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War Eagle Trail Run -2012 Results

Over 230 athletes finished the 10 km, 25 km, or 50 km scamper at the second annual War Eagle Trail Run on the beautiful and varied terrain of Hobbs State Park in northwest Arkansas.

This and all photos from the War Eagle Trail Twister Running Festival can be found at

After only the second year, the event is already bringing in dirt lovers from throughout the country as race director Jeff Genova explains.

“Our goal was to make this a destination trail race and we feel that we are well on our way to that goal.  We had over 40% of our runners from states other than Arkansas. They came from California, Montana, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, Kansas and Florida.”

Beautiful weather conditions supported runners as they cruised along some sweet singletrack that included six leg burning climbs for those wishing to go ultra.

All proceeds of the event went to Hobbs State Park and Rogers Lions Club.


This and all photos from the War Eagle Trail Twister Running Festival can be found at

50 km

Arkansas athlete, Mike Rush, dialed up the pace with each passing mile and won the male race in a spicy 4:09:30.

Mike Rush cruisin' through the course. (Photo: This and all photos from the War Eagle Trail Twister Running Festival can be found at

Shannon McFarland, earned second place honors after running an even split effort. He shares how Mike kept increasing the gap throughout the morning.

“Mike crushed the field, ran very well. I had him in sight within 800 meters at seven miles, three minutes back at 16 miles, and he opened it up to eight minutes by 20 miles. He significantly negatively split the race.”

Top 5 male

  1. Mike Rush (AR) – 4:09:30 (gun time)
  2. Shannon McFarland (Rush Running – AR) – 4:32:54
  3.  Jake Anderson (TX) – 4:39:32
  4. John Nobles (OK) – 4:45:01
  5. Dave Wilgus (AR) – 4:55:22

Local athletes, Marilyn Caulfield and Alison Jumper (3:30 road marathoner), showcased an inspiring display at the front of the female race.  The two finished just over 30 seconds apart!

Marilyn Caulfield on her way to the finish! (Photo: This and all photos from the War Eagle Trail Twister Running Festival can be found at

Marilyn was able to create the small gap and cross the finish first in 5:01:46 and grab ninth overall.

Top 5 female

  1. Marilyn Caulfield (AR) – 5:01:08 (gun time – *9th overall*)
  2. Alison Jumper (AR) – 5:01:40 (*10th overall*)
  3. Lori Enlow (OK) – 5:27:36
  4. Katie Helms (AR) – 5:40:19
  5. Sarah Fisher (OK) – 6:04:47
Complete 50 km results.

25 km

Arkansas runner, Jeremy Provence, averaged a screamin’ 6:30 pace on the singletrack trails to win the male race in 1:41:03.

Jeremy Provence looking relaxed while running mighty fast! (Photo: This and all photos from the War Eagle Trail Twister Running Festival can be found at

Cassy Russell finished alone in second three-plus minutes back.

Top 5 male

  1. Jeremy Provence (AR) – 1:41:03 (gun time)
  2. Cassy Russell (OK) – 1:44:24
  3. Stephen O’neal (AR) – 1:53:52
  4. Jon Bitler (AR) – 1:58:18
  5. Harrison French (AR) – 2:04:07

Olivia Eves created an eight-plus minute gap to win the female race in 2:20:10.

Melissa Warner earned runner-up honors.

Melissa Warner focused on the trail ahead. (Photo: This and all photos from the War Eagle Trail Twister Running Festival can be found at

Top 5 female

  1. Olivia Eves (KS) – 2:20:12 (gun time)
  2. Melissa Warner (OK) – 2:28:48
  3. Lynne Williams (AR) – 2:33:30
  4. Sally Landham (TN) – 2:35:13
  5. Tina Ho (AR) – 2:46:38
Complete 25 km results.

10 km

From the early miles, Craig Adams set the pace at the front, with triathlon-focused Ryan Bickerstaff shadowing closely behind.

What did Ryan think of the non-pavement environment?

“The race setting was pretty amazing – it was humid, but nice and cool in the morning. The trail was very runnable underneath a nice tree cover. While I spent most of my time watching my footing, the scenery was also very refreshing.”

