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Big Tesuque Trail Run 2012 Results – Martin and Gillen Float Down the Mountain for Win

Nearly 130 athletes challenged themselves on some beautiful forest service road that had you smilin’ through a 2000 foot climb to Tesuque Peak before floating back down it. Half the run going up, the other…going down. Starting line is snuggled in at 10,000 feet. The Big Tesuque Trail Run offers a unique 11.6 mile challenge just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The steady climb with greatness all around. (Photo: Copyright Max Mujynya)

Flat/low-landers, well, good luck! At least you are surrounded within some beautiful scenery.

The photos showcase an amazing day to play.


Go! (Photo: Copyright Max Mujynya)

Men’s Race

Albuquerque runner, Dustin Martin, separated himself from the main chase group of Colorado and New Mexico runners to cross the finish with over a two minute gap in 1:24:22.

Dustin Martin looking relaxed at the front. (Photo: Copyright Max Mujynya)

Jack Swift of Colorado led the chase group for second place honors.

Top 5 male

  1. Dustin Martin – 1:24:22
  2. Jack Swift – 1:26:25
  3. Lucas Fuentes – 1:27:07
  4. Mike Ehrmantraut – 1:27:29
  5. Cornelius Puiulet – 1:30:47

Women’s Race

Local Santa Fe runner, Katie Gillen, led the inspiration train for all the women and ran the 16th fastest female time on the course in 1:43:18.

Katie Gillen flying during the descent. (Photo: Copyright Max Mujynya)

50 years young, Claudia Bergshon, was second across the line.

Top 5 female

  1. Katie Gillen – 1:43:18
  2. Claudia Bergshon – 1:51:55
  3. Erin Sindewald – 1:53:05
  4. Amy Tribolini – 1:55:48
  5. Katie Cutter – 2:02:56
Complete results

Inspiration Point

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

  • Ed Scott (age 65), Robert Werner (age 72), Jack Lynch (age 69), and Otto Appenzeller (age 84) scampered up to Tesuque Peak and back down!

Otto Appenzeller playing above 10,000 feet at age 84! (Photo: Copyright Max Mujynya)

Life is play. Play is life.

Race Reports and Groovy Pics

Talk some Dirt

  • The day really appeared to be quite magical. How was your 11.6 mile adventure?
  • Did you have any special memories from the day?

Special thanks to Max Mujynya and Santa Fe Striders for sharing the great photos you see throughout.

Jim Westmoreland focused on the trail ahead. (Photo: Copyright Max Mujynya)

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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.

3 Responses to “Big Tesuque Trail Run 2012 Results – Martin and Gillen Float Down the Mountain for Win”

  1. on 24 Nov 2012 at 10:12 am Jonathan

    Dave, I don’t know what it is exactly but I love the area around Santa Fe. Maybe it’s the stark contrast to where I live. This race is definitely on my to-do list. When are we going back to New Mexico?!

  2. on 26 Nov 2012 at 10:26 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Jonathan – I really dig the area as well. When heading back??…likely Jemez! I would like to chew on the 50 mile adventure again, assuming I am recovered and healthy after Rocky.

  3. on 26 Nov 2012 at 11:28 am Jonathan

    I would love to go back to Jemez – unfinished business with Pajarito Mntn. It’s gonna have to wait as I’m running Big Sur a couple weeks before. Rocky will be insane! Excited to say the least. Bandera, I’m anxious about that one.