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Nov. 23-24 Highlights
* Laura Nelson of Grapevine was busy hauling off more medals (where does she put all of them?) over the weekend. On Saturday (Nov. 23), she won the female overall award at the Crape Myrtle Trail Run by finishing with a 21:09 on a morning when a cold front dropped temperatures into the brrrr range. Then on Sunday, the 48-year-old beat everyone at the Carrollton Runners Club 5K despite starting 49 seconds late. She passed everyone and crossed the line in 20:49:46. Male winner J Luis Ahumada, 44, of Irving was clocked at 22:01.70.
* It must have been ladies day on Saturday as two were the first across the finish lines. Dawn Grunnagle of Dallas won the Gobble Hobble 5K in Richardson with an 18:12.2, beating the first male, Alberto Castro, by about 25 seconds. At the same race, longtime competitor JJ Jenkins was 11th overall. The 60-year-old ran a 21:08.2. (JJ just became 8 years younger from the previous post...his age was wrong in the results). The other female to top the field was Stefanie Slekis, 25, who was first at the Big D 30K at White Rock Lake. She ran a 2:02:33.49 while the first male, Ryan Barrow, 25, crossed the line at 2:07:35.31. Also, 73-year-old Wally Capps of Farmers Branch was 12th overall with a 2:47:17.84.
* Masters runner Don Robertson, 40, of Grand Prairie ran a speedy 17:36.16 to stay on the heels of overall winner Jakabs Bikis, 35, of Mansfield, who finished in 17:23.65 at the Prairie Sneak-A-Peek 5K in Grand Prairie.
Winners at N.V. Cupcake's Run could be a sign of the future
By Fiona Green
Teens took top honors at the inaugural N.V. Cupcake's Run in Denton on Saturday morning (Nov. 16). 17-year-old Jackson Fountain led the way, finishing in a time of 17.22, while 13-year-old Elizabeth Reneau covered the course in 20.02. The teens, students at Liberty Christian school in Argyle, are members of the school's track and cross country team. They said their times were slower than expected, but this could have been a result of a possible slightly long course, as per several runners' GPS readings. Reneau, whose other passion is soccer, has a 5K PR of 19:03 while Fountain's PR for the distance is 16:14.
The teens have the benefit of working with some great coaches, including Brad Lutz and Brock Simmons. Simmons paced Fountain for the entire race, then ran in each of his other runners. His own personal PR is an impressive 14:02. Fountain's victory is all the more remarkable considering the obstacles he has recently overcome. In 9th grade, it was discovered he had a congenital ankle issue that caused his ankle to 'pop out.' Surgery to tether the ankle was performed and within a few months he was back on track. He won district and finished third in state by a few seconds only days after recovering from the flu. He is one tough kid!
These gifted athletes are modest and unassuming and we are sure to hear more about them in the future.
Other Nov. 9-16 Highlights
* Veteran runner Bob Smeby, a 57-year-old, almost bagged an overall victory at the Kersh Health 5K in Plano on Nov. 16. However, Noe Robles, 34, edged him by 14 seconds by finishing in 19:31. The female overall winner was 11-year-old Karsen Aguirre, who clocked in at 21:00. At the DAwg Run (Nov. 16), 10-year-old Mercy Horton was able to win the female race with a 25:17.
* The fastest oldest overall female winner on Nov. 16 was 51-year-old Frances McKissick of Irving. The long-time DFW competitor won the Dunn Dragon Run in Arlington with a 23:24.6. The oldest was Elizabeth Ransom. The 42-year-old ran a 25:13.9 to take the female title at the Step Out For Diabetes 5K.
* The youngest winner was 9-year-old Aiden Revilla, who won the TCC SC Gobble Wobble 5K (Nov. 16) in Fort Worth with an impressive 20:08. He not only won the male title, but he was first across the finish line.
* After experiencing a few problems the past couple of years, the Fort Worth Marathon, 20-Mile and Half Marathon appeared to have solved everything for the Nov. 10 race that starts and finishes at LaGrave Field after a trek on the Trinity Trails. Comments from several participants were complimentary, saying how well-marked the course was, how there were ample volunteers and good food. And they vowed to return. Winning the marathon was Daniel Merchant, 26, of Dallas with a 2:52:16 and taking the female title was Mackenzie Cutchall, 25, of Fort Worth with a 3:25:25. In the 20-miler, Zac Sartin, 32, of Abilene won the male race with a 2:18:30 and masters runner Tiffany Albrecht, 41, of Dallas won the female race with a 2:31:23. Josh Guderian, 28, of Irving won the men's half with a 1:22:12 and Lory Loppolo, 37, of Lawton, Okla., took the female title with a 1:31:06. Also, Todd Reynolds, 45, of Benbrook won his third consecutive male marathon masters title with a 2:58.24. Todd will be pacing the 3-hour marathoners at The Cowtown until he breaks off to complete the ultra. where he'll be bidding for his third consecutive masters title. He won the ultra in 2009, the second year it was conducted.
