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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.

Brad Kelley: When your race doesn't go as planned.

As athletes, we sign up for a particular race, we train for hours and miles in the months ahead, we have a training plan that our coach has laid out for us....and then race morning comes upon us. Read More.

Gary Pulver: Back in the Saddle Again

It's not that I have not wanted to write my column in awhile, it's just that I had not been able to run so the well had run dry for ideas. But!!! I am now back. Read More

Fiona Green: Running isn't only physicalwomen runners

Although running is a physical activity, there's also a mental aspect to the sport that participants should consider and weigh when preparing for events. Read more.


Harry Hall: Long Time Local Runner - Richard Widner

Richard Widener moves easily through his home, pointing out some of the hundreds of pictures he's painted over the years. Surprisingly, there are few, if any signs of his considerable athletic accomplishments. Read More.

Thomas Martin: Those Vexing Varicose Veins

In attending various foot races, I have been surprised at the number of people I have seen (both men and women) with varicose veins. 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

Charles Clines: Highlights from 2016; Keith Pierson, Emily Field and Magaly Soto among top performers.Many other runners posted impressive feats during 2016. Pierce's victory in the Dallas Marathon led the highlights. 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)


Press Release

CRC columnist Harry Hall will be signing his book at The Runner Shop in Pantego on March 23rd from 6-7 PM. Read More.


Rock n Roll Dallas 5k

By Harry Hall

ok Jonathan Cantu, didn't know what to expect at the Dallas Rock n Roll 5K.

"I started out in a pack of four or five," said the 15-year-old Bishop Dunne High School freshman, "and that 6:18 felt slow."

So he accelerated.

"By mile two, I knew I had it won," he said.

He finished in eighteen minutes, five seconds, a half-minute up on Samuel Espinosa.

Cantu has a mile PR of 4:52, and after winning district, took 14th at last fall's Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) State Cross-Country Championships.

But in the ensuing months, a foot injury, bronchitis and the flu slowed him.

"My coach wanted me to run two 5ks over spring break," he said, "so last week I did the St. Patricks' Day Run in Dallas. I had a foot problem, but it was nothing serious. Today it didn't bother me at all."

Cantu's goal is to run a sub-4:50 mile at the district meet in early May.

Women's Race

Angela Moore needed a test.

The University of Dallas junior hadn't raced since last November when, as a member of the Crusaders' cross-country team, made Unites States Small College All-American (USSCA).

A foot injury set back her back, but a shoe change and some treatment from Dallas podiatrist Dr. Allan Sherman got her going again.

Moore rebounded, and on only about three weeks of training, she took first place in the March 18, Rock n Roll Dallas 5k with a time of 19:41.

"I got caught in the middle of the first corral," she said, "and I lost about ten seconds at the front. I had to walk and dodge some runners. Still, I'm stoked. I wasn't expecting to win."

But she led almost wire-to-wire, beating runner-up Angela Eusery by just under a minute.

Her time was a significant improvement over her 20:39 former PR set at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Track Championships in 2015.

Accident Doesn't Deter Atherton

Maddie Atherton wore a cast on her recently broken arm, but she wouldn't let that keep her from completing the Dallas Rock n Roll 5K.

Besides, her dad Mike told her, "You're doing it."

In fact, they were both going to do it, together.

It's almost impossible to tell Mike Atherton something can't be done.

Eight years ago, Mike lost both of his lower legs and left arm in a boating accident. He hasn't let that deter him. He's returned to water skiing, and Saturday he, along with Maddie, completed the Dallas Rock n Roll 5K in 1:00.36.

"I wanted to run the whole way," he said, "I started strong, I thought about not getting tired, but I ended up doing a run-walk."

"Finishing this race," he said after, "shows my family not to give up."


