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Moore keeps streak alive
There were an interesting story about William Moore, 53, of Dallas in Runner's World. He has extended his streak of running a sub-5-minute mile to 38 years. Read the article here.
June 25-27 Highlights
* Ken Brewer, a regular runner at Fort Worth-area events and who seldom misses a Thursday night for the Trinity 5000, continues to ring up times in the high 20 minutes (or faster) at a perky 78 years old. He won his 75-79 age division again on June 25, finishing in 29:09. Also, Todd Reynolds, 47, no doubt will start feeling even more heat from his 15-year-old son Richard. Todd, 47, won the masters award (again) with an 18:53, good for second overall, while Richard, who has competed in the Trinity 5000 for several years, was fourth overall with a 19:31.
* Fiona Green, 50, of Keller and a regular contributor to this website, took home two masters awards in three days by winning Thursday at the Trinity 5000 and again Saturday at the Mid-Year Muse & Motion XII 5K at River Legacy Parks in Arlington. Fiona posted a 22:30 in Arlington and a 22:03 at the 5000. The overall female winner in Arlington was Rakel Barrientos, 19, who crossed the finish line at 19:28 to edge out Magaly Soto, 38, who came in at 19:37.
* The Millet Mile 5K in Plano turned out to be a battle between Coby Mehmen, 21, and Agustin Hernandez, 44. Mehmen pulled away to win in 16:40, and Hernandez came in at 16:52. Clint Bell, 36, of Dallas and who has been a dominate force in the event, finished third in the fast one-mile competition. Seven runners beat 5 minutes and it was almost eight as Nathan Johnson, 47, of Dallas clocked in at 5:00. Bell ran a 4:40 and was 11 seconds behind winner Grant Copeland, 20, of Plano and seven seconds behind 5K winner Mehmen. Hernandez was fourth with a 4:51, Nathan Rankin was next at 4:56 and William Moore, 53, continues to beat the 5-minute-a-mile mark by notching a 4:58. Read the story about Moore's feat in Runner's World by following the link at the top of the home page. Maddie Hatfield, 13, of Forney won the female race with an impressive 5:33, and Eva Wilk, 14, was second with a 5:47.
Mayor among competitors
at Juneteenth 5K and celebration
By Fiona Green
Saturday's (June 20) 5K at Cobb Park was just one of many activities organized for the 150th Juneteenth celebration, a historic holiday that marks the date in 1965 when news reached Texas that slavery had been abolished. After the race, the family-friendly festival included a parade, car show, carnival rides, food trucks, live music, local radio personalities, card and domino games, and a 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament. (photo is: from left: male winner Donovan Galloway, Mark Brown and Gabriel Galloway. Photo submitted by Ben Agger.)
The race attracted a small but enthusiastic crowd, which included Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price (shown at left with (from left) Opal Lee, organizer of several Juneteenth events and race director Jeph Abara). The mayor easily won the female 65-69 age group in 39:09, an impressive feat considering she had just returned from a trip to Europe and was still contending with jet lag. Price is a great advocate for health and fitness, and frequently competes in local races. She is currently promoting the Mayors Tri, which will take place on Sunday, July 12.
Top overall male was 18-year-old Donovan Galloway, who covered the course in 24:19. This was the teen's only second attempt at the distance and this has encouraged him to participate in more events. He and his brother, Gabriel, who are keen soccer players, were registered for the race by their father Mark, who placed first in the 40-45-year age group. Mark enjoys staying in shape through racing although he admits it can sometimes be hard to schedule time to race because of his sons' busy schedules.
For the entire race, another young man led the pack. He bolted at the start line and was soon a speck in the distance. It turned out this speedster was not a registered runner. While bandits often participate in some of the larger races where they can simply merge in with the crowd, it was a little unusual for a runner to start a race with paying runners, then sprint off behind the lead vehicle, leaving those who had registered to figure out the route on their own. Runners can easily get lost, so if you plan to run as a bandit, please slow down!
