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Columnists
(See Race Reports below)


Fiona Green: A trip home and fast runners help my motivation

Despite muscle problems, a return to Scotland provided motivation after competing in a small race with fast runners -- even among the more mature ones. Read more.


Mackley Q. Greene (as told to Kim Andres): So, what's been going on in the Mextroplex?

At long last, I emerge from the shadows of my now departed older brother, Quincy, who died earlier this year - to write another column for you runners. Read More.


Brad Kelley: Against All Odds - The Doctor who changed my Life

Since my first Ironman I finished in 2010 I have proven my doctors wrong numerous times. So many individuals let FEAR stand in the way of success and the great things that might happen if you actually try. I am a great example of not letting others tell me what I was capable of, not just in athletics but anything in life. 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: Hanging up (sort of) my running shoes

While consumed by running for almost 35 years, it seems the fire has dwindled, and I'm now just content with short jogs. 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)

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Natho, Mehmen score course records
at the Plano Pacers 15K

By Fiona Green

sheila nathocolby mehmenThe Plano Pacers always offer a great event in a scenic location at a reasonable price. This Saturday's (Nov. 26)15K also offered some added excitement as two course records were set. On the female side 50-year-old Sheila Natho set the club's record for women in the 50-54-year age group, clocking 1:06:43, enough to also earn her the overall female title.

When watching Sheila in the last mile, it didn't seem she was being pushed to her limit as she was smiling and waving, clearly enjoying the moment. Natho also holds the club's mile record for the 50-54 age group, which she accomplished in June with a time of 6:03. Showing she is competitive at all distances she also holds the 3K record for the  40-44 year age group.

Colby Mehmen turned in another amazing performance in the 15K to shatter the club's record of 48:27 held by Andrew Cook. Mehmen ran a blistering 46:16 and most likely would have broken 46 minutes if he hadn't run a little long at one of the turnaround points.  Mehmen holds the club's 15K\ record for the 13-15 age group and also for the 16-19-year age group.

Last month he set the club's 5K course record, covering the course in 14:41

Mehmen, 22, who ran for Stephen F. Austin, posted a short video of Saturday's race on YouTube. You can check it out by clicking on the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j8JizvXw4w&sns=em

Incidentally, when Mehmen's time is age graded he has a score of 105.8. Any score over 100 ranks an athlete as a national competitor.

For those preferring a shorter race, there also was a 5K. This race was won by Matt Galvin, 24, in 15:59. Topping the female field was Isabel Borrego, 15, in 20:32.

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Nov. 26 Highlights
By Charles Clines

* A couple of high school teens battled for the overall male award at The Believe Run 5K in McKinney on Saturday. Jonathan Cantu, 14, who runs for Dallas Bishop Dunne, prevailed with a 16:43. Jeremy Carlo, 16, Allen High School, was just behind with a 16:47. 12-year-old Brenna Zerby earned the female overall award with a 19:54. Cantu has been to the winner’s circle at least three other times in area road races this year. Zerby was second female at the North Texas Turkey Trot in Frisco on Thursday.

* Emily Field, 35, of Dallas won the 5K  female overall award at the Carrollton Runners Mile & 5K and was overall finisher in the 1-Mile. She zipped in with times of 19:09.26 and 6:00.5. Ryan Loehding, 44, of Carrollton won the male mile with a 6:07.34 and won the 40-44 age division award with a 20:46.14.

* I don’t know, but doesn’t it seem the winners seem to be getting younger. At the Autumn One-Tenth Marathon (2.622 miles) in Grand Prairie 11-year-old Bailey Horak of Little Elm won the overall female award with a 22:26 and 14-year-old Martin Chavez of Dallas won the male overall award with a 14:10. Chavez also won the One-Tenth Marathon on Jan. 2.

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Good turnout at first Keller's Turkey Trot,
but early results scrambled

By Fiona Green

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Thanks to near perfect race weather the inaugural Keller Turkey Trot 5K and 10K on Thanksgiving Day attracted over 1,300 runners. Arriving at the race site  I was worried I might not have time to register as the line for registrations was pretty long, but somehow the volunteers managed to process everyone in time.

After the race, though, there was confusion with the results due to some duplicate bib numbers. Halfway through the presentation of the 10K awards it was announced that organizers would mail awards to the winners as the times of some of the 5K runners had appeared in the 10K results.

dressed for turkey dayThe 5K male winner was 18-year-old Joel Potter II (photo top right).. Potter, a student at Keller High, ran a speedy 16:23. He has a PR of 15:36 for the distance and hopes to soon break the 15-minute barrier.

