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A full-service race event timing and production company based in Fort Worth. ChampionChip or Cronotrack (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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Many runners and some race directors use GPS devices or MapMyRun to determine a distance of a course. Many runners are complaining that courses are long because of these measuring methods. Chances are, the courses aren't. Read why.

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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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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.

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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.

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Book your running (or other outdoor activity) adventure and join others for fun trips while enjoying your favorite activity. We go to many of the popular destinations, including Boston, Paris, Oregon. Visit the website.

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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.
Bill sponsors the Cowtown C.A.L.F. Runs and Fort Worth and Dallas Walks Like MADD. Please visit berensonlaw.com for more information.

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Once again Luke's is sponsoring the weekly All-Comers Track Meets in Fort Worth and Dallas. The Fort Worth meet began May 15 at TCU's Lowden Track & Field, and started May 13 at Greenhill School in Dallas. This is the 16th season in Fort Worth and 31st in Dallas. Registration opens at 5:30 at each track. Also, the 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.

See more information about Luke's training programs..

Luke's at Montgomery Plaza in Fort Worth has several ongoing training 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.

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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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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Race directors, if looking for a great rate for your event shirts and a three-day ordering window before your event, then contact The Graphix Store. We will beat any written rate from other businesses, and after agreeing to our rates, you can order three days before your event (up to 5,000 shirts); that way there's no need to worry about not ordering enough or ordering too many shirts. We've been supplying schools and businesses since 2008. We provide free delivery in the DFW area. Call Dustin at Metro 817-429-7746, toll free 800-815-3047, e-mail info@TheGraphixStore.com. Visit our website at www.thegraphixstore.com

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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.

Being a chiropractor and a runner, Dr. Lauren Letz recognizes the importance of maintaining optimum health in order to maximize runpath to wellness logoning performance and prevent injuries. ''No matter the amount of time or distances you run,'' noted Dr. Letz, ''continual preventative chiropractic care helps prevent injuries associated with running. For the past five years, we have worked hard to help runners in Fort Worth on their path to wellness. We want to help you. Do not wait until you are hurting; get your initial consultation today. At Path to Wellness Chiropractic, we will work to create the best personalized care for you and your spine.

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Neurological Exam; Orthopedic Exam; Spinal X-Rays; Consultation; Report of Findings. Normally $279; for Clines Running Corner visitors $40. Call For an appointment today at 817-348-8488 or visit www.pathtowellnesschiropractic.com. Located at 501 Carroll St. #612, Fort Worth (at Montgomery Plaza). Path to Wellness is the exclusive chiropractic sponsor for the Fort Worth Runners Club and Cox Racing Services. For more information about Path to Wellness, please click here.



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Fees increase for Cowtown and Dallas marathons

Fees rise for two of the more popular events in the Metroplex, the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon and The Cowtown. Beginning Aug. 1, it will be a little more expensive to enter either event. Dallas is scheduled Dec. 14, and The Cowtown is Feb. 27-March 1 (the 27th is when the Expo opens). Visit the websites for more information; Dallas and Cowtown.

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July 26 Highlights

* The Bells, Clint and Julia, took home top honors at the Christmas in July 5K in McKinney. Clint won the race by breezing in with a 16:56 and Julia came in with a 24:02. The Dallas couple has accomplished this feat before. In the 10K, Jonathon Duty easily won with a 41:57, but Eileen Wright took the runner-up spot by one second when her 48:23 edged Brandon Martin.

* At the Epic Charity Challenge in Plano, 10-year-old Ashli Burgos won the overall female award by crossing the finish line in 19:24.1. Kenny Stice, 20, won the male race with a 17:10.6. It's not that surprising that Ashli was the first female. In April, Ashli set a Plano Pacers 10-12 female club record by racing to a time of 18:50. The previous record for the age division was 19:46, which had stood for 32 years. She also was the female overall winner in the Cook Children's 5K at Cowtown in February by clocking in at 19:56. Brings back memories of Molly Tucker of Southlake, who made her name known by winning some overall female titles at local races when she was 10 and 11. Molly ran her first 5K in 2007 when she was 10 and won the female overall title LGRAW's Bold in the Cold 5K with a 20:21. Before turning 11, Molly also won the overall female Jogging for Johnson and then set a PR of 18:43.2 by winning the overall female title at Run To Joe's in Fort Worth with an 18:43.2. She also posted an 18:45 at the Big D 5K in Dallas, though that effort didn't win the female title.

