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2012 Western States 100 – TALON Athlete Results

It was an adventure-filled weekend for 15 TALON athletes as they embarked on a Western States 100 journey that included rain, bone-chilling temps, sleet, hail, and the warming sun. The varied weather likely emulated the range of emotions and experiences our athletes encountered across the 100 miles.

Wild weather conditions in the early miles. (Photo: With permission by Drymax / drymaxsocks.com)

The hunchback of Norte Dame? Nope! Ian Sharman showcasing the strong winds. (Photo: With permission by Drymax / drymaxsocks.com)

While course records were crushed at the pointy-end by Timothy Olson (14:46:44!) and Ellie Greenwood (16:47:17!), our TALON athletes put on a display of courage, heart, and some pretty darn fast tread of our own. We had four athletes in the top 75! Out of the 15 athletes that started the race, 14 made it to Auburn. Texan, Robert Lepine, must have encountered a significant issue as he dropped at Red Star Ridge checkpoint, mile 16. (Does anyone know what happened to Robert?)

The Fast to the Final TALON Finisher

Texan, Glenn Mackie, was the first TALON athlete to arrive in Auburn in a spicy 19:17:15! Glenn knocked off over 2.5 hours from his first attempt on this course back in 2004. Just past the midway point at Michigan Bluff (mile 55.7), Glenn sat in 48th position overall. Over the next 45 miles Glenn gained another 10 positions to finish the journey 38th overall (30th male)!

Texan, Liza Howard, was our top female tread crossing the line in 21:00:05, 14th female! Liza hung out in the 10-12th female position for much of the race. The final 20 miles appeared to require extra determination as her pace began to slow a bit which allowed a couple other females to sneak by during these closing miles. She dug deep to finish this one!

Liza looking for that finish line! (Photo: With permission by Drymax / drymaxsocks.com)

Texan, Kyle McQuire, was our final TALON finisher, arriving in Auburn during the mid morning hours and 29:11:52 finish time! Kyle appeared to run very consistently throughout the day. Mile 10 in 340th position. Mile 55 in 297th position. The finish in 281st position. Seemed like a well executed race.

Our Slammers

So how did our ultra slammers do?

Texan, Paul Terranova, finished 47th overall in his first 100 mile race with a time of 20:12:15!

Paul with wife, Meredith, smiling to the finish! (Photo: With permission by Drymax / drymaxsocks.com)

Arkansas athlete, PoDog Vogler, finished 73rd overall in his first Western States with a time of 21:52:54!

PoDog (left) looking smooth and relaxed. (Photo: With permission by ultrarunnrepodcast.com)

New Mexico runner, Brian Pilgrim, finished 184th overall in a time of 26:33:43!

Brian (with medal) and crew at the finish. (Photo credit: With permission by Jennifer Cline)

Next up for these guys – Vermont 100 on July 21.

Complete Results for our TALON starters

  • Glenn Mackie (TX) – 19:17:15
  • Paul Terranova (TX) – 20:12:15
  • Liza Howard (TX) – 21:00:05
  • PoDog Vogler (AR) – 21:52:54
  • Martin Guthrie (TX) – 23:53:31
  • Denise Burley (TX) – 25:10:04
  • Brian Pilgrim (NM) – 26:33:43
  • David Reasoner (TX) – 26:45:27
  • Mike Munoz (TX) – 27:50:12
  • Tom Lane (AR) – 27:55:07
  • Joshua Witte (TX) – 28:41:47
  • Eddie Spencer (OK) – 28:45:16
  • Nick Polito (TX) – 28:47:38
  • Kyle McQuire (TX) – 29:11:52
  • Ronald Lepine (TX) – Drop at mile 16

Nick Polito enjoying the finish! (Photo: With permission by Libby Jones / theactivejoe.blogspot.com)

Eddie Spencer with 2012 Western States winner, Timothy Olson (Photo: With permission by Rex Pace)

Joshua Witte celebrating the finish! (Photo: With permission by Libby Jones / theactivejoe.blogspot.com)

Tom Lane heading out of Eldorado Canyon (Photo: With permission of Jeff Genova / wareagletrailraces.com)

Martin Guthrie lovin' it! (Photo: Suann Lundsberg / suannontherun.blogspot.com)

Great stuff!

More Western States Goodies on the Overall Race

I was stuck to the computer nearly the entire day and a good part of the night helping out Bryon with some of his online coverage, noting our TALON athlete progress, and hitting refresh, refresh, refresh.

What a day!

Special thanks to Drymax Socks, Jennifer Cline, ultrarunnerpodcast, Libby Jones, Rex Pace, and Jeff Genova for the photos you see above!

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

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.

7 Responses to “2012 Western States 100 – TALON Athlete Results”

  1. on 25 Jun 2012 at 2:09 pm Julie

    Congrats to all of the hardworking and awesome TALON athletes. I was glued to my computer screen most of the day cheering you all on!

  2. on 26 Jun 2012 at 8:49 am David Hanenburg

    I am sure there was more than one run missed due to Western States weekend! 🙂

  3. on 26 Jun 2012 at 3:24 pm Jonathan

    Congrats to all runners for their endurance and fortitude. Definitely an inspiration and hope to follow their footsteps in the future.

  4. on 26 Jun 2012 at 11:50 pm Rex

    David, as usual, awesome coverage! Thanks for all of your time and effort! Keep it coming!

  5. on 27 Jun 2012 at 8:51 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Rex, I really do appreciate the feedback. I love this stuff! 🙂

    What’s next for you?

  6. on 27 Jun 2012 at 9:09 am David Hanenburg

    Jonathan – The inspiration to get us out the door during these hot summer days!

  7. on 27 Jun 2012 at 10:50 am Steven Moore

    14 out of 15! Outstanding TALON representation! Cooler temps surely helped the success rate this year. Very nicely done peeps!