Trail Racing Over Texas Announces Red Bull as Race Series Supporter


Contact: Chris Douglas - Presidio Sports Management


Trail Racing Over Texas Announces Red Bull as Race Series Supporter


Houston, Texas (August 3, 2016)Trail Racing Over Texas, the largest community-based trail racing organization in the state of Texas, today announced Red Bull as a new series supporter. Beginning with the Night Moves Trail race, Red Bull and Trail Racing Over Texas will collaborate on a variety of ways to positively impact trail racing experiences for all event participants.  Chief amongst those, Red Bull energy drink will be available on-course to runners at all Trail Racing Over Texas races through 2017, starting with the competitions taking place this weekend at Jack Brooks Park south east of Houston.


“Red Bull is synonymous with endurance sports and with athletes of all kinds exploring their potential.  Being one of the most globally recognized brands in the fitness and performance space, Red Bull is the most relevant of partners for us.  We are looking to continue to push the boundaries of what trail running is here in Texas and are looking forward to doing that with the support of Red Bull.” Rob Goyen RD of Trail Racing Over Texas.


Trail Racing Over Texas produces a variety of races that fit well with Red Bull, which is deeply involved with other iconic events such the Speedgoat 50K, Red Bull 400, Red Bull Lionheart, and Way to Cool 50K.   From ultra trail races in the mountains of Texas to night marathons, this partnership is sure to help runners reach their goals.


For more information about Trail Racing over Texas or please contact Robert Goyen at



Trail Racing Over Texas (TROT) produces the largest trail running series in Texas with over 16 races offering a variety of distances from 5k’s to ultra-marathons, kids only races and night races. TROT is a community-based company that aims to involve and benefit local communities by giving back in various ways. TROT is also devoted to bringing greater awareness to the Texas State Parks and Wildlife Department by placing races in beautiful Texas State Parks.

Trail Racing Over Texas takes over the Crazy Desert Trail Race

Trail Racing Over Texas is excited to announce that we have taken over the Crazy Desert Trail Race in San Angelo State Park. This race has been an amazing race for over 5 years put on by the Road Lizards and RD Jeff Lisson. The race has been a 50k, 26.2, 13.1 and 10k for these years and has been benefiting local non profits as well.

So we will hold the race March 11th 2017 and will head to the park in July to see if we can add in a 100k in the mix to have another long, buckle opportunity in Texas in the early spring. We will open registration for the race no later than August 1st.

But we are very excited to be heading west to the San Angelo State park home of the Official Longhorn Heard and Bison Heard.

We might need to start a new ‪#‎RunwithBison‬ hashtag afterall.

Follow the link to check out the park:

PC: Joshua Trudell

TROT Veterans Program

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One thing we Love about race directing is the opportunity to give back to both the community and also to our veterans.

We realize that there is great value in having veterans in our races, at our races and active in the trail community.

We have for over a year been looking at various ways that we thought we could give back through TROT to our veterans. So as of July 1st 2016 we will announce our TROT Veteran Program. The program will allow all veterans past and present an opportunity to give us their info, the race they want to do and the distance. We will then select some veterans for each race and comp the entries into that race of choice.

We feel in our hearts that this is our way of saying thank you, and your way to earn something for yourself in the process on the trails.

So here is the LINK and we will begin July 1st. 

How to find motivation to train daily?

The Hot Hairy Breath of Motivation

Guest Blogger: Rachel Adamson

As an endurance running enthusiast, I’m frequently asked a laundry list of questions. However, the questions always tend to circle back to one topic. Motivation.

“How do you find the motivation to put in your training?”

Well, folks, I’m no expert, and I’m certainly not an elite, but I can attest to one thing. Brushing my teeth. Yes, ma’am (or sir), it’s really that simple. And we all do it. Frequently. We brush our teeth daily, because we want to have healthy gums and teeth. We certainly don’t want to knock down people we meet throughout the day because we’ve been slaying dragons with our bare teeth. No?

Same principle applies when pursuing endurance goals. You wake up, you do the work. You set goals. You set big, huge, fantastic, and sometimes even—scary goals. And then you do the work. Every day. Granted, we all have days when we roll out of bed, drink that first cup (or pot, don’t judge me) of coffee, and just don’t want to, and that’s completely normal. Everyone has those days. I even hear rumor that the elites sometimes feel this way (probably only a fraction of the times I do, but still).

But, guess what? You still get up and brush your teeth, right? So why not go ahead and slay that workout. Because the secret is-- doing it anyway IS motivation. It might not feel like it at the time, but that’s exactly what it is. Being consistent is motivation. You do it because you don’t want to show up on race day and find you’ve knocked yourself over from a lack of training. You do it because all of those workouts you’ve got on your schedule will ultimately culminate into a strategically planned race in which you do just as well as you’ve trained.

Now, with everything said about doing it anyway, let me be very clear: I’m not saying ignore injury and power through your workouts only to ultimately make things worse and then set your training back a few weeks. That’s stupid. That’d be like brushing your teeth for an hour straight and then whining that your gums are bleeding and your mouth is raw. Don’t be stupid. Don’t brush your teeth for a solid hour either.

