(See Race Reports below)
Fiona Green: Kay Scott (pictured) is anything but average.
Standing beside Kay Scott at a race you might think she looks like your average runner. Petite, yet strong, she has an easy stride, which often earns her an age group award. But Scott is anything but average. In fact her accomplishments are so outstanding that she could easily have the word Badass or Superwoman tattooed on her forehead and it would still seem inadequate. Read more.
Quincy (as told to Kim Andres): How Running Has Changed in DFW
Runners - My name is Quincy. I am a Jack Russell terrier and share my living space with one of your runners, Kim Andres. There's another dog in my household but you won't be hearing from him because I frankly never appreciated it when he came into the household from the Irving Animal Shelter two years ago - a mutt with big ears. Read More.
Brad Kelley: Against All Odds - The Doctor who changed my Life
Since my first Ironman I finished in 2010 I have proven my doctors wrong numerous times. So many individuals let FEAR stand in the way of success and the great things that might happen if you actually try. I am a great example of not letting others tell me what I was capable of, not just in athletics but anything in life. Read More.
Joe Boyle: 6 Inches Between Your Ears
Of course, traditional tempo runs, tempo intervals, and cruise intervals help increase your body's ability to clear or reconvert lactate. However, you can implement special lactate clearance workouts into your training to more specifically target this niche of your training. Two good lactate clearance workouts are the alternating tempo run and, for lack of a better name, what we call the lactate clearance tempo run. 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
Gary Pulver: Expo, Cowtown, and on to First Marathon
I have personally found a lot of joy in every single race I have entered, albeit that joy on a couple half marathons was not occurring until days or weeks after they had occurred. I am devoting this column to the very small races that are out there. Read More
James Jackson of Denton has had an envious running career and it is far from being over judging from his continued success and speed as he nears the half-century mark. Read more.
Natalie Trimble: On Recovering from a Knee Injury
It's happened to you, I'm sure. You've been out with a baby (probably yours) and a stranger stopped you to do a pity-brag. The beginning is innocent enough. You're asked about the age of your baby. "Is he walking yet?" If you say yes, the Pity-Bragger confirms their child walked at least two months sooner. If you say no, the Pity Bragger cautions you. Not just walking is coming, but running will be right behind it Read more.
Anne Barnwell: Trail Kids and their Dads
It is not uncommon to find families running road races together-mostly 5K or 10K distances. As popular as road 5Ks have become for families, that popularity has not translated to higher attendance on the trail. Most trail races are longer, intimating both parents and kids and keeping them away from the start line. That is unfortunate because trail races are welcoming to runners of all speeds and all ages. 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.
Inaugural Lead The Way 5K
highlighted by first recipient of funds to help military
By Fiona Green
The inaugural Lead The Way 5K in Roanoke on Saturday (June 25) morning attracted a decent sized crowd for a first time event. The race was one of several events, which were part of a national fundraising tour supporting the American Warrior Initiative (AWI).
Led by the very first recipient of the AWI campaigns, Ben Lunak (USMC) (pictured), the events raise funds for veterans, Active Duty Military and their families. Information on how AWI has changed the lives of many wounded heroes of America in 2014 & 2015 can be seen by visiting the group's website at:
The initiatives were funded by Fairway Independent Mortgage Company whose employees' involvement has not only changed lives but saved them. For more details, please visit the link below for an emotional video showing the impact of their work.
Lunak thanked each participant in person for their support of the race. As a member of the Marine Corps he served in Iraq from 2004-2006. In 2006 he lost a leg as a result of a roadside bomb, a loss that threw him into a deep depression and eventually led to him contemplating suicide. He considers himself fortunate in having found the strength to overcome his issues and now feels compelled to pay it forward and help others suffering from PTSD, guiding them towards a healthy, happy life where they feel fulfilled.
Thanks to an AWI business grant, Lunak is the owner of a gym in Colorado Springs, which caters to teens. He is passionate about his work and stresses the importance of the team spirit, discipline and camaraderie that gym users experience. As well as being a motivational speaker to veterans Lunak is also an accomplished athlete and has qualified for the Paralympic team trials in the 100m.
Before the start of the race , he delivered an impassioned speech about those who are currently serving their country and those who have paid the ultimate price. This was followed by the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem.
While conditions were a little less humid than last week, a 9 a.m. start meant that the temperature was already rising as runners toed the line. Unlike the majority of local races, the event was timed but no awards were presented. Participants were, however, able to enjoy delicious breakfast tacos and snow cones.
Editor’s note: Fiona was first overall finisher.
June 22-26 Highlights
By Charles Clines
Runners and walkers had to cope with another weekend of heat and humidity, though the temperature seemed a tad cooler or maybe I’m getting more acclimated.
* Kim Andres, 63, had quite a Sunday morning (June 26) at the Carrollton Runners Mile & 5K. First, she took first overall female in the mile run with a 7:39.60 and then earned the female masters award in the 5K with a 26:49.28.
* The Jalapeño Half & 5K in Fort Worth had a good turnout with a total of 853 finishers, including 409 in the 13.1-mile half. Rachel Sanchez, 29, picked up at least her third female overall award at the half distance this year with a 1:44.38 on the warmish, humid morning. She also won the Resolution Half on Jan. 9 and the UCAN Half on April 10. In the 5K, masters runner Froylan Franco, 48, continues to pile up awards as he won the male overall race with a 19:18. It was at least his seventh overall victory along with a couple of masters awards. In one of his victories, he joined Sanchez as an overall winner by earning the male half award at the Resolution Run.
