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Harry Hall: Becoming a Real Runner

So you want to be a real runner? You want to separate yourself from the pack; maybe you seek a faster marathon time, or you want to dazzle your friends with your knowledge or a running experience that will forever make you the envy of them, maybe permanently. Read More.

Gary Pulver: Not the Best Idea

I’m sure that most runners have said these words during or after a race, such as that was not the best idea to try new shoes today or that was not the best idea to have consumed ten beers last night or... Read More

Thomas Martin: The Chelation of Ubiquitous Toxins

Chelation is the removal of heavy metals (usually toxic) from our bodies. Since heavy metals usually settle into our tissue, blood tests to not accurately reveal the extent of the poisoning or damage. Read More.

Fiona Green: Fireflies, Raccoons, and the Kindness of Strangers

While the notion of running a 26.2 mile marathon is daunting for some, most of us would agree that the idea of running 500 K - or 314 miles- borders on insanity. Read more.

Jon Bonnell: From "Cheffy-Face" to Ironman: How and Why - Part 3

"Had enough, or do you want to do one of these again?" my wife asked, showing more support and encouragement than I deserved. These kinds of goals take their toll on the body for sure, but family and work take their share of punishment as well. Read more.

Mackley Q. Greene (as told to Kim Andres): Mackley's New Friend

PLOP! And just like that an infant squirrel entered my life and that of my runner, Kim. This bit of a hairless thing attracted my attention when she fell from a big tree in our front yard after a particularly windy day. 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

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.

Press Releases

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BMW Dallas Marathon Unveils New Course for 2017, Honors Race's Origins by Including 9-Mile Lap Around White Rock Lake

DALLAS (August 18, 2017) - Downtown Dallas, Victory Park, Uptown, Highland Park, Lower Greenville, Lakewood, White Rock Lake, Swiss Avenue and Deep Ellum: The 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay unveils a new course and start/finish line that is sure to highlight Dallas' most iconic and beautiful neighborhoods and landmarks. Race officials focused on enhancing the runner and guest experience, including adding more overall downhill miles for both races, and creating a more scenic route for participants and spectators in the updated course design. Read More.


Back for Year Two: Registrations Open for BMW Social 5Ks and BMW Dallas Marathon Social Run Sweepstakes

DALLAS (July 20, 2017) - The 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay may be five months away, but this fall, participants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area will have the opportunity to get a taste of the race day fun. Read More.


HOKA ONE ONE Returns for Second Year as Official Footwear Partner of 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay

DALLAS (June 13, 2017) — Starting off on the right foot, the BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay, which opened registrations May 1, is excited to announce HOKA ONE ONE® as the official footwear partner of the 2017 race held Sunday, December 10. Read More.


Registration Opens for 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon

DALLAS (May 1, 2017) - Registration for the 47th running of the BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon, newly named SMU Cox School of Business Relay and initial BMW Weekend Series launched today at New to this year’s event, the BMW Weekend Series introduces a competitive 5K and 10K race held the Saturday of marathon weekend, December 8-10. Read More.


Keith Pierce Defends Title in Dallas, Winning 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon for Second Consecutive Year

(December 10, 2017) - Keith Pierce, 37, of McKinney, Tex., led from start-to-finish on a brisk, sunny morning at the 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, breaking the tape with a winning marathon time of 2:27:16. Read More.


Race Reports

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Sweet Heart Run

Run on February 17, 2018

By Harry Hall

Start Isabelle Ortigoza hasn’t much of a running resume, but she’s building a good one as the eighth grader prepares for her first track season at North Coppell Middle School.

On February 17, she took first overall in the inaugural Coppell Sweet Heart 5K. On a dreary morning, on a day when the race was delayed by 10 minutes, she covered the trail at Andy Brown Park in twenty-two minutes, forty-six seconds.

She finished just ahead of Irving’s Dennis Roesch, who took second overall and first male finisher in 22:49.

Female A one-time gymnastics participant, Ortigoza dropped the mats for the roads.

“I just got tired of it,” she says.

She had some inspiration from her mother, Monica, who has completed twelve marathons and two ultras. She sat out the Sweet Heart race as she is recovering from plantar fasciitis.

Isabelle started running with a small group of other teens last summer and has only run in four cross-country races and four road races.

