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Columnists

Quincy (as told to Kim Andres): How Running Has Changed in DFW Read More.

Brad Kelley: Against All Odds - The Doctor who changed my Life Read More.

Joe Boyle: 6 Inches Between Your Ears Read More.

Ashley Wise: 5 Nutrition Habits to Implement Now Read More

Gary Pulver: Expo, Cowtown, and on to First Marathon Read More

Charles Clines: Staying active is a key to maintaining a quality of life while advancing through the age divisions. Read more.

Fiona Green: Tips for 5K rookies. Read more.

Natalie Trimble: On Recovering from a Knee Injury Read more.

John Valentine: Ditto Dash - A Dash of Hills, Insanity, and Humanity Read more.

H.B. Wise: The Last Year Read more.

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Record turnout for Honor Connor,
and teen winner scores a PR

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By Fiona Green

greg Fehribach
Kaitlyn Tharp

The Honor Connor race in North Richland Hills is growing in popularity every year. Saturday morning’s (May 21) event attracted more than a record 1,000 runners who came to run or walk the 1-mile or 5K in honor of Connor Gage, a teen who tragically died in a diving accident in 2012. (Start of 5K shown above.)

Since his passing, Connor’s family has honored him in the most amazing ways, touching many lives in the local community and abroad. Their message is one of buoyancy in the water and in life. As well as educating people about safety in open water and swimming pools, they have undertaken a staggering number of projects that have changed people's lives for the better -- funding the purchase of new sonar equipment for emergency lake searches: paying for a PSA about the importance of life vests,  providing sewing machines for poor women in Honduras and sending1,000 pairs of shoes to children in Uganda. The list of projects is almost endless.

The 5K was advertised as one of the happiest races in the Metroplex as his family wished to create an uplifting event that celebrated Connor and the way he lived his life. Looking around at all the smiling faces Saturday morning, they seem to have achieved this goal. As a bonus gift, all registered runners received a pair of running socks. Age group winners received unique smiley face medals while Overall, Masters and Grandmasters winners received a special smiley trophy, yellow smiley spatula and an Honor Connor winner flag, which organizers draped over their shoulders like a cape!

Many talented runners vied for the top spots with the younger crowd once again leading the way. On the male side, 17-year-old Richland High School runner Greg Fehribach scored another overall victory. I first met Greg three years ago at a race where he had been misdirected on the course but still achieved an overall win. His goal then was to break 18 minutes. Saturday he achieved yet another goal by breaking 16 minutes, covering the course in a PR 15:54, a minute and a half ahead of runner-up, 15-year-old Paul Anderson.

On the female side, 19-year-old Kaitlyn Tharp (pictured with Greg) won the overall title in 19:33, a minute ahead of Samantha Joray. Tharp graduated from Richland High School in 2015 and is entering her sophomore year at Texas A&M, Kingsville, where she is studying to receive a degree in Marketing and Advertising.

She runs for the Kingsville track and cross-country team, usually distances ranging between 5K and 10K. Her PRs are  5K -- 19:18, 6K --  23: 47,  10K -- 40:32. Her goals are to break 19 minutes for the 5K and 38 minutes for the 10K.  Tharp's favorite distance for now is the 5K "because it is a challenging yet strategic race that shows true strength and endurance," but she hopes to soon start testing herself more at the 10K distance.

When asked if there was anything readers might be interested to learn about her, she mentioned she has been transitioning to a vegan diet and explained if there was anything she could do to benefit her running and her team, she would seize that opportunity. It seems to be working out for her so far!

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May 21 Highlights

By Charles Clines

* Finishes seldom are as close as the one at the Dash In The Dark 5K in Wylie Saturday evening. Korey Hartman, 28, was deemed the winner over Luke Lambert, 13, with both being timed at 19:11. And only 10 seconds behind them was Ethen Hardy, 14, and two seconds behind Hardy was Thomas Sanitate, 15. All are from Plano. The female overall award was determined by 11 seconds as Marsha Escobar, 39, of Frisco won with a 22:29 and Cathleen Hoffman, 32, of McKinney taking second with a 22:40.

* Another fairly close duel unfolded at the Moonlight Madness 5-Mile in Dallas as Ryan Loehding, 43, won with a 31:47. David Drueckhammer, 38, wasn’t far behind, crossing the finish line in 32:02.

* Don’t remember seeing good friends Denny Maietta, 55, and Laura Nelson, 50, finishing this close together, but Maietta took second overall at the Manara Academy 5K in Irving, finishing with a 21:36 and Nelson was just steps behind and third overall with a 21:40. Reza Mohideen, 17, easily won overall with a 17:55.

* Emily Field, 34, of Dallas continues to compile an impressive list of overall female victories as she claimed at least her 12th this year at the Run For Human Rights 5K in Dallas with an 18:04.2. She was second overall, finishing close behind male winner Nathan M. Johnson, 48, of Dallas, who posted a 17:55.7.

* It was a battle for the overall male award at the Thrill of the Grill 5K in  Plano as Brennt Woodle, 26, of Plano outlegged everyone with a 16:53 (gun time). Following him were Nicholaus Noguez, 17, with a 17:01 and Jonathan Cantu, 14, of Dallas with a 17:15. A couple of half century-old males challenged each other, too, as Colm Bergin, 52, of Dallas won by seven seconds over Steve Purser, 51, of Plano with his impressive 18:07. The event had 1,097 finishers.