* The youngest winner Saturday (June 25) was Riley Nedrow at the Back On My Feet Meaningful Miles 5K. 11-year-old Nedrow of Highland Village breezed through the course in an impressive 18:07.4 to win by almost a minute. The 10K, on the other hand, was won by a masters runner, 40-year-old Eloy Gonzalez of Euless. He logged a 39:25.7 to hold off Elija Cardenas, 16, of Corinth, who finished in 40:04.2. The female 10K winner was Stephanie Shasteen, 29. Although she's from The Woodlands, she also won the Moonlight Madness 5-Mile female award on May 21 in Dallas. The oldest male overall winner was Steve Cohen of Boumemouth, UK. The 51-year-old logged a 20:12 to take the award at the Mid-Year Muse & Motion XIII 5K in Grand Prairie.
* At one of the area’s popular races, Grant Copeland, 21, of Plano had no chance to let off the gas as he sped to victory in the Millet Mile in Plano on Saturday. Copeland zipped past the finish line in 4:36 with Clint Bell, 37, of Dallas was just behind to finish in 4:44. Three others beat 5 minutes: Aaron Purser (4:48), Pete Johnson (4:56) and Max Hawsey, 41, of Plano, who won the masters award. The 5K was quite as close as Fabion Trevino, 16, won with a 17:24, 20 seconds in front of Nicholas Mosqueda, 15. Becky Angeles, 39, breezed to the female overall award with a 20:26.
* Sergio Hernandez, 42, and Todd Reynolds, 48, battled for the lead at Thursday (June 25) night’s Trinity 5000 in Fort Worth. Hernandez won by maybe a step with an 18:55. Reynolds earned the masters award with an 18:56. Frances McKissick had a productive Wednesday and Thursday night as she won the overall female award at the Jogger 5K Series in Dallas the evening before (June 22) with a 24:05, and then earned the masters award at the Trinity 5000 with a 23:06.
Book Review -- Marathon Man
Gary Pulver, who writes one of the columns for Clines Running Corner will begin reviewing books and plans to have a review about every other month. Marathon Man is a fascinating look at Bill Rodgers, one of the world's greatest runners. Read the review.
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.
Luke's Training. Benefits of participating in the program include group training, weekly schedules, benchmark races, clinics, and special shopping promotions. Runners and walkers can choose from half marathon, 10K, 5K and walking programs. Read more about the program or call 817-877-1448 or visit a Luke's store for more information and to register.
Luke’s Locker (the original running store) is Texas’ premier running and fitness specialty retailer. Luke’s offers the best footwear, clothing and accessories for the runner, walker and fitness enthusiast (cardio, yoga, speed, strength and conditioning). Luke’s specializes in excellent customer treatment and product knowledge.
A full-service race event timing and production company based in Fort Worth. ChampionChip or Chronotrack (D-Tag) timing technology for quick and accurate results. Before choosing a timing company, please talk to us and compare our competitive pricing. Visit our web site for more information.
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.
Bill Berenson is a top rated injury attorney and a runner and has recovered millions of dollars for Texans for over 30 years! Bill has been practicing personal injury law and fighting for the rights of injured Texans for longer than 30 years. He is one of the few who has been certified for over 20 years by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law. Need help? Please visit berensonlaw.com for more information. Bill has run marathons in all 50 states, completing his 50th in November, 2014, and the State of Israel, qualifying for Boston in 40 of them. Bill also sponsors several area runs and walks. Please visit berensonlaw.com for more information.
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 www.cisnerosscreenprinting.com.
Add some spark to your running with an Advocare product. These products are formulated by an elite Scientific and Medical Advisory Board with experience in pharmacology, toxicology, nutrition, sports performance and pediatrics. Go to the website and start increasing your energy.
Texas Running Center (TRC) is organized to promote lifetime fitness. TRC offers a comprehensive interactive training platform scientifically based on an individual's personal data. Updates to the platform based on the individual's progress, real time data, racing goals and experience levels can made to track specific performance. Our clients are able to communicate directly with coach Joe via text, email and phone. (Joe is also available to visit on Tuesday and Thursday at Wimbledon Park or during a convenient schedule appointment). TUESDAY NIGHT TRAINING: 5 PM, Our training nights are designed as a learning experience; individual training benefit; fun and always with a TWIST. See the website for information and to contact Coach Joe.
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.
COX RACING SERVICES provides Chip Timing, Pull Tag Electronic Timing and Complete Race Setup for all road races ranging from 1K to Ultra Marathon distances. We have more than 25 years of race managing and directing experience. We are dedicated to promoting health and fitness in communities. With our vast running and timing experience, COX RACING SERVICES is a viable option. See the website for information about the services.
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.
The Fort Worth Runners Club (FWRC) is a non-profit community organization that promotes running, walking and fitness activities for better health. The FWRC welcomes everyone, at all levels of athletic ability. The FWRC conducts races throughout the year where members may participate, either competitively or recreationally at a low cost. Visit www.fwrunners.org for more information.