Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Further Results - Big T 2012

Alright, so after a few days to recover the quads and reflect on Saturday's race we've compiled a trove of great stuff: 
Runners at this year's start - photo by Russella Serna
 Finishers and Records
  1. We had 129 finishers at Saturday's race, roughly half of which were first time participants. The highest number of finishers at Big T before Saturday was 121 in 2006 and 119 back in 1987. On an average year we generally have about 105 brave souls show up for the climb. So, we pretty much crushed that this year.
  2. Our new champions, Dustin Martin (1:24:22) and Katie Gillen (1:43:18), were not only first time winners but first time Big T participants. A terrific performance by both runners.
  3. Claudia Bergshon of Albuquerque ran to a new Age-Group Record in the women's 50+ division. Her time of 1:51:55 lowers the previous record held by Santa Fe's Deb Werenko of 1:55:33 (BT 2009), by over three minutes. Huge run by Claudia. We hope to have her back next year.
  4. In other top AG performances: Santa Fe's own Vin Kelley put up the second best time on record in the M60+ division (1:44:13) behind his record effort from BT 2011 (1:42:51). Kathy Kirsling of Tijeras put up the third best time on record for the F60+ division (2:27:08). She holds the division record of 2:21:08 from BT 2009. Ed Trzcienski of Albuquerque posted the sixth best time on record for the M50+ division with an 11th overall finish in a swift 1:37:38. Talking to Ed after the race he tells me that he moved to New Mexico recently from North Carolina. Guy's got mad skills, it was nice to have him in the field at Big T this year.
  5. We had several young faces out on the course Saturday which was a very pleasant sight. Santa Fe's Jessie Talbert ran to the fourth best time on record in the F19-under division in 2:19:11. David Naranjo of Santa Fe posted the third best time on record in the M19-under division in 1:51:42, followed closely by Boye Ladd Jr. of Albuquerque in the fourth best time on record in 2:00:59. Great job to these three athletes.
  6. Santa Fe's Ed Scott posted the 10th fastest time on record in the M60+ division (1:55:34). Ed also owns the third best performance in this division from Big T 2010 (1:49:35). Santa Fe's Robert Werner posted the 10th best time on record in the M70+ division (2:27:28). This was at least the fifteenth Big T finish for Bob going back to the inaugural race in 1985. I don't know which stat is more impressive.
  7. Lastly, the esteemed Otto Appenzeller of Albuquerque completed his sixth Big T with the fifth fastest time on record in the M80+ division. At 84 years, he is the oldest athlete to compete and finish the Big Tesuque Trail Run. Hats off to a stellar accomplishment.
Other Items:
  • Searchable results of Big T 2012 (and 23 of the previous 27 Big T races) are available with our new search widget here.
  • Official results with (bib numbers) are now posted at the Striders website in .pdf format - 2012 Results .pdf
  • Max has photo albums from the race posted to SmugMug. Find a photo or two that you like and make a custom print for your trophy case.
  •  Next year's 29th annual Big Tesuque Trail Run is scheduled for October 5, 2013. The first Saturday in October. Schedule a few more long runs for the year and knock a few minutes off of that PR.



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