FWRC Chasing Leaks

By Fiona Green

Top Women The third annual Chasing Leaks 5k, organized by the Fort Worth Runners Club on Saturday, March 18, offered yet another family friendly event on the Trinity Trails. The activities started with a 1k fun run, followed at 8 am by the 5k. The overall winner, 36 year old Jose Mejorado, is no stranger to the podium and has won several overall awards in area races. His time of 16:43 was almost a minute ahead of runner-up, 18 year old Jarod Sweetland.

On the female side friends,Lindsey Quebedeaux and Katie Cunningham, took the top 2 spots. 28 year old Quebedeaux finished in 19:27 while Cunningham finished a few steps behind in 19:36. The results list the overall winner as Lindsey Maxwell but the young athlete recently married and has a new name!

Fiona and Friends Quebedeaux, who has a PR of 19:17 for the 5K, studied exercise and sport science at the Texas State University in San Marcos. She takes her speed from her father, Jeff, who was a 400m speedster in his youth. He explained he was once offered a running scholarship which he did not accept, a decision he sometimes regrets.

Quebedeaux was Cunningham's marathon coach and helped her achieve an impressive performance in the Little Rock marathon in Arkansas 2 weeks ago. The 21 year old finished 2nd female overall in that event in a time of 3:12.01.

Some other noteworthy performances by local leak chasers on Saturday include those of 70 year old Linda Landrum who clocked 27:30 and 80 year old Ken Brewer whose 29:02 is one of the fastest times for an 80 year old that I've seen in a while.


Runners Enjoy Beer and Hills at Shannon Brewing Company 5k

by Fiona Green

Daniel Patiño Saturday marked the Shannon Brewing Company's third annual 5K race in honor of St Patrick's Day. The event once again attracted a large crowd who came to embrace the hills and enjoy the post-race beer and pancakes. Daniel Patiño of Dallas breezed through the course in 17:19 to take the overall title, almost a minute ahead of runner up 47 year old Scott Oden. Patiño ran the mile distance in high school but quit racing after his senior year and just started competing again last year. He would love to test his sped at a mile race but in the meantime he has his sights set on the Statesman Capitol 10k in Austin on April 23 where he hopes the talented competition will help him run a sub 6 minute pace. The young athlete likes to incorporate swimming and weight training into his weekly schedule and he always makes sure to include stretching and a proper cool down after each run.

Allissa The female overall winner was 21 year old Allissa McClain of Irving, a chiropractic student at Parker University. McClain had to fight for her win, trading places throughout the race with 38 year old Jill Kudasik. She finished in 21:22, 13 seconds ahead of Kudasik. In addition to running between 30-40 miles per week McClain likes to mix things up a little by cross training with biking and swimming.

Robert While we are used to seeing 20 and 30 year olds taking the top spots at local races, there are many impressive performances by runners of all ages that go unnoticed. 8 year old Kendall Lowe scored a PR of 23:26 yesterday, good enough for 3rd place in the 14 and under age group. Another impressive performance came from 74 year old Robert Moderow of Irving whose time of 25:14 easily earned him a spot on the podium. Moderow took up racing 3 years ago and loves the race experience. He acknowledged that at one time a sub 30 minute 5K might have been sufficient for an age group win but commented that the times for runners in his age group are getting faster.

Shannon Running Club Anyone in the Keller area interested in knocking out a few miles with a fun group of runners might consider joining the Shannon Running Club for their Thursday evening social runs. The group meets at the brewery, rain or shine, every Thursday evening at 6 pm. Following their runs, runners can indulge in a refreshing adult beverage.


Miles For Mission 5k

By Fiona Green

Saturday's Miles for Mission 5k in Keller yesterday took place under overcast skies which was unfortunate for those of us who are solar powered when it comes to racing!

Rose Family Photo of Rose family courtesy of Catherine Engstrom.

Although the course was described on the event website as flat and fast it actually included several inclines through the neighborhood and was estimated to be a little long according to some GPS wearers.

13 year old Travis Rose, running only his second 5k, outran the competition to claim the overall title in 20:48. The young athlete, who attends Indian Springs middle school in Keller, is blessed with fast genes thanks to his parents. His mother was a sprinter who specialized in the 100m, 400m and 4x100m relay while his father, Richard, was a speedster himself in his youth and ran a 5k PR of 18:37 while in the Marine corps.

