Bandera Trail Run 2013 Results – Sage Canaday and Michele Yates Win USATF 100km Trail Slip-N-Slide Championship
Last weekend, nearly 950 runners laced them up in Texas Hill Country for the 11th Annual Bandera Trail Run that included a 100km, 50km, or 25km scamper. For the third year in a row, Bandera has also hosted the USATF 100km National Trail Championship which brought in additional good people and fast tread to the rugged, sotol wrapped trails in south Texas. Not to mention both course record holders, Dave Mackey of California, and our Texan, Liza Howard were ready to play.
Race morning saw very mild temps along with some rain forest type moisture in the air. It wasn’t quite rain. Yet it was more than just fog. It was some strange form of rain-fog – Rog. And it got things a bit wet. Moisture. Clay based soil. It can get a bit sticky!
A small army of silhouette bodies were scurrying around in the pre-dawn hours and it looked more like a zombie apocalypse because of the heavy moisture in the air made one unable to see the details of one another in the distance. As the sky gradually began to light the surrounding hills, one could not see the top of them as the Rog hid their view. The Hill Country Natural Area had a unique, almost mysterious look to it. Perfect location for a trail adventure.
It didn’t take long for 2:16 road marathoner, Sage Canaday of Colorado and course record holder, Dave Mackey of California to disappear off the front. After the first few miles which included the Sky Island climb, those two were gone!
As the slip-n-slide miles progressed a chase group formed with included fast-footed Dave James (finished 2nd in 2011) of Arizona and two Texans – Paul Terranova (6th in 2012) and 100km newbie, Erik Stanley who won Cactus Rose 50mile this past October on this same trail system (but different course).
Sage and Dave M. arrived at Chapas aid station (mile 11.04) within a minute of each other. Sage leading the push.
Dave J., Paul, and Erik arrived four minutes later.
By the second Cross Roads aid station visit on loop 1 (mile 16.89), Sage increased the gap to Dave M. to three minutes, and 14 minutes to the three-pack chase group.
Sage glided back to the Lodge and finished his first 50km loop in a smokin’ 3:51.
How was Sage feeling as he headed out for loop 2?
“I felt better knowing that I had seen all the big hills and rocks after the first loop because then I could pace myself a lot better on the second loop. However, I also knew that I would probably be slowing down a bit (just based on looking at past results and the fact that you start to get really tired after 40 miles or so!).”
Dave M. arrived nine minutes later looking good as well.
Paul and Erik began to slowly pull away from Dave J. in the late miles of the 50km loop before Dave J. eventually dropped. Paul and Erik arrived at the Lodge within a minute of each other.
Paul was focused and ready to dig in for one more loop.
“Saw Karl and another guy (Chris Lundstrom) as I was heading out so there was no time to waste. Quick feet, quick feet, quick feet!!! No wrong turns, don’t do anything stupid, and stay out of sight for as long as possible.”
Erik was in a low spot and dealing with the mental demons of the ultra world.
“I was ready to drop out. I thought there was no way I could keep going.”
Erik took on those demons and forged ahead!
Gliding up into 5th spot at the turnaround was the highly accomplished and experienced, Karl Meltzer.
On his way out to start the second loop, he said smiling, “I am warmed up now!”
Here we go!
If Karl was warmed up, Sage was on fire!
Sage continued to look very smooth throughout the final 50km loop and when he needed a little motivation during those final 10 miles, one thing was percolating in the back of his mind – course record.
“I did have Dave Mackey’s course record time in the back of my head the last 10 miles and I knew it was going to be pretty close. The hills at the end almost got to me, but fortunately I was able to finish strong enough to sneak under the time. It was a great motivator and kept me focused on my mile splits.”
Sage seemingly flew into the finish with a new course record time of 8:13:49!
“I just want to thank Tejas trails, RD Joe Prusaitis, all the volunteers and endurancebuzz.com for making the event so memorable for me. It was my first 100km ultra win so I’ll always remember this race. I also want to congratulate all the runners out there who participated in such a spectacular event!”
