More columnists coming on board

Among changes for Clines Running Corner are the addition of several columnists. Those already posted are from Joe Boyle, Ashley Wise, Fiona Green and H.B. Wise. Others are coming.

Joe Boyle: Try these cues to improve running form. The Perfect Stride, Part 3.. Read More.

Charles Clines: Vera Coker epitomized participation. Read more.

H.B. Wise: Site will undergo changes; offering much of the same...and more. Read more.

Fiona Green: Becoming a runner changed lifestyle. Read more.

Ashley Wise: Female runners should monitor  monthly cycles. Read More


Heels and Hills was success in Keller

By Fiona Green

Paige Loeding
jenifer axline

Race organizers had a great turnout at the Heels and Hills 4-miler and 8-miler in Keller on Sunday morning (April 26). Hundreds of women (and a few brave men) showed up to support the event that benefits the Team in Training, leukemia and lymphoma society.

Prior to the start, race founder Paula Robertson reminded runners of the Heels and Hills' mission, which was to offer an event for non-traditional female athletes and to empower women through fun and fitness. To the trained eye there was a noticeably relaxed atmosphere in the air  as participants could be seen enjoying the chance to catch up with friends and pose for group photos. Some of the runners even stopped during the race to pose for photos.

The race began in scenic Bear Creek Park and took advantage of Keller's beautiful tree-lined trail system, offering runners some much-appreciated shade for most of the race.

 In the 4-miler 14-year-old Paige Loeding (top photo) from Carrollton outran the competition to finish in an impressive  29 minutes (unofficial). Paige is fortunate to be blessed with great genes as both her parents are runners. Her father, 42-year-old Ryan, is a well-known and accomplished ultra-marathoner. Paige appears to be following in his footsteps as she already realizes at age 14 that her preferred race distance is not the mile or 400m but the 10K. She trains with SpeedKIDS, an elite kids' group coached by local athlete Dawn Grunnagle. We are sure both her father and Dawn were proud of her success.

Jenifer Axline, 46, of Keller (bottom left photo) easily won the overall title in the 8-miler in an unofficial 56 minutes. Like Loehding, Axline enjoys the challenge of longer races and she competes in 15Ks whenever she has the opportunity. She also participates in a couple of "destination" half marathons annually, just to mix things up a little. After Sunday's races, she probably will not race much until the fall as she is not a fan of warm weather, particularly after she suffered a bout of heat stroke at last year's Balloon Festival half marathon in Plano. When the temperatures rise, she is more than happy to visit the Keller Pointe and knock out her miles on the gym treadmill. I can't say I blame her!


Sound of music in Keller

By Fiona Green

becky rogersThe hills Were alive with the sound of music at Saturday's (April 25) Music Miles 5K in Keller. The race, organized by Central High School staff and students, attracted more than 500 runners who were treated to the sounds of the school's award winning band at various points on the hilly course. Incidentally, organizers put together one of the most impressive promos for a race I've ever seen. You can check it out at the following link

I didn't manage to catch up with the overall male winner of the race afterward, but the results list him as Cristine Casarez, who clocked a speedy 16:41. On the female side, the overall winner was 24-year-old Becky Rogers (pictured) who breezed through the course in 19:19. Rogers, who studied Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech, is a coach with Play Tri and is also a trainer with the group, Orange Theory. 

Orange Theory is the latest group interval fitness concept to sweep the nation. It is based on the philosophy of creating a 60-minute fitness session that pushes participants into the 'orange zone' where they are working out at 84-91% of their maximum heart rate. According to their website, this intensity creates EPOC or excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, which leads to 'calorie burn after a workout and noticeable, lasting results.' For Rogers, the work-out is clearly effective as she finished 6th overall in the event and was over two minutes ahead of the second place female finisher, 16-year-old Hannah Boatright. She certainly is a great ambassador for the company.


April 25-26 Highlights

* Sarah Dietz won her second consecutive race at the Komen Greater Fort Worth Race For the Cure by taking the overall female award. Dietz, 24, had won last week at the Race For Compassion & Dignity with a zippy 18:21. Though her time of 19:23 was a minute slower at the Komen race, she still won by more than a minute. Graydon Morris, 13, of Aledo won the male race, holding off Todd Reynolds, 47, with an 18:20. Reynolds, who dominates the masters division each summer at the Trinity 5000, finished in 18:53.

* Three Grand Prairie masters runners were the top three finishers at the Get Fit Run For Shelter 5K in Grand Prairie on Saturday (April 25). Donald Robertson, 42, hit the finish line first with an 18:48, and Jeff Kirk, 54, closely followed with an 18:53. Michael Loehr was third with a 20:32.

* Mark Beaty, 32, of The Colony held off Natham M. Johnson, 47, of Dallas to win the male overall award at Run For Human Rights 5K in Dallas, clocking in at 17:16.8 while Johnson finished in 17:33.7.