Travis is on his school's track and cross country team and currently logs around 15-20 miles per week. He also has a passion for soccer and plays both school and club soccer on a regular basis.

Judy Richards Photo courtesy of Alana Solodow.

The overall female winner was 17 year old Catherine Richardson of Mansfield. Unfortunately Richardson disappeared shortly after the race before I could speak with her.

Instead of awarding the traditional overall and masters awards organizers chose to give trophies to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and medals for age group winners.

Following up on my article regarding Jessica Smith and Team Maddie last week, I had an interesting encounter at Saturday's race. A sweet lady named Judy Richards approached me and thanked me for wearing the Team Maddie shirt, asking if I knew a donor or a recipient. She then explained that she herself had received a kidney donation 18 years ago and was now living life to the fullest. The shirts really do raise awareness and make a difference!


Cowtown 5k

By Fiona Green

Thousands of runners took to the streets of Fort Worth this weekend for the popular Cowtown events. On Saturday almost 3000 runners enjoyed a new 5K course which was less challenging and faster than the one run in previous years.

Bell & Smith Local runners once again took top honors with 37 year old Clint Bell scoring his first Cowtown victory in a time of 16:24, almost 2 minutes ahead of the rest of the pack. Bell was thrilled with his first overall victory at Cowtown. In previous years he had achieved a 2nd overall placing in both the 5k and 10k events and had twice finished 5th in the half marathon.

On the female side 39 year old Jessica Smith of Trophy Club outran the field to notch another Cowtown victory in 19:22. She also was the female 5k champion in 2013 and 2014. The win was important for Smith as it helped her draw attention to 'Team Maddie'. Team Maddie t-shirt Maddie is Smith's 14 year old daughter. She was diagnosed at two weeks old with Methylmalonic Acidemia, a rare metabolic disorder that has had a profound impact on her daily life, requiring regular hospital visits and dialysis treatments. Last September Maddie received a liver and kidney transplant which has greatly improved her health. While waiting for a compatible donor the Smith family embarked on a mission- increasing awareness of the importance of organ donation. They did this by designing colorful 'Team Maddie' race singlets which are now being worn by running friends in the metroplex and beyond. As photos of runners wearing the singlets regularly pop up on Facebook word has quickly spread about Team Maddie and the importance of organ donation. Jarod Sweetland The family's efforts and Maddie's courage were recognized in Austin earlier this month when a resolution was passed by the House of Representatives.

Signing up to be an organ donor only takes a few minutes. If you are not already registered as a donor you can do so online here.

Also pictured is 17 year old Jarod Sweetland, one of the top male finishers, who clocked an impressive 35:51.


The Cowtown 10k

By Harry Hall

Colby Mehmen entered the 2017 Cowtown 10K just to see where he was with his conditioning. Turns out, he's in pretty good shape.

Colby Mehmen Running in his first race since his victory in December's 2016 BMW Dallas Half-Marathon, Mehmen he won in thirty-minutes, fifty-two seconds.

Although he led nearly start to finish, he battled Kebede Diriba and Jonathan Swiatocha through the early miles, but before pulling away the second half for a relatively easy win.

"I was shooting for a 30:30," said the 22- year old, "but I really wanted to see what my fitness level was."

Colby Mehmen

Since his half-marathon victory, Mehmen had received ART treatment Dallas chiropractor Logan Sherman for treatment of knee and achilles problems.

"It felt so much better today," said Mehmen.

Swiatocha, who placed third in 32:02, just behind Diriba said, "We were all together for about 3-4 miles, but then I lost track."

But Mehmen didn't know that.

"I thought they were right behind me the whole way," said Mehmen, "I didn't know I had the race won until the end."

While Mehmen felt minimal competition in his race, his female counterpart, Serkalem Biset Abrha won by approximately 600 meters.

