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Rocky Raccoon 2013 Preview: Over 700 Ready for A Piney Woods Adventure in South East Texas

Here we go again! You ready!?!

The 21st annual Rocky Raccoon 100 and 50 mile trail run is a mere couple days away! This pine needle covered scamper on the flat-to-rolling grounds of Huntsville State Park is the biggest 100 and one of the largest trail events in the TALON region. Likely over 700 runners will be lacing them up between the two distances.

It was a little wet last year in the morning hours...looking really mild this year.

 

For those that race at the front, it is a fast course. Back on that frosty day in 2011, Ian Sharman set the men’s 100 course record in a crazy fast 12:44:33! The women’s record has been holding strong since 2007 when Jenn Shelton tore up the course in 14:57:18!

For the 50 mile scamper, Todd Braje dialed in a 5:43:08 course record performance on the record breaking day back in 2011. Melanie Fryar holds the female record of 6:59:40. Nobody has yet come close to that time.

For the majority of us simply looking to cross that finish line, this really is a wonderful venue. From running through the beautiful relaxed terrain of the Texas pineywoods, huge volunteer support from the local trail running community, a 17-20 mile loop, a doable 30 hour time limit, and a number of easy to get to spectator/support locations, it really is a “success” event. With that being said, it still is 100 miles and 3-4 out of every 10 runners won’t make the complete journey but will go home with a year’s worth of memories. Welcome to 100 mile racing.

Of special note, this year will likely be the last time the 100 mile and 50 mile event is on the same day/weekend. It is planned to be split across two different weekend’s next year with the 100 mile race also hosting the USATF 100 mile trail championship. So consider a little extra gratitude and celebration on the day as it will likely be the last time the 100 mile and 50 milers share the course together.

Conditions look to be very mild. Temps ranging from 50F overnight to 75F during the day. It will likely feel a bit humid/damp during the nighttime and early morning hours before the air dries out in the late morning through early evening hours.

Looks like a great weekend to run and/or spectate/support!

Collecting Rocky Raccoon Miles

Here is a good lookin’ set of runners going after their 500th finish mile!:

  • Tim Allen Houston TX
  • Claude Hicks Jr Fort Worth TX
  • Leslie Hale Houston TX
  • Alan Mclain Mansfield TX
  • Steve Corbin Carrolton, TX
  • Matthew Crownover Sunnyvale TX
  • Randy Andrews McCook, NE
  • Eunsup Kim, Dallas TX
  • Elise Harrington Lakewood, CO
  • George Blust Austin TX

AND we have one gentleman going after his 1000th finish mile and that is Scott Olmer of Denver, Colorado!

The 100 Mile Spicy Tread Watchlist

Here are a few of those they will likely be gliding past us throughout the day aiming for a spicy finish as we say to ourself, “that must be a 50 miler.” ;) I also see a good sized group in that 20-ish hour range which may provide an exciting final loop for those boys.