* Clint Bell, 35, of Dallas has an impressive history at Plano Pacers events, and he logged another victory at the club's Hall of Fame 8K by finishing in 26:51. He was coming off a victory the week before at the Seton Soles 5K. In the 3K, Joseph Rankin, 18, held off Wesley Massey, 16, and former White Rock Marathon winner and Olympics Trials qualifier William Moore, 53, of Dallas. Rankin ran a 9:51 and was followed by Massey (10:05) and Moore (10:07).

* Sparkle Plenty (aka Sheila Natho) of Dallas appeared to be the oldest female winner over the weekend by winning at the Dallas Rise and Shine 5K on Sunday. She won with a 21:20.

* Wow, the Germanfest 5K in Muenster apparently was determined by a whisker as Bob Barthush, 21, of Muenster and Chris Buhler, 22, of Atchison were both clocked at 17:33, gun and chip time. Barthush was deemed the winner. The male 15K race wasn't quite as close, but still was contested as Johnny Green, 25, of Muenster won with a 1:00:19 and runner-up Jose Mejoranda, well-known at Fort Worth Runners Club events, came in at 1:00:45. Rachel Harp, 31, of Fort Worth added to her list of accomplishments this year by winning at least her fifth overall female title by winning the 15K in 1:05:47. Laura Nelson, 49, of Grapevine was her closest pursuer and she finished with a 1:07:10.


Sarah Dietz wins overall with impressive time

By Fiona Green

sarah dietz and steve cohenThere were at least 15 races in the metroplex on Saturday (April 18) morning. One of the smaller events was the Race for Compassion and Dignity 5K at Mike Lewis Park in Grand Prairie. Despite the small number of participants, there was plenty of excitement. Battling it out for the overall title were 50-year-old Steve Cohen and 24-year-old Sarah Dietz (pictured). In the end, youth triumphed over experience with  Dietz clocking an impressive 18:21, which appears to be the fastest female 5K time recorded in the metroplex on Saturday. Cohen crossed the line in 18:49. Dietz's time was just a few seconds slower than her PR of 18:15, a fact that could be attributed to Cohen keeping her company for most of the race.

Steve also won the male overall award on Jan. 31 at the A Charity 5K in Grand Prairie.

Dietz, who ran for UNT, holds some pretty fast PRs -- 2.08 for 800 meters 4.24 for 1,500m and 9.39 for the 3K. One of her goals is to break the 18-minute barrier in the 5K and she is hoping that the competition at next week's Race for the Cure in Fort Worth might help her achieve her goal.

Notable performances in the male Masters division deserve a mention with friendly rivals Bradley Gardner and Jim Sansone pushing each other through the course to sub 22-minute finishes. In the end, Gardner forged ahead to claim the Masters title in 21:41 with Sansone just a few seconds behind. Incidentally runners in the 60-64 division have cause for celebration as speedy Sansone recently entered the 65-70 age division.


April 18-19 Highlights

* It's not often that Dawn Grunnagle gets beat in a local race, but she was runner-up to another talented runner at the Texas 10 Series in Plano on Sunday (April 19). Samantha Draney-McClellen, 26, won the female division with a 1:00:24.5. She is a former Western Michigan runner who has competed in the USA Half Marathon championships in 2014 and this year, when she ran a 1:15:34. Last year, she ran her first marathon in Chicago and finished with a 2:48:22. Grunnagle, 37, of Dallas also has an impressive list of accomplishments, including qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the marathon. Her 10-mile time was 1:01:05.6.

* Peter Beauvais, a 53-year-old from DeSoto, won the Run 4 Bibles Half Marathon on Saturday in 1:41:13.8. The next three male finishers also were in their 50s.

* Allyson McCutchen, a 13-year-old finished second overall at the Green Door 5K in Rockwall. Her 19:52 was 41 seconds behind male and overall winner Keaton Forsyth, 15.

* 10-year-old Andrea Gandara was the first female at the Run With Pride 5K in Kaufman, clocking in at 21:17.611,

* Lauren Smith, 21, was the first finisher at the Run For Recovery 5K in Denton with an 19:28.8 with male winner Andre Henderson coming in at 19:56.1, about a step in front of  Abdulrahman Habib, who logged a 19:57.

* Another 13-year-old, Tanner Henderson of Midlothian was an overall winner, taking the Rotary Day 5K in Mansfield with a 19:47.

* Masters runner Vesko Rajovic, 42, of Plano led the way at the White Rock 5K with an impressive winning time of 17:29.2. Female winner Julie Vanderhout, 19, of Scottsdale was third overall with an 18:39.7, eight seconds behind runner-up Alex Jett, 17, of Dallas.

* Rusty Hodapp, a 55-year-old from Mansfield, was overall winner at the Brickfest 5K in Kennedale with a 22:11.6.

* Jen Frankmann of Richardson beat the field at the Scholarship Dash in Richardson with an 18:44. She also has taken female overall awards at the New Year's 5-Mile in Dallas and the Thrill of The Grill 5K last week (April 11) in Plano, where she was second overall.

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