Gary Pulver: The Racing Corrals
The concept of corrals for cows seems to have adapted well to the term corrals for runners. My first experience with a corral was at my second race at the Toronto Zoo. Read More
Harry Hall: Brown-Worley Rivalry, One for the Ages
Sports rivalries ignite sports passions. For generations, sports fans have debated and argued about Frazier-Ali, Evert-Navratilova, Palmer-Nicklaus. Read More.
Thomas Martin: The Truth about the Mediterranean Diet (MD)
The Mediterranean diet (MD) came into play starting with the supposed “French Paradox” the fact that the French eat more saturated fats than our American Heart Association (AHA) would like to you think is healthy, yet the French suffer far less heart disease. First they assumed (using no science) that it was red wine. The assumptions continued until they could construct the concept of the MD and that it was the answer to health problems. Read More.
Jon Bonnell: From "Cheffy-Face" to Ironman: How and Why
"Chef's are supposed to be overweight, right?" "Can you ever trust a skinny Chef, really?" "What, you don't eat your own food any more?" "Are you sick?" These are just a few of the many questions that have been proposed since I decided to lose weight and get into shape 9 years ago. Read more.
Gary Pulver: The Race Photographer
I do love to look at my race photos when they arrive in my email after a race. Most of my friends tell me that they just hate their photos but they always look great to me so maybe it is time for my readers to show a new appreciation for the race photographers. Read More
Harry Hall: The Runner Breakfast
Most who attended the June 10 annual runner breakfast walked a bit slower, and maybe more stooped. Over the decades, talk that once centered around setting PRs and winning trophies, now centered on the latest prescriptions and operations that often include hip and knee replacements; war stories about victories over a/g competitors have been replaced by victories over cancer. Read More.
Fiona Green: Running in Scotland
Whenever I visit family in Scotland I always look for an opportunity to race while I am there. During last month's trip I was able to squeeze in 2 races. 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.
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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.
JEA Superhero Race
Run on August 12, 2017
By Fiona Green
Events on the race calendar this weekend were few and far between but thanks to a super sleuth friend I discovered the JEA Superhero 5k in Plano which benefitted the Special Olympics of Texas. While the event was definitely low key and lacked many of the elements runners expect at races, those who were there appeared to enjoy the experience.
It came as a surprise to many that the course was not closed off to traffic, forcing them to dodge cars during some sections of the race. (Asked about this afterwards the race organizer explained that police will only show up to events with over 100 participants.) Although there was a clock at the finish line, runners' times were not recorded and there were no awards. The event organizer explained that they planned to hold another event in November and would take care of these details next time. On crossing the finish line I momentarily relished my fast time before GPS wearers confirmed that the distance was closer to 2.9 miles than 3.1. This is the third time in a month! It seems that 2.9 miles is the new 5K.
It was a close race for the top 2 finishers - 54 year old Rick Johnson and 22 year old Ellen Starnes, with Johnson prevailing in 18.53 and Starnes finishing 30 seconds later.
Johnson has been heavily involved in the DFW running scene for many years. As well as competing in numerous events himself he enjoys helping others appreciate the sport. For 10 years he was a pacer for the DRC's marathon program helping many runners attain their goals. He currently trains the Craig Ranch running group in McKinney, a group which has grown rapidly and now boasts up to 100 members. The group is open to all levels and all ages and caters to runners interested in all race distances. Runners meet at Craig Ranch at 7910 Collin McKinney Parkway on Monday and Thursday at 6.30 pm, Wednesday at 5.30 am and Sunday at 6.15 am.
Starnes does not have Johnson's vast race experience. In fact yesterday's event was her first race. She credits her fitness with playing soccer at Boston University where she recently graduated with a degree in Health Science. Looking for a way to stay in shape and still enjoy some friendly competition she decided to race yesterday and is already hooked! We look forward to seeing her at more local events.
Photo courtesy of Fiona Green.
