On January 9th in Bandera, Texas, Boulder ultrarunner Cassie Scallon scorched up the trail at the Bandera 100K Endurance Run, blazing to a new course record in a time of 9:19:46 (full results). The race once again served as the USATF 100K National Trail Championships, which known for its ups and downs, as well as the painful nature of the desert fauna which tends to tear up runner’s legs with tiny thorns and prickers. The old course record was held by Liza Howard who set it in 2011 with a time of 9:35:23. Finishing 5th overall, Cassie’s winning time bested the next female finisher by over 11 minutes.
After the race Cassie commented on her Facebook page, “Despite puke and cramps, I got lucky and snagged Liza’s stout course record.”
The win also granted Cassie a Golden Ticket entry into this year’s Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. Four years ago Boulder’s Sage Canaday also had a spectacular race at the Bandera 100K, setting a course record in a time of 8:13:49.