Of her first victory, she said, “I’m very happy to have won this. I wasn’t expecting it.

Race Purpose The Sweet Heart 5k benefits the Coppell High School Cowboys and Cowgirls Golf Teams. Race Director Jerome Murphy says the job of race director was more work than he anticipated.

“We really only started with this last November,” says Murphy, a financial director with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, “that wasn’t enough time.”

Murphy’s son Maxwell, is on the Coppell golf team, but he attends Coppell’s New Tech High School.

RD “They don’t have sports at his school, so they get to play for Coppell High,” says Murphy, “he is volunteering today.”

He says the numbers were a bit disappointing.

Undoubtedly hurt by the week-long forecast for rain, Murphy says, “Our goal was 200, we got about 100. This is now our base, we will be greater next year.”

Photos courtesy of Movin' Pictures.


Sweetheart Shuffle Lives up to Name

Run on February 10, 2018

By Fiona Green

Fiona and Alex Temperatures were just a few degrees above freezing at the start of the Bodies Sweetheart Shuffle 5K and 10K at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie this morning (February 10). Both events started at 8 am and followed scenic trails within the park and on the nearby dam. I ran the 10K and was on my own for the entire race thanks to overall male winner 48 year old Alex Munoz who took off like he had been shot from a canon and was soon a mere speck in the distance. Alex covered the course in a speedy 38:43, a time he was proud of, given the windy conditions and the fact that he had no competitors to push him. Munoz has claimed several overall victories recently, including the Bodies Candy Cane Course 10K, also held in Lynn Creek Park, in December. His next race will be the Cowtown marathon on February 25.

I experienced yet another interesting first during today's race. Around the 5 mile mark I encountered a runner heading out onto the dam who was wearing a 10K bib. She asked me if she would still receive a finisher medal if she decided to simply run the 5k instead of the 10K she had signed up for. I quickly mulled the idea over in my head then, reluctant to start a conversation about it, told her I didn't think it would be a problem. After crossing the finish line I heard an announcement that any runners who had decided to switch (or shuffle) distances mid-race should notify the organizers and the results would be changed accordingly. I am not sure how the results turned out but am sure there will be some interesting times!

There was no official awards ceremony as runners were keen to leave immediately after the event in search of warmth.

(I was overall female winner. The 5k winners had already left when I finished)

Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.


Random Race Ramblings

Run on February 3, 2018

By Fiona Green

Amanda This weekend thousands of runners headed to Dallas for the Hot Chocolate 5K and 15K runs. Being part runner/ part chocoholic I was sorely tempted to join them But instead opted for a 10K, the St George Catholic School Dragon Dash, held in Trinity Park. While this much smaller race did not have the same vibe or swag offered at the Hot Chocolate run, it was still a well organized event and as long as there is a clock, it's still a race! The 5K overall male winner was 24 year old Cole Atchison who clocked 17:30. Atchison disappeared shortly after the race before I had a chance to speak with him. Taking the female title in 30.:52 was 29 year old Amanda Ramirez. Ramirez was thrilled with her win as her busy schedule has prevented her from running and racing much in the past few months. Her win has motivated her to continue training and she plans to sign up for the 10K at Cowtown later this month. The 10k male winner also disappeared shortly after he crossed the finish line but according to the results the results he was 48 year old Jeff Alexander who covered the course in 39:52.

Pamela I was feeling pretty proud of myself after logging 15 miles this weekend. As is often the case, pride tends to be followed by a reality check. This week's reality check came when I read about a friend, Pamela Toelle, who completed her first 100 mile trail run at the Rocky Raccoon ultra in Huntsville State Park. It took me all weekend to get my head around this. After racing my 10K I would have had to run a further 94 miles. That's one heck of a cool down! It seems like only yesterday that Pam took up running. I recall encouraging her after her first 5K. I then watched her tackle one challenge after another, moving from the road to the trails and gradually increasing her distance from 5K to 10k to half marathon and well, you get the idea. This weekend she covered 100 miles in 28 hours and 5 minutes. Congratulations Pam. Now, please enjoy a well deserved rest!

That's the wonderful part about running and racing. Whether we are elite sprinters, mid-pack middle distance runners, swag collectors or distance junkies, there is sure to be an event that is a perfect fit. Running alone is fun but participating in organized events provides unique experiences with like minded individuals who provide us with inspiration and a chance to feel connected.