How does one stay motivated? Simply by doing the work. Motivation isn’t some unseeable unicorn that exists in the outer limits of this universe. It is the daily grind. It is getting up when you’re knocked down. It is finishing that race despite being hours behind your goal time and then finishing DFL. It is every little workout that you finish in order to make those goals happen. Motivation is the daily grind. It is showing up and being accountable to yourself every single day.

As for brushing my teeth, that’s a labor I do simply because I love my trail running family; that or they would all grow exceedingly tired of being chased down by my hot, hairy breath.

Now, go be motivated, and don’t forget to brush your teeth.

Why trail run and what should I know before a trail race?


Guest Blogger: Marc Henn


Most runners don’t normally  start off as trail runners.  In fact, there are a lot of road runners that are actually kind of scared to try trail running because they insist that they are more likely to hurt themselves on the trail.  Sure there are roots, rocks, and other obstacles but the reality is people don’t fall or twist their ankles all that often and you are more likely to sustain injury road running vs trail running.  How can that be?  The answer is the repetitive motion of road running is far more likely to causes an overuse injury.  Even worse, statistically, you are more likely to get injured on a treadmill or track because of overuse injury.


Our bodies were made to walk and run on the uneven surface.  There are lots of different stabilizer muscles that often don’t get used or atrophy when you run in a straight line on even surfaces which then make you prone to imbalances and then injury.  So don’t be afraid to unlock your inner primal beast and go for a trail run. 


OK…so now you are running trails and maybe you want to try your hand at a trail run or even an ultra?  Awesome!  You will find the trail racing experience different than the road racing experience.  Sure trail runners can be just as competitive as road runners but on the trail, you’ll find that it’s also about the overall experience of being in nature and seeing the beautiful surroundings. 


So what should you know really?  Well first off, don’t be intimidated at all.  Trail runners are like one big family and really look out for each other.  So ask lots of questions…I’ve never found a trail runner….or runner in general for that matter that doesn’t like talking about running and if you ask them a question they will be more than happy to talk to you.  Here are some other tips:


·         Do your research before a race. Yes…you know all those emails and race documents that the race director takes the time to put together, list on their websites, and email you…yeah go ahead and read all of it.  Look at the course map…figure out where the aid stations will be and what will be on them.  Also, keep in mind trails are not like roads so weather can have an impact causing an RD to change the route or other details of the race so stay informed and watch for updates.  You spend hours and hours training spend an hour researching the race you want to run.

·         Bring your own hydration system.  Depending on the race you may want to use a handheld, hydration pack, or a belt of some sort.  What you use is a personal choice.  Unlike road races where you might have an aid station or water stop every mile, mile and a half or so in trail races it’s pretty common to go 4 or 5 miles between aid stations….sometimes shorter and sometimes much longer depending on many factors.  Some races are held in remote areas where it’s very difficult to set up aid stations.  In addition, some like all Trail Racing Over Texas races are cupless so you have to have your own water container.

·         Don’t litter!  In a road race, runners will run by aid stations, grab a cup, take a drink, and throw it on the side of the road.  No…not so in trail races, in fact, littering can be grounds for getting a DQ in many trail races and in my opinion rightly so.  If you see something on the ground it’s also not a bad idea to pick it up even if you didn’t drop it. 

·         Don’t complain!  Every race will have it’s adversities and that challenge is actually what you seek.   As they say….Embrace the suck!  Races where really bad weather or conditions make for better stories.

·         Take care of yourself and your fellow trail runners.  Not everything always goes right for a runner in a race.  Remember on the trail you could be in a spot that is remote so if you are not feeling well, in bad shape, injured, etc….let someone know.  No race is worth long term injury much less getting into a life threating situation.  Scared…don’t be it’s unlikely to happen but so is getting into a car wreck but we still wear seat belts.  If you’re running along and find someone else who is in bad shape offer aid…again your race isn’t more important than the overall wellbeing of another person.   Most of the time people don’t need much and just need to take a breather but, if appropriate, you may need to go ahead to the next aid station and alert a volunteer.  Get the runners name and bib number so the volunteer can alert the RD in able for them to help the runner.

·         Volunteer!  To me when I run a race it’s my day…it’s about reaching my own goal and facing my own challenge.  Clearly that is very rewarding but it’s taking.  There is nothing wrong with taking but every now and then try to give back by volunteering.  The reward of volunteering and helping others reach their goals is also very gratifying and fulfilling but obviously in a different way.   Some RDs offer nice rewards to volunteers like t-shirts and discount to future races which is a very nice perk.

Clearly these tips are not exhausted, I could go on and on, but hopefully it’s a starting point.  If you’d like to dip your toe in and run a trail race then just do it.  You’ll soon find yourself hooked on trails!

Trail Racing Over Texas Cup Update post Wildflower Half

Trail Racing Over Texas Cup Update Post Wildflower Half

Well as with any new point system I knew that it would take a year at least for everyone to get the hang of the points and also for there to be true competitiveness in it as well. Wildflower was an equalizer since it was closer to some groups that others and that really shook the rankings up. 

