Gary Pulver: 51:40 and 55:58
51:40 and 55:58 are the times of my last two races. They are a bit slow as far as many of my running readers are concerned for a 10K, but they are certainly respectable times for a 70 year old running a 10 K. Read More
Harry Hall: Marathons
If you are preparing for your first or second marathon this upcoming season, you’ve probably properly armed yourself with all the advice that comes with that event. Read More.
Thomas Martin: The Chelation of Ubiquitous Toxins
Chelation is the removal of heavy metals (usually toxic) from our bodies. Since heavy metals usually settle into our tissue, blood tests to not accurately reveal the extent of the poisoning or damage. Read More.
Fiona Green: Fireflies, Raccoons, and the Kindness of Strangers
While the notion of running a 26.2 mile marathon is daunting for some, most of us would agree that the idea of running 500 K - or 314 miles- borders on insanity. Read more.
Jon Bonnell: From "Cheffy-Face" to Ironman: How and Why - Part 3
"Had enough, or do you want to do one of these again?" my wife asked, showing more support and encouragement than I deserved. These kinds of goals take their toll on the body for sure, but family and work take their share of punishment as well. Read more.
Mackley Q. Greene (as told to Kim Andres): Mackley's New Friend
PLOP! And just like that an infant squirrel entered my life and that of my runner, Kim. This bit of a hairless thing attracted my attention when she fell from a big tree in our front yard after a particularly windy day. 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
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.)
BMW Dallas Marathon Unveils New Course for 2017, Honors Race's Origins by Including 9-Mile Lap Around White Rock Lake
DALLAS (August 18, 2017) - Downtown Dallas, Victory Park, Uptown, Highland Park, Lower Greenville, Lakewood, White Rock Lake, Swiss Avenue and Deep Ellum: The 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay unveils a new course and start/finish line that is sure to highlight Dallas' most iconic and beautiful neighborhoods and landmarks. Race officials focused on enhancing the runner and guest experience, including adding more overall downhill miles for both races, and creating a more scenic route for participants and spectators in the updated course design. Read More.
Back for Year Two: Registrations Open for BMW Social 5Ks and BMW Dallas Marathon Social Run Sweepstakes
DALLAS (July 20, 2017) - The 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay may be five months away, but this fall, participants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area will have the opportunity to get a taste of the race day fun. Read More.
HOKA ONE ONE Returns for Second Year as Official Footwear Partner of 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay
DALLAS (June 13, 2017) — Starting off on the right foot, the BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay, which opened registrations May 1, is excited to announce HOKA ONE ONE® as the official footwear partner of the 2017 race held Sunday, December 10. Read More.
Registration Opens for 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon
DALLAS (May 1, 2017) - Registration for the 47th running of the BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon, newly named SMU Cox School of Business Relay and initial BMW Weekend Series launched today at bmwdallasmarathon.com. New to this year’s event, the BMW Weekend Series introduces a competitive 5K and 10K race held the Saturday of marathon weekend, December 8-10. Read More.
Keith Pierce Defends Title in Dallas, Winning 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon for Second Consecutive Year
(December 10, 2017) - Keith Pierce, 37, of McKinney, Tex., led from start-to-finish on a brisk, sunny morning at the 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, breaking the tape with a winning marathon time of 2:27:16. Read More.
BMW Dallas Marathon
Run on December 10, 2017
By Harry Hall
Dallas Marathon veterans won both the men’s and women’s divisions of the Dallas Half-Marathon on Sunday, December 10, 2017.
Colby Mehmen, 23, repeated as champion, although he ran more than a minute slower than 2016.
However, this year might have been the more impressive performance.
“I’m pretty sure I ran negative splits,” he said.
While not certain, Mehmen recorded 31:49 for his first 10k, and looked strong throughout the race as he cruised to an easy win with 1:06.53, nearly four minutes ahead of Oklahoma’s Aaron Scherf, who recorded 1:10.32.
In 2016, Mehmen won in 1:05.15.
This year has been different for Mehmen, who ran for Princeton High School and Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches.
He changed coaches, he injured both his hip flexors, and he’s maintained a heavy mileage schedule.
“I’ve only dropped under 100 miles a week two times this year,” he said.
Mehmen hopes to run 1:04 for the NYC Half-Marathon on March 18, 2018, a time that would qualify him for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. (athletes can qualify with a 2:19 marathon or 1:04 for the half.
