This Week In Running: January 8, 2018

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRCan you believe it? The Bandera 100k marks the annual rebirth of ‘This Week In Running’ and its now third anniversary. Looking back to 2015, it was Aliza Lapierre and David Laney who highlighted that first column with their Bandera 100k wins. We again have a recap of Bandera, and a whole bunch of other regional-level races.

Bandera 100k – Bandera, Texas

The Bandera 100k pulled double duty. Not only was it the 2018 USATF 100k Trail National Championships, but it was also the year’s first Golden Ticket Race. The former distinction brought $4,000 of prize money, and the latter meant that each of the top-two men and women earned an automatic entry to the Western States 100.


Camille Herron is going back to Western States. She won this year’s race in 9:56. Although the time was 27 minutes off her second-place finish from last year, and 48 minutes off of Stephanie Violett‘s 2017 course record, Herron was still way out in front and over an hour better than this year’s second place.

Camille Herron - 2018 Bandera 100k winner

Camille Herron, 2018 Bandera 100k winner. Photo: Conor Holt

Though Michele Yates earns a Western States Golden Ticket, too, for finishing second, it looks like she doesn’t plan to take it due to ongoing hip issues. She finished Bandera in 11:00.

Anna Hailey took third place in 11:48, and it looks like the Golden Ticket will roll down to her if she desires it. Early Herron-chaser Dani Filipek did not finish.

The accompanying 50k had Kelly Swanson victorious in 5:15, eight minutes better than second-place Wendes Gray.


A wrong turn wrecked Mario Mendoza’s 2017 race here. Back in 2018, and with football-style black paint under his eyes, Mendoza delivered an 8:07 victory. For perspective, he was over an hour better than the 2017 winning time. Cody Reed fell off the quick pace over the second lap and finished runner-up in 8:24.

Mario Mendoza - 2018 Bandera 100k winner

Mario Mendoza, 2018 Bandera 100k winner. Photo: Paul Vanderheiden

Jared Burdick was third in 8:40, and Ryan Smith was fourth in 8:45.

The long list of drops included would-be contenders Scott Gall, Joe Moore, Zach Gingerich, Chris Raulli, and Chris Mocko.

Ford Smith won the accompanying 50k race in 4:03, barely behind Matt Turnbull’s 2011 course record. Dave Mackey had what expects to be the feel-good story of 2018 though. Racing for the first time since 2015 and the first time since a horrific lower-leg injury that resulted in amputation, Mackey ran the 50k in 5:58.

Full results.

The next Golden Ticket Race is the February 3 Sean O’Brien 100k in southern California.

Other Races

Campaccio Cross Country

The Campaccio Cross Country race in Italy dates back to 1957! It’s a 10k race that’s had Olympic champions regularly in its field. Joe Gray ran 30:16 for ninth place. For perspective on this field, Kenyan-born American and 13:03 5,000-meter-man Paul Chelimo was third just 38 seconds in front of Gray. Leading results.

2018 Campaccio Cross Country men's race

2018 Campaccio Cross Country men’s race. Photo: Campaccio Cross Country

Rocks and Roots Winter Trail Series #1

It was a cold morning in Ohio for the Rocks and Roots Winter Trail Series #1 race. Irene Koesters and Harvey Lewis won the 50k in 6:51 and 4:43, respectively. Full results.

Croom Zoom

It’s the right time of the year to be racing in Florida. Gary Gellin overcame a wrong turn and an extra 2.5 miles to finish second at the Croom Zoom 50k. Can anyone share winner results from this race? Full results (when available).

San Tan Scramble

Brianna Grigsby and Aaron Newell won Aravaipa Running’s San Tan Scramble 50k event in Arizona with 5:09 and 4:19 winning times. Full results.

Harbison 50k

Did I see snow in South Carolina? The Harbison 50k there might have had some. Charlee Owens and Robert Gilmer won in 6:21 and 4:46, respectively. Full results.

Salem Lakeshore Frosty Fifty

North Carolina’s Winston Salem Salem Lakeshore Frosty Fifty 50k race ran fast. Colleen Lafrance and Stephen Spada triumphed with 4:12 and 3:33 finishes. Full results.

Next Week – HURT 100 Mile – Honolulu, Hawai’i

The HURT 100 Mile and its five laps in the jungle above Honolulu returns next weekend.


