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Fiona Green: My duathlon -- lentil dip and a 5K was winning combination

In June I entered a lentil recipe contest and was thrilled to learn that I was one of five finalists selected to participate in a lentil cook-off in Pullman, Washington. The cook-off, which took place Aug. 20, was part of the town's Lentilfest celebrations,which - wait for it - also included a race, the Tase T Lentil 5K run! I couldn't have been more excited. Competing in two events on the same day would be like my own special duathlon. 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.

(More reports are here and in the Archives)


Sept 24-25 Highlights

By Charles Clines

Fall is here so the temperatures should continue to be more comfortable for runners, but something needs to be done about the humidity. Just walking, but less running, can have a singlet or shirt soaking rather quickly. Or, on Sunday morning, run through the rain. Anyway, in last week’s highlights, I overlooked the TCU Theta Fall Breakaway 5K on Sept. 18. There were close races to decide the overall male and female winners. Ryan Spermagel, 21, held off Aaron Reichner, 20, to win the male overall award with times of 17:33 and 17:45. In the female race, 12-year-old Natalie Nohinek took the overall award with a 23:00, 25 seconds in front of Morgan Izuno, 15. And female masters winner Leilani Dunmoyer, 51, was only five seconds behind Izuno.

* Gabriel Zambrano, 22, of Fort Worth continues his impressive showings by winning the Plano Balloon Festival 5K on Sept. 24 with a speedy 15:27. It was his third overall victory this month as he had won overall awards at the Rangers Labor Day 5K and the FWRC Labor Day 15K in on Sept. 4 and Sept. 5. Though Zambrano wasn’t challenged, there was a good duel for second place as Russell Gray, 15, of Plano reached the finish line in 18:50, four seconds (gun time) ahead of Gabriel Candelaria, 31, of Allen. Sean Haney, 47, of Plano also had a narrow victory for the male masters award by besting Meng Zhao, 41, of Irving by five seconds with a 19:15.

* Keith Johnson, 55, of Plano, once a dominant runner in the area before moving away and who has been active since returning, won the overall male award at the Carrollton Runners Club's 5K on a wet Sunday morning. Johnson ran a 20:14.85, holding off 35year-old Kyle McKinnon of Lewisville, who finished with a 20:19.88.

* At the Murphy Maize Days 10K, 69-year-old Theo Scholtz of Wylie and 34-year-old Joe O’Brien ran across the finish line at exactly 46:15, though O’Brien of Coppell was given the nod for the overall award. Scholtz had been posting impressive times for quite a while. Female winner Natalie Ochoa, 29, of Plano was only 11 seconds behind the two male finishers.

* Three female runners, two of them 10-year-old twin sisters, finished behind overall winner Asher Leslie, 13, of Flower Mound at the Mercy Run in Highland Village. Leslie won with a 19:57.05 with Rachel Sutliff, 13, of Grapevine right behind at 20:06.63, and followed by Samantha Humphries, 10, of Flower Mound (20:12.87) and Nichole Humphries, 10, of Flower Mound (20:21.97). In fourth place was one of the “older” runners, 41-year-old Matt Celone of Flower Mound. Celone had won at least six masters awards before the race.

* In another close race for overall honors unfolded at the Freedom Run 5K in Dallas as Daniel Patino won with a 17:38, 12 seconds in front of Robert Gribble. Sheila Natho, running under her Sparkle Plenty alias, and who has won at least four female masters awards this year, added the overall female award by racing to a 20:45.

* Jose Lopez, 31, of Dallas couldn’t catch Palm Harbor, Fla., visitor Shaun Reid, 19, at the One Run 5K in Dallas, finished about three seconds behind. Reid logged a 15:42.3 (gun time and 15:41.6 chip time). Taylor Jensen, 24, of North Richland Hills had Deirdre Leane, 39, of Dallas chasing her but won the female award with an 18:48.1 to a 19:02.7 (gun times). 57-year-old Licho Aguirre, of Dallas notched an impressive time of 17:51.1 (17:49.4 chip time) and was the fourth overall finisher.

* In another exact time finish for female masters honors at the Crape Myrtle 10K in McKinney, Sarah Norman, 40, was deemed the winner over Karla Schumacher, 46, as both had 52:23 times.

