Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Big Tesuque 2014 - Race Analysis and Statistics

Alright now! We have several highlights from this year's race we wanted to get out. We'll start with a couple easy ones and get into more detail over the next week. 

To begin, we had a total of 151 finishers at this year's Big Tesuque Trail Run. Our results database is now updated and complete. As can be seen in our profesh looking table below, the 151 tally is the largest field in the event's 30yr history. As is generally the case, more than 50% of this year's runners were first time Big T racers. 
A record field at the last three races
This year's race also had representation from 29 towns/cities in 7 states, highwater marks for both statistics. Dustin Martin's finishing time was the speediest since 2007. Give yourself a solid pat on the back if you pushed yourself up and down the mountain this year. 

The Striders are contributing $2,000 to WINGS of America, the race's sole charitable beneficiary. The contribution used to be structured strictly as proceeds from the race, we now kick in a larger sum that includes general Club funds. One not-so-insignificant factor in this change was the recent involvement of WINGS program director (Martin), in the race. He also happens to have collected three straight titles. 

Lastly, we had two runners this year that competed in the inaugural 'Run to the Towers' in 1985; our own Chris Chavez and Jack Lippincott who now runs his miles in Houston. As it happens, both men have long marathon streaks to their name - Chris has run every Duke City Marathon (31 straight years); Jack has reeled off 40 straight at the Houston Marathon. A tip of our cap to both these gentlemen for bringing honor to the race over the last three decades. 

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Big Tesuque Results and Live-Blogging - 2014

Aspen Vista looking north - 2008 - courtesy of Max Mujynya
Big day tomorrow. We had a very large number of pre-registrants - including 86 year old Otto Appenzeller and 15 y.o. Caleb Farrar. We also have Chris Chavez, a tough-as-nails runner who competed in the very first 'Run to the Towers' race back in October 1985, registered to give it a go. Give Chris a hi-five if you see him. He's a badass and he's an important thread of living history with this race at its 30 yr measure.

Hard to call a race favorite without either double-returning champion Dustin Martin or Katie Gillen on the pre-registration ledger. Heavyweights Joachim Marjon and Andrew Hahn are two runners that draw attention on the men's side; Olympic marathon trials qualifier Heather McNiff is a heavy favorite in the women's field.

We'll source an embedded Twitter feed of race highlights, commentary, and photos tagged with the hashtag #BigT14. Post your tally at days end and it will feed through.

 - Full results   Dustin Martin (3rd straight title), Ott, Richard claim the men's podium
 - Womens' overall  Heather McNiff, Lopez, Spivey top the podium places
 - Age Group results
 - Race photo album here (courtesy Max Mujynya)

Related Posts:
 - Big T Results Live Blog - 2013
 - Big T Results 2012

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Video Flyover of the Course Start

The Aspen Vista Trail and surrounding mountains have begun their late September turn. Going to be beautiful up there this Saturday. Below is a few minutes of embedded video that Max shot last weekend. It includes running, dogs, some hikers, and roughly the first mile of trail.

The weather reports call for slightly warmer temps this weekend, and I imagine the puddles will all have dried up by then. Online registration will close Thursday night at 8pm. Registration will be available on race day, 815-845am.

Related Posts:
 - Pacing Strategies on Big Tesuque
 - What to Prepare for on Race Day

View Aspen Vista Trail (Big Tesuque Trail) - Santa Fe, NM in a larger map

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Race Planning for Big T 2014

Our race date of Saturday October 4th has been set and permitted by the good folks at the Santa Fe National Forest.

Online registration at ought to be going live later today is now live, manual registration is available via flyers currently being distributed around town, (or download here). $25 general registration, $22 for Striders club members.

Get fired up.