Spring time temps and humidity in southern Texas added to the pore cleansing fun for nearly 300 runners at the Hog’s Hunt Trail Run at Huntsville State Park in Huntsville, Texas.
Scenic, flat-to-rolling terrain welcomed runners for the 50km, 25km, and 10km scamper.
The main course is basically a 25 km clockwise loop. You can run it hard but pay attention to the roots scattered along the trail system.
After a solid 7:34 at Rocky Raccoon 50 mile this Spring, Olli Haavikko was ready to test himself again on the Huntsville trails. Olli was the pacemaker in this one and separated himself from the strung out chase group. Olli knocked off over 10 minutes from his 2011 time and won the male race in 3:58:49.
Sub-3 hour marathoner, Joseph Schwieterman, finished second.
Top 5 male
- Olli Haavikko – 3:58:49
- Joseph Schwieterman – 4:33:57
- Alexander Valdez – 4:42:41
- Peter Vrolijk – 4:50:03
- Lang He – 4:52:23
The female race saw a fun adventure at the front with four women within 16 minutes of each other after 31 miles. A top performer at this year’s Three Days of Syllamo (results summary), Teddi Schneider, was able to pull away from the tight group to win the female race in 5:13:59 and finish ninth overall.
Just under four minutes later, Anna Hern claimed runner-up honors.
Top 5 female
- Teddi Schneider – 5:13:59 (*9th overall*)
- Anna Hern – 5:17:56 (*10th overall*)
- Barbara Santi – 5:23:13
- Tricia Hernandez – 5:30:21
- Zhao Yu – 5:38:51
3:30 recent road marathoner, Natalie Seel took the pole position of the female race and crossed the line within an escort of runners to win the female race in 2:17:47.
Lucy Ponce de Leon finished second twenty minutes later.
Top 5 female
- Natalie Seel – 2:17:47
- Lucy Ponce de Leon – 2:37:11
- Teresa Valentino – 2:43:24
- Deborah Sexton – 2:44:21
- Nancy Husby – 2:44:23
Sub-4 hour 50 km athlete, Gabriel Rodriguez, earned the male win with a 6:17 average pace and 1:37:44 finish time.
Ryan Shapp crossed the line alone in second.
Top 5 male
- Gabriel Rodriguez – 1:37:44
- Ryan Shapp – 1:41:04
- Timothy Messen – 1:47:38
- Wilmer Gaviria – 1:54:58
- Peter Glenn – 1:57:42
Patrick Ludwig dialed-up the extra turnover to separate himself from a charging group of four and win the male race in 48:59.
Brian Cathey led the chase pack for second place.
Top 5 male
- Patrick Ludwig – 48:59
- Brian Cathey – 53:37
- Gary Poe – 54:41
- Mark Houston – 54:48
- Michael Branham – 57:03
Sarah Cathey ran within the chase group of the overall, winning the female race in 54:27.
Andriana Stritt was the final sub-1 hour female finisher and claimed second in 58:31.
Top 5 female
- Sarah Cathey – 54:27 (*3rd overall*)
- Andriana Stritt – 58:31 (*8th overall*)
- Emily Hesterman – 1:00:32
- Pamela Paling – 1:04:17
- Arlene Schneider – 1:06:09
Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Dora Topham (age 67) and Robert Anderson (age 71) played on the 25 km course.
Life is play. Play is life.
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:
- Jason and Michelle Sauceda crossed the 50 km finish together in 9:29:30.
Race Reports and Pics
- “I had a lot of fun today, talking to other racers during the run and sometimes running by myself through the woods, too, enjoying the woodsy smells, sights and sounds.” by Tina @ Gotta Run Now
- “The sun was coming out, so the sun rays could be seen through the tall pines; you could hear the breeze of air moving the leaves on the tall trees, and you could smell the fresh aroma of the forest. For some reason, being alone with no one in sight made it that much more beautiful; it was peaceful to say the least.” by Ruben @ I Came. I Ran. I Conquered.
- “This was pretty hard, mentally and physically. There were no more aid stops to look forward to, just the finish line. It was hot, sandy and you know, at the point, I just really wanted to be done.” by Katherine @ One Step, One Stitch at a Time
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