Our Top 3 Men with Jeff Ball, Andre Fuqua and Steve Moore stayed the same as none of them ran the Wildflower Half. Team TROT runner Dan Bucci after his win moved into 5th overall, Cody Wollard's solid performance moved him into 7th and Marc Henn's consistent approach has him in 10th. 

TEAM TROT runner Tracie Akerhielm retained her lead but Team TROT runner Lauren Ross moved into a solid 2nd place after winning the Wildflower Half. Jenna Jurica who won the 10k at Wildflower moved into a solid 3rd place within striking distance of the lead. 

Where there is smoke there is FIRE... And the Brazos Running Club is ON FIRE right now. They send the troops out in full force to the Wildflower Half and hit the Jackpot. 

The Golden Triangle Strutters tacked on 6 points to push them to 173.4 and sole leader of the CLub Standings. The Brazos Running Club put up over 59 points to move them past the HATRs into 2nd place with 110 points. The Houston Area Trail Runners picked up 25 points to pull them up to 94 points. Team RWB add 10 to their 47 point total and the Lone Star Spartans added 5 points to get them to 33. 

In our volunteer contest James "im here every race" Limbaga leads the volunteers followed by Eddie Williams and Robyn Thompkins.

So the places are moving and everything that goes with it. The Texas Treasure Quest is a points based game so it does not count but we will resume with the August 6th Night Moves Trail Run. 


Wildflower Half Post Race Review

Wildflower Half Race Review

It was an amazing day of clear skies, sunshine at the Beautiful Bastrop State Park. The trails at the park are a great mix of sandy, rocky, up, down and some great creek crossings as well. The park camping was filled up months leading up and we sold the race out after only 8 weeks of open registration. As the runners poured into the park it was evident that there was so many new TROT faces to mix into the regular TROT family. 

As the countdown hit 7am the 13.1 half marathon took off up the single track. Team TROT runner Dan Bucci set out of the gate to lead the race and won it wire to wire. The young mens pack held tight to Daniel through the 2 loops leading into the final lap. Benjamin Meyer was 2nd, Jacob Torkelson was 3rd and barely 4th was Alex Wright. Alexis Didler was just seconds behind and Amy Kelly charged hard for 3rd place to round it out. 

Team TROT runner Lauren Ross led the womens field out and set the pace quickly. She hammered down each lap and ended up with the female win and 8th overall. 2nd was Kaylnn Champagne and 3rd was Anna Casto just 20 seconds behind. 

In the 10k newly converted trail runner Jenna Jurica took 1st overall for the men and women. Taylor Mcdonald from El Paso was the 2nd female and Jennifer Foulds took 3rd. Cody Wollard took home the top spot for the men with a 1st place finish. Ed williams coming back from a long injury was welcomed back with a 2nd place finish with Werner Hartman in 3rd. 

It the 5k 10 year old Christian Lewis dropped the hammer on the field with a 1st place finish. Glenn Mullen was 2nd place for the men and Ryan Mays was 3rd. For the ladies Irma Arellano was 1st female and 2nd overall. 

Trail Racing Over Texas Cup Post Brazos Bend 50 Update


Trail Racing Over Texas Cup Updated Standings

With the Brazos Bend 50 having 4 distances and over 880 runners there was quite a bit of change within the individual runners and a BIG change with our new groups making some headway.

Mens Division

Team TROT runner Jeff Ball continued with his 1st place standings this year by capturing the 25k title and staying a top in 1st place. Andre Fuqua tried his hand at the 50 miler distance for the 1st time and fought hard all day long. That great effort combined with his strong performances at Horseshoe Trail Run and San Felipe have him sitting nicely in 2nd place. John Yoder 4th and Daniel Lawton great finishes in the 50 miler put them in the top 5 for the points. Team TROT runner Calum Neff's win in the 50k has him within striking distance of the top 3 and with Franklin Mountains and BB100 on deck will give the top 5 a run for its money this year.

Womens Division

Team TROT runner Tracie Akerhielm took the CR at the 10k padding her lead as the top female so far this year. Team TROT runner Lauren Ross who won the 25k at the BB50 moved into 2nd place so far with strong performances in the Horseshoe Trail Run and also San Felipe Shootout as well. Shawna Meyers great effort at the BB50k moved her into 3rd for the standings. Robin Phelps 2nd place finish in the 50 miler moves her also up into the top 5 to round out the field. 

Full Standings including age groups, volunteers, teams below.

Club Championships

There is some BIG CRUMBLINGS in the Club Championships with the emergence of the Brazos Runners Club this race. Our reigning 2 time champion Golden Triangle Strutters came out in full force at the BB50 and stayed a top with 167 points. The Houston Area Trail Runners put up some great finishes as well and pulled into striking distance with 69 points. The newly minted Brazos Runners Club came in swinging with a whopping  51 total points after getting all of their members in the program. Team RWB rounded 4th with 37 points and the Lone Star Spartans stayed consistent with 28 points. 

Volunteer Points

James Limbaga RAN the Brazos Bend 50 miler successfully at the BB50 but also volunteered wednesday and thursday of race week. He comes in at 70 hours clocked volunteering this year. Eddie Williams was back again clearing 40 hours total for the year and Robyn Thompkins was just over 38 hour as well for the year. Lots of amazing hours spend by ALL of the volunteers in each and every race. We keep track of these awesome people and will reward the top 3 with something at the TROT CUP Awards in January 2017. 