* It’s no surprise that Natalie Cook, 13, and daughter of two of the area’s top runners, was second overall with a 19:49.8 (19:52.7 gun time) at the Music Miles 5K in Flower Mound. She’s the daughter of Andrew and Melissa Cook, each with impressive running achievements. Raymond Parral, 18, won the race with a 19:19.4 (19:25.4 gun time).

* Female runner Victoria Shelton, 20, of Arlington was the first finisher at the Fabulous Faith 5K in Mansfield. She won in more than a minute with an 18:48.2.

* 66-year-old Jim Sansone was the oldest winner over\ the weekend as he was first in Saturday's Trailblazer VII Two-Fifths Marathon in Arlington, clocking as 1:23:41.84.

* The youngest winner over the weekend was 8-year-old Elizabeth Freeman of Garland She earned the overall female award at the H2O 5K Conserve & Protect in Garland with a 23:36.8.

* Wade Smith, 19, edged Jesse Hernandez, 25, for the overall award at the Oktoberfest 5K Run in Fort Worth. Smith crossed the line in 18:42 and Hernandez came in at 18:49.

* Four challenged for the overall award at the SMU Theta 5K in Dallas on Sept. 25. Pierre Lavie of Dallas won the battle with an 18:35. Following were female winner Caitlin Keen (18:49), Dennis Yeats (18:51) and Cooper Griffin (18:58).


Sept. 17 Highlights

By Charles Clines

* While Grant Goodrich, 15, of Carrollton had control of the race and won the Run4Hope 5K in Carrollton, 53-year-old Kevin Herbert and 22-year-old Emily Gilbert dueled to be second across the finish line. Herbert crossed first with a 21:36 and Gilbert came in with a 21:51.

* Well-known longtime area runners took home top awards at the Run Lantana 5K. James Jackson, almost as formidable at 49 as he was in his prime when he won several area races, earned the male overall award with a 16:16.3. He's back on the roads after taking a short breather. In the female division, Magaly Soto, 40, who already had won at least six overall awards and a recent masters award this year, was the first female with an 18:45.6. And Laura Nelson, 50, continues to stockpile her award collection by taking the masters title with a 21:03.6. Troy Pickett, 45, earned the 10K masters award with a 38:50.9. He already has won at least four overall and three masters awards this year.

* Another longtime area competitor, Clint Bell, 37, of Dallas won by about two minutes by zipping to a 16:31.5 at the SEF Arts Festival in Sherman. It was at least the third overall award Bell has won this year in the area.. The female race, though, was close as 16-year-old Jennifer Paulin edged Libby Ticknor, 15, with gun times of 22:01.7 and 22:02.4. However, the chip times had Paulin with a slightly more comfortable 21:41.1-22:01.5 margin.

* Ashley Garcia, 25, of Fort Worth not only won at least her third female overall award this year, she also was first overall across the finish line at the Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk 5K in Fort Worth. She won with a 21:58 while the first male, Ryan Haring, clocked in at 22:38 (22:08 chip time).


Sisters enjoy fast times
at Chick-fil-A 5K in Keller

By Fiona Green

ally and aubrey lydaRunners awoke to a pretty wet morning on Saturday, September 9. Since the Chick-fil-A race in Keller started a couple of miles from home it was the obvious race choice for me. By race start the rain had subsided to a light drizzle although puddles throughout the course made for some heavy splashing and soggy shoes.

Upon arriving at packet pick up I was informed there had been some issues with online race registration. Although runners had received confirmation e-mails it appeared that money had not been transferred from their account. This had affected approximately 3/4 of online registrations. Because many runners had arrived without cash, organizers were forced to rely on the honor system and asked those effected to contact their office next week to complete the transaction. This is definitely a first!

There were some very speedy runners vying for the top spots.

On the female side the top two finishers (pictured above) came from the same family. 13-year-old Ally Lyda easily cruised through the course in 20:48, closely followed by her 11-year-old sister, Aubrey, who clocked a 21:11. Ally mentioned that this was a slow time for her and that her PR for the 5K distance is 17:52. She had hoped to run in the low 19s but like many runners discovered that this was not a day or a course for a PR. Aubrey incidentally has a PR of 20.10 for the 5K distance.

