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Fiona Green: My duathlon -- lentil dip and a 5K was winning combination
In June I entered a lentil recipe contest and was thrilled to learn that I was one of five finalists selected to participate in a lentil cook-off in Pullman, Washington. The cook-off, which took place Aug. 20, was part of the town's Lentilfest celebrations,which - wait for it - also included a race, the Tase T Lentil 5K run! I couldn't have been more excited. Competing in two events on the same day would be like my own special duathlon. Read more.
Quincy (as told to Kim Andres): How Running Has Changed in DFW
Runners - My name is Quincy. I am a Jack Russell terrier and share my living space with one of your runners, Kim Andres. There's another dog in my household but you won't be hearing from him because I frankly never appreciated it when he came into the household from the Irving Animal Shelter two years ago - a mutt with big ears. Read More.
Brad Kelley: Against All Odds - The Doctor who changed my Life
Since my first Ironman I finished in 2010 I have proven my doctors wrong numerous times. So many individuals let FEAR stand in the way of success and the great things that might happen if you actually try. I am a great example of not letting others tell me what I was capable of, not just in athletics but anything in life. 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
Gary Pulver: So You Want to Run a Marathon
The marathon is a very lofty goal for any runner. There are many elite runners who have never run a marathon and many who have not run a half marathon. I was surprised to read that the American female favorite in this year's Boston Marathon ran her first marathon that day. A marathon is a tremendous accomplishment for anyone and this month's column will show how I did it. Read More
Over the 34 years of either running or writing about running, I've met and seen a lot of runners. Several moved away, which I wrote about at the time. Then there are some other runners who just seemed to drop out of running, or maybe moved. Anyway, what happened to these few I can remember? 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: Fossil Valley Runs Hot
100 degrees. That's what the high temperature hit in the DFW area last Saturday. When you live in Texas, you accept that you are sometimes forced to run in the heat. But still, 100 degrees is too hot for most people. 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.
Familiar faces, both masters, top awards at the
popular Communities Against Crime
By Fiona Green
The 27th annual Communities Against Crime 5K in Arlington always attracts a large crowd and this year was no exception.
The event on Saturday (Aug. 27) was hosted by the police departments of Arlington, Bedford, Benbrook, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Hurst, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Southlake, Tarrant County College, UTA, and the Tarrant County's Sheriff's Office. Proceeds went to Community Partners of Tarrant County (CPTC). CPTC is a non-profit, on-site, charitable organization benefiting abused and neglected children served by Child Protective Services. The organization helps to meet the special needs of children in foster care, strengthens families by providing emergency basic needs, and helps prevent child abuse and neglect.
There were some familiar faces in the winner's circle with top honors going to Magaly Soto of Arlington and Agustin Hernandez of Irving (pictured above left). Soto, who recently turned 40 and became a Masters runner, easily outran the females, finishing in a speedy 19:14, while Hernandez, also a Masters runner, clocked a 17:21.
Hernandez, 45, said this was not a great time for him but mentioned he had run a 16-mile workout the previous day at a sub 7-minute pace and that this might have been a factor. In the women's 66-70-year age group, Poksu Binger gave yet another impressive performance, covering the course in 23:38. Binger took the Senior Masters award. The next finisher in her age group clocked 35:22.
The 60-64 age category was won by Janice Beckcom of Fort Worth (pictured left), who covered the course in 31:41, more than 12 minutes ahead of Gina Caldwell of Colleyville.
Beckcom has not always been a runner. She took up the sport nine years ago after her husband Ed, a life-long runner, encouraged her to give running and racing a try. In her first race, the Run To Joe's, she not only managed to run the whole distance without stopping but even placed in her age group. After that she was hooked.
A retired police officer with 38 years of service under her belt, Beckcom always has led an active lifestyle. In addition to running and cycling, she keeps in shape through belly dancing and teaches this to seniors at the Tarrant County College NW Campus. For many of her clients, who range in age from 55-92, her class is the highlight of their week. They look forward to the opportunity to dress up and perform either for themselves or at senior centers or nursing homes. The group also has performed at Mayfest and the Texas State Fair on Senior Day.
To see Beckcom in action or for more information on her belly dancing classes please visit her Facebook page.
