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Hot times in Southlake and Craig Ottman
shows he can win even when pushing a double stroller

By Fiona Green

craig ottmanThe annual Hot Hatch Chile Run, Walk and Roll at Central Market in Southlake once again attracted a large crowd this year. Proceeds from the event benefited the Neuro-Assistance Foundation, an organization dedicated to assisting spinal cord injured and disabled people in the community by providing mobility equipment, vehicle modifications, home modifications and technology. (Note: early posted results have several inaccuracies, including overall winners.)

The event is popular with many runners because of the delicious post-race breakfast, which includes fresh fruit salad, hatch chile quiche, tacos and hatch chile beer. The organizers also offer some of the best looking T-shirts. This year's version was bright, can't-miss-me-in-the-dark orange with giant hatch chiles on the front.

The race provided a new first for many runners as it began with a false start. After a countdown from 5, runners sprinted about 200 meters only to be stopped by a volunteer telling everyone to return to the start because course monitors were not yet in place along the route. The race officially began two minutes later.

beth maddoxThe overall male winner was no surprise. Craig Ottman of Keller (pictured) easily won the male division in a speedy unofficial 17:18. What might surprise some is the fact that he won while pushing a double stroller! I challenged Craig to try mixing things up a little next year by running the event with the double stroller and his Beagle. This was Ottman's first 5K since the Katy Trail 5K in June, where he placed second overall. He is gearing up for a fall half marathon.

On the female side 16-year-old Beth Maddox (pictured) claimed the top spot with a time of an unofficial 21:09. Maddox, who drove two hours from Van Zandt County to race, is a student at Van High School where she runs track and cross country. She was keen to test her speed before resuming training next week and was pleased with her time, given the hilly course and high humidity.

Maddox recently took part in a challenge with some of her running friends to see who could log the highest mileage between May and August. She won the challenge with 500 miles. Her training certainly seems to be paying off.


Aug. 22 Highlights

* Cole Atchison, 21, and Jose Ortiz, 33, had quite a duel at The Bird 5K in Fort Worth with Atchinson winning by a second as he crossed the finish line in 18:39. Good run by 68-year-old Dale Mauger.. He was 23rd of the 218 finishers, running a 24:18. Masters runner Jerry Cherra, 43, won the male 10K race with a 37:03. Laura Lamons, 27, was the top female and fourth overall with a 41:01.

* Frances McKissick, 53, of Irving added another overall female award to her collection by winning at the August Gusto XII 5K at River Legacy Parks in Arlington. Frances clocked in at 22:04. On Aug. 8, Frances won the female overall award at the Grace Race VI in Grand Prairie, and took top female honors on July 26 at the Carrollton Runners 5K.


A plank challenge to win a FitBit
and money for a charity

By Fiona Green

craig ottman doing a plankHere's an interesting challenge I recently found online.  All you have to do is plank for as long as you can, have a friend snap a photo of you and upload it to to the Idaho Potato Commission's website. If you do this before Aug. 31 you have a chance to win one of 10 FitBits valued at around $150, and $500 will be donated to the charity of your choice. If you are an animal lover, please consider doing the challenge to help Animal Advocates of North Texas. The group has rescued hundreds of cats and dogs who would otherwise not have been given a second chance in life. Thank you and good luck! Craig Ottmanm, winner of the Hot Hatch Chile Run on Aug. 22 is shown doing a plank with the Animal Advocates of North Texas as his charity.


Memory of Brooke Hester, charity was focus
of event that had fast times, cash prizes

By Fiona Green

Brooke Hester For runners who enjoy a slightly challenging course with just the right amount of hills and a nice downhill finish, the Brooke Hester Hustle in Kennedale was a great choice on Saturday (Aug. 15). Race organizers went above and beyond to put on a first class event, even offering prize money for the top three male and female finishers.

Easily topping the field was 23-year-old John Valentine, who clocked a speedy 15:35. This was only Valentine's second race of the year and he was happy with his win. The former Arlington Martin and Mississippi State runner (pictured with female winner Laura Nelson) who works as a therapy technician at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, holds a PR of 14:23 for the distance. His time Saturday was good enough to set a course record, earning him an additional $100. 

laura nelson, john valentineThere was no surprise on the female side as Laura Nelson once again claimed an overall title, with a 21:03. We have lost count of Laura's overall wins this year:) 

The event, in its 5th year, was originally created to raise money for the Hester family to help with the medical bills they faced as their young daughter, Brooke (pictured above left), battled neuroblastoma for more than four years.  Sadly, Brooke passed away this summer at age 8. Her uncle, Toby Poore, one of the race organizers, spoke of Brooke's amazing personality and the fact that she was so vibrant, energetic and generous, always thinking of others before herself.

