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2012 Sand Crab Run Results – Jose Lara and Amber Rosta Tread Lightly to Win Sand Run

On the evening of August 11, over 900 runners followed glow sticks and tiki torches for a 10km or 5km star-lit beach run on the shores in Galveston, Texas for the Sand Crab Beach Run.

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Run east to your particular turnaround, then dial it up for a strong finish.


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10 km

Men’s Race

Jose Lara led all runners to the 5 km turnaround before retracing his path to win the male race with a 6:20 pace and 39:20 finish time.

Jose Lara dashin' off the male win. (Photo: Copyright Andrew Wolfe /

John Ragland ran his way into second place during the final 5km.

Top 5 male

  1. Jose Lara – 39:20
  2. John Ragland – 42:07
  3. Mark Simmons – 42:27
  4. Joe Deakos – 42:55
  5. Kyle Combs – 42:58

Women’s Race

Amber Rosta positioned herself closer to the front of the race at the start to run a faster gun-time to win the female race in 53:49.

Top 5 female

  1. Amber Rosta – 53:49 (gun time)
  2. Courtney Hale – 52:46 (chip time)
  3. Kason Vercher – 53:38
  4. Maggie Steffens – 53:58
  5. Rachel Stepanov – 54:05! (Photo: Copyright Andrew Wolfe /

Complete results.

5 km

Women’s Race

Houston runner, Kate Taylor, sand scampered a sub 6:30 pace to win the overall in 20:07!

Kate Taylor overall 5 km winner. Shoes - least on the sandy beach. (Photo: Copyright Andrew Wolfe /

Breanna Jordan finished second over three minutes back.

Top 5 female

  1. Kate Taylor – 20:07 (overall win!)
  2. Breanna Jordan – 23:23
  3. Megan Wolfe – 24:39
  4. Katie Ruiz – 24:42
  5. Frances Beard – 24:51

 Men’s Race

Justin Donovan positioned himself near the front of the race to be the first male to cross the line in 21:28.

Justin Donovan - first dude across the finish. (Photo: Copyright Andrew Wolfe /

Richard Kmack was second across the line.

Top 5 male

  1. Justin Donovan – 21:28 (gun time)
  2. Richard Kmack – 20:51 (chip time)
  3. Kurt Tyler – 21:55
  4. John Stultz – 22:11
  5. Kelly Camichael – 22:23

Complete results

Race Reports and Pics

  • “I came up to this massive sandcastle with 3 big holes next to it. I did my football jump move to miss everything and completely didn’t see the small footprint hole. My ankle took a little tumble, but it didn’t hurt (only my pride). Someone asked me if I was okay. Damn, someone saw that.” by KW @ Run KW Run
  • Race Pics – Check out all the pics by Andrew Wolfe Photography.
Talk Some Sand
  • What did you think of the beach / sand run format?

Special thanks to Andrew Wolfe Photography for all the race photos above.

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3 Responses to “2012 Sand Crab Run Results – Jose Lara and Amber Rosta Tread Lightly to Win Sand Run”

  1. on 29 Aug 2012 at 8:56 pm David

    Great writeup! I did this run a few years ago and probably should have done it barefoot, since I ended up with about 3lbs of sand in each shoe by the end!

  2. on 30 Aug 2012 at 12:01 pm David Hanenburg

    Thanks bro. Sounds like you need smaller shoes. 😉

  3. on 31 Aug 2012 at 8:27 am Jonathan

    Did this race last year but wasn’t thrilled about the families still on the beach and the holes and mounds of sand along the course. Had to high jump a kid and hurdle holes seen at the last minute. Good BBQ and refreshments afterwards though.