On the female side, Alexandra Chan was the first to cross the finish line but wasn't given the overall award because she hadn't registered for a timing chip. I spoke with her parents before the race  and they explained she just wanted to take it easy.  When I grow up I'd like to be just like Alexandra!

The updated 10K results show 57-year-old Jana Ryan of Keller (second from right in top left photo) winning the 10K (this is correct) , in 45:32, narrowly beating 36-year-old Carrie Gaston of Rockwall in 45:45. It was a close race on the male side as less than a minute separated the top two finishers, 43-year-old Chris Oles of Keller and 43-year-old Salvador Moreno. Oles ran a 38:45 while Moreno finished in 39:18. (Photo at bottom left are participants dressed for Thanksgiving.)

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Nov. 24 Highlights

By Charles Clines

Thanksgiving Day was another great, cool morning for running and thousands participated in the various events, no doubt trying to burn a few calories before stuffing them back on later in the day. At the YMCA Dallas Turkey Trot, 5,525 finished the 5K and/or 8-mile and relays. The Fort Worth YMCA 5K and 10K Turkey Trot had 1.912 finish, 939 completed the Arlington Turkey Trot, and 1,570 were timed at the Cox Running Club Thanksgiving Day 5K,10K and Half Marathon, There were other Thanksgiving Day runs in the area, so there were a lot of calories being burned.

* In Dallas, Mark Pinales, 23, a former All Big 12 runner from UT, held off the challenges of Eric Ojeda, 24,  and Austin Roth, 26, to win the 8-mile race. He zipped in with a 40:21 while Ojeda, a former All Sun Belt Conference runner at  UT-Arlington came in at 40:43 and Roth, 26, another former Big 12 runner at UT and the son of Jeff, among the top runners in the area when in his prime,  checked in with a 40:59. Ingrid Mollenkopf, who ran for North Texas University and competed in this year’s Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles, won the female race. The 27-year-old zipped around the course with a 48:09. Runner-up was 14-year-old Allison Mopsik of Austin with a 49:38. Former Southlake Carroll runner Johnny Kemps, 19, won the 5K, speeding in with a 15:28, 10 seconds in front of JT Graass, 19, a former runner at St. Mark’s in Dallas and who was on the high school relay team at the 2015 Dallas Marathon, which beat winner Sherman Logan. Holly Archer, 23, an English-born runner and a three-time All-AAC at SMU won the female award with a 17:13. Two of her SMU teammates, Justine Anthony, 22, and Shanoah Souza, 23, were the next two females. Anthony had a  17:35 and Souza a 17:48.

*  In the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot, there were close duels for the overall 10K male and female awards. Brent Paulsen, 33, of Fort Worth prevailed in the male race by clocking a 33:52 with Joe Capuchino III coming in second with a 34:28. In the female race, Samantha Ottman, 15, won with a 39:42, 13 seconds in front of Tara Upshaw, 25. One of the younger finisher was 11-year-old Kaitlyn Moore. She ran a 52:19 to finish 207 overall. Also, 10-year-old Joshua Pendergraft clocked a 52:21 to finish 211th overall. While Trevor Gilley, 22, of Fort Worth had the 5K overall award  pretty much in hand with his 15:15 finish, the battle for the next two award spots were closely contested. Jacob Pickle, 21, of Southlake  finally took the runner-up award with a 16:08, a second in front of Brandon Sotelo, 23, of Fort Worth, though their gun times were both 16:09. Close behind them were Tyler Forder, 20, (16:16), Whit Dennis, 14 (16:34) and Colby Caldwell, 19, (16:38). In the female division, Avery Culpepper, 19, of Tulsa won with an 18:04. Katarina Bouton, 21, held off Kaitlyn Tharp, 19, to take second 19:03 to 19:11. The male masters winner was Chris Culpepper, 46, with a 19:03. Just assuming that’s Avery’s dad.  Another young runner placed high on the finisher’s list as 9-year-old Ike Anicho of Fort Worth was 129th overall with a 22:50. Not too far behind was another 9-year-old, Andy Geiser, whose 23:34 put him at 156 overall. And 7-year-old Graham Jenkins ran an impressive 26:12 to place 296th.