Photos courtesy of Fiona Green and Brad Toelle.


Pink Soles in Motion 5K

Run on January 27, 2018

By Fiona Green

Team Whether we run marathons or 5ks every race provides a new experience. It also offers a chance to meet people we might otherwise not meet, who all have their own reason for running. While I enjoy hanging out with the regular seasoned veterans who race every weekend it is exciting to meet newcomers to the sport who have just completed their first race.

NeilCantu Yesterday I ran the Pink Soles in Motion 5K In Coppell. Mid-way through the race I caught up to a young kid who was effortlessly running with enviable form while I was huffing and puffing and giving it all I had. I somehow managed to stick with him for the last mile of the race and couldn't stop smiling. Whenever he passed a race volunteer or someone walking the trails he would greet them with a cheerful "Good morning". This clearly impressed others as much as it impressed me as those he greeted invariably responded with a smile or some words of encouragement. After a last minute sprint the youngster, 10 year old Riley Neal, finished a couple of steps ahead of me. When I congratulated him on his run he told me this was in fact his first 5k. Considering his lack of experience, his consistent pace and strong finish showed that he is a natural runner who likes to share his joy with others and I made a note to myself to try to be more like Riley when I grow up!

The overall male winner was Jonathan Cantu, a senior at Bishop Dunne Catholic High school in Dallas. Cantu recently recovered from a toe injury and is working on building up his speed again. He has a 16:20 PR for the distance. Official times for yesterday's event had not yet been posted but Cantu's time was in the low 18s.

Kim & Fiona Race organizers awarded a prize for the largest team participating in the event. The largest team was from the Coppell Taekwondo Academy followed by a running group from Pinkerton Elementary school (pictured). The running group regularly participate in local races to build camaraderie and keep fitness fun.

The female Masters winner was 64 year old Kim Andres who beat many much younger runners in the process.

Pink Soles in Motion is a non profit organization with the SOLE mission to end cancer.

Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.


Rodeo Run 5K

Run on January 20, 2018

By Harry Hall

Men’s Winner

Start British journalist James Attwood is making the most out of his trip to America.

On Saturday, January 20 he won Ft. Worth's Historic Rodeo Run 5K in nineteen minutes, thirty seconds.

Attwood is enjoying his time in America by spending time with his older brother David, who works for an oil company.

About his victory he said his legs were a little stiff after completing the Houston Marathon last weekend.

“I ran a 3:10.58, that was a good time.”

As for his 5k victory he said, “I just settled into a pace. It felt pretty good to get out here.”

According to his brother David, James started running just four years ago when, planning on going for a bike ride, discovered he had two flat tires. Wanting to do something, he started running.

Today he has lost weight, run three marathons, and is considering Boston one day.

After the race, he was joining his brother’s family and visiting the Ft. Worth Stock Show.

Women’s Winner

Winners Amanda Huck’s greatest running accomplishment might have occurred years after she ran for the TCU Horned Frogs.

She’s turned to multi-sport races, and it’s working well for her. On October 17, 2017 the 30-year old elementary school teacher placed 5th at the Pure Austin USAT Aquathlon Nationals Race, and that qualified her for this summer’s world championships in Denmark.

“I want to do well there,” she said, “hopefully, I’ll get in the top 10.”

Next month, she plans on a big ramp-up of her training.

Her win at the Rodeo Run was a boost to her early gear up.

“I ran great today,” she said of her 20:04 victory, “I ran about a minute faster than I thought I would.”

Race Benefactor: Mindy Conally was born in San Antonio, but she and all three of her siblings attended TCU, and all still live there.

House One sister sat on the board of Historic Ft. Worth, an organization dedicated to preserving the historical buildings of Ft. Worth.

Mindy has been there for 10 years.

“History is so cool, the buildings are cool and we’re losing it.”

She speaks specifically of Thistle Hill, a Cattle Baron Mansion that served as the backdrop of the Rodeo 5K Run.

She says when the buildings are gone, they are missed.

“People travel to Italy to see the Coliseum,” she says, “what if they tore that down?”

Photos courtesy of Harry Hall.