The Mens and Womens age groups are heating up as well for all of the groups. Make sure that if you have members that need to add they can signup HERE

Brazos Bend 50 Race Review

BB50 Race Review 

The Brazos Bend 2016 will always be remembered as the year we didnt get crazy weather and we had more than 880 registered runners. 

The 50 miler was a pack of 4 for the first 2 loops with Daniel Lawton, Melanie Rabb, John Yoder and Mark Lawton roaming the course together. In the end Daniel Lawton was 1st, Melanie Rabb was 2nd overall/1st female and John Yoder was 3rd for the males. 

Team TROT runner and World Record Holder Cal Neff came out to BB50k with a fast, hard run in his sights. He tore up the course with a new CR of 3:10. Edenn Perez followed in 2nd with a 3:45 and Team TROT runner Dan Bucci goes 3:53 while completing his 50th marathon. In the ladies Victoria Webster was 1st female/4th overall, Team TROT runner Katie Graff was 2nd in 4:18 and Heidi Anderson was 3rd in 4:30.

Team TROT runner Jeff Ball cruised to the 25k lead with a 1:31, Randy Becker was close behind with a 1:43 for 2nd and Dustin Sanquist was 3nd in 1:54. Team TROT runner Lauren Ross defending her 2015 title with a 1:59 for the womens women. 2nd was Ashley Gallagher with a 2:07 and in 2:09 was Lisa Korsten.

In the 10k Tracie Akerhielm broke the CR with a 39:29 on her way to winning the Overall title in the race. Crystal Oden was 2nd with a 50:48 and 3rd was Juliana Ronderos in 53:12. For the men Kenny York was 1st male/2nd overall 43:29 with a close 2nd from John Cuellar in 44:32 and 3rd Ethan Cooper in 44:39.

It was a great day for the park, all of the runners and the amazing volunteers. This is one of the biggest races in the history of Texas Trail Running so it was very special. 

For the rest of our race schedule click here

Full Results via Ultrasignup

Hard Earned Heat Training Tips

Hard-earned heat training tips

Guest Blogger: Julie Koepke

Almost four years ago, I loaded up my car in Minnesota and drove about as far south down I-35 as I possibly could, down to San Antonio.  One big reason I moved from MN is that I can't stand cold weather; I'd much rather run in heat, and since moving, I've enjoyed running the Capt'n Karls 60k night series every summer, and even managed to get through the Habanero Hundred 100 mile race last summer (race report here).

Ever since my first run here, on a 100-degree day, I've picked up a lot of ideas about running in heat -- mostly from doing things very, very wrong and learning from my mistakes.  As we head into the summer, a few folks have been asking me for tips on surviving Habanero Hundred or other hot races, so I figured I'd share what I've learned.

Caution: I'm not a doctor, or even that smart.  Everything I write here is simply picked up from my experiences racing in Texas summer heat. Hopefully some of this will be helpful to others, but don't blame me if it doesn't work for you!

 Here's what I've learned works for me to successfully run in heat:

