FWRC Labor Day run had some hot times
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An overcast morning helped keep the temperature in the 80s, which made the high humidity almost bearable for the participants in the Fort Worth Runners Club's Labor Day 15K, 5K run on Monday morning (Sept. 3), which started and finished at University Village Shopping Center.
Ken Hall, a masters runner who's no stranger to the winner's circle, won the men's 5K and Calandra Stewart, 22, a TCU student who has just finished her cross country/track eligibility, won the women's title in only her second road race and her first 5K on the roads. ``I started running road races to stay in shape, and I still work out with the cross country team,'' she said after finishing in 18:17. ``I'm just trying to get used to running the roads.''
Ken will be heading to Hawaii in the next few days as he'll pace his wife in her first marathon at Maui. He said he'll run the distance as she plans to run about a 9:45 pace. `And that will be good for her,'' he said.
In the 15K, Craig Ottman, 24, and Leana Sloan, another masters runner, won the men's and women's titles. Craig finished the 9.3-mile trip in 54:54.4 and Sloan, 45, in 1:03:43.
Craig, who also competes in triathlons, said he was close to a personal best as he prepares for the Twin Cities Marathon on Oct. 7 in Minneapolis, Minn. It will be his 14th time to go the 26.2-mile distance and he'll be trying to beat his 2:35 (and change) last year at the Austin Marathon.
Leana improved from her winning time at the Bath House 15K in Dallas on Aug. 12, but said she wants to try lowering her time another two minutes. ``It's getting better,'' said Leana, who ran for the South African national team and has logged 30- 40 marathons. She has added track workouts to her training and expects the speed work to help lower her times. She's planning to run the Tulsa World Route 66 marathon on Nov. 18, and the Wellstone's White Rock Marathon on Dec. 9. She said it's not unusual for her to run marathons almost back-to-back, but said she doesn't expect to threaten her 2:51 PR.