The Ethiopean native led from the beginning and easily won in 35:57, approximately two and a half minutes in front of Ft. Worth's Elizabeth Norman.

"The course was pretty easy," she said, "and there wasn't a lot of competition."

Abrha moved from her homeland to Albuquerque, New Mexico about four years ago to train with other Ethiopians.

"I like it there," says the 29- year old, "I like the altitude and the hills."

She must like Cowtown as well. She set her sights on the next day's half marathon. (She placed second o/a with 1:17.15).

Abrha set her marathon PR of 2:31 at the Twin Cities Marathon in October 2015. Following the Cowtown half-marathon, she plans on the March 19 Los Angeles marathon where she hopes to run 2:28.

For their efforts, Mehmen and Abrha each picked up $500. The second and third place finishers took home $400 and $300, respectively. As first Texas finishers, Mehmen and Northern also picked up an additional $250.

The field of just over 3,400 were greeted with a sunny sky, temps a few degrees above freezing, and little wind.


Kickstart My Heart

Gary Pulver

Runners were greeted by perfect race conditions in Glen Rose at the Kickstart My Heart 5K/10K and 1 mile fun run Saturday morning, February 18. Race director Lisa Anderson and RunSignUp showed that they both were up to the task in organizing and running an excellent race. This was the third running of this race and Lisa definitely has a knack for getting perfect weather.

Alexis Mims, Overall 5k

The top three 5K male and female winners were all teenagers. Alexis Mims was first in 21:39 while Elizabeth Gutierrez was 2nd in 24:03 and Jocelyn Mims 3rd in 24:16. All three ladies are 14 so I have a suspicion that Glen Rose may have a formidable cross country team. 13 year old Tristan Whitt was the overall male champion at 21:13 followed by 17 year old Brandon Hutto at 23:51 and 15 year old Orrin Hunter at 23:57.

Rick Villa

The top 10K finishers were not as close as last year when we had a 0.3 second difference between the first and second lady finishers but some excellent times were run. Leading the way was 45 year old Rick Villa in 43:31 followed by 47 year old Tom Troyer in 44:01 and 23 year old Trevor Hanson in 44:48. 22 year old Audrey Shelton won the ladies division in 44:10 followed by 30 year old Ana Banuelos in 47:29 and 43 year old Jody Hinton in 48:14.

The Running Bear Running Club out of Granbury was well represented and garnered a bunch of age group medals. Yours truly has been rehabbing a knee for four months and decided that this race was a good one to give it a try and things went well and he finished in 2nd place in the over 60 division in the 5K. Pictured is Rick Villa, overall 10K winner.


The Wildcat 5k

By Harry Hall

For Dax Davis, winning the February 18, Wildcat Stroll 5K was just a warm-up for more demanding athletic contests.

"I like the spartan races, or those with Nay SEAL obstacles," said the 21-year old UTA Business Management major.

Dax Davis

Davis' time of nineteen minutes, thirty-five seconds was an easy winner on the flat course, which started at the Birdville High School Honor Course in Ft. Worth. The race helps raise funds for the Fort Worth Dunbar Wall of Fame.

Not only did he win, but Davis achieved his goal of a sub-20, giving him a good idea of his conditioning level before he refocuses on other racing challenges.

"I knew I'd win at the halfway point," he said, "the early pace was a bit slow, but I built a pretty constant lead."

Davis says he enjoys the challenges of the spartan races, and hopes he can inspire other amateur athletes his age to enter them.

"I started doing spartan races after high school, said Davis, who attended high school in nearby Lewisville, "I don't see a lot of 20-somethings in these type races, and I hope I can inspire younger amateur athletes to enter them."

For Dana Gage, the Wildcat Stroll represented her first ever overall road race win.

"I've been running four or five years, 20-30 races a year," she said after her 28:10 victory, "I'm not a big competitor."

Dana Gage

While many might challenge that last statement, she and her family does serve a larger role in the sport.

