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Brazos Bend Keep on Truckin’ Trail Run – 2012 Results

On January 8th, over 120 played on the tame but wet trails at Brazos Bend State Park in southeast Texas, for the second annual Brazos Bend Keep on Truckin’ Trail Run. Run a half mary, full mary, or go ultra on the 50 km course.

The main loop is a 13 mile figure-eight that leads you along the park lakes and through scenic hardwood forests. All distances use the same main loop but the ultra folks add an additional 2.85 miles to each loop on some rollin’ terrain.

Special thanks to Carl Bergman @ PR Photo for the provided photos you see below.


Suman Vasireddy enjoying the morning in the half marathon. (Photo: Copyright Carl Bergman /

50 km

Michael Adams (sub 21 hour 2011 Western States 100 finisher) led the male race from the early miles as he averaged a 7:44 min/mile pace to create nearly a 20 minute gap at the finish. Michael was first to cross the finish in just over four hours in 4:00:31.

Michael Aikman was alone in second and finished in 4:19:42.

Top 5 male

  • Michael Adams – 4:00:31
  • Michael Aikman – 4:19:42
  • Steve Maliszewski – 4:59:48
  • Cornelis de Regt – 5:07:06
  • Devin Brown – 5:07:46

Sue Wheeler ran within the top 10 of the overall through the midway point of the run and appeared to run the often-fantasized-but-rarely-done negative split. This moved Sue up from ninth overall to sixth and a female win in 5:12:10.

Kelly Woodmansee was able to make up a nearly 12 minute deficit during the second lap from Virginia Grijalba to earn second place honors in 6:29:20.

Top 5 female

  1. Sue Wheeler – 5:12:10 (*6th overall*)
  2. Kelly Woodmansee – 6:29:20
  3. Virginia Grijalba – 6:41:24
  4. Beatiz Gomez – 6:52:15
  5. Jennifer Frahm – 7:05:58


Tracy Pinney created separation early on and was positioned in forth overall at the midway point. Tracy held onto the overall placing while  averaging an 8:30 min/mile pace for the marathon distance and winning the female race in 3:42:58.

Tatyana Strickland crossed the finish second female and ninth overall in 4:25:35.

All 4 female

  1. Tracy Pinney – 3:42:58 (*4th overall*)
  2. Tatyana Strickland – 4:25:35 (*9th overall*)
  3. Jean Beagle – 4:29:47 (*10th overall*)
  4. Hilda Gonzales – 4:29:48

Kjell Lavoll ran a 1:29:15 for 13 miles of running and created over a 90 second gap. Kjell grew the gap across the next 13 miles to win the male race in 3:03:46.

Jason Burke held onto his second place position from throughout the race to earn second in 3:15:55.

Top 5 male

  1. Kjell Lavoll – 3:03:46
  2. Jason Burke – 3:15:55
  3. Pedro Faria – 3:20:22
  4. Doug Beagle – 3:49:00
  5. Will Kehres – 3:54:39

Pedro Faria on his way to third place in the marathon race. (Photo: Copyright Carl Bergman /

Complete 50 km and marathon results

half marathon

David Nemoto and Jeronimo Abelino sped off the only sub-7 minute pace across the half mary scamper with David able to create nearly a 90 second gap at the finish and win the male race in 1:28:33 (gun time).

Jeronimo earned second in 1:28:58 (chip time, gun time – 1:29:59).

Top 5 male

  1. David Nemoto – 1:28:33 (*gun time*)
  2. Jeronimo Abelino – 1:28:58 (*chip time*)
  3. Buddy Brown – 1:32:34
  4. Jeffrey Geslin – 1:32:56
  5. Hugh Daigle – 1:34:05

Hermes Hinojosa and others enjoying the journey. (Photo: Copyright Carl Bergman /

Lorna Campbell and and Mary Austin ran within the top 10 of the overall averaging a sub eight minute pace. Lorna ran her way to seventh overall and won the female race in 1:36:17 (gun time).

Mary was second female and ninth overall in 1:43:48 (chip time).

Top 5 female

  1. Lorna Campbell – 1:36:17 (*7th overall* – gun time)
  2. Mary Austin – 1:43:48 (*9th overall* – chip time)
  3. Heather Welsch – 1:46:54
  4. Tatyana Strickland – 1:48:03
  5. Dianne Garban – 1:47:45

Complete half mary results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Stephen Butler (age 66), Cliff Burgess (age 73), and Mirek Malinosu (age 71) played on the marathon scamper.

Life is play. Play is life.

The Tough-as-Nails Award

nails1The final finishers of an ultra distance event are some of the toughest athletes that are willing to stick with it to the best of their current ability and cross that darn finish line.

The Tough-as-Nails award recipients:

  • Hermes Hinojosa completed the marathon in 8:00:00.

Race Reports and other Groovy Media

  • Couldn’t find any race report.
  • “Before the start of the race we were given instructions about the course and what to expect and told/warned about 300+ alligators living along the course.  I got really excited at this last announcement.  The thought of sprinting past ravenous reptiles is enough to get anyone’s blood boiling.” by Steve
  • Race Photo by PR Photo

If you have an experience or thought to share from the event, please feel free to include in the comment link below.

Special thanks again to Carl Bergman @ PR Photo for the race photos you see above.

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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.

4 Responses to “Brazos Bend Keep on Truckin’ Trail Run – 2012 Results”

  1. on 18 Jan 2012 at 12:22 pm Steve

    Here you go. I ran the 50k. Here is my race report. It got hot after the first loop and the humidity was maxed out all day.

  2. on 18 Jan 2012 at 12:36 pm David Hanenburg

    Hey Steve – Congrats on the gator-less finish! Thanks for sharing your report!

  3. on 20 Jan 2012 at 9:02 pm Jonathan

    I’ve lived 30 mins away from Brazos Bend my entire life and went there over Christmas break for a 14 mile run for the first time. There are some really cool trails back there that are hardly used. Creekwood Trail has to be the nicest trail back there. It’s very secluded and has some deep ice-cream scoop kinda dips and some of the biggest live oaks I have ever seen. Too bad this race doesn’t use some of the nicer secluded trails.

  4. on 24 Jan 2012 at 4:41 pm David Hanenburg

    Jonathan – It’s funny what we can sometimes find locally…when we look. It has happened to me on more than one occasion.

    Hope you get to enjoy some more miles on those trails!