A race known for having alligators strewn out along the course, the Brazos Bend 100 got a little bit of a break this year—cold temperatures mostly kept the alligators in nearby waters (though runners reported seeing alligator eyes reflecting off their headlamp lights at night).
Regardless, the race was a hit once again—one of the flattest ultramarathons out there, consisting of running a 16.75-mile loop six times with only one small hill to speak of. The race, around the marshlands at Brazos Bend State Park outside of Houston, Texas, challenged runners with a strong storm that blew in and created rainy, muddy and windy conditions. The winners were Anthony Jacobs (15:41:19) and Maggie Guteri (17:21:14). There was also a 50-miler, a marathon and a half marathon.