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Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Runs bids farewell

Courtesy: event release

Be sure to leave your comments regarding this great race at the bottom of this article!

Click here for a historical review of the Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Runs

The 19th annual Sunmart Texas Trails Endurance Runs 50 Mile and 50 K held its’ final race on December 6th, 2008 at the Huntsville state park.  

Over the past 2 decades we have had the pleasure of providing this world class event with participation by some of the best Ultra-Runners throughout The United States, Latin America, Canada, The Pacific Rim and Europe.  

The Sunmart Texas Trails Endurance Runs earned the reputation of being the “Best Ultra Event” from the participants and was truly designed to cater to the Ultra Runner by providing unparalleled support and services.  

In 2007, because of the events outstanding reputation the “IAU” (International Association of Ultra Runners) chose the Sunmart Texas Trails Endurance Runs 50 Mile to be the First World Trail Challenge & Championship Event.  

In addition, we had the privilege of having many Olympic Medalists, Marathon Record Holders/Winners and other Legends in the running world as guest speakers at our pre-race banquet.

We have a long list of people and organizations to thank over the past many years for helping us develop and define the Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Runs as the Premier Ultra Event in the United States.  Below I have mentioned just a few:

John Cook, Marchita Cook & Family (race founders)
Roger Soler, Roger Soler Sports Staff, Patti McKeever &Dave Hartman Race Director and Staff)
Employees of Sunmart (race volunteers/restaurant workers/aide stations, and more)
-- Evelyn Adair of Sunmart (Event Coordinator)
Robin Friedsam of Sunmart (Registration Coordinator)
Greg Lee & Tom Anderson of Sunmart (Park Restaurant)
-- Paul Baltutis & Richard Osburn (Event Reporter & Photographer)
Doug & Martha Cude (Friends and Supporters of the Race)
Chevron Texaco, ExxonMobil, Wells Fargo Bank, Pepsi, Ozarka, Guaranty Bank, Frito-Lay, Nabisco, Mclane, Amergy Bank, and many others
-- Doctor Theodore Piliszek, M.D. (Event Physician) and Staff
Roy Pirrung (Runner, Event Writer & Friend of the Race)
Mark Godale, Eric Binder, Wendy Terris, Connie Gardner, Jim Harrington, Tania Pacev,  and others  (top runners and friends of the race)
-- Ranger Chris Holm and the Staff of the Huntsville State Park     

A special Thank You to all of the runners that came each year to the race each year, for the opportunity to support you during your participation in the race and for allowing us to share in the excitement of cheering you on as you achieved your challenging goal of running in the Sunmart Texas Trails Endurance Runs 50 Mile & 50 K.    

Daniel Miller
Race Chairman

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