Train Stops Runners in Their Tracks (again)

Run on January 13, 2018

By Fiona Green

Jesye As runners we can easily get caught up in the statistics - the number of miles we run, our race times, how well we placed in our age group. While I do know some people who cross the line and have no idea of their time, these people are few and far between. When I was running well I would be frustrated when a course was inaccurate as one of the purposes of racing was to compare my performances to previous races.

However, I have grown to understand that there is far more to racing than the statistics. There are the people, the stories, the race experience itself and the cause. This all struck home this morning when I participated in the 3rd annual Red, White and Blue 5k in Weatherford.

Let's start with the experience. Around 3/4 mile into the race, a train appeared out of nowhere, bringing the lead runners to an abrupt halt. It wasn't just any train but probably one of the longest and slowest trains to ever pass through Parker County. Runners affected waited up to a minute and a half for the train to pass before they were able to continue on their way. For me this was definitely a case of deja vu as I was stopped by a tram in San Diego at a Thanksgiving race. I am starting to wonder if it's maybe me that's causing this to happen...

Taking the overall spots were husband and wife team, Aaron and Jesye Brabson. I won't attempt to calculate times as I don't have a formula for the train factor.

Aaron Thirtyfive year-old Aaron is the area manager of Anytime Fitness and his wife is a personal trainer with the company. 5 years ago the couple's son, Kayden, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was only 18 months old. After an operation to remove it Kayden had to undergo intense physical therapy. Watching his son's brave fight sparked a desire in Aaron to put in some hard work himself to show him that he too was undertaking physical training and working hard to be in good shape. Since then he has taken part in several races and works out on a regular basis. He and Jesye often train and run together. As for Kayden, he still has some vision and balance issues but is otherwise a happy, healthy 7 year old.

Winning the Masters division this morning was long time area competitor, Dick Hartnett. Hartnett has recently been experimenting with his pre race nutrition and has discovered that dark chocolate seems to give him the edge over his younger competitors.

The race benefitted Parker County's Gold Star Families and was an opportunity to recognize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.


Resolution Run 5k

Run on January 6, 2018

By Harry Hall

Rei “We’re about family, fun and fitness.”

That was the summation of co-race director Joe Rei, about the January 6, 2018 Resolution Race 5K, that he and his wife Georgia co-direct. The race was held in Grand Prairie’s Mike Lewis Park.

If so, then the couple achieved their goal, as both male and female winners made the race, and running part of a family lifestyle.

Higgins For the women, Jace Higgins took first.

While only 14, Higgins has eight years’ experience on the roads. “I’m guessing I’ve run between 400-500 5ks,” she said after winning in 22:10.

While a big part of her athletic life, running isn’t Jace’s only activity. She attends Trinity Valley High School where, in addition to running long distance, she competes in volleyball and basketball.

Her dad, Ft. Worth attorney Robert Higgins, frequently serves as her training and racing partner.

“We’re good friends,” says Jace, “sometimes we go out to run at 11:00 at night.”

Robert finished in 22:16, good enough for second in the 40-49 a/g.

“We’ve raced 17 straight weekends together,” she said.

The men’s winner is also a dad who encourages his kids to engage in physical activity.

Jenkins Jace Jenkins, a pharmaceutical rep from Midlothian, won easily with a time of 20:21.

But he was not the only member of his family who ran. Sons Grady, 10 and Graham, 8, also ran the race, taking first and second in the 10-under a/g with 22:08 and 28:01, respectively.

“When I turned 40 three years ago,” he said, “I wanted to figure out what mid-life crisis I could take on.”

Jenkins a 4:36 miler in high school, determined he would get back in shape.

He entered the 2015 Cupid Chase 5k in Midlothian, and his boys wanted part of the action.

“But they wouldn’t do the kids’ races,” says Jenkins, “they wanted to run with dad.”

Weekend racing for the Jenkins’ has become more than a family lifestyle, it’s almost an obsession.

Week after week, the three ran. They now have run 182 straight races together, sometimes more than one race a weekend.

And the boys often provide the motivation to continue.

“They’ll ask me, ‘where’s the next race?’” says Jenkins.

“We’ve lost the benefits of competition,” says dad, “they compete against each other all the time, but running also gets them away from computer games and i-Pads.”

While he says he’s not obsessed with the long racing streak, he quickly adds, “We’re on the road to 500.”

Photos courtesy of Harry Hall.