At virtually every race, she wears a version of "Honor Connor," shirt, in memory of her 15-year old son, Connor who died in a swimming accident in 2012, the same day the FW Christian freshman ran in his first cross-country meet. On May 20, Gage will be race director for the 5th annual Honor Connor 5K and Smile Mile.

"He was always smiling," she says.

She says the race helps promote water safety. It's scheduled for May 20, 2017.


Families cart off top awards

By Fiona Green

jodi and greg thiompsonTwo races this weekend saw the male and female overall winners come from the same family. In Dallas, Andrew Cook and his daughter Natalie took the top spots at the DCFA Form Follows Fitness 5K at Klyde Warren Park. In Arlington, husband and wife team Jodi and Greg Thompson easily outran the competition at the Eagle's Flight 5K in River Legacy Parks.

It was a close race for the couple but in the end Greg, pushing their daughter Sydney in her stroller, edged out his wife and finished in 19:19.

Jodi, who was last year's overall female winner, was a little disappointed with her time of 19:30 but explained she recently had suffered a bout of flu and wasn't back in full form. Her best time for a 5K is a blistering 16:45,which she ran in her final year at Baylor. Unfortunately, she tore a hamstring shortly after that race and was never able to resume training like she used to.

She now runs around 25 miles a week while pushing her daughter in her stroller. Greg, who also was a runner in college, has raced only one 5K on the track in his career. His time for that race was an impressive 16:09. He doesn't race too much these days but still runs two or three times a week to maintain his fitness.

claire edstromThe speedy pair first met in 2009 while participating in mission trips abroad with a group called Athletes in Action, a campus Crusades organization. Prior to leaving on their respective missions, participating athletes met at a training camp in Xenia, Ohio. Greg then went on to Guatemala with a group of track athletes while Jodi went to Kenya with a group of distance runners. They stayed in touch after the trip and were married a little over a year later.

18-year-old Claire Edstrom, the third female to cross the finish line, was ecstatic with her time of 23:25 as it marked a PR for her. The photo to left shows Claire's joy as she rounded the last corner and saw the time on the clock.





Feb. 18 Highlights

By Charles Clines

It would be difficult to complain about Saturday morning’s (Feb. 8) weather as early temps in the 50s made it good for  running and walking. The nice weather is expected to carry over into the Cowtown weekend, too, though winds might be gusty on Sunday.

* A race name of Sugar Rush sounds as if it’s my kind of race (I do like desserts). So, I probably should have participated in Arlington. The 5K winning times were relatively slow, but only some 24 seconds separated the top three finishers, including overall female Julie Sandoval, 31, of Arlington. She was third, behind winner Griffin Kubik, 23, of Fort Worth and Jonathan Suarez, 30, of Arlington. The next three finishers were in their 50s – Rusty Hodapp, 47, of Mansfield, David Lane, 59, of Arlington and Clint Copeland, 51, of Colcord, Okla. The seventh place finisher was 64-year-old Joop Van Englen of Fort Worth with a 25:26.2. The masters runners dominated the 10K as Hector Delgado, 48, of Plano led the way with a 45:35, followed by Ryland Holmes, 41, of Grand Prairie (48.55.5) and Barry Johnson, 56, of Arlington (49:44.9). Sylvia Krywalski, 31, of Grand Prairie was the first female with a 51:03.8.

* Female masters runner Rachel Fox, 43, of Flower Mound was the first across the finish line at the Heart & Soul 5K in Farmer’s Branch. She finished with a 20:46.22. Male winner Dejuan Cuthbertson, 35, of Charlotte, N.C., was second to finish with a 22:07.82.