The girls, who train in Flower Mound under Matt Celone, recently competed in the Junior Olympics in Houston, where Ally finished 5th in the 3000m in a time of 10:32.

She and Aubrey loved the experience of competing against fast runners from all over the country. Not to be outdone by his speedy sisters their younger brother,  Austin, not pictured, easily won his age group. When asked from whom the children inherited their talent, their parents shrugged and said they weren't really sure. They are happy that they have all adopted a healthy lifestyle and support them 100% in everything they do.

colby mehmenOn the male side, some fast times were recorded but most runners were still disappointed with their times, which, for many, were at least a minute slower than usual. It wasn't clear what caused the difference although the humidity, course length, puddles, frequent turns and inclines might all have played a role.

The overall male finisher was 22-year-old Colby Mehmen, a computer student at Stephen F. Austin University in Nagodoches. Mehmen was disappointed that he fell shy of breaking 15 minutes with a time of 15:09. His 5K PR is 14: 24.  His training at the moment is focused on qualifying for the 10K in the US Championships. His PR for that distance is 29:34.

"Yes I'm aiming for the USA Championships, which are held June 22-25 in Eugene,Oregon. The standard to qualify is 28:30, I ran 29:34 last year at Mt. Sac with my training not being exactly where I wanted it to be, so I know there is room for big improvements. Taking a minute off my time is going to be hard I know, but I believe with the way my training is going right now I can either get the standard or set myself up well to qualify in 2018. Right now I'm really trying to race fast at Mt. Sac which will be in April next year."

Local running legend James Jackson finished in fourth place in his first race since May with an impressive 16:34, which easily earned him the Masters award.

Following the race, runners enjoyed chicken biscuits as well as a variety of other snacks. Awards were all Chik-fil-A related -- plush toys, drinks coolers and meal cards.


Sept. 10 Highlights

By Charles Clines

* Saturday morning might have been somewhat wet after overnight and early morning rains in most areas, but the cooler temperature was a welcome relief from the 90-plus days we've been having.

* Brent Woodle, 31, of Carrollton, who won the DRC Breakfast Bash 5-Mile last week, earned another overall award on the cool Saturday (Sept. 10) morning by taking the Dallas Blonde Run with a 16:27. And Steve Purser, 51, who took home the masters title on Sept. 5 at the McKinney Labor Day run, bagged another 40-older award with an 18:58. Katlyn Phillips, 36, had to hold off Amanda Eshleman, 33, Leah Frazier, 25, and Kim Rogers-Tracy, 38, to win the female overall award with a 20:39. Amanda finished with Reid Eshleman, 29, with 20:57 times.

* It's been a while since Joe Beisner, 43, of Irving has claimed an overall male title, but he nabbed one at the Steps & Strides 10K in Irving. The former Cowtown Marathon winner finished with a 37:53.4. One of the day's oldest winners was 54-year-old Frances McKissick, who won the 10K with a 48:33.5.

* The oldest winner was 56-year-old Laurie Underwood. The Gainesville runner logged a 22:49.7 to win the female overall award at the Up, Up & Away 5K in Gainesville.

* A three-way battle for the male overall award unfolded at the Rock The Cliff 5K in Dallas. Julius Luna, 15, of Grand Prairie prevailed with a 17:41.3. Following were Martin Chavez, 13, of Dallas with a 17:44.2, and Jonathan Colley, 40, of Dallas with 17:59.7. Two dueled for the female overall award with Lea Ivy, 42, of Plano winning by about five seconds over Elizabeth Wellborn, 29, of Dallas. They posted times of 23:22.6 and 23:27.0.

* Debbie Winchell, 42 and from Homer, MI, was the first to cross the finish line at the DSDN Rockin' It Run 5K in Grapevine, clocking in at 21:46.4. The runner-up also was a female and also from out of state -- Mandy Ramzan, 41, of Long Island City, NY. She had a 23:40.5. And to keep it a masters sweep, the first male was 51-year-old Jerry Conger of Keller with a 24:0.5.


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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

CRC website congratulates Bill for completing his goal in November of 2014 of running a marathon in all 50 states, just in time to celebrate his 60th birthday.

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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 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 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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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.

 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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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.

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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.

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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 for more information.