“That would be the pinnacle,” he says.
Marathon and Half Marathon Winners:
Pierce, Self, Slayman, and Mehmen
Ft. Worth’s Brooke Stayman got a measure of revenge over finishing second in last year’s Dallas Half-Marathon, winning in 1:19.17.
Slayman runs about 50 miles a week, almost all of it with her husband, Tyler Slayman, who placed 24th overall in the race with 1:20.50.
She took off much of August and September due to stress fractures in both legs. That kept her from competing in the California International Marathon, held the previous week.
Like Mehmen, Brooke hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. She has a 2:51 PR, and plans to qualify by increasing her mileage to about 70 mpw.
“I’ll have to make it a priority,” she says, “I’ll have to cut back on social life or TV.”
Teen Ariana Luterman assists women’s marathon winner.
By now you’ve seen the video of how women’s marathon winner Chandler Self received assistance from 17-year old Ariana Luterman.
I interviewed her for a few minutes after the race.
Here’s part of our interaction:
“I thought she (Self) had tripped,” said Luterman, “she went down and I said, ‘There’s no ways she’s not going to finish.’ The last 20 meters was devastating. She wouldn’t give up. This was really exciting. I’m glad I was there to help her across the finish line.”
Luterman later expressed shock when I told her that what she had done was technically illegal.
She said, “You mean me helping her might get her disqualified?”
Later, as Self entered the press room, I turned to Luterman and said, “You have no idea what you just did.” “What?” “Tonight, people all over the country will know who you are. Expect a big spike in your foundation donations.”
Five years ago, when she was 12, Luterman started a foundation to raise funds for the homeless children in the Dallas area. It’s raised more than $150,000. For more, go to: www.teamariana.org
Photos courtesy of Lance Phegley/RaceShots.net.
When is a race not a race? The 10th annual Reindeer Romp
Run on December 9, 2017
By Fiona Green
With a number of races to choose from this weekend I opted for the one closest to home - the 10th annual Reindeer Romp which took place at Aliiance Airport on Saturday, December 9. The weather was perfect with little wind, the course was relatively flat and the entry fee was $25 which is pretty standard for a 5K.
Showing up at the site I was amazed by the number of cars waiting to get into the parking lot. There were hundreds of children present, no doubt since the event benefitted the PE departments of schools in the local ISD. When I arrived at packet pick-up on race morning, a volunteer randomly picked a bib from a pile and handed it to me. When I asked if she needed to write down my number she explained it wasn't necessary as the race was not timed. This came as something of a surprise to many runners as the event had been timed last year and there had been no mention on the website that this would not be the case this year. Another volunteer explained that the event had lost money last year so organizers simply decided not to time runners this year.
Knowing the event was untimed and had technically been designated a 'fun run or social run' posed a dilemma for me. I was momentarily torn between casually jogging the course while soaking in the festive spirit or 'pretending' it was a race and simply timing myself. As I had paid an entry fee and pinned on my bib I decided on the latter option. It was Saturday morning after all so I had to race. The course was pretty flat and accurate and I was happy to finish 3rd overall female and knock 20 seconds off my time from last week. Maybe racing untimed works in my favor!
Local speedster, Travis Barczak, was also surprised to learn the event was not timed but took it in his stride and grabbed the top spot in a speedy, unofficial 16 minutes and change, leading me to assume that he also used the event to test his speed.
So, to answer the question "When is a race not a race?" I am assuming the answer is "When it's a romp."
Photos courtesy of Susan Navani Jones.
Run on December 3, 2017
By Harry Hall
David Velasquez was just looking for a race to run. The 2014 Wilmer-Hutchins graduate hadn’t competed since high school. It was time to get back into the game.
He entered the Chocoholic Frolic 5K held December 3 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, TX.
His expectations were low.
“I thought I’d be one of the last competitors,” he said.
Instead, Velasquez ran away from the field, finishing the race in twenty-minutes, six seconds.
Velasquez said he returned to racing because after a four-year hiatus, he missed it.
He only ran for the Eagles one year, clocking a 5:07 mile and 16:34 5k cross-country.
On race day, he took off with the early leaders, but while everyone else slowed down, he pretty much maintained the same pace.
“I guess that’s what got me the win,” he says.
He hopes to start training and see improvement. He thinks he can get in 30 minutes to an hour a day and get serious about the sport.