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Young Runners Win Overall Awards
at Every Step for Autism 5K

By Fiona Green

rylee christan and eric casarezIt's sometimes fun to mix things up a little and take part in an evening race, especially if the starting line happens to be about half a mile from home! I participated in the Every Step For Autism 5K in Keller on Saturday (May 14), which started at 6 p.m. The event was just one of many activities organized throughout the day to increase awareness of autism in the community.

The course started and finished near Keller city hall and wound its way through the city's scenic trail system. Several high school runners showed up to test their speed and, as expected, it was a teen, 16-year-old Eric Casarez, who won the overall title.

I first met Eric two years ago when he won the Park Glen Turkey Trot. He easily won Saturday's race, covering the course in 16:30. Casarez who attends Central High in Keller, will soon start summer training and plans to log at least 250 miles over the next few months. He is one of several young runners who have impressed me recently with their positive attitude, maturity and dedication to running. They are all great ambassadors for the sport!

While Casarez was running alone for most of the race, there was some tough competition for 2nd place as Trenton Magryta and Logan Mitchell battled it out, finishing within 3 seconds of one another in 18:00 and 18: 03, respectively.

On the female side, 16-year-old Rylee Christan (pictured with Eric Casarez) took top honors, clocking 21:12. Rylee enjoys running track at Timber Creek High and has her sights set on breaking 19 minutes for the 5K.

As an interesting side note, I feel I may have a future as a talent scout as I picked these two as overall winners prior to the gun being fired. After a while you develop a knack for this!

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training® campaign has announced that the BMW Dallas Marathon will be included in its 2016 lineup of exciting national marathon events. Team In Training (TNT) is the premiere charity sports program that inspires discovery of personal goals and helps turn training into treatments for blood cancer patients. The 46th running of the BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and Behringer Relay is  Sunday, December 11. Registration for the event opens at bmwdallasmarathon.com on May 19.

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May 14-15 Highlights

By Charles Clines

Sunday (May 15) was nearly a perfect morning for running for most road-race participants in the Metroplex with overcast skies, slight breezes and the temperature barely reaching 60F. It was a better day than Saturday, which had higher breezes and many of the streets and trails were wet from overnight rains.

* In Sunday's events, female runners finished one-two at the McKinney Officers Down 5K as 14-year-old London Culbreath of McKinney was first with a 19:01.3 and 44-year-old Debbie Koch of Greene, Maryland, was second with a 21:01.2. The male winner and third overall was masters runner John Daniels, 45, of McKinney with a 21:16.8.

* The first three finishers at Sunday's Fort Worth Runners Club's Michelob Ultra 5K were masters. Chris Oesch, 48, of Florida was first across the line with an 18:18.2, followed by Sergio Hernandez, 42 at 18:28.2 and Chris Andrews, 42, at 18:39. Hernandez and Andrews already have won at least three and two masters titles, respectively, this year. The overall female was a teen, 15-year-old Allison Green with an 18:51.6. And frequent FWRC competitor 79-year-old Ken Brewer clocked in at 28:36.

* Not sure how the first and second females were determined at the Tracy's Race Against Melanoma in Fort Worth, but Kaitlan Beretch, 23, was listed as the overall winner with a clock time of 23:11 and a chip time of 23:08 while Lauren Berrtich was second with a 23:10 clock time and a 23:08 chip time. This wasn't the only puzzler for those of us who weren't at the events as Kim Andres, 63, of Irving was listed as the overall female at the Love Run 10K in The Colony though her posted time of 54:37.16 was slower than the posted time of 12-year-old Kaylee Veath of The Colony, which was 52:40.06. And the early posted results are jumbled for the Chase the Mission 5K in Plano.

* Elizabeth Northern, winner of every Cowtown distance and an Olympic Trials qualifier, was first overall at the Mimosa Run 4-Mile race in Fort Worth, zipping to a 24:37, a 6:09 pace. This is at least the fourth overall female award for Northern, including the Komen Greater FW Race for the Cure on April 23.

* Dane Batzel, 38, of Dallas and winner of the Mayfest 10K on April 39, led the field at the Strut Your Mutt 5K in Dallas, posting an 18:18, about 20 seconds in front of Alfonzo Gonzalez, 36, of Lancaster. In the female race for overall, Karyn Nyholm, 29, of Dallas edged Maggie Cappell, 27, of Dallas, with times of 21:34 and 21:37.

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Latest news: The Dallas Marathon board of directors has announced a multiyear title sponsorship agreement with BMW of North America and the Dallas-Fort Worth Area BMW Centers for the organization's marquee race property: the Dallas Marathon. So, this year the event's name will be known as the BMW Dallss Marathon, Half Marathon and Behringer Relay. Read more about the announcement.

Also, Elizabeth Eder Northern of Fort Worth and an Olympics Trials qualifier, is helping organize a new mile race -- the Magnolia Mile, which could attract some fast competitors. There will be several age divisions for the mile race, scheduled June 11. Veteran runners will remember the All Saints Mile, which offered prize money and attracted several elite competitors. Read more about the event.

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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 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.


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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.