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Nov. 26 (turkey day) Highlights

By Charles Clines

Besides being thankful and fortunate to have plenty of food for Thanksgiving, runners and walkers had to have been thankful for the nice overcast Thursday morning and that turkey day didn't fall on Friday morning when a cold front and rain spread across most of the DFW area. Thanksgiving runs are always a chance to deplete a few calories before replacing them and thousands of runners and walkers attempted to do that.

* At the Moritz Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot, some familiar names earned overall awards. In the 10K, with 740 finishers, Brent Poulsen, 32, of Fort Worth led the way and won the male overall with a 33:49. He wasn't seriously challenged. Same with the female winner, Elizabeth Northern, 28, a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier from Fort Worth who won with a 36:09. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price also was among the 10K crowd and finished second in the 65-69 female division with a 1:20:01. It's not unusual to see her at races as the mayor is a cyclist enthusiast and enthusiastic promoter for healthy lifestyles. The 5K, which had 1,305 finishers, turned into a duel between John Valentine, 23, of Fort Worth and Gabriel Zambrano, 21, of Fort Worth. Valentine, who has been winning several events in recent weeks, won with a 15:26 to clip Zambrano by six seconds. Courtney Kriegshauser, 20, of Southlake and who runs for Vanderbilt, earned the female overall award with an impressive 17:49 while Jessica Smith, 38, of Trophy Club and multi-winner in DFW races, finished second with an 18:23.

* In Dallas, there were 3,000 finishers in the 8-mile Thanksgiving Day race and Craig Lautenslager, 22, of Arlington led the way with a 39:34. Female winner Ingrid Mollenkopf, 26, of Dallas, former UNT runner and a 20-16 Olympics Trials marathon qualifier, won the female overall award and was the fourth overall finisher. Lautenslager, who ran for UT-Arlington, is the son of former Dallas Morning News contributor and elite runner Greg. In the 5K, which had 2,700 finishers, Jack Beitter, 19, of Dallas was the overall winner with a 15:42. The female winner was Anneke Grogran, 19, a New Zealander and SMU runner, with a speedy 17:55. Battling for the runner-up spot were Adoette Vaughan, 15, of Dallas and Sonya Corrrea, 34, of Addison. Vaughan held on to take second with an 18:42 while Correa came in at 18:58.

* Some runners really wanted to make room for that extra slice of pumpkin pie as they chose the half marathon at the Thanksgiving Day Run in Fort Worth. There were 519 finishers for the 13.1-mile challenge with professional triathlete Patrick Schuster, 43, leading the crowd and finishing with a 1:21:17. Winning the female overall award was Katherine Hansen, 35, with a 1:38.42. In the 10K, 49-year-old James Jackson continues to impress as he sped to victory in the 10K with a 33:01. Runner-up was female overall winner Christina Ledesma, 29, of Keller with a 36:50. Austin Ledesma, 28, was third at 38:15. The 5K was a close duel between 20-year-old Zac and Chase Van Voorhis. Zac won by step with an 18:02 to Chase's 18:03. The brothers are Carrollton Hebron graduates who are running for Texas A&M. Female winner Rachel Harp, 32, was third overall with a 20:17.

* At the growing USMD Arlington Turkey Trot, which had 835 finish the 5K, there were six who dipped under the 18-minute mark. Trevor Montgomery, 18, of Whitney raced to the finish line first with a 17:00. Behind him were Dane Batzel, 38, who held off Joe McCardel, 19, of Grapevine for second with chip times of 17:17 and 17:20. Tori Shelton, 19, of Arlington had a little more breathing room with her overall female victory as she crossed the finish line in 19:02.5. Lindsey Quebedeaux, 26, was runner-up with a 19:38.

* At the Park Glen Turkey Trot, our own contributor Fiona Green, 51, of Keller took home the overall female award with a 22:02.2. Male winner Nathan McEndree, 17, clocked an 18:16.5.

* Haven't heard much from Keith Pierce, 35, at many DFW races lately, but the former three-time Cowtown Marathon winner zipped to victory at the Castle Hills Turkey Trot in Lewisville with a 15:52. And Andrew Cook, 34, of Highland Village and who also doesn't make a lot of appearances. But when he does, he usually makes the most of it as he did at the YFC Double Oak Turkey Trot by winning a duel against Riley Peninger, 16 of Flower Mound. Cook sped to a 15:34 and Peninger came in with a 15:58. Rachel Sutliff, a 12-year-old from Grapevine, won the female overall award with a 19:12, 24 seconds in front of 41-year-old Regina Kaplan-Rakowski, who crossed the line with husband David at the same time. And 12-year-old Natalie Cook also got to take home a first-place trophy with Andrew as she won the 14-younger division with a 19:37.