Plano Pacers Charity Run 5k
Run on July 29, 2017
By Fiona Green
Most of the runners I know are pretty friendly and down to earth. It appears that hitting the road or trails together at crazy hours in crazy weather helps create instant connections. Yesterday at the Plano Pacers July Charity Run 5K I made a new friend, a 'sole mate' in overall winner, 30 year old Rachael Sanchez. At the starting line I noticed Rachael and her friend, Elizabeth James, were wearing some pretty nice looking lightweight racing flats. We struck up a conversation during which she asked my shoe size. It turns out we have the same size. Immediately following the race I approached Sanchez to congratulate her on winning the overall female title. Without hesitation she asked if I would like to try on her shoes and maybe run a couple of miles in them. Yesterday was pretty humid and we were both dripping in sweat at the time but this didn't faze her as she acknowledged that 'it's no big deal, everyone sweats.' Talk about cool! Sanchez who lives in Van Alstyn, was a little disappointed with her time of 20:08, explaining she usually runs her 5k in the 19 minute range. She has a PR of 18:55 for the distance.
There were some pretty speedy runners on the male side with 17 year old Fabian Trevino crossing the finish line first in 16:31. Trevino just returned yesterday from the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Kansas where he finished third in the steeplechase and 6th in the 3000m.
Two other runners who ran an impressive race yesterday were brothers, Elijah and Judah Macias-Alexander. I wrote an article about 14 year old Elijah 2 years ago as he was blowing away the competition running his 5Ks in under 18 minutes. Shortly after that a hamstring injury put his running on hiatus for almost 2 years and he turned to swimming to fill the void. He started training again late last year and is coming back stronger than ever, finishing 3rd overall yesterday in 17:14. 12 year old Judah, meanwhile, is following in his brother's footsteps and made the top 10 with his 18:08 finish.
There was a large showing from the Dallas Asian running group (DASH) at Saturday's race. The group meets regularly at different locations in the Dallas area to train and race. Anyone interested in learning more about the group should check out their Facebook page.
Photos courtesy of Mark Miller and Martha Macias--Alexander.
Fast Times and Soccer Balls at FC Dallas Footy 5K in Frisco
Run on July 22, 2017
By Fiona Green
Those of us who race regularly have been to events where unexpected events have caused the race start to be delayed. The opposite happened at the FC Dallas Footy 5K in Frisco on July 22 as the 5k began immediately after the fun run, almost 10 minutes ahead of the advertised 8:15 am start time. This was definitely a first and I am just glad I happened to be near the starting line when the gun fired!
The course was relatively flat, starting and finishing in the grounds of the city's Toyota stadium.
It is unusual for a runner finishing in 16:25 in a local race to end up in third place yet that was the case on Saturday with the top two runners clocking 15:40 and 15:52 respectively. 38 year old Clint Bell once again showed the younger runners how it's done with his 15:40 finish, edging out 17 year old Niles Obar from Frisco. Bell and several others acknowledged that the course appeared to be slightly short, around 3 miles according to some runners' GPS watches.
Nineteen year-old Alison Esparza easily outdistanced the competition on the female side with her impressive 18.24 finish time. Esparza, a sophomore studying music therapy at SMU, has a 5K PR of 17:34, a time she ran on the track. Her passion for running has rubbed off on her 3 younger siblings who have also embraced the sport.
Instead of trophies, the top three male and female finishers were presented with a special soccer ball which was either thrown or kicked to them for added excitement.
Proceeds from the event will help the FC Dallas Foundation fulfill its mission of positively impacting the health and well-being of disadvantaged youth through the sport of soccer.
Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.
