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El Chupacabra de Houston – 2012 Results

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.

Photo: Copyright Andrew Wolfe /


Photo: Copyright Andrew Wolfe /

10 km

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.

Sweeet! Sesar Figueroa rips a 6:30 pace in the spidey suit! (Photo: Copyright Andrew Wolfe /

Top 5 male

  1. Sesar Figueroa – 40:12 (gun time)
  2. Kevin Pool – 40:33 (tag time)
  3. Jondell Shives – 41:40
  4. Gus Murillo – 43:22
  5. 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

  1. Raquel Tidwell – 43:28 (gun time)
  2. Laura Zamarripa – 43:21 (tag time, gun time: 43:52)
  3. Elsa Rodriguez – 43;23 (tag time, gun time: 43:56)
  4. Natalie Buchs – 47:01
  5. Shannon Lewis – 50:51

Megan Wolfe crossing the line as 10th female. (Photo: Copyright Andrew Wolfe /

Complete 10 km results.

5 km

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

  1. Isabel Gloria-Ruiz – 27:09 (gun time)
  2. Jenniffer Deets – 27:30
  3. Diana Gusman – 27:42
  4. Cristina Chavarria – 27:43
  5. Melissa Dominguez – 28:03

Pre-race prep. (Photo: Copyright Andrew Wolfe /

Steve Duran ran alone at the front of the male race averaging a 7:28 pace and crossing the finish in 23:13.

Steve Duran crossing the finish for the male win. (Photo: Copyright Andrew Wolfe /

Joseph Herr crossed the line for second, over three minutes later.

Top 5 male

  1. Steve Duran – 23:13 (gun time)
  2. Joseph Herr – 26:25
  3. Dale Marshall – 27:07
  4. Michele Cencini – 27:20
  5. Chirag Sabunani – 27:20

Complete 5 km results

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4 Responses to “El Chupacabra de Houston – 2012 Results”

  1. on 05 Jun 2012 at 1:26 pm Steve

    There was some discrepencies with those results. Runners who signed up for the 10k but turned around early with the 5k runners and still crossed the finish mat registered as 10k runners.

    I’m pretty sure that this was the case for the women you listed in second and third place.

  2. on 05 Jun 2012 at 1:38 pm David Hanenburg

    Steve – Thanks for the insight. That sounds like a results nightmare. I would expect the online results will not be updated either since a few weeks have passed since race day.

  3. on 05 Jun 2012 at 10:22 pm Jonathan

    I always enjoy this race. The post race BBQ and all you can drink beer is well worth the drive. Oh yeah, the run is great as well. The course was different this year. There was this weird out and back section and you hit the only aid station twice. Thought I was going the wrong way a few times. There were some muddy sections on the back half due to the rain the day before but were avoidable if you were paying attention. It was a nice way to get the skakes out before my trip to Jemez. PR’d the 10K so that was an added bonus. Bill Gardner knows how to party.

  4. on 11 Jun 2012 at 10:30 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Jonathan – Thanks for sharing your insights on the day! After hearing BBQ, I’m hungry! 😉