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2015 Rocky Raccoon 100: Women’s Fast Tread Preview

[If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our main 2015 Rocky Raccoon 100 Preview Article which contains many more pine needle textured musings and additional useful and insightful goodies. Plus info on live streaming race coverage throughout the day!]


2015 marks the second consecutive year that Rocky Raccoon 100 has hosted the USATF 100 Mile Trail Championships which includes a $4,000 cash purse split between the women and men.

Over 100 women are ready to lace them up for this 100 mile scamper with 30 participating in the USATF Trail Championship.

Two Texans, Nicole Studer and Liza Howard, have won this race four of the last five years. Both women are lacing them up this weekend and have to be two of the top favorites and both appear to be in solid form.

Nicole, two-time and defending Rocky champ, earned her Western States 100 entry at the Bandera 100km finishing second, three short weeks ago. While a tight turnaround to recover and get ready for a 100 miler, Nicole has the history of quickly recovering as showcased in her back-to-back weekend wins in the 50 mile distance last year.

Liza set the female course record at Umstead 100 last year in 15:07 and recently went sub 3 hour at the Houston road marathon a couple weeks ago. Liza definitely looks ready to play.

To add a bit more fun in the mix, Nicole ran a very similar sub-3 marathon split as Liza, at the Dallas road marathon in mid December. Both women hold the second and third fastest female times on this course. And no female has won Rocky three times in this races 22 year history! Either one would earn this distinct honor.

Don’t be surprised to see them chatting during many of the early miles.

There will be a number of tough women in chase including Shaheen Sattar of Texas who finished third last year, and Rocky newcomer Jennifer Pfeifer of California.

Our Women

(Most of this list is from parsing the USATF 100 mile championship list and any other names I may have recognized. This is not an all-inclusive list by any means so please share names and any interesting results in the comment link below. Danke!)

To add some fun and get to know our runners a little bit, I asked the following question:

If you could listen to only one song at the start of the fourth or fifth loop of the Rocky 100, what would it be?

You can see their responses below. 🙂

Nicole Studer (TX)nstuderbd15

2014 Highlights

  • 2015 Bandera 100km 2nd – 10:22
  • Rocky Raccoon 100 1st – 15:42
  • Cactus Rose 50M 1st – 8:08
  • Palo Duro 50M 1st – 7:05

Rocky Raccoon 100 Experience

  • 2014 – 15:42 1st
  • 2013 – 16:55 1st

4/5th Loop Tune of Choice

I am happy to listen to any Taylor Swift song during those last loops.  Her music always keeps me upbeat late into a race.

Liza Howard (TX) – New BalanceLiza pre-race. (Photo credit: David Hanenburg)

2014 Highlights

  • Umstead 100 1st – 15:07

Rocky Raccoon 100 Experience

  • 2011 – 15:33 1st
  • 2010 – 15:45 1st

4/5th Loop Tune of Choice

Bon Jovi Livin’ on a Prayer
Whooaaaaaa! We’re half way there
Whooooaaaa! Livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand- we’ll make it – I swear
Whooaaaa! Livin’ on a prayer

Shaheen Sattar (TX)ws14-shaheenreport

2014 Highlights

  • Western States 100 9th – 21:20
  • Rocky Raccoon 100 3rd – 16:45

Rocky Raccoon 100 Experience

  • 2014 – 16:45 3rd
  • 2013 – 18:23

Jennifer Pfeifer  (CA) – Fleet Feet Ultra Teamjenpfeiferrr10015pre1

2014 highlights

  • Gold Rush 100k 1st – 11:15
  • Lake Sanoma 50 7th – 8:26

4/5th Loop Tune of Choice

I am going to have to say TNT by AC/DC. Haha. I know…I am really dating myself but that song always gets me pumped up even when I am in the pain cave.

Melinda Coen (TX) – Trail Racing Over Texasmelindacoenbd15

2014 Highlights

  • Brazos Bend 100 4th – 24:23
  • Rocky Raccoon 50 2nd – 7:45

4/5th Loop Tune of Choice

Probably have to be Living on a Prayer. Bon Jovi will get you through pretty much anything.

How about for the women…

Who are we missing?

Your surprise race performance prediction?

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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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