The Interval, 5/9/18

Trail runners at Pandora’s Box of Rox. Photo courtesy of Tejas Trails.

Lots of local racing this past weekend, I’ll mention results from the trail, road, and track.  Plus some great examples of Austinites getting out in the big world as “flatlanders doin’ werk.”

Trail runners at Pandora’s Box of Rox. Photo courtesy of Tejas Trails.

First, since I was there, a recap of the Pandora Box of Rox event by Tejas Trails.  I ran the 8 mile race, which started at a civilized 9am, so I actually slept in on a race day before driving up to Reveille Peak Ranch (RPR).  The people racing in the double marathon, marathon, and half marathon were already out on the course when I arrived.  It was still overcast and cool as we set off around the lake next to the main pavilion at the start/finish area.  I ran at the front with Justin Wendling and heard his story from the Boston Marathon.  After a couple miles of relatively easy running, we started the hills and Justin dropped me.  Franz Konczak soon passed me as well, but I was running smoothly at a sustainable effort level so I tried to avoid any negative thoughts.  That wasn’t hard since I was running on beautiful and interesting trails.  The 8 mile loop hit all of my favorite bits of trail at RPR, over and around the granite dome and the rocky hillsides and dry creek beds surrounding it.  In the last couple of miles I passed, going in opposite directions, some friends running the double marathon.  Thomas Orf, Fred Riethmiller, and Dennis Runyon all looked to be in good shape, though the sun was now out and I was glad that my race was nearly over.  Seeing them refreshed me a bit and I was able to keep my effort level high until the finish, for third place.

Trail runners at Pandora’s Box of Rox. Photo courtesy of Tejas Trails.

I’ll list the winners below.  The main racing highlight was the men’s double marathon, with Wade Barrett and Matt Smith running together for the second half of the race.  They finished together in 8:50:58, setting a new course record.

Another close race was in the women’s half marathon, with Dawn McElvain beating Abigael Huntoon by 28 seconds for second place.  In the men’s 8 mile, Justin Wendling and Franz Konczak ran together for the last few miles, with Justin winning by 7 seconds.

All in all, it was another great event by Tejas Trails.  A beautiful spring day in the Hill Country, challenging trails, good friends, and excellent Tejas hospitality.

A trail runner at Pandora’s Box of Rox. Photo courtesy of Tejas Trails.


Double Marathon:  women
Kitty Henricksen 12:24:12
Nancy Nichols 12:46:21
Melissa Simmons 13:06:01
Double Marathon:  men
Wade Barrett 8:50:58
Matt Smith 8:50:58
Thomas Orf 9:18:17
Marathon:  women
Megan Reed 4:35:05
Julie Lyons 4:49:41
Casey Ulman 5:21:14
Marathon:  men
Eloy Gonzalez 4:02:47
Brad Alexander 4:24:10
Rodger Hill 4:32:23
Half Marathon:  women
Hannah Trees 1:54:54
Dawn McElvain 2:00:05
Abigael Huntoon 2:00:33
Half Marathon:  men
Daniel Hartmann 1:49:54
Matt Buchorn 1:51:56
Christian Rindlisbacher 1:52:52
8 Mile:  women
Michele Sparkman 1:22:11
Ashley Edwards 1:24:56
Elizabeth Tricozzi 1:26:37
8 Mile:  men
Justin Wendling 1:04:15
Franz Konczak 1:04:22
Sam LaBrie 1:07:42

Full results are here.  The next Tejas event is The Festival on June 2.

A trail runner at Pandora’s Box of Rox. Photo courtesy of Tejas Trails.

The track event of the weekend was the Schrader Mile, on the nice track in the Williamson County Park.  This event is mostly geared towards high school runners, but anyone can enter.  The ~15 heats were loosely seeded by gender and speed.  The fastest milers were Sean Prendeville at 4:12.34 and Sarah Lancaster at 4:37.55, a new meet record.  Mike Kurvach, taking a break from trail racing, finished in 6th place with a 4:17.21, which, I believe, is a new PR.  Results, video coverage, and interviews are here.

Road runners had the Silicon Labs Sunshine Run this past Sunday.  Over 1200 people ran in the 5K or 10K races on the familiar Cesar Chavez routes.  My Old Guy Run buddies and I stopped along our normal Sunday route for a while to cheer for Karen Saenz (3rd place 10K), Carmen Troncoso (1st masters, 5K), David Schwalm (First 50-54 AG, 5K), Eric Snader (First 45-49 AG, 5K), Katie Gwynn (3rd place, 5K) and others.

The 10K winners were Alfred Kiplagat in 32:18 and Sarah Jackson in 38:46.  The 5K winners were Steven Grousnick in 16:21 and Sophia Munoz in 18:41.  Full results are here.

I mentioned the Boerne 0.5K race last week.  Check out this funny race recap from Men’s Journal.

Lastly for the local news, the Butler Trail will have a detour for 12 days starting today at the Congress Avenue bridge on the North side.  Workers will be replacing the narrow wooden bridge with a wide and stable structure, similar, I expect, to the boardwalk sections on the South side.  Coverage by Pam LeBlanc for Austin360.

Flatlanders Doin’ Werk

A large group of Austin runners completed the Grand Canyon R2R2R route.  Katie Graff, Jimmy McWilliams, and Matt Fletcher were among them.  I plan to post a run report from Matt next week.

Paul Terranova was in California prepping for Western States 100 by racing the Miwok 100K.  This beautiful route in the Marin Headlands, Muir Woods, and Stinson Beach areas North of San Francisco has nearly 12,000 feet of climbing.  Paul finished in 10:12, good for 8th place.

Austin cop Scott Baldridge, a fellow TrailRoots runner, recently finished the first of the 4 Deserts races, the Sahara Race in Namibia.  Over 6 days Scott ran 155 miles, carrying his own gear and food.  Water and shelter were provided.  Scott plans to complete the next 3 races as well:  Gobi March (Mongolia) in July, Atacama Crossing (Chile) in September, and The Last Desert (Antarctica) in November.  I’ll try to get an interview and pictures from Scott at some point soon.

Interesting Articles

I guess Galen Rupp made the right choice, dropping out at ~18 miles of the Boston Marathon.  He raced this weekend and won the Prague Marathon in 2:06:07.  That makes Rupp the second fastest American marathoner ever, after Khalid Khannouchi’s 2:05:38 and 2:05:56.  Coverage by Flotrack.

Matt Fletcher told me about the Revel Marathons a couple months ago: destination races on downhill courses for those looking for PRs and BQs.  Here is a race report from Scott Dunlap on the Las Vegas event.

Sometimes you need to simply run.  David Roche writes for Trail Runner about ditching the GPS watch, at least occasionally.  (H/T to Dan Hannon)

Upcoming Races

The club I run with, TrailRoots, is hosting the Texas Switchback this weekend at Flat Creek Crossing, near Pedernales Falls State Park.  Pick between 10K, half marathon, and marathon distances.  I’ll be running the half.

The Austin Runner’s Club is hosting the Daisy 5K on Saturday, May 19 at Camp Mabry. You can get a 10% discount by using the code MK18.

The Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita Run is June 7.  I ran this last year and had a blast.  It’s a fund raiser for The Trail Foundation.

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