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Columnists

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Joe Boyle: How to improve your Lactate Clearance Rate - Part 2 Read More.

Ashley Wise: Do You Know Your Values? Read More

Gary Pulver: This Is My Cowtown. Read More

Charles Clines: Shorter turned to cycling to alleviate aches and pains; could be a good idea for other runners. Read more.

Fiona Green: Rhonda Foulds becomes a "marathon maniac" while coping with Parkinson's Disease. Read more.

Natalie Trimble: Running Is The Prime Sport Read more.

John Valentine: How The West Was Won: Duels, Dust, and Belt Buckles: Friends of the River Read more.

H.B. Wise: The Toughest Distance. Read more.

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April 30-May 1 Highlights
(Check back later for updates)

Runners and walkers were greeted with a cool Saturday (April 30) morning with the temperature about 61 degrees and with some light to moderate breezes. It was somewhat chilly standing around, but almost perfect for running. On Sunday, another cool morning, but more breeze. Yet, a good morning for running, even a half marathon.

* Emify Field, 34, of Dallas continues her impressive year by winning at least her 10th overall female award and placing second overall in the Skyline Half Marathon on May 1 by racing to a 1:27:37. Only Alan Rameriz, a 19-year-old freshman at Texas Wesleyan, finished in front of her as he posted a 1:19.06. Among Field's other victories the past two months include the Trinity River Levee 5K, the Paddy Dash 5K, the Dash Down Greenville 5K and the Fort Worth Zoo Run 5K. A masters runner, Joe Rodriguez, 44, of Rowelett won the 10K with a 41:48. A close female duel developed in the 5K as Kelci Ganley, 27, of The Colony won with a 48:02 while Trisha King, 38, of Dallas finished a few steps behind to finish with a 48:14.

* Four males challenged for the overall title at the Mayfest 5K in Fort Worth on Saturday (April 30) morning. Emerging from the pack to win by a step was Damian Smith, 28, of Fort Worth. Smith, who won the FWRC Einstein 10K in January, crossed the line in 17:58 while Greg Neill, 24, just behind at 17:59 and a step ahead of Benjamin Duenas, 20, who was timed in 18:00. Dallton Lawing, 14, was the other near winner as he finished in 18:03. The female race wasn't so close as Michelle Krezonoski, 22, of Wichita Falls won with a 19:39. Elise Endert, 25, from Keller was the runner-up with a 20:24.

* 12-year-old Gillian Stinson of Lake Dallas beat the field at the HFH Denton Run It, Walk It, Build It 5K. She finished with a 22:34.9. Runner-up and male winner Chad Weldon, 48, of Denton was tined with a 22:58.7.

* Another female ovrerall winner was Hayden Jackson, 16, at the Just For J 5K in Grapevine. The first male finisher was Bret Bogler, 47, with a 21:02.

* Male masters runners earned the 5K and 10K overall awards at the Run Baby Run in McKinney. Froylan Franco, 48, an almost weekly area competitor and who had won at least three overall titles before adding the 10K award with a 39:41. 17-year-old Ryan Kroeger was second with a 42:10. In the 5K, 44-year-old Larry Anderson of Trenton led the field with a 19:39 and Jon Nyberg, 17, was next at 20:23.

* Ebenezer Wondafewer, 21, hadn't won in the area since he was first at the DRC Frigid 10K on Jan. 2, but he pulled ahead to take the overall award at the Run the Highlands 5K in Lake Highlands. He finished with a 16:46 while Phillip Iandella, 26, came in with a 17:04 and longtime area competitor Dave Matlack, 48, finished with a 17:35. Moeko Wilson, 33, of Dallas was the first female with a 20:45.

* The male and female overall winners at the Project Graduation 5K in Granbury were masters runners. Sergio Hernandez, 41, of Granbury and winner of at least three masters awards this year, including at the Haltom Stampede in February, took the male award with an 18:23. In the female division, Janelle Vincel, 41, of Gordon was first with a 22:12.7.

* Cleburne Smith Middle School teammates battled it out at the Run to London 5K in Cleburne. Seth Howard, 14, raced to the lead to win with a 20:14.1. Following him were Rylan Light, 13, (20:32.4), and Truett Childress, 14, (20:36.6). Maci Geltmeier, 14, another Smith runner, won the female overall award with a 22:04.6. She also had won the Camp Fire Chicken Run on April 1 in Cleburne. with a 21:32.

