Over 300 runners managed wet conditions at McAllister Park in San Antonio, Texas, for the Prickly Pear Trail Run. The longer you raced, the better conditions were for the tribe as all the tread packed down the trail.
On main 10-ish mile loop. Run in once or three times for a 10 mile or 50 km adventure.
Pete Mehok backed up his 50km win at Nueces with another, one week later in a time of 4:06:37. Pete faced the biggest pressure from lead female, Nora Colligan, who closed the gap during the final 10 mile loop to less than a minute at the finish line.
Top 5 male
- Pete Mehok – 4:06:37
- Robert Svatek – 4:30:28
- Eric Coronad0 – 4:30:28
- Justin Wendling – 4:34:53
- Tyler Curiel – 4:36:11
Sub 1:30 road half marathoner, Nora Colligan, maintained an inspiring pace at the front of the female to nearly win the overall.
Meredith Terranova dialed in some very consistent splits for second place honors.
Top 5 female
- Nora Colligan – 4:07:22
- Meredith Terranova – 4:36:35
- Anabel Pearson – 5:12:38
- Vanessa Pellon – 5:46:34
- Julie Koepke – 5:47:53
Trail Talk with Mike Bratten
San Antonio local, Mike Bratten, finished the 50km as his first ultra. Here are a couple of his strongest memories from the adventure that many of us can relate to.
The beautiful surroundings.
“It was so peaceful out there and it was really cool to see how different areas of the park all mixed together. I really liked this shaded but open area that seemed to have just the right amount of sunlight coming through. The ground was covered with a nice bed of green clovers. The trail was narrow and just winded through there. Just looked really cool with the green, the trees, and then the dead fallen trees all around. Another area I liked was this really small area that had a bunch of bamboo!”
“I was so happy to see that [the finish], even though I hurt so bad, all I could do was smile.”
Alissa Mejia and Andrea Fitzgerald had a fun little scamper at the front with Alissa able to create close to a minute gap at the finish to win the female race in 1:18:17.
Top 5 female
- Alissa Mejia – 1:18:17
- Andrea Fitzgerald – 1:18:59
- Dawn Mathis – 1:23:32
- Caty Broderick – 1:24:29
- Mandie Svatek – 1:26:03
Sub 1:30 road half marathoners, Dave Cauthon and Fabian Leal, pushed a spicy effort and were only separated by 15 seconds at the finish. Those last couple miles had to be fun! Dave Cauthon created the small gap to earn the male win.
Top 5 male
- Dave Cauthon – 1:11:32
- Fabian Leal – 1:11:47
- Dave Cagle – 1:13:31
- Shelly Henry – 1:14:32
- Brandin Burts – 1:15:50
Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- David Young, Daryl Mai, Louis Phillips, Kenneth Burns, Ed Dylla, Gilbert Barrera, Bea Imken, Georgia Sweezea, and Richard Jares were all 65(+) and playing in the dirt!
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:
- Gwen Fuller finished three loops in 9:18:35!
Special thanks to Mike Bratten and Bill Gardner of Run in Texas for their gracious support with this article.
Check out the TALON Race Guide
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Posted on 09 Apr 2013