* At the Mansfield Turkey Trot 10K, 49-year-old Lesley Burke challenged but couldn't catch 35-year-old Deidra Zschiesche, who won with a 42:47 to Burke's 43:04.7. Both are Mansfield residents.


Windy, cold morning caused unpacking
of gloves and long-sleeved shirts

By Fiona Green

saavedra familyI enjoyed taking part in the Madison's Run for Down Syndrome 5K at the Martin House Brewery in Fort Worth Saturday, Nov. 21. Waking up to the sound of wind in the trees, I knew it would not be a day for a PR (those days are long gone anyway!), but I knew I would feel guilty if I didn't run.

So, I donned my gloves and -- gasp -- a long-sleeved shirt and headed out the door.

The course was an out-and-back on the Trinity Trails. The 'out' part was great. Having the wind at our back made running a pleasant experience, but the return portion was a different story.

I do not enjoy running in the wind. I'd much prefer to be running like the wind. So, at the turn-around point, I just kept telling myself there was only 2.5K left and that I'd feel better when it was over. (Fiona answered the challenge by winning the overall female award.)

Taking the overall male award was 17-year-old Richard Andrew Torres who covered the course in 19.39. The teen, who runs track and cross country at Lone Star High School in Frisco, has a PR of 16:40 for the distance.

The runner-up, finishing in 20:05, was 14-year-old Edgar Saavedra. Running is a family activity for the Saavedra family (pictured) as his father and three brothers also participated in Saturday's race.  All four brothers and dad also placed in the top 15 finishers. The brothers easily won their respective age groups but information regarding their father's time and age group placing had not yet appeared in the results at the time of writing.


Nov. 19-21 Highlights

By Charles Clines

Runners and walkers woke up Saturday morning to colder (in the 40s) temperatures and high winds. Maybe some who had expected to participate in a race rolled over in bed and pulled up the covers, but there were many others who sucked it up and accepted the challenges. Some of us were drinking coffee and glad to not have registered. The wimp factor.

* The Sneak a Peek 5K in Grand Prairie had a good turnout despite the elements as 1,021 finished. And it was quite a heated (even in the colder temps) for the male overall award. Sergio Armendariz, 15, of Dallas won by a step with a 16:28, a second in front of Joshua Akin, 17, of Plano, who held off Eloy Gonzalez, 40, of Euless, who came in eight seconds later. Then, 10 seconds behind Gonzalez was Andrew Kliewer, 17, of Dallas. The female race was more clear-cut as Magaly Soto, 39, of Arlington zipped to an impressive 18:36 to win by about a minute over runner-up Anara Ickes, 17, of Mansfield.

* Although Colleen Casey, 42, of Grapevine earned the female overall award with a 20:00, more spice was added to the Pumpkin Spice 5K in Fort Worth as Sarah Waugh, 28, and Laura Nelson, 50, dueled for the second place award. Waugh won with a 21:18, three seconds in front of Nelson. The race for the overall male award in the 15K portion was fairly close as well with Michael Lee, 23, of Dallas winning by 21 seconds over Jerry Cherra, 44, of Decatur with a time of 56:01.

* Assuming these are mother-daughter, Laura Wilk, 44, of Plano won the female masters award at the Gobble Hobble 5K in Richardson with a 21:25.1 while 15-year-old Eva Wilk won the 15-19 female division with a 20:32.1. And Adam Wilk, 44, (the dad?) took second in the male 40-44 division. Also on the male side, masters runner Scott Olden, 46, gave quite a chase to overall winner Jack Alessio, 14, of Dallas, but couldn't reel him in. Alessio finished with a gun time of 17:23.8 and chip time of 17:18.8 and Olden had times of 17:38.2 and 17:31.2.


C.A.L.F. awarded $200,000

The Cowtown Board of Directors has presented The Cowtown C.A.L.F. Council $200,000. The C.A.L.F. (Children's Activities for Life & Fitness) emphasizes the importance of good physical fitness by working with local schools and community centers by teaching proper running, training and nutrition to area youth in preparation for participating in The Cowtown, as well as a lifetime of fitness. Read more.


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 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 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

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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. The initial cost for the platform is $10 and updates to the platform based on the individual's progress, real time data, racing goals and experience levels are made at an additional nominal charge of $10. 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 RACE NIGHTS: 6:30 PM, Our race 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.

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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 for more information.