Top runners in 2014

Although CRC didn't choose runners of the year in 2014 as it has done since 2011, several runners did have outstanding years and should  be recognized. Emily Field of Dallas was among the females who won at least 18 overall titles in the DFW areas, and she often won against quality competition. Among her overall victories were the Dash Down Greenville 5K, Trinity Levee 10K, the Texas Half, the Big D Half, the Lake Benbrook Half and Hot Chocolate 5K. Others who had at least 18 overall victories included Laura Nelson of Grapevine, this site's 2010 Female Runner of the Year and 2011 Female Masters Runner of the Year, and Fiona Green of Keller. Laura  also chalked up at least 30 masters victories and Fiona at least 12 masters awards. Elizabeth Eder Northern, Magaly Soto and Jessica Smith (the 2013 Female Runner of the Year) also had impressive years with Jessica winning at least 16 times and Magaly at least 15. Elizabeth pulled off a double at Cowtown by winning the 10K on Saturday and the half on Sunday. She also had at least 11 other overall victories. Other masters who enjoyed multiple wins included Frances McKissick (at least 22) Sheila Natho (at least 8), and Cathy Buchanan (at least 12).

On the male side, Clint Bell, Jose Mejorada, James Jackson and Luis Rojas racked up several overall victories. Clint, of Dallas, has been one of the area's top runners for several years and racked up at least 14 victories, wrapping up the season with a win at the Plano Holiday Hustle 5K. Jose, winner of almost all the races at the Trinity 5000 summer series, took home at least 19 overall awards. Luis, who dominated the Jogger Series in Dallas, had about 10 overalls, and James, the 2011 Male Masters Runner of the Year, nabbed at least 11 overalls and at least four masters awards, including the Cowtown Marathon and the Tour de Fleurs 20K. Other masters runners with multiple victories incuded David Holtsford (at least 10), Froylan Franco (at least 10), Vesko Rajovic (at least 8, and Todd Reynolds, who dominated at the Trinity 5000), at least 15. Todd was the 2013 Male Masters Runner of the Year. In the age division groups, there are too many great runners to mention, but runners such as Bill Shaw, Wally Capps, Ken Brewer, Agustin Hernandez (the 2012 Masters Runner of the Year), Rachel Harp, Cora Turner,  Linda Kelly, and Angela Eusery are among the many who deserve accolades. Note: runners might have posted more victories than noted and that's why the "at least" is used.


Elizabeth Eder Northern's quest
to tie Logan Sherman's record delayed

Elizabeth Eder Northern had planned to try and duplicate Logan Sherman's sweep of all the Cowtown distances this weekend. But a strained quad has caused her scrub plans to run the Ultra on Sunday, though she still is planning to compete in the 5K on Saturday. She has to win both to complete her quest. Last year, Elizabeth won the 10K and Half Marathon, a year after winning the Marathon. Elizabeth said she'll try the Ultra in 2016, but two weeks before that, she's due to compete in the Olympic Trials in Los Angeles. She qualified at the Chicago Marathon in 2013 with a 2:42:47, which placed 15th among the women and gave her a $2,500 payday. She needed a 2:43 or better to meet the B qualifying standard.


DFW Runners Take Home Edinburg 10K Honors

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Four of six Dallas-Fort Worth runners from the Smart Fit Heart, Inc. (formerly the Texas Running Center) won first places at the 33rd annual All-American City 10K on Feb. 7 in Edinburg. The others, coached by Joe Boyle, placed in the top three in their divisions.

The athletes from left to right are Rick Meyer, Crystal Chinea, Dawn Grunnagle, Lauren Smith and Mike Fussell. James Jackson, (not pictured) was another team member. Dawn won overall female in the US Elite Women's Division with a 34:50.2 and Lauren placed third (36:41.2). Crystal earned first in the 25-29 division and was fourth overall (40:02.3). In the Elite Masters Division, James won the 45-49 age divisionw with a 34:06.6; Rich took second in the 45-49 (35:55.1); Mike won the 55-59 division (37:32.5). Full race results are available at http://www.iaapweb.com/results/15/02_07_15.htm


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A second separated male overall and masters winners
making for an Exciting Metric Experience;
Rachel Harp wins as she eyes Cowtown Half

By Fiona Green

There certainly was some excitement Saturday (Feb. 14) at the Exciting Metric Experience 5K in Grand Prairie  with only a second separating the top two runners. Claiming the overall title in 18:31 was 17-year-old Austin Foster, who narrowly beat 44-year-old Bryan Girouard, who happens to be Austin's uncle. (Both are pictured above with Austin on the left.)

Foster, who attends Crandall High School, specializes in the 800 meters, for which he has a PR of 2:00. His current goal is to to place in the top five for the distance in the state high school meet this year. Girouard has been a casual runner since he was about eight years old. He took up the sport competitively about 4-5 years ago after he began helping out as assistant coach for Crandall High's cross-country team.  While he runs many 5Ks, his preferred race is the 10K. His PR for the 6.2-mile distance is 37:22, which he ran at the Snowman Shuffle in Dallas last month. In that race, he also earned the Master's title.

Girouard and Foster have run many races together throughout the metroplex and also have completed several triathlons. While Foster is considering testing his speed at the Cowtown 10K on February 28, Girouard is focusing his training on the Ironman 70.3 in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 15. We wish them luck!