Resolution Run 10k

Run on January 6, 2018

By Fiona Green

Mora One of the things I like most about racing is hanging out with runners before and after the race. The running part itself is not always enjoyable but the socialization aspect is always fun! Through my interaction with fellow racers I have learned that while the race itself is the same for everyone, every runner has something different that motivates him or her to compete. For many, especially at this time of year, a race is part of a resolution to get in shape and the goal is simply to finish. For others a race provides the motivation to push harder than they would when training alone or it is the culmination of a training program. Then there are the more serious athletes who use small local races as preparation for bigger events - Junior Olympics, Olympic Trials, World Championships. Interviewing these people is often as much fun for me as running the race and has allowed me to learn a great deal over the years from my competitors.

Today I spoke with the winners of the Resolution Run 10K in Grand Prairie. The overall male, 44 year old Adrien Mora of Dallas, was pleased with his time of 40:13 and explained that he is hoping to start running triathlons later this year. He has a PR of 39 minutes for the 10K distance and is working on improving his overall speed and strength by introducing cross training into his weekly routine.

Huck Following just a minute behind Mora was overall female 30 year old Amanda Huck who clocked a PR of 41:13. Huck is no stranger to competition. As a student she ran for TCU. She took time off from competition for a couple of years but is now back training and has her sights set on competing in the aquathon world championships in Denmark this summer. The event requires participants to swim 1000m then run 5K. Watching Amanda run today I was impressed by her overall strength. She credits this to a balance of running and swimming which improves her core strength and prevents the type of overuse injuries commonly suffered by athletes who focus primarily on running.

She explained that she started to run several years ago as she was accompanying her father who was running to lose weight. Inspired by swimmers in the 2000 Olympics she decided that she also wanted to be a swimmer, took up the sport took and ended up qualifying for state. She now swims 2 or 3 times a week and runs 3 or 4 times a week. Her run training includes a speed session on the treadmill) and a long, slow recovery run with friends which allows her body to heal and repair itself. It certainly seems to be working for her so I think I'll give it a try

Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.


Hardcore Runners Show up for Chilly New Year's Eve races

Run on December 31, 2017

By Fiona Green

5k Start There are casual runners and then there are hardcore runners, those who would still show up to race in a blizzard of hailstones when there were loose, hungry, gun-toting bears on the streets. Over 200 hardcore runners showed up this morning for the Cox New Year's Eve Double half and 5K despite the fact that temperatures had dipped below freezing and a nice wind was helping to make things extra chilly. While tempted to run the half marathon I opted instead for the 5K as I haven't yet fully adjusted to sub zero temperatures.

Running in the cold is bearable as long as it is sunny but without sun it can be hard to take those first few steps. Arriving at the race site at 7 am I found myself wondering why each person was there. I assumed that some had perhaps not seen the weather forecast and that others had not experienced sub zero temps before. I imagined that some were trying to win a bet while others simply enjoyed suffering. I'm still not sure why I was there although weekly racing is now so much a part of my routine that I would feel lost if I didn't race.

Fiona OA Female

I was cruising along nicely for the first half at which point I was passed by a young woman who appeared to have been wrestling with her sweatshirt when the gun had fired as it was draped haphazardly around her neck and was flopping unhelpfully in the wind. I watched as she removed it while running and casually slung it over one shoulder. This was clearly not very aerodynamic and soon afterwards she secured it around her waist. It was still not ideal but at least allowed her to run unencumbered and pick up the pace for an easy win. The runner in question was 20 year old Erica Pagan who covered the course in 23:10. Pagan, who is studying nursing in Austin, does not race often but like many, she runs primarily for fitness and to avoid gaining weight.

I did not manage to speak with the male 5k winner, listed as 16 year old Taner Henderson (who raced in shorts and singlet) as he presumably disappeared to a warmer location shortly after crossing the finish line. I did not stay for the half finishers as it was freezing!

The afternoon 5K and half were both postponed due to bad weather conditions. More information on the new date will be provided when it becomes available.

Happy New Year everyone!

Photos courtesy of Movin' Pictures.


Arlington Christmas Eve Classic 5k

Run on December 24, 2017

By Fiona Green

A large crowd, many in festive attire, gathered for the Cox Running Club Christmas Eve 5K and 1 mile fun run in River Legacy Parks this morning. The temperature was ideal for racing and participants were able to finish the race before some pretty chilly winds picked up.

