Pietari was first in the 100 mile in 15:51:26. His win at Brazos Bend came just weeks after winning and setting a course record at the Dead Horse 50-Miler.
“I had wet socks for 99 miles, but my feet felt fine all day,” Pietari said. “There was a lot of deep, slippery mud. Some sections had tacky, sticky mud that made every step take extra effort. Other sections added a pound of mud to each shoe, causing me look forward to splashing through the next ankle-deep puddle to wash the extra weight off. I damaged my achilles sliding in the first ten miles, then powered through pain all day. I had bathroom issues from a stomach bug. I got severely nauseous and executed a puke and rally at mile 75. I had a blast. I crossed the finish line both happy and feeling like I’d spent a week in a torture chamber.”
Sharman grabbed the win in the 50 mile with a time of 6:16:30. Brazos Bend was Sharman’s first major race back after a spinal and shoulder injury, but he was determined to run and get his UTMB points.
“The spinal and shoulder injury wiped out my training until 7 weeks ago,” Sharman said. “But I got my UTMB points and got caked in mud. So good to be running completely uninjured again!”
Ball won the marathon with a time of 3:09:44. After his win, Ball jumped back on the course to pace Pietari for 16 miles, helping him on to his win.
“My day started off with running the marathon where I took first,” Ball said. “Then I got the privilege of running with Kyle Pietari on one of his 16.7 mile loops on his way to the victory in the 100-miler.”
Brazos Bend 100 is part of the Altra-sponsored trail series Trail Racing Over Texas. TROT offers 5k’s to 100-milers, both flat and fast to hard and hilly, that showcase the best trail running Texas has to offer.
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