Cowtown to offer prize money and
The Cowtown, in partnership with MarathonGuide.com, has announced a $30,000 purse for the half marathon and marathon to/p finishers, plus bonuses for course records in the marathon and ultra. Read more.
Jeph Abara, who produces several races in the area, wrote a tribute to the late Phil Zetnick. Read part of Jeph's tribute.
Read My View to see what I'd like to happen in 2015 and beyond.
Jan. 24 Highlights
* Rachel Harp, 31, of North Richland Hills (pictured) is continuing to post impressive outings and she did it again on a chilly, but perfect for running, Saturday morning (Jan. 24) at the Lake Benbrook Half Marathon. Thankfully, bad weather, which has been sort of a trademark for this event, stayed away and Rachel sped to the female overall victory in the half with a 1:32:19.4. The male winner was Dave Woodward, 30, from Elyria, Ohio, with a 1:18:09.4. Most participants in the Trinity 5000 summer series are familiar with Todd and Richard Reynolds. Todd wins the 5000 series masters title just about every year while Richard, now 14, has been honing his skills for a few years and continues to improve. In the 5K, Richard won the 12-14 age division with a 19:23.5 while father Todd won yet another masters award in the half, finishing with a 1:27:05.8. And I've got to recognize my main contributor to this site, Fiona Green. She won her second Grand Masters award since turning 50 last year, running a 1:46:53.6. Rachel's photo was submitted by Movin' Pictures, where more photos of the race are available.
* One of the area's longtime runner and multi-winner Frances McKissick, 52, of Irving was the first female at the Polar Dash 15-mile race in Arlington. Frances, who has bounded back after an illness when she was 49 had dropped her to a middle and back-of-the pack finisher. She won the 15-miler in 2:04:15.
Zambrano shows at Snowman Shuffle
his training is on track with 10K PR,
while female winner
Mary Alico, 51, continues to impress
By Fiona Green
The two winners (pictured) at the Snowman Shuffle 10K in Dallas on Saturday morning (Jan. 17) were no strangers to the winner's circle. Leading the pack and setting a PR on a windy, cool morning, was 21- year-old Gabriel Zambrano, who clocked a 33.09. Zambrano who works as a restaurant manager, is sponsored by the firm Nutrilite, whose products he firmly endorses (the results speak for themselves). Zambrano's upcoming goal is to run a sub 1:10 at the Cowtown Half in March. So far, his training is on schedule.
The 10K female winner, 51-year-old Mary Alico, makes running look effortless. Recovering from seven days in bed with the flu, she worried pre-race that she was not sure she could run her best. However, even after a bout of flu, she easily smoked the field.
Alico, who hails from Boulder, Colo., has a PR of 33:24 for the distance. No, that is not a typo. An All American in college, she has made her mark in the running world and will be inducted into the Pittsburgh marathon Hall Of Fame in May. Alico was an Olympic Trials qualifier for the marathon in 1988, '92 and '96. Her best finish in the trials was 19th place in 1988. She has a marathon PR of 2:32:42, which she set at Grandma's Marathon in 1996.
She was a member of the 1997 World Championship Team for the Marathon. This achievement earned her a trip to Greece where she ran with some of the world's best athletes on a hilly course with temperatures in the 100s.
Alico keeps in shape with a healthy, partly raw diet. Believe it or not, she doesn't eat pasta despite the fact she often logs between 100 and 120 miles per week, but she eats plenty of fruit and yogurt and home-made granola. As well as running at least 90 minutes per day she also swims 5-6 times per week. One of her goals is to run a 1:22 half marathon. Her PR for the distance is 1:13 but she explains that those speedy days are gone! We wish her the best of luck and thank her for showing us that age is just a number.
Jan. 17-18 Highlights
* It's not uncommon to see Jose Mejorada, 34, of Fort Worth take top honors at Fort Worth Runners Club races, and he did it again on a chilly Sunday morning (Jan 18) by winning the Einstein 10K in 34:04. And 11-year-old Josue Mejorada has been just as impressive. He ran the 6,2-mile distance at Trinity Park in 46:35.4 and was 12th overall.
