North Texas ultra athlete, Rochelle Frazeur (her site, FB page), is pushing the envelope once again and challenging her mind, body, and spirit on a 203 mile quest from Bastrop to Houston, Texas during the 5th running of the Texas Independence Relay. Where everyone else will have 8-12 member teams, Rochelle is doing it solo!
You may recall, this type of challenge is nothing new for Rochelle as she completed the Badwater Ultramarathon last year. Be sure to check out my podcast with her as she describes this amazing journey. (Rochelle Frazeur’s 2011 Badwater Adventure – Podcast)
Rochelle will be the first women to attempt TIR solo! There have been seven solo attempts to date with three finishes, Austin athlete Allen Wrinkle once (his adventure report), and Houston local Dr. Chris Rampacek twice. I just became aware that Dr. Rampacek will be attempting another solo TIR scamper this year along with Rochelle.
Rochelle starts the journey Thursday night at 8:00 pm with a goal of reaching the San Jacinto Monument in Houston at 1:00 PM on Sunday. Rochelle will have a small support team that will assist her and help get through three nights of running.
How much rest?
Twenty minutes every six hours.
One hour every 24 hours.
Everything else is Relentless Forward Progress.
Running for a Cause
This is a Houston based non-profit that raises awareness, provides support, and collects shoes and other items for victims of domestic violence.
Here is a good interview with Rochelle on the Detective Gomez radio show – Rochelle interview. The interview starts around minute 36 and lasts 15 minutes.
If the moons align, we hope to chat with Rochelle and provide updates throughout here journey.
We wish safe travels to both Rochelle and Dr. Rampacek on their TIR solo experiences.
[3/30 - Mile 78 Update 5:20 PM, length: 6 min]
Here is a brief chat with Rochelle around mile 78. It has been a tough go so far but she keeps moving forward!
[4/1 Update, 2:54 PM]
From what I can tell, Rochelle is at mile 180 and still moving towards the finish!
Woohoo! Rochelle made it to the finish! More details coming soon.
Great update from Kay (from comment below), “Rochelle started at 8 PM on Thursday, and finished just before 10 PM on Sunday. She moved very well at first, but existing IT-band issues caught up to her on Friday night. Saturday’s heat was also a factor. It’s a testament to her tremendous determination that she continued and finished!”
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