“I’m still young,” he says, “I’ve always liked running, and I would love to compete again.”
Christell Baum said she felt lucky to win the Chocoholic Frolic 5K.
“Sheila,” said Baum, who won in 20:56, “already ran two races this weekend.”
“Sheila,” is Sheila Natho, the 50-54 age group competitor who is one of the most familiar and successful Masters runners in the Dallas area. Natho frequently finishes first overall. When using a race as a training run, she will register under her Hash House Harrier name, Sparkle Plenty. At the Frolic, Natho (Plenty) finished second in 21:38.
Baum 44, has an extensive running resume, having competed for Mesquite Poteet High School and then one year at UNT. She still runs 4-5 times a week, mostly with buddies and to stay in shape. But she totals about 35 miles per week, with a loop around White Rock Lake on the weekends.
She’s not sure of her PR’s.
“I ran a 19 something 5k on a flat course in Deep Ellum,” she says, “but that was a long time ago.”
For the Chocoholic race, she paced herself through the first half, catching “three high school kids” at the mile.
“Then I passed Sheila at about 1 ½ miles,” she said, “It was pretty much done after that.”
Race Rundown: The accompanying men and women 10K winners were Zach Altman and Miko Anderson in 39:10 and 43:38, respectively…the next Chocoholic Frolic Race is scheduled for February 25, 2018 in San Antonio…Baum started with her 11-year-old son Brendan, who finished in 32:28.
Photos courtesy of Movin' Pictures.
Jingle bells and Fascinating Runners at FWRC inaugural Christmas 5K
Run on December 3, 2017
By Fiona Green
After my San Diego race experience where I was stopped mid-race by a trolley, I picked a race this weekend where public transportation would not be an issue, the FWRC 1st annual Christmas 5K in Trinity Park. Several runners showed up in festive Christmas outfits including one young woman who was wearing red pajamas and multiple bells that jingled as she ran. Jingle woman took off at lightning speed and it took me almost half a mile to catch her. For the first half of the race I could hear her jingling behind me. Every time the jingling got louder I picked up my pace a little, determined to stay ahead. As I rounded the corner at the turnaround point I realized that the jingling did not in fact come from the runner in PJs but from a male runner who was barely breaking a sweat. I somehow managed to maintain my pace and finished in 22:31, exactly the same time as I ran on the same course in July. Unfortunately they don't award prizes for consistency.
The overall winners may be two of the most accomplished, interesting runners I have met. Winning the male overall title was 28 year old Harrison Gibson who clocked 18:07, a PR. Gibson is currently 'living the dream', having just returned from 3 years touring the world and enjoying his love of mountaineering. Speaking with Gibson I felt he would have been a great choice as the new Dos Equis guy. His background involves protecting the environment, he is well travelled, athletic and smart - he should definitely be a contender.
On the female side, the overall winner was 32 year old mother of two, Stephanie Spangler who clocked an unofficial 22:16. Spangler is in the Marine corps and is stationed at Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth where she teaches martial arts and force fitness. As for her future, she plans to study for a degree in criminal justice in Oklahoma next year. While I found her accomplishments to be very impressive she mentioned that she is impressed by others who are not paid to be in shape but do so of their own accord. I guess we are all special in our own way!
Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.
The San Diego Experience
Run on November 23, 2017
By Fiona Green
I just returned from a week's vacation in San Diego, a city which is truly a paradise for runners. With its perfect climate and runner friendly trails and paths it would be hard for anyone living in the area not to be a runner.
As I always try to run a local race when vacationing I signed up for one of the city's Thanksgiving runs, the Run for the Hungry Turkey Trot 5K. With a registration fee of $53, it was definitely pricier than my usual races but I figured it was for a good cause and I had no excuse as the race start was conveniently located less than a mile from my hotel.
Lining up at the start I stood between a lean, elite Sudanese runner who was clearly going to win, and a couple of kids wearing furry turkey hats. My goal was to stay ahead of the turkeys. The race announcer thanked everyone for coming, reminded us to thank the police officers monitoring the trolley stops and, after a stirring rendition of the national anthem, we were off!
