One of the biggest trail running weekends in the TALON region is here! It is Rocky Raccoon Weekend…and the 20th Anniversary at that!
It seemed like it was just yesterday when everyone was talking about Ian Sharman’s (CA) record breaking performance (12:44:33) at the Rocky Raccoon 100 back in 2011. TALON speedster, Liza Howard (TX) earned her second win in two years and finished 5th overall. Todd Braje (CA) also knocked out a course record in the 50 mile scamper. Snow had fallen in many sections of the region earlier in the week with a few hints of the white stuff in Huntsville State Park. North Texas covered in multiple inches of snow.
Fast forward one year later, Ian is back to defend last year’s win. Speedy temps are not likely this year with the weather forecast showing temps in the 60s along with a chance of rain. This doesn’t mean the fast feet won’t be flying along the course. The question is, how long can they hold on.
Neal Lucas looks to be one of the top TALON athletes going after a high placing. Neal dominated the local Texas scene in 2011 winning a handful of races up through the 50 mile distance.
Liza is ready to go after her third Rocky win in three years. To add addition motivation to get to the finish as quickly as possible, Liza will be celebrating a special birthday milestone once she crosses the 100 mile mark.
Check out trail running legend, Karl Meltzer’s fast feet predictions. Karl will also be lacing them up for his second year in a row!
A couple other notables for this weekend’s race:
- There are 13 runners going after there 500th official Rocky Raccoon mile.
- Another 14 runners going after the Tejas 300. No small challenge. Officially finish Cactus Rose 100 (Oct 2011), Bandera 100 km (Jan 2012), and Rocky Raccoon 100 (Feb 2012).
With a sell-out 750 runners ready to play, it is guaranteed to be a trail running party throughout the weekend!
20 mile loops. Support all around.
All ready to do the best they can within 30 hours!
It is going to be a good one!
I will be making the trip down and plan to take some photos, tweet a bit, and who knows what else.
Any predictions on the top placings? Will a course record be broken this year?
Safe travels everyone.
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David – EnduranceBuzz.com