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Columnists


Fiona Green: Fireflies, Raccoons, and the Kindness of Strangers

While the notion of running a 26.2 mile marathon is daunting for some, most of us would agree that the idea of running 500 K - or 314 miles- borders on insanity. Read more.


Harry Hall: Serial Killer Part of Mudgett's Heritage

For decades, Dallas-area triathlete Steve Mudgett knew he descended from a murderer. Read More.


Gary Pulver: A Great National Running Organization

I have run 15 races throughout the country with Mainly Marathons, an organization that was started to assist runners in meeting either state goals (running races in all 50 states) or numbers goals (running a certain number of races, i.e 100 or 200, etc.) Read More


Jon Bonnell: From "Cheffy-Face" to Ironman: How and Why - Part 3

"Had enough, or do you want to do one of these again?" my wife asked, showing more support and encouragement than I deserved. These kinds of goals take their toll on the body for sure, but family and work take their share of punishment as well. Read more.


Thomas Martin: Ubiquitous Toxins

Few of us need to be told that we should avoid toxins. If offered a glass of water contaminated with mercury, aluminum or lead, we would all hopefully refuse. Read More.


Mackley Q. Greene (as told to Kim Andres): Mackley's New Friend

PLOP! And just like that an infant squirrel entered my life and that of my runner, Kim. This bit of a hairless thing attracted my attention when she fell from a big tree in our front yard after a particularly windy day. Read More.


Ashley Wise: 5 Nutrition Habits to Implement Now

Do you know your values? I'm not talking about your deeply-rooted moral values, although you should probably have a good grasp on what those are as well. But what I'm talking about is your lipid panel values. You know, your cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose… Never heard of them? Certainly don't know what they are? If that is the case, well, frankly I'm not surprised. Read More


H.B. Wise: The Last Year

We are thinking about new features here at CRC. First is a book review column. We have someone who is interested in writing these and we will try to get started in September. The idea is to review running books. Hopefully this should give you an idea of what you might find useful. Read more.


Press Releases

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BMW Dallas Marathon Unveils New Course for 2017, Honors Race's Origins by Including 9-Mile Lap Around White Rock Lake

DALLAS (August 18, 2017) - Downtown Dallas, Victory Park, Uptown, Highland Park, Lower Greenville, Lakewood, White Rock Lake, Swiss Avenue and Deep Ellum: The 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay unveils a new course and start/finish line that is sure to highlight Dallas' most iconic and beautiful neighborhoods and landmarks. Race officials focused on enhancing the runner and guest experience, including adding more overall downhill miles for both races, and creating a more scenic route for participants and spectators in the updated course design. Read More.

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Back for Year Two: Registrations Open for BMW Social 5Ks and BMW Dallas Marathon Social Run Sweepstakes

DALLAS (July 20, 2017) - The 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay may be five months away, but this fall, participants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area will have the opportunity to get a taste of the race day fun. Read More.

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HOKA ONE ONE Returns for Second Year as Official Footwear Partner of 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay

DALLAS (June 13, 2017) — Starting off on the right foot, the BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay, which opened registrations May 1, is excited to announce HOKA ONE ONE® as the official footwear partner of the 2017 race held Sunday, December 10. Read More.

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Registration Opens for 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon

DALLAS (May 1, 2017) - Registration for the 47th running of the BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon, newly named SMU Cox School of Business Relay and initial BMW Weekend Series launched today at bmwdallasmarathon.com. New to this year’s event, the BMW Weekend Series introduces a competitive 5K and 10K race held the Saturday of marathon weekend, December 8-10. Read More.

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Race Reports

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Mystery Blue Man wins Running Scared 5K in Watauga

Run on October 14, 2017

By Fiona Green

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Brian Ferrell and his neighbors.

