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2015 Bandera 100k: Women’s Preview

[If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our main 2015 Bandera Preview Article which contains many more Texas Hill Country musings and additional useful and insightful goodies. Plus info on live streaming race coverage throughout the day!]

2015 is the fifth year that Bandera hosts the USATF 100k Trail National Championships & Montrail Ultra Cup. Each year, runners from across the country (and world) come to mix it up with the best that Texas has to offer.

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What’s at Stake?

  • USATF 100k National Championship
  • Montrail Ultra Cup
  • $2000 in Prize Money
  • 2 Entries into Western States 100

Women’s Preview

The big names that immediately jump out are Nicole Studer, Traci Falbo, and Melanie Fryar, each of whom have had an outstanding 2014.

Traci Falbo set the fastest trail 100 mile at Tunnel Hill this past November, taking 12 minutes of Jenn Shelton’s record (Rocky Raccoon 2007), and marking the 4th time in 2014 she ran sub-16:30 for 100 miles.

Nicole’s year started off with a bang with a win at Rocky Racoon 100 (15:42) and Hells Hills 50 before an injury kept her from a Western States debut. She returned this fall in seemingly stronger form that included a win at Palo Duro 50M (7:05) and then a week later at Cactus Rose 50M (8:08).

No one in the field has had more success at Bandera than Melanie Fryar: two wins and a second place in the 100k to go along with another two wins and course record in the 50k. After a quiet race scheduled in most of 2014, she returned to win Brazos Bend 50M in 7:12 in December.

Not yet registered but expected to run is Aliza Lapierre, a former Bandera 100k winner and 2nd place finisher at White River 50 in 2014.

Lurking behind these women are a mix of young runners looking for a break-out and tough-as-nails experience. It will be no surprise if any one of them claim a podium spot as the rocks, sotol, and weather claim their victims for the day.

 The Women

nstuderbd15Nicole Studer (TX)

2014 Highlights

  • Rocky Raccoon 100 1st  – 15:42
  • Cactus Rose 50M 1st – 8:08
  • Palo Duro 50M 1st  – 7:05

Bandera 100k Experience

  • none

Credit: Josh Couture

Credit: Josh Couture

Traci Falbo (IN) – Hammer Nutrition

2014 Highlights

  • Tunnel Hill 100 1st – 14:45
  • Desert Solstice 24hr 2nd – 147 Miles
  • Umstead 100M 2nd – 16:16

Bandera 100k Experience

  • none

mfryarbd15Melanie Fryar (TX)

2014 Highlights

  • Brazos Bend 50M 1st – 7:12
  • Hells Hills 50k 1st – 4:25

Bandera 100k Experience

  • 2013 Bandera 2nd – 10:17
  • 2010 Bandera 27th – 19:23
  • 2008 Bandera 1st – 11:25
  • 2007 Bandera 1st – 12:42

Credit: UltraSportsPhotos

Credit: UltraSportsPhotos

Caroline Boller (CA) – Nike

2014 Highlights

  • North Face SF 5th – 8:07
  • Lake Sonoma 50 10th – 8:40
  • Sean O’Brien 50 8th – 9:37

Bandera 100k Experience

  • none

Credit: Glenn Tachiyama

Credit: Glenn Tachiyama

Aliza Lapierre – Salomon

*Not registered yet.

2014 Highlights

  • White River 50 2nd – 8:00
  • Vermont 50k 2nd – 4:30

Bandera 100k Experience

  • 2010 Bandera 1st (tie) – 10:33

Kimberly O’Donnell (CA)

2014 Highlights

  • Dick Collins 50M 1st – 7:31
  • Rodeo Valley 50k 1st – 4:24
  • Horseshoe Lake 1st – 4:37

Bandera 100k Experience

  • none

jamiefrinkbd15Jamie Frink (CA) – Fleet Feet Roseville/Fair Oaks

2014 Highlights

  • North Face Utah 50M 7th – 10:15
  • Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 2nd – 24:07
  • Bighorn 100M 3rd – 26:05
  • Leona Divide 50M 3rd – 9:12

Bandera 100k Experience

  • none

liseplantier2bd15Lise Plantier (TX) – Atomic Athletes

2014 Highlights

  • Cactus Rose 100M 1st – 24:24
  • Bryce 50M 4th – 10:24
  • Brazos Bend 50M 2nd – 7:51
  • Rocky Raccoon 100M 9th – 20:47

Bandera 100k Experience

  • 2014 Bandera 8th – 12:23

April Calaway (KS)

2014 Highlights

  • Heartland 100M 1st Overall- 17:38
  • Heartland 50M 1st – 8:29

Bandera 100k Experience

  • none

Credit: Derrick Lytle

Credit: Derrick Lytle

Leslie Howlett (UT) – Altra Running

2014 Highlights

  • Run Rabbit Run 100M Hare 4th – 25:08
  • Bryce 100M 1st – 24:17
  • Lake Sonoma 50M 8th – 8:34

Bandera 100k Experience

  • none

Stacia Broderick (MA)

2014 Highlights

  • North Face SF Marathon 3rd – 4:16
  • Stone Cat 50M 1st – 7:39
  • Vermont 50k 6th – 5:10

Bandera 100k Experience

  • none

Ashleylisterbd15Ashley Lister (PA) – INOV8

2014 Highlights

  • Manitou Revenge 54M 1st (7th Overall) – 12:37

Bandera 100k Experience

  • none

kelsieclausenbd15Kelsie Clausen (CA) – The North Face

2014 Highlights

  • North Face SF 50M 18th – 8:57
  • Way Too Cool 50k 18th – 4:41

Bandera 100k Experience

  • none

 melindacoenbd15Melinda Coen (TX) – Trail Racing Over Texas

2014 Highlights

  • Hells Hills 50M 2nd – 8:46
  • Rocky Raccoon 50M 4th – 7:45
  • Brazos Bend 50M 1st – 7:27

Bandera 100k Experience

  • none

Leslie Semler (MN)

2014 Highlights

  • Superior 100M 4th – 31:28
  • Zumbro 50M 1st – 10:54
  • Afton 50k 1st – 4:43

Bandera 100k Experience

  • none

Credit: Enduro Photo

Credit: Enduro Photo

Anabel Pearson (TX)

2014 Highlights

  • Nueces 50M 1st – 9:47
  • Rocky Raccoon 50 9th – 8:33
  • Cactus Rose 100M 2nd – 26:01

Bandera 100k Experience

  • 2014 Bandera 7th – 12:22
  • 2013 Bandera 10th – 13:21
  • 2011 Bandera 6th – 12:37

How about for the women…

Who are we missing?

Any top 3 podium predictions?

Your surprise race performance prediction?

– Ben Phenix

About the author

Ben Phenix Ben Phenix began trailing run in 2011 in hopes of burning off the energy of his weimaraner, Della. While Della remains as energetic as ever, Ben developed a love for exploring trails around Central Texas and beyond. When not on the trail, hosting a group run, or working an aid station, Ben administers the Texas Trail Championship Series.

One Response to “2015 Bandera 100k: Women’s Preview”

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