Of course it isn’t all smooth sailing for someone not used to technical running.

“I still managed to roll my ankles 5+ times.” 

Ryan Bickerstaff in chase. (Photo: This and all photos from the War Eagle Trail Twister Running Festival can be found at

With 1.5 miles to go, Craig was able to maintain the turnover and create the winning separation as Ryan explains.

” There was longer downhill section, and I just did not have the agility or quad strength to keep up. Craig opened up a pretty significant gap, and I ran the last mile or so by myself up to the finish line.”

Craig went on to win the male race in 49:54 with Ryan holding on for second.

Top 5 male

  1. Craig Adams (AR) – 49:54 (gun time)
  2. Ryan Bickerstaff (PowerBar – CA) – 50:22
  3. Tommy Griffin (AR) – 51:36
  4. Chad Johnson (AR) – 53:15
  5. Drew Storment (AR) – 53:54

Third place female at the 2012 3 Days of Syllamo 20 km, Corina Miller, went on to win the female race in 1:01:00.

Corina Miller enjoying the day and the female win. (Photo: This and all photos from the War Eagle Trail Twister Running Festival can be found at

Less than two minutes later, Leslie Johnson earned second place honors.

Top 5 female

  1. Corina Miller (AR) – 1:01:00 (gun time)
  2. Leslie Johnson (AR) – 1:02:44
  3. Christina Gervasi (AR) – 1:04:10
  4. Lynda Godfrey (AR) – 1:05:10
  5. Holly Shilling (AR) – 1:05:27

Complete 10 km results.

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 Richard Rakes (age 68) ran on the groovy Arkansas terrain.

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:

  • Joshua Drake (AR) got it done, and finished the 50 km in 7:57:56.

Race Reports and Pics

  • “But on whole, the people standing around me as Mike Rush explained the course during the pre-race meeting were a bit rougher around the edges than the “typical” road racer. Their garments were a little less pink and a little more functional, their faces a bit more chiseled. Their hair a bit more windblown. They were probably a bit older, on average. This is useless. Just know I felt very much at ease with these people. I liked every one of them instantly.” by Dave Renfro @ Dave Mows Grass
  • Race pics! – Check out all the great photos by Podium Images.

Talk some Dirt

  • What did you think of the course?
  • Any strong memories from the day?

Special thanks to Jeff Genova, Shannon McFarland, and Ryan Bickerstaff for sharing thoughts from this adventure with us!

Also thanks to Podium Images for all the great race photos you see above.

Check out the TALON Race Guide

There are 150+ regional trail/ultra races in the TALON Race Guide. Be sure to check it out if you are looking for the most complete list of events in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. New events are always being added.

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David –


About the author

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.

6 Responses to “War Eagle Trail Run -2012 Results”

  1. on 11 Jun 2012 at 9:13 pm Nicholas L. Norfolk

    It was Dave Renfro’s first ultra. Check out his account at

  2. on 12 Jun 2012 at 8:13 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Nicholas – Good find! Thanks so much, I will add it to the summary.

  3. on 12 Jun 2012 at 10:59 pm Dave Renfro

    Great article, and thanks for the link-up. I had not discovered EnduranceBuzz until today. Tons of great content to dig through!

    Thanks again,


  4. on 13 Jun 2012 at 9:20 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Dave – Welcome to the Endurance Buzz tribe and congratulations on your first ultra adventure! That snake encounter would of had my heart pounding as well.

    Happy Running!

  5. on 13 Jun 2012 at 2:42 pm James @RedDirtRunner

    David, thanks for the coverage. We had a good time. I personally invite you to join us next year if you can. And hopefully, if I make it back to RR we can finally meet.

    Here is a link to my report
    And another one written by a volunteer


  6. on 14 Jun 2012 at 11:39 am David Hanenburg

    Hey James – You’re welcome dude! Congrats on your 25 km finish!

    I would love to get up there next year. Hopefully Jemez will be kind to me. 😉

    Thanks for the links as well.

    Happy Running!