Lining up for the start of Watauga's 11th annual Running Scared 5k in Watauga on Saturday, one runner caught everyone's eye- Blue Mann (he spells it with an extra 'n'). As a runner who can't even wear a shirt while racing it was hard for me to imagine how anyone could run, clad from head to toe, in skin-tight spandex. With his slender build and fly-knit Nikes he was obviously a runner so it came as no surprise when he did in fact clinch the top spot in a speedy 16:39. Following the race I tried to learn more about Blue Mann's training methods, future goals and decision to turn blue but apparently Blue Menn don't talk so all I figured out was that he was 20 years old, prefers running 5ks compared to longer distances and is a student at College Station. Since I have been interviewing speedy kids for several years now I feel I should know the identity of the mystery man but for now he is quite simply Blue Mann.

With many races on yesterday's calendar the faster runners were scattered throughout the metroplex. This worked in my favor as I managed to win the overall female title in 21:33. My excitement at finally breaking 22 minutes on a course which had a significant hill at the end, was short lived when I arrived home and received a message from a friend who mentioned a runner had estimated the course was closer to 3 miles as per his GPS watch. Ah well, it makes up for last week's long course.

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Blue Mann, Brian Ferrell, Fiona holding Bradley Gardner's award, and Julianna.

Winning the female Masters award was a very surprised Julianna Perez. The 54 year old explained that while she had placed in her age group in this race in previous years this was her first Masters trophy. She regularly works out at the community center that hosted the event and has participated in this race every year either as a volunteer or as a runner. She explained that the last time she had achieved running success like this was when she placed second in district for the 440m when she was in 8th grade.

Brian Ferrell is a great ambassador for the sport. As well as participating in races on a weekly basis, he shares his love of running with his neighbors and encourages them to join him at weekend events. Yesterday Ferrell was accompanied by 4 of his neighbors. Every one of them placed in their respective age group and Ferrell himself won the 50-54 age group in 27:49.

Photos courtesy of Brian Ferrell.

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Steps & Strides

Run on October 7, 2017

By Harry Hall

Women's Division

5k Start Bridgette Deem made the most of a rare road race appearance when she clocked twenty-four minutes, six seconds in winning the 6th annual Steps and Strides 5K, held in Irving, TX on October 7, 2017.

Deem's athletic career began in the 3rd grade, when her mother encouraged her to play soccer, which she still plays recreationally.

"I was getting to be chubby," says Deem, 27 a physical therapist for Baylor Surgical Hospital, one of the race sponsors,"but our coach made us run one mile, and I hated that."

But it kick-started an athletic career, and she wound up playing soccer for Austin College in Sherman, TX.

She still plays recreational co-ed soccer, "I couldn't give it up." And she still runs the occasional race, and even completed a half-marathon.

In addition to playing soccer, she runs 3-4 x a week and only a race or two a year.

With a training schedule like that, she doesn't figure on winning many races, "Today, I was only planning on breaking 30 minutes."

Men's Division

Mike Cooper is a road race veteran, with a marathon PR of 3:00 and a sub 18-minute 5k. He's run the Boston Marathon and captured many a/g awards.

But what he had never done was finish first overall.

Until the Steps and Strides 5K.

Cooper took the lead early and built a solid lead for his first-ever road win.

"I didn't think I could win this," said the 66-year old Cooper of his 22:33 victory.

Cooper is on a comeback trail of sorts. Last February, he placed 2nd in the 65-69 a/g at the Surfside Beach Marathon, but he was disappointed in his time of 6:16.

He ran 50 miles the week leading up to Steps and Strides. His training has gone so well that he's rethinking his goal of sub-4:00, his target time when he returns to Surfside Beach in four months.

"I think I might get 3:30," he says.

But that is for the future. On this day, it was all about his first win.

"The best part," he said, "was following the lead motorcycle. That's what happens for runners like Haile Gebrselassie, Bill Rodgers, and Alberto Salazar."

Race Benefactor

The Steps and Strides 5K raises money for homeless families in Irving.

"According to the Irving school district, 1,000 children in the city are listed as homeless," says Teri Petty, Executive Director of Family Promise in Irving.

She says that the organization is part of 14 area churches who help families in need.

"We're faith-based," says Petty, "but we don't ask about beliefs. We put faith in action."

Photos courtesy of Harry Hall.