* Masters runner and CRC contributer Fiona Green, 51, of Keller won the female award at the A Race Against Abuse of Women & Girls in Grand Prairie and missed winning the whole thing by two seconds to another masters runner and longtime area competitor Bradley Gardner. Green finished with a 22:24 and Gardner, 58, was just in front with a 22:22. And the event probably had the oldest competitors with Gene Brock, 88, and Richard Widener, 89 among the finishers.

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Cathy Buchanan beats everyone
at Coleson's F.R.O.G. 5K

By Fiona Green

mendoza and buchananIt was a beautiful Saturday morning (April 23) for racing and over 200 runners and walkers toed the line at the 6th annual Coleson's F.R.O.G. 5K in Lake Worth to support a great cause and try their luck at winning a cool frog medal. Topping the field was 54-year-old Cathy Buchanan, who regularly wins overall or Masters awards at area races. She decided to push a little harder and try to outrun all the males. She succeeded in doing so in 22:45. (I was excited to also achieve this, finishing 19 seconds behind her:)

 

castillo and youngThe overall male winner and third place finisher, Debiasie Mendoza,36, (pictured at top with Buchanan) has a special connection to this race as his niece Jozelynn, who was suffering from an aggressive form of leukemia, was the first child to be helped by Coleson's F.R.O.G. ministry six years ago.

F.R.O.G. stands for Fully Reliant On God. Coleson’s ministry was named after Coleson Young, who was diagnosed at age 2 with a brain tumor. Thankfully his treatment was successful and he is now a healthy 8 year old. After the experience of dealing with a very sick child and understanding the importance of a valuable support system, Cfrog medalsoleson’s mother Julie took it upon herself to develop a network of people who would provide the parents of sick children with moral, emotional and financial support, allowing them to focus all their energy on their children.

Jocelyn’s mother Reshall Castillo (pictured on left with Youngin middl;e photo) expressed her gratitude for everything Young and her team did for her as she came to terms with losing her daughter. Thankful for the support she received, she and her family made the 5-hour trip from Odessa to take part in the event and be with their extended family.

A notable performance was turned in by one of the senior runners as 70-year-young Leon Minton from Willow Park clocking 28:54 to place first in his age group and 16th overall.

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April 23-24 Highlights

By Charles Clines

I often write about how close some of the races are to determine overall and male and female awards. But this time I'm going to note how many families are taking to the roads together. I've run with my kids, grandchildren and son-in-law, and these were special moments. And siblings running either together or at their own paces can be fun to watch for parents. I'm sure that's the way these families feel as well. Obviously I can't mention all the families, but here are a few of them. (I will be guessing at the relationships.)

* A couple of the younger siblings were Jaxson, 11, and Jeni Sabin, 7, of Grand Prairie. Jeni won her 10-14 female age division at the Domino's Pizza 5K in Grand Prairie. with a 38:09.1 and Jaxson placed third in the boys 10-14 division with a 37:59.6. Other families in the same race included Miranda Strickland, 31, and Bret Strickland, 35, of Arlington (28:50.6 and 35.41, respectively). Gail Strickland, 62, of Lancaster is possibly related (32:52.1). Victor, 48, and Marissa Portillo, 11, came from Lubbock to run the race and finished with 54:30.7 and 54:31.1. At the Spartan Run in Dallas, Chris and (assuming) son Seth finished together at 28:55 and 28:46. Then Maryjane and David Brezette of Dallas (27:45 and 27:46), Isabella and Barret Bruce of Dallas (27:58 and 28:00); b and Reece Mattorano, of Dallas crossed the line together at 30:55; husband-wife Harold and Patricia Kamara of Murphy were timed at 34:20 and 34:21. Also, mother Erin and son Owen Kane of Dallas (34:01); mother-daughter Landy and Callan Fox of Dallas came in with 34:56 and 34:48 times. And Dennis and Deborah Webb (probable husband-wife) of Dallas had 45:40s; while mom-son Sheila and John Sheley finished with 48:01 and 48:28.