* At the Arlington Turkey Trot, John Valentine, 24, of Arlington sped to a 16:01.87 to win the overall award. Grayson Barber, 17, of Grapevine challenged and finished with a 16:18.98, about 10 seconds in front of Trevor Montgomery, 19, of Whitney. Courtney Kriegshauser, 21, of Southlake prevented Magaly Soto, 40, of Arlington from growing her large collection of overall female awards by logging an 18:35.36 to win. Soto came in with an 18:51.52.

* One of the closer finishes for a female overall award unfolded at the North Texas Turkey Trot in Frisco as Sophia Liles, 17, a senior at Plano High School edged Brenna Zerby, 12, of McKinney by two seconds with a 19:47.

* A couple of duels for overall awards also unfolded in the Mansfield Turkey Trot 5K. Kevin Caverly, 39, held off Ashton Prejean, 39, for the male award with times of 18:28 to 18:59. In the female race, Anara Ickes, 17, took the award by holding off Tana Monroe, 31, to win with a 22:18.1 while Monroe came in with a 22:25.1.

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Students cheer Liberty Christian coach's win
at Coyote Chase 5K

By Fional Green

liberty christian students

bryan ruizjohn ross

Over 430 runners participated in the 23rd annual Coyote Chase 5K and 1-mile race in Weatherford on Saturday morning (Nov. 19). With the temperature at race start hovering around 40F it was cooler than in previous weeks but with little wind and beautiful sunny skies the weather was perfect for racing.

Topping the 5K field, with a time of 17:43, was 29-year-old Bryan Ruiz of Weatherford who has been featured a couple of times on this website. Ruiz is the running coach at Liberty Christian School in Weatherford. He and his students also won an award for the school with the largest number of runners participating in the event. (Students pictured above; Ruiz pictured top left with plaque)).

Sadie TharpRuiz explained that almost 80 percent of the students at his school are runners, a fact of which he is rightly very proud. Judging by the roar from the students when he accepted his overall award, he is clearly a very popular figure there.

On the female side 14-year-old Sadie Tharp (pictured left) easily outdistanced the competition, clocking an impressive 19:08 over the hilly course. Tharp, who has a PR of 18:05 for the distance, is a student at Weatherford High. She enjoys the 5K distance and hopes to soon break the 18-minute barrier.

Among those competing in Saturday's event was 69-year-old John Ross, who easily won his age group in 26:49. Ross, a longtime area competitor, has participated in this event every year but one since the inaugural race in 1994. (Ross is pictured top right with one of his suger gliders, who has found a beverage to its liking.)

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Nov. 19 Highlights

By Charles Clines

Temperatures dipped into the high 30s and low 40s on Saturday and Sunday, making it nearly perfect weather for road-race competitors. Though it might have been somewhat cold for spectators, it was great for the runners.

* Young runners continue to step into the winner’s circles at many races, including the Gobble Hobble 5K  in Richardson. 12-year-old Katherine Gann won the female overall award with a 20:42.7, about seven seconds in front of 11-year-old Georgia Alessio. Also, masters runners have been making an impact at races this year. Scott Olden, 46, took the male overall award with an 18:23.7 and 45-year-old Derk Wadas was second with an 18:58.9.

* Jessica Smith, 39, who won the LGRAW 5K female overall award on Oct. 22 and who has been one of the better runners in the area, was first overall at the Pumpkin Spice 15K in Fort Worth by posting a 1:00:57. Runner-up was male winner Owen Armstrong, 36, with a 1:01:23. In the 5K, Joel Jeffers, 15, nipped Luke Halterman, 27, at the finish line by about two seconds to win with an 18:51.

* Another young female won the overall award at the Coyote Chase 1-miler in Weatherford as 12-year-old Ashley Carlisle zipped to a 6:38.7, about four seconds in front of another 12-year-old, male winner Ty Miller.

* Wonder Wen, 21, had to hold off Jeremy Reen, 28, to win the True Options Turkey 5K in Sherman by about seven seconds. Wen clocked in at 20:14.9 and Green posted a 20:21.5, about five seconds in front of Miguel Prado, 28.

* Masters runners ruled at the Sneak-a-Peek 5K in Grand Prairie as Donald Robertson, 43, sped to a 16:59 to win. He already has at least two masters victories in the area this year. 54-year-old Charles McIlroy was runner-up with a 17:16. Magaly Soto, 50, won the female overall award with an 18:10. That makes at least 14 female awards she has collected this year.

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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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Luke's Training. 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.


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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.


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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 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.


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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 www.cisnerosscreenprinting.com.


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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.


 Ainsleys Angles


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. www.movin-pictures.com.


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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 www.fwrunners.org for more information.