On June 30th, a portion of the I Ran Marathons pavement running event included a 100 mile, 50 mile, and 50 km ultra scamper in San Antonio, Texas along the Leon Creek Greenway Trail. Early morning temps were in the mid 70s with south Texas humidity to keep it interesting before peaking in the low 9os.
A small but passionate group played at the event.
All courses appeared to be out-and-back and ran multiple times depending on your distance.
Phil Nimmo who ran the Key Ultras 100 mile in May with a time of 24:19, was the sole male finisher of this Texas event and crossed the line in 26:50.
Event organizer, Parvaneh Moayedi, also found the time to put in a 100 mile run and was first overall to get it done in 25:57.
Renee Gillespie and Jean Perez ran it in together as the final 100 mile runners in a time of 28:35.
Fumi Ishimatsu was the second overall finisher and top female earning the win in 11:08.
As is often the case in ultra events, there is always some individual wall you have to work through. Fumi’s showed up 70% into the race.
“I had fun running at the first 35 miles and then started to over heat. Running on the concrete was very challenging once the sun came out. I had a tough time getting enough water and keeping cool, I used a small towel around my neck and soaked it in ice water whenever I could find some.”
While an unexpected challenge is often part of the journey, afterwards the general vibe is often the same.
“Overall I had a blast.”
Breanna Dullum was the only other female finisher and she knocked out the 50 miles in 15:13.
Steve Escaler averaged a 10:43 pace to earn the male win in 8:56.
Stan Duncan was runner-up.
Top 5 male
- Steve Escaler – 8:56
- Stan Duncan – 11:47
- Gerald Godoy – 11:57
- Allen Darilek – 12:15
- Andew Olsen – 15:13
John Slate had all eyes on him as the only 50 km runner. John earned a 5:39 50 km finish and win.
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