  • Ice, ice, and more ice!
    • During summer races, I take a few moments at aid stations to request a scoop of ice down my shirt.  Then, as I continue running, I steal some cubes from my bra to put in my hat and mouth, or rub on my face.  On a 96-degree night during a 60k, this feels amazing!
    • I'm also excited to try my new insulated water bottle from Nathan.  It's supposed to keep ice and liquids cooler 20% longer than other insulated bottles.  Ice-cold water tastes so good during a hot race!
  • Apparel designed for heat:
    • Ice bandana -- I use one from zombierunner, which is designed specifically to hold ice close to your neck.  It's the best!
    • Cooling towel -- you know, the ones where you get it wet and it's supposed to stay cold and wet for a long time?  I don't use one of these anymore.  I made a huge mistake at a Capt'n Karls race one year; I had this great idea of cutting a head-sized hole in one of these and wearing it for the race.  I thought it would keep me cool while I ran.  It ended up being the worst -- I felt like I was running with a hot, heavy poncho, and I was stuck with it until the end of the loop.  I think I threw it away after that disaster.
    • My friend Rich also has a hat with a zipper pocket on top to store ice in your hat, which he purchased from  I haven't tried this, mostly because I think I look weird enough with my awkward running form, and wearing a zippered hat would only strengthen the impression.  But this is trail running, not a photo shoot, right?
    • Cooling arm sleeves -- I use Columbia brand sleeves.  They seem to work well.  In the film This is Your Day, Rob Krar is shown stuffing ice cubes in his cooling arm sleeves while slaying the Western States course.  I haven't tried this technique yet, but I look forward to trying it out this summer.
    • Of course, wearing a hat and sunscreen is helpful too.  Reapply the sunscreen often!  At Habanero, I was so dazed that I forgot to put my hat and sunscreen on for the first daylight loop of Day 2, and I fried a little bit.  Thank goodness for Rob, the race director, who gave me his own hat!  So it's probably a good idea to make a "cheat sheet" for yourself for a long race like that, with a reminder of what to take with you for certain loops.
  • Training
    • Since I am training for hot races, I try to make it a point to train in the heat.  Instead of only running in the morning when it's cooler, I'll go for runs at lunch time, in the afternoon, or in the evening, when the temperature drops a bit, but the humidity kicks up. 
    • I also enjoy hot yoga, and I hope this helps with acclimating to the heat.  I sure sweat a lot, anyway.
  • Salt and electrolytes
    • I know a lot of runners swear by s-caps and e-caps, but I never take these.  If I'm feeling like I want salt, then I eat something salty at an aid station.  It's advice I got from Liza Howard, and she's never steered me wrong yet.  
    • Ever since Habanero, when Rob and Rachel tried to bring me back to life with Pedialyte, I've kept a bottle in my Victory Sportdesign bag at all times.  During hot races, I take a gulp whenever I reach my drop bag.  There's nothing scientific about how I use it, it just makes me feel better.  However, I've recently started using Tailwind again, which has electrolytes, so I feel less dependent on Pedialyte now.
  • Chafing prevention
    • When it's humid, chafing can be really bad.  (Again, read my Habanero report!)  I used to use Vasoline as a preventative method, but for my last half a dozen ultras, I've used Trail Toes tape instead.  I apply it anywhere I usually have chafing, and it sticks really well for the entire race -- even up to 100 miles.
    • I also keep a small jar of Trail Toes cream in the pocket of my hydration vest, just in case of emergency.
    • My year-round anti-blister tip is to wear two pairs of thin socks.  My friend Edward gave me that tip a few years ago, and I haven't had a blister since.
  • Hydration
    • One thing I think I did really well at Habanero was my fluid intake.  I used the Liza Howard/Tim Noakes rule of simply "drinking to thirst."  I kept looking at my fingers to see if they were swelling up, which might be a sign of hyponatremia.  Every loop, when I weighed in with medical as required, my weight was right on the dot, the same.  To me, and the medical staff, this indicated I wasn't getting dehydrated or retaining too much water.  I always think of Liza's tip: if plain water sounds good to you, then you are thirsty, and you should drink more.  If plain water doesn't sound good, you don't need it; don't force your body to drink it.

Well, I think those are the only hot tips I've learned in these four years.  I'm sure I will continually be adding to this list, as we all learn something from every race and every long training run.  Thanks for reading!  May your post-run beverages be icy, and your body chafe-less!  Hope to see you this August at the Habanero Hundred!


Read more of Julie's blog posts at 

Where I Run: Michelle Gochis

Where I Run: Michelle Gochis

I will run anywhere I can, but I am fortunate to have the Isle Du Bois trails and Lake Ray Roberts practically in my back yard.  To get there, I only have to run down a few country roads, alongside beautiful horse and cattle ranches in Pilot Point, Tx.   There are so many great routes to choose on each run.  Sand sprints at the beach, hill repeats overlooking the lake, to technical or soft sandy trails.  Every run out here is spirit refreshing, and I am so grateful to live and run in such a beautiful area.

Where I Run: Michelle Gochis

Posted by Trail Racing Over Texas on Monday, March 28, 2016

Trail Racing Over Texas Cup presented by Altra Running Update

TROT Cup Updated Standings


Team TROT runner Jeff Ball after winning the Horseshoe Trail Run came out and won all 3 race at the San Felipe Shootout as well. Jeff is the defending TROT Cup Champion and has already extended his lead after 2 races. Andre Fuqua who was 2nd at Horseshoe showed up big time at San Felipe as well with a few 3rd place finishes so he sits at 2nd place in the Cup Series. Steven Moore ran 2nd all day at San Felipe and it earned him the 3rd spot on the list with 2 races down. 


Team Trot runner Tracie Akerhilem who was 2nd in the TROT CUP after Horseshoe came out blazing winning all of the 3 womens races at the San Felipe Shootout securing the#1 spot. Jenna Jurica who was 2nd overall at the shootout jumped into the 2nd spot for the TROT CUP. Team TROT Runner Lauren Ross put together solid races at both Horseshoe and San Felipe to take the 3rd overall spot. 

Club Championships

The 2016 Champion Golden Triangle Strutters have wasted NO TIME getting back to what mad them famous the last 2 years. They extended their points up to 90 points for the first 2 races of the season. The Houston Area Trail Runners headed by recent new president Marc Gehringer are recruiting runners and ended up with 24 points after 2 races. The Lone Star Spartans have enjoyed the wet, crazy weather and hold 3rd with 17 points. Just out of the 3rd spot is Team RWB with 12.84 points for 4th place.

Volunteer Points

James Limbaga one of the 3 volunteers of the year has already taken this year by storm with 2 races. Eddie Williams worked both the first 2 races of the year and pulled up with 24 hours in 2 races. Julia Gonzalez who also worked both races coasts into 3rd for 20+ hours as well. 

All of the full results, age groups, clubs and volunteer points are below. 

You can view all RESULTS HERE

San Felipe Shootout Post Race Review

San Felipe Shootout Post Race Review

The San Felipe Shootout 2016 was most remembered for the chest deep water crossings, the active wildlife and adults acting like children.

