Jim Gilliland dedication set for Friday, Oct. 3

A dedication for Jim Gilliland, the longtime race director of the Cowtown Marathon who died in 2012, is scheduled Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Pavilion #3 in Trinity Park. Jim was the first race director of the event and served in that capacity until retiring in 2009. He had a wealth of friends in the running community and often ran in area events. After Jim died, Michael Polansky, who ran the first icy Cowtown in 1979 and who helps with several area events as well as conducts his Lake Benbrook Half Marathon in January, worked with Jim's family to place a park bench at Pavilion #3. Michael said contributions paid for the bench that cost $5,000. Anyone interested in helping dedicate the bench is welcome. Michael said champagne and snacks will be available. Jim widow Ann and two sons Jim Jr. and Jeff are expect to attend. Jim Jr. is flying in from Hawaii to be part of the ceremonies. Ann still lives in Fort Worth and Jeff resides in Dallas.


Last man standing on again at MetroPCS Dallas half marathon

Mark Followill, the TV announcer for the Dallas Mavericks, will line up at the back of the half marathon corral at the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon and try to pass as many participants as possible over the 13.1 trek. For everyone he passes, money will be raise for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The Cotton Patch Cafe promotion began two years ago and celebrity runners have been The Ticket's Craig "Junior" Miller and KSCS's Mark "Hawkeye" Louis The Cotton Patch will donate $1 for every participant Followill passes. So for, the Last Man Running promotion, which also raises pledges, has raised $61,000.


Sept. 27 highlights

photo finish at Hawk Football 5k

A Photo Finish

nina floresThe first Hawks Football 5K was held Saturday (Sept. 27) under partly cloudy skies, and a turnout of about 160 runners/ walkers participated in the event that benefitted the Birdville High football program. However, a Richland High School runner upstaged the host team by winning the race -- but it was by the thinnest of margins. Greg Fehribach, 15, took off fast from the start line at the Birdville Fine Arts/Athletic Complex to jump in front of the field that included several Birdville runners, including Jack Ryan. Jack, 16, (No. 1566) began closing an approximate 20-meter gap in the last half mile and forced Greg into an all-out sprint to the finish in the last 100 meters. They crossed the finish line at the same time, but Greg emerged as the winner with a personal record 17:01.8 chip time and 17:02.7 gun time. Jack, who said he was close to his PR, had a 17:02.8 and 17:03.1 clocking. For Greg, this victory sort of vindicated a June 21 effort at the Run For A Reason 5K in Hurst. He was gunning for a similar time at that race and was leading the pack until the last half mile when he was directed off course, which added distance to his run. He not only didn't reach his goal, but he didn't get the victory, either. Winning the female race Saturday was 16-year-old Nina Flores (pictured), who said the 21:28.9 effort was a relatively slow time for her. But she has been hampered by an injury and is recuperating. Because there were several cross country and track competitors, 12 of the top 20 finishers were teens. Among the others in that top group were masters winners Chris Campbell, 52, of Hurst with a 19:12.8 and Fiona Green, 49, of Keller and who is regular contributor to this website. See results. See more photos at Movin' Pictures.

* Three female masters runners contended for top honors at the Komen Denton Race For The Cure. Susan Johnson, 41, of Denton won the race with a 23:59 while runner-up Melissa Sullivan, 40 of Garland clocked in at 24:04. Third-place Susan Funk, 52, of Carrollton was another second behind.

* Only a second separated the female overall winner and the female masters winner at the Around The Mound 5K in Flower Mound. Emily Craig, 22, of Aubrey stepped across the finish line in 22:50 and Carilyn Tidwell, 41, of Corinth finished with a 22:51.

* Close races seemed to be the order of the day. Adrian Mora, 41, took the male overall award at the Heroes For Children 5K in Richardson. His winning 19:03 was nine seconds in front of the next two finishers -- Sarvin Coachbuilder, 36, of Dallas and Jarrod Maddox, 30, of Carrollton, both timed at 19:12.

* The Big Run Half Marathon results are somewhat puzzling. The female overall winner in the Dallas event is listed as Lauri Ann Hanson, 28, of Dallas with a 1:41:48.5. However, the masters winner is listed as Wendy Nevitt, 40, of Dallas. Her time is posted as 1:27:14.4. Maybe someone can explain. In the 5K, 51-year-old Janice Moore won the overall female race with a 20:16.6. Logan Sherman, 28, won the male 10K with a 36:09.3. Logan is the only runner who has won all five distances at The Cowtown, nabbing the final one in 2013 when he won the Ultra.

* Virginia Hudson, 38, challenged for the overall victory at the SWVS Stride in Fort Worth. But Abraham Ekal, 32, prevailed with a 20:13.587 while Virginia came in about five seconds later, which earned the female overall award.


Upcoming Races

* Another heavy slate on Oct. 4 will offer several great options, including the C.A.L.F. 5K and 1-Mile at Will Rogers Memorial Center. This Cowtown Marathon offshoot will feature former TCU running back and former All-Pro LaDainian Tomlinson and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. Both are expected to run the 5K and LaDainian will sign autographs.

* The Celebrate ESA at 7341 Glenview Dr. in North Richland Hills not only offers a 5K, but participants will have breakfast burritos to munch on afterward. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

* Teams have a chance to pocket some cash at the St. Rita International Community 5K and 1K. The largest group will be awarded $250 and the second largest will pocket $100. Proceeds will help the Meadowbrook Event Group that preserves and revitalized the historical and uniqueness of the Meadowbrook area.

* For those looking for a half marathon, the 13.1-miler at Clark Gardens in Mineral Wells in on rolling country roads with a finish through the manicured Gardens. Run the half or 5K and then chow down on breakfast burritos.

* It seems there are hundreds of others to choose from on Oct. 4, including the MK5K in Dallas, which offers prizes of hotel packages, designer purses and jewelry; the DRC The Loop 15K, 5K at Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake; the Trophy Club Salutes Wounded Warriors 5K, 10K and 1K; and a couple of 10-year anniversary events: the McLean Mad Hatter 5K at McLean Middle School in Fort Worth and the Make the Break from Domestic Violence 5K, 10K at Reverchon Park in Dallas. Visit the Calendar page to see information about the events.


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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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Luke's Fit For Life program for marathon and half marathon runners began May 17 in Fort Worth and June 21 in Dallas. Go here for more information. If you didn't join us for those training runs, Luke's at Montgomery Plaza in Fort Worth has several ongoing programs from marathon to 5K, including year-round nine-week sessions. Luke's also has weekly social runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 a.m., and 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. For details, visit www.lukeslocker.com or call 817-877-1448.

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Bill Berenson, 59, is a top rated injury attorney and fellow runner. He has run marathons in almost every state and Israel and qualified for Boston in most of them.
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The Cox Running Club was announced at the 2012 Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon 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.