* The Cobos family hauled off the overall awards at the A Run For The Kids 5K in Plano (Nov. 9). Jamie, 44, won the male title with an 18:36.1 and Tellie, 45, nabbed the female overall title with a 20:01.6. Meanwhile, the Stickfords of Dallas won overall titles at the Harvest Hustle 5K in Dallas. Jonathon, 35, ran an 18:18 and Abby, 28, won with a 20:25.
* At the Azle Lake Run on Saturday (Nov. 9), masters runner Jeff Alexander, 43, of Fort Worth won the 10K with a 38:47.7 while 16-year-old Sydney Bivens of Fort Worth won the female title, finishing in 47:36.5. There also was a half and a 5K.
* Two well-known masters runners, Laura Nelson and Fiona Green, won the female overall and masters titles at the World Run Day 5K in Grand Prairie. Laura ran a 19:53 and Fiona a 21:37 to add to their collection of awards.
Close races highlight DRC Half
The temperature might have been chilly and breezy for the DRC Half on Sunday (Nov. 3) morning, but the male and female races were heated as $1,000 was the dangled as the reward for finishing first. Winning the male race was former Ole Miss runner Barnabas Kirui, 27, who is living in Dallas. Kirui edged Lamech Mosoti, 32, who was coming off a course-record 2:13:42 winning effort at the Victoria Marathon on Oct. 13. Kirui won by two seconds after surviving the battle to the wire with a 1:05:20 over the redesigned flatter course.
In the women's race, Florence Kiplagat Mose, the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Champion and 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Champion, beat former Keller and University of Texas runner Laleh Mojtabaeezamani by nine seconds, crossing the finish line in 1:18:46.
The male and female overall winners each earned $1,000 and runners-up won $500. Five places were paid. The first three masters runners also earned money with $150 going to the winners -- Cora Turner, 44, of Alvarado (1:28:13) and Agustin Hernandez, 42, of Irving, (1:15:36).
Jessica Smith, 36, of Trophy Club topped the 5K field by running an 18:09. She beat the first male, Julio Enriquez, 36, of Ardmore, Okla., by 10 seconds.
Top five males: Barnabas Kirui, Dallas, 1:05:20, $1,000; Lamech Mosoti, Grand Prairie, 1:05:22, $500; Abraham Rutto, Georgetown, 1:06:15, $400; Sammy Kiplagat Cheptoo, Georgetown, 1:06:34, $300; Enoch Nadler, Richardson, 1:06:46, $200. Top five females: Florence Kiplagat Mose, Grand Prairie, 1:18:46, $1,000; Laleh Mojtabaeezamani, Keller, 1:18:55, $500; Bri Ramos, Dallas, 1:21:39, $400; Laurie Shea, Prosper, 1:21:43, $300; Stephanie Slekis, Denton, 1:22:38, $200.
Top three male masters: Agustin Hernandez, Irving, 1:15:36, $150; Vesko Rajovic, Rockwall, 1:15:44, $100; Steve Pfiffner, Dallas, 1:18:19, $50. Top three female masters: Cora Turner, Alvarado, 1:28:13, $150; Sheila Natho, Dallas, 1:30:50, $100; Mary Martin-Donaldson, Amarillo, 1:35:05, $50.
Nov. 2 Highlights
* It's not so unusual anymore, it seems, but it's always noteworthy when a female is first across the finish line. It happened again at the Toro Dash 5K in Fort Worth as Elizabeth Eder finished almost two minutes in front of the first male. Elizabeth, of Fort Worth, ran a zippy 17:33 while male winner William Carrera of Grand Prairie finished with a 19:17. In the 10K, Brianne Robbins of Norman, Okla., wasn't the first finisher, but she came in second with a 38:32.4. Male winner Kyler Hitt of Mansfield had crossed the finish line at 37:34.9.
* There have been several younger runners nabbing overall titles, too. At the Lone Star CASA Superhero 5K in Rockwall, 12-year-old Allyson McCutcheon of Rockwall won the female division with a 24:29.