The week of the race the Stephen F Austin State Park which borders by the Brazos River took in over 12 inches of rain and the upstream countries water poured into the park. The course was marked on Thursday with only shin deep water but by Friday that had moved to waist deep. The park received additional rain Friday night and so the course was again changed Saturday morning right before the start. 

The San Felipe Shootout consists of a 5k, 10k and 13.1 mile races all run individually. There is a shootout option which allows you to run all 3 and then we combine the times for them. 

Team TROT runner Jeff Ball who last year's runner-up stayed out in front of all the 3 races capturing wins in the 5k, 10k and 13.1 marathon. Steven Moore never let Jeff out of sights and finished just behind him in all of the races as well. Andre Fuqua who was 2nd at Horseshoe Trail Run recently ran a strong 3rd to finish 3rd in the shootout as well. 

Team TROT runner Tracie Akerhielm was 2nd last year in the shootout and was determined to take the win. She won the 5k, 10k and 13.1 thus capturing the Shootout Crown. Jenna Jurica stayed strong all day through the 3 events and captured the 2nd place Shootout title. Only 10 minuted separated the 3rd-4th females between all the 3 races but Jennifer Heghinian hung strong to get the 3rd place spot. 

The Shootout 5k,10k and 13.1 Combined Results HERE

Results on Ultrasignup

Photos from Event: Facebook

Last but Not Least.. Meet Team TROT Ambassador Santiago Morales

Santiago Morales

What is your goal for 2016?  I plan on running the Seoul Marathon, Korea 50K and exploring the South Korean urban lifestyle as well as thetrails and running community. I recently deployed to South Korea to help support the ROK Army.

How long have you been running? I have been running for sport since 2008. What started off as 5ks on the weekend would eventually evolve to thinking about my first marathon (Austin Marathon 2013 with my wife Nichole who ran the half-marathon).  My first race was a memorial run for a good buddy of mine who lost one of his best friend's in an automobile accident.  Proceeds went to an organization called "teens in the driver's seat."  This was a 5k event and became my pursuit to become a better runner afterwards and always a goal to run for a cause.

 What is favorite running achievement?  I recently ran the Snowdrop 55 Race and Relay. 100 Miles ran for pediatric cancer research and scholarships for survivors.  I PR’ed the run by 8 hours. I ran the 100 miles last year in 37 hours, this year I would go on to run it in 29 hours.  I was very proud of family and friends who helped me raise over $1,200 for the Snowdrop Foundation.  Also, my wife and I just had our first child. She is only 2 weeks old right now.  Look for baby Eliana running the trails here soon!

What else do you do to train other than run?I frequently go on Assault Pack Runs and ruck marches in order to train up for selection for Civil Affairs housed under Army Special Operations Forces.

 What do you do for a living? I'm currently an Executive Officer in an Infantry Company in the United States Army. I am in charge of the maintenance of all our vehicles, logistical operations for all training and deployments, and resourcing ranges, food and ammo to ensure my Soldiers get the best training possible. I video chat with my Wife and baby girl as much as I can in order to keep up with those cherished life moments. I also enjoy tuning into TROT's periscope from across the globe so I can support my TROT family.

Meet TROT Ambassador: James Villanueva

James Villanueva


1) What is your goals in 2016? My goal is to do my first 100k and 100 miler.. I would also want to do the TROT two step!!!

2) How long have you been running? I have been running off and on since 2010.

Two knee surgeries and maybe ankle surgery soon...:( I was 225 and entered a biggest loser contest at work. I won the grand prize which was about 1200$. I also lost 76 lbs in the process...! Running allows me to unwind for the day to day operations of life..

3) What is your most proud accomplishment? Franklin Mts. I walked 99.9 of the 50k with  a torn ankle tendon just to have that awesome metal!!!

4) What other outdoor pursuits do you have? Since I can't run I took up Disc golf!!! I love the outdoors!!!!! I love to lift weights as well!!!

5) What do you do when your not running? I'm an administrative driver... For PSI in Temple... I like to think I'm a jack of all trades there.

Meet a great RGV runner and Team TROT Ambassador James Torres

James Torres


1.) What goals do you have, (personal or running related), going into 2016?

As far as my running, I’m working on improving my speed. I look forward to some PR's in 2016. I’m planning to earn my first 100k finish as well. In my personal life, 2016 will likely be a year of professional and academic development as I continue working towards my education & career goals.

2.) How long have you been running and how did you get into the sport?

I started running in 2011, primarily to lose weight. Along the way I lost approximately 60lbs and decided to register for my first 5k with my co-workers. I enjoyed the challenge of finishing the race and I continued to train and race, stumbling across trail running along the way. I had registered for what I thought was just a nighttime 5k and turned out to be a night time trail 5k. After several local trail races I eventually found my way to the Brazos Bend half marathon in 2014 and after that race I knew this was what I wanted to do.

3.) Most recent race/achievement that you are proud of?

Last year was my first year running ultras and I conquered some beastly races including Cactus Rose 50 mile & Franklin Mountains 50k. In addition, I also helped my local race team place 3rd in the 2015 USATF Texas Trail Championship.

4.) What other outdoor pursuits or cross training endeavors do you participate in?

