Oct. 26 Highlights

* The FWRC shelled out Mercury dimes to the Mercury 10K age group winners Sunday morning at Trinity Park, and the overall and masters winners also took home a little cash as they split a $150 purse. The dimes are supplied by FWRC president David Cabral, who has been saving the silver dimes for years. The dimes were minted between 1916 and 1945 and David said they probably are worth about $5 now. The female overall winner was Laura Nelson, 49 of Grapevine. She had just won the LGRAW Double Trouble 10K on Saturday with almost the same time. Her winning effort Sunday was a 43:18.4 and on Saturday she won with a 43:10.9. Taking the male overall award was Jose Mejorda, 34. He was won several FWRC races as well as other events in the area. He finished with a 33:44.2. Dennis Maietti, who might have more costumes than Cher, again was decked out as Mercury and presented the awards.

Oct. 25 Highlights

* The Gary Burns 5K in Frisco had many fast times, thanks to a heavy field of high school school runners, and the first female didn't break into the standings until Sophia Rahimeh, 15, of Frisco Liberty finished 71st with a good 20:47. The first male was Cutter Oglesby, 17, of Frisco Wakeland. He ran a 16:21 to hold off runner-up and teammate Cameron King, 18, who was 20 seconds behind.

* There were 3,649 finishers at the Michelob Ultra 13.1 in Dallas and leading the half marathon pack was Logan Sherman of Dallas, who clocked in at 1:10:24. The first female was former TCU runner Tanja Ivandic of Fort Worth with a 1:26:34. Logan, 27, completed a sweep of all the Cowtown distances when he won the ultra in 2013.

* Masters runners ruled at the Plano Pacers Boo Scoot 10K and 5K. The 10K overall male winner was 48-year-old Greg Rankin (37:51.7) and the overall female winner was 47-year-old Leslie Smith (47:30.7). In the 5K, the overall female winner was 43-year-old Jan Vicary (21:46). The male winner was a youngster -- 35-year-old Noe Robles (19:10.6).

* There was a 38-year age difference in the overall winners at the Halloween Hustle in Greenville. The male winner was 18-year-old Sam Dick (18:46) while the female winner was 56-year-old Tawni Luke (23:22.6).

* Correction: Apparently there were some who won money for winning at the LGRAW Double Trouble. I had assumed that the overall winners won won both races were only eligible, but that apparently was not correct. LGRAW was offering money for double winners in the 5K and 10K. Overall winners in the 5K earned $100 and they were Patrick Strong, 26, of Arlington with a 15:56.3 and Kristin Swisher, 31, of McKinney with a 17:33.7. Taking the $150 top prizes in the 10K were Colby Lowe, 24, with a 30:18 and Laura Nelson, 49, of Grapevine with a 43:10.9. Those who won their age divisions in both races included Shantel Cloud, 28, of Grapevine; Jamie Harper, 33, of North Richland Hills; Kristi Wynne, 47, of Euless; Priscella Reese, 56 or Arlington; Jason Trevino, 26, of Dallas; Wyler Bartschi, 34, of Euless; Kendall Black, 65, of Grand Prairie and Ken Brewer, 77, or Arlington.


Don Armstrong puts heart and soul
in growing Honored Hero event

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don armstrongDon Armstrong's perspective on life changed in 2005. That's when he was diagnosed with having Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Spending hours on planes at his then-current job didn't seem that important anymore. Don (pictured left) returned to the golf business that had been his life since 1978 and jumped into raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. One way he did that was to help begin the Honored Hero Run that was conducted Sunday morning (Oct. 19) at Trinity Park. This was the sixth year for the event that includes a 20-miler, a half marathon, a 10K, a 5K and 1K. After a small turnout the first year, the event attracted about 1,100 paticipants a cool, mostly overcast Sunday, including runners from 16 different states. It's one of several events that Don helps with in raising funds for the organization. He also coaches Team in Training participants, who raise money for the society.

will jeffersThough he Don had exercised and run some while he was golf course superintendent at Colonial Country Club, and as a founding partner of the Golf Resources Group, he had never taken his running to the level he has reached now. Thanks to his involvement with Team in Training, that includes coaching, he has run in 18 Team In Training events, which were mostly marathons. He ran his first in 2007, two years after the cancer diagnosis. Fortunately, Don's first round of chemotherapy was successful and after 30 days in the hospital, he was released and in complete remission. He had five more rounds of chemo and a stem cell transplant to eliminate any future reoccurrence of the AML.

He and the Honored Heroes board work all year to assure the success of the event, that had raised $88,000 the first five years. The event not only has running/walking distances for just about everyone, but includes bounce houses for youngsters, fruit, pancakes and In-And-Out hamburgers.

During Sunday's event, Don introduced Will Jeffers, 15, who is this year's Official Logo Artist winner, and who underwent a stem cell tranplant in March. Will (pictured) was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia in November, 2013. Thanks to chemo treatments and the transplant, Will was able to participate in the 10K.

Don's next challenge is going with a Team in Training group to participate in America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake Tahoe, a 100-mile trek over a testy course.


Dallas Marathon schedules runs
after gaining new sponsors

The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon announced a new sponsorship agreement with Columbia Business School and held a three-mile fun run Wednesday evening along Dallas's popular Katy Trail. A happy hour led by Brian Turrentine, managing director at JPMorgan Chase and a Columbia Business School alumn, followed the run at the Katy Trail Ice House.

The Dallas Marathon also has announced a new partnership with the Dallas Mavericks. The partnership will kick off at the Mavs Run This Town 5K on Oct. 23 at American Airlines Center. Other promotional events include a "Dallas Marathon Night" at the Nov. 11 matchup against the Sacramento Kings. Fans who buy game tickets through the Dallas Marathon will have a percentage of their ticket sale donated to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. 


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