* The Joe Cushman Run was another of several races that determines overall winners by chip time and not gun time. Jaworski Crawford of Dallas was deemed the overall female winner in the 5K with an 18:44.3, though she didn't start until 11:34.9 had passed...meaning her gun time was that much slower than her chip time. There was some question about her time, but Rocky Higginbotham of RunTIME Racing Services said he talked to her and she told him she usually runs in the mid 18-minute range. So, that also means that her 6-year-old daughter Khloi, running with her mother, should be a future star because she was only five seconds slower.
* The oldest overall winner this week was 51-year-old Della Irby. She won the female division at the Miles Against Melanoma in Lewisville with a 21:32.5.
* Carole Holschuh and John Bickel were the next oldest who earned overall awards. The 49-year-old Carole was the female winner of Run For the Hills 5K in Richland Hills with a 22:49.1 (22:46.7 chip time). John, also 49, was the overall male winner at the Color Me Cooper 10K in McKinney with a 49:45.4 (47:50.4 chip time).
* Among the youngest overall winners were 10-year-old Lena Meras and 11-year-old Alec Leos, both of of Sunnyvale. They won the overall female and male 5K awards at the Sharing Life Community Outreach run in Sunnyvale. Lena won with a 25:25.2 (25:22.9 chip time)...not a time that usually wins, but impressive for her age. Alec won with a 22:26.2 (22:25.1 chip time), also an impressive showing.
Oct. 24-27 Highlights
* A brother and sister took center stage Sunday at the Carrollton Runners Club 1-mile and 5K at McInnish Park. Abby Lewis, an 11-year-old from Bedford, won the female division by crossing the finish line in 22:25.67. Her brother, 15-year-old Logan, won the male division with a 19:10.79.
* Remembering the Boston Marathon was the overall mood of many at the No Limits Wild Asphalt Half Marathon and 5K at Texas Motor Speedway on a morning that began cool, overcast and breezy. Toni Biggerstaff of Keller and Jennifer McAlister of Fort Worth, both participants in Boston where three people were killed and 264 were injured by a bomb blast near the finish line, served as Grand Marshals at the event. A moment of silence to honor the victims preceded the start of the races. Both Biggerstaff and McAlister plan to participate in Boston again in 2014. Biggerstaff, 44, won the female masters Saturday by finishing in 1:48:00.5 (1:47:55.1 chip time) and placed sixth overall female. McAlister, 42, won the 40-44 age division with a 1:48:23.6 (1:48:18.0) and was eighth overall female. Winning the female half was Holly Harsh, 27, of Fort Worth, finishing with a 1:39:53.3 (1:39:51.2). Troy Pickett, 42, of Argyle won the male title with a 1:28:45.1 (1:28:44.5), and Tim Olson, 45, of Fort Worth took the male masters award with a 1:30:10.6 (1:30:09.9). In the 5K, John Marquart, 27, of Irving won the male race, clocking in at 19:15.2 (19:14.3) and runner-up Lee Roskon, 40, of Fort Worth won the male masters award with an 18:47.8. The first male across the finish line, though, was 16-year-old Kevin Reneau of Ferris, who won the Male Youth 17 and Under division. In the female race, Stefanie Rivera, 27, won overall with a 20:18.9 (20:18.6), and Leena Robinson, 50, took the masters title with a 23:02.0 (23:00.3). The youth winner was Kylie Steskal, 15, of Flower Mound who also was the second female with a 21:24.4 (21:23.0).
* Dawn Grunnagle, 35, of Dallas overwhelmed the female field at the Allstate Life Insurance 13.1 in Dallas. Dawn, this website's 2012 Female Runner of the Year, zipped to a 1:19:48.32. Though she dominated by winning by almost five minutes over runner-up Natalie Merrill, 29, of McKinney, she won last year with a personal best of 1:17:10 to win $1,000 and qualify for the 13.1 Marathon Series National Championship in Florida. In the male race, Leonardo Frayre, 34, won with a 1:17:51.23. Runner-up Jeff Pels, 25, finished at 1:19:05.81. In the 5K, Jenna Parker, 29, of Harvey Cedars, N.J., beat everyone across the finish line to win the female title with a 17:42.86. Winning the male award was Robert Segien, 27, of Irving with an 18:10.