The race for second was heating up through the Cross Roads aid station middle miles of the loop. Dave Mackey was struggling while Paul Terranova was charging like a bull on the narrow streets of Pamplona, Spain.
Dave Mackey left Cross Roads aid station (mile 47.89) with a 12 minute gap on Paul.
By Cross Roads aid station II (mile 52.85), that gap was down to seven minutes with 9.25 miles to go!
Paul continued to charge but Dave M. often finds a way to get’r done. The guy dug deep and held onto second position finishing in 8:53:27.
Just over two minutes later, Paul Terranova ran down the finish chute radiating a huge amount of joy and maybe even a little shock. Third was his, in 8:55:41.
Karl kept it flowin’ through the second loop, moved into fourth by Cross Roads aid station (mile 47.89) and held it to the finish.
“Usually for me, I rarely blow near the end, so I just planned on running my gig after Cross Roads and to run every step. I knew if I could do that, I’d hold my position.”
Erik struggled through the first half of loop two and nearly dropped out twice. At mile 47.89, he had dropped to 7th position…and then he turned it around thanks to a little help from a fellow competitor.
“Gary [Gellin] came along and pulled my head out of my ass.”
Erik regained those two spots and finished fifth in 9:21:50.
One of Erik’s biggest lessons from the day.
“I am stronger mentally than I gave myself credit. The 100km is a long race and most runners will struggle. Don’t quit.”
Top 10 male (overall)
- Sage Canaday (CO – SCOTT Sports, website) – 8:13:49 (*course record)
- Dave Mackey (CA, blog) – 8:53:27
- Paul Terranova (TX – Rogue Running, blog) – 8:55:41
- Karl Meltzer (UT – Red Bull – website ) – 9:01:27
- Erik Stanley (TX – 2XU – blog) – 9:21:50
- Garry Gellin (CA) – 9:27:41
- Jeff Browning (OR – blog) – 9:37:52
- Steven Richard (TX) – 10:07:18
- Manuel Lago (Brasil) – 10:17:53
- Brandon Ostrander (TX) – 10:31:30
In a similar fashion as the men’s race, in the early miles Michele Yates of Colorado ( 2012 Nueces 50 mile winner 2012) was off the front. This wasn’t a strategy but just how it played out.
“It wasn’t really my plan to lead within the first few miles. I wanted to take somewhat of a conservative approach, but I also wanted to see what I was truly made of (even under my conditions). So I went out with Steph [Howe] and Liza [Howard], only to pass Steph ( who was coughing terribly so I knew she wouldn’t probably be able to hold on) and Liza completely slowed her pace and stepped aside to let me by…so I just went with it. One foot in front of the other I would tell myself!”
Arriving at Chapas aid station (mile 11.04), Michele was looking fluid and steady.
Two minutes later, Sandi Nypaver of Colorado and Texan, Liza Howard, came cruising through.
The next little group followed two minutes later and included now Texan, Sabrina Little, Stephanie Howe of Oregon, and Erica Baron of New Mexico.
It isn’t all nose to the trail, especially in the ultra world even at the front of the race as Sabrina shares.
“Like any ultra, the beginning of the race was social hour. Everyone was exchanging hello’s and catching up. It was awesome and a distraction from the task at hand. I barely remember the first 25km passing.”
By Cross Roads II aid station (mile 21.85), Michele continued to look steady and on a mission. Her lead had increased to five minutes on Sandi and seven minutes on Liza.
Texans, Melanie Fryar and Sabrina Little were four and six minutes behind Liza respectively.
Melanie had a sparkle in her eyes and a spring in her step after overcoming an early race mental lapse.
“At Chapas [mile 11.04], I was kicking myself for not having eaten a THING since the start. I felt hungry. And 11 miles into a 62 mile race isn’t the time to already feel short on calories.”
The fuel was now flowing through her veins and she began to move up through the field.
Michele arrived at the Lodge (50km turnaround) in 4:43, carrying that same consistent stride.
Melanie was feel good and running well, arriving second at the turnaround, nine minutes back with a plan to keep it simple.
“I was trying to not think and just run.”
