Over 450 runners enjoyed some puddle jumpin’ and plenty of bouncing headlamps at the el Chupacabra de Houston nighttime scamper. Heavily wooded trails within Lake Houston Park and the 8:30 pm start, made for a unique 5/10 km adventure.
Sesar Figueroa (15 min road 5ker) and Kevin Pool were locked in an exciting front-end 10 km dash. Both averaged near a 6:30 pace in the darkness with Sesar creating a 22 second gap at the finish to win the male race in 40:12.
Top 5 male
- Sesar Figueroa – 40:12 (gun time)
- Kevin Pool – 40:33 (tag time)
- Jondell Shives – 41:40
- Gus Murillo – 43:22
- Ryan Gill – 43:32
The female race reminded those interested in the win, to position yourself near the front. Gun time, not chip/tag time often determines the win. While two women ran faster 10km times, their gun times were slower because they were positioned a ways back at the start.
Raquel Tidwell earned the female win averaging a 6:59 per mile turnover in a gun time of 43:28.
Laura Zamarripa and Elsa Rodriguez had a spicy little run between each other being separated by 2 seconds (tag time) at the finish. They would have likely created an extremely fun race with Raquel if they would have started near the front.
Top 5 female
- Raquel Tidwell – 43:28 (gun time)
- Laura Zamarripa – 43:21 (tag time, gun time: 43:52)
- Elsa Rodriguez – 43;23 (tag time, gun time: 43:56)
- Natalie Buchs – 47:01
- Shannon Lewis – 50:51
Isabel Gloria-Ruiz ran within the top three of the overall and won the female race in 27:09.
Jenniffer Deets earned second place honors.
Top 5 female
- Isabel Gloria-Ruiz – 27:09 (gun time)
- Jenniffer Deets – 27:30
- Diana Gusman – 27:42
- Cristina Chavarria – 27:43
- Melissa Dominguez – 28:03
Steve Duran ran alone at the front of the male race averaging a 7:28 pace and crossing the finish in 23:13.
Joseph Herr crossed the line for second, over three minutes later.
Top 5 male
- Steve Duran – 23:13 (gun time)
- Joseph Herr – 26:25
- Dale Marshall – 27:07
- Michele Cencini – 27:20
- Chirag Sabunani – 27:20
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