(See Race Reports below)
Fiona Green: A trip home and fast runners help my motivation
Despite muscle problems, a return to Scotland provided motivation after competing in a small race with fast runners -- even among the more mature ones. 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.
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: So You Want to Run a Marathon
The marathon is a very lofty goal for any runner. There are many elite runners who have never run a marathon and many who have not run a half marathon. I was surprised to read that the American female favorite in this year's Boston Marathon ran her first marathon that day. A marathon is a tremendous accomplishment for anyone and this month's column will show how I did it. Read More
Charles Clines: Hanging up (sort of) my running shoes
While consumed by running for almost 35 years, it seems the fire has dwindled, and I'm now just content with short jogs. 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: Back On My Feet
"I see myself working full time, having an apartment, a nice place of my own, a lot of my debt paid off, and hopefully I'll be training for my marathon. That's where I see myself in a year." 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.
First-time race had hiccup,
but course was nice and cause was good
By Fiona Green
A cool Saturday morning (Oct. 22) was perfect for racing and there were plenty of events to choose from on the race calendar. Keen to try something new, I picked the inaugural Sick of Sickle Cell 5K, which took place at the Quanah Parker park in Fort Worth.
It was an ideal location for a race. The course was scenic and relatively flat and, with a modest crowd of around 90 runners, the paths were never congested.
Unfortunately, there was some confusion regarding the route and mid-way through the race, volunteers sent the lead runners on an extra loop in the park , which effectively added an extra mile to their distance. After realizing their mistake, they guided the slightly slower runners onto the correct course.
The event was not timed and awards were given only to the first male and female runners to cross the line, regardless of which version of the course they ran! Organizers apologized for the mix-up and assured runners that this would be corrected for next year.
The event was organized to raise money for Camp Jubilee, a week-long camp held in Meridian, Tex., for children suffering from Sickle Cell Anemia. Javier Atkinson, one of the organizers (pictured on right with Charles Terry and Nichole Scott), explained that he had become involved as a camp counselor after learning about it from a friend who had the disease. Sadly his friend, Christopher Odom, has since passed away but Atkinson still volunteers at the camp every year along with several others who were in attendance on Saturday.
In moving speeches they explained how volunteering at the camp had touched them profoundly and invited anyone interested in becoming involved to do so.
Oct. 20-23 Highlights
By Charles Clines
* On a fairly cool, but quickly warming, Sunday (Oct. 24) morning, Jonathan Swiatocha, 24, of Keller threw down some heat to win the Fort Worth Runners Club’s Mercury 10K. Showing that the genes have been shared in this running family, Swiatocha finished with a 32:54.6 to win by almost four minutes. The race for female overall was somewhat closer as Kristy Deavers, 43, won with a 46:13.1, holding off Cathy Buchanan, 54, of Fort Worth by about 30 seconds. 54-year-old Charles McIlroy of Weatherford was third overall finisher with a 38:38.1. It’s not uncommon for McIlroy to finish among the leaders, or win – he has at least two overall and two masters awards this year in area races. Swiatocha hasn’t competed often this year in area races, but he has won at two other overall awards.
* The Toews, Sarah and Christian, both 28 from Denison, won the 5K overall female and male awards at the Zombie Apocalypse run in Denison. Sarah clocked in at 20:35.6 and Christian finished with a 17:15.5 on Saturday (Oct. 22).
* Keith Pierce, 36, of Lewisville has won many awards, including three Cowtown Marathons, while 10-year-old Emma Hoang of Flower Mound could be on her way to such a successful running career. Both won overall awards at the Nebraska Furniture Mart Halloween 5K in The Colony with fast results times. Hoang, a member of Dawn Grunnagle’s SpeedKIDZ Elite team, won with a 19:28 and Pierce, who has been competing in triathlons, blazed to a 14:11.2. According to the SpeedKIDZ website, Hoang’s PR for the 5K was 21:34. Pierce has dipped below 15 minutes before, but it has been a while since he has been under 15, which might point to a short course. Or not. Both are outstanding runners.
* Brent Woodle, 31, of Carrollton continued his fine year by winning at least his seventh overall award by earning another at The Colony Half Marathon & Green Dragon 5-Miler. He won the half with a 1:15:28.
* Clint Bell, 37, of Dallas reeled off his seventh consecutive overall victory (if my count is correct) by winning the AHMO Thriller Run 5K in Wylie with another sterling time, 15:25.3. Jonathan Cantu, 14, challenged and finished with a 15:37.8. This was at least Bell’s ninth overall victory in the area this year and he was coming off a Thursday victory at the Long Run in Dallas, where he ran a 17:06. Sheila Natho, 50, of Dallas won the female award at the Long Run with a 20:21. She has won at least six masters awards and one other overall award this year in area races.
