America's premier stage race, the Tex Robertson Highland Lakes Challenge concluded this weekend with local Collis Williams defending his Monster Challenge title over two strong masters age-group long-distance national champions: Dave Barra of Kerhonkson of New York (second overall) and race founder Dr. Keith Bell (third overall).
In a dominating fashion, Collis (shown in photo with Keith) won each of the five races in the five-day Stage Race held in the Highland Lakes and finished in a cumulative time of 5 hours and 48 minutes.
Collis' sense of pace was incredible - given his victorious cumulative time last year was 5:47:22.
The Tex Robertson Highland Lakes Challenge takes place on five consecutive days in Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Marble Falls and culminates in Lake Travis, averaging about 3 miles each stage.
The Challenge also offered a Weekend Warrior option where swimmers raced for the lowest aggregate time for the last three stages of the 5-day race. Like Collis, defending Weekend Warrior champion Robert Alford of Austin repeated his stage victory.
Monster Challenge Top Finishers - cumulative time + 5 individual stage times:
1. Collis Williams - 5:48:08 (51:05 + 54:20 + 1:29:35 + 1:20:43 + 1:12:25)
2. David Barra - 6:02:14 (52:01 + 57:32 + 1:32:14 + 1:25:39 + 1:14:48)
3. Keith Bell - 6:28:05 (55:56 + 1:01:00 + 1:42:36 + 1:29:45 + 1:18:48)
Weekend Warrior Top Finishers:
1. Robert Alford — 4:29:50 (1:39:10 + 1:30:23 + 1:20:17)
2. Kelley Schall — 5:35:57 (2:05:41 + 1:48:00 + 1:42:16)
3. Scott McDonald — 6:00:39 (2:11:44 + 2:02:45 + 1:46:10)
The Tex Robertson Highland Lakes Challenge is one of the swims on both the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims list and America's Top 50 Open Water Swims list.