Claiming yet another overall female title was 31-year-old Rachel Harp, who blazed through the course in 19:13, then completed at least two additional laps as part of her cool down. Harp, who won the Lake Benbrook Half Marathon in January, is training for the Cowtown Half on March 1.


Feb. 14 Highlights

* It was a great Valentine's Day morning with little wind and temps in the 40s and warming. Masters runner Cora Turner, 49, of Alvarado highlighted the Cupid Shuffle 5K in Waxahachie by crossing the finish line first with a 20:29.6. Coming in second was male winner Alye Diaz, 16, of Waxahachie with a 22:30.2.

* Rachel Harp, 31, of North Richland Hills continues to rack up victories as she was the overall female winner at the Exciting Metric Experience IV 5K in Grand Prairie by clocking in at 19:13 and was third overall, behind male winner Austin Foster, 17, of Crandall (18:31) and male masters winner Bryan Girouard, 44, also of Crandall (18:32). Coming in eight overall was female masters winner Fiona Green, 50, of Keller with a 22:06.

* Haltom Stampede competitors were vying for the event's great-looking ceramic buffaloes, and overall and masters winners took home the largest ones. Overall male winner was masters runner Sergio Hernandez, 40, of Granbury (18:31.2) and female winner was Sandie Nathan, 35, of Grapevine (20:05.5). Masters winners were Jon Hyams, 43, of Arlington (18:37.2) and Laura Nelson, 49, of Grapevine (20:30.6).

* The oldest overall winner was 53-year-old Kevin Johnston of Extension, La., at the Heart & Soul 5K in Farmers Branch. He was the overall winner with  21:21.7.

* The fastest female time was the 18:33 that Sonya Correa, 33, of Addison posted at the Heart & Sole 5K in Dallas, just 20 seconds behind male winner Caleb Wood, 33.

* At the Dash for the Beads 5K in Dallas, Jason Trevino, 26, of Dallas was the first to collect with a speedy 16:42.


Cowtown to offer prize money and
course-record bonuses

The Cowtown, in partnership with MarathonGuide.com, has announced a $30,000 purse for the half marathon and marathon to/p finishers, plus bonuses for course records in the marathon and ultra. Read more.


Fiona Green's multi-talents pay off
with NY trip as icing on the cake

Fiona Green is an accomplished runner, photographer, author and now award winner in creating a chocolate dessert. She concedes about being a chocoholic. This probably should be a surprise to me, but not really. Isn't everyone addicted to chocolate....I am, for sure. Fiona, who often submits reports and photos to this website, has been involved with finding foster homes for dogs and cats, has had a book about cats published, which included her great photos. She doesn't let a lot of grass grow under her feet, especially when she's running. In 2014, she was won at least 18 overall female awards and at least 12 masters titles. Anyway, there might be some more chocoholics out there, so here's a report from Fiona about her dessert and award that earned her a trip to New York and other perks, including $500 and to attend a class to work with a master chef. To see Fiona's recipe for this cake, go here. See below for Fiona's chocolate venture.


By Fiona Green

cake"Since I was about 5 years old, I have loved creating chaos in the kitchen---adapting and inventing recipes, particularly those that satisfy my craving for something sweet. While I try my best to stick to a healthy diet, I feel that with all the miles I log, I should be able to indulge in something decadent once in awhile. In November, I read about a recipe contest organized by Perugina, the Italian chocolate company best known for Baci chocolate kisses. The grand prize was a trip to New York,  the chance to attend a class by a master chocolatier at Perugina's chocolate school and $500 spending money. To enter, participants had to create a recipe that included Perugina's delicious gourmet Baci chocolates. I instantly had a vision of how this cake should look and taste and set to work. After three or four tries I had created my cake, a three-tiered concoction consisting of a flourless chocolate cake base topped with two layers of creamy truffle filling and finished with delicately sliced Perugina white chocolate Bacis.  I submitted my entry and waited. A few days later, I received a call that I had won! I can't wait to visit New York again and the opportunity to work with a master chef is - well - the icing on the cake!  As a chocoholic, I plan to totally immerse myself in the experience and maybe squeeze in a lap or two around Central Park to make up for overindulging --- unless, of course, it's cold."


An unplanned marathon journey
turned into a 50-state quest

Bill Berenson didn't set out to run a marathon in every state or for that matter did he plan to run his first marathon. When he turned 40, he entered his first marathon at Cowtown, but he was going to end the 26.2-mile Cowtown journey halfway because that was near where he lived. Instead, he kept going. He figured then that he would end his marathon journeys. But 10 years later, he ran at San Diego, got into the New York Marathon and qualified for Boston. His success prompted the idea of trying to run a marathon in every state by the time he turned 60. Viola, he did it by finishing his 50th in November 2014. Read about his successful journey.



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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

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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 www.fwrunners.org for more information.

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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. See more information about Luke's training programs..

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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, a top-rated attorney specializing in personal injury, has run marathons in all 50 states and the State of Israel, qualifying for Boston in 40 of them. 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. Bill also sponsors several area runs, including the Cowtown C.A.L.F. and walks such as MADD. Please visit berensonlaw.com for more information.

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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.