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Cash and Tacos at NRH Road Runner 5K

Run on October 7, 2017

By Fiona Green

Travis One of the benefits of racing every weekend is getting to know the speedsters and being able to correctly predict the male and female winners. Yesterday this was a little more challenging as there were two young runners who typically run in the 16 minute range- 27 year old Travis Barczak and 18 year old Ben Gillick. Gillick is a protege of local running legend, James Jackson, and until last year had been running his 5Ks in the 21 minute range. Jackson, incidentally, at age 51, is still running sub 17 minute 5Ks. He also competed in the event, despite an aggravating piriformis issue.

In yesterday's event it was Barczak who came out on top, pocketing $300 prize money with his 17:04 finish while Gillick finished a few steps behind in 17:16. The course was estimated to be a little longer than 5K and actually measured around 3.26 miles, according to several runners.

This was Barczak's 4th consecutive win as he also won the Hot Hatch Chili run in Southlake and the Crepe Myrtle Trail run 10K in McKinney. (He couldn't recall his other win).

Rachel and Jamees Rachel Harp scored yet another victory with her 20.01 finish, showing once again that she is one of the top women to beat in the metroplex. Harp didn't feel this was her strongest race performance but in the eyes of all the slower women following her, she is still pretty amazing!

Following the race runners enjoyed delicious snacks including tacos from Fuzzy's Taco Shop.

There was some confusion regarding the Masters awards as it was communicated to some runners prior to the race (and in the results) that the Masters category was for runners age 50 and over. On the website the age for Masters was not specified and while 40 is the norm this is something that is decided at the discretion of race organizers. Awards were, however, presented to the top runners, over the age of 40, which caused some confusion. At the time of writing this article, this issue was still being resolved.

Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.

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Tunes and Perfect Weather at Music Miles 5k and Fun Run

Run on September 30, 2017

By Fiona Green

Winners After a month away from racing due to injury, it felt good to be able to once again toe the line at yesterday's Music Miles 5k in Flower Mound.

Runners were treated to music by members of the Shadow Ridge Middle School Band who provided encouragement and popular tunes along the route. The course consisted of a well-marked loop which wound through a quiet, hilly residential neighborhood near the school.

The overall male winner, 46 year old Troy Pickett from Lantana, is no stranger to weekend racing but admitted that this was his first 5k in several weeks as he has recently been tackling longer races. He was a little disappointed with his time of 18:18 but mentioned that he felt a little off his game as his shoulder had started bothering him earlier that morning.

Troy's 13 year old son, Grayson, also completed the race, clocking 22:35 to finish 2nd in his age group. Speaking with Grayson is like chatting with a confident, seasoned veteran, which, in a sense, is true as he now has so much race experience under his belt! The youngster often trains with overall female winner, 14 year old Riley McGarry who covered the course in 21:10. The pair are coached by Troy who is the owner of the fitness company, Body Bionics. McGarry was pleased with her win which marked her 3rd victory in a row. She also won the Run Lantana 5k on September 16 and the Military Heroes 5K in Trophy Club on August 26. Following a few minutes behind McGarry was her father, Ed, who enjoys racing with his daughter although he admits she is usually pretty far ahead. The two usually run a race together every couple of months.

Overall and Masters winners were presented with attractive glass trophies.

Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.

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One Run 5K

Run on September 23, 2017

By Harry Hall

Start Robin Montemayor was just looking for a time trial.

She wound up winning a race.

On September 23, the 21-year old junior at SMU won Dallas’ One Run 5K in a time of twenty minutes-nine seconds, easily winning the women’s division.

“I was looking to break 20 minutes,” said Montemayor, who has a PR of 18:35, “I just wish my time had been a bit faster. However, I did stay comfortable.”

Montemayor, a walk-on for the Mustangs’ cross-country and track teams, got a weekend break from travel as many of her teammates were competing in the Virginia/Panorama Invitational in Earlysville, VA.

Winner The Mustangs were ranked 22nd nationally last year, and won the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship.

Montemayor hails from San Antonio and is majoring in English/Education and hopes to become a teacher in the Dallas Independent School District.

