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Pandora’s Box of Rox Trail Run – 2012 Results

Sweet and sweaty were the buzz words of the inaugural Pandora’s Box of Rox that took place on the majestic trails of Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas.

Sweet – Huge granite formations along varied terrain. Tranquil streams. Delightful wild flowers. And how about that post run wading pool?

Sweaty – Dude, it got warm! Peaked at 96F for the day.

Over 300 started the adventure which included a marathon, half mary, and 10 km.



Neal Lucas once again showcases his spicy tread, leading in a conservative fashion from the early miles and dashing off the only negative split of the day. After addressing a couple screaming blisters at mile 20, Neal went on to win the male race and set the time to beat – 3:36:27.

Neal Lucas - Coming down from his flight through the course. (Photo: Copyright Rick Kent @ Enduro Photo /

Gregory Brant was the only other sub-4 finisher and started the scamper in second and finished in second.

Top 5 male

  1. Neal Lucas – 3:36:27
  2. Gregory Brant – 3:57:10
  3. Von Jones – 4:01:05
  4. Shane Wall – 4:01:48
  5. Christopher Haley – 4:05:01

Kelli Newlon set the standard in the female scamper.

What did she think of the course and conditions of the day?

“The granite rock formations were gorgeous. The course wasn’t extremely hilly, but the technicality combined with the heat bouncing off the granite, made for a tough day.”

Kelli’s mantra for the day – “The faster you run, the faster you can be done!”

Kelli Newlon also floating through the course. (Photo: Copyright Regan Hanson @ Enduro Photo /

As crazy as it sounds for this part of the country, Kelli doesn’t like to carry a water source and this race was no exception. By midway through the second loop as temps continued to rise, Kelli began to “regret that decision.”

Knockin’ down significant water and electrolytes as she cruised through each aid station, Kelli found additional inspiration for the final push to the finish thanks to the encouragement from fellow Rockhoppers.

“They motivated me to try to “chick” as many guys as I could during the last eight miles! I did end up catching a few!”

Kelli won the female race in 4:19:03 and earned a seventh overall placing.

Rachel Ballard finished second in just under five hours.

Top 5 female

  1. Kelli Newlon – 4:19:03 (*7th overall*)
  2. Rachel Ballard – 4:59:49
  3. Nancy Marks – 5:22:10
  4. Jody Koehler – 5:25:32
  5. Michelle Ottmers – 5:32:58

Half Marathon

Jason Brooks (4:16 – Bandera 50k 2012) averaged a 7:39 pace to win the male race by over eight minutes in 1:40:15.

Mississippi athlete, Clayton Perry earned runner-up honors.

Clayton Perry with Hilario Alvarado in chase. (Photo: Copyright Rick Kent @ Enduro Photo /

Top 5 male

  1. Jason Brooks – 1:40:15
  2. Clayton Perry – 1:48:30
  3. Hilario Alvarado – 1:48:34
  4. Justin Wendling – 1:50:47
  5. Stuart Cohen – 1:50:52

Amanda Alvarado (sub 28hr, Rocky Raccoon 100 2012), averaged a 9:35 pace to win the female race in 2:05:34.

Amanda Alvarado focused on the finish. (Photo: Copyright Rick Kent @ Enduro Photo /

Jessica Layton finished second, just under seven minutes back.

Top 5 female

  1. Amanda Alvarado – 2:05:34
  2. Jessica Layton – 2:12:21
  3. Olga Varlamova-King – 2:14:54
  4. Amanda Gibson – 2:17:05
  5. Teresa Lopez – 2:22:10

10 km

Kevin Boudreaux created a one minute gap from Andrew Berglund to win the male race in 52:22.

Top 5 male

  1. Kevin Boudreaux – 52:22
  2. Andrew Berglund – 53:22
  3. Randy Snow – 59:46
  4. Adrian Haley – 1:00:57
  5. Frank Leal – 1:01:06

Sophie Pearson created a 36 second gap from Madonna Reichman to win the female race and finish fifth overall in a time of 1:00:57.

Top 5 female

  1. Sophie Pearson – 1:00:57 (*5th overall*)
  2. Madonna Reichman – 1:01:33 (*7th overall*)
  3.  Jessie Rhodes – 1:03:24
  4. Krista Wall – 1:05:33
  5. Rebekah Fox – 1:07:01
Complete results for all races.

Inspiration Point

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

  • Robert Kosec (age 65) and Paul Jensen (age 68) played within the Box of Rox!

Paul Jensen lookin' relaxed and steady. (Photo: Copyright Rick Kent @ Enduro Photo /

Life is play. Play is life.

Race Reports and Pics

  • “Being Texas, you must always expect rox. Many, many rox. However, my opinion is this race is kid tested, and mother approved.” by Neal at enduRUNce
  • “Soon I had tripped and my left hip (with torn labrum) went hurting. I screamed quickly, and she asked if I was OK with concern. I appreciated the care, assured her I will be, and kept locked in a step behind her.” by Olga @ Run More talk Less
  • ” I have never seen so many runners want to sit down at an aid station. Especially so close to the end. Some stayed for over 15 minutes. At one time we had 5 runners sitting around talking. 4 left and one called it a day.” by Tony at El Oso Corredor
  • Race Pics – Check out all the great pics by Enduro Photo!

Talk some Dirt

  • How was your Box of Rox adventure?
Special thanks to Kelli Newlon for sharing insight on her adventure and Enduro Photo for all the great race pics above.

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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.

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