The third race of the Forge Trail Series took place at Lincoln Parish Park, Louisiana, for the Hell’s Hills trail run. The trail anxiously waited for over 100 runners to tread over a few rocks, roots, and hills on the half marathon and 10 km course.
Louisiana athlete, Seth Hall, set the pace at the front with a 6:48 average to win the male race in 1:29:06.
Rob Hansen of Wisconsin finished alone in second.
Top 5 male
- Seth Hall – 1:29:06
- Rob Hansen – 1:36:39
- CA Trahan – 1:49:30
- Michael Ashmead – 1:53:48
- MM Thompson – 1:58:37
3:08 road marathoner, Laura Blaylock, finish sub-2 hour and fifth overall in a time of 1:54:11.
Tara Knight earned runner-up honors.
Top 5 female
- Laura Blaylock – 1:54:11 (*5th overall*)
- Tara Knight – 2:23:46
- SB Benoit – 2:30:53
- M McDaniel – 3:00:29
- SM Sikes – 3:00:29
19 minute 5ker, Ali Edwards, ran a 7:36 pace to win the female scamper in 47:10.
Stephanie Kalozdi finished second, simply enjoying the trails. What did she think of this dirty adventure?
“The race conditions were great. It was hot and the trails were awesome. It felt like a real trail run with tons of switchbacks, constantly going up and down, and the need to watch your feet so as to not fall.”
Top 5 female
- Ali Edwards – 47:10
- Stephanie Kalozdi – 48:40
- TSL Young – 55:34
- Phoenix Friederich – 56:57
- KW McCrary – 1:00:03
Sean Fitzwilliam and Adam Hoogewind often are bumping elbows at the front while pushing some crazy fast pace. This race was no exception, at least for the first 2.5 miles before Adam tweaked his drive train as Sean explains.
“The race was competitive for about 2.5 miles between Adam and me but he rolled his ankle in the first mile and the course is tough to navigate at top race pace without having full use of your body and he gradually fell back from me. I wound up winning by a minute but it’d have been much closer otherwise.”
What did Sean think of the course?
“This is the second year I’ve run this race at Lincoln Parish Park and it’s easily one of the most enjoyable trails I’ve run and the Forge guys put on great events.”
Sean earned the win with a sub-6 minute effort (5:50).
Top 5 male
- Sean Fitzwilliam – 36:07
- Adam Hoogewind – 37:10
- Edwin Koenck – 39:36
- William Rogers – 40:02
- TF Hall – 40:49
After three races, Stephanie Kalozdi and Sean “Donkey” Fitzwilliam sit at the top of the point series.
Great highlight vid from CYJ.
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- “You had to watch your footing though, as rocks and roots were abundant. The first few miles were relatively flat, with only some gentle rolling hills. The second half, however, was a different story.” by Brenton @ The Ale Runner
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Special thanks to Stephanie Kalozdi and Sean Fitzwilliam for sharing a glimpse into their experience with us.
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