The Boys

  • Mike Morton (FL) – 2012 Badwater 135 22:52, Keys Ulta 100 mile 13:42, Likely the guy to beat!
  • Luis Guerrero (Mexico) – 2012 Rocky Raccoon 21:13, 2011 Rocky Raccoon 17:25
  • TJ Dunham (TN) – 3 hour road marathoner, 2011 Wasatch Front 100 23:09
  • Jack Pilla (VT) – 2012 Massanutten 100 21:07 4th, low 4 hour 50km speed
  • Darrin Bright (OH) – 2010 Hallucination 100 21:15, not many results for him
  • Darris Blackford (OH) – 2011 Umstead 100 19:23
  • Erik Dube (CA) – 2012 Quicksilver 50km 4:59, with 100 mile experience
  • David Murphy (MO) – 2012 Arkansas Traveller 21:29, 2011 Rocky Raccoon 20:43
  • Bob Ayers Jr (VT) – 2012 sub 24 at Leadville 100, 2011 Umstead 100 15:38
  • James Elson (England) – 2012 Rocky Raccoon 100 20:19
  • Matt Zmolek (TX) – 2012 Rocky Raccoon 100 19:36
  • Lorenzo Sanchez (TX) – 2012 Cactus Rose 100 18:05, Rocky Raccoon 100 19:49
  • Igor Campos (CA) – 2013 San Diego Trail Marathon 3:03, 2012 Javelina Jundred 100 km 9:34
  • Joshua Finger (PA) – 2012 Rocky Raccoon 100 16:13, Tussy Mountainback 50 miler 6:11
  • Steve Speirs (VA) – 2012 Seashore Nature Trail 50km 3:40
  • Todd Falkder (CA) – 2013 Yankee Springs Trail Run 4:24, don’t see any 100 mile experience
  • Tony Clark (KS) – 2012 Rocky Raccoon 100 21:26, did run 16:28 in 2010
  • Nathan Leeman (NC) – 2012 Cactus Rose 100 21:50
  • Daniel Ford (TX) – 2012 Rocky Raccoon 100 19:26
  • Matthew Crownover (TX) – 2012 Rocky Raccoon 100 19:26
  • John Price (VA) – 2012 Waldo 100k 12:54, 2011 Javelina 100 19:30
  • Edgar Martinez (TX) – mid 4 hour 50ker, Leadville 100 finisher
  • Seth Kelly (CO) – 2012 Rocky Raccoon 100 19:45
  • Shannon Mcfarland (AR) – 2012 Arkansas Traveller 100 20:57
  • Francisco Garza (TX) – 2013 Keep on Truckin’ 50k 4:38, 2012 Rocky Raccoon 100 22:12
  • Craig Murphy (PA) – 2012 Tussey Mountainback 50 mile 7:22, Burning River 100 mile 21:00
  • James Balmer (PA) – 2012 Tussey Mountainback 50 mile 7:23, New to 100 milers??
  • Bob Hearn (CA) – 2012 Autumn Leaves 50km 3:56, 2011 Javelina 100 20:42
  • Thomas Etter (MO) – 2012 Rocky Raccoon 100 20:38
  • Chris Luebbert (TX) – 2013 Bandera 100km 13:36 (2008 Bandera 100k in 13:22, followed by Rocky Raccoon 100 18:59)
  • David Clark (CO) – 2012 Lean Horse 100 20:19

The Girls

Serena Wilcox and Nicole Studer look like a couple of the front runners with many of the rest dialing in a sub-24 finish.

  • Serena Wilcox (VT) – 2012 Stone Cat Ale 50 mile 7:50, 2011 Vermont 100 18:09, lots of 1/2 placing
  •  Nicole Studer (TX) – 2012 Wild Hare 50 mile 7:34, Palo Duro 50 mile 7:56, New to the 100 mile. Extremely consistent under a wide range of weather conditions.
  • Jennifer Sorrel (VT) – 2012 Stone Cat Ale 50 mile 9:09, NJ 100 25:13
  • Starshine Blackford (OH) – 2012 Burning River 100 19:39 3rd
  • Edie Riedel (LA) – 2012 Wild Hare 50 10:15 5th, sub-24 is within reach.
  • Danieli Rodrigues (TX) – 2012 UC 24 hour 106 miles, Rocky Raccoon 50km 5:24
  • Stefanie Bernosky (TX) – 2012 Texas Trails 50 mile 9:19, Can’t find any experience above 50 mile.
  • Rachael Ballard (TX) – 2013 Big Bend 50km 5:04, 2012 Rocky Raccoon 100 22:33
  • Shaheen Sattar (TX) – 2012 The Wild Hare 50k 4:40, Cactus Rose 50 mile 9:54, Leadville 100 finisher 26:15
  • Meg Harnett’s (MD) – 2012 The Bear 100 25:07, Chest Mountain 50 mile 8:16
  • Kimberly Kuhlmann (WA) – 2013 Bridle Trails 50km 5:21, Pigtails Challenge 100 mile 21:53
  • Francesca Bissman (TX) – 2012 Wild Hare 50km 4:59, Grasslands 50 mile 8:23, new to the 100 mile distance
  • Cara Bass (TX) – 2013 Bandera 50km 5:53, 2012 Cactus Rose 50 mile 10:12, new to 100 milers

Good luck to everyone this weekend!

I will be attempting to finish the 100. Ready for a full day and starlit night.

See you on the trails!

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

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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.

21 Responses to “Rocky Raccoon 2013 Preview: Over 700 Ready for A Piney Woods Adventure in South East Texas”

  1. on 31 Jan 2013 at 3:19 pm olga

    Not the hottest list of hot dudes for some reason comparing to the last 3-5 years…wonder why? No disrespect, just mumblin’.

