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Shouldn't there be officials road-race rules? Other sports have official rules, why not running?
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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. www.movin-pictures.com.
Save and register early for the 2014 The Cowtown. Fees will rise on Aug. 1, Nov. 16 and Jan. 1. See the fee structure. Cowtown offers something for everyone, from an Ultra (50K) to adult and Cook Childen's 5Ks. At the previous Cowtown, the 35th, almost 27,000 registered for the events, setting registration records in everything but the 10K and adult 5K. Winners in almost each division also set course records. Vist the Calendar for more information about the Feb. 21-23 Cowtown or visit the website.
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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Bill Berenson, 59, is a top rated injury attorney and fellow runner. He has run marathons in almost every state and Israel and qualified for Boston in most of them.
Cowtown Marathon training began Sept. 7 and will continue through race day(s) (Feb. 22-23). There will be training groups for beginners to marathoners. Also included in the program: structured programs; coach-led Saturday workouts and weekly store supported group workouts; seminars; store discounts, a Luke's FIT Sponsor Asics technical training shirt; discounted entry fees to selected events; and a celebration party.
The Dallas Marathon board of trustees announced on Sept. 17 that Luke’s Locker is an official merchandising partner of the 2013 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and 5-Person Relay. The store will retail official MetroPCS Dallas Marathon-branded clothing and accessories in-store, online and at the Dallas Marathon’s Health & Fitness Expo over race weekend, December 6 through 8.
Luke's at Montgomery Plaza in Fort Worth has several ongoing training programs from marathon to 5K, including year-round nine-week sessions. Luke's also has weekly social runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 a.m., and 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. For details, visit www.lukeslocker.com or call 817-877-1448.
Luke’s Locker (the original running store) is Texas’ premier running and fitness specialty retailer. Luke’s offers the best footwear, clothing and accessories for the runner, walker and fitness enthusiast (cardio, yoga, speed, strength and conditioning). Luke’s specializes in excellent customer treatment and product knowledge.
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Cooler temperatures are here and that means it's time to start the Cox Running Club Group workouts at TCU.
The details: Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.,
TCU track (Lowden Track and Field Complex), 3750 W. Berry Street, Fort Worth.
Be warmed up and ready to run
The new 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.
The Jiggle Butt Run on Jan. 4 in Arlington is a 5K for women of all ages and abilities. The event is a great way to begin a healthy New Year. There's also a mile run for all genders. See information on the Calendar page or visit the website.
The Irving Marathon is moving its venue from the Campion Trails to the Irving Convention Center for the April 5 event that also features a half marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run. See information Calendar page or at the website.
Mellew Productions conducts many of the popular events in the D-FW area, including the Big D Texas Marathon, The Texas Half and The Hottest Half. Visit the website to see the complete list and check out some of our specials, such as the Four Season Challenge and Mellew Incentives.
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Dallas Marathon is among canceled races
(Cowtown offering discounts through Dec. 13)
The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon held out until early Friday afternoon to decide to cancel the Sunday (Dec. 8) race because of the ice storm that blew in Thursday night. With streets covered with ice, Saturday races in the DFW area were either been canceled or rescheduled.
Cowtown is offering discounts
Because Cowtown Executive Director Heidi Swartz was scheduled to be at the canceled Dallas Marathon Expo to offer discounted fees for the February event, she is now offering those fees to anyone with the code of DFWsnowCT14 when they register. Runners/walkers have until midnight Dec. 13 to take advantage of the lower fees (the deadline has been corrected from Dec. 6 when I posted this note earlier). The discounts include for the ultra from $120 to $100, marathon from $110 to $90, and the half from $100 to $80. Go to cowtownmarathon.org.
Many respond to the cost of running question;
and some respond to one of the controversial response
Comments have flooded in about this subject and I have selected a few that reflect the majority of opinions. It should be no surprise that everyone that fees are becoming too expensive and many participants are expecting to reduce the number of events they'll enter. Running club races also should grow because of their cheaper fees, or no fees in the case of the DRC. There also was a long comment about running that I don't agree with, but maybe others do. If the opinion would be implemented, then races would become even more elitist and attract fewer participants -- which is the runner's point. Read the comments. See responses about the runner who has a controversial opinion about road races.
I've written about how the ever-rising cost of entering races might one day turn the sport into accessible to the more financially able and, much as golf did a few years ago, make it harder for those who can't or won't pay the higher fees. These runners will begin to select fewer races to enter, which will mean smaller turnouts. One runner has expressed her concern and would like to share it. Read Amber Drake's take on the higher fees. What is your opinion on fees? Go here to express your view. Not surprisingly the response from several runners is that fees have become too expensive and they are reducing the number of events they enter. P.S. Because I've help conduct races, I can understand the rising costs. One of the factors that have added to the higher fees is chip timing. This method, which replaced the pull-tag system, is more expensive, but most runners expect and even demand chip timing. Then there are shirts, trophies, police (if needed), pins, bibs, food, brochures, advertising, city or park fees, and portable potties among the expenses. Some of the items or services are sometimes donated, which helps. Yet, it's expensive to conduct an event and I'm not surprised at the rising fees. They just make it difficult to run very often on limited budgets.
