texas trail running

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. 

Blazing 7s Trail Run Recap

Blazing 7s Trail Run Recap

As the clock started at 8am the day began for the first Blazing 7s Trail Run at 7il Ranch. The ranch has been working as a cattle ranch for over 150 years all on the beautiful 1100 acre ranch. The ranch has never been officially trail races on so the cows were surprised when all the gun went off. 

The 100k led out first with the order of running the red, orange and purple trails in that order to complete 1 loop. Each full loop was a bit over 21.5 miles for a total of 63.5 miles or approx a 100k. The 100k was led up front most of the race with Mark Junkans and TEAM TROT runner Matt Zmolek. Melissa Linan led the females out all day long and went to wire to wire. Around the 48 mile mark Matt Zmolek took the lead and finished up in first place for the men. Melissa Linan continued to run hard and ended up 3rd overall/1st female. 

Top 3 Overall

Matt Zmolek 11:26 1st, Iain Wallace 14:28 2nd, Melissa Linan 14:36 3rd place

The 50k was 2 laps of the red and orange loops for the 33 miles. Jeff Miller and Patrick Kubovsky led the race out from the start and hit the 1st loops within minuted of each other. Kimberly Palacios and Kelli Vance stayed within a few minutes of each other towards lap 2. In the end TEAM TROT runner Jeff Miller took the win with a 3:55, followed by Patrick Kubovksy in 2nd with 4:07 and Paul Stewart with a 4:26. Kimberly Palacios finished strong to edge Kelli Vance with a 5:37 to a 5:44 for 1st/2nd. Carmen Martinez hit the wire with a great 2nd loop at 6:02 shortly after. 

The 25k and 10k were barn burners with many great local runners all pushing hard to break each other in the sandy trails that accompanied the trails. 

For the full results of all the races click HERE

For the full race photos from the race click HERE

For the 2015/2016 race schedule click HERE

Trail Racing Over Texas announces Jackalope Jam 6hr, 12hr and 24 hour race Oct 17th 2015

JACKALOPE JAM 6hr-12hr-24hr

Oct 17th-18th

Carbide Park  Hitchcock, Texas

Trail Racing Over Texas brings our first timed event with the Jackalope Jam on October 17th that will start at 7am. The race will be on a 1 mile loop at Carbide Park in Hitchcock Texas. The track is a mix of gravel trail and cement that will loop at the front of the park. 

We will offer free camping for the saturday evening of the race for those participating. All registered runners will receive a tech shirt at packet pickup, full aid stations with support and amazing medals/buckles. We will have medals for those who eclipse the 26.2/50 mile mark and buckles for those who hit the 100k/100m mark as well. 

We will be pushing the jackalope theme through the event with shirts, medals and promo items that all detail the mythical creature that is the Jackalope. 

Trail Racing Over Texas Cup Standings Updated after Horseshoe Trail Run

Trail Racing Over Texas Cup Standings with Team Cup Standings 

As the mud settled after the Horseshoe Trail Run the individual points and the team points were calculated. Every runner in our races gets points for the TROT Cup no matter what race you finish or run in. The TEAM Cup is determined by those who associated a designated team that you run for while in our races. Those team members points accumulate for the teams and we award prizes for the teams at the end of the year. 

The  TROT CUP is designed to award individual achievements, age group awards, volunteer awards and the Team Cup As well. With over $3500 in CASH and awards it is the highest paying Cup Series in Texas Trail Running! To see more information follow HERE

In the mens division Jeff Ball the overall leader increased his lead by winning the 50k at Horseshoe Trail Run on May 17th. Cal Neff stayed in 2nd while Peter Muessig moved into 3rd with his 2nd straight podium finish. Aaron Wieczorek cracked the top 10 with another top 5 finish, Matt Zmolek with his finish is in the top 10 and Buddy Howlett with his 5k finish jumped into the top 10 for his first time in mens overall top 10.

In the womens division Tracie Akerhielm won the 25k at the Horseshoe Trail Run and increased her lead as she dominates the overall standings. Becky Nesbitt moves up to the 5th position just a few tenths away from 4th place. Our Horseshoe Trail Run 50k winner Sherry Scott jumps into 8th place in the top 10 womens race as well. 

These standings will move very quickly as the distances get longer in the back half of the 2015 schedule. With the points variable being distance and placement runners will start to dial in their advantages of where they can succeed the most as the year progresses. 

Trail Racing Over Texas TEAM Cup Standings

The club of the year for 2014 is back and upfront with over 26 members registered at 143.17 points so far in the year. The Houston Area Trail Runners are close behind with 101.29 with 12 members in the mix. 3rd place goes to Team RWB with 44.10, Bayou City Road Runners Club with 41.26, 5th Runners High Club 25.96, 6th Lone Star Spartans 25.26 and Houston Galloway in 7th at 23.86.

With this being the first year of the TROT CUP the hope is that many of the team members will identify their teams this year so that the groups will compete until the final race. The top team will get 10 free entries into the races for the 2016 season.