Cake, Beer and Fast times at Demery's Wedding Day Dash
Run on July 15, 2017
By Fiona Green
An enthusiastic crowd showed up at the Martin House Brewery on Saturday, July 15 for a special celebration. The event in question was Demery's Wedding Day Dash, a race put together by the Cox family to celebrate the wedding of Demery to Eshandra Davis. Demery has been a familiar figure in the local running scene for many years. Appreciative of everything that the running community has given him he decided that there was no better way to start off his day than with a 5K race. Participants were given a commemorative glass to mark the occasion and were invited to enjoy some delicious pre-wedding cake and/or beer after the race. The event definitely had a festive air about it, with a group at one point bursting out into spontaneous line dancing, but there were also some pretty impressive times by those who didn't mind the humidity.
While his 17:51 finish was not close to his PR, 17 year old Cameron Koch easily took the top spot. The teen, who currently lives in Illinois, is spending the summer in the area and enjoying the chance to test his speed at some local races. He was joined at the race by his father and grandfather who are huge supporters of his running. They pointed out that Koch had also won a 5K race in Granbury on July 4th.
Finishing second overall, and earning the overall female award, was 34 year old Rachel Harp, who clocked 19:03. Rachel is one of the top runners in the area and one of a rare breed who improves with age and actually doesn't appear to age! Yet another impressive performance was turned in by female runner-up, 14 year old Kimberley Wang, who covered the course in 21:23. Wang has already collected several overall victories at the Trinity 5000 series organized by the Cox family on Thursday evenings.
Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.
Lookin' For A Cure 5k
Run on July 15, 2017
By Harry Hall
Under threatening clouds that brought unseasonably cool temperatures, 35- year-old George Hyde won the third annual Lookin' For a Cure 5K, held July 15 at Dallas' Bachman Lake. Official times weren't recoded, but unofficially, he covered the course in twenty-minutes, forty-two seconds.
He led from start to finish, "But," he said, "the humidity got to me."
A distance runner at Houston's Kingwood High School, Hyde ran track and cross-country for the University of Texas, then left the sport for several years before returning three years ago to lose weight.
He upped his mileage to 60+ a week, and recorded a 2:56 at the Baton Rouge Marathon. Although he qualified for Boston, he didn't go.
He now plans to do so in 2018.
"My goal this year," he says, "is to get under 3:10, and run Boston."
Although only 10 years old, Coppell's Alexa Turati won the women's division, defeating among others, her mother and runner-up, Marina Turati.
Alexa's unofficial time was 26:31.
"I was happy and surprised to win today," she said, "I felt tired at the end."
The younger Turati is a soccer player. Much of her running has been due to her participation in a school running club that met on Thursdays after school.
Although her running program is limited, she currently plays for two soccer teams; her next game was later that day.
When asked about her life sports goal, she says, "I want to go to the World Cup."
In addition to the usual post-race snacks, awards and drawings, musical entertainment was provided by Steve and Christi Carrasco.
What This Race is About
Lookin' For a Cure is raising awareness for Ocular melanoma. OM affects approximately 2,500 people a year, with a 50% five-year survival rate. "The problem," says OM Board member Suzanne Lescore, "is that it spreads to the lungs and liver." Lescore was diagnosed with the disease in 2003.
She says it often gets misdiagnosed, such as detached retina, dry eye, or normal aging, and you should ask your ophthalmologist to specifically test for it.
The race raised more than $9,000 to fight the disease.
PlayTri Festival of Races
Run on July 9, 2017
By Harry Hall
Morgan Davis wants to make a splash in the world of triathlon.
The 27-year old Royse City resident took a big step toward more ambitious goals by winning the Olympic Distance Elite Division PlayTri Festival of Races, held July 9 in Las Colinas, TX.
Her first Olympic Distance victory was scored in two hours, four minutes, forty-seven seconds.
“I’ve only done a handful of triathlons,” said Davis, a coach at PlayTri Rockwall.
She might have limited triathlon experience, but Davis swam at Virginia Tech and while working on her Masters’ Degree, competed in the heptathlon for UNC-Charlotte.
She and her husband, Joe Davis moved to north Texas five months ago when he was named assistant track coach at Texas A&M Commerce, focusing on the pole vault and high jump.
She has adapted well to her new home.