Aug. 27-28 Highlights
By Charles Clines
Cooler temperatures (in the 70s) in the mornings this past weekend must have inspired the "older" generation as several masters runners raked in medals in the smattering of races in the area.
* Possibly the oldest overall winner was 58-year-old Elizabeth Rudy, who won the award Saturday morning (Aug. 27) at the Bye Summer Terrific 2-Mile Run in Arlington. She ran a 16:56 for the distance.
* In Sunday's (Aug. 28) Carrollton Runners Mile & 5K, another master, 43-year-old Lowell Koppel of Flower Mound won with an 18:40.35. Keith Johnson, 55, of Plano and who once almost ruled the area in his prime, was second with a 19:17.38. He was gone for several years before recently returning to the area.
* Troy Pickett of Argyle, another master, won the Military Heroes 10K in Trophy Club. The 45-year-old crossed the finish line in 40:23.6. He has won at least three other overall awards and three masters awards. Two 55-year-old runners were second and third in the 5K, finishing behind 17-year-old Jack Karika of Colleyville. Karika ran a 18:42.7 while Jack Hase, 55, of Trophy Club came in at 20:27.8 and Bob Jacobs, 55, of Roanoke had a 20:58.7.
* Froylan Franco, 48, of McKinney placed second art the Lend A Hand 5K in Southlake, finishing with an 18:49.63. He has had an impressive season so far with at least six overall and three masters awards. Wyatt Wingard, 14, of Frisco won with a 17:54.99.
* At the Race for Jeph 2-mile run, Laura Nelson, 50, and winner of numerous overall and masters title, collected another overall award with a 14:55. The male winner was on the other end of the age spectrum as 13-year-old Martin Chavez zipped in with a 10:58.
* Creg Arnold, 45, joined the award winners by winning the Snowball Express 5K in Fort Worth. He clocked in at 21:49 with 49-year-old Javier Pena just behind at 22:01.
Aug. 20 No Lights
Kind of difficult to have highlights when rain and lightning hits, causing either cancelation or postponement of races. One such postponement and rescheduling was the Race for Jeph that was scheduled Saturday (Aug. 20) morning. However, Cox Racing Services announced the night before that the race wasn't going to happen based on the forecast. So, it was rescheduled for this Saturday (Aug. 27) and moved to Vandergriff Park in Arlington and lopped from a 5K to a 2-mile race. A 1K is slated for 8 a.m., and the Jeff's run is at 8:30. It will be followed by the scheduled Bye Summer Terrific 2 Mile, 1K at 9 and 9:10.
Overall winner racing to honor coach
on cooler, but humid morning in Lewisville
By Fiona Green
The Cobra Brewing 5K in Lewisville on Saturday morning (Aug. 13) attracted a large crowd, most of whom were enticed by the free beer, cool tech shirts and unique beer mugs. Wally Capps, 75, of Farmers Branch and winner of the 70-older division with a 25:33.4 is shown at left enjoying one of the brewery's refreshments.
The start time was later than usual for a summer race with runners toeing the line at 9:30 am. According to the race website, the late start had to be implemented to accommodate the local train schedule. Fortunately conditions were overcast and the temperature was in the low 80s rather than the 100-plus days we've been having although the high humidity more than compensated for the lower temperature. The course consisted of two loops and incorporated a fairly long hill, which of course runners had to climb twice!
Topping the field was 22-year-old Taylor Ochs (pictured top right), who clocked a speedy 17:25. Ochs, who made the trip from Abilene to race, was running to raise funds for his former track and cross country coach, 31-year-old Drew Graham. Graham, who hails from Newcastle, England, was an elite athlete capable of running sub 4-minute miles. He worked as a track coach at Abilene Christian University, where he was greatly loved by all who knew him.
In 2014 he almost died in a tragic diving accident in Colorado, which left him paralyzed. Many months spent in rehab gave him time to reflect on his situation and that of other quadriplegics. Recognizing the importance of working out to increase strength and maintain some level of fitness, he founded the Colorado Rerun Project. The organization's mission statement reads as follows: "We are dedicated to helping individuals with debilitating injuries get a second chance at accomplishing their goals and dreams.