By Fiona Green
Holiday Glow Run winners from left: male masters Don Crawford, female overall Laura Nelson, male overall Robert Stockstill and female masters Fiona Green. Photo submitted by Don Crawford.
Bagging the overall title at the Holiday Glow Run in Highland Village Saturday morning (Nov. 30) was 14-year-old Robert Stockstill. Robert is charming. When I promised not to mention the irony of his surname in the article, (quickly realizing that I was probably not the first to comment on this), he simply laughed and told me he enjoyed puns.
Stockstill started running almost by accident. He used to walk home from school but realized that he could save time if he ran. The fact that he was carrying a backpack full of school books for 35-40 minutes makes this all the more impressive. Stockstill is currently a member of the cross country team at Marcus High School in Flower Mound. His preferred distance is 5K for which he has a PR of 19:09. In addition to running he also does strength training under the guidance of Brad Lutz.
Stockstill's father, AG, is inspired by his son's success and hopes to soon be able to participate in some local races with him, well aware that they might not cross the finish line together. AG ran half marathons in the past while serving in the Army in Germany, but has recently been forced to take a break from running because of a foot injury.
Chasing Robert for the entire race was 50-year-old Don Crawford, who finished only 7 seconds behind the teen. Crawford once was a familiar face at Metroplex races until moving to Miami 2 1/2 years ago. While there, he developed other interests and stopped running for a while. He confessed that although he no longer has the desire to train as hard as he used to, he still enjoys the race experience and plans to participate in more local races.
Winning the female overall title was Laura Nelson of Grapevine. Despite showing up to the start line a few seconds late, Laura, 48, breezed through the course to finish in 20:35. She also got a late start last week before passing everyone to win at the Carrollton Runners Club 5K. What more can we say!
Nov. 28-30 Highlights
* David Holtsford of Lipan was the oldest overall winner of races that have posted results. David, 52, ran a 41:51.8 for the 10K at the Reindeer Run & Jingle Jog on Nov. 30 in Granbury. The youngest was Ashli Burges, a 10-year-old who won the female title at the Plano Pacers Turkey Run Off 5K with a 19:48.1.
* Longtime runner Ed Swiatocha, 63, and son Jonathan, 21, took home a couple of trophies from the Mortiz Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot on a chilly (mid 30s) Thursday morning. Jonathan raced to the finish line in the 10K in 32:41.5 to win by about 8 seconds over Joe McCardel, 17. Ed, winner of just about everything in the DFW area in his prime, won the male masters title in the 5K by breezing in with an 18:58.5. Male winner Trevor Gilley, 19, of Fort Worth had to work for his trophy. He crossed the finish line in 15:37.5 while Keith Kotar, 23, of Weatherford finished second in 15:52.4 to clip David Strome, 16, of Grapevine by a second. Female winner Marla Castillo, 17, also was pushed as her time of 19:15.1 beat Katarina Bouton, 18, of Flower Mound by about 18 seconds. Susan Richardson, 29, also had to battle it out before winning the female 10K title with a 39:32.4, which was about 2 seconds better than Esperama Lopez, 22.
* The Capital One Bank Dallas Turkey Trot also had some fast times posted. In the 8-Mile, Colby Lowe of Southlake bested Enoch Nadler of Richardson with a 39:57 while Enoch came in 23 seconds later. Dawn Gunnagle of Dallas won the female trophy by two minutes with a 46:24. 5K winners were Matthew Russ of Denton (15:27) and Anne Jones of Austin (17:40).
* Jessica Smith, 36, of Trophy Club continues to impress as she beat everyone at the Thanksgiving Day Run 5K at Trinity Park in Fort Worth. Jessica, who has won at least 29 female overall titles this year, ran an 18:15.90 to nip male winner Miguel Martinez, 16, by almost two seconds.
* Jody Hawkins, 47, another elite competitor, won her third consecutive overall female title at the Arlington Turkey Trot. The Blooming Grove resident ran an 18:38.8. Male winner Cameron Villareal, 18, of Arlington was another who dipped under the 16-minute mark as he clocked a 15:40.3. Caleb Wolters, 21, of Arlington was runner-up with a 15:56.
* At the Sachse Turkey Trot, male winner Aaron Pearson, 23, of Rowlett won by only 5 seconds against Kiran Gyr, 37, of Richardson.
* At the Hopkins County Turkey Trot in Sulphur Springs, (I'm assuming because of last names) daughter and mother carried off the overall and masters trophies. Madison Ramirez, 18, won female overall with a 22:07.6 and Sabrina Ramirez, 43, won the female masters with a 24:25.4.
