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Big Bend National Park, Texas
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The new courses are run thru Glenn Springs, and down Black Gap Rd., with beautiful desert scenery, and a net downhill drop of 1400'. Elevation 2300-1900 ft. These new course are more convenient for participants to be shuttled to RGV after their run and post race dinner, award ceremony, and the new "social hour" in RGV and hopefully Hot Springs to relieve tired bodies.

1/06/2006 Note From the Race Director: P. Carroll Voss... San antonio, TEXAS – Entries for the upcoming second annual Big Bend 50 Ultra Run already are above organizers’ expectations, and include a world champion athlete.

“Our current entries have climbed to 120,” said Carroll Voss, race director. “I expect to go higher before the start of the race.”

Hundreds of people will begin rolling into Big Bend National Park next week for the January 15th event, which will benefit Friends of Big Bend National Park.

2005 Big Bend 50 women’s champ, Ms. Amanda McIntosh of San Antonio, recently won the World Women’s 100K Master’s title in Argentina. She will return to defend her title at Big Bend.

Ms. McIntosh ran solo in the 2005 women’s division. Her final time of 8 hours 8 minutes and 44 seconds placed her second in the combined individual times.

San Antonio physician Mitch Finnie will defend his Big Bend 50 title from last year. Dr. Finnie won the first Big Bend 50 with a time of 7 hours 54 minutes and 18 seconds.

This year’s Big Bend Ultra Run entries come from nine states to vie in two events. Last year, Big Bend 50 brought 55 runners from four states to the park to compete solo or in relays.

The park service limits the number of runners to 200 for safety and conservation reasons.

This year features two courses. One will be a 25K run (15.5 miles) and the other one 50k (31 miles). The course also will cover new terrain. Both races will be for individuals only.

There also is a new medal for finishers this year. It features Elephant Tusk peak with a sotol plant in the foreground. The design is very accurately done from a digital photo taken at the park.

While much is new about this year’s race, organizers are thrilled about the return of the old. Big Bend Amateur Radio Club and the San Antonio Hams have signed up again to provide safety and logistical support for the racers. Friends of Big Bend National Park and park volunteers also will be pitching in to help. Terlingua EMS will again provide emergency medical service on race day.

Race organizers are particularly grateful for the continued and growing support of Big Bend area merchants and organizations.

“Without the help of all those folks,” says Mr. Voss, “this would not be possible.”

Funds raised will go to Friends of Big Bend National Park, and in turn, will be used at Big Bend National Park for badly-needed projects.

In its first year, the race alone raised $1,200. That amount does not include sales of Big Bend 50 shirts and posters race officials donated to Friends of Big Bend for sale to the public. Nor does it reflect individual donations spurred by the race.

Friends of Big Bend has raised more than $300,000 for park projects since its founding in 1996.

Finally, many runners will want to know what they get when they sign up. Mr. Voss says there’s more good news there, too.

“Each race packet will have a long-sleeve technical shirt, James Evans’ poster, running bag, gloves, hanteen and more!” the race director said.

“Plus, all finishers receive the custom Big Bend Ultra Finisher’s Medal.

“And, we will host a big cookout in the Rio Grande Village Campground afterward. We’ll have an awards ceremony and door prizes will be given away,” Mr. Voss added.

Projected Climate in January
Lows in the upper 30’s
Highs in the upper 50’s, and dry!
Can be colder, so be prepared

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Year: 2007               
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Paul Grimm   50 K Men 4:17:13 8:18  7.23 mph 
 Jana Curry   50 K Women 6:07:26 11:51  5.06 mph 
 Bert Whitaker   50 K Masters Men 4:25:20 8:34  7.01 mph 
 Jana Curry   50 K  Masters Women  6:07:26 11:51  5.06 mph 
Complete 2007 Results (All Races)
Year: 2006               
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Noel Sawatzky   50 K Men 4:04:12 7:53  7.62 mph 
 Amanda Mcintosh   50 K Women 4:23:12 8:29  7.07 mph 
 Mitch Finnie   50 K Masters Men 4:32:02 8:47  6.84 mph 
 Amanda Mcintosh   50 K  Masters Women  4:23:12 8:29  7.07 mph 
Complete 2006 Results (All Races)
Year: 2005               
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Mitch Finnie   50 Mile Men 7:54:18 9:29  6.33 mph 
 Amanda McIntosh   50 Mile Women 8:08:44 9:46  6.14 mph 
Complete 2005 Results (All Races)
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