During their journey over the past few years, the Hester family felt incredibly blessed by the support offered by friends, family and even complete strangers. Appreciative of this kindness, they decided they would like to make the race an annual event in Brooke's memory. As per their website: "The Brooke Hester Hustle should become a part of the early vision in forming Brooke’s Blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer Foundation, a global nonprofit also known as Brooke’s Blossoms with 100% of the proceeds going toward the global battle against pediatric cancer, supporting the dedicated mission efforts that seek to both help patients directly with global care packages to help cope with the difficulty a child faces during hair loss and harsh treatment (currently over 17,500 distributed in 40 countries) and to find and fund over $100,000 toward innovative, promising and hopeful research projects for cures to pediatric cancer." 

Anyone wishing to donate toward this important cause can do so through If you happen to be in Corpus Christi on Labor Day weekend, consider participating in the Be Bold Glow Gold 5K run/walk, which also raises funds and awareness of childhood cancer. For more information, please visit the race website.

We would encourage runners to come and support the Brooke Hester Hustle next year.


Aug. 15-16 Highlights

By Charles Clines

* Madison Flowers, 37, had to fend off one of the better masters runner to win the Heroes For Hope 5K in Fort Worth on Saturday (Aug. 15). Flowers, also a triathlon competitor, finished with a 17:05, 12 seconds in front of 48-year-old James Jackson. Flowers achievements include winning the difficult Lake Benbrook Half Marathon in 2013-14. Logan, 16, and Kobie Roemisch, 15, were third and fourth with times of 17:33 and 19:54, respectively. Logan won the male overall award the week before at the Book It For Literacy in Arlington and Kobie won the 15-19 division. Kim Churness, 24, meanwhile, won the female overall award by 24 seconds when she finished with a 20:19 and Elizabeth Wilson, 33, came in at 20:43. Another impressive time was a 24-:21 by 9-year-old Caleb Greenwich.

* Aubyn Thompson, 15, was challenged by 48-year-old Merry McCoul of Denison for the overall female award at the United Way Hustle For Health 5K in Sherman. Thompson crossed the line at 22:04, only three seconds in front of McCoul. The race for the male overall award also was close as Garrett Wallace's, 17, 17:37.6 was six seconds faster than Oscar Leyra's, 15, 17:43.6.

* At the Highland Village Hot Air Balloon 5K, Samantha and Nicole Humphries, twins (I'm assuming since both are nine years old) from Flower Mound, finished almost together in the 19 and younger division. Samantha took the second place award with a 23:11.2 and Nicole the third place award with a 23:14.2. Ava Peeples, 14, of Dallas won the age division with a 22:51.3.

* Oh, so close. Kim Aaltonen, 42, finished with a 24:59.904 in the Carrollton Runners Club's Prediction Run Sunday, Aug. 16. He had predicted an even 25 minutes. He missed by only .10 seconds. Ouch!


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The Cox Running Club was announced at the 2012 Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon in and 5K. By joining, members will enjoy many benefits. Among them include workouts and activities, discounts at running stores and at races. A Training Tuesday is scheduled each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the TCU track. There also are a kids series and quarterly races. Demery and Ricky Cox time and conduct several area events and have conducted the Trinity 5000 Summer Series for many years. Visit the website for more information.

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Race directors: Shirts for your race.

Growing up in a family of runners and being involved with the Fort Worth Runners Club and local running community, we've built up quite a collection of race shirts in recent years. With that being said, at CSP, we've come to know what runners want in a shirt. With over 12 years of Screen Printing experience we are ready to implement that knowledge on your next event order. Specializing in up to 4-color screen printing, your race shirt will stand out from all of the rest. We've got all colors from white to vibrant, as well as cotton to moisture wicking. No matter if your design is simple or complex, we've got an expert artist on staff ready to work on your next design. At CSP we feel rushing orders is a recipe for disaster so we do require a 7 business day time frame to ensure your order is printed correctly. Orders start from as small as a dozen pieces to as large as 1,000. For more information or a quote, please visit

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