* Gabriel Zambrano, 22, of Fort Worth added to his overall award collection by racing to a 15:01 at the WOKC Spooktacular Sprint for the Children 5K in Grand Prairie. Zambrano won four times in September and again the first week of October. This latest victory brings his yearly total to at least eight overall awards. And Magaly Soto, 40, also had to make room on her growing trophy shelf by winning the female overall award with a 19:24. This was at least Soto’s ninth overall victory this year. And she won by about 12 seconds over Amanda Moore, 30, who has at least two overall female victories this year.
* The Friends of the River race on Thursday evening presented an unusual distance of 6K, but there was a familiar winner as John Valentine, 24, of Fort Worth earned the overall award with an 18:13.1. Among Valentine’s victories this year include the Dash Down Greenville and the recent Rahr Oktoberfest 5K. The female winner was Neringa Kaulinaite, 33, who was featured here in July by Fiona Green after winning the Some Like It Hot 5K in Fort Worth. Kaulinaite was born in Lithuania and has lived here several months after moving from London. She began running relatively late after her fiancé suggested it might be a way to meet people and stay busy. She has certainly found her calling as she finished with a 23:41.5.
Running scared winner
rebounding from an ACL tear
By Fiona Green
For runners, it was an unseasonably warm, humid Saturday morning (Oct. 15). Opting for a race close to home I signed up for the 10th annual Running Scared 5K in Watauga. With an early registration fee of only $12, this was a great low cost option compared to some of the other races.
The overall male winner was 18-year-old Andrew Gansen, who covered the course in 19:13. Gansen has a PR of 18:08 for the distance but was pleased with his time considering he sustained a torn ACL last November and was only cleared to run a few months ago. The Trinity High School student is a well-rounded athlete who is not only on his school's cross country team but also plays soccer and football. On a typical week day, he starts his morning training with his cross country team, followed by soccer practice, then finishes with football practice at the end of the day. After graduating, Gansen is considering studying mechanical engineering and hopes his grades will earn him an academic scholarship.
On the female side, the overall winner was 30-year-old Denise Torres from Mansfield, who clocked 22:15. Torres is the niece of Ernie Ozuna, who has been a familiar figure in the local running scene for many years. Ozuna is proud of his niece's talent and interest in running and lamented the fact that, despite his best efforts, she is the only member of his large family who shares his passion for the sport.
Torres, who is a band director at Gunn Junior High in Arlington, is training for her third marathon in December. She explained she runs half her weekly miles while pushing her 14-month-old son, Daniel, in his stroller which, she admits, is a pretty tough workout.
Not to be outdone by his niece's success in the race, 61-year-old Ozuna easily won the male master's title in 22:29. Editot's note: Fiona won the female masters award. (Photo from left: Ozuna, Green, Torres and Gansen).
All age group winners were awarded a year's membership to the Watauga community center.
Oct. 15-16 Highlights
By Charles Clines
Again the running calendar offered a plethora of events and at varying distances. Thankfully, runners and walkers enjoyed another rather cool, but warming morning with some light breezes in most areas of the Metroplex.
* On Sunday, the “veterans” dominated at That Dam Half in Grand Prairie as 44-year-old Patrick Shuster, a professional triathlete from Arlington won, finishing with a 1:25:44. Not far behind was 55-year-old Peter Beauvaja of Desoto with a 1:27:26. He was only 32 seconds in front of female winner Camille Herron, 34, of Dallas. Herron is the 2015 50K & 100K IAU World Champion. She won the 100K in only her third ultra finish. A 5K also was conducted Sunday and 535 finished the 3.1 race. The half had 264 who finished the 13.1-mile trek.
* Clint Bell, 37, of Dallas won for the third consecutive week as he earned the overall award at the Komen Dallas Race For The Cure with a speedy 16:23. Female overall winner Kelsey Bruce, 23, of Dallas held on for second overall with a speedy17:05, five seconds in front of Pierre Lavie, 36, of Dallas. Stefanie Ransom-Becker, 27, of Dallas was next with an impressive 17:20. Another notable finisher was 10-year-old Jonathan Heath of Carrollton to placed 10th overall with a 19:17. He nipped 41-year-old Anthony Johnson of Keller by a second.
* William Moore, former Dallas Marathon winner and Olympic Trials qualifier, hasn’t been competing too often this year, but he made his presence known at the Run Thru The Nations 5K in Denton,. The 54-year-old Dallasite won with a 17:13.89.
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.
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.