“I love it here,” she says, “I never want to leave.”
While she enjoys the age-group victory, she has loftier plans.
“I’m going to the Age/Group nationals in Omaha on August 12,” she said, “I want to get my pro card and qualify for the World Championships.”
Getting her pro card would require her to place in the top 5 o/a; she will qualify for the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Championships with a top 18 a/g finish. That event will be held in Rotterdam September 14-17, 2017.
Triathlon Tidbits…in the men’s Olympic Distance Elite Race, Garland’s Travis Vance clocked 1:53.02, with second going to Jason Soria in 2:00.13…runner-up in the women’s elite division went to Laura Huddleston in 3:06.09…Olympic Distance A/G winners were Ben Morgan in 2:09.13 and Jennifer Dupre in 2:19.35…Sprint Triathlon Elite Titles went to Jeff Case with 58:23 and Eva Wilk in 1:09.50…the festival included eight race categories, including the Olympic Distance Relay…the swim in Lake Carolyn and other parts of the race course were similar to that of the initial Olympic Triathlon Trials, which were held in 2000.
Photos courtesy of Harry Hall.
Beau Billings sets PR at Some Like it Hot
Run on July 8, 2017
By Fiona Green
Youth dominated the top spots at the Some Like it Hot 5k in Fort Worth on Saturday. The male overall winner was 20 year old Beau Billings whose 17:28 finish time put him almost 20 seconds ahead of runner-up, Louis Bolander, who finished in 17:47. Bolander, who had been leading the race, was forced to briefly stop due to a tight calf. By the time he resumed running Billings had taken the lead and didn't look back. Billings, a student at ETBU, may have been the only runner on Saturday to run a PR. The heat and humidity added around 30 seconds to most runners' times. The young athlete mentioned that he felt relaxed going in to the race and had not been intending to run a PR, adding that in past events his best races were those he had raced when he didn't feel any pressure. He has some pretty impressive stats with a PR of 1:59 for the 800m and 4:11 for the 1500m. His goal is to drop his 800m time to 1:55 and run a sub 4 for the 1500m. Billings is studying biology and has a minor in kinesiology.
On the female side 14 year old Jacee Dinkins took the top spot, covering the course in 22:20. Dinkins attends Azle High and is on her school's cross country and pole vault teams. She takes her love of running from her mother Louann, who set the school's 400m record (56:69) in 1991. Louann hopes that her daughter might soon break that record. Until 4 years ago she still ran recreationally but a broken foot sustained in a car accident forced her to take a break from the sport. She now enjoys being her daughter's number one fan.
Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.
Cool Temps for Independence Day Races
Run on July 4, 2017
By Fiona Green
An early morning thunder storm resulted in a drop in temperature for runners participating in local races on Tuesday, July 4th. In Trophy Club athletes from Byron Nelson High did their school proud by scooping the overall awards in the Patriot Day 5k.
Leading the pack was 17 year old Caleb Bouchard who took advantage of the cooler temps to clock a speedy 16:13, finishing 44 seconds ahead of Keller High student Logan Mitchell. Bouchard, who has a PR of 15:30 for the distance, hopes to continue running in college. He plans to study biomedical science either at the University of Arkansas or Oklahoma State University. When he is not running Buchard enjoys playing the saxophone and acoustic guitar.
17 year old Madeline Castleberry topped the female field with her 20:10 finish, almost a minute ahead of runner-up, 36 year old Jacquelyn Young of Roanoke. Castleberry has a PR of 19:28 for the 5K distance and has a mile PR of 5:24. She currently trains around 45-55 miles per week and also incorporates Crossfit into her weekly routine. Her goal is to run in the 18s by the end of next season.
There was a strong showing of runners from Team Maddie in the race, many of whom stayed around afterwards to join the city's July 4th parade. Team Maddie was created by local runner Jessica Smith to promote the importance of organ donation. Her daughter, Maddie, received a double organ transplant last year.
Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.
Fast times at Get You In Shape 5K in Coppell
Run on July 1, 2017
By Fiona Green
Waking to the sound of heavy rain and thunder on Saturday morning I had a moment of panic. Having missed racing last weekend due to event cancellations and a wisdom tooth extraction I was unsure how 2 weeks without a race might affect me. I ignored the rumblings and, hoping for the best, headed to Coppell for the 8th annual Get You In Shape 5k which took place in the city's scenic Andy Brown park. By race start the rain had stopped, leaving a few puddles and cooler than normal temperatures. There was a large showing of teens from Coppell High's cross country team and their coach, Nick Benton, was happy to have a current student and an alum win the overall titles. On the male side 21 year old Carson Vickroy won with an impressive finish time of 15:47. Vickroy, who signed up under the name 'The World's Fastest Weatherman', is currently a meteorology student at Kansas University. After graduating he hopes to either explore opportunities in broadcasting or become involved in research. He holds a PR of 14:54 for a 5k on the track but this was his fastest 5k time in a road race.
On the female side 16 year old Maddie Hulcy finished ahead of her teammates, clocking 19:05. Hulcy's PR for the distance is 18:41 which she ran on a state certified course in Round Rock, Texas. The young athlete was originally a swimmer but was unable to train due to scheduling conflicts so switched to running. Her goal is to drop her time to the low 18s by the end of next season. She is enjoying a streak of 220 days of running at least a mile a day and still trains 6 days a week throughout the summer with her team. She explained that the Coppell race was a fun way for the runners to test their speed and become involved in the local race community. Hulcy, incidentally, has a 6' 4" twin brother, Mike, who doesn't share his sister's passion for running but enjoys basketball.
For the past 7 years, Coppell based fitness company, Get You In Shape, has been supporting Coppell Special Olympics Athletes through this event and has donated over $54,200 to support their various sports such as bowling, soccer, aquatics, track and field, basketball, cheerleading, volleyball and bocce ball. This year's event raised over $15,000.
Photos courtesy of Fiona Green and Coach Nick Benton.
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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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.
After working over 25 years in software engineering with a degree in Business, Tom Martin was suddenly struck down with heart failure. While he was told he would need a heart transplant, he was not told what had caused the heart failure. Without any chronic illness in his past, the medical teams had no answers. He could not imagine agreeing to have his heart cut out without knowing why this all was happening.
He began a search for answers in the holistic community, reading studies and reports by medical doctors (MDs), Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs), Research scientists and naturopaths. With the help of an integrative doctor in Newport Beach, California and after being given odds of only one percent that his heart could heal, it did, in fact, heal.
Taking what he learned over a seven year period, he began writing books, posting blogs, speaking to groups and counseling people with chronic illness as to alternative health options. One Percent Health is the first of 11 books on a variety of health issues he has currently written. Visit www.onepercenthealth.com for more information.
Chef Jon Bonnell pairs his Texas heritage with classical culinary training to create inventive and delicious dishes featuring decidedly Texan ingredients. Distinguished as one of the foremost experts on wild game and fine Texas cuisine, his perfected technique and flavor combinations entice diners to experience something new.
Jon’s numerous accolades and honors include three stints cooking at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, winning Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence every year since 2004 and having one of the highest Zagat ratings in the state of Texas. Under Bonnell’s Restaurant Group, Jon oversees a number of popular Fort Worth eateries: Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine, WATERS Restaurant, and Buffalo Bros Pizza Wings & Subs. See our website
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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In late 2014, Hall completed a 12 year project when he released, The Pedestriennes, America's Forgotten Superstars, the first book ever written about the professional female endurance walkers who from 1876-1881, dazzled America with their on and off track exploits. It's won three national writing awards and Competitor.com included it on its list of, "Greatest Running Books." It's also been turned into a screenplay. Both books are available at www.amazon.com and www.harryhallspeaks.com www.harryhallspeaks.com for more information.
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.