I try to get in some weight training every week to help me stay conditioned. Before going back to school I would sometimes go mountain biking or play tennis.

5.) Other than running and being an amazing human being, whats your day job or what keeps you busy during the day to day?

I work as a tech support rep for T-Mobile and I am working towards my bachelors degree in Business Information Systems. That pretty much describes my life at the moment - work, running, and school. 

Meet the "Sailboat" Mark Kenney

Mark Kenney

 1.) What goals do you have, (personal or running related), going into 2016?

Ans:  My goals for running in 2016 are to run shorter races at a faster pace and to explore new trails and meet new people.  Personally, I will continue to manage and operate my financial planning business, serve as a member of several Boards and do my best to balance work-family-faith and my charitable commitments.

2.) How long have you been running and how did you get into the sport?

Ans: I've been running collectively for 18 years.  I was introduced to running at the early age of 10 from a neighbor that lived just a few 100 yards from my house.  Long story short, I asked my parents if I could jog with him every morning before school and my love for running grew.  I took a hiatus from running between the ages of 17-32 to pursue other interests.  After having my second child, I got back into running for exercise and to get into shape.  

3.) Most recent race/achievement that you are proud of?

Ans:  My most recent achievement that I am most proud of is when I completed my first 100 miler at Brazos Bend 100 in 2014.

4.) What other outdoor pursuits or cross training endeavors do you participate in?

Ans:  I have set a goal this year moving forward to cross train more, using weight training, spinning, playing basketball, golfing, swimming and anything outdoors to keep me motivated and competitive.

5.) Other than running and being an amazing human being, whats your day job or what keeps you busy during the day to day?

Ans:  I am President of Kenney & Associates Financial Advisory Group, LLC.  Besides managing more than $70 million of clients' assets, I help individuals and small business owners with their insurance, investments and retirement planning needs.

TROT Ambassador: Rachel Adamson

Rachel Adamson


What are you goals for 2016?

1)  In 2016 I hope to get stronger and faster. I've seen I can go the distance, but I want to do it faster and more efficiently.

               How long have you been running and how did you get                    into the sport? 

2)     I started running in 2010. I was 272 pounds and watched a movie about Badwater. I thought why not me? I haven't looked back since.

                Most recent race/achievement that you are proud of?

        3) I'm proud of every single run, but Rocky Raccoon 100 2015 still takes the          cake for me. It was my first attempt at 100, and I was successful. Many                  great people saw me along for that race and the training involved.

      What other outdoor pursuits or cross training                         endeavors do you participate in? 

       4) I am learning to love time on my road bike. I started riding in 2014, but             was never serious about it until a few months ago. A quad injury after                   pacing at badwater 135 this past summer helped to rekindle my interest. I           also really love lifting weights.

      Other than running and being an amazing human being,       whats your day job or what keeps you busy during the         day to day?

       5) I'm a former high school English teacher. I now homeschool my two                 children. There's nothing better than being there to witness their                             educational growth, and with our frequent travels(recreational and                       racing), it is especially sweet to just load up the camper and do lessons on           the road. 

TROT Ambassador: Brian Corbett

Brian Corbett

1.) What goals do you have, (personal or running related), going into 2016?

My running goals this year are to run a 6 minute mile, run at least 1 mile everyday (under 12:00 pace), and complete the Texas two step (BB50 & BB100).

2.) How long have you been running and how did you get into the sport?

I started running in January 2013 as a way to lose weight after getting up to 250 lbs and being unhappy with myself.

3.) Most recent race/achievement that you are proud of?

My most recent finish was Franklin Mountains 50k.

4.) What other outdoor pursuits or cross training endeavors do you participate in?

I like to camp with my family at Cub Scout outings.

5.) Other than running and being an amazing human being, whats your day job or what keeps you busy during the day to day?

I work as a process operator at the Citgo refinery in Sulphur, Louisiana.


How to Run ALL the Races - Frequently Racing Marathons and Ultras

Daniel Bucci 

Team Trot Guest Blogger

Take one look at the TROT race calendar, how can you not be excited?!?  If you want to run them all and are wondering how your body can handle that, then I have some tips for you.  Frequent racing is a topic that is near and dear to me.  Over the last few years I have become the addict, the guy that runs more weekends than not.  In 2015 I managed to race 27 weekends out of the year, and 19 of those weekends were marathons or ultras.  In 2016 I'm going for 25-30 marathons/ultras.  So, here are my thoughts and tips on how to get your body ready to run ALL the races.

1.  Build a Strong Base - This is number one because it is the most important tip.  I spent a solid year building a base for my return to racing at the 2013 Houston Marathon.  In early 2012, after a nearly 2 year break from marathon running, I decided to go for a BQ in Houston in 2013.  My body had not raced in a long time, and I knew I would need to slowly build up the miles.  I began a program in the spring that had me slowly build-up my long run distance, however this was not a traditional marathon training plan (where you peak with a 20 mile long run once or twice).  When I say build a strong base I'm basically saying get your body used to running long distances frequently.  This requires slow, steady and methodical running.  You have to get your body where the point where a 20 mile training run at long run pace feels normal and requires little recovery afterward.  Do this enough times, and your body will eventually adapt.  I've found that if you can run 20+ mile long runs for back-to-back weeks for a few months straight, you are likely ready to attempt a more frequent racing schedule.