The first mile was relatively flat and passed through the city's famous Gaslamp Quarter. I cruised along at an easy pace enjoying the sights, sounds and smells and then, all of a sudden, things came to an abrupt halt. Three police officers appeared in front of the pack I was running with and motioned to us to wait until an approaching trolley had passed. Excuse, me? I just paid $53 to run 3 miles and at mile 1 I was being held back to let traffic pass! Like many in my pack I questioned this situation. As the trolley had not yet reached us I briefly considered ignoring the motioning officers and continuing on my way but my cautious side, the 'what if they arrest or deport me?' side, held my rebel side in check and I stood there, stunned, for what felt like 10 minutes but was probably only 15-20 seconds, watching the other runners disappear into the distance. By the time the trolley had passed my adrenaline was flowing and I picked up my pace, eager to reach a race official at the finish line with whom I could discuss the situation more fully. In the end I finished 8th overall female and the 'trolley factor' did not appear to affect my overall place (which didn't matter anyway as no awards or even finisher medals were given out). When I questioned a race official about the trolley stop, he seemed confused and explained that the police were supposed to hold back the trolleys and not the runners.
After initially asking me why I hadn't just sprinted head of the trolley, my husband later consoled me by reasoning that there was always a chance that if I had run I might have tripped, been run over by the trolley and lost a leg. When I considered that option, I realized I should be thankful and count my blessings. After all, isn't that what Thanksgiving is all about?
Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.
Arlington Turkey Trot
Run on November 23, 2017
By Harry Hall
John Valentine had little time to warm-up at the 8th annual Arlington Turkey Trot, held November 23 at Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park.
Because he works for race headquarters The Runner Shop, Valentine monitored the registration table, and only about five seconds to get to the race start.
“I caught the lead group about a mile and a half,” he said, “then three of us ran together.”
The winner wasn’t decided until just a few yards from the finish line.
Valentine’s winning time of 16:47.08, was just ahead of a fast-finishing Alex Wilson, who clocked 16:17.46, and Virgilio Martinez in 16:22.08.
Valentine, a graduate of Arlington Martin High, ran college at Mississippi St., where he recorded a 5k PR of 14:24.
Valentine plans on running the Don Zetnick Arlington Winter Run on December 2 and the marathon relay at the Dallas Marathon the following weekend.
By her own admission, UTA’s Tori Shelton didn’t have a lot of competition as she easily captured the Arlington Turkey Trot in 18:15.
The Lady Mavericks cross-country standout sandwiched the victory between cross-country season, and the upcoming track season. In cross-country, she placed 3rd at the Sun Belt Conference Championships and 31st at the NCAA Regional meet.
The Arlington race is becoming a family tradition for Tori and her mom. “We’ve been coming here since I was in the 6th or 7th grade,” she says, “she’s my biggest cheerleader.”
She also admits that while running for a Division I collegiate track team is stressful road races are different.
“I’ve always enjoyed the atmosphere at road races. I like being around active people.”
This year, proceeds for the Arlington Turkey Trot went to the Arlington Boys and Girls Clubs.
“We have a $3.5 million annual budget,” says Nadia Distefano, Sr. Developer for the Arlington Chapter.
Distefano says they serve 8,000 kids a year, and that the program offers three areas of education focus.
“We teach healthy lifestyles, make sure they have a plan to either continue their education or work, and character and leadership skills,” she says.
Photos courtesy of Harry Hall and Movin' Pictures.
Hills and Wind Make the Going Tough at Highland Village 5K
Run on November 18, 2017
By Fiona Green
This morning's 5K in Highland Village may be one of the toughest races I've ever run. While the temperature at race start was favorable for running everything else about the race was not. For the first mile, which happened to be uphill and totally exposed to the elements, I struggled to stay upright and I honestly believed I was moving backwards instead of forwards. There was a collective, audible sigh of relief when we eventually turned into a neighborhood where houses blocked the winds but the worst was not behind us as we then encountered hill after hill after hill. By the time I reached the finish line I felt like I had run a marathon.
The top three finishers are all friends who regularly train together and attend Founders Classical Academy of Lewisville. 15 year old Nicholas Rabalais was first to cross the finish line in an unofficial 21 minutes and change, but he was quick to explain that his friend, 18 year old Elijah Cardenas, had allowed him to win.
Cardenas is a bit of a superstar, a 2 time state champion with a 5K PR of 16:50. He explained that he is currently taking a break from competitive running but still enjoys training and supporting his friends.