Liza arrived six minutes behind Melanie, showcasing her ever present smile. It may have been a bit of a forced smile, but she was in the game giving it her all. Honestly, Liza was a surprise start after seeing pictures of her ankle from one week earlier – Yowza! Tough!
Five minutes behind Liza, arrived Sandi and Sabrina.
One 50km loop to go!
Michele continued to set the pace on loop two but had a bit of apprehension of the coming encounters of the native razor blade plant life, the sotol.
“The yucca were sharp and cut the crap out of my legs, so I found on the second loop I was a bit hesitant to go thrashing through them (however I reminded myself the battle wounds would be cool!)”
Michele would not be caught and ran across the finish line for the female win in 10:08:48! And a snazzy ninth overall place!
“Just so happy that I have finally found my talent, my love, and the means to pursue my passion. I feel so blessed to even have these opportunities and to meet the incredibly awesome people associated with the trail scene as well as challenge myself and learn from it. I actually got pretty emotional towards the end and tried to fight back some tears when finishing.”
Melanie Fryar arrived at the finish smiling, having run her fastest time on this course in 10:17:30, and 10th overall.
“Strongest memory has to be feeling amazingly supported by my friends.”
Sabrina moved up through the field during the second loop to finish third.
“I remember Olga King’s powerful handshake just before the gun went off, and then she was the first to hug me when I crossed the finish line. I remember kindness and Texas hospitality at the aid stations and meeting a few of my ultra heroes. It was such a fun day.”
Liza held tough for fourth and off the radar all day, Sydney Pitt of Texas, rounded out the top 5.
What did Sydney think of this year’s adventure?
“It has been quite some time since I ran in sticky mud like that. But in a way, it was sort of laughable. Bandera really lived up to its reputation this year. It offers so many challenges. I certainly was never bored!”
Top 10 female (overall)
- Michele Yates (CO – Icespike – website) – 10:08:48
- Melanie Fryar (TX – blog) – 10:17:30
- Sabrina Little (TX – Drymax Socks – blog) – 11:00:03
- Liza Howard (TX – blog) – 11:07:56
- Sydney Pitt (TX -Thunderbird Energetica) – 12:19:42
- Erica Baron (NM) – 12:21:11
- Meghan Arbogast (OR – blog) – 12:23:27
- Katrin Silva (NM) – 12:27:11
- Shannon Meredith (CO) – 12:33:45
- Anabel Pearson (TX) – 13:21:41
The female race was a strung out affair with Jennifer Benna of Nevada leading the goop-filled, rock-littered scamper run in a winning time of 4:59:05 and seventh overall placing!
Denise Bourassa of Oregon was alone in second.
Top 5 female
- Jennifer Benna (NV) – 4:59:05
- Denise Bourassa (OR) – 5:22:59
- Claudia Zulejkic (TX) – 5:41:05
- Lise Plantier (TX) – 5:46:42
- Cara Bass (TX) – 5:53:39
Sneaking under the radar, at least my radar, 2012 Western States 100 champ and the 2012 Bandera 100km winner, Timothy Olson of Oregon made the journey over to Texas to kick-off his season with a 4:18:23 win!
The win wasn’t without some chase from Texan, Bryan Morton, who finished four+ minutes back.
Top 5 men
- Timothy Olson (OR) – 4:18:23
- Bryan Morton (TX) – 4:23:19
- Rasmus Hoeg (WI) – 4:42:28
- Eloy Gonzalez (TX) – 4:47:09
- Tom Steidler (CO) – 4:51:23
Peter Mallett of Texas, ran a sub-8 pace to win the male scamper in 2:03:56! Seventeen year old Joshua Torres of Texas finished second less than three minutes back.
Top 5 male
- Peter Mallett (TX) – 2:03:56
- Joshua Torres (TX) – 2:06:54
- Alex Docta (WI) – 2:11:22
- David Brown (TX) – 2:12:22
- Sandy Joseph (TX) – 2:15:03
Emily Van Dyken dashed off a 9:23 pace to win the female race in 2:26:01!
Hot on her heals was Samantha Allen, two minutes back.