Comments and PRs
There have been a few new runners' comments about races, and a few personal bests posted the past few days. However, they have been far and few between. Please click the link above or click here to submit comments, whether good or bad, about an event or events. Comments could help other runners decide whether they want to participate at that particular event or maybe comments will help race directors solve any particular problems. Regarding Personal Records: You can submit your all-time PR and your most recent PR in your particular age division. The PR listings are for the age division you are in currently. In for example, you ran a 22-minute 5K on the day before you turned, say, 40, and then ran a 22:05 a week after you turned 40, then you have a new PR in your new age division even though you ran faster a week ago. These listed need a lot more names and times; distances are 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon. The links also are on the menu above, and the PR links are below that.
* The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon has announced that Sara Hall, the 2012 U.S. Cross Country Champion and three-time Olympic Trials finalist, is running the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon on Sunday, December 8. In her half marathon debut this fall, Hall set a personal best and broke the course record en route to winning the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon. Read rest of report.
* Here's a good deal: The Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers club (LGRAW) for the first time is conducting a Couch-to-5K program for $25, which includes an entry into the Bold In The Cold 5K & 15K on Jan. 11, 2014. RRCA certified coaches Janet Dixon and Tony Flesch will conduct the program. Register here.
* The Active Joe has entered into a three-year commitment to support the Western States Endurance Run as a sponsor for 2014-2016. The Active Joe, owned by former DRC president Libby Jones, produces the New Year's Double, the Fairview Half Marathon and the Showdown Half Marathon. Read more about Active Joe's sponsorship.
* The Dallas Marathon board of trustees has announced TomTom, the world’s leading supplier of navigation and location-based products and services, as a new sponsor of the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and 5-Person Relay. One of TomTom’s latest products, the Runner GPS Watch, is specifically designed with runners in mind. The watch can track time, distance and pace both indoors and out – while the durable, waterproof display makes it ideal for all marathon conditions. TomTom’s Multi-Sport GPS Watch helps athletes track running, cycling and swimming metrics at a glance through a bike mount and swim sensor. TomTom will offer on-site activation at the two-day Health and Fitness Expo (Friday, Dec. 6-Saturday, Dec. 7) in addition to celebrating with runners completing the race at the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon post-race party.
* Join ALZ Stars and train for and participate in The Cowtown Marathon or Half Marathon while raising funds to benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. This is the second year for ALZ Stars in North Central Texas. ALZ Stars will receive, among other things, a technical shirt, a training plan, fundraising guidance and camaraderie by being part of the team. For more information visit the ALZ Stars website.
* The GE Irving Marathon, slated April 15, 2014, is moving from the Campion Trail site to the Irving Convention Center to provide more space for the event that expects 2,500 to 3,000 participants. Besides the marathon, there is a half, 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run.
* Lake Benbrook Half Marathon & 5K director Michael Polansky said online registration is open for the Jan. 25, 2014, event. To register or see details of the race, visit here.
Nominate Runners of Year
I'm in the process of trying to narrow selections for the 2013 Runners of the Year. Please take a few minutes to nominate the runners you believe deserve tehe awards. There have been many submissions, so far. The nominations don't have to be based on just the overall and masters winners in the DFW area; they can be someone who has impressive performances in an age division. A list of previous winners can be viewed on the Archives page. To maybe help, below are some of the top overall and masters winners this year (note: the records probably aren't accurate and are not quite up to date, but should be close). Vote for either one of the listed runners or someone else. Nominations will help me decide on the selections.
Male overall: Clint Bell (11 overall victories); Luis Rojas (11); Kolin Styles (6); Enoch Nadler (7); Jose Mejorada (6); Barnabas Kirui (4); Agustin Hernandez (4); Sergio Hernandez (4); Froylan Franco (4); Jacob Bradley (4); Dane Batzel (4); Craig Ottman (4). Female overall: Jessica Smith (28); Laura Nelson (16); Fiona Green (11), Elizabeth Eder (10); Dawn Grunnagle (8); Savita Chelimo (6); Rachel Harp (6); Natalie Merrill (6); Sheila Natho (8); Kim Rogers-Tracy (9); Magaly Soto (9); Cora Turner (7).
Male masters: Todd Reynolds (15); Gary Anderson (8); David Holtsford (7); James Jackson (6); Scott Olden (8); Vesko Rajovic (6).
Female masters: Laura Nelson (31); Fiona Green (12); Cathy Buchanan (11); Frances McKissick (15); Sheila Natho (7); Cora Turner (7); Angela Eusery (7); Kim Andres (6).
REMINDER: Please submit your new PRs, whether 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon. Remember, too, that if you have advanced into another age division, then you will set a PR in that age division the first time you run a race. Also please submit comments about races and rate them. This might help others decide which race to enter and could offer constructive feedback to race directors. Race directors also have a chance to comment about the feedback. Race director Jeph Abarra has submitted a reply to a comment about the Reindeer Dash conducted on Dec. 24.
Note: Search for names, events, stories, etc., on this site. The search box is located on the Calendar page, just above the RunTIME Racing Services logo. It's an easy way to find old articles, previous times, etc., providing they have not been deleted.