* A few relatives finished together at the March for the Purple 5K in Frisco, including three from the Kemppainem family -- Tealia, Taylor and Lisa. And the three young Williams finishers -- Connor, Emily and Corinne possibly are family members. Cade, 15, and Blake, 13, Baumann of Arlington won their respective age divisions at the One Ale of a Trail 5-miler in Fort Worth with 32:51 and 33:28 times. Also, Susan and Michael Fortin of Arlington, both in the 70-74 divisions, finished at 1:12:14 and 1:12:16. Susan was first in the female division and Michael was second in his division. And noting close finishes, Cory McAnelly, 30, of Dallas edged Cole Norvell, 14, of Flower Mound by six seconds to win overall with a 31:40. The 10-mile race also was close as Joseph Tiller, 14, of Argyle beat Lucas Marlar, 15, of Fort Worth and Lowell Koppel, 43, of Flower Mound with times of 1:01:56, 1:02.11 and 1:02.41, respectively. And James, 45, and Debbie, 49, Frazer of Little Elm finished with 1:44:19s. Debbie was second in the female 45-49 division.

* Top family members at the Denton Dash for Public Schools were Dashiell, 10, and Isabel Browne, 11, of Lantana with 21:39.2 and 21:43.1 times. Dashiell was first in the male 9-11 division and Isabel was second in the female division. Sidney, 11, and Jonathan Holt, 38, of Argyle finished almost together with times of 21:47.3 and 21:51.2. Sidney was second in the 9-11 division and Jonathan won the 35-39 division. Also at the Denton Means Business 5K, Mia Hoang, 13 of Flower Mound won the female overall title with a 22:15.3 and sister Emma, 10, took first in the female 14-under with a 23:15.3. Also, male winner Jason Williams, 39, of Argyle (19:42.1) apparently has two sons, Evan, 8, and Chase, 9, who came in first and third in the 14-under division with a 30:55.7 and 37:33.2. In the male 12-under division, Will, 10, and Caleb Turner, 8, finished one-two with times of 18:56 and 19:54. Also, Ben, 14, and Joe Turner, 13, of Aledo were second and third in the 13-15 division.

* The previously mentioned families were just some who ran together. There were many others, such as Denise, 40, and Paul Banks, 44, of Grand Prairie (28:33 and 28:34) at the Get Fit Run for Shelter 5K in Grand Prairie, but space won't allow mention of all the families in all the races. For example, there were several in the Colt Stampede in Arlington, including Emma, 10, and Sam Stewart, 42; Brian, 43, and Brianna Brasher, 14; Zihang, 7, and Junping Wang, 43; Michael, 37, and Dylan Sharp, 6; Aaron, 7, and Moses Garay, 32, ; Brennan, 11, and Damon Gaffney, 41; Denton, 6, and Jamey Binford, 40; and Matthew, 29, and LaurenDelloRusso, 23.

* A close race unfolded at the TABC Running for Mercy 5K in Fort Worth as Jared Gallagher, 13, held off Juan Monojaras to win 16:43 to 16:51.

* The Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure, always a race to bring out some of the faster runners, was won by Jonathan Swiatocha, 23, of Keller with a sizzling 15:49, almost a minute in front of Graydon Morris, 14, of El Paso. He posted an impressive 16:47. Elizabeth Northern, an Olympic Trials competitor and who completed a sweep of all the Cowtown distances in February, won the female award with a 19:16, good for third overall. Just a side note, there was a Megan Southern in the field. She also took home a first-place award with a 25:10 in the 30-34 division. There were, alas, no one with West or East last names.

* The most successful father and son combos was at the Heels and Hills 4-Mile in Keller on Sunday (April 24). 12-year-old Jonathan Meath carried off the overall male award with a 28:32.2 and dad Scott, 44, followed him with a 28:43.2, good for second overall and the masters award.. In the 8-Mile competition, Renee Machell, 39, of Lantana led the female field and finished with a 57:48.2. Masters winner Susan McCloud, 44, of Fort Worth was next with a 1:03:10.1.

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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.

 

Path To Wellness


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.


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Luke's Spring Training 2015 began Jan. 10. 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.


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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.


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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.


CRC website congratulates Bill for completing his goal in November of running a marathon in all 50 states, just in time to celebrate his 60th birthday.

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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.


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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.


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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.


Texas Running Center


Texas Running Center (TRC) is organized to promote lifetime fitness. TRC offers a comprehensive interactive training platform scientifically based on an individual's personal data. Updates to the platform based on the individual's progress, real time data, racing goals and experience levels can made to track specific performance. Our clients are able to communicate directly with coach Joe via text, email and phone. (Joe is also available to visit on Tuesday and Thursday at Wimbledon Park or during a convenient schedule appointment). TUESDAY NIGHT TRAINING: 5 PM, Our training nights are designed as a learning experience; individual training benefit; fun and always with a TWIST. See the website for information and to contact Coach Joe.


 Ainsleys Angles


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.


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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.


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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.


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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.