* Craig Ottman, 31, of Keller won the Heritage Monster Dash in Fort Worth, running a 17:26 (17:23.85 chip time). That's not so unusual for Craig, whose victories include the Cowtown Marathon in February. What's unusual is he did it while pushing a baby jogger. He also was runner-up the night before in the Friends of the River 6K. His 20:35 was about 12 seconds behind winner Dane Batzel, 36, of Arlington.
* There might be some clarification needed for the Undy 5000. The results show Alex Morris, 28, as first with a 17:39, but runner-up David Lackey, 30, has a 16:59 posted.
* The oldest (though see Glynn Wilson below) and almost youngest winners happened to be at the same race. Kristle Jackson, 12 of Frisco won at the Living For Zachary Heart Run with a 22:46. The male winner was 59-year-old Kyle Heffner of McKinney, who logged an 18:48.2. The youngest overall winner was 11-year-old Shelby Pybus of Plano, who was first female at the ZTA Super Heroes 5K in McKinney. She won with a 23:16.5.
* Well, maybe Glynn Wilson, 63, of Stephenville was technically the oldest overall winner. In a format that had winners for Over 50 at the Stephenville Spooktacular, he won that 5K division with a 24:40.7. There also was a division for Under 50.
* The other 12-year-old winner was Elijah Alexandermacias of Frisco, who was top male at the Gary Burns Memorial Run in Frisco. He ran an impressive 16:58. Several runners at the race, which attracts many of school runners, dipped under 20 minutes.
The week's activities kicked off Thursday night with the popular Friends of the River Run, which featured an unusual distance of 6K, at Montgomery Plaza in Fort Worth. There also was an untimed 3K. After the runs, participants enjoyed a great party highlighted with live music and several food and drink vendors. And another neat feature is that participants finished on the newly opened and redesigned 7th Street Bridge. The male and female winners both were from Arlington. Jillian Norman, 36, raced to a 24:24.2 (24:23.1 chip time) to win the female division, and Dane Batzel, 36, won the male division with a 20:23.2, finishing 12 seconds in front of runner-up Craig Ottman, 31, of Keller.
Honored Hero was race for everyone
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Jose Mejorda finishes far in front of his competition in the 20-mile run, which was one of distances offered at the fifth annual Honored Hero run at Trinity Park in Fort Worth on Sunday (Oct. 20). He ran a 2:00:37.63 on the cool morning that was nearly perfect for running. Other distances included the half marathon, a new 10K, 5K and 1K...something for everyone. A record of more than 1,400 registered for the event.
Many use the half and 20-miler as tune-ups for upcoming marathons or half marathons. Several are novices who take on the 5K or the more challenging 10K. For example, 11-year-old Emma Cooley (pictured), a sixth-grader at Tidwell Middle School, ran her first 5K. Emma's only running experience has consisted of playing soccer, so she was all grins after finishing with a 24:21.21. Emma was the first female across the finish line and was cheered as the female winner, but Lorna Paden, 45, finished with the fastest chip time of 23:51.97 and chip times determined the winners. Male 20-mile winner Jose Mejorda said he wasn't training for a particular race, but might compete in a marathon this fall or winter. Female winner Rachel Harp is considering the Cowtown Ultra 50K in February.
The event raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Last year, the event raised $32,000 for the organization. Race director Don Armstrong is a leukemia survivor and he was pleased with the turnout for the fifth event. ''When we started this, we had no competition in October,'' he said. But that has changed considerably. Almost each weekend in October are full of events with as many as 30. So, to attract almost 1,500 participants for two consecutive years is special to Don, who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on Sept. 14, 2005. He has directed his life in helping raise money for the Society and has remained active, having run several marathons since his first stem cell transplant. You can read more about Don on his blog.
Besides Mejorda's victory, other winners were: 20-mile -- female, Rachel Harp, 2:29:26.04; 5K -- male, John Marquart, 19:38.82; female, Lorna Paden, 23:51.97 (chip time); 10K -- male, Jack Currin, 36:48.49; female, Kimberly Drechsel, 40:50.26; half marathon -- male, Donny Martin, 1:26:14.94; female -- Sara Schneider, 1:44:42.52.
Oct. 19-20 Highlights
* Michael Johnson, 61, took home $50 from the Carrollton Runners Club Prediction 5K on Sunday morning. Michael predicted he'd finish in 32:00. Well, he finished in 31:59.914, missing his prediction by a narrow .09. Because he finished under .10 seconds, he won 10 percent of the $500 pot, which will be $450 for the next prediction run.
