TX) – 14:26:00
  • Susan Levitan (TX) – 15:19:30
  • Kimberly Pilcher (TX) – 15:57:23
  • Nancy Halpin (NM) – 16:10:40

100 km

100 km overall results for the female race including those not in the USATF championship would have Bree Lambert (CA) in fourth position in 11:25:37, thus moving Jacqueline and those below her down a position.

The male top five would be the same as noted in the championship listing above.

(Running down the backside of one of the Sisters. If you can’t see the video, click here.)


Melanie Fryar made the trip down from Colorado to defend her 2011 course record time (4:51:17) and ended up crushing her old record by over 25 minutes and winning the female race in 4:24:47 while earning fifth overall! I saw Melanie through the 3 Sisters looking relaxed…and flying.

Malanie Fryar cruising along the 3 Sisters. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Jean Herbert finished second in 5:00:20.

Top 5 female

  1. Melanie Fryar (CO) – 4:24:47 (*new female course record*)
  2. Jean Herbert (NM) – 5:00:20
  3. Molly Roberts (NM) – 5:25:49
  4. Bridget Lopez (TX) – 5:35:31
  5. Constance Rosado (TX) – 5:45:49

David Brown created an 11+ minute gap to win the male race in 4:04:56.

Jason Brooks held off Oregon speedster Sean Meissner for second with a time of 4:16:12.

Top 5 male

  1. David Brown (TX) – 4:04:56
  2. Jason Brooks (TX) – 4:16:12
  3. Sean Meissner (OR) – 4:19:14
  4. Jeremy Mikecz (OR) – 4:24:10
  5. Chris Benoit (TX) – 4:28:48

Scott Eppelman enjoying the Hill Country scamper. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

25 km

Erik Stanley was back to defend his 2011 win on this rock-filled 25 km course and was quickly all alone at the front. Erik won the male race in 1:39:08, seven seconds above the course record he set last year.

Jody Broccoli-Hickey and Jamie Cleveland had an inspiring dash for second along the flat section leading to the finish line as 19 seconds separated the two. Jody earned the runner-up position in 1:59:05.

Top 5 male

  1. Erik Stanley (TX) – 1:39:08
  2. Jody Broccoli-Hickey (TX) – 1:59:05
  3. Jamie Cleveland (TX) – 1:59:24
  4. Brandon Ostrander (TX) – 2:01:04
  5. Sandy Joseph (TX) – 2:04:37

Runners enjoy some rocky fun. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Sara Hickey led all females to the finish line and set a new course record by just under three minutes in 2:12:20.

Andrea Fisher ran a 2:21:00 to earn second place.

Top 5 female

  1. Sara Hickey (TX) – 2:12:20
  2. Andrea Fisher (TX) – 2:21:00
  3. Julie Cattell (TX) – 2:29:53
  4. Christiane Reetz Saverance (TX) – 2:32:45
  5. Cindy Present (TX) – 2:35:37

Complete 100/50/25 km results

More Race Coverage and Goodies

TALON Race Reports

  • “But I was about 20 minutes out from an aid station resupply when I saw an Endurolyte capsule on the ground.  I didn’t pick it up (because who does that?).  Then I passed a second one a few feet farther down the trail.  I figured the third capsule was a sign and I ate it.” by Liza Howard
  • “At the mile 22’ish aid station i had my ipod waiting, which I knew would give me the music stimulation I would want for the last 9 miles, or 80 or 90 or so minutes.  Things couldn’t look any better.” by Just South of the dot

Share Your Experience

First timer, Bandera veteran, we would love to hear your thoughts on your Bandera adventure.

Hanging out with 100s of trail runners in a location like this…it was a special weekend indeed!

Congrats to all the runners that laced them up and began this special day.

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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.

3 Responses to “Bandera Trail Run – 2012 Results”

  1. on 10 Jan 2012 at 4:10 pm Chris R.

    Great coverage David! Really enjoyed the photos and videos! Thanks for the effort!

  2. on 10 Jan 2012 at 6:30 pm Jeff Linwood

    Thanks for the race updates! Good to see you out there!

  3. on 11 Jan 2012 at 9:05 am David Hanenburg

    Chris – Thanks so much dude! It is always great to chat with you and congrats on another finish!

    Jeff – No worries. Congrats again on your 100k finish!