* No doubt the most impressive and exciting race was at the DCFA Form Follow Fitness 5K in Dallas. Andrew Cook, 36, Brent Woodle, 32, and Clint Bell, 37, battled over the 3.1-mile distance with Cook winning with a sizzling 15:03. Woodle, who is training for the Boston Marathon in April, came in only six seconds later and Bell, long-time competitor in the DFW area, finished with a 1:28. Cook is a former Texas A&M standout and a former Olympic Marathon Trials participant. He has won numerous local and several national races. Woodle also plans to run the Cowtown Marathon this Sunday in what he terms as a progression run and not an all-out effort, according to his weblog. Cook’s 13-year-old daughter Natalie won the female overall award with an 18:02, beating 11-year-old Samantha Humphries by nine seconds. The Humphries twins continue to add to their award collection as Natalie was the female runner-up with an 18:28.

* Teens dominated the Kick Start My Heart 5K in Glen Rose. Tristan Whitt, 13, of Walnut Springs won with a 21:15.37 and female winner Alexis Mims, 14, of Glen Rose came in next with a 21:39.29. Mims twin sister Jocelyn came in sixth with a 24:16.91. Following her was 51-year-old Robert Lane with a 24:33.23. The 10K was somewhat different as masters runners were first and second. Winning was Rick Villa, 45, of Glen Rose with a 43:33.78, followed by Tom Troyer, 47, of Granbury with a 44:04.31. Female winner Audrey Shelton, 22, was third with a 444:50.58.

* More young sisters took home awards when 12-year-old Tatina Papadopoulos won the female overall award with a 23:01.1 at the Run For Rover 5K in Carrollton. Sophia, 10, won the 5-10 age division with a 42:39.9. Dad John, 40, was fourth in the 40-49 division with a 26:27.4.


Besides runners attracted by the suds,
Heroes Race benefited a worthy cause

member of the fwpd

By Fiona Green

sylvia and joe alcala
elizabeth deegar

The third annual Heroes Race at the Martin House Brewery on Saturday, Feb. 11, attracted an enthusiastic crowd who came out to race, drink beer and support a great cause. The event was organized by husband and wife Joe and Sylvia Alcala (pictured top left), who wanted to create an event that celebrated local heroes. Aware that heroes play different roles in the community, they choose to celebrate different individuals each year who may not always receive the recognition they deserve.

This year we were introduced to 37-year-old Austin Underwood, a chef with Down Syndrome who realized his dream of running his own restaurant, Underdawgs, a foodie truck that sells gourmet hot dogs. Underwood benefited from vocational training at a college in New Mexico for students with special needs and would now like to pay it forward and allow others to have the same opportunities he has enjoyed. Proceeds from sales of his hot dogs will go toward opening a vocational school for individuals with special needs.

Windy conditions led to slower times than usual for most race participants but helped them work up a thirst for the brewery's delicious beer. (Pictured above are members of the Fort Worth Police Department)

andrew torresThe overall male winner was 18-year-old Andrew Torres of Frisco (pictured left), who clocked 19:41. Torres wasn't close to his PR of 16:40 for the distance but explained his legs were still tired from a mile

time trial he ran earlier in the week. His time for the mile, incidentally, was 4:55. The young athlete is looking forward to competing in Australia this summer when he participates in the Down Under International Games June 27-July 3. In order to participate, he needs to raise $4,700. He already is halfway toward his goal. If anyone would like to support Torres, visit

The overall female winner, 35-year-old Elizabeth Deegan doesn't race often because her two young children keep her pretty busy. Elizabeth (pictured above with her family) only runs around 15-20 miles per week but credits her speed  to her three weekly sessions at Orange Theory, which target strength and endurance. Deegan's time was 22:29.

Following the race, runners were able to enjoy complimentary beers and/or healthy energy bars from Whole Foods. If they were so inclined, they could hang around a little longer and participate in the brewery's yoga with beer session followed at 2 p.m. by a brewery tour and beer tasting.

Proceeds from the race benefitted Big Brothers Big Sisters  ( and Boot Campaign ( J Anthony Group underwrites this race so that 100 percent of registration fees go to the organizations.


Feb. 11-12 Highlights

By Charles Clines

Warmer weather moved in for the past weekend, but not enough to make running too uncomfortable for the participants at the several area races.

