Bandera, TX, January 8, 2011
Dave Mackey, 41, of Boulder, CO, was new to the Bandera 100K, hill country course, but certainly not new to trail championships or winning them.
Mackey, the father of two, won his first masters title en route to winning his 4th open National Championship title. Affected by the early morning heat, Mackey said, “The heat forced me to slow down”. Meanwhile, Dave James, 32, of Northfield, OH, the runner up, took the early lead, along with Geoff Roes, who later dropped.
Mackey made his move to the front when clouds moved into the area and temperatures abated, picking up speed and creating a six-minute gap between aid stations. His winning time of 8:16:48 is just over one-hour better than the course record set in 2010, by Nick Clark, also of Colorado.
Rounding out the top three were Dave James in 8:33:36, and Jason Bryant of Elkin, North Carolina, who also broke the 9-hour mark, in 8:57:19, as the top four finishers all came in under the previous course record. Fourth place finisher, Dan Olmstead pushed Bryant hard and came close to catching him with his 8:57:42.
The competition in the women’s race matched that of the men, with the top three women breaking the course record of 10:33:18, set in 2010, in a tie by Jill Perry and Aliza La Pierre.
San Antonio resident, Liza Howard, 38, whose training takes place on the Hill Country State Natural Area course, led from start to finish and took nearly 58-minutes off the record.
She was shadowed by runner-up, Pam Smith, 36, of Salem, OR and Meghan Arbogast, 49, of Corvalis, OR, the 100K National team’s top performer at the IAU World Championship, on Nov. 7, 2010, was third and the top masters.
Liza, completing her 8th ultra, credited her second-year coach, Amanda McIntosh, with her steady and quick performance boost. Her 9:35:20 bettered Smith’s 9:46:42 and Arboghast’s 10:19:53.
Smith, a pathologist, who trains with Arboghast, hopes to run the Mad City 100K US Road Championships in Madison, WI on April 9, to qualify for selection to the USA 100K National Team. She noted she has finished as bridesmaid for several races in 2010, but was pleased to take 49-minutes off of last year’s time at Bandera.
Howard, who gained an automatic entry to the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run, plans to run there in June and then take a break from competition to have a second child.
The first 3 male and female runners, in the championship race
won $500, $350 and $150, respectively. Race directors, Joyce and Joe Prusaitis said, Further information and official results can be found at www.tejastrails.com.