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The Catsmacker Trail Run – 2012 Results

On June 2, The Catsmacker trail run took place just west of Little Rock, Arkansas on rolling forest road terrain that included some miles on the Ouachita trail. Over 70 runners enjoyed the cool and clear conditions that included a 23 mile lolly-pop loop or a 12 mile “kitty run”.

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23 mile

Sub-22 hour AT100 finisher, David Joseph, took off early in the scamper and became the honorary spider-web sweeper for the course.

Midway through the run, David soaked in the picturesque views before pushing to the finish.

“One of my best memories of the race is the view from the top of Pinnacle Overlook (about halfway). I spent a few moments there just taking it in.” 

David knocked out the 23-ish mile run in 3:25:11, earning the male win.

Joel Perez of Little Rock, finished second just under four minutes later.

Top 5 male

  1. David Joseph – 3:25:11
  2. Joel Perez – 3:29:06
  3. Scott Sander – 3:31:52
  4. Rob Seibert – 3:35:21
  5. Jimmy Brown – 3:50:30

Deb Baker continues to lace up those jalapeno injected trail shoes. Deb crossed the finish seventh overall and won the female race in 3:52.

Stacey Shaver and Jenny Brod had a fun little scamper for second as two minutes separated the two with Stacey earning runner-up honors.

Top 5 female

  1. Deb Baker – 3:52
  2. Stacey Shaver – 4:03
  3. Jenny Brod – 4:05
  4. Stephanie Stewart – 4:28
  5. Jenny Wilkes – 4:34

12 mile

Nicole Hobbs finished fourth overall and led the female scamper in a time of 2:19:31.

Karen Cal finished alone in second.

Top 5 female

  1. Nicole Hobbs – 2:19:31
  2. Karen Cal – 2:25
  3. Eva Bailey – 2:37:50
  4. Chrissy Ferguson – 2:40
  5. Carrie DuPriest – 2:40

Steven Preston dashed off the only sub-2 hour finish to earn the male win in 1:54:07.

Chad Yocum finished second six minutes later.

Top 5 male

  1. Steven Preston – 1:54:07
  2. Chad Yocum – 2:00:18
  3. Andy Halfhill – 2:02:23
  4. Alex Wan – 2:24:12
  5. Jared Friemel – 2:24
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.

  • Dennis Baas (age 65), Danjamin Belanger (age 68), Bob McKinney (age 69), Bill Brass (age 72), and Ann Moore (age 71), all played on the Arkansas trails!

Life is play. Play is life.

Groovy Viddy (Courtesy Andrey Dumchev @

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Race Reports and Pics

Talk some Dirt

  • How was your Catsmacker adventure?

Special thanks to David Joseph for sharing a few thoughts with the EB tribe!

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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.

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