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2013 Western States 100 – TALON Results and Race Day Memories

The TALON tribe nearly bookends the 2013 Western States 100!

What a weekend of clicking…refresh…refresh…refresh.

The second hottest Western States in the history of the event added another dimension to the 100 mile puzzle but that didn’t stop some huge and inspiring performances by all our TALON runners. We are proud of all our tribe that started this adventure.

How did it play out?

Out of our 16 starters, 12 made the entire 100 mile journey to Auburn.

Paul Terranova of Texas lead the tribe and finished 8th overall in 17:56:29! Huge! In the early miles, Paul hung out in 16-17th position through the first 25 miles before slowly, methodically, like a mongoose, catching and passing fellow runners before maintaining his eighth place position for the final 20 miles. Paul crossed the finish line all smiles…and then he did…push-ups…11 of them!

Paul’s time and finish position is definitely the top for TALON athletes since 2003 and likely for the past 40 years of the event. Unfortunately the Western States results don’t list state/country of residence for years prior to 2003. Anyone have any additional insight on this? Have we ever had a TALON athlete in the top 10?

Paul Terranova hiking up Escarpment with Mr. Karl Meltzer. The two would challenge each other throughout the day. (Photo: Copyright and courtesy of Bob MacGillivray @

Paul Terranova hiking up Escarpment with Mr. Karl Meltzer. The two would challenge each other throughout the day. (Photo: Copyright and courtesy of Bob MacGillivray @

We had five athletes in the top 100 finishers (Paul Terranova (TX), Quent Bearden (TX), Miguel Montealvo (TX), Ken Gordon (NM), and Eric Pope (NM)) which required a finish right around 24 hours or sooner.

One of the final sub-30 hour Western States finisher’s and our final TALON finisher was Texan, John Martinek. John earned his buckle in 29:50:35!

Our slammer, Chris Barnwell of Texas, completed leg one of the ultra slam! Next up – Vermont 100.

Quent Bearden got the Western States gorilla off his back with a finish and sub-24 hour performance.

A number of our tribe put together some really solid pacing efforts under some challenging conditions.

A day of memories for all!

Complete results for our entire TALON tribe

  • Paul Terranova (TX) – Interview – 17:56:29
  • Quent Bearden (TX) – Race Report – 23:19:35
  • Miguel Montealvo (TX) – 23:22:05
  • Ken Gordon (NM) – 23:35:03
  • Eric Pope (NM) – 24:07:07
  • Katrin Silva (NM) – Race Report – 24:58:32
  • Gerardo Moreno (TX) – 25:51:42
  • Chris Barnwell (TX) – 27:57:53
  • Neil Smith (TX) – 28:29:09
  • Tim Steele (TX) – 28:33:43
  • Suzanne Stroeer (TX) – Race Report – 29:42:37
  • John Martinek (TX) – 29:50:35
  • Tim Harrington (AR) – mile 85.2
  • Mark Ulfig (TX) – mile 79.8
  • Paul Tidmore (TX) – mile 78
  • Ian Maddieson (NM) – mile 47.8

First Across the Line

Oregon tread double dips at this year’s Western States!

If you hadn’t already heard, Timothy Olson of Oregon was first across the line in 15:17:27, defending his win from 2012!

Pam Smith of Oregon, was solid all day to earn the win in 18:37:21 and a snazzy 9th overall finish!

All kinds of pointy-end coverage at iRunFar.

Race Day Memories from the Tribe

After a few days to mentally soak on the adventure, here are some of the memories coming in from our TALON runners.

Ken Gordon – NM – 23:35:03


Race morning! Right-to-Left: Eric Pope (#132), Ken Gordon (#118), Ian Maddieson (#70), Katrin Silva (#367), Rachel St. Claire (#123)

If my pacers did to a dog what they did to me they would be in jail right now. I am so grateful for their job well done.

Pacers and crew.

Pacers and crew.

Doing the initial climb and stopping for a bit to hike with Gordy Ainsleigh. I thanked him for what he started and told him I had no idea what I would be doing with myself if he hadn’t.

Jumping into the American River before the start of the Devil’s Thumb climb. Cold clear water in a canyon that was said to be 108 degrees! It was hard to want to get out but after a couple runners went by it was time to go. Passed all the ones that did not get cooled off by the top of the climb.

Amazing and diverse aid stations littered the course. Having a volunteer assigned to you as you came in was awesome. Crossing the American River at Rucky Chucky the volunteers are standing for hours all the way across the river. They were holding the rope and pointing out the worst rocks and had glow sticks in the river so you could see them!

I came back from 20 or so miles of GI distress just in time for my pacer to light a fire in me and run like a crazy person for five miles to mile 94 (highway 49) when we got behind the 24 hour curve. Getting to run the last six strong with my son Alex and then picking up my crew in town to circle the track at Placer High School was an ethereal ending to an wonderful adventure.

The finish.

The finish!