* 40-and-older males took the first four places at the Hotcake Hustle 10K in Addison on Saturday (Jan. 17). With almost perfect weather conditions (in the 40s and slight breezes), Scott Stemberger, 40, of Dallas led the way by winning with a 36:07. Not to be outdone, 41-year-old Erika Cooper, 41, of Prosper won the female overall award with a 45:33. The three other 40-plus runners behind Stemberger were Todd Blanchard, 45, of Dallas (37:09), John Runyon, 49, (39:02) and Ryan Loehding, 42, of Carrollton (40:16). The 5K male race was more for youngsters as Grant Jarvis, 16, of Texarkana won with a 16:18. Well-known area competitor Sonya Correa, 33, of Addison won the female division with an 18:38. Mackenzie Davis, an 11-year-old from Frisco, was the second overall female, finishing in 20:05.
* Masters runners also stepped into the spotlight in the Resolution 5K and Half Marathon in McKinney. In the half, 40-year-old Aaron Emerich, of McKinney won with a 1:25:52.4. In the 5K, 47-year-old Jennifer Knapp of Frisco won the female 5K race with a 24:18.3. The half female overall winner was 33-year-old Ayanna Backs of Allen with a 1:50:32.1, nipping Holly Mitchell, 35, of Richardson by about seven seconds.. Teenager Noah Metzger, 15, of McKinney won the male 5K division, clocking in at 18:36.3.
* And the oldest masters winner was 51-year-old Mary Alico (see Fiona Green's report above) of McKinney. The 51-year-old zipped to the overall female 10K award at the Snowman Shuffle at White Rock Lake in 41:26.72, about a minute in front of Evie Reavis, 18, of Mesquite.
Fiona Green's multi-talents pay off
with NY trip as icing on the cake
Fiona Green is an accomplished runner, photographer, author and now award winner in creating a chocolate dessert. She concedes about being a chocoholic. This probably should be a surprise to me, but not really. Isn't everyone addicted to chocolate....I am, for sure. Fiona, who often submits reports and photos to this website, has been involved with finding foster homes for dogs and cats, has had a book about cats published, which included her great photos. She doesn't let a lot of grass grow under her feet, especially when she's running. In 2014, she was won at least 18 overall female awards and at least 12 masters titles. Anyway, there might be some more chocoholics out there, so here's a report from Fiona about her dessert and award that earned her a trip to New York and other perks, including $500 and to attend a class to work with a master chef. To see Fiona's recipe for this cake, go here.
By Fiona Green
"Since I was about 5 years old, I have loved creating chaos in the kitchen---adapting and inventing recipes, particularly those that satisfy my craving for something sweet. While I try my best to stick to a healthy diet, I feel that with all the miles I log, I should be able to indulge in something decadent once in awhile. In November, I read about a recipe contest organized by Perugina, the Italian chocolate company best known for Baci chocolate kisses. The grand prize was a trip to New York, the chance to attend a class by a master chocolatier at Perugina's chocolate school and $500 spending money. To enter, participants had to create a recipe that included Perugina's delicious gourmet Baci chocolates. I instantly had a vision of how this cake should look and taste and set to work. After three or four tries I had created my cake, a three-tiered concoction consisting of a flourless chocolate cake base topped with two layers of creamy truffle filling and finished with delicately sliced Perugina white chocolate Bacis. I submitted my entry and waited. A few days later, I received a call that I had won! I can't wait to visit New York again and the opportunity to work with a master chef is - well - the icing on the cake! As a chocoholic, I plan to totally immerse myself in the experience and maybe squeeze in a lap or two around Central Park to make up for overindulging --- unless, of course, it's cold."
An unplanned marathon journey
turned into a 50-state quest
Bill Berenson didn't set out to run a marathon in every state or for that matter did he plan to run his first marathon. When he turned 40, he entered his first marathon at Cowtown, but he was going to end the 26.2-mile Cowtown journey halfway because that was near where he lived. Instead, he kept going. He figured then that he would end his marathon journeys. But 10 years later, he ran at San Diego, got into the New York Marathon and qualified for Boston. His success prompted the idea of trying to run a marathon in every state by the time he turned 60. Viola, he did it by finishing his 50th in November 2014. Read about his successful journey.
Cowtown gives shoes to 5,000 students
The Cowtown distributed pairs of shoes to 5,000 North Texas students on Monday (Jan. 5). Each youngster received a pair of shoes and financial assistance toward their entry into the 2015 Cowtown. Last year, just fewer than 3,300 students benefited from the program. ''Every runner's participation in The Cowtown helps support The Cowtown C.A.L.F. (Children's Activities for Life & Fitness) Program, and we are indebted to the community for their support of the program,'' said Ralph Mendoza, The Cowtown board chairman. Read more.