It was a moment of remembrance for many of us as the late and greatly loved Jeph Abara organized many of his races in this park. Last Christmas Eve was in fact the last race Jeph organized before he passed away from cancer last year. Today's race organizer, Ricky Cox, spoke fondly of Jeph prior to the race and after the race many runners shared stories of a great friend and humanitarian.

Christmas is a time for giving and this morning I had the pleasure of speaking with a running friend who earlier this year, gave the ultimate gift of life when he donated one of his kidneys to a friend's father.

Jonathan Thirty-two year-old Jonathan Celone is a member of Team Maddie, the group started by Jessica Smith to raise awareness of organ donation. Inspired by the story of Maddie who received a double organ transplant, he wanted to make a difference in someone's life by being a living donor. He explained that in order for this to happen he had to be a perfect match for the recipient. After extensive testing it was established that he had the correct blood type and tissue type needed and surgery took place 3 months ago.

Celone is keen to let people know that they too can make a difference by being a living donor and that the surgery he underwent is relatively straightforward. 2 months after surgery he ran a half marathon. He explained that he does have some muscle soreness and some other minor side effects, like a need to hydrate more frequently while exercising and less tolerance for greasy food, but he has been told that these side effects will decrease over time. Today he just missed placing in his age group but he is taking things one step at a time and knows that he will reach his goals as long as he remains patient. As for the recipient, his life literally changed overnight. Prior to surgery he was having dialysis three times a week for 8 hour periods. Thanks to Jonathan, he has his health back and is once again able to lead a normal life.

I have always said that runners are pretty amazing people but Jonathan's selfless act takes this to a new level.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.


Candy Cane Course in Grand Prairie

Run on December 16, 2017

By Fiona Green

Fiona and Shelia When researching races online last month I came across the Candy Cane Course in Grand Prairie. The event consisted of both a 5K and 10K advertised for the price of $36. With race entry fees continuing to rise, a 10K for $36 is rare. Learning that participants would receive a free hoodie for that price sounded like a deal I couldn't afford to miss so I quickly signed up. My goals were simple - pick up free hoodie, finish without pain and test out my new Garmin.

The event took place at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie with both races starting at 8 am. The weather was perfect for racing- sunny, cool but not cold, and no wind. After the turnaround point for the 5k, the 10k runners branched off and ran across the dam and back, passing by the marina and through the park for a scenic, relatively flat and almost accurate loop.

Alex As this was my first time wearing a Garmin I was excited to feel the vibrations at the mile markers and it was helpful not to be constantly posing myself the question "Are we nearly there yet?" Usually after a race I ask other runners if the course was accurate but for once I had that information on my wrist! Why did I wait so long to buy one?

Boot Camp Group Several 5K finishers mentioned that their course had been short, measuring around 2.75 miles which naturally resulted in some pretty fast times. I was also informed that the timing company had been unable to start the race clock on time and that the time runners saw on the clock at the finish line was actually a minute faster than the time they ran. I am not sure if this was adjusted in the final results or not. The overall winner, according to the results, was 47 year old Scott Olden but Olden disappeared shortly after the race so I was unable to speak with him. Fifty-one year-old Sparkle Plenty (aka Sheila Natho) once again proved that she is one of the fastest runners in the Metroplex with her winning time of 18 minutes. Due to a computer glitch organizers were unable to provide results for the 10K and preliminary results received today still contain some errors. Leading the pack for the entire race was 47 year old Alex Munoz who finished in 39:37. Munoz, a frequent weekend racer, was happy with his win which was all the more impressive considering he ran the Dallas BMW marathon last weekend.

In addition to successfully figuring out how to operate my Garmin I was the first female to cross the finish line so all in all, it was a pretty good morning!

UPDATE: I contacted the race company regarding the shortened course and the result issues and they were very apologetic. They explained that the course had been altered at the last minute as the police had not allowed them access through a gate at one section of the course. They assured me that this would be fixed for their next race at this location in February. The results confusion was also cleared up by the timing company and this would also not be an issue at the next race.

Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.


BMW Dallas Marathon

Run on December 10, 2017

By Harry Hall

Men’s Race

Dallas Marathon veterans won both the men’s and women’s divisions of the Dallas Half-Marathon on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

Colby Mehmen, 23, repeated as champion, although he ran more than a minute slower than 2016.

