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Grapevine masters runner holds on in Race for The Children

don nelson leads


Jennifer Blake

Jennifer Blake of Denton won her first women's overall title with a PR of 21:44.

Will Kanewske

Will Kanewske, 16-year-old from Southlake, chased Don Nelson but couldn't catch him down the stretch.

Don Nelson, a 51-year-old Grapevine resident, had just enough to stay in front of Will Kanewske, a 16-year-old Southlake student, to be across the finish line first in the third annual Race For The Children 5K in Lewisville on a sunny, not-too-hot Saturday (Sept. 15) morning. The results show that Nelson as the Masters (40 and older) winner and Kanewske as the overall winner. A runner can't win overall and masters.

Nelson, who is trying to use races as his speed-work training to prepare for the fall road-race season, came across the finish line first for the second consecutive week with an 18:49, an improvement over this 19:25.7 last week. ``Yeh, but last week we had that uphill finish and I slowed down going up that,'' he said. His first mile at both races was about the same, but he said after that he's trying to hold on because he knows his legs are in top racing condition. Yet, he had enough to stay in front of Kanewske after passing him after about two miles.

The women's winner was Jennifer Blake, 34, of Denton. It was Blake's first overall women's title and she said her recent hill training also paid off with a PR of 21:44, which was allmost a minute faster than her previous best.

Blake said she has run for several years, but seriously for only about four. She trained for the 2005 White Rock Marathon and hasn't stopped yet. She said her goal is to run all the Texas Marathons, and is training for San Antonio on Nov. 11. She already has added Cowtown, Houston and Austin to her resumè.

Kanewske, a sophomore, said he is recovering from a back injury, so was pleased with his time. He tried catching Nelson and ``started reeling him in the last mile, but I didn't have enough to get him. But he's a good runner.''

Besides the 5K, there was a youth mile run at the event that benefits the Lewisville Masonic Lodge Adopt a School program. A couple of lodge members, decked out in clowns' costumes, entertained the crowd.