Flat with a big heaping of helluva long ways! Did I mention it got a little cold?!?
Teeth chattering overnight temps but no rain for 126.2 miles at the second annual Rouge Orleans ultramarathon scamper that guides runners along the Mississippi levee from Baton Rouge to the finish line in Audubon Park in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Run solo or be part of a team. Whatever you decide, get to the finish line by 1:00 PM Sunday or according the event site – be fed to the Alligators! How is that for a little motivation.
A total of 25 ultra souls went solo and made it to New Orleans along with a over 70 teams with runners from throughout the country and as far away as Hong Kong.
The young guys dominated in the men’s race.
24 year old Austin, Texas ultra athlete, Jared Fetterolf, knocked off over two hours from last years winning time to set a new sub-24 hour course record in 23:05:54!
William Zdon of New York averaged a 13:52 pace to finish second male in 29:10:09.
Top 5 male
- Jared Fetterolf (TX) – 23:05:54
- William Zdon (NY) – 29:10:09
- Ryan Barrett (ON) – 29:30:00
- Dan Brenden (AZ) – 30:51:00
- Charles Johnston (TX) – 33:37:01
Donna Utakis of Amherst, Massachusetts finished second overall, winning the female race with a 12:56 average pace and 27:12:16 time. Donna also set a new course record by over two hours!
Texan Cyndi Graves finished second in 37:06:54.
Top 5 female
- Donna Utakis (MA) – 27:12:16
- Cyndi Graves (TX) – 37:06:54
- Jenny Stinson (ID) – 38:34:42
- Rhonda Hampton (NC) – 39:06:45
- Joan Filipowski (IN) – 39:46:08
Relay teams – The relay divisions had a rainbow of categories for 2,3, and 6 member teams.
Check out the complete relay results – here.
The RO Vibe
Check out the cool video by Claim Your Journey.
(If you can’t see the video, click here.)
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:
- Jennifer Frahm of Houston, Texas kept moving forward and ran into New Orleans in 39:55:44.
- The final relay team included the two-person team of Carlos Reyes and Victor Reyes. These guys cruised into the park in 33:32:57.
- “Also on these legs, we encountered lots of wildlife on the levee. Heather was fully prepared to handle any livestock she encountered by making sure she ran with her 1 million volt Tazer. No really, she did. That girl wasn’t messin’ around!” by katieRUNSthis
- “Finally, the moment of truth came. All the talk, all the preparation came to a head on Saturday morning. We had a car full of supplies, food and gear and a willing driver, Kristin’s boyfriend, Devin, who was at least as crazy as we were for attempting it. The cold front had come through. It was cloudy, windy, and cold to start. I say it was cold and windy, but we would learn what cold and windy REALLY was later on.” by Brenton @ Claim Your Journey
- “As I would pass my crew, I called out, “I love this sh#t!” And I do. I was singing. I was dancing. I met some incredibly cool people, and got attacked by dogs. I felt like I was on a treadmill and could not believe the dividends my training paid. My plan worked! Unfortunately, nature had a different idea for me (and 57% of the solo field) on this particular day, and the temperature dropped significantly while the wind changed directions.” by Meredith @ Meredith Dolhare
- “BRING TOILET PAPER! – do i really need to explain this one?” by Live Right Now
Let’s talk Dirt
- What became more of a challenge for you or your team – the distance or the cold evening temps?
Congrats to everyone that played on the Louisiana levee!
Check out the TALON Race Guide
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Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
Posted on 20 Feb 2012