Sara Hall, 2012 U.S. Cross Country champ,
scheduled to run MetroPCS Half Marathon

Organizers for the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Tuesday (Nov. 25) announced that Sara Hall, the 2012 U.S. Cross Country Champion and three-time Olympic Trials finalist, is competing in the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon on Sunday, Dec. 14. Hall’s 2014 racing season includes wins at the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon, Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon and the inaugural San Jose Gatorade Media Maratón.

“I’m excited to run the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon. This fun race and great course promises to deliver a memorable race day,” said Hall.

Hall is a native of Santa Rosa, Ca., and competed at Stanford, where she was a seven-time All-American. She is a three-time Olympic Trials finalist, a Pan American Games Gold Medalist and the 2012 U.S. National Cross Country Champion. Hall and her husband, Ryan, an elite American marathoner and U.S. Olympian, established the nonprofit Hall Steps Foundation, which funds mentoring and running programs for at-risk youth. Ryan is an elite ambassador for the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon and will run the opening leg of a Behringer Relay team before cheering Sara on from the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon finish line.

“We’re extremely excited to have Sara Hall running the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon,” said Patrick Byerly, president of the Dallas Marathon. “Sara has had an impressive racing season and will challenge our women’s field, bringing a heightened level of excitement to all runners and spectators participating in race day this December.”

Sara Hall’s personal best in the half marathon is 1:12:54, which she hopes to beat in Dallas. The women’s course record for the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon is 1:11:32, set by Olara Nuta in 2008.

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Teen defends overall title at TUF Turkey Trot;
masters runner wins female race

By Fiona Green

tuf turkey trot winnersDefending his overall title at the TUF Turkey Trot in Lewisville on a wet Saturday morning (Nov. 22) was 15-year-old Joseph Harben, who easily beat the field in 19:38.

Harben (pictured with female winner Lori Wilson) started out fast and gradually increased his lead until he was a mere speck in the distance. This was Harben's second overall win in a week as he won the Paws for a Cause in Denton the previous weekend, finishing in 19:01. Because that course was considered short by several participants, he doesn't count it and his PR for the distance stands at 19:15.

Harben runs track and cross country at Lewisville High school. He enjoys training with the group but says there are many runners on the team who are faster than he is. While their weekly training involves intervals and speed work, his favorite part is running the full memorial, where runners jog from Lewisville High School to Memorial Park and back.

Overall female winner, and second overall finisher, was 42-year-old Floridian Lori Wilson, who was visiting the area on business. The masters runner battled it out with 23-year-old Erin Bourland of Fort Worth, finally pulling ahead to finish 7 seconds ahead in 21:34. Although her weekly fitness regimen includes cycling, swimming and yoga, her preferred sport is running. She has run for many years, all distances from 5K to the marathon and has a PR in the 17s for the 5K.

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Nov. 22 Highlights

* The Steeles of Weatherford took home a couple of awards at the Coyote Chase in Weatherford.  Jessie Steele, 13, was the overall female winner with a 21:44.1. Jared Steele, 16, won the 15-17 male age division with an 18:56.2. Chasing Jessie were Sarah King, 32, of Weatherford, (22.51.6), and masters winner Cathy Buchanan, 52, of Fort Worth (22:53.8).

* Ken Hall, who has moved up to the 50-54 age division, did better than winning in his age group by taking the overall male award at the UTA Homecoming 5K in Arlington. Ken ran an 18:28.5 to best runner-up Alexander Riera, 18, who finished in 18:51.9. Magaly Soto, 38, added another overall female title to her growing collection of awards, finishing with a 19:32.9.

* 11-year-old Ashli Burgos of Frisco was the first female at the Gobble Hobble 5K in Richardson. She finished with a 19:29.1. She has been building quite a résumé, including a victory in the Cowtown 5K Cook Children's Run (17 and younger) in February, when she ran a 19:56. She also has set a record for the 10-12 age group at the Plano Pacers when she finished with an 18:50 It erased the 19:46 record that had stood for 32 years. In the male race in Richardson, 13-year-old Elijah Alexander-Macias won with a speedy 17:00.2, which was 31 seconds in front of runner-up Kiran Gyr, 38. Elijah was featured on the website when he was 11 in a report from Fiona Green.

* A couple of masters runners took the overall male and female titles at the Big D 30K at White Rock Lake in Dallas. Greg Gibbs, 41, of Carrollton won the male race with a 2:08:06.33, and Frances McKissick, 52 or Irving won the female overall award with a 2:38:07.75.

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Elites join Dallas Marathon for relay challenge

Organizers for the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and Behringer Relay announced Tuesday (Nov. 18) that elite athletes Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall have teamed with the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers, respectively, for a unique relay challenge at the 2014 event Sunday, Dec. 14. The competition will pit two five-person relay teams against each other in the Behringer Relay, with a winner-take-all charitable donation on the line. Each team will comprise one Dallas Marathon elite athlete, three staff members from the Dallas Mavericks or Texas Rangers, and one lucky fan selected by each organization. Meb will run with the Mavericks, and Hall with the Rangers.

Participants will follow the marathon and Behringer Relay course, completing relay legs between 4.25 miles and 6.25 miles long. Meb and Hall will start the race in downtown Dallas, running the first leg of the relay. Both runners’ participation is incorporated into partnership agreements signed between Dallas’ oldest and largest marathon and the elite athletes.

Meb, 39, is the only athlete in history to win the New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon and an Olympic medal in the marathon. In 2014, he became the first American in 31 years to win the Boston Marathon, with a personal-best time of 2:08:37.

Hall, 31, a two-time U.S. Olympic marathoner and owner of the best-ever American time in the marathon, announced his multiyear ambassador agreement with the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon earlier this fall.

The competition between the Dallas Mavericks and the Texas Rangers challenges the region’s popular NBA and MLB franchises to race against each other to earn a donation to their team’s respective foundation. Race organizers have also designated one-mile sections of the course as the Rangers Mile and the Mavericks Mile, with the organizations encouraging fans to join them in cheering on their relay teams. (More Dallas Marathon news.)

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