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Thomas Martin: Recovering From Accidents and Injuries

Ideally, you want to supercharge your body's ability to heal. There are the standard over-the-counter medications, but many holistic approaches are actually safer, more effective and often cheaper. Read More.

Brad Kelley: Going Beyond Your Limits

Limits... what are they? Webster's Dictionary defines it as something that bounds, restrains, or confines the utmost extent. Read More.

jeph abaraFiona Green: Jeph Abara left his mark on the running community

Jeph, being a runner, catered to other runners and walkers with affordable events and a knowledge of what runners wanted. And he helped many charities through his races. Read more.


Mackley Q. Greene (as told to Kim Andres): Mackley, the Prize Winning Pup!

This is Mackley Q. Greene reporting from Valley Ranch in Irving, somewhere in the middle of the Metroplex, from my comfy home where I am consistently spoiled as the only dog in the house. I have good news and sad news. 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: You Don't Have to Worry About Me, I Just Ran A Marathon

The marathon is a very lofty gomonth's column will show how I did it. Read More

Charles Clines: Highlights from 2016; Keith Pierson, Emily Field and Magaly Soto among top performers.Many other runners posted impressive feats during 2016. Pierce's victory in the Dallas Marathon led the highlights. 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)


From last to first in four years
at Bold in the Cold 5K

By Fiona Green

winzen and florcruzThere was a pretty special moment on Saturday (Jan. 21) at the Bold in The Cold 5K at Lake Grapevine. The overall male title was won by 14-year-old Antonio Florcruz from Southlake, who cruised through the hilly course in 17:44, almost a minute ahead of runner-up, 25-year-ld Alex Gonzalez of Cedar Hill.

Four years ago at age 10, Florcruz ran this race with his father, Arturo, and apparently finished dead last. Instead of being discouraged, he persevered and continued to run and race, improving every time he ran.

The young athlete was featured on this site last year after breaking his school's mile record. He is definitely an inspiration and proof that hard work and dedication bring results! (Florcruz is on right in photo; grand masters winner Ron Winzen is on left)

14-year-ld Allie Lyda was the top female in the 5K, finishing in 19:44. Lyda, from Flower Mound,  is coached by Matt Celone, who took the Masters title in 19:33.

In the 15K, Ryan Barrow, 28, of Denton breezed to victory with a 52:55.8. Interesting to note that 55-year-old Jeff Kirk of Grand Prairie was the third overall finisher with a 59:00.2, less than a minute behind Jachary Winger, 23, of Roanoke, who posted a 58:25.6. 50-year-old Lesley Burke of Mansfield won the female race with a 1:04:09.7, just a few steps in front of Rachel Fox, 43, of Flower Mound who had a 1:04:14.6.


Jan. 21 Highlights

By Charles Clines

* Clint Bell, 37, of Dallas continues to impress as he zipped to the overall award at The Resolution Run in McKinney on Saturday morning (Jan. 21). Bell won with a 1:18:19. Tete Ukpong, 31, of Allen was runner-up with a 1:20:54.4. The female winner was 42-year-old Sue Luck of McKinney with a 1:35.44.3.  In the 5K, another masters runner, 42-year-old Phillip Lewis of Prosper won the male 5K overall award with a 20:50.4. On the other end of the age spectrum, 12-year-old Olivia Bos of Frisco won the female overall award with a 23:14.3. Kudos also to 9-year-old Wilma Blitz for her 25:30.4. Also hats off to 78-year-old Bill Blackburn for winning the 61-and-older division with a 26:06.7.

* At the Hotcake Hustle in Addision, masters runner Colleen Casey, 43, of Grapevine held off 14-year-old Nevaeh Pantoja of Dallas to win the female overall award, clocking a 20:24. Pantoja finished with a 21:02. The race for the male 10K overall award also was fairly close as Kyle Johnson, 16, of Corinth came in with a 37:31 and runner-up Justin Arnosky, 28, of Richardson finished with a 38:07. Nice effort by 85-year-old Charles Key of Dallas, finishing with a 1:15:24. Wally Capps, 76, of Farmers Branch won the 70-over division with a 1:00:47.


The Texas Half Marathon

By Harry Hall

*Note: The Editor is responsible for the late publishing of this report. We appoligize to the author, the race organizors, and the readers for our tardiness.*

Andrew Cook, has accomplished a lot in his many years as an athlete and later as a high school track/cross-country coach at Flower Mound High School. The 35 year old has even qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials.

Andrew Cook Andrew Cook

But there's at least one more line he wants to add to his athletic resume.

"People always ask me if I've run Boston," he said after winning the rainy and chilly January 15, 2017 Texas Half-Marathon in Irving, TX in one hour, nine minutes, thirty-five seconds, "and I want to do that."

He won the Texas half by more than 10 minutes.

Next on his agenda is next month's Cowtown Half-Marathon, with a goal of another time in the 1:10 range, all as preparation for the historic April 17 race.

He says he's been getting in about 80-100 mpw, but he'll be cutting that about in half after track season ramps up.

But he no illusions about setting a PR.

"I have to be realistic," he says, "with limited training, I think a 2:25-2:30 is possible."

It was easy to spot 27-year old Candy Matthies at the Texas Half. The Snyder, Texas resident wore a "No ALS" symbol on the back of her blue singlet along with the phrase, "Miles for Coach Mike Martin."

Candy Matthies' t-shirt Candy Matthies

Martin was Matthies' high school track coach who is now in Grand Prairie, TX. Since March, he's been battling ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The disease causes muscles to eventually stop working, while leaving the mind intact. British scientist Stephen Hawking has battled the disease for more than 50 years. There is no cure.

Matthies captured the women's division of the Texas Half Marathon with 1:31.35, roughly a minute slower than her PR of 1:30.41 set at last month's BMW Half-Marathon.