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Summer Sizzler winners train hard
in effort to achieve lofty goals

By Fiona Green

gabriel zambrano
caitlin keen

About six weeks ago we posted a report that Gabriel Zambrano had won the Some Like It Hot 5K in Fort Worth in  a time of 18:35 while pushing a baby stroller. On Saturday (July 26) morning at the Summer Sizzler XII in Arlington, he once again led the pack, this time sans stroller, and finished in an impressive 16:38, almost a minute ahead of runner-up Anthony Johnson.

Gabriel's PR incidentally is 15:32, which he ran last year at the Fireman's 5K (one of everyone's favorite races:). Perhaps what is most impressive about Gabriel is the fact that he trains alone. He has no coach or team, just plenty of discipline, talent and the constant support of his father. Soon to begin training as a diesel mechanic in Midland, Gabriel is a father to daughter, Ariel, whom he pushed to his victory in Fort Worth. He explained that his return to running was inspired by his daughter and his desire to be a good role model for her. As for future goals, he is hoping to qualify for the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon in May. While he recognizes that this is a lofty goal, he also philosophically asked the question: What's the point of having a goal if it's easy?' Good point.

Caitlin Keen breezed through the course in 18:45, easily winning the female overall title. She had hoped to break 18 minutes but said before the race that her legs felt a little tired. Keen recently graduated from SMU with an undergraduate degree in Applied Physiology and Business Administration. She has now begun her Masters in sports management at SMU and will be continuing to run for the Mustangs for her fifth year. 

When asked what her favorite distance might be, she said, ''On the track I love the 10,000 meters and the 3,000-meter Steeplechase. Both races are extremely challenging and require a certain type of personality and discipline. I enjoy testing myself and both races allow me to test my limits. Training for these distances have given me the kind of edginess and toughness I need to tackle life in a way that allows me to do so with confidence and conviction.''

As for her training schedule, it is not for the faint of heart. ''I get a full off day every 14 days and it's heaven to my legs. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are easy days with the longest I'll go being around 50 minutes and a core workout. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays are my hardest days -- double runs with a weight lifting circuit to help my strength. Total mileage for these days usually ends up being 10-12 each day with usually an hour hard session in the morning and a 3-4 mile recovery run in the afternoon. Sundays are my favorite day because they're my long run days. The longest I've gone is 15 miles in 1hr:50min, but it varies week to week from 90 minutes -- 110 minutes (12-15 miles).''

She also enjoys swimming and aqua jogging and has recently started lap swimming, which makes her legs and body feel more recovered than the bike.  

Caitlin's PR for the 5K distance is 17:18 on an indoor track but her goal is to break the 18-minute barrier on the roads. She would also like to break 35 minutes for a 10K. ''I wake up each morning to these times written on my mirror so they are the first things I see when I get out of bed and the last when I go to sleep. I know from here on out it will be a mental battle. The training and the work is there, it's just going to be more about believing in myself and enjoying the journey.''

This summer, as well as enjoying several trips, she has appreciated the time to connect with her family and has surrounded herself with like-minded people who make her want to be a better person. ''I found so much joy from life this summer and really took the time to appreciate what I've been blessed with and who I have been blessed to share it with (shout out to clubDFDUB, my family, and my teammates who are currently all over the world).''

 We wish both Gabriel and Caitlin the best of luck and will be looking out for them in the future.

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* MetroPCS Dallas Marathon race organizers announced on July 22 that Behringer, a Dallas-based leader in specialized investment opportunities, has expanded its sponsorship of Dallas’ largest marathon. Behringer will serve as the title sponsor of the 5-Person Relay and the Corporate Relay Challenge through 2016. The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and Behringer Relay – as it will collectively be known – is scheduled Sunday, December 14. This will be the ninth year Behringer has sponsored the event.

