Race Results & Team News
See what our team members have been up to lately!
Georgia Death Race
Gavin May, John Griffin, and Dan Semore carried the banner for our state in the brutal Georgia Death Race. Contested in the wilds of north Georgia, GDR offers 70+ miles, 15K feet of elevation gain, and DNS/DNF's aplenty. All three acquitted themselves well, with John Griffin coming away with a top 10 finish!
Lake Martin 100
Ultra veteran Beth Little added yet another 50 miler notch to her belt by competing in the Lake Martin event in Alabama. Battling through both thunderstorms and afternoon temperatures approaching 90 degrees, Beth once again inspired us with her endurance and tenacity!
Big Buffalo 50
The Big Buffalo event at Shelby Farms normally brings out a large contingent from the North Mississippi Endurance team, and this year was no different. The weather was beautiful, the course was slick, friends were plentiful, and the effort was amazing. Race participants were:
Rachel Macagni: (1st Overall female)
Anthony Lane (2nd Overall in the Masters division)
Hollie Trim (Hollie's first 50K!)
50K relay participants:
Southeast Strongman Classic
Our own TJ Bateman spent the weekend in Montgomery, Alabama competing in the Southeast Strongman Classic. Not only did TJ win the masters division, he also set a new state record in the deadlift for his class. Congratulations TJ!
Germantown Half Marathon
Devin Burgess headed up to Shelby County to tackle the ever popular Germantown Half Marathon. As usual, Devin made a strong showing for the North Mississippi Endurance team.
MRTC Winter Off-road Series 10K
Sandra Parker completed the 4-race winter off-road series in the final 10K race at Shelby Farms. She took 3rd place in the female masters category and vowed to run only trails from now on. (Just kidding). For the combined 4-race winter off-road series, Sandra finished in first place in her age group.
John Griffin completed his first 100 miler and absolutely dominated. With an amazing 40+ mile pacer assist from teammate Gavin May, John endured over 15K feet of elevation gain on his way to a top 10 finish!
Into the Woods 30A 50K Relay
Team members Gary Owens, Kathy Owens, and Petey Elliotte ventured down to the Florida panhandle to participate in this 50K relay race. They all ran great and had a fun event together!
Seaside Half Marathon
Stalwart Sam Renfrow visited the Florida panhandle and represented North Mississippi Endurance in the Seaside Half Marathon. Sam displayed the results of hard work and consistent training and ran an outstanding race!
Sylamore 50K / 25K
Sean Hilsdon travelled to central Arkansas and tackled the ever-popular Sylamore 50K. This was a big occasion for Sean, as this was his first 50K trail race after a long recovery from a major injury. It's great to have him back out at our favorite races again!
MRTC Winter Off-road Series 8K
Sandra Parker continued her strong showing in the MRTC Winter Off-road Series by taking 1st in her age category at the 8K race held at Stanky Creek. One more race left in the series! Can Sandra finish it out for the title!?
MRTC Winter Off-road Series 5K
Anthony Lane and Sandra Parker completed leg 2 of the MRTC Winter Off Road Series, sloshing through a muddy 5K course at Johnson Park in Collierville, TN. Sandra took 2nd place age group, while Anthony led his son Jackson to a first place finish in the U10 category.
Mountain Mist 50K
Two of our trail titans, Gavin May and John Griffin, took on the Mountain Mist 50K in Huntsville, AL. They battled nearly 4000 feet of elevation gain and came away with two impressive sub-6 showings.
Village Creek 25K
Sandra Parker made the drive over to Village Creek State Park in Wynne, AR and took on the challenging course in the Village Creek 25K race. The trails were muddy, but Sandra made a great showing!
MRTC Winter Off-road Series 3K
Both Anthony Lane and Sandra Parker blistered the 3K course, Anthony in 12:42 and Sandra at 15:11. Sandra was first female in her age group.
Swamp Stomper 25K / 50K
The team had a great day at Swamp Stomper 2023. John Griffin notched a podium finish with 3rd overall in the 50K, while Sean Hilsdon and Dan Wolford had outstanding showings in the 25K.
For the 4th year in a row, NME sponsored and staffed the turnaround aid station. A large contingent of team members came out to support the runners there.
Hill & Dale 8 Miler
Team members Amanda Kimsey and Brian Swanson came out to race the undulating Hill & Dale 8-Miler at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. The course is difficult, but both were up to the challenge!
Athens Big Fork Trail Marathon
Gavin May and Dan Semore conquered the brutal ABF Marathon in Arkansas this year, enduring over 7000 feet of elevation gain over the course of the race. A couple of trail beasts!
Strongman Masters National Championships
TJ Bateman traveled to Las Vegas to compete against some of the nation's strongest in the Strongman Masters National Championships, and brought home a 3rd place overall trophy!
Light Garden 5K
Sandra Parker, Donnie Chambliss, and Kevin Byrd braved frigid nighttime temperatures to complete the 1st Annual Light Garden 5K benefiting Make-A-Wish. Both Sandra and Kevin took 1st place in their respective age groups.
St. Jude Marathon Weekend
NME had a large contingent participating in the St. Jude Marathon Weekend. Athletes included:
Road Race Series 2nd Half Marathon
Several team members completed the MRTC Road Race Series 2nd Half Marathon, including Brian Swanson, Gary Owens, Kathy Owens, Hollie Trim, and Melisa Burgess.
Tupelo Trail Shuffle
Gavin May and Dan Wolford took part in the 1st annual Tupelo Trail Shuffle in Trace State Park, and Gavin came home as the Overall winner!
Sugar Run 5K
Gary Owens, Kathy Owens, and Melisa Burgess made the drive down to Tupelo, MS to represent NME in the Sugar Run 5K!
Tunnel Hill 50/100 Miler
Several NME team members took on big challenges at the Tunnel Hill 50/100 Miler. Participants were:
Congratulation to all for your perseverance!
CHF Race for Hope 5K / 10K
The Chris Hope Foundation is a favorite race among NME team members, and several supported the cause this year by running the CHF Race for Hope. Participants were:
Fallyne Kelly (3rd Overall, 1st Age Group)
Sam Renfrow (3rd Grand Master, 2nd Age Group)
Petey Elliotte (1st Grand Master, 2nd Master)
Kathy Owens (2nd Age Group)
Homerun for Habitat 5K
As we do every year, NME supported the 2022 Homerun for Habitat 5K race in Southaven by providing the on-course water stop for the runners. Additionally, several of our athletes participated in the race, including:
Donnie Chambliss (1st Age Group)
Bubba Crowder (1st Age Group)
Kathy Owens (1st Grand Master)
Walking Tall 25K / 50K
As one of the premier trail races in the Memphis region, Walking Tall at Big Hill Pond State Park always brings out a large contingent of NME athletes. This year was no exception, with the following team members completing one of the race distances:
April Hilsdon (5th year finisher)
Gavin May (5th year finisher)
Staci Thomas (5th year finisher)
Kevin Byrd (5th year finisher)
Hernando Water Tower 10K
The team had a great showing at this year's Hernando Water Tower 10K:
Fallynne Kelly - 2nd Age Group
Sandra Parker - 2nd Age Group
Petey Elliotte - 2nd Age Group
Arkansas Traveler 100
Team members April Hilsdon and Staci Thomas pulled off an incredible feat by completing this 100 mile race, enduring around 12 thousand feet of elevation gain over the course of 24+ hours and 100 miles. What an amazing accomplishment for these two!