Rugged & Raw Trail Run 2012 Results – Matt Crownover and Lisa Coleman Win in Slip ‘n Slide Trail Adventure
Rocks, Roots, Steep but short climbs, and Clay…And then it rains. We don’t typically have snow or ice on our local trails but mix rain with clay and things just get a bit more interesting.
Over 120 runners played on the slip-slidin’ north Texas trails at the Rugged & Raw Trail Run at Cedar Ridge Preserve.
This special event is a fundraiser for the north Texas Back on My Feet non-profit and delivered a 20 km and 10 km adventure.
A small group took off at a steady clip from the start that included Matt Crownover and Chanc Woods. Both of these guys inspired each other at A-OK 50 km earlier in the year in the dash for the male win. It would once again be another exciting race as Matt shares his thoughts at the start line with Chanc in view.
“I was happy to see him, he’s a nice guy. But I knew he’d make me work harder than I was hoping to that day. He is very strong, and really is a better athlete than I am. I figured my only advantage was that I knew the course very well and he did not.”
Matt and Chanc took turns pulling the express train but it wasn’t without some interesting moments on the technical…and slick singletrack.
“Chanc and I sort of took friendly turns pushing the lead but it had a comical dimension. He’d pass me, then he’d hit a snag and I’d be unable to find the brakes and pass him back. Or another time I was kind of out of control traction wise with one of those left turns onto a bridge and kind of crowded him more than I meant to….I think we were both having fun and enjoying pushing the pace, working as a team really, but I just could not be that close to him and maintain control in those conditions.”
Early in the second 10 km loop, Matt decided to make his move and pushed the pace down an .8 mile section of wide trail called Escarpment Road. A small gap was created but Chanc had no interest in letting up. He was coming!
“I saw him [Chanc] through the trees several times towards the end and knew he was gaining. That part was eerily similar to A-OK—the guy does not give up and right about the time I thought: “Dude, I need this race to end quick before he catches me” I came upon my two sons in the race.”
After a very brief chat with his children, Matt red-lined it to the finish to win the male race in 1:49:16.
Chanc finished less than a minute back.
Top 3 male
- Matt Crownover – 1:49:16
- Chanc Woods – 1:50:13
- Michael Lee – 1:56:57
Lisa Coleman went on to win the female race in 2:15:46.
Second place was earned by cyclist, now exploring nature by foot, Susan Batterman.
What did this trail running newbie think of this locally challenging little trail system?
“I really like this trail. It’s beautiful, and I think it plays to my strengths. I’m okay with hills, I have strong legs (my dad was a ski jumper!) Luckily I had run out there two weeks before, so I knew how steep it was and didn’t flame out early. The mud was a challenge though; it made for very heavy shoes!”
Top 3 female
- Lisa Coleman – 2:15:46
- Susan Batterman – 2:20:56
- Leslie Smith – 2:21:40
Leana Sloan scampered off a 1:06:18 to win the female race.
Kara Cooper finished five minutes back in second.
Top 3 female
- Leana Sloan – 1:06:18
- Kara Cooper – 1:11:20
- Sara Johnson – 1:15
Tom Stuhler created a four minute gap from the chase group to win the male race in 1:02.
Steve Verseckes held onto second place.
Top 3 male
- Tom Stuhler – 1:02
- Steve Verseckes – 1:06
- Thorne Anderson – 1:07
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Special thanks to Matt Crownover and Susan Batterman for sharing a few thoughts about their adventure. Also, thanks to Miranda Krebbs of Lucky Star Designs and Photography for showcasing some of her great photos.
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