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Fast Times and Fun Prizes
at Communities Against Crime

By Fiona Green

clint bellWhenever you see Clint Bell show up to race, you start looking around to see who might finish in second place. Such was the case Saturday (Aug. 29) at the 26th annual Communities Against Crime 5K in Arlington. Bell (pictured) easily won the overall title in a speedy 16:08.7, two minutes ahead of runner-up Rafael Chavez of Grand Prairie.

Earlier this year, Bell, who is known for his speed at the 5K distance, decided to take on the challenge of running a marathon with the goal of qualifying for Boston. The qualifying time for the 35-39 year old male age group is 3:10. Bell easily reached his goal at the Huff to Bluff marathon in Utah, running a 2:43:09, good enough for second overall. The 36-year-old takes his running seriously and logs every mile he runs. He calculated that in a couple of weeks' time he will have run 43,000 miles since January 1995.

magaly sotoOn the female side 39-year-old Magaly Soto easily outdistanced the women to win in 19:15, two minutes ahead of runner-up and Masters winner Cathy Buchanan. Magaly is pictured taking part in the plank challenge organized by the Idaho Potato Commission.

Some other noteworthy performances included that of 65-year-old Poksu Binger, who covered the course in 23:11 and 87-year-old Gene Brock of Arlington who finished the race in 43:48.

The event attracted a large number of runners, in part due to the many interesting door prizes, which ranged from restaurant vouchers to an I-Pad and a diamond ring.


Aug. 29 Highlights

By Charles Clines

* Two masters runners battled it out for the overall 10K male award at the Military Heroes in Trophy Club. Froylan Franco, 47, of Lewisville and a frequent area competitor made it to the finish line first at 38:38 and Troy Picket, 44, of Argyle came it with a 38:49. Also, there were a couple of other fairly close decisions were in the 5K when Don Grimes, 71, of Lantana clocked an impressive 24:02.4 (chip time) while Bob Lay, 68, of Fort Worth came in at 24:38. Then in the male 50-54 division, Jack Hase, 54, of Trophy Club bested Josh Botton, 52, of Southlake 20:20.3 to 20:53.7.

* Clint Bell, 36, of Dallas left everyone in his rear view mirror at the Communities Against Crime 5K in Arlington, zipping to a 16:08.7. (Read Fiona Green's report above) However, there was close competition for three runners trying to nail the second and third spots. Rafael Chavez, 39, of Grand Prairie took the runner-up position with an 18:08.3 while Dane Batzel, 38, of Arlington grabbed third with an 18:12.2, almost three seconds in front of Jon Hyams, 43, of Arlington. Hyams did bag the masters award, and Chavez earned the 35-39 age division first place award. Another age division race came in the male 40-44 division as Ray Banks, 42, of Dallas won with a 21:05.7 and Juan Monjaras, 40, of Fort Worth took second with a 21:11.3.

* Jacee Dinkins, a 12-year-old, won the female overall award at the Bye Summer Thriller 3K in Arlington. She posted a 15:31. Winning the male race was Jonathan Castillo, 34, whose 11:00 was 22 seconds in front of runner-up and masters winner Billy Tran, 50.


Hot times in Southlake and Craig Ottman
shows he can win even when pushing a double stroller

By Fiona Green

craig ottmanThe annual Hot Hatch Chile Run, Walk and Roll at Central Market in Southlake once again attracted a large crowd this year. Proceeds from the event benefited the Neuro-Assistance Foundation, an organization dedicated to assisting spinal cord injured and disabled people in the community by providing mobility equipment, vehicle modifications, home modifications and technology. (Note: early posted results have several inaccuracies, including overall winners.)

The event is popular with many runners because of the delicious post-race breakfast, which includes fresh fruit salad, hatch chile quiche, tacos and hatch chile beer. The organizers also offer some of the best looking T-shirts. This year's version was bright, can't-miss-me-in-the-dark orange with giant hatch chiles on the front.

The race provided a new first for many runners as it began with a false start. After a countdown from 5, runners sprinted about 200 meters only to be stopped by a volunteer telling everyone to return to the start because course monitors were not yet in place along the route. The race officially began two minutes later.

beth maddoxThe overall male winner was no surprise. Craig Ottman of Keller (pictured) easily won the male division in a speedy unofficial 17:18. What might surprise some is the fact that he won while pushing a double stroller! I challenged Craig to try mixing things up a little next year by running the event with the double stroller and his Beagle. This was Ottman's first 5K since the Katy Trail 5K in June, where he placed second overall. He is gearing up for a fall half marathon.

On the female side 16-year-old Beth Maddox (pictured) claimed the top spot with a time of an unofficial 21:09. Maddox, who drove two hours from Van Zandt County to race, is a student at Van High School where she runs track and cross country. She was keen to test her speed before resuming training next week and was pleased with her time, given the hilly course and high humidity.

Maddox recently took part in a challenge with some of her running friends to see who could log the highest mileage between May and August. She won the challenge with 500 miles. Her training certainly seems to be paying off.


Aug. 22 Highlights

* Cole Atchison, 21, and Jose Ortiz, 33, had quite a duel at The Bird 5K in Fort Worth with Atchinson winning by a second as he crossed the finish line in 18:39. Good run by 68-year-old Dale Mauger.. He was 23rd of the 218 finishers, running a 24:18. Masters runner Jerry Cherra, 43, won the male 10K race with a 37:03. Laura Lamons, 27, was the top female and fourth overall with a 41:01.

* Frances McKissick, 53, of Irving added another overall female award to her collection by winning at the August Gusto XII 5K at River Legacy Parks in Arlington. Frances clocked in at 22:04. On Aug. 8, Frances won the female overall award at the Grace Race VI in Grand Prairie, and took top female honors on July 26 at the Carrollton Runners 5K.


A plank challenge to win a FitBit
and money for a charity

By Fiona Green

craig ottman doing a plankHere's an interesting challenge I recently found online.  All you have to do is plank for as long as you can, have a friend snap a photo of you and upload it to to the Idaho Potato Commission's website. If you do this before Aug. 31 you have a chance to win one of 10 FitBits valued at around $150, and $500 will be donated to the charity of your choice. If you are an animal lover, please consider doing the challenge to help Animal Advocates of North Texas. The group has rescued hundreds of cats and dogs who would otherwise not have been given a second chance in life. Thank you and good luck! Craig Ottmanm, winner of the Hot Hatch Chile Run on Aug. 22 is shown doing a plank with the Animal Advocates of North Texas as his charity.

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