In the north west corner of Arkansas, the 18th running of the 33.4 mile White Rock Classic took place under cool, runner friendly conditions for the 90 or so that laced them up. This out-and-back no-frills scamper led runners along non-technical dirt roads before the fun little climb up to the top of the White Rock Mountain recreational area. For those still with go-jo, turn around and retrace your steps back to where your started to complete the 33.4 miles.
Cole Crosby made the journey from Norman, Oklahoma to win this little scamper. Cole ran a 1:51 out-leg before burning it back to the finish with a sub-4 time of 3:53:55.
Doug Assenmacher led the chase group and finished second in 4:17.
Top 5 male
- Cole Crosby – 3:53:55
- Doug Assenmacher – 4:17
- Tom Brennan – 4:19:21
- Adam Dearing – 4:26:21
- Stephen O’Neal – 4:31:53
Arkansas runner, Katie Helms passed the lead female with 10-ish miles to go and held onto the pole position to finish 10th overall and win the female race in 5:14.
Deb Baker and Stacey Shaver came across the finish together in 5:53 to claim second and third.
Top 5 female
- Katie Helms – 5:14
- Deb Baker – 5:53
- Stacey Shaver – 5:53
- Jenny Brod – 6:03:46
- Coleen Voeks – 6:18
A group of 31 runners ran between 16.7 and 27 miles.
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:
- Lisa Vorwerk enjoyed the most run time and finished the 33+ mile scamper in 8:10:01.
Race Reports and Pics
- “Running 33 miles was unlike any other running experience to date but it was incredible and it gives me great optimism for running future ultras and that I can handle the longer distances and maybe a 50k could be my distance of choice!” by Cole @ Cresting the Summit!
- “One thing that I love about ultra/trail running is that it is often a stark contrast from the technically-oriented gearheads that calculate and analyze entirely too much minutiae on the roads. Be a man. Just run.” by KH @ Girl, Interrupted by Polymyositis
- “The start of the race was filled with the usual excitement and pre-race jitters when about half mile into the race I realized I forgot my gatorade bottle!! I have never done that before. That’s not good to go without water or gatorade for four plus hours! So I began looking in the ditches until I found a clean looking bottle. Found one and shook it and realized it had tobacco spit in it.” by Mountain Trail Runner @ The Trail Less Traveled
- Groovy pics and additional insight @ Arkansas Outside
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