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Cactus Rose 100: The 39% – An Interview with 64 Year Old Fred Thompson

The Cactus Rose 100 may be the toughest trail race we have in the state of Texas. Nearly everything that Texas Hill Country can throw at you, you will experience at this mostly self-sufficient, no hand holding adventure at the end of October.

100 mile finish rate this year? 39%

64 year old Texas gent, Fred Thompson finished the Cactus Rose 100 in 31:48:42 and 28th overall (out of 44 finishers).

In our interview, Fred shares his running background and how getting ready for the beach eventually led him to the trails. We also chat about the trail that lit his trail running passion, his bout with burnout, the Western States 100, downhill mountain running prep for lowlanders, the ’09 lean, the sleepies, homebrew (no, not beer), his Cactus Rose journey, and why working an aid station during a 100 miler may be the best training to help you finish your first hundy.

Fred Thompson all smiles at the Cactus Rose 100 finish!

Fred Thompson all smiles at the Cactus Rose 100 finish!


Podcast: Download (Duration: 48:35 – 22.2 MB)

The lean...

The lean…

Complete Cactus Rose Results

You can check out the complete results from Cactus Rose here. This includes 100 mile, 50 mile and 100 mile relay results.

Special thanks to Fred for the wonderful interview and his sweet wife, Char, for the great pics!

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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.

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