* The Cowtown Marathon conducted a contest with voters choosing among three cowtown logo 2015designs for next year's Feb. 28-March 1 event. Anyone could vote on the design they liked, and the winner among voters is the one that's pictured. Last year's design also was decided by voters, who had three choices. It's interesting to note that the event, because it has been stretched to two days beginning in 2011, ends on March 1 with the ultra, marathon and half distances. The Cowtown always is conducted on the last Saturday in February, but because it had been only one day, it never went into March. But now the 10K, and the two 5Ks (adult and student) are on Saturday with the longer distances the next day. Also, it's interesting to note that February is having one of its ''perfect'' four weeks. Every six years, because the month has a leap year (29 days) also, the month ends on Saturday....unless Jan. 31 falls on a Saturday during leap year. Then there's another five-year wait. So, there either are six years or 11 years in between the 28th falling on a Saturday. All this according to what was found on the internet.

* Congratulations to Dawn Grunnagle of Dallas for qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials for the marathon. Dawn, this website's 2012 Female Runner of the Year, ran a PR 1:14:56 at the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth, Minn. on June 21. Her time was four seconds faster than she needed to qualify for the B standard. She told Debbie Fetterman of the Dallas Morning News that her goal is to qualify for the Olympic Trials in track at the 10K distance. She said she's a little uncomfortable at the marathon distance and would like to have the option of competing in either one. She joins Enoch Nadler (see below) of Dallas as an Olympic Trials qualifier.

* Enoch Nadler, this website's 2013 Male Runner of the Year in the DFW area, and his wife Angela have left Dallas to explore Central and South America. They left on June 28 and will arrive in Ecuador. Enoch, a former standout at the University of Florida, has won several races in the area after moving to Dallas in 2012, and also qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon after running a 1:03:55 at the USA Half Marathon Championship in Houston. He was instrumental in organizing the Dallas Running Club's Elite Team. Debbie Fetterman wrote an article about Enoch and Angela in the Dallas Morning News on June 13.

* The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon issued two announcements in May. The latest is that the National Black Marathoners Association will host its 10th annual summit during the marathon weekend in 2015, and hundreds of NBMA members from across the states are planning to participate in the 45th running of the event. Read more about the NBMA. Officials also have announced that the Muscular Dystrophy Association's MDA Team Momentum will participate as the official charity group in this year's event. The MDA Team Momentum is a nationwide endurance program designed to help support MDA's mission to find treatment and cures for muscle disease. Read more.

* The Plano Balloon Festival Board has announced several new features for the 4th annual half marathon scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 at the Oak Point Park Amphitheater, including customized champions rings for the overall male and female winners. The rings are being designed by Plano resident Eric Olschwanger of Olschwanger Designs, the D Magazine 2012 Best Jewelry Designer and finalist for designing the Dallas Mavericks 2010-11 NBA Championship Ring. They will be cast in white gold and feature the race logo, year, champions name and finishing time.  A preview of the rings can be found here: http://jewelrymovie.com/olschwanger/balloon/2nd_draft/.

* Read about the DRC Elite Team Training. More.

* Rock 'n/ Roll Dallas and MetroPCS Dallas Marathon are offering a dual medal. More.


Comments and PRs

There have been a few new runners' comments about races, and a few personal bests posted the past few days. However, they have been far and few between. Please click the link above or click here to submit comments, whether good or bad, about an event or events. Comments could help other runners decide whether they want to participate at that particular event or maybe comments will help race directors solve any particular problems. Regarding Personal Records: You can submit your all-time PR and your most recent PR in your particular age division. The PR listings are for the age division you are in currently. In for example, you ran a 22-minute 5K on the day before you turned, say, 40, and then ran a 22:05 a week after you turned 40, then you have a new PR in your new age division even though you ran faster a week ago. These listed need a lot more names and times; distances are 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon. The links also are on the menu above, and the PR links are below that.

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REMINDER: Please submit your new PRs, whether 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon. Remember, too, that if you have advanced into another age division, then you will set a PR in that age division the first time you run a race. Also please submit comments about races and rate them. This might help others decide which race to enter and could offer constructive feedback to race directors. Race directors also have a chance to comment about the feedback.