Cardenas was quick to point out that Rabalais, who has a PR of 18:40, has great talent and was an alternate for the winning Lake Cities X country team last year. He credits him with being the heart of the team, and explained how he valued his friend's motivational speeches which often contained inspirational messages like "Beat your inner loser."
Rabalais' proud father mentioned that his son was twice the middle school state champion in chess.
The overall female winner was 17 year old Megan Popple, who covered the course in 21:36. The wind and hills definitely affected her performance as she explained she had run a 5K in 20:40 last weekend. Popple has been training with Cardenas since she was 11 and they frequently run together on the hills in Highland Village. She has a PR of 19:15 for the 5K and is planning to participate in the national championships in Charlotte on December 2. Her goal is to finish in the top 8 and earn the title of All American.
Overall and Masters winners were presented with gifts including backpacks, gift certificates and massage sessions.
Photo courtesy of Fiona Green.
Run For the Hills
Run on November 11, 2017
By Fiona Green
Participating in local races is a great way to meet talented athletes of all ages. It is particularly exciting to see young runners, under the age of 10, hitting the road with the adults and showing that they have the dedication and perseverance to go the distance and have fun while doing so. 9 year old Kendall Lowe clocked 24:56 to finish in the top 10 runners in the Run for the Hills 5k in Richland Hills yesterday. He was also, as he proudly told me after crossing the finish line, first in the 'kid' category. Lowe is a natural runner with an effortless stride who makes running look easy. He has participated in several 5Ks and has already broken 24 minutes for the distance. At age 7 he completed the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta, starting at the back of the pack and slowly making his way through the crowds to finish in the top third of all runners. He has clearly inherited his love of competition from his parents who were both college athletes - his mom a runner, and his father a wrestler. His love of running is evident from his choice of Halloween costume this year. He dressed as Steve Prefontaine and was accompanied as he went trick or treating by his father, dressed as Bill Bowerman, complete with waffle iron! Kendall trains with the Keller Town Hall runners, a Keller-based group of runners of all ages who meet weekly to train together, share experiences and motivate one another. Anyone interested in joining the group can contact me here.
Taking the overall title at Saturday's race was 22 year old Christian Cruz of Fort Worth. While many runners were a little disappointed with their times on the hilly course Cruz, originally from El Salvador, was pleasantly surprised with his winning time of 20:11, mentioning that this was only his second race of the year. His primary sport is soccer and he currently plays in 2 leagues- Blue Sky Soccer and Forever Soccer. As his work and soccer schedules leave him little time for running, he now usually runs only once or twice per week. Cruz ran track and cross country in high school and has a PR of 15:57 for the 5K distance. Last year he competed in his first race since high school- the Cowtown 5K. With no training, he finished 2nd overall in a time of 18:19. Cruz plans to run the 5K again next year but this time he will train for the event! His upcoming running plans include tackling a marathon.
I was happily surprised to finish first overall female in yesterday's race thanks to the fact that faster runners chose to run elsewhere!
Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.
Sibling Rivalry 5K
Run on November 4, 2017
By Harry Hall
Ashley Garcia’s races are becoming adventures.
“I’m here because I overslept this morning, and I was supposed to race a 5k today,” she said after winning the Mercy Run: Sibling Rivalry 5K held Saturday evening November 4, 2017 at Andy Brown Park in Coppell, TX. Her tine was twenty-two minutes flat.
Garcia’s last-minute race changes are becoming a habit.
In September, she planned on doing the September 9, Freakin’ Fast Marathon in Boise, Idaho a race with a name made for someone who, like Garcia was looking for her first BQ.
When she landed the Thursday before the race, she could feel and smell the smoke from nearby forest fires.
She met a friend there and they decided to modify their plans.
In a rented car, they drove five hours to Salt Lake City to the Big Cottownwood Marathon, which was held on the same day as the race in Boise.
“My goal was 3:30,” said Garcia, “but the night before I thought I could get 3:25.”
Either way, it would have given Garcia her first BQ in just her fourth marathon.
She ran 3:24, a BQ and a 13-minute PR.
Garcia has upped her mileage and plans on doing more hill work, in hopes of breaking 3:20.
Mercy Run Notes- Men’s 5k winner was Coppell Cowboys’ 14 year-old Diego Acosta in 19:36…Acosta is scheduled to compete in the Nike South Cross-Country Championships in the Woodlands on November 18…men’s and women’s 10k winners were 12-year old Noah Teperia in 47:16 and Abbie Melby in 51:21…runners battled unseasonably warm temps in the upper 80’s.
