Race Director’s Report
The inaugural Possum Kingdom Trail Run took place on the award winning Hike and Bike trail system on Possum Kingdom lake on April 27, 90 miles West of the central Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. Cloud cover and a moderate breeze off the lake welcomed the nearly 200 runners from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Minnesota, and Portugal, to a mild early morning start for a 20 km, 55 km, and 52 mile adventure. By mid-day the clouds seemed to spontaneously disappear with the bright sun showing her smiling face which slowed the pace for many but didn’t stop the determination.
A few of the special features of this trail system is the majority being scenic double-wide trail with runable grade changes that include breathtaking views of Possum Kingdom Lake throughout the journey.
The free kids fun-run guided six or so youth down to the beach (they actually liked the sand) and around the start/finish area for a .4 or .8 mile scamper. We had fun! (Photos: Copyright Movin Pictures / movin-pictures.com)
The three loop, 52 mile race was an intense, fast-footed scamper for the overall between Eric Gilbertson, who won the Cross Timbers 50 mile in late February, and Nicole Studer, who won the Hells Hills 50 mile three weeks prior to this race.
Eric completed the first 17.35 mile loop in 2:25 with Nicole arriving one minute later. Both looked fairly fresh with Eric displaying his long flowing stride and Nicole her unwavering high cadence turnover.
Eric completes loop two in a near even split time of 2:29. Nicole arrived seven minutes later holding the same stride and picking up a pacer for the final loop. If you have followed any of Nicole’s races, you know she knows how to finish a race and manage the heat.
Eric’s laid back mannerisms hides the heart of a lion. Nicole could taste her first overall win.
Across the next 17.35 mile loop the pace slowed for both runners, but Nicole was closing and closing fast, having dropped her pacer in the chase.
First to be seen transitioning off the trail and into the 400 foot flag streamer finish chute was Eric Gilbertson. Eric crossed the finish in 7:45:15 for the overall win!
Less than two minutes later, Nicole light-footed it to the finish in 7:47:07 for the female win and second overall finish!
Matthew Crownover of Sunnyvale, Texas and Shelley Egli of Jenks, Oklahoma earned runner-up honors in the male and female scamper.
Top 5 male
- Eric Gilbertson – 7:45:15
- Matthew Crownover – 8:55:19
- Christopher Barnwell – 9:31:42
- Pedro Faria – 10:20:43
- Joseph Kilianski – 10:47:16
Top 5 female
- Nicole Studer – 7:47:07 (*2nd overall*)
- Shelley Egli – 9:28:55 (*4th overall*)
- Amelia Elbert – 13:00:24
- Ali Wheat – 13:30:37
- Kathy Hoover – 13:55:06
The two loop female scamper was an exciting race between the experienced and fast-footed Lori Enlow of northern Oklahoma and Shaheen Sattar of north Texas.
Lori finished the first loop in 2:43 looking focused and determined. Shaheen a stone’s throw back.
Over the next 17.35 mile loop Lori would gradually extend her lead to a few minutes by the final aid station, South D&D, with 2.43 miles left to the finish. This section contains a short section of moderately technical singletrack before arriving back on the double wide trail with some sandy uphill grade that requires twice the work for each consecutive stride.
Lori was feeling the effort on the day and slowing. Shaheen had one last burst of go-jo and was surging and closing, unbeknownst to Lori.
Along the gradual downhill finish, Lori was in full stride and finished off the day strong with the female win in 5:48:14 and sixth overall! 42 seconds later Shaheen glided across the finish line.
That was fun!
Top 5 female
- Lori Enlow – 5:48:14 (*6th overall*)
- Shaheen Sattar – 5:48:56 (*7th overall*)
- Danieli Rodrigues – 6:09:49 (*9th overall*)
- Chris Brady – 6:57:32
- Terry Muse – 7:13:42
Michael Adams of Temple, Texas took to the pole position and held it for the entire day completing the first loop in 2:19 with a small string of chasers seven minutes back. The top five in the male race would shuffle around during the second loop but Michael held steady to the end and won the male race in 4:56:14!
Edgar Martinez maintained a consistent second loop effort to move into second place.
Top 5 male
- Michael Adams – 4:56:14
- Edgar Martinez – 5:07:06
- Timothy Jagoda – 5:15:03
- Bob Post – 5:41:38
- Jonathan Moody – 5:44:26
Robert Fowler finished third two weeks earlier at the Hogs Hunt 25 km and was ready to push the pace yet again…this time at the front. Robert separated himself from the small chase group to win the male race by seven minutes in a time of 1:37:16.
Matt Laughlin maintained a few strides gap over Roberto Hernandez at the finish to earn runner-up honors.
Top 5 male
- Robert Fowler – 1:37:16
- Matt Laughlin – 1:44:22
- Roberto Hernandez – 1:44:46
- Jack Currin – 1:49:13
- Isaac Brooks – 1:51:04
Ruthie Tate led the female inspiration train to finish sub-2 and 10th overall in 1:55:02.
Rosey Leary separated from the chase group for second place honors.
Top 5 female
- Ruthie Tate – 1:55:02
- Rosey Leary – 2:01:04
- Allyson Gump – 2:04:33
- Shelly Chronister – 2:04:56
- Brittney Dellinger – 2:06:35
Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Robert Kosec (66), Frank Ingalls (68), Gary Garson (65), Ed Kopiak (70), and Miroslaw Malinowski (72) ALL finished the 55 km adventure!!
How awesome is this!
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:
- Gary Garson of Abilene, Texas was our final inspiring finisher of the 55 km adventure. Gary crossed the line in 10:39:44.
- Kent Fish of San Angelo, Texas sprinted down the finish chute as our final 52 mile finisher in 14:01:57.
Special thanks to Nick Polito, Kim Gray, Jackie Smith, and Movin’ Pictures for their gracious support with this article.
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Posted on 08 May 2013
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