  2. on 31 Jan 2013 at 3:35 pm David Hanenburg

    Olga – Not many of the “big” names but I think there can be various reasons. Here are a few that quickly come to mind:
    - When is their “off” season? Most big names are hitting it hard April through Sept.
    - One has to be interested in training on some level when it is winter/snow season for many.
    - Not the course for everyone. You got to be ready to run nearly the entire 100 miles at the front.
    - Taking a quick look at ultra signup…through Jan/Feb along there are 10 100+ distances races going on. Rocky and HURT are probably the two biggest name events but the 100 mile population still isn’t that big.
    - There are just so many races to experience now…and the list continues to grow.

    I do think it will be an exciting sub-20 hour race for a large group of the men.

  3. on 31 Jan 2013 at 3:45 pm Dave

    Olga is right…. Might be because Ian, Jorge, Nick, & myself are all scheduled for Fuego Y Agua…. But just wait for 2014! :)

  4. on 31 Jan 2013 at 3:47 pm Dave

    Watch out for Josh F. Looks like he has some footspeed to run a 6:11 at Tussey but can he turn over the legs for a hundred?

  5. on 31 Jan 2013 at 3:52 pm David Hanenburg

    Good eye Dave! Josh definitely appears to be one of the top guys to watch.

  6. on 31 Jan 2013 at 3:54 pm olga

    David, I meant it used to have “big names” for the last 5 years, between Jenn Shelton’s record and Tony K.’s nakid body and Karl’s antiques and Hal’s smile and Connie and Jamie D. and even Jurek’s short appearance…Morton will run away, and he’s got a list of achievements that is longer than the list of competitors:)

  7. on 31 Jan 2013 at 3:56 pm Jacki

    so exciting! My first 50 miler! My first ultra was IDB just last December. WOOT!!

  8. on 31 Jan 2013 at 3:59 pm David Hanenburg

    Olga – You sure have been talking about Tony’s naked body alot lately. ;)

    I agree with you though…maybe just the ebb-and-flow of the sport. As Dave mentioned, next year could be like nothing we have every seen at Rocky…with the 100 mile championship.

  9. on 31 Jan 2013 at 4:01 pm olga

    I actually don’t like that fact, but it seems to be all the rave lately, and I am being sarcastic here:)

  10. on 31 Jan 2013 at 4:11 pm David Hanenburg

    Hey Jacki – Awesome! Super excited for you! Get ready for a party with 700 of your trail-lovin’ friends. :)

  11. on 31 Jan 2013 at 4:53 pm Jonathan

    Lacin them up for the 50 and can’t wait. I intend to go the distance after sputtering at Bandera. See ya out there Dave!

  12. on 31 Jan 2013 at 5:02 pm David Hanenburg

    Jonathan – You got it bro! See you on the trails!

  13. on 31 Jan 2013 at 8:14 pm scott

    Looks like a huge race for 2nd – 10th!

  14. on 01 Feb 2013 at 7:59 am David Hanenburg

    Scott – Absolutely! I see it being a heck of a race for top 10 in both men and women. And you…have a great 50!

  15. on 01 Feb 2013 at 11:05 am Ben

    I’m super excited to go back. We DNFd last year and that’s a great motivator to finish this time!!!

  16. on 01 Feb 2013 at 11:44 am Scott

    I’m jumping into the 100. Don’t want to miss out on all the fun!

  17. on 03 Feb 2013 at 4:48 pm Jim

    Congrats Dave!
    David Hanenburg M 39 100M 30-39 5 27:23:47 Complete

  18. on 04 Feb 2013 at 10:50 am Frank Sizemore

    Congrats to Nicole Studer for an awesome time and win in her first 100. Name to watch for sure.

  19. on 05 Feb 2013 at 3:59 pm David Hanenburg

    Ben – You finished brother! Congratulations!!

    Scott – Nice work to just jump in and go sub-18!!

    Thanks Jim!

    Frank – Absolutely!

  20. on 05 Feb 2013 at 6:19 pm steve

    Thanks for the mention, David! Thoroughly enjoyed my first 100, and am completely stoked about the 3rd place finish.

    What a great event – couldn’t have wished for better trail conditions, weather and on-course support. Outstanding!

  21. on 07 Feb 2013 at 3:26 pm David Hanenburg

    Hey Steve – Congratulations! Great to hear you had such a good experience! peace

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