About the race—Mercy Whitfield was born with trisomy 13, an extra 13th chromosome. More than 80% of babies born with the affliction die within a year.
Mercy lived 13 days.
Mercy was the third child of Rodney Whitfield and Allison D’auteuil.
Allison started running as part of her own grieving therapy, and completed her first 5k on September 8, 2012, on what would have been Mercy’s first birthday.
Then five years ago, Allison started the Mercy Sibling Rivalry 5K/10K to help children through the grieving process when a sibling has died.
“We provide age-specific grief resources,” says Allison, “we might have a coloring book for younger children, a grief journal for an older child.”
As part of what Allison calls, ‘Mercy’s gift,’ they provide funding for a child’s activity.
“We paid for six months’ of one child’s oboe lessons,” says Allison, “another one karate lessons.”
The race raises between $8-$10k for the organization. For more, go to www.teammercy.org
Prizes Galore at Jenny's Run for Hope
Run on October 28, 2017
By Fiona Green
When we race every weekend there comes a time when all the races begin to blend into one. There is a starting line, a few miles of huffing and puffing, a finish line, some bananas and an awards ceremony. Now and again, however, race organizers surprise us, offering something different. It might be unique medals, a delicious breakfast or a particularly interesting course. This weekend I took part in Jenny's Run for Hope in NRH and, like many, I was surprised at the awards ceremony. Next to the table bearing medals was a separate table piled high with a variety of items donated by sponsors. Every age group winner in the 5K and 10K events was presented with their medal then asked to remain beside this table until all awards had been presented. They were then invited to pick a prize from the table- anything from an Echo Dot to headphones, sunglasses, backpacks, Yeti mugs and coolers. Needless to say this was a pretty amazing deal considering most of the prizes were worth far more than the race entry fee!
Winning the 5k in a speedy 17:16 was 16 year old Daniel Spicer, who was followed by his friend and running buddy, Joshua Lass who clocked 18.52. Both runners are students at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club. They decided to race yesterday as a tune-up for the Nike South trials in Houston in November. Spicer has a PR of 17:20 for the 5k distance while Lass has a PR of 18:27.
On the female side, and representing Team Maddie, was Shantel Cloud of Grapevine, who also won the Hot Hatch Chile 5k in Southlake in August. Cloud was happy to realize her goal of breaking 20 minutes, clocking 19:56 for the win. Also representing Team Maddie was 10k female winner, Stephanie Allen who covered the course in 43:03. This was at least the 4th overall win for Stephanie this year. Team Maddie is an organization created by local runner, Jessica Smith who is raising awareness of the importance of organ donation. Her daughter, Maddie, was the recipient of a double transplant last year. Smith attended yesterday's event and provided information to race participants on organ donation. Travis Barczak added yet another 10K overall win to his collection and set a new course record with his 34:34 finish. Barczak is definitely a contender in every race he runs and his easy effortless stride makes running look easy.
Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.
Best Dam Run Half Marathon
Run on October 22, 2017
By Harry Hall
“I felt a little sluggish the first three miles,” said Taylor Piske after winning the ‘Best Dam Run,” Half-Marathon, held October 22 at Grand Prairie’s Lynn Creek Park.
But Piske said a long downhill on the Joe Pool Lake Bridge, “helped a lot.”
Shooting for a 5:50 first mile, he ran with the lead pack at 6:10, then pulled away to a winning time of one-hour, fourteen minutes, fifty-one seconds, nearly 10 minutes ahead of second place.
Piske says he runs about 55-60 miles a week, and his long run is typically only about 13 miles, so a half-marathon, “is really a stretch.”
Piske ran for Trinity University in San Antonio, where he ran at NCAA Nationals in cross-country, and recorded a 31:30 10k on the track.
He quit running for a couple of years, switching to soccer, which he thought would keep him in shape, but it was a three- mile week that turned his life around.
He began training again, upped his miles, and he returned to distance running.
An exuberant Katelyn Jewell finished the half-marathon, looked to the heavens and spread her arms wide.
The 24-year old New Mexico native was just happy not just with a win, but a three-minute PR.
“I haven’t even run any races this year,” she said, “this time changes my whole attitude.”
She planned on going out at about a 7:00 clip, but took out around 6:40.
“Then I picked it up and kept passing men the whole way.”
