Don Armstrong puts heart and soul
in growing Honored Hero event

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don armstrongDon Armstrong's perspective on life changed in 2005. That's when he was diagnosed with having Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Spending hours on planes at his then-current job didn't seem that important anymore. Don (pictured left) returned to the golf business that had been his life since 1978 and jumped into raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. One way he did that was to help begin the Honored Hero Run that was conducted Sunday morning (Oct. 19) at Trinity Park. This was the sixth year for the event that includes a 20-miler, a half marathon, a 10K, a 5K and 1K. After a small turnout the first year, the event attracted about 1,100 paticipants a cool, mostly overcast Sunday, including runners from 16 different states. It's one of several events that Don helps with in raising funds for the organization. He also coaches Team in Training participants, who raise money for the society.

will jeffersThough he Don had exercised and run some while he was golf course superintendent at Colonial Country Club, and as a founding partner of the Golf Resources Group, he had never taken his running to the level he has reached now. Thanks to his involvement with Team in Training, that includes coaching, he has run in 18 Team In Training events, which were mostly marathons. He ran his first in 2007, two years after the cancer diagnosis. Fortunately, Don's first round of chemotherapy was successful and after 30 days in the hospital, he was released and in complete remission. He had five more rounds of chemo and a stem cell transplant to eliminate any future reoccurrence of the AML.

He and the Honored Heroes board work all year to assure the success of the event, that had raised $88,000 the first five years. The event not only has running/walking distances for just about everyone, but includes bounce houses for youngsters, fruit, pancakes and In-And-Out hamburgers.

During Sunday's event, Don introduced Will Jeffers, 15, who is this year's Official Logo Artist winner, and who underwent a stem cell tranplant in March. Will (pictured) was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia in November, 2013. Thanks to chemo treatments and the transplant, Will was able to participate in the 10K.

Don's next challenge is going with a Team in Training group to participate in America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake Tahoe, a 100-mile trek over a testy course.

Visit later for results.

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Oct. 18 Highlights

* Patrick Strong, former University of North Texas runner, blitzed the 5K field at the Jenny's Run For Hope in North Richland Hills. Patrick, 26, sped to a 16:20.1. The female winner was 13-year-old Morgan Monschke with a 19:32.6. The 10K winners were Heath Huston, 28, (42:55.1) and Lindsay Davis, 29, (43:05).

* As usual, fast times were posted at the Dallas Race For The Cure, and the female and male races turned into a battles. In the female race Caitlin Keen, 22, of Dallas zipped to a 17:20 to finish 27 seconds in front of Melissa Cook, 34. of Highland Village. In third, was 51-year-old Mary Alico of McKinney with a 19:23.65. Among others with impressive efforts included Latralle Thompson, 74, of Frisco who finished with a 27:21. In the male race, Barnabas Kirui, 28, of Dallas blazed to a 15:58, which was 17 seconds in front of Jason Trevino, 26, of Dallas and 19 seconds in front of Agustin Hernandez, 43, of Irving.

* The oldest winner (though not by much)  on Saturday was Michael Fussell of Arlington. The 56-year-old logged an 18:27.6 to take the overall male award at the Red Run in Mansfield..

* The winning male at the Best Maid Dill Dash in Fort Worth was 55-year-old Tom Raney of Fort Worth. His 19:58.9 was worth a few pickles.

* Heinz Schwarzkopf, 25, who has helped direct the D.O. Dash, won the 5K with a speedy 16:56.86. The Fort Worth race originally was scheduled Oct. 11, but stormy high winds had left debris on the course and it was rescheduled.

* Masters runners took the overall awards at the Officer Kevin Thornton Memorial 5K in Fort Worth. Byron Benoit, 48, was first male with a 21:52 and Kristy Deavers, 41, was first female with a 24:03.