* On Sunday (Feb. 12), there was a fairly close battle for the second and third overall places at the Fort Worth Runners Club’s Valentine’s 5K. While Jose Mejorada, 36, of Fort Worth had no serious challenge by winning with a 17:40.1 (17:39 chip time), C.J. Morgen, 18, had to hold off Wade Braun, 52, of Keller to take second with an 18:21.6 (18:20.2). Braun came in at 18:57.4 (18:56.6), about 20 seconds in front of 13-year-old Josue Mejorada, son of Jose. Another father-son duo finished close to either other, too, as Jose Loyola, 47, and 12-year-old Alex posted times of 2:17.9 (19:56.9) and 2:27.9 (20:07). Masters runner Laura Nelson, 51, of Grapevine had no trouble winning the female overall award with a 22:06.5 (22:05.1). Another notable time included that of 67-year-old Jim Sansone of Arlington, who posted a 23:45.4 (23:43.5)

* And while mentioning father-son runners, 39-year-old Michael Stewart and 13-year-old Moses Stewart finished second and third at Saturday’s (Feb. 11) Cupid’s Chase 5K in Dallas. Michael clocked in at 21:26, a second in front of Moses. Jordan Nawapano, 25, won with a 19:47. Ashley Yates, 25, of Plano and Heather Laraba, 25, of Plano chased each other for the female overall award with Ashley winning with a 26;54, five seconds in front of Heather.

* The 11-year-old Humphries twin girls of Flower Mound finished first and third at the Heart & Sole 5K in Dallas. Even though Samantha Humphries and Ryan McClintock, 32, of Forney were clocked with 19:25 times, Samantha was given the overall nod. Nicole Humphries was third with a 19;51.

* At the It Takes 2 5K in McKinney, 12-year-old Brenna Zerby was edged for second place overall by 24-year-old Mohamed El Sured. He finished with a 19:53.2 while Brenna was a shoelace behind with a 19:53.56. Kudos to long-time area runner 65-year-old Linda Kelley of Dallas for finishing 24th overall with a 25:08.

* Teenagers took the top two spots at the 31st Haltom Stampede. Martin Chavez, 14, of Dallas won with an 18:14.4 (18:38.8 chip time), nipping, 16-year-old Jacob Ismir of Fort Worth, who finished with an 18:27.4 (18:26.8). The female race also was close as Veronica Rios, 14, held off Laura Nelson with times of 2:26.0 (22:16.1) and 22:30.2 (22:28.4). Nelson, as mentioned above, won the overall female award at the FWRC’s Valentine 5K the next day with a faster time. Also notable is that Scott McKissick, 68 of Irving, overcoming physical problems the past couple of years, ran a 29:50.6 (29:49.9) and also competed in the FWRC run the next day, posting a 28:15.6 (28:11.9). In that race, wife Frances, 54, who also had to overcome some health issues in recent years, won the masters award with a 23:56.6 (23:51.8). She won her age division at Haltom with a 23:42.8 (23:38.3). Another notable performance at Haltom was by 71-year-old Don Grimes, who zipped in with a 23:24.7

* Erin Verden, 18, of Corsicana not only won the overall female award at the Cupid Shuffle 5K in Midlothian she also was first across the finish line with a 20:51.8 (20:50.1). Another female, Alyssa Noel, 17, of Ennis was second with a 21:21.1 (21:19.2). Male winner Scott Barham, 43, of Corsicana was third overall with a 21:58.6 (26:13). And kudos to long-time area competitor 65-year-old Linda Kelley of Dallas for posting a 25:08 to finish 24th overall.


Teens dominate Fillie Trot

By Fiona Green

5k winnersToeing the line at the Annual Fillie Trot at Oak Grove Park in Grapevine yesterday I felt like I had accidentally stumbled into a high school meet because the majority of the participants appeared to be speedy, bouncy teens. I managed to quash painful memories of high school races where I had consistently finished last, reminding myself that it was only a 5K and that I would soon be finished and enjoying the post race coffee and snacks.