Jewell ran in high school, and ran a 3:38 marathon in college, and hopes to run Boston.
She’s much more confident of running a Boston Qualifier now, and thinks maybe even more is possible when she runs the Dallas Marathon in December.
“I think I might even get a 3:25 or 3:30,” she says. Her BQ time is 3:35.
Briefly: The accompanying 5k winners were Jerry Cherra in 17:47 and Sparkle Plenty in 20:59… Cherra plans on running the October 28 Heroes Half-Marathon in Shreveport, LA …Sparkle will be part of Santa’s Helpers women’s relay at the December 10 Dallas Marathon… a hard rain Saturday night left the roads wet, but temperatures remained a bit on the muggy side…In and Out Burger brought two trucks for hungry post-race runners.
Photos courtesy of Harry Hall.
Youngsters Win at PKD Run the Square in Southlake
Run on October 21, 2017
By Fiona Green
The annual PKD Run and Walk in Southlake yesterday once again attracted a good crowd who came together to raise money towards finding a cure for Polycystic kidney disease. PKD is one of the most common, life-threatening genetic diseases which strikes both adults and children, often leading to the need for dialysis and a kidney transplant.
The course began in Southlake Town Square, headed out to TX 114 then returned to the square and looped several times around the streets within the shopping area. It was one of those races where runners kept thinking the finish line was just around the corner, only to discover there was yet another loop left. By the end of the race runners had been able to enjoy a complete tour of the shopping area around the square. With so many twists and turns it must have been difficult to accurately measure and cone the course and several runners commented it was in fact slightly longer than 5K.
Repeating as the overall male winner was 21 year old Luiz Mungra, an aircraft mechanic with Envoy Air who has a PR of 17:09 for 3 miles. Yesterday, according to the race results, Mungra clocked 19.01 although Mungra was under the impression the time on the clock was in the 17 minute range when he crossed the finish line. We're still not sure about this discrepancy. Mungra typically logs around 20-25 miles per week and races only occasionally. In fact his last race was the 2016 PKD race. He has no plans for future races but will most likely try to defend his title in next year's event.
On the female side 12 year old Mia Tesoriero took an early lead and effortlessly breezed to victory in 22:24. Tesoriero, who attends Dawson Middle School in Southlake, began running with Girls on the Run last year and discovered that she has a real talent for the sport. Her father is also a runner although he did not participate in yesterday's event.
According to their website "Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Meeting twice a week in small teams, the girls learn life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games."
Overall and Masters winners were presented with a plaque and a cool backpack from REI.
Photos courtesy of Fiona Green and Movin' Pictures.
Mystery Blue Man wins Running Scared 5K in Watauga
Run on October 14, 2017
By Fiona Green
Brian Ferrell and his neighbors.
Lining up for the start of Watauga's 11th annual Running Scared 5k in Watauga on Saturday, one runner caught everyone's eye- Blue Mann (he spells it with an extra 'n'). As a runner who can't even wear a shirt while racing it was hard for me to imagine how anyone could run, clad from head to toe, in skin-tight spandex. With his slender build and fly-knit Nikes he was obviously a runner so it came as no surprise when he did in fact clinch the top spot in a speedy 16:39. Following the race I tried to learn more about Blue Mann's training methods, future goals and decision to turn blue but apparently Blue Menn don't talk so all I figured out was that he was 20 years old, prefers running 5ks compared to longer distances and is a student at College Station. Since I have been interviewing speedy kids for several years now I feel I should know the identity of the mystery man but for now he is quite simply Blue Mann.
With many races on yesterday's calendar the faster runners were scattered throughout the metroplex. This worked in my favor as I managed to win the overall female title in 21:33. My excitement at finally breaking 22 minutes on a course which had a significant hill at the end, was short lived when I arrived home and received a message from a friend who mentioned a runner had estimated the course was closer to 3 miles as per his GPS watch. Ah well, it makes up for last week's long course.
Blue Mann, Brian Ferrell, Fiona holding Bradley Gardner's award, and Julianna.
Winning the female Masters award was a very surprised Julianna Perez. The 54 year old explained that while she had placed in her age group in this race in previous years this was her first Masters trophy. She regularly works out at the community center that hosted the event and has participated in this race every year either as a volunteer or as a runner. She explained that the last time she had achieved running success like this was when she placed second in district for the 440m when she was in 8th grade.