Top 5 female
- Emily Van Dyken (TX) – 2:26:01
- Samantha Allen (TX) – 2:28:02
- Samantha Manrique (TX) – 2:33:52
- Elaine Bell (TX) – 2:35:32
- Saira Reed (CAN) – 2:35:59
Collecting Bandera Kilometer Milestones
10 members of the tribe were able to collect their 500th or 1000th finish kilometer!
- Mark Lindsey
- Steven Moore
- Lorenzo Sanchez
- Chris Russell
- Melanie Fryar
- Les Ellsworth
- Kent Fish
- Gerardo Ramirez
Both Bill Patience and Diana Heynen crossed the finish line in the 100km!
Had to ask Bill, what draws you back to Bandera?
“Bandera is just kind of magical, it takes you back to a much simpler place in time when things weren’t so complicated much as they are these days.”
And his strongest memories on the day?
“Ha, ha! The mud! OMG, it was like running through chocolate brownie mix, if the mud wasn’t sticking to you shoes they sounded like suction cups along parts of the trail, I kept looking forward to the hills just to get out of it.”
“About 10 miles into the race I met up with a couple of guys and by then I think that all of us pretty much had thrown out our competitive goals and just wanted to finish the race. We were good company for each other and it got quite humorous at times, good times, I think that this is what it’s really all about.”
Congratulations to all of you!!
Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Drew Meyer (age 65), Ian Maddieson (age 70), Paul Jensen (age 69), Robert Kosec (age 66), Nofal Musfy (age 70), Herb Jerrell (age 68), Ed Kopiak (age 70), Tom Hamilton (age 65), and Otha Hardy (age 72).
I love this stuff!
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:
- Julia Gale worked through the wet, yet mild daytime conditions and journeyed into the windy and bone chilling nighttime hours to cross the finish in 22:26:35!
Race Reports and Pics
- “No amazing vomiting stories for you this time, but if pressed, I can tell you some gross undigested Chomps ones.” by Liza @ Liza Howard
- “He got my attention when I saw he ran a trail race in Hawaii while wearing a gas mask. I knew he had something special inside and invited him to run with me if he was ever interested in getting involved in local racing.” by Chuck Seligman @ Liza Howard
- “There comes a time in every girl’s life when she is hungrier for more cereal than the capacity of her stomach will feasibly allow. Today is my day for that. Mountain racing is exhausting.” by Sabrina @ Sabrina Little Ultramarathons
- “About 3 miles in though the 25Kers started trickling into our ranks. By mile 6, I was overwhelmed by 25K runners shouting “9 more miles” while the slower 50Kers with me would say, “Hey, buddy, keep it to yourself. It’s not 9 miles for us.” “ by Libby @ The Active Joe
- “All told, I ran a good race. I ran my race. Sure, I see room to grow. But I covered personal milestones on Saturday. And I am thrilled.” by Melanie @ RUN!!
- “My legs fumbled up and down the hills as I tried to munch on a Simply Bar. I was only about a few miles in and I could feel every muscle screaming at me. Negative thoughts tried to creep in as I took a squirt of my Island Nectar GU Roctane to help fight them off.” by Michele @ Dream Live Run
- “Things started getting pretty tough around the 40-mile mark. I remember thinking back to my first 100km race at UROC and how devastating it was to wrap my head around the idea of still having to run close to a full marathon just to reach the finish.” by Sage @ Sage Canaday
- “This was by far the toughest race I have done physically and mentally.” Erik @ Erik Stanley
- “I rallied the last 12 to hold onto 7th overall in 9 hours 37 minutes. It would be an awesome technical, but runnable course if it was dry (which it is a majority of years).” by Jeff @ GoBroncoBilly
- Check out all the great pics by Rick Kent and team at Enduro Photo.
- I took a few as well and they are up on the Endurance Buzz Facebook page.
- Was this your first time on this course? What did you think of it?
- Experienced Bandera runners, how did your day play out?
Special thanks to Sage Canaday, Paul Terranova, Erik Stanley, Karl Meltzer, Michele Yates, Melanie Fryar, Sabrina Little, Sydney Pitt, and Bill Patience for their gracious support with this article.
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