However, this year might have been the more impressive performance.

“I’m pretty sure I ran negative splits,” he said.

While not certain, Mehmen recorded 31:49 for his first 10k, and looked strong throughout the race as he cruised to an easy win with 1:06.53, nearly four minutes ahead of Oklahoma’s Aaron Scherf, who recorded 1:10.32.

In 2016, Mehmen won in 1:05.15.

This year has been different for Mehmen, who ran for Princeton High School and Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches.

He changed coaches, he injured both his hip flexors, and he’s maintained a heavy mileage schedule.

“I’ve only dropped under 100 miles a week two times this year,” he said.

Mehmen hopes to run 1:04 for the NYC Half-Marathon on March 18, 2018, a time that would qualify him for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. (athletes can qualify with a 2:19 marathon or 1:04 for the half.

“That would be the pinnacle,” he says.


Marathon and Half Marathon Winners:

Pierce, Self, Slayman, and Mehmen

Women’s Race

Ft. Worth’s Brooke Stayman got a measure of revenge over finishing second in last year’s Dallas Half-Marathon, winning in 1:19.17.

Slayman runs about 50 miles a week, almost all of it with her husband, Tyler Slayman, who placed 24th overall in the race with 1:20.50.

She took off much of August and September due to stress fractures in both legs. That kept her from competing in the California International Marathon, held the previous week.

Like Mehmen, Brooke hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. She has a 2:51 PR, and plans to qualify by increasing her mileage to about 70 mpw.

“I’ll have to make it a priority,” she says, “I’ll have to cut back on social life or TV.”

Teen Ariana Luterman assists women’s marathon winner.

By now you’ve seen the video of how women’s marathon winner Chandler Self received assistance from 17-year old Ariana Luterman.

I interviewed her for a few minutes after the race.

Here’s part of our interaction:

“I thought she (Self) had tripped,” said Luterman, “she went down and I said, ‘There’s no ways she’s not going to finish.’ The last 20 meters was devastating. She wouldn’t give up. This was really exciting. I’m glad I was there to help her across the finish line.”

Luterman later expressed shock when I told her that what she had done was technically illegal.

She said, “You mean me helping her might get her disqualified?”

Later, as Self entered the press room, I turned to Luterman and said, “You have no idea what you just did.” “What?” “Tonight, people all over the country will know who you are. Expect a big spike in your foundation donations.”

Five years ago, when she was 12, Luterman started a foundation to raise funds for the homeless children in the Dallas area. It’s raised more than $150,000. For more, go to:

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When is a race not a race? The 10th annual Reindeer Romp

Run on December 9, 2017

By Fiona Green

Keller Group With a number of races to choose from this weekend I opted for the one closest to home - the 10th annual Reindeer Romp which took place at Aliiance Airport on Saturday, December 9. The weather was perfect with little wind, the course was relatively flat and the entry fee was $25 which is pretty standard for a 5K.

Showing up at the site I was amazed by the number of cars waiting to get into the parking lot. There were hundreds of children present, no doubt since the event benefitted the PE departments of schools in the local ISD. When I arrived at packet pick-up on race morning, a volunteer randomly picked a bib from a pile and handed it to me. When I asked if she needed to write down my number she explained it wasn't necessary as the race was not timed. This came as something of a surprise to many runners as the event had been timed last year and there had been no mention on the website that this would not be the case this year. Another volunteer explained that the event had lost money last year so organizers simply decided not to time runners this year.

Knowing the event was untimed and had technically been designated a 'fun run or social run' posed a dilemma for me. I was momentarily torn between casually jogging the course while soaking in the festive spirit or 'pretending' it was a race and simply timing myself. As I had paid an entry fee and pinned on my bib I decided on the latter option. It was Saturday morning after all so I had to race. The course was pretty flat and accurate and I was happy to finish 3rd overall female and knock 20 seconds off my time from last week. Maybe racing untimed works in my favor!

Local speedster, Travis Barczak, was also surprised to learn the event was not timed but took it in his stride and grabbed the top spot in a speedy, unofficial 16 minutes and change, leading me to assume that he also used the event to test his speed.

So, to answer the question "When is a race not a race?" I am assuming the answer is "When it's a romp."

