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Arkansas Traveller 100 2012 Results – PoDog Vogler Defends and Youthful Sarah Miller Show Ultra Wisdom in Win

Mild temps in the early morning hours and then the front moves through. A deluge of rain from the sky. Temps falling like a misstep off the edge of a cliff. Going down – fast!

Welcome to the 22nd annual Arkansas Traveller 100.

Fitness is one aspect of a 100 mile adventure. Managing the 100 other challenges presented to you across 100 miles, gets you to the finish line.

Photo: Courtesy Stacey Shaver

The Arkansas Traveller is a classic in the 100 mile world with the first event dating back to 1991. Gives some idea of what a young sport we have.

The course contains a lolli-pop loop start before an out-and-back totaling 83 miles. About 12,000 ft of gain by the time you reach the finish line.


You heard there was a bit of rain, right? (Photo: Courtesy Lisa Gunnoe)

Men’s Race

Defending champ, PoDog Vogler, was the man to beat or what he? One month earlier he completed the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (four 100s in four months), how much giddy-up in his stride could he still have? Surprisingly, he didn’t feel tired, worn out, tweaky, but he felt…strong as PoDog explains.

“I felt really good going into the race. I had no injuries and I felt strong. I was not sure how fast I could go, but I thought I could run a complete race.”

So here we go.

The lead pack sets a pedestrian pace across the first 10-ish miles as many likely looked to PoDog to set the pace…and he was happy to do it.

“My plan early was to run slow. I thought I might be able to get the other runners to follow my lead which I thought would be good for all of us.”

And then the “race” started.

“About mile 14, Shannon [McFarland] decided we were going too slow and he took off. He was totally right, but I felt the pace I was going was good, so I didn’t try to follow him.”

Shannon felt good and flowed with it. Could this be his day?

Within the next couple hours, the weather turned upside down.

From mild temps to monsoon rains and bone chilling temps for the unprepared.

PoDog embraced the changing conditions.

“The rain hit me around Rocky Gap aid station [mile 28.6]. I had a garbage bag which worked great. The only things that were really cold were my hands. But overall the rain helped me. All I could think of was that I was probably the only person in the front of the race who had ever run a 100 mile race in these conditions ever before, and I had just done it just three months earlier at Western States. I felt like that gave me an advantage. Sometimes, it’s all about how you frame it. Accentuate the positive. If you can spin a huge rain storm as positive, you are doing something right.”

Shannon kept pushing the steady effort and once arriving at the Turn-around aid station (mile 57.9), the gap that had grown as large as 17 minutes was now down to four and closing.

Shannon and PoDog arrived together into Copperhead Road aid station [mile 63.7]. Each sharing verbal support to one another. Gotta love this sport!

PoDog moved quickly through the aid station and decided to create some separation.

“Shannon was having a great day, and I enjoyed being able to run with him for a few minutes. But when we reached the Copperhead Road aid station, I got in and out of the aid station as fast as I could, (which I had been doing all day). If Shannon had gotten in and out with me, we probably would have continued to run together some. But when he didn’t, I knew it was time to get some breathing room. I hammered up the short hill out of the aid station and then really hammered down the long hill after. I ran the rest of the section hard and figured I had breathing room.”

PoDog would not be caught and went on to win his third Arkansas Traveller 100 in 18:45:57.

“I ran the last 31 miles with two of my nephews who paced me. We had a lot of fun running through the night. Getting a third victory is more than I ever expected to be able to do. Traveller always seems to bring out something special in me.”

The finish line! (Photo: Courtesy Stephen Vogler)

PoDog and pacers. All smiles!! (Photo: Courtesy Stephen Vogler)

Thomas Chapin executed a very steady effort all day and eventually caught and passed Shannon around Rocky Gap aid station [mile 87.2] where both finished sub-21.

Top 5 male

  1. PoDog Vogler – 18:45:57
  2. Thomas Chapin – 20:25:34
  3. Shannon McFarland – 20:57:04
  4. David Murphy – 21:29:27
  5. Reid Landes – 21:32:46

Women’s Race

22 year old Sara Miller of Mississippi, displayed some veteran pacing wisdom by holding back through the Turn Around aid station [mile 57.9] before moving through to the front of the female race and earning the female win. Last year Sara finished the Arkansas Traveller 100 in 27:15:46. This year – 22:38:50 and ninth overall!

Kaysi Rinks of Missouri earned second place honors with Molly Barnes of Colorado a short six minutes back.

Top 5 female

  1. Sarah Miller – 22:38:50
  2. Kaysi Rinks – 23:34:14
  3. Molly Barnes – 23:40:30
  4. Stacey Shaver-Matson – 24:31:37
  5. Liz Bauer – 26:23:09

Photo: Courtesy Stacey Shaver

Complete Results

Inspiration Point

Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.

  • Jim Ingalls (TX – 67), Jay Freeman (AR – 65), and Ian Maddieson (NM – 70)!
I feel like I need to stop typing and applaud and yelp. Be inspired folks!

Life is play. Play is life.

The Tough-as-Nails Award

The final finishers of an ultra distance event are some of the toughest athletes that are willing to stick with it to the best of their current ability and cross that darn finish line.

The Tough-as-Nails award recipients:

  • Katsuyuki Hatta of Japan crossed the finish in 31:01:40!

Race Reports

  • “Mile 27 to mile 58 is a blur, I was clipping away at a decent pace and feeling amazing. There is something weird about being in the lead of a race, when you are a middle of the pack runner. I can’t explain it, delusions of grandeur, endorphins, runner’s high, whatever you want to call it, it was me and I was running out of my mind.” by Shannon McFarland in race report shared on Endurance Buzz.
  • “We had no idea how much of a lead he had. Now I was faced with a decision that I did not share with Shannon.” by running farmer @ Running Farmer

Don't let his attire fool ya, Keith Straw is tough! He finished 7th OA! (Photo: Courtesy Stacey Shaver)

Talk some Dirt

  • How did your AT100 adventure play out?
  • What was your biggest challenge with the drops of rain that fell?

Special thanks to PoDog Vogler for sharing with the tribe and Stacey Shaver, Lisa Gunnoe, and Stephen Vogler for sharing photos with us all!

Check out the TALON Race Guide

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About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

2 Responses to “Arkansas Traveller 100 2012 Results – PoDog Vogler Defends and Youthful Sarah Miller Show Ultra Wisdom in Win”

  1. on 05 Nov 2012 at 6:19 pm James @RedDirtRunner

    David, thanks again for the coverage of yet another classic ultra in our region. It was a good day, as PoDog put it, out in the woods. It was great to see how stoked he was about the race that Shannon was having when we passed him just after the turn. Pacing my buddy to a podium finish was an experience that I will not soon forget.

  2. on 06 Nov 2012 at 8:58 am David Hanenburg

    James, Thanks so much dude! It is pretty cool when the spirit of the tribe is of equal standing and the spirit of competition. Cool to read your pacing adventures. Sounded like a good day indeed.

    Happy Running!