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Big crowd at Pumpkin Run
A big turnout of approximately 900 enjoyed a reasonably cool (in the 70s), slightly breezy morning at the Pumpkin Run at Joe Pool Lake on Oct. 13.
In the women's 5K, Sheila Natho won in 19:38.8 despite starting out, she said, too fast. Sheila said she reached the first-mile mark in 6:05 and knew she had started too fast, She said that was a sign of her conditioning, but added that she probably could have dipped under 19:30 had she run a more moderate 6:12 or so first mile.
In the 10K, Pedro Ortega led most of the way to win in 34:24.5 while Jodi Hulett, a recent transfer from UT-Arlington to Baylor, won the women's title in 41:07.7 even though she was nursing a touchy hamstring that began bothering her Monday.
Clint said the breezy conditions didn't affect him until he turned south to the finish for the last two-tenths of a mile of the 3.1-mile race. Yet, his time was his best effort at the event.
Natho said she was hoping to win the women's masters title after seeing Jodi take off to the front of the pack. However, the 5K and 10K runners start together and split off almost a mile and a half into the run. ``I was real happy to see (Jodi) go straight on the 10K. I was just trying to hold it together after that....''
Sheila, along with Clint, are planning to run the Dallas Komen Race For the Cure on Oct. 20, and Sheila said she probably will run the DRC Half and Wellstone's White Rock Half Marathon.
Pumpkin winner has inspired her dad to hit the roads
Jodi Hulett, who won the Pumpkin Run 10K at Joe Pool Lake on Oct. 13, has inspired her dad, Chuck, to take up running. He said he started two years ago after attending a couple of 5Ks with Jodi and realizing that runners don't have to be as petite as his daughter. They do come in all sizes and shapes.
Jodi, 21, has transferred to Baylor from UTA and said one of her goals is to help Baylor's cross country team finish in the top five in nationals. She also wants to qualify as an all-American in cross country. She has similar goals in track competition.
She said her proudest race moment was last fall when she qualified for nationals at the regional cross country meet when running for UTA. ``That was probably one of the greatest days of my life,'' she said.
Jodi said she loves running and setting new goals. She ran a 41:07.7 to win at Joe Pool even though she had been nursing a strained hamstring the Monday before the race.
Chuck, who finished 10 minutes behind Jodi, was pleased with his first attempt at the 6.2-mile distance. His goal is to run a 5K at a 7-minute pace. Jodi, his part-time mentor and training partner, believes he can do it. -- Report submitted by Fiona Green.