2. Ease Into It - Running 20 marathons/ultras in a year did not happen overnight.  It was a slow steady effort.  In 2013 I ran 4 marathons (Jan, March, May, November).  In 2014 I ran 9 marathons (Jan, Feb, March, April, July, October, November, December) and last year was 15 marathons and 5 ultras (ran at least one in every month except June).  It took some practice and experimentation on how best to recover.  As you race more, your body adapts and you notice faster recovery.  The important thing is to not go from running one or two marathons or ultras a year to running 20.  While I have seen this work for some people, in general people who try this rapid increase end up with some type of injury and end up sidelined for an extended period.

3. Do Some Cross Training - Cross training is an important part of maintaining your body's flexibility and strength.  Cross training does not need to be intense.  I do some simple stretching and strength exercises 4-5 times per week for 10-20 minutes.  It's nothing special, but it keeps core muscles strong and flexible.  

4. Don't Race All the Races - While I run a number of races to compete or go for PRs, some races are run either for fun or as slightly harder effort training runs.  The best way to get used to racing is to practice racing at races.  Using races as training runs offers an awesome opportunity to practice fueling strategies and have supported runs to test out different strategies for PR attempts or attempts at longer distances.  For example, I used a 3:15 marathon pacing gig at the Grand Lake Marathon in Ohio as a final hard paced long run 2 weeks before a PR attempt in Chicago.  As it had been over 3 months since my last road marathon, this practice race was a test run of Chicago race day (on a very similar flat course).  The 3:15 pace ended up feeling like an easy effort run and was a huge confidence builder that got me mentally ready to PR in Chicago (and I did PR running a 2:52).  Recently I used a 50k to test fueling strategies and pacing for an upcoming 50 miler.  Using races for fun and/or training gets you used to getting up early and going through the race routine and help to ease race day jitters when the goal race does come around.

5. Listen to Your Body - Running frequent marathons and ultras requires a certain level of discipline of knowing when enough is enough.  There will be days when your body says no and you need to listen to it and rest.  There are times when I feel really good and can continue to push the training hard, and there are times where my body needs rest and I simply do some easy short runs, or take multiple days off.  When you frequently race, you will find your body does not lose fitness very fast, and you can afford to take some time off from hard training.  Most important thing is to rest when you feel you need rest.  No single day of training is worth sacrificing the greater goal.  Because of this I follow a generally unstructured training plan, and only work in a hard training day when I feel I can handle it.  Other than getting long runs in on a weekend, I'm pretty flexile on what days I do speed work, etc.  Each recovery from each race is different, after some races I feel great and can run hard a few days later.  Some races require more time.  The important thing is to listen to the body, and pay attention to the warning sings of injury of excessive fatigue.  Rest is not a four letter word, it is necessary.

6. Most of Your Runs Should Be Easy - Aside from races, I do 1 or 2 other hard training runs per month.  On weekends when I don't race, I do an easy to moderate pace long run, at a pace and distance that does not leave me feeling drained.  During the week, most of my running is done at 1:00 to 1:30 above marathon goal pace and most runs are in the 5-6 mile range (nothing too long).  Once every two weeks or so I'll do a fast tempo run to maintain speed.  Basically, your races are most of your hard runs.  By doing mostly easy/moderate running during the week, you will allow your body much needed recovery while maintaining fitness.

7. Be Willing To Compromise - What I mean by this is that you may not reach your fullest potential.  For example, if you target to run only 1 or 2 marathons per year as your A races, and you do rigorous training for these 2 races, you will probably run a better time than you will if you run marathons every two weeks.  If you are going to race frequently you may not reach your fullest potential as you need to dedicate a lot more time to recovery.  It depends on what you want.  I enjoy racing, so I race a lot.  If you are after a particularly ambitious time goal - it may be better to train more and race less so you can stick to a more structured training plan.  The one item I dislike about frequent racing is that I have lost some structure to my training - but again - be willing to compromise.

8. It's OK to miss a race - If you don't feel it, don't race it.  The great thing about frequent racing is there is always something on your calendar.  If you are feeling ill, hurt, or just aren't up for racing that weekend, then it's probably best to rest.  While I don't DNS often - it is inevitable that you will at some point when you take on a frequent racing schedule.  Last year I DNS'd one race (personal reasons), this year I had to DNS a 50k because I had the flu.  Stuff comes up in life, don't feel guilty about a single DNS.

So that's it, those are my tips.  Like any advice I give about running - I'll give you my common disclaimers.  What I wrote above works for me, it may not work for everyone.  I am of the opinion that running is a very personal sport, and different people respond differently to training.  A routine that works for me, may not work for you.  I tried to keep these tips fairly generic for that very reason, and not get into specifics on details of the workouts or exercises that I do.  Like I said, my training is generally unstructured.  What I encourage you to do is slowly experiment.  You will find something that works for you.  It won't come without some growing pains, but with focus and decent training you can run ALL the races, while still setting PRs, running longer distances, and evolving into an all around better runner.