The overall male and female winners (pictured above) feb4-neringawere students at Grapevine High School. Claiming the top spot was 16-year-old Ryan Shumaker,who breezed through the hilly course in 17:13. The young athlete, who has a PR of 16:22 for the distance, was happy with his victory but explained that he and his teammates had actually been treating the race as a training run. An animal lover,  Shumaker is sometimes accompanied on his runs by one of his two black Labs.

On the female side, 18-year-old Lauren Edwards scored another overall victory, covering the course in 19:14. Lauren has an impressive PR of 17:50 for the 5K, which she achieved when she finished second in the state meet last year. Her time set a school record. Edwards plans to study engineering in college although she hasn't yet decided between OU and UT.

A fun fact-- Lauren and her family adopted a cat from our rescue group a couple of years ago. While she doesn't train with her cat, her win helps prove the point I made in a previous article that owning a cat can make you a faster runner! (Editor's note: While this is the opinion of Fiona, it isn't based on fact unless the cat is big (tiger?) and is chasing you. Or maybe the editor will get a cat just to see if owning one works.)

feb 4-charles mcilroyAnother speedy cat owner is Charles McIllroy of Weatherford, who at age 54 ran a 10K PR. McIllroy (pictured holding bib from Dragon Dash), who seems to be on a roll at the moment, finished second overall at the Dragon Dash in Fort Worth on Saturday with an impressive 37:30 (36:54 chip time). Winning the overall title in the race was 35- year-old Richard Garcia, who clocked 36:39. On the female side, 33- year-old Neruinga Kaulinaite (pictured with blue mascot) claimed yet another overall title in 45:10 (44:34 chip time). Her win was all the more impressive considering she had run 18 miles the previous day!

Many thanks to Charles McIllroy for the photos and info on the Dragon Dash.


Feb. 4 Highlights

By Charles Clines

Runners and walkers were greeted with a chilly Saturday (Feb. 4) morning with temps in the mid-40s for most of the area. Not many runners complained about the cooler morning, though. Maybe some of the spectators and volunteers did, though sipping Hot Chocolate in Dallas were keeping warm..

* The finish for the overall female award at the DRC Love The Loop 5K was about as close as it can get. Natalie Callister, 27, of Dallas held off 11-year-old Samantha Humphries of Flower Mound to win by one second – 19:02 to 19:03. Samantha’s 11-year-old sister Nicole wasn’t far behind to finish with a 19:35. Callister was the third overall finisher. In the chase for the male overall award, masters runners finished first and second. Joshua Thompson, 42, of Dallas clocked an 18:11 while Tommy Smith, 51, came in 47 seconds later. Sheila Natho, 51, of Dallas won the masters female award as the first three finishers were 40-and-older. Natho, who was first female on Jan. 28 at the Plano Pacers Fresh Start 5K, won with a 20:35. In the 15K, Alberto Castro, who won at least three overall awards last year, won with a 57:22. The 36-year-old from Dallas won by about 38 seconds over Aaron Pearson, 26. In the female race, 13-year-old Tracy Duty of Dallas won with a 1:13:12.

* The chilly morning was seemingly perfect to participate in the Hot Chocolate 5K and 15K in Dallas. William Moore, 55, of Dallas made another bid to win the overall male award, but couldn’t quite overcome last year’s runner-up, 15-year-old Pete Johnson and finished 10 seconds behind with a 53:20. Moore won the Plano Pacers Fresh Start on Jan. 28. In the 5K, former UT-Austin standout runner Allison Mendez was the first across the finish line, clocking an impressive 17:44. Masters runner Scott Olden, 46, won the male overall award with an 18:17.


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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Paintings by Kim Andres. Looking for a watercolor like this one? Do you want one of your own, of you, a loved one, or a pet? Contact Kim for more information.

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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.

Tom Martin

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 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

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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.

Harry Hall

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 included it on its list of, "Greatest Running Books." It's also been turned into a screenplay. Both books are available at and for more information.

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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 for more information.