Photos courtesy of Susan Navani Jones.


Chocoholic Frolic

Run on December 3, 2017

By Harry Hall

Start Line David Velasquez was just looking for a race to run. The 2014 Wilmer-Hutchins graduate hadn’t competed since high school. It was time to get back into the game.

He entered the Chocoholic Frolic 5K held December 3 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, TX.

His expectations were low.

“I thought I’d be one of the last competitors,” he said.

Instead, Velasquez ran away from the field, finishing the race in twenty-minutes, six seconds.

Velasquez said he returned to racing because after a four-year hiatus, he missed it.

He only ran for the Eagles one year, clocking a 5:07 mile and 16:34 5k cross-country.

On race day, he took off with the early leaders, but while everyone else slowed down, he pretty much maintained the same pace.

Start Wave “I guess that’s what got me the win,” he says.

He hopes to start training and see improvement. He thinks he can get in 30 minutes to an hour a day and get serious about the sport.

“I’m still young,” he says, “I’ve always liked running, and I would love to compete again.”

Women’s Race

Christell Baum said she felt lucky to win the Chocoholic Frolic 5K.

“Sheila,” said Baum, who won in 20:56, “already ran two races this weekend.”

“Sheila,” is Sheila Natho, the 50-54 age group competitor who is one of the most familiar and successful Masters runners in the Dallas area. Natho frequently finishes first overall. When using a race as a training run, she will register under her Hash House Harrier name, Sparkle Plenty. At the Frolic, Natho (Plenty) finished second in 21:38.

Baum 44, has an extensive running resume, having competed for Mesquite Poteet High School and then one year at UNT. She still runs 4-5 times a week, mostly with buddies and to stay in shape. But she totals about 35 miles per week, with a loop around White Rock Lake on the weekends.

She’s not sure of her PR’s.

Pony “I ran a 19 something 5k on a flat course in Deep Ellum,” she says, “but that was a long time ago.”

For the Chocoholic race, she paced herself through the first half, catching “three high school kids” at the mile.

“Then I passed Sheila at about 1 ½ miles,” she said, “It was pretty much done after that.”

Race Rundown: The accompanying men and women 10K winners were Zach Altman and Miko Anderson in 39:10 and 43:38, respectively…the next Chocoholic Frolic Race is scheduled for February 25, 2018 in San Antonio…Baum started with her 11-year-old son Brendan, who finished in 32:28.

Photos courtesy of Movin' Pictures.


Jingle bells and Fascinating Runners at FWRC inaugural Christmas 5K

Run on December 3, 2017

By Fiona Green

After my San Diego race experience where I was stopped mid-race by a trolley, I picked a race this weekend where public transportation would not be an issue, the FWRC 1st annual Christmas 5K in Trinity Park. Several runners showed up in festive Christmas outfits including one young woman who was wearing red pajamas and multiple bells that jingled as she ran. Jingle woman took off at lightning speed and it took me almost half a mile to catch her. For the first half of the race I could hear her jingling behind me. Every time the jingling got louder I picked up my pace a little, determined to stay ahead. As I rounded the corner at the turnaround point I realized that the jingling did not in fact come from the runner in PJs but from a male runner who was barely breaking a sweat. I somehow managed to maintain my pace and finished in 22:31, exactly the same time as I ran on the same course in July. Unfortunately they don't award prizes for consistency.

OAM The overall winners may be two of the most accomplished, interesting runners I have met. Winning the male overall title was 28 year old Harrison Gibson who clocked 18:07, a PR. Gibson is currently 'living the dream', having just returned from 3 years touring the world and enjoying his love of mountaineering. Speaking with Gibson I felt he would have been a great choice as the new Dos Equis guy. His background involves protecting the environment, he is well travelled, athletic and smart - he should definitely be a contender.

OAF On the female side, the overall winner was 32 year old mother of two, Stephanie Spangler who clocked an unofficial 22:16. Spangler is in the Marine corps and is stationed at Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth where she teaches martial arts and force fitness. As for her future, she plans to study for a degree in criminal justice in Oklahoma next year. While I found her accomplishments to be very impressive she mentioned that she is impressed by others who are not paid to be in shape but do so of their own accord. I guess we are all special in our own way!

Photos courtesy of Fiona Green.

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