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Former TCU great and two-time NFL rushing champion LaDainian Tomlinson is scheduled to join Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price to run the 5th Annual C.A.L.F. 5K on Oct. 4 at Will Rogers Memorial Center. LaDainian will be to encourage youngsters to eat healthier and to exercise. There also will again be the FitWorth Healthy Culinary Creations Challenge with 24 area high school teams creating recipes and competing in a one-hour event for titles in three categories. Read more about the C.A.L.F. and about details of the nutritional and fitness programs.
Sept. 13 Highlights
* Emily Field of Dallas returned to the winner's podium by beating the field at the Rock the Cliff 5K in Oak Cliff. She one of two females who were first across the finish line at area races on the cool (low 60s) and breezy morning. Emily, 33, who piled up several victories early in the season, ran an 18:37.3, while male winner and second overall Fernando Lacuna, 41, of Duncanville came in at 20:04.
* Emily Denny, 25, of Trophy Club was the other female to beat everyone as she won the Run For Recovery 10K in Irving. She finished with 42:09.24 while male winner Jeff Dorill, 53, came across the finish line about 30 seconds later.
* Ages of the male and female winners at the Every Orphan's Hope Run 5K in Frisco ranged from 12-year-old Wyatt Wingarn who won with a 19:26.1 to 44-year-old Marsha Maxwell who took the female title with a 21:33.1.
* Apparently the cooler weather inspired some faster efforts at the Run Lantana 5K. There was plenty of speed displayed, maybe also inspired by cash prizes. Brock Simons, 25, zipped across the finish line at 15:20.8 to beat Clint Bell, 35, of Dallas by about 20 seconds. Then masters runner James Jackson, 47, followed closely with a 15:43.3. In the female division, Melissa Cook, 34, won the female title and was fourth overall with a 17:17.6. Masters winner Laura Nelson, 48, clocked in at 19:55.9.
* Overall titles were won by masters runners at the Superheroes Run 5K at Meacham Airport in Fort Worth. Lee Roskup, 41, took the male title with an 18:30.12, and Meghan Hughes, 40, won the female race with a 22:06.6.
Sept. 11 Highlights
* Nathan Bickell, a former Ithaca (Md.) runner and Empire 8 Men's Cross Country Champion now living in Dallas, led the way at the DAYL Freedom Run on Thursday evening in Dallas. Nathan finished in 16:59 while Dawn Grunnagle of Dallas, this website's 2012 Female Runner of the Year and provisional Olympic Trails qualifier in the 800 and marathon trials qualifier, paced the women by clocking in at 17:50. Masters winners were Patrick Schuster of Arliington with a 17:58 and Sheila Natho of Dallas with a 20:28.
Saturday evening's rains brought cooler temperatures, but that didn't help the runners and walkers for the morning races. Then they faced a stifling warm morning with little or no breeze. It was a morning to sweat for. Yet, there still were some notable performances. Sunday morning runners had a much more enjoyable morning as the temperature was below 70, and it was overcast.
* Thought it interesting that five of the top 10 at the Run 4 Hope in Coppell were masters runners, with three in their 50s. Don Madden of Coppell was No. 10 and he is 58.
* And speaking of masters, Sheila Natho, 48, of Dallas was the female runner-up at the DRC Breakfast Bash 5-Miler. Sheila finished with a 34:17.2, only about nine seconds behind winner Laura Lamons, 26, of Dallas. Jacob Phillips, 31, of Dallas was the male winner with a 26:25.7. And it's great to see longtime participant Jan Richards still competing as the 87-year-old came in at 1:26:55.9.
* More success by a master was recorded at the Ticket Lady Trot in Millsap as 53-year-old David Holtsford, a regular area competitor, won the male race with a 19:43.3, beating 40-year-old Shawn Griffin of Mineral Wells by more than a minute.
* At the Steps & Strides 5K in Irving, the winning age was quite a contrast as 12-year-old Ashli Burgos zipped in for the female victory with a 19:10.4 (chip time). She not only was the female winner, but beat everyone to the finish line. In the 10K, another masters runners stepped to the front as 40-year-old Julie Burns with a 53:45.7 (chip time) while the male winner was another youngster -- 13-year-old Elijah Alexander-Macias of Frisco with a 37:53.1.
* Masters runner Steve Purser, 49, won the Book It For Literacy 5K in Arlington with an 18:29.976 and 48-year-old Laura Nelson carted off another overall female victory (she often does that along with masters victories) with a 21:14.1.
* On Sunday, the masters trend continued as 49-year-old Rosemarie Coletto of Coppell won the female division at the 9-11 Heroes Run in Coppell with a 21:41.
Zack Davis is an accomplished runner, but also excels at Mixed Martial Arts and competes professionally. Zack has many facets of his life, including helping at-risk youngsters. Read Fiona Green's report about Zack, who is the newest Runner in the Spotlight.
Ricky Cox has been a running fixture in the Fort Worth area for several years and is best known for winning the Cowtown Marathon three times and starting the popular Trinity 5000 Summer Series at Trinity Park. While he focuses on marathons when he was in his prime, he is reducing his mileage and having more fun as he focuses more on 5K distances as he nears his 55th birthday in October. At the 2014 Fort Worth Labor Day Run on another warmish (little over 80 degrees) and humid morning, Ricky took home the Grand Masters (50-59) trophy by finishing in 19:45. "You've got to realize you're getting older and can't put in the mileage you once did,'' Ricky said. "I'm not doing 20-milers anymore. My longest run now is 12 miles and I'm putting in about 35 miles a week." He said his body is not getting as "beat up" and he can recover faster. "I can run a 5K and have fun," he said. As he contemplates retiring from his long-time job with The T, he hopes to focus more on his running while spending more time with his family, including a dozen grandkids.
The 15K was designated as the RRCA State Championship race and easily taking top honors was Richard Powell of Fort Worth, whose 50:46 was far ahead of everyone else. The female winner was reigning Cowtown Marathon winner Elizabeth (Eder) North of Fort Worth, who zipped in at 58:04.
The 5K overall winners were Gabriel Zambrano of Fort Worth with a 16:14 and Jessica Smith of Roanoke, clocking in at 19:14.
In Arlington, James Jackson, 47, of Denton, fresh off winning the Cox Running Club 15K Challenge on Saturday, led the way again at the Texas Rangers Labor Day Run as he raced to a 16:53.7 (16:54.3 gun time) finish. Winning the female overall was Jodi Thompson of Grapevine with a 20:03.3.
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The Cox Running Club was announced at the 2012 Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon 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.