* The Dallas Komen Race For The Cure would have been great for spectating on a chilly (high 40s) Saturday morning. The times were fast and the competition keen in the male and female divisions. In the male race, Barnabas Kirui, 27, of Dallas sped to an impressive 14:58 to outrun challengers Logan Sherman, 27, of Dallas and Clint Bell, 34, of Dallas. Logan cross the finish mat at 15:17 and Clint followed at 15:34. In the female division. Melissa Cook, 33, of Highland Village bested Dawn Grunnagle, 35, of Dallas with a 17:10 to win by 16 seconds. Male masters winner Agustin Hernandez, 41, also cracked the 16-minute mark with a 15:44, and female masters winner Cora Turner, 44. of Alvarado zipped to a 19:13.
* More masters overall victories this week included female winners Angela Eusery, 45, of Dallas at the Bella Benefit in Grand Prairie with a 21:25; Run Mansfield Run female winner Silvia Duncan, 42, of Mansfield with a 21:11. Male winner, 15-year-old Roger Ward, raced in with a 15:27.7; Minerva Paredes, 49, of Sherman in the Zombie Apocalypse 10K with a 49:28.3; Dave Moore, a 59-year-old from Early won overall male title at the Pioneer Days 5K in Early with a 21:46.2; at the Goober Run 5K in Whitesboro, the first male was 55-year-old Tea Heers with a 20:30.5. At the Neon Night 5K in Flower Mound, 40-year-old Rachel Hanson of Flower Mound was the female winner, finishing in 19:58.
* Emma Kurz, 16, was the first across the line at the Celebration of Freedom with a 17:17. The first male, Don Strout, 42, came in at 17:55.4.
* Two youngsters claimed the overall titles at the Amazing River Run in Fort Worth. 10-year-old Michael Morgan ran a 24:01 to win the male title, and 12-year-old Mackenzie Morgan took the female title with a 23:34.
Oct. 13 Highlights
* Amy Ewing of Keller competed in her first 100-mile ultra marathon on Sunday and it was quite a debut. She finished The Heartland 100 in Kansas in a course-record time, came away with the overall female award and was fourth overall. She won with an 18:19:21 and broke the 11-year-old female course record of 18:39 in the process. Thanks to Bob Benoit for the note.
* Elizabeth Eder, 25, of Fort Worth finished as the 15th overall female and sixth American female at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. She ran a personal best of 2:42:36.
* Shandra Moore of Roanoke won the Tyler Rose Marathon on Sunday, finishing with a 3:35:31. Shane Huff of Shreveport, La., defending his title buy winning the men's race in 3:00:22. Both winners also won the 5K on Saturday with Huff logging a 16:32 and Moore a 20:08.
Oct. 12 Highlights
* It's just not that uncommon anymore for masters runners to haul off overall titles. And it happened again Saturday. At The Colony Half, Todd Blanchard, 44, of Dallas won the male overall race by finishing with a 1:24:46.71, beating runner-up Anders Fromm Dall, 24, of Fort Worth by 18 seconds. Sheila Natho, 47, of Dallas was the first female at the Frisco Color Run with a 21:29.7, and the male winner was 40-year-old Joe Duce with a 17:56.3; at the I Like Ike 5K in Denison, 46-year-old Merry McCoul of Denison was the female winner with a 21:48.9; and Lee Roskop, 40, of Fort Worth was the male winner at the Run For Triumph in Keller and Fiona Green, 49, of Keller was the first female, though overall awards weren't given.
* It certainly isn't unusual for Agustin Hernandez, 42 of Irving to win an overall title, and he did it again at the Lake Joe Pool Pumpkin Run 10K in Grand Prairie. He ran a 33:35.3 to not only win but also pocket $100 along with his trophy. In the female division, Rebecca Easter, 26, of Mesquite beat Magaly Soto, 37, of Arlington across the finish line by by less than a minute with her 39:11.2, and Magaly's 40:04.8 was 15 seconds in front of Cora Turner, 44, of Alvarado. Cora won the female masters title and the cash. Another masters runner, 46-year-old James Jackson of Denton, challenged 5K winner Jason Trevino, 25, but Jason held on to win with a 16:24.4 and James finished at 16:48.7 and took the male masters title. Jessica Smith, 36, of Trophy Club had no challengers for the female overall title as she breezed in with an 18:07.3.
* Two female runners nabbed overall titles by beating not only their female competitors but male counterparts as well. Kim Rogers-Tracy, 35, of Plano was the overall winner at the Fairfield 5K event that also included a half marathon. Kim ran a 19:43 and the male