One Run Notes With the accompanying one kilometer, the race saw a record participation of more than 1,200…overall men’s winner, 32 year old Jose Lopez of Dallas was the overall winner in 17:41…afterwards, he would just say, “it was hot out there,”…the SMU women’s cross-country team was ranked 3rd in the September 11 South Central Region USTFCCCA Coach’s Poll, behind Arkansas and Baylor, Texas was 4th.

Race Raises Money for Cancer Support Community of North Texas

“The One Run is one of three fundraising events we hold each year,” says Rogie Barrow, who has been with the Cancer Support Community for 14 years.

RD The Cancer Support Community offers psycho-social and emotional support to families in North Texas affected by cancer. Started in 2002, it eventually merged with Gilda’s House.

Gilda is Gilda Radner, who in 1975 was an original member of Saturday Night Live’s, “Not Ready For Prime Time Players.” She died of Ovarian Cancer in 1989.

The One Run is one of three fundraisers the organization hosts each year, the other two being the Thrive Luncheon, which is held in the spring, and Rock the Red Door, a Halloween-themed fundraiser.

Photos courtesy of Harry Hall.

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Inflatables, Overalls and Free Beer at Corner Store Country Run

Run on September 23, 2017

By Fiona Green

BryanFemale The Corner Store Country Run at Fort Worth's Will Rogers Memorial Center yesterday provided runners with a unique race experience. Many participants commented on how well organizers had taken care of the small details, resulting in a race that was professionally run and great value for money.

The course consisted of an out and back from Will Rogers Memorial Center and featured inflatable farmyard animals, hay stacks and rubber tires to create a truly rustic experience. Several runners entered into the spirit by dressing as cow girls, cow boys and even a cow. Costumes were judged and prizes awarded in a contest following the race.

Jasmine Over 1000 runners took part in either the competitive 5K which started at 8.30 am or the untimed fun run which started shortly afterwards. On finishing, athletes were treated to a variety of snacks and beer which sponsors handed out with great generosity.

There was no surprise with the overall winner as Bryan Ruiz of Weatherford notched yet another victory in 17.12 while pushing his daughter, Harlowe, in her stroller. Ruiz admitted that pushing the stroller is becoming a little harder as her daughter grows but it didn't seem to affect his performance. The top female was 25 year old Lauren Peery who covered the course in 20:50. Peery was thrilled with her win as this was her first race in about 3 years since the birth of her daughter. She ran track and cross country in college and has a PR of 19:38 for the 5K distance but noted that this is possibly the first time she has ever raced on concrete.

Dick Yesterday's race benefited children's charities particularly Big Brother, Big Sister, an organization that pairs young children with mentors who offer them extra support outside the family circle. For those who are unfamiliar with the group mentors are referred to as 'Bigs' while the children they mentor are 'Littles'. Many of the matches were present at yesterday's race. I spoke with one of the Littles, 20 year old Jasmine Nguyen, who praised the program and spoke of the close bond her family has developed with her mentor who has been meeting with her since she was around 8 years old. The experience has been so meaningful for her that she has decided to become a mentor herself once she graduates from college where she is studying to be a physician's assistant.

Veteran weekend warrior, Dick Hartnett, entered a new and exciting age group yesterday and celebrated his 70th birthday at the event. Organizers recognized his special day by organizing a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday. Hartnett acknowledged that moving into an older age group did not mean he was now on easy street as there are some experienced, speedy runners in his new division. Yesterday he was happy to place 3rd in his age group with his 27:32 finish. Incidentally in this race Hartnett's category was a little different from usual as it covered runners between 70-98 years old!

Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.

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Capes, Craft Beer and Cool Temps at Heroes for Hope 5K

Run on September 16, 2017

By Fiona Green

Start Over 600 runners showed up for the Heroes for Hope 5k in Fort Worth on Saturday, September 16. The large crowd size was a relief to organizers who had worried that a recent change in the race location might have adversely affected the turnout.