"I felt good today," she said, "at the turnaround, I thought I had a pretty big lead."

While she was pleased with the win, her greater concern was for her 67 year old coach, whom she made the 3 ½ hour drive from Snyder to Grand Prairie to visit.

She says "He's been a good friend who has been there for me."

Winning the accompanying five mile race was 28 year old Justin Arnosky with 29:57, while Sheila Natho, 51 paced the women with 34:44.


MLK run was emotional
as it honored the late organizer Jeph Abara

By Fiona Green

lopez and esperanzaRunning the MLK Day & Dream XIV 5K in Arlington on Monday (Jan. 16) was an emotional experience for many of the participants. For years this race was organized by Jeph Abara, a pillar of the Arlington community, who used the proceeds from his running events to help those in need.

After Jeph passed away late last year, organization of the race was taken over by the Cox family, which operates Cox Racing Services. They decided to honor Jeph at the event. After the race, popular locl runner Ricky Cox and several others shared memories of a very special man whose energy and enthusiasm for life was contagious.

john valentineJeph's wife Karen also spoke about her husband of 48 years, mentioning that for Jeph, the most important race was the human race. Since his passing she had discovered more about his charitable endeavors through individuals who shared their stories of how Jeph had impacted their lives. She mentioned plans to create a foundation in his name, which would continue his mission of improving the lives of the most vulnerable in the community. There also are plans to name part of the trails at River Legacy Parks in his honor. More details of this will be given when they are available.

Leading the racing 5K crowd was John Valentine of Arlington (pictured), who cruised to victory in 19:59. Khis was much slower than John's usual pace as he usually runs his 5ks in the low 15s. Immediately after the race he headed off in search of food. Having played with his band until the wee hours of the morning, he explained he was in desperate need of a good meal.

The first female finisher was 22-year-old Marisol Lopez of Fort Worth, who clocked 22:24. Lopez, a former college runner, is hoping to increase her distance and run a half marathon in the summer. She was cheered on by her 25-year-old sister Esperanza, who ran a PR of 3:14 at the Houston Marathon on Sunday under some challenging conditions. (Lopez and Esperanza are shown in photo with a young spectator.)

It is worth noting that 54-year-old Frances McKissick was the 5th female finisher, less than 24 hours after running Sunday’s marathon.


Jan. 15 Highlights

By Charles Clines

* Andrew Cook, 35, ran away from all challengers to win the Texas Half Marathon in Irving on Sunday (Jan. 15), cruising to a 1:09:35. His nearest challenger was Samuel Belcher, 24, who finished with a 1:19:55. Cook doesn’t make many appearances at area road races, but the former Texas A&M standout, either wins or challenges at the events he does enter. Candace Matthies, 27, of Snyder, won the female race with a 1:31.35. She was 14th female at the BMW Dallas Marathon last month when she was clocked almost a minute faster. In the 5-Mile race, Sheila Natho, 51, of Dallas added to her impressive female overall awards by winning with a 34:44.  Last year, she had at least 11 overall victories and 12 masters victories. Justin Arnosky, 28, of Houston won the male award with a 29:57.

* Masters runners ruled at the FWRC’s Einstein 10K on Sunday (Jan. 15). Wade Braun, 52, of Keller was first across the finish line to take the male overall award. Braun finished with a 39:51 with 13-year-old Josue Mejorada of Fort Worth close behind to finish with a 40:28.8, about 30 seconds in front of Victor Palma, 41 of Crowley. Laura Nelson, 51, of Grapevine earned the female overall award with a 46:30.1, nine seconds in front of runner-up Maria Garcia, 44, of Arlington, who was four seconds (chip time) in front of Kimberly Wang, 13, of Keller.


A Running Icon Loses Battle With Cancer

By H.B. Wise

Jeph starting the race Jeph Abera, a North Texas running icon, lost his last battle with cancer last week. He was hospitalized on Christmas day and passed away on December 27th.

Jeph was born and raised in Nigeria and ran high school cross-country there. He attended college in the US and received advanced degrees from Ohio State and the University of Pittsburgh. Jeph retired from American Airlines where he helped to plan their routes. He also taught math at Tarrant County College.

Jeph was an ardent race promoter and for several years was partnered with Ricky Cox. In 2010 Jeph founded Assist Systems to focus on low-cost, no-frills races. He produced several of his own races each year along with helping others produce races. He had a long standing relationship with The Runner Shop in Pantego and took over production of the Arlington Winter Run when Don Zetnick passed away.

Many of the races Jeph produced benefited his charitable interests. He was the chair of the Outreach Committee at St. Alban's Episcopal Church and supported women's shelters and local elementary schools with proceeds from his races.

Another of Jeph's avocations was his calendar. This grew from his participation with the newsletter of the Arlington Runners Club. Jeph routinely emailed his calendar to hundreds of runners. He listed races throughout the world, but focused mostly on North Texas.

Jeph was a recreational runner and walker until his first official race, the Burelson Firecracker 5k, in 1985. In 1996 he participated in the Centennial Boston Marathon. He continued running and racing until his battles with cancer made it hard for him to run. His love for the running community drove him to continue producing race until his last race on Christmas Eve.

His race on January 16th, the MLK Day & Dream XIV 5K at River Legacy Park in Arlington will be renamed and produced in Jeph's honor. The race will be produced and sponsored by Cox Racing Systems, Clines Running Corner, and several others in the running community. All net proceeds will be donated to Jeph's charities.

His memorial service will take place on January 28, 2017 at Shepard of Life Lutheran Church at 10:30 AM.


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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Paintings by Kim Andres. Looking for a watercolor like this one? Do you want one of your own, of you, a loved one, or a pet? Contact Kim 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.

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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.