In order to achieve that goal Graham is raising funds for a 'pop-up' or mobile gym that can be moved to different locations in North England offering other quadriplegics the opportunity to work out on specifically designed equipment. More details on this project are available on the organization's website at www.thecoloradorerunproject.org. The short video about Graham's story is extremely moving and shows his incredible fighting spirit and determination to make a difference. His optimism, drive and recognition of the importance of teamwork are inspiring and show that his competitive spirit is still very much alive and kicking. Details on how to donate to the project can be found on the organization's website.
Father and son team Troy and Grayson Pickett (pictured above) both picked up some hardware at Saturday’s event. Troy, 45, clocked 18:46, easily winning his age group and narrowly missing out on the Masters title, won by Steve Purser, 51, of Plano with an 18:39.7, while 12-year-old Grayson won the 14-and-under age group in 24:17. His finish time was somehwat slower according to the timing company's results, but Pickett explained he had walked near the mat after finishing, which generated a new finish time. Troy is Grayson's track and field coach and is proud of his son's accomplishments. Like his father, Grayson is addicted to racing and mentioned this was probably his 12th or 13th race of the year. For Troy, fitness is a way of life. His company, Body Bionics, offers exercise programs, boot camps and personal training in the city of Lantana.
Aug. 8-13 Highlights
By Charles Clines
Some cooler weather this past weekend finally ended the 100-plus days, though the humidity Saturday (Aug. 13) morning was something runners had to deal with. But with temps in the low 80s, it was a nice break. But what happened to the rain that was forecast? I didn’t see a drop in our area of north Fort Worth.
* Matthew Arbuckle, 17, of Denison held off Simon Schebmeir, 17, of Sherman to win the United Way Hustle For Health 5K in Sherman on Saturday (Aug. 13) with a chip time of 18:59.5, about two seconds in front of his challenger. He had a seven-second gap with the clock time. And kudos to 82-year-old Willie O. Lindsey with his 49:16.4 finish.
* The Pursers hauled off awards at the Cobra Brewing 5K in Lewisville on Saturday. Steve, 51, won the masters award with an 18:39.7 and Shane, 24, took the 20-24 award with a 20:25.3.
* Manav Shah nailed it at the Plano Pacers Prediction Run on Tuesday (Aug. 9). He predicted he would finish the 5K in 26:31 and he crossed the line at exactly that time. Competitors run this without the aid of a watch or any other timing device.
* The Pelusi family again finished second, third and fourth at the RunFAR FIT Summer 5K Series in Mansfield on Wednesday (Aug. 10). Paolo, 13, was second overall with a 22:56, Lorenzo, 10, was third with a 23:55 and Alexandra, 35, was fourth and the female winner with a 23:59. They pulled off the same feat on Aug. 3.
* It was a close finish at the Jogger 5K in Dallas on Wednesday as Cruz Martinez, 30, of Dallas edged David Legault, 32, of Richardson with times of 18:47 and 18:51.
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.
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.
Luke's Training. Benefits of participating in the program include group training, weekly schedules, benchmark races, clinics, and special shopping promotions. Runners and walkers can choose from half marathon, 10K, 5K and walking programs. Read more about the program or call 817-877-1448 or visit a Luke's store for more information and to register.
Luke’s Locker (the original running store) is Texas’ premier running and fitness specialty retailer. Luke’s offers the best footwear, clothing and accessories for the runner, walker and fitness enthusiast (cardio, yoga, speed, strength and conditioning). Luke’s specializes in excellent customer treatment and product knowledge.
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.
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.
Bill Berenson is a top rated injury attorney and a runner and has recovered millions of dollars for Texans for over 30 years! Bill has been practicing personal injury law and fighting for the rights of injured Texans for longer than 30 years. He is one of the few who has been certified for over 20 years by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law. Need help? Please visit berensonlaw.com for more information. Bill has run marathons in all 50 states, completing his 50th in November, 2014, and the State of Israel, qualifying for Boston in 40 of them. Bill also sponsors several area runs and walks. Please visit berensonlaw.com for more information.
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 www.cisnerosscreenprinting.com.
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.
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.
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.
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. www.movin-pictures.com.
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 www.fwrunners.org for more information.