Nick and Kurt Participants were fortunate to have near perfect running conditions for the race which consisted of a flat out and back along the Trinity Trails. Many were dressed as superheroes including runner-up Nick Gansen who covered the course in 20:49. Despite his cape and superpowers, Gansen was no match for winner, 31 year old Kurt Hare, whose 19.38 easily set him ahead of the rest of the field. This was not the first overall win for Hare who has a PR of 18 minutes for the distance. He is a teacher for children with learning differences at Wedgwood Middle School in Fort Worth. Hare explained that while running is his passion he likes to mix his training up in the summer by incorporating lap swimming.

Alison Leading the females was 25 year old Alison Pringle who clocked 21:53. Pringle formerly ran track at Concordia University Texas in Austin where she specialized in the 800m, 1500m and 4x400m relay. She was happy with her time yesterday, considering this was her first race in several months. Pringle trains around 6 days per week and still does some of the same workouts she enjoyed in college. She is looking forward to competing in more local races in the coming weeks.

Following the event participants were able to enjoy free BBQ and craft beer. Proceeds from the event will be donated to St Jude Children's Research Hospital and Heroes for Hope.

Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.

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FWRC Labor Day Run

Run on September 4, 2017

By Harry Hall

Men’s Race

“I was beat up from yesterday.”

Start That was 23-year old Gabriel Zambrano’s response after he crossed the finish line first in the Ft. Worth Running Club’s September 4 Labor Day 5K in fifteen minutes, fifty-seconds.

Zambrano was referencing the previous day’s race, the Texas Rangers Labor Day 5K, which he won in 15:28.

Zambrano’s heavy racing schedule can be attributed to his promoting, “Aguas on the Trinity,” a commercial drink made up of nothing but water, agave and fruit juice.

It’s a product he’s created, as he saw a need for a tasty, nutritious drink.

Gabe “As a kid, I enjoyed Aqua Fresca,” says Zambrano, “it’s a traditional Mexican drink, but it has a lot of unnecessary things in it.”

Zambrano says Aguas comes in several flavors, including blueberry, watermelon, and mango.

He has big plans for it.

“I hope to take it to places that haven’t heard of it,” he says, “next year, I hope to build my own shop on the Trinity.”

Women’s Race

While Gabriel Zambrano is rolling with the next chapter of his life, the women’s 5k winner won’t know for a while if she can begin hers.

Rachel Harp took first in the women’s division with 19:34, but she’s waiting to hear if she is accepted into nursing school at Tarrant County College.

Harp graduated in 2006 with an Elementary Education degree from the University of North Texas.

But after years teaching, she’s says, “I needed a life change.”

“Nursing was actually my first choice as a major,” she says, “but I had no confidence in math or science. Now I’m older and now my attitude is, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’”

She isn’t sure of the specialty, but she’s ruled out at least one saying, “I’m not comfortable with babies.”

Until she gets word, Harp will continue training and racing.

“I’m getting in about 70 miles per week,” she says, “I plan on running Cowtown in February.”

Photos courtesy of Movin' Pictures.

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Texas Rangers Labor Day Weekend Run

Run on September 3, 2017

By Harry Hall

Hi Michigan natives Jennifer Chopp, her husband Evan and their nearly five-year old daughter Ava made a big weekend of Evan's business trip to north Texas.

All three finished together in the Texas Rangers Labor Day Weekend 5K run in Arlington, TX on Sunday, September 3.

Albeit, Ava benefited as Evan pushed her in a stroller.

The time of twenty-two minutes, seven seconds was good enough for Jennifer, 36 to capture the top women's spot in the race.

Jennifer They made their regional preferences known as all three wore University of Michigan regalia, as the family celebrated the Michigan Wolverines 33-17 victory over Florida at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium, just a Joey Gallo moonshot from the Rangers' Globe Life Park.

"We came for the game," said Jennifer, "and because Evan had some work."

Jennifer began running while attending the University of Michigan, and got good inspiration from her parents.

"Both my parents ran," she says, "I used to ask, 'Why do you do this?' Now I get it."

Jennifer plans to make her marathon debut at the Detroit Free Press Marathon October 15.

"Why not run a marathon?" she says.

