Last weekend saw a full two days of running delite at The Duel up in Wichita Falls, Texas. This event was formerly called the Wee-Chi-Tah Trail Run but with the expanded running lineup this year, a new name was created. Saturday was the big trail running day that included a half marathon, marathon, and 50 km ultra.
While a new name, the trail scamper still took place on the locally popular Wee-Chi-Tah Trail.
Local resident, Stephen Dryden, ran a 7:20 pace that created over a 75 second gap at the finish line to win the male race in 1:36:13 (*gun time*).
Oklahoma athlete, Justin Howe, made the trip south and found a way to separate himself from the small chase group to earn second in 1:37:33.
Top 5 male
- Stephen Dryden – 1:36:13 (*gun time*)
- Justin Howe – 1:37:33 (*chip time*)
- Billy Rousseau – 1:42:30
- Zachary Smith – 1:42:45
- Tyler Johnson – 1:43:57
Patricia Cassidy also earned a win for the local community and a second overall finish! Patricia’s 1:37:32 winning time left no doubt would brought the spice this morning.
Marcia Fairchild ran a steady 8:44 pace that had enough kick in the final miles to create a small gap from Kristin Girard and finish second in 1:54:29.
Top 5 female
- Patricia Cassidy – 1:37:32 (*second overall, gun time*)
- Marcia Fairchild – 1:54:29 (*chip time*)
- Kristin Girard – 1:54:54
- Laurie Underwood – 1:58:47
- Meagan Childers – 2:04:52
The front of the female race was spread out with Dianna Sulser taking the pole position. Dianna finished sub-5 and earning the female win in 4:47:45.
Judy Hayes cruised in for second in 5:11:43.
An interesting note, the top three woman were age 49-55. Inspiring stuff!
Top 5 female
- Dianna Sulser – 4:47:45 (*gun time*)
- Judy Hayes – 5:11:52
- Patricia Fick – 5:52:41
- Amy Michelle Lucio – 6:08:51
- Angela Tortorice – 6:24:39
Joshua Witte (8:59:37 – Palo Duro 50m 2011) ran nine seconds per mile faster than the next chaser Ruben Gonzalez across the marathon distance to win the male race in 3:40:29.
Ruben Gonzalez was alone in the chase and finished a solid second in 3:44:32.
Top 5 male
- Joshua Witte – 3:40:29 (*gun time*)
- Ruben Gonzalez – 3:44:32
- Chad Schroeder – 4:00:52
- Clive Miskin – 4:06:44
- Greg Fuhrman – 4:15:55
Travis Seekins scampered a 9:22 pace that brought him the male win in 4:50:22.
The race for second had a bit of excitement as Michael Jusko and Justin Vawter inspired each other for the second place finish. Michael was able to add some jalapeno in his stride to finish second in 5:09:38.
Top 5 male
- Travis Seekins – 4:50:22 (*gun time*)
- Michael Jusko – 5:09:38
- Justin Vawter – 5:10:44
- Jason Reynolds – 5:13:28
- Marc Petersen – 5:16:09
Suann Lundsberg gradually moved herself to the front of the female race in the early miles and led the female inspiration train until stomach issues forced her to slow and was eventually passed around mile 28 by Tammi Starnes. Tammi held onto the lead averaging a 10:25 pace to win in 5:23:00 (*gun time*).
Suann dug deep to hold onto second position and earned runner-up in 5:30:04.
Top 5 female
- Tammi Starnes – 5:23:00 (*gun time*)
- Suann Lundsberg – 5:30:04
- Natalie Floyd – 5:33:50
- Rebecca Gartrell – 5:38:40
- Lundsay Hagerman – 5:47:28
Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Rhodora Bray (age 60) and Frank Ingalls (ag e67) go ultra on the Wichita Falls trails.
- James Norris (age 62) enjoyed the marathon.
- Robert Grantham (age 61) smiled along the half marathon scamper.
Life is play. Play is life.
The Tough-as-Nails Award
The 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:
- Tara Woodard enjoyed the most trail time and finished the 50 km in 8:39:42.
Race Reports and other Groovy Media
- “Feeling really strong, I took the lead and pulled away from the other gals. In the back of my head I thought, shoot this is really early in the race to do this. Are you messing up?” by Suann on the Run
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Special thanks to Richard Carter and Dave Diamond for the race photos you see above!
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