(See Race Reports below)
Fiona Green: Kay Scott (pictured) is anything but average.
Standing beside Kay Scott at a race you might think she looks like your average runner. Petite, yet strong, she has an easy stride, which often earns her an age group award. But Scott is anything but average. In fact her accomplishments are so outstanding that she could easily have the word Badass or Superwoman tattooed on her forehead and it would still seem inadequate. Read more.
Quincy (as told to Kim Andres): How Running Has Changed in DFW
Runners - My name is Quincy. I am a Jack Russell terrier and share my living space with one of your runners, Kim Andres. There's another dog in my household but you won't be hearing from him because I frankly never appreciated it when he came into the household from the Irving Animal Shelter two years ago - a mutt with big ears. 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: So You Want to Run a Marathon
The marathon is a very lofty goal for any runner. There are many elite runners who have never run a marathon and many who have not run a half marathon. I was surprised to read that the American female favorite in this year's Boston Marathon ran her first marathon that day. A marathon is a tremendous accomplishment for anyone and this month's column will show how I did it. Read More
James Jackson of Denton has had an envious running career and it is far from being over judging from his continued success and speed as he nears the half-century mark. 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: We are the Champions
The Spring 2016 Texas Trail Running Championship Series is winding down with only one race remaining before final scores are tabulated and winners are announced. Several runners from North Texas are well positioned to either place in the top three male or female overall or top in their age group. 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.
The Dog Days of Summer
By Fiona Green
The Summer Sizzler in Grand Prairie Saturday (July 23) morning lived up to its name with the temperature at race start hovering around the mid 80s with 62% humidity.
The overall winner on the male side was 31-year-old Josh Chauvin (pictured) from Louisiana who, accompanied by his dog Shasseh, clocked a speedy 17:40. Shasseh, a 3-year-old Vizsla, loves to run and accompanies Chauvin on most of his training runs. Last October she and Chauvin completed the CHORD half marathon in Gainesville, Florida in a speedy 1:23, which was good enough for third overall.
Chauvin is a personal trainer and a writer for the magazine Louisiana Sportsman. Until recently his running focus was on track events. He enjoys the 400m and the 800m and two years ago he ran an impressive post college PR of 1:59 for the 800m. He and Shasseh are now training for the Children of the Cane Ultra Marathon, a 50K race in Port Allen, Louisiana on October 1.
Chauvin is very conscious of the dangers involved with dogs running in the heat. He always runs with Shasseh early in the morning and makes sure she is well hydrated and has access to shade. He also scouts the area to find a bayou or pond where she can lie down and cool off most effectively. She is provided with electrolytes specifically created for dogs and even has custom shoes that are designed to protect her feet from the hot sidewalk.
Chauvin and his wife Laura also share their home with another canine runner, a Standard Poodle named Rouge Chaud (Red Hot). Rouge Chaud has completed races as long as half marathons with Laura.
Both Chauvin and Laura are very much in tune with their dogs and look for signs that they are starting to tire. On more than one occasion Chauvin has picked up a dog during a race and carried it over the finish line. Five years ago he and his 9-year-old Lab were running their final race together when the canine started to falter. Despite that the dog weighed 70 pounds, Chauvin carried him almost a quarter mile to the finish line. The pair placed third overall (behind two runners competing without a dog) and first in the dog category. This really makes the FWRC Watermelon Relay, where participants have to run while carrying a watermelon, look like a piece of cake!
On the female side, Alexandra Chand from Southlake easily outran the competition, finishing in a time of 20:06. Chand, who will soon begin studying physics at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, has a PR of 19:51 for the 5K. She balances her running with strength training three times a week and credits the core training with making her a stronger runner.
Another youngster who showed great promise Saturday was 10-year-old Malachi Wilson of Grand Prairie, whose finish time of 23:49 earned him the 14th overall spot. Wilson recently qualified for the Junior Olympics in the mile. The young athlete trains with the Texas SWAG Track and Field Club in Grand Prairie. SWAG is an acronym for Success, Wisdom, Athleticism and Grace. We wish him the best of luck!
Norwegian family cashes in again
By Fiona Green
The Haukoy family (pictured left) from Norway achieved a pretty impressive feat on Saturday (July 16), once again claiming the overall and masters titles in their second July 4 event of the year. Saturday’s race, the Cox Running Club 4th 5K, had been rescheduled due to inclement weather. They had also pulled off the feat at the Firecracker 5000.
14-year-old Hans Magnus took the overall male title in a time of 17:01. The teen is currently the fastest in his age group in Norway. His father, Inge, was runner-up and the male masters winner in 18:17. Mom, Marianne, was second overall female and the female masters winner with a time of 21:57. Hans Magnus' younger brother, Jon-Anders, once again outran the competition to finish first in the kids' mile.
Local runner Rachel Harp (bottom right) claimed yet another overall female award with a speedy time of 20:00.
Cooler temperatures made running a little easier for many with some runners, such as 53-year-old Liz Wedemeyer, even claiming PRs. Wedemeyer was thrilled to run a PR of 26:51, which placed her fourth in her age group. What makes her time even more impressive is the fact that she raced after cycling 23 miles from Grapevine that morning with three friends (pictured above). The four -- Jay Jones, Kat Sparks and husband Russ -- are members of Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers. They set off at 5:30 a.m. for the ride, which they explained is part of their training for Ragbrai, an annual cycling event in Iowa that takes place starting July 24.
Ragbrai, which is an acronym for the Register's annual great bicycle ride across Iowa, is the oldest, largest and longest weeklong cycling event in the world. It annually attracts around 15,000 riders who ride almost 500 miles across the state, camping in tents overnight and enjoying the hospitality of various towns along the way. Despite that this sounds like an athletic pursuit, the group admitted that it is possible to gain weight during the adventure as each town provides a variety of refreshments -- everything from home-made pies and ice cream to cool, refreshing beer.
This is the 10th time that Russ will be participating in the event. He and Liz are formerly from Iowa, where they cycled and trained with the group Lizard Kings. They explained that the event route is always different. This year it will go from west to east, and riders will start by dipping their rear tire in the Missouri River and finish by dipping their front tire in the Mississippi River.
Saturday’s run, which offered refreshing post-race beer to participants, was important ‘training' for Ragbrai. Kim Blake (dressed in flag) is wearing bib No. 716 -- the date of the race.
Neringa Kaulinaite Likes It Hot!
By Fiona Green
Around 200 runners gathered in Trinity Park Saturday morning (July 9) for the annual 'Some Like It Hot' 5K. The temperature didn’t seem as bad as it has been at some recent weekend races thanks to a nice breeze and the 7.30 start.
Claiming the overall title in 18:37 was 28-year-old Noe Nunez. Nunez is enjoying summer racing and is training for the Dallas Marathon in December.
On the female side, 33-year-old Neringa Kaulinaite was the overall female winner and fourth finisher overall, clocking 20:59. Kaulinaite, who looks like she could be a fitness model, was born in Lithuania. Until recently she was living in London but moved to Texas several months ago. She only started running after her fiancé suggested it might be a good way for her to keep herself busy and meet people.
She was thrilled with her win and spoke of how much she loves racing and the running community. She enjoyed Saturday ’s event so much that she signed up for the Too Hot to Handle 15K in Dallas Sunday morning. She finished second overall female, covering the course in 1:07 and setting a new personal record for the distance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.