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.
Run east to your particular turnaround, then dial it up for a strong finish.
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.
John Ragland ran his way into second place during the final 5km.
Top 5 male
- Jose Lara – 39:20
- John Ragland – 42:07
- Mark Simmons – 42:27
- Joe Deakos – 42:55
- Kyle Combs – 42:58
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
- Amber Rosta – 53:49 (gun time)
- Courtney Hale – 52:46 (chip time)
- Kason Vercher – 53:38
- Maggie Steffens – 53:58
- Rachel Stepanov – 54:05
Houston runner, Kate Taylor, sand scampered a sub 6:30 pace to win the overall in 20:07!
Breanna Jordan finished second over three minutes back.
Top 5 female
- Kate Taylor – 20:07 (overall win!)
- Breanna Jordan – 23:23
- Megan Wolfe – 24:39
- Katie Ruiz – 24:42
- Frances Beard – 24:51
Justin Donovan positioned himself near the front of the race to be the first male to cross the line in 21:28.
Richard Kmack was second across the line.
Top 5 male
- Justin Donovan – 21:28 (gun time)
- Richard Kmack – 20:51 (chip time)
- Kurt Tyler – 21:55
- John Stultz – 22:11
- Kelly Camichael – 22:23
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.
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Special thanks to Andrew Wolfe Photography for all the race photos above.
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