I’m back from the desert! I have so many good stories for you, but first I have to shovel another plateful of food into my mouth.
Short story: It was not a Cinderella story this year. But who wants to read about a sweet, blonde beauty with pretty feet? This is an ugly stepsister kind of story — more fun to write and good to live through. I did not spoon with unknown French people this year, but I did slump behind Italians for a while. And I had one epiphany.
Laughter for you as soon as I shovel in another two platefuls of food.
Thank you to everyone who wrote me. I don’t know how to tell you how much I loved reading what you wrote.
Because of personal reasons, the following runners are no longer with Team Traverse:
- Pete Mehok
- Olga Varlamova
- Larry King
All excellent runners and wonderful people. We will miss you but will see you on the trails!
Team Traverse members who participated in the 2011 Bandera Trail Runs:
- Brad Quinn (100k)
- Liza Howard (100k) 1st Place – Course Record! – USATF 100k National Champion!
- Amanda McIntosh (50k)
- Melanie Fryar (50k) – 1st Place – Course Record!
- Dalton Wilson (50k)
- John Reynolds (50k)
- Josue Stephens (50k)
- Joe Prusaitis (Race Director)
See Official Results Here!
Here is a fun little video I made with the small amount of footage I captured on my new Kodak PlaySport HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera and Apple iLife ’11
Here is a great course overview for the 100k loop
On to Rocky Raccoon!
By Race Director Joe Prusaitis
2011 USA Track & Field 100km Trail National Championships
8 Jan 2011
It all happened so fast… all of it. Landing the USA Track & Field 100km Trail National Championship just 4 weeks before the race date. The rain that suddenly slammed the race.and the runners who hammered the course records in all three races. 256 started with 249 finishing the 25km, 199 with 192 finishes in the 50km, and 171 with 129 finishes in the 100km. 41 of those who did not finish the 100km dropped into the 50km to increase their finish total to 233. 626 total runners were on the course at the same time, and it was not crowded. All three races started on different parts of the course at the same time so as to keep each race separate from the other. Continue reading
Cactus Rose 100mi & 50mi
Hill Country State Natural Area
Oct 30-31, 2010
Cactus Rose continues to surprise and enlighten. The local trail runners know all about it but for those who come in blind… it is not what it appears to be. The course is well marked, the aid stations are evenly spaced every 5 miles, plenty of water and ice, chip timing tracks every 25 mile loop, the shirts are high quality tech material, the buckles and medals are the best, winners awards are rustic and fitting, volunteers roam the course to make sure it is set up, maintained, and taken back down efficiently, each runner receives a waterproof map with aid station splits, and the ONLY thing that is different from many of the other main-stream races is simply the lack of food at the aid stations, and this there is no need for the people who deal with the food. The runners are asked to bring their own because they always know what is best for themselves. The veterans already know this and most usually avoid the food tables anyway. So… its just a simple old school and very fun trail race on one of the nastiest but beautiful regions of the Texas Hill Country. It kicks your butt while it lifts your spirit. Continue reading
Team Traverse’s Melanie Fryar on running in Gibraltar this November.