On Sunday May 13, the second race of the Rogue Trail Series (Race #1 – The Maze – Results) took place at Emma Long park located west of downtown Austin, Texas, for the off-road scamper The Loop. Over 250 played on the course that took technical running one-louder as compared to the first race of the series.
Once again, enjoy a 30 km or 10 km morning in nature.
Ty Reagan went off the front in the early miles pushing a spicy effort with 2:30 road marathoner, Phil Sneller, following closely in chase. Phil, a newbie to the trails, gradually increased the turnover and moved to the front, passing Ty prior to the 10 km mark.
The additional demands placed on the body when playing in the dirt and the lack of fitness from a recent injury, sent Phil into the pain-cave for the final 10 km after running two even split loops and creating over a four minute gap.
“I was pretty much dead by 20k. My legs were beat from the early pace and the climbs. I actually thought Ty would catch me before the finish.”
While running over one minute slower per mile for loop three, Phil was able to hold off the final surge by Ty and earn the male win in 2:30:17.
What did Phil think of his first off-road scamper?
“This was my first trail race of any kind and i really liked it a lot. I love racing on the road, but the trails are really fun. It’s a nice change.”
Top 5 male
- Phil Sneller (Rogue Running) – 2:30:17
- Ty Reagan – 2:31:41
- Andrew McHenry – 2:35:48
- Cris Erickson – 2:37:44
- Matthew Bradford – 2:37:53
After an uncontrollable early loop push to gather a bit of space on the tight, twisty single-track, Asia Shah, The Maze winner, was positioned at the front of the female race. Struggling with some stomach issues throughout, Asia was passed during the middle miles (not sure who) and continued to cruise in second.
“ I thought maybe I would rally and feel ok, but by the middle of loop three I was pretty tired and I just kept clicking away to get to the finish.”
The rolling terrain and heat was beginning to take a toll on runners in the later miles.
Both the lead female and Asia took pretty good diggers in the final miles which cause the lead female to drop.
“I took a fall with about two miles to go and beat up my shoulder/arm and right knee a bit, but I just got up and kept going since I knew it wouldn’t do any good to just stop.”
“I ended up passing the first woman with about mile to go. She had a very bad fall and was not able to finish. This freaked me out so much!!”
Does anyone know if this person is OK?
Asia was able to keep moving to the finish line and won the female race in 2:54:38, earning her second win of the series.
Top 5 female
- Asia Shah (Rogue Running) – 2:54:38
- Dena Curry – 3:06:27
- Katie Muladore – 3:09:37
- Sunday Patterson – 3:18:29
- Jamie Patterson – 3:18;29
Second place finisher at The Maze, Holly Gureski, ran just over a minute slower on this more challenging course to win the female race by over two minutes in 50:47.
Anne-Marie Griger held off Julie Kostka for second place honors.
Top 5 female
- Holly Gureski – 50:47
- Anne-Marie Griger – 53:10
- Julie Kostka – 53:32
- Ashley Butler – 54:00
- Carrie Appell – 54:43
Warren Brown was back to defend his win from The Maze and once again took off like a rocket from the start.
“I liked the cushion I allowed myself at the first race, so I went out hard until I felt comfortable.”
No one was able to match the pace.
Warren won the male race in 43:35.
Travis Johnson lead the chase pack to earn second place.
Top 5 male
- Warren Brown (Rogue Running) – 43:35
- Travis Johnson – 46:45
- Chad Childers – 47:10
- Sam LaBrie – 47:15
- Mark Ruppert-Stratton – 47:48
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