June 19-20-21 Highlights
By Charles Clines
* 47-year-old Froylan Franco didn't allow 22-year-old Issac Escamilla to ease his pace too much at the Jalapeno Half in Fort Worth on Sunday (June 21), as Escamilla won with 1:25:16 while Franco came in at 1:26:01 (gun times). The female winner had to work a little harder as Maria Trejo held off Jennifer Crain with a 1:42:09 to a 1:42:35 (gun times). Losing out for third because of chip times was Angela Eusery, whose gun time was four seconds faster than that of Connie Waddell, but Waddell had a five second edge on chip time (1:43:44 to 1:43:49). Gun times were 1:43:53 for Eusery and 1:43:57 for Waddell. There were 470 finishers on the overcast but humid morning. The female winner also was decided by chip time (still believe gun times should determine overall winners!). Though Amme Blair's gun time was 18:57 and Jenae Smith's was 18:48, Blair was declared the overall winner because her chip time was 18:47 to Smith's 18:48.
* It was a fairly exciting finish at the Must-Dash 5K in Richardson on Saturday (June 20) as male overall winner Filipeno Dancer, 26, of Plano won by 14 seconds over Brandon Womack, 27, of Dallas with a 16:32. Battling for the masters award were Bob Buwalda, 47, of Plano and Michael Fussell, 57, of Arlington. Buwalda won with a 19:29 and Fussell finished in 19:32. Paula Florecnia, 17, of Allen prevailed in the female race, winning by 19 seconds over Macy Shult, 15, of Frisco with a 21:21.
* 53-year-old Cathy Buchanan and 50-year-old Fiona Green were the first runners across the finish lines at their respective races Saturday. Cathy won the Push Your Limits 5K in Alvarado with a 24:54 by about a minute over the first male finisher, Michael Ager, 30, on a course that was deemed to be somwhat long. Fiona, one of this website's contributors, beat everyone at the Juneteenth 5K in Fort Worth, finishing with a 22:15. She said this probably was her fifth overall victory, though adding they came at smaller races such as this. However, Fiona said she once won the Jiggle Butt 5K that had hundreds of runners.
* Can't get the perceived images out of my mind of those who participated in the possible alluring-titled Boots and Thongs 5K in Comanche on June 19. Hopefully, that wasn't the required garb for everyone. Anyway, Jose Loyola of Stephenville won with a 20:07.6. and Sydney Lengefeld was the female winner with a 21:49.7.
Our Running Family
By HB Wise
A couple of weeks ago I was wasting some time on Facebook and was startled to learn of a local runners death. Ben Boener had a heart attack while running. I knew Ben by sight but didn't know him well. We had talked a few times at runs. The one time I recall we talked about how tall he was and where he found his shoes. Many of you know that our son is a tall guy and wears big shoes. I learned more about his life as I read the remembrances of his friends. All of this got me thinking about our running family.
Pam and I are not native to DFW or even Texas. We arrived here on a long and winding path that included some time spent overseas in the military and ironically a lot of time in or near Texas. During that time there were lots of friends in a few different places and like many military families trips "home" to see parents, siblings, extended family, and friends. We arrived in Arlington in January 1998. I have now lived in Arlington, and our current home, longer than anywhere else in my life.
During the last eight and a half years that we have had our photography business we have grown to consider all of you our running family. Our community really has every aspect of family. We argue and fight, laugh and joke, live and learn, and we have watched our children grow up together. This is very much like our military families when we were overseas.
I was able to help out with some photos for the Trinity 5000 last week and for Ben's service last night. He was a young man and by all accounts a truly great guy. In looking at some of the pictures his family sent for the collage I got to watch his children grow. I have always enjoyed kids. I love to talk with them and to try and make them laugh. I ask them strange questions they don't expect just to see what they will say. I'm the crazy uncle. Just like your family.
I want to celebrate Ben's life and, as strange as it sounds, I want to thank Ben for reminding me that we are all family. As life moves on our children have grown and left home. We have a grandchild that lives across the country and of course our immediate family is still "back home". But we have our running family. We may not know much about you, but you're still family to us, and I want to thank you for that.
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.
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.
A full-service race event timing and production company based in Fort Worth. ChampionChip or Chronotrack (D-Tag) timing technology for quick and accurate results. Before choosing a timing company, please talk to us and compare our competitive pricing. Visit our web site for more information.
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.
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 berensonlaw.com 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 berensonlaw.com for more information.
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 www.cisnerosscreenprinting.com.
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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.
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.