Brian Ferrell is a great ambassador for the sport. As well as participating in races on a weekly basis, he shares his love of running with his neighbors and encourages them to join him at weekend events. Yesterday Ferrell was accompanied by 4 of his neighbors. Every one of them placed in their respective age group and Ferrell himself won the 50-54 age group in 27:49.
Photos courtesy of Brian Ferrell.
Steps & Strides
Run on October 7, 2017
By Harry Hall
Bridgette Deem made the most of a rare road race appearance when she clocked twenty-four minutes, six seconds in winning the 6th annual Steps and Strides 5K, held in Irving, TX on October 7, 2017.
Deem's athletic career began in the 3rd grade, when her mother encouraged her to play soccer, which she still plays recreationally.
"I was getting to be chubby," says Deem, 27 a physical therapist for Baylor Surgical Hospital, one of the race sponsors,"but our coach made us run one mile, and I hated that."
But it kick-started an athletic career, and she wound up playing soccer for Austin College in Sherman, TX.
She still plays recreational co-ed soccer, "I couldn't give it up." And she still runs the occasional race, and even completed a half-marathon.
In addition to playing soccer, she runs 3-4 x a week and only a race or two a year.
With a training schedule like that, she doesn't figure on winning many races, "Today, I was only planning on breaking 30 minutes."
Mike Cooper is a road race veteran, with a marathon PR of 3:00 and a sub 18-minute 5k. He's run the Boston Marathon and captured many a/g awards.
But what he had never done was finish first overall.
Until the Steps and Strides 5K.
Cooper took the lead early and built a solid lead for his first-ever road win.
"I didn't think I could win this," said the 66-year old Cooper of his 22:33 victory.
Cooper is on a comeback trail of sorts. Last February, he placed 2nd in the 65-69 a/g at the Surfside Beach Marathon, but he was disappointed in his time of 6:16.
He ran 50 miles the week leading up to Steps and Strides. His training has gone so well that he's rethinking his goal of sub-4:00, his target time when he returns to Surfside Beach in four months.
"I think I might get 3:30," he says.
But that is for the future. On this day, it was all about his first win.
"The best part," he said, "was following the lead motorcycle. That's what happens for runners like Haile Gebrselassie, Bill Rodgers, and Alberto Salazar."
The Steps and Strides 5K raises money for homeless families in Irving.
"According to the Irving school district, 1,000 children in the city are listed as homeless," says Teri Petty, Executive Director of Family Promise in Irving.
She says that the organization is part of 14 area churches who help families in need.
"We're faith-based," says Petty, "but we don't ask about beliefs. We put faith in action."
Photos courtesy of Harry Hall.
Cash and Tacos at NRH Road Runner 5K
Run on October 7, 2017
By Fiona Green
One of the benefits of racing every weekend is getting to know the speedsters and being able to correctly predict the male and female winners. Yesterday this was a little more challenging as there were two young runners who typically run in the 16 minute range- 27 year old Travis Barczak and 18 year old Ben Gillick. Gillick is a protege of local running legend, James Jackson, and until last year had been running his 5Ks in the 21 minute range. Jackson, incidentally, at age 51, is still running sub 17 minute 5Ks. He also competed in the event, despite an aggravating piriformis issue.
In yesterday's event it was Barczak who came out on top, pocketing $300 prize money with his 17:04 finish while Gillick finished a few steps behind in 17:16. The course was estimated to be a little longer than 5K and actually measured around 3.26 miles, according to several runners.
This was Barczak's 4th consecutive win as he also won the Hot Hatch Chili run in Southlake and the Crepe Myrtle Trail run 10K in McKinney. (He couldn't recall his other win).
Rachel Harp scored yet another victory with her 20.01 finish, showing once again that she is one of the top women to beat in the metroplex. Harp didn't feel this was her strongest race performance but in the eyes of all the slower women following her, she is still pretty amazing!
Following the race runners enjoyed delicious snacks including tacos from Fuzzy's Taco Shop.
There was some confusion regarding the Masters awards as it was communicated to some runners prior to the race (and in the results) that the Masters category was for runners age 50 and over. On the website the age for Masters was not specified and while 40 is the norm this is something that is decided at the discretion of race organizers. Awards were, however, presented to the top runners, over the age of 40, which caused some confusion. At the time of writing this article, this issue was still being resolved.
Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.
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