Obviously, Bastrop State Park is known for abundant wildflower trails throughout its 6,600 acres, but the Volte boys were not there to pick flowers last Saturday.
Impressive performances, though, were the measure of the day as part of Trail Racing Over Texas’ third annual Wildflower Trail Run in Bastrop on May 8.
The race started in 2017, but the last two years have been cancelled.
In just his fifth career trail race, Ramon Rosales, Jr., 40, registered his third overall win and set a new event record, recording the first sub-4 hour 50K in the Wildflower Trail Run’s history.
Rosales’ 3:59:33 shattered the former mark set by Angel Jabega four years ago when he won the inaugural race in 4:17:29.
He was a little more than eight minutes ahead of his closest competitor, Adam Doe, 33, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who also broke the former standard with a mark of 4:07:48.
Even though it was Luis Murillo’s slowest time of three career Wildflower Trail Run 50K finishes, he stayed in the top four for the third straight time.
Luis posted a time of 4:41:13. He had finished third overall in 2017 (4:34:56) and second in 2018 (4:18:00).
Brother Juan had his fastest of the three years and his second top 10 finish in the 50K.
He finished eighth overall in 5:15:59, bettering his 5:19:20 ninth place effort in 2017.
And for good family measure, father Jose Murillo shined in the 10K.
At 70 years of age, Jose was 23rd overall at the 6.2-mile distance in 1:03:35 – an excellent time in and of itself for any age on that course, but he beat another 114 runners to the finish line – and was the oldest competitor in the field.
Well done everyone!