Auto Accident Almost Ended Running Career In 2007, while driving to work, Jennifer's a vehicle crossed six lanes of traffic and hit Jennifer's car. "A helicopter came and got me," she says, "that freaked me out."

The result was three surgeries and 23 screws inserted into her lower left leg.

Gabriel Zambrano "I was told I'd always walk with a limp," she says, "that I'd always have pain and I'd have a 99% chance of developing arthritis."

Jennifer moved back in with her parents. She got 18 months of physical therapy, which included running on an underwater treadmill.

"Love of running brought me back," she says.

Rangers Race Report: Men's winner Gabriel Zambrano took first overall with 15:28, then left for a family reunion… race officials collected donations for Hurricane Harvey…among the finishers were 89- year old Arlington resident WW 2 veteran Richard Lenz, who finished the race in 52:06; and his wife, Margaret 87, who just edged him out in 52:04.

Photos courtesy of Movin' Pictures.

Path To Wellness


Dr. Lauren Letz and her team, Dr. Darcy Goode and Dr. Andrea Roberts, has worked with many of Fort Worth's top runners. Path To Wellness Chiropractic was established in 2008 and is the title sponsor of the Fort Worth Runners Club and the Cox Racing Series. Path to Wellness Chiropractic was established with runners in mind. To fulfill all the needs of runners, we have created a full-service clinic offering spinal and extremity adjustments, spinal decompression, trigger point dry needling, cold laser therapy, active rehabilitation, nutritional counseling, foot orthotics, kinesio taping, and much more.

Dr. Lauren and her team take great pride in their ability to focus on the patients' needs. They work diligently to not only relieve a runner's current problems but also create a healthy environment so future spinal or extremity issues do not arise.


Kim Andres Painting


Paintings by Kim Andres. Looking for a watercolor like this one? Do you want one of your own, of you, a loved one, or a pet? Contact Kim for more information.


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Tom Martin

After working over 25 years in software engineering with a degree in Business, Tom Martin was suddenly struck down with heart failure. While he was told he would need a heart transplant, he was not told what had caused the heart failure. Without any chronic illness in his past, the medical teams had no answers. He could not imagine agreeing to have his heart cut out without knowing why this all was happening.
He began a search for answers in the holistic community, reading studies and reports by medical doctors (MDs), Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs), Research scientists and naturopaths. With the help of an integrative doctor in Newport Beach, California and after being given odds of only one percent that his heart could heal, it did, in fact, heal.
Taking what he learned over a seven year period, he began writing books, posting blogs, speaking to groups and counseling people with chronic illness as to alternative health options. One Percent Health is the first of 11 books on a variety of health issues he has currently written. Visit www.onepercenthealth.com for more information.


Bonnell's

Chef Jon Bonnell pairs his Texas heritage with classical culinary training to create inventive and delicious dishes featuring decidedly Texan ingredients. Distinguished as one of the foremost experts on wild game and fine Texas cuisine, his perfected technique and flavor combinations entice diners to experience something new.

Jon’s numerous accolades and honors include three stints cooking at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, winning Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence every year since 2004 and having one of the highest Zagat ratings in the state of Texas. Under Bonnell’s Restaurant Group, Jon oversees a number of popular Fort Worth eateries: Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine, WATERS Restaurant, and Buffalo Bros Pizza Wings & Subs. See our website



 Ainsleys Angles


In addition to ensuring everyone can experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels of America aims to build awareness about America's special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life. Serving as advocates to providing education and participating as active members in local communities, we believe everyone deserves to be included. See the website for information and to email Trish Robinson.


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Runners, visit Movin' Pictures for a picture of you in action. Race directors contact us to learn how we can help you add value to your event for your participants. www.movin-pictures.com.


Harry Hall

In late 2014, Hall completed a 12 year project when he released, The Pedestriennes, America's Forgotten Superstars, the first book ever written about the professional female endurance walkers who from 1876-1881, dazzled America with their on and off track exploits. It's won three national writing awards and Competitor.com included it on its list of, "Greatest Running Books." It's also been turned into a screenplay. Both books are available at www.amazon.com and www.harryhallspeaks.com www.harryhallspeaks.com for more information.