Paul Tidmore – TX – Mile 78

The strongest memory for me during the race was the heat. As Byron Powell with put his reason for dropping, I suffered from “irreversible nausea”. Though I feel like I ran a pretty smart race–taking advantage of dipping my hat and bandanna in streams, getting ice at aid stations, backing off the pace on the hot sections, etc–I just couldn’t shake off the nausea. I threw up twice, which I’ve never done in a 100, and I couldn’t get many calories in for 8-9 hours starting around 5:00 pm. I really made the decision to drop around mile 73, but since that was a “no-drop” station, I had to hike to the river crossing at mile 78. The pace I was able to keep with no fuel coming in, along with the continued nausea (and some dizziness) confirmed dropping was the right decision.

The strongest memory since the race is that I have the peace and comfort that I have a very supporting group of family, friends and co-workers. I really hate that feeling of failure and am frustrated that I spent that much energy, time and money training and traveling to go out there for a DNF. The congratulations and feeling of love and support I’ve received since dropping, however, have been so positively overwhelming, and for that I am grateful.

Chris Barnwell – TX – 27:57:53 – Attempting the Ultra Slam

My pacer, Erick Ibarra, announcing my arrival 1/2 mile from each aid station from HWY 49 to the Finish. He would yell “We have a runner. Runner #71 coming in. Chris Barnwell from Dallas, Texas completing his first 100.” By the time we got to the aid station all of the volunteers and crew were worked up to such a frenzy.

Getting a hand slap from Tim Twietmeyer on my way up Robie Point.

Running the final mile and circling the track at Placer High School with my wife Anne.

Eric Pope – NM – 24:07:07

Western States was fun and exciting, never a dull moment.

It started out nice and pleasant but quickly turned to warm, then hot. I overheard runners asking experienced Western States runners how the heat compared and they always said it was warmer than they remembered. It certainly was tough. The river and stream crossings provided some relief from the heat as I saw many people, including myself, take advantage of them by dipping hats, body parts, or whole bodies in them.

The Rucky Chucky River crossing was not dull. The volunteers pointed out big rocks we had to climb over as well as make sure we made it across. It was cold.

The last 20 miles with my pacer (thanks Pat) was hard, yet fun. The heat subsided as my race came to a close. Mile after mile, we made our way to the Placer stadium where I heard my name announced and my crew greeted me with happy, open arms.

Kudos to the volunteers; they met me at every aid station, tending to my every need. Thanks to all. I’d love to run this race again.

Tim Steele – TX – 28:33:43

There is no experience like Western States! It’s like the Kentucky Derby–it has a culture all its own. Some of my favorite memories will always be:

The first few miles of the race, there were people cheering us on as we made the climb to Emigrant Pass. There was no way for them to have gotten there without making that climb themselves. It was unbelievable to me that they had climbed two thousand feet and probably started out around 3:00 AM just to cheer on a bunch of people they didn’t know.

The descent from Last Chance. I knew the climb up to Devil’s Thumb was supposed to be extreme, but had no idea what kind of drop awaited me after already going downhill for six miles. That last two miles into the canyon was the hardest part of the race by a factor of ten–my quads were already screaming from the long grade, the heat was really coming on, and worst of all I had developed a pain in the arch of my left foot. I lost at least an hour here. There is NOTHING in Texas that prepares you! I will say, however, that the canyon looks like something out of Yellowstone. It may be a beating, but it was one of the most scenic parts of the course.

Making Michigan Bluff (finally). I knew my wife was waiting for me and looking forward to seeing her was all the incentive I needed to put a little steam back in my pace.

Robie Point (of course)! I was completely unprepared for the standing ovation that awaited runners as they came into the last mile. They had radioed runner info from a little aid station on the climb, so as you turned off the trail onto the road, there were 50-100 people cheering you by name. The emotions were overwhelming!

MY AWESOME, INCREDIBLE, AMAZING CREW!!! Libby Jones, crew chief. Meredith Steele, assistant crew chief. Ace Gallegos and Nancy Goodnight, crew and pacers. There is no way I could have done this without my crew. Everything was in place and they moved with the efficiency of an Indy pit crew. My pacers were locked in the pocket and knew just where to keep me moving and where to rein me in. Ace had this “tomahawk chop” signal he would use when we were coming up on someone he thought we needed to pass so we could pick up the pace without alerting them. It must have worked–I passed over seventy runners in the last forty miles. I am unspeakably grateful to all four of them for their effort and time and, more than anything else, their performance stands out.

A big WOOT! to all our Western States 100 runners!

We have a few more Western States goodies coming from the tribe soon!

If you hadn’t seen our pre-race chat with many of our runners, you can check it out in the Western States 100 Pre-Race Shake-out.

Special thanks to our tribe for sharing with us and Bob at Drymax for the groovy pic.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

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.

2 Responses to “2013 Western States 100 – TALON Results and Race Day Memories”

  1. on 03 Jul 2013 at 3:57 pm Frank Sizemore

    Awesome job everyone. Sounds like a tough but rewarding day. Can’t wait to finally win the lottery myself and battle the course.

  2. on 08 Jul 2013 at 9:38 am David Hanenburg

    “Sounds like a tough but rewarding day.”

    I like that! Funny how those two words (tough, rewarding) often go together.

    Sending lucky lottery vibes your way! 🙂