  • Becky Bates – 5th 2017 Hardrock 100
  • Candice Burt – 2nd at 2016 HURT 100 Mile
  • Kathleen Cusick – 2nd at 2017 Hellgate 100k
  • Gia Madole – 1st at 2017 Black Hills 100 Mile
  • Darcy Piceu – 2nd at 2017 Hardrock 100
  • Sabrina Stanley – 3rd at 2017 Western States 100 Mile
  • Bree Wee – 1st at 2012 Ironman Louisville, 1st at 2014 Ironman Canada


  • Guillaume Calmettes – 2nd at 2017 HURT 100 Mile
  • Avery Collins – 4th at 2016 HURT 100 Mile
  • Yassine Diboun – 3rd at 2016 HURT 100 Mile
  • Trevor Fuchs – 1st at 2017 Wasatch 100 Mile
  • Masazumi Fujioka – 3rd 2017 HURT 100 Mile
  • Bradley Revenis – 2nd at 2017 Hellgate 100k
  • Patrick Stover – 1st at 2017 Peacock Challenge 55 Mile

Full entrant list.

Call for Comments

2018! Lets keep it going, and hear your comments in the field below.

[Editor’s Note: Columnist Justin Mock and editor Meghan Hicks spend many hours per week compiling this article, and often doing so well ahead of races posting their results online–that is, by combing social media. We simply cannot cover all the trail and ultra races that take place each week, so we do our best to provide results of the most competitive races as well as a spectrum of additional events from around the world. Please feel absolutely welcome to leave comments with the results of races not covered in this article, and to leave additional information about the races from which we have shared results. Thank you for your understanding.]

Justin Mock

is a family man, finance man, and former competitive runner. He gave his 20s to running, and ran as fast as 2:29 for the marathon and finished as high as fourth at the Pikes Peak Marathon. His running is now most happy with his two dogs on the trails and peaks near his home west of Denver.

There are 27 comments

  1. Lightning

    Summer mountain running siblings Scott and Caitlin Patterson have been killing it at cross country skiing nationals this week, likely securing Olympic bids. Caitlin has won all three of the National titles up for grabs so far with one race to go (today). Scott dominated the 15K freestyle race by 55 seconds in the opening race. Articles and results are here:

  2. Wyatt

    Michele won’t be accepting her ticket to Western States. Her hips are not in the condition to do so. It took everything she could do just to finish Bandera.

  3. philip vondra

    I think Brian Oestrike will do well at HURT. He was 2nd at Pinhoti 2017, he tied for 1st place Bighorn 100miler 2017 and was 4th at The bear 2016.

  4. Jon Tanner

    Thanks Justin for the weekly article. I’m sure it is a lot of work, but always a must see for me, and a big reason I contribute to iRunFar Patreon page.

    1. Roger

      I did run 9:15 for the 100km win at the Croom Zoom in Florida, but Although my 60’s seem to be approaching quickly, I am currently “just” 55.

  5. Rob Gilmer

    No snow at Harbison this year (there was at last year’s edition) :). The coastal areas of the state got a lot, but we missed out in Columbia. It was crazy cold this year though, with temperatures in the low to mid-teens at the start (frozen water lines and icy beards abounded).

      1. Luke

        Mocko was sitting in the Chapas aid station (mile ~17) when I pulled in on the first loop, so I’m guessing that is where he bailed. He looked like he was in good spirits, though.

  6. Ben

    Do we have confirmation the Bandera course was longer and harder?
    If so, that makes the women’s results understandable and Mario’s result incredible!

    1. willy

      Having run it before the course seemed like it was not only longer with more climbing, but a lot more technical climbing and descents. The technicality really slowed it down. This had to have been the most competitive men’s field ever- they went out very hard with a lot of drops and some hanging on. Mario wanted it more than anyone especially after the wrong turn last yr. If it wasn’t for the short course yrs this would be a CR- incredible performance.

    2. Chris R

      I’m very familiar with the Bandera course and have run on those trails extensively since 2007. It was actually a little shorter this year than last year. Last year was the longest course to date which makes Stephanie’s results more incredible. Climbing is about the same. The park mandated a lot of changes and closed off some trails that had been used prior to 2017 which prompted the changes in 2017. I think this year the distance is about right as last year was likely a little too long. The course is likely more technical than it was a few years ago due to erosion from major rains in spring of 2015 and 2016.

  7. Gary Gellin

    Thanks for the great reporting. Patrick Gallagher from Gainesville won the Croom Zoom 50k. He is in Western States this year and is fired up.

    1. John Vanderpot

      I was just reading about this, so disappointing!

      And a pretty incredible site in terms of the thoroughness — the guy really seems to do some digging, and who knew there was so much cheating going on with the roadies?


  8. Mat Grills

    As usual guys, great work….however….how had no one even mentioned in the comments the glaring, heart string yanking, number one story from this week….DAVE MACKEY!!! I can not even begin to produce words as to how inspiring it is to see him back out racing and I’m in Australia…not even physically close to the racing scene there (although I follow very closely!). Absolutely amazing and much respect, love and admiration to you Dave. Full circle and keep being incredible!

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