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2015 Rocky Raccoon 100 Preview: A 100 Mile Journey Within The PineyWoods of East Texas

You’ve been told a lie.


So you may have heard about the 10,000 roots throughout the course or the unlikely chance of being eaten by Amy the Alligator. It’s all (mostly all) a creation of the mind.

It is a trail and does have stuff on it.



This weekend’s 23rd annual Rocky Raccoon 100 provides a trail running environment designed for you to succeed.

  • Flat to rolling pine-needle covered trail.
  • A loop course great for crews and support between runners.
  • Great aid stations and volunteers.
  • 30 hours to get it done.


Over 400 runners are ready to start the pilgrimage to Huntsville State Park just outside the city of Huntsville, located a couple stones throw north of Houston, Texas.

Rocky is our region’s second most high profile national race with awards and cash to be handed out for the USATF 100 Mile Trail Championship race. Nearly 100 men and women are participating in the championship aspect of this scamper.

Altra is also tossing in an extra $1000 for anyone to break the fastest 100 mile time on a 100% trail course in North America. Ian Sharman of California currently holds the men’s record he set back on that frosty day in 2011…at Rocky Raccoon 100. His time…12:44:33. Oh, and Ian is lacing them up again this year. The women would need to break 14:45:26 (set by Traci Falbo at Tunnel Hill) to take home the coin.

Rocky is also the second race of the Texas Trail Running Championship series. Big points ready to be earned.

Lots of stories to be shared.

Lots of memories to be made.


This year we have eight runners going for their 500th finish mile.

Edie Riedel (middle) with her children, Josh and Shelby.

Edie Riedel of Louisiana (middle) with her children, Josh and Shelby.

  • Matt Zmolek (TX)
  • Bill Ventura (VA)
  • Elise Harrington (CO)
  • Ernest Stolen (AK)
  • Sherry Meador (AL)
  • Pat Shannon ( TX)
  • Anne Watts (CO)

How about 1000 Rocky Miles?

Ryan Loehding (TX)

Ryan Loehding (TX)

Axel Reissnecker (TX)

Axel Reissnecker (TX)

Taking it “one louder” – 1500 miles.

Bobby Inspiration. (Photo

Bobby Keogh (NM) (Credit: Copyright Jim Stein /


If new to Rocky or looking to reawaken those memory connections.


How did Rocky play out in 2014?


What do we have for you to help settle the stomach before this weekend’s main course?

Ginger Chews anyone?!?


UltraSportsLive.TV will be live streaming throughout the day and night!

Kyle of Event Data Solutions will also have lap updates at:

Safe travels to all those heading to race or support.

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.

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