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Texan Rochelle Frazeur Running Texas Independence Relay Solo – Begins Thursday

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)

Badwater 2011: Rochelle getting ice, spray down, and new bottle (Photo: Courtesy Rochelle's crew)

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.

The Plan

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

Rochelle will be running this event to raise funds for the The Power of Shoes (Facebook page) (formerly known as Society of Women who Love Shoes).

This is a Houston based non-profit that raises awareness, provides support, and collects shoes and other items for victims of domestic violence.

Rochelle’s donation page

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!

[4/2 Update]

Woohoo! Rochelle made it to the finish! More details coming soon.

[4/3 Update]

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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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.

7 Responses to “Texan Rochelle Frazeur Running Texas Independence Relay Solo – Begins Thursday”

  1. on 29 Mar 2012 at 12:12 pm Jonathan

    I can’t wait to meet her this weekend. 203 miles solo – that’s not ultra, that’s EPIC! Allen’s race report is a great read. After some trigger point massage, electro stimulation, and a bit of taping I may be able to run a few legs and keep things together for Hell’s Hills next weekend.

  2. on 30 Mar 2012 at 9:50 am David Hanenburg

    Or…ultra epic. Rochelle is a great person, you will enjoy meeting her.

    I am also stoked to hear about the running progress. Be sure to let me know how Hells Hills goes.

  3. on 01 Apr 2012 at 5:36 pm Jonathan

    TIR is complete!!!! 203 miles in the books in 31 hours. I asked for updates on Rochelle but no one knew anything about a solo runner. The RD didn’t even know when I asked him when my team started on Saturday, 2 days after she started.

  4. on 02 Apr 2012 at 4:20 pm Kay

    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!

  5. on 03 Apr 2012 at 8:17 am David Hanenburg

    Jonathan – Awesome dude! What did you think of the experience? Weird on not knowing about Rochelle, but she did it!

    Kay – Thanks so much for the insight! Tremendous determination is likely an understatement…inspiring stuff.

  6. on 03 Apr 2012 at 11:02 am Jonathan

    I had an absolute blast running through Texas backcountry roads on the way to San Jacinto. We ran past ranches, farms, horses, cows, and plenty of people who weren’t quite sure what we were doing in their small towns. A lot asked what were were doing and thought we were crazy and wished us well. The heat was really bad Saturday and got worse Sunday afternoon. The ambulances sure got a workout taking quite a few runners to the hospital. The scary part was running through the night with 18 wheelers screaming past, leaving 5 or 6 ft between you and their tires. I ran faster than I wanted to over the weekend but I think I’ll be ok for Hell’s Hills. No IT issues at all, which added to the excitement. The only sad part was learning early Sunday morning that Micah True was found dead in New Mexico. Ironically, that’s when the dry heaves started. Trail and ultra running lost a legend over the weekend. I hope the RD learns from this year’s race and moves it back to the first weekend in March to avoid the heat and those who are running Boston. One of our runners is running Boston this year and we had to keep an eye out for her so that she didn’t overdo it. Rmor has it that next year’s TIR is the second weekend in April – not a smart move.

  7. on 04 Apr 2012 at 9:28 am David Hanenburg

    Sounds like a great experience, minus the 18-wheelers and dry heaves. 🙂 Such is the ultra running experience.

    Looking forward to a report from Hells Hills!