Among changes for Clines Running Corner are the addition of several columnists. Those already posted are from Joe Boyle, Ashley Wise, Fiona Green and H.B. Wise. Others are coming.

Joe Boyle: Improve with these technique drills. Read More.

Charles Clines: Surprises highlighted 1991-2 and 1997. Read more.

Fiona Green: Cowtown woes show how great planning can be spoiled. Read more.

H.B. Wise: The Wheels Turn Slowly... Read more.

Ashley Wise: Water, Your Body's Best Friend Read More

Natalie Trimble: Raising a Runner Read more.

Gary Pulver: Running in Your 60's and Later Read More


Motivated teens win at Casey's Kids 5K

By Fiona Green

carter persynLeading the way at the Casey's Kids 5K in Keller on Saturday (May 16) was 17-year-old Carter Persyn (pictured left), a student at Keller High School. While Persyn's time of 16.37 was somewhat slower than his PR of 15:38 for the 3.1-mile distance it was still over a minute ahead of runner-up Randy Bobe.

Persyn has been running track and cross country for five years and enjoys the mile and 2-mile distances. His preference, however, is for track, especially the mile as he enjoys the tactical element and the precision that comes with racing on an accurately measured course. Now that the school track season is over he is currently logging 40-50-mile training weeks and explained that by summer this will increase to around 70 miles. In addition to running, Persyn incorporates biking, swimming, core and strength workouts in his training, which help keep him in peak condition.

vera thompsonAsked if there was anything people might be surprised to learn about him, he mentioned he is a hemophiliac. Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder that prevents the blood from clotting properly. Although he was born with the disorder, it appears that he is one of the rare cases where the severity of the disease seems to be decreasing and doctors believe that in time he might no longer have the disorder.

Persyn hopes to run in college and is currently considering studying business management at the University of Arkansas.

13-year-old Vera Thompson (pictured left) easily won the female overall title in 19:29. This was pretty impressive considering that when asked before the race what time she hoped to run, she replied she wasn't running for time, just for fun!

Thompson, a quiet and unassuming student at Keller Middle School, has a PR of 19.08 for the 5K distance. Her PRs for the 800m and the mile are 2:34 and 5.29 respectively. She wasn't always a runner and started off as a competitive swimmer.  Coached by her father Dan from ages 4-10, she proved her talent in the pool by winning a North Texas championship title. It was only when she started elementary school and realized  she could outrun all the boys in her class that her talent as a runner was recognized. Since then she has traded her swimsuit and goggles for running shoes and hasn't looked back. Thompson currently trains with the Lake Cities cross country team in Highland Village and is already looking forward to her next race.


May 16 Highlights

By Charles Clines

Most events dodged any heavy or even any light rain on the overcast Saturday morning that helped offset the humidity. And it's been difficult to avoid the never-ending (but welcomed) rain this spring. So, some of the highlights:

* Mike Fussell not only was the oldest winner at age 57, but he also knocked down an impressive time of 18:30.807 at the Heart & Sol 5K in Grapevine. And Frances McKissick, who has a long career of winning overall and masters awards, was the first female with a 23:08.260, tying as the oldest female winner at 53.

* A close finish highlighted the male race at the Dallas ISD Superintendents Scholarship Run 5K as Jose Lopez, 30, sprinted in to finish at 16:41, four seconds in front of Ray Longton, 40. Colm Bergin, 51, was next an impressive 16:55. Female winner Ana Rodriguez also posted a speedy time of 18:52.

* James Jackson, 48, of Denton continues to prove he hasn't lost too much speed since his heyday by crossing the finish line in 16:40.165 at the Run For Healthy Life 5K in Fort Worth. The other 53-year-old overall female winner was Cathy Buchanan, who notched a 21:56.18. By the way, to sneak a look back at one of Jackson's biggest accomplishments, read the column about the surprises of 1991-92 and '97.

* Emily Mount, 15, challenged Trip Neil, 30, to be the first across the finish line at the Ursuline Academy Support Our Troops 5K in Dallas by finished only two seconds behind with her 21:08.3 to Neil's 21:06.4.

* The youngest overall winner was Chloe Ahlstedt at the Heroes of Midlothian 5K. She won the female top award with a 21:18.8. Also, 9-year-old Caden Naizer zipped in with a 20:20 to easily win the 9-under division and place fifth overall..


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Luke's Spring Training 2015 began Jan. 10. 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 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 you 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.

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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.