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Fiona turns 50 and finds race in Vancouver
even when taking a "break" from running

By Fiona Green

stanley park stanley park 2When my husband offered to take me somewhere exciting to celebrate my turning 50 on Oct. 12, I happily agreed. Various destinations were suggested and we finally agreed upon San Diego. It sounded wonderful and I looked forward to discovering somewhere new. I thought I would benefit by taking a break from weekend racing and welcomed the chance to recharge the batteries, rest my weary legs and just have some fun. However, in the days leading up to our departure, I found myself scouring websites in the San Diego area, hunting for a Sunday (Oct. 12)  race that would mark my first race in a new age group. Despite my best efforts, it appeared there were none and I couldn't help but feel disappointed.  Because we were planning to fly stand-by, we closely monitored the availability of flights all week. By Friday morning it looked like San Diego was unlikely, but Vancouver was a strong possibility.

A quick check online revealed that while there were no Sunday races in Vancouver that weekend, there was a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 10K on Monday morning (Oct. 12). The race started and finished on Granville Island, a quiet, artsy area about a mile from downtown Vancouver. All things going according to plan, I reckoned I would have just enough time to race, shower and get to the airport for our early afternoon return flight. I found a hotel on the island that was conveniently located about 100 feet from the starting line, and I signed up at a local running store shortly after we landed. Race registration was a steep $60, which did not include a T-shirt, but I figured it was a 10K and it was in Vancouver and I'd turn 50 only once.

We spent Saturday and Sunday discovering Vancouver, the impressive Capilano suspension bridge in the rain forest, Stanley Park (photos) and the harbor area. It was a perfect weekend.

On race morning as I dressed for my warm-up, something felt different in my left shoe. To my horror I realized I had accidentally brought the right custom orthotic insole for my shoe instead of the left. The discovery caused some momentary panic as I contemplated the consequences. Would it cause me to run in circles, would I suffer permanent damage, should I perhaps simply run barefoot or remove the insoles altogether? As I weighed my options, I decided to remove my right insert to compare the two. To my surprise and delight I discovered I actually had a left insert in this shoe. My obvious relief that I would be able to run normally was tempered with mild concern that my mind had so quickly turned to mush so soon after turning 50.

As I wandered through the tents set up in front of the hotel, it started to rain but fortunately it was more a refreshing shower than anything that might wash us off the path and into the sea. A young girl offered me a poncho in case I decided I needed it mid-race.  While I appreciated the offer -- and accepted the gift-- I was disappointed she thought I looked like a runner who would stop mid-race to don a poncho. I'm not quite there yet!

The race was run on a mostly flat course that crossed the Burrard bridge, then made a giant loop around the sea wall. The surface was a mixture of asphalt, large slates and tiny shiny pebbles and was at times slick after the early morning rain.  While the first few mile markers appeared slightly inaccurate, things soon worked themselves out and I realized I was going to reach my goal of breaking 46 minutes. (I know I promised myself to forget about numbers and times and just enjoy the experience, but I now realize I'm still not quite at that stage yet.) I almost broke 45 minutes (45.06) and might have done so had the final section of the race not been over some slippery wooden planks. My time was good enough to win my age group and a goodie bag, which included a race shirt, running cap and $25 voucher for a local steakhouse. Overall it was a great experience.

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Dallas Marathon schedules runs
after gaining new sponsors

The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon announced a new sponsorship agreement with Columbia Business School and held a three-mile fun run Wednesday evening along Dallas's popular Katy Trail. A happy hour led by Brian Turrentine, managing director at JPMorgan Chase and a Columbia Business School alumn, followed the run at the Katy Trail Ice House.

The Dallas Marathon also has announced a new partnership with the Dallas Mavericks. The partnership will kick off at the Mavs Run This Town 5K on Oct. 23 at American Airlines Center. Other promotional events include a "Dallas Marathon Night" at the Nov. 11 matchup against the Sacramento Kings. Fans who buy game tickets through the Dallas Marathon will have a percentage of their ticket sale donated to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. 

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