Sunny skies and bring-your-beanie early morning conditions welcome runners to the 29th annual Big Tesuque Trail Run a short drive outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico with trees aplenty transitioning through their Fall colors. This 12 mile out-and-back scamper has one of the sweetest profiles. Imaging with me…think pyramids….start at 10,000 feet…climb to 12,000 feet to the turnaround…then float, scream, or woot your way to the finish line.
125+ were ready to get after it!
Added bonus – proceeds benefit Wings of America – an organization that uses running as a way to enhance the quality of life of American Indian youth.
How did the race shake out?
Local speedster, Dustin Martin, was back to defend his 2012 win in the men’s race and left no doubt in the early miles what kind of shape he was in as third place finisher Jacob Waltz explains,
“What I remember about the race the most is hitting a long straight away about two miles into the climb, and the leader [Dustin] was already out of sight!”
Dustin knocks off nearly two minutes from last year’s time to win in 1:22:32!
The race for second had a bit more excitement with Mike Ehrmantraut (2005/2010 champ) and Jacob Waltz. Mike hit the turnaround first with Jacob a short distance behind along with a couple additional tread anxious for the downhill descent. The gap between Mike and Jacob held steady until three miles to go – Jacob decided to lay it out there and see what happens.
“I actually ended up catching and passing Mike with maybe half mile to go on a steep rocky section. I was moving better on those parts then he was.”
And then the course flattened out and Mike regained the advantage to slowly separate for runner-up honors.
- Dustin Martin – 1:22:32
- Mike Ehrmantraut – 1:33:31
- Jacob Waltz – 1:33:52
Katie Gillen dropped over a minute from her winning time in 2012 to defend at the front for a 1:42:07 finish!
Elizabeth Lopez of Santa Fe was alone in the descent to earn runner-up honors.
- Katie Gillen – 1:42:07
- Elizabeth Lopez – 1:43:35
- Serena Eley – 1:49:24
Local Santa Fe resident, Lori Krenc, was all smiles after this morning on the trails.
“It’s hard to beat this race…perfect Fall weather, golden aspens, encouraging high fives from strangers as you near the summit, overhearing stories of those who have been coming back for more decade after decade…AND waiting for you at the finish line is a warm, locally-made breakfast burrito filled with green chile.”
A bit of added inspiration included the Super-7, which included Lynn Pickard, Ed Scott, Douglas Hughes, Joe Whiteman, John Otter, Patrick Whelan, and Otto Appenzeller with ages between 65 and 85! Otto was our wisest finisher at age 85!
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Special thanks to Santa Fe Striders and Jacob Waltz for their gracious support with this article.
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Posted on 10 Oct 2013