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Prickly Pear Trail Run – 2012 Results

Shiny new shoes received a christening at the 11th Annual Prickly Pear Trail Run where rain in the lead-up and race day of the event created a slip-sliding puddle fest. Those 7 ounce flats now weighed three pounds. The muck didn’t stop over 350 from testing themselves as much physically as mentally, on the 50 km or 10 mile course down in San Antonio, Texas.

Courtesy Thomas Lake, SARR Historian/Photographer

Essentially a three loop and one loop scamper!

Get it done and have some fun!


Courtesy Thomas Lake, SARR Historian/Photographer

50 km

Tennessee runner, Marshall Edmondson and Austin athletes, David Hodges and Gergo Perlaky, had an exiting mud adventure. Who would fall the least? Which shoe would shed the sticky clay the best. All three were separated by less than four minutes after 50 km of running…or some movement similar to that.

Marshall’s 9:10 average pace was enough to create a couple minute gap from David and Gergo, to win the male race in 4:44:46 (gun time).

David held onto second with a finish time of 4:47:00.

Top 5 male

  1. Marshall Edmondson (TN) – 4:44:46
  2. David Hodges (TX) – 4:47:00
  3. Gergo Perlaky (TX) – 4:48:16
  4. Albert Tijerina (TX) – 4:56:51
  5. Jay Takach (TX) – 4:57:46

Courtesy Thomas Lake, SARR Historian/Photographer

Wait, this isn't the finish line!?! (Courtesy Thomas Lake, SARR Historian/Photographer)

Cagey trail running veteran, Olga King, tip-toed along the early miles leading the female scamper before Rachel Ballard (22:33:57, 5th female at 2012 Rocky Raccoon 100) made a pass around the seven mile mark of the race. Rachel was able to hold onto the few minute gap for the remaining miles to win the female race in 5:37:16 (gun time).

Olga pushed through to the finish as earned runner-up honors in 5:40:18.

Top 5 female

  1. Rachel Ballard (TX) – 5:37:16
  2. Olga King (TX) – 5:40:18
  3. Tina Heil (WI) – 6:01:36
  4. Kristi Wynne (TX) – 6:09:48
  5. Heather Dean (AZ) – 6:16:51

Olga King. Yes that's a smile...I think. (Courtesy Thomas Lake, SARR Historian/Photographer)

Courtesy Thomas Lake, SARR Historian/Photographer

Complete 50 km results

10 mile

Austin athlete, Rachel Collins and San Antonio local, Ashley Mcgee (sub 3:20 road marathoner) pushed at the front of the female race and moved themselves into the top 10 of the overall.  Rachel was able to add a bit more jalapeno to her stride and ran each mile  seven seconds faster.

Rachel ran across the finish eighth overall and female winner in 1:15:19.

Ashley Mcgee claimed ninth overall and second female in 1:16:18.

Top 5 female

  1. Rachel Collins (TX) – 1:15:19 (*8th overall*)
  2. Ashley Mcgee (TX) – 1:16:18 (*9th overall*)
  3. Simelaro Karin (TX) – 1:21:32
  4. Martina Mauldin (TX) – 1:22:20
  5. Teresa Crutchley (TX) – 1:23:15

Courtesy Thomas Lake, SARR Historian/Photographer

Courtesy Thomas Lake, SARR Historian/Photographer

Fabian Leal ticked off the only sub-7 minute effort to win the male race by nearly 90 seconds in 1:08:58.

Luke Wempe and Gregory Brant had an inspiring little run for second with Luke creating the small gap at the finish.

Top 5 male

  1. Fabian Leal – 1:08:58
  2. Luke Wempe (TX) – 1:10:25
  3. Gregory Brant (TX) – 1:10:51
  4. Kevin Johnson – 1:11:45
  5. Paul Kuwik (TX) – 1:12:38

Courtesy Thomas Lake, SARR Historian/Photographer

Courtesy Thomas Lake, SARR Historian/Photographer

Complete 10 mile results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Louis Mast and Richard Jares slid there way through the 50 km course in the 60-69 age group.
  • Ed Dylla, Otha Hardy, and Keith Mason went after one loop in the 70+ age group. Lynn Francis represented the 65-69 age group with style!.

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:

  • Angela Tortorice celebrated a 50 km finish just past the nine hour mark in 9:01:01.

New Run-Safe lightning gear. Safety first! (Courtesy Thomas Lake, SARR Historian/Photographer)

Race Reports and pics

  • “Having gone about 8 miles (and having been passed at mile 7 by a woman who looked like she knew exactly what she was doing, and the only way I stood a chance would be a miracle on my side and a serious disaster on hers), I finally stopped that pity party and waffling on the decision whether or not to drop. I told myself to not be a complete pussy and not whine, and that I had to finish that damn thing, time goals be gone, and stick with running every step no matter what!” by Olga @ Run More Talk Less
  • “Because of the crooked path we took with our large pack, we must have completely surrounded a small herd of deer that tried to wait us out, but then freaked and simply took off strait through our congo line. One barely missed colliding with the woman in front of me, but besides everyone being startled, nobody missed a beat and the deer were gone… for now.” by Joe @ chameleon
  • More photos from Thomas Lake of theSan Antonio Road Runners.

The bodies were never found. (Courtesy Thomas Lake, SARR Historian/Photographer)

Talk some Dirt

  • How were those stabilizer muscles feeling the next few days?

Special thanks to Thomas Lake of the San Antonio Road Runners for all the great photos above.

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About the author

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.

2 Responses to “Prickly Pear Trail Run – 2012 Results”

  1. on 23 Mar 2012 at 9:49 am olga

    Joe’s report:
    I had to ask what “cagey” means:)

  2. on 26 Mar 2012 at 10:14 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Olga – Thanks for sharing Joe’s report!

    I was using “cagey” to describe someone with intelligence/smarts/wisdom. You. 🙂

    Maybe not the best word choice but I liked it. 🙂