Franklin Mountains Trail Run Recap
The Franklin Mountains Trail Run in its 1st year attracted over 475 runners from across the lone star state, new mexico and mexico as well. With these amazing runners we also had Gordy Ansleigh in attendance to run the 50k and professional photographer Myke Hermsmeyer as well.
The 50k with was a tad over 32 miles boasted 6250' of gain and 6250' down along the technical mountain trails. Out of the gate a pack of early leaders including TEAM TROT runners Josh Pauley, Jeff Ball let out down the trails. Zach Szablewski, Jacob Phillips and Joseph Hale mixed in and the lead pack was heading toward the peak of the mountain. TEAM TROT runner Tracie Akerhielm took the early lead for the females along with Copper Canyon Champion Beatriz Mendez.
All of the runners in the 50k made a loop up to the peak and picked up a summit bracelet from TEAM TROT Ambassador Santiago Morales before heading back down the back side of the mountains. Zach Szablewski won the race 4:57 with Jacob Phillips 2nd in 5:02 and TEAM TROT runner Jeff Ball in 3rd at 5:26. Beatriz Mendez took the lead at mile 26 and never looked back. She won the race in 5:53 with TEAM TROT runner Tracie Akerhielm in 2nd at 5:57. Alisha Edmiston was our 3rd female in 6:24.
The Half Marathon, 10k and 5k runners all took off in stages after the 50k started. All of the results for all of the runners can be seen HERE
Myke Hermsmeyer took some amazing pictures for us as well. You can see them
Big thanks goes out to Texas Parks & Wildlife, Franklin Mountains State Park, Visit El Paso and Holiday Inn for helping us get the event up and running.
It was wonderful to share the trails with the TROT runners, local El Paso runners and the Juarez Runners as well.
Next year the race will be Sept 10-12th and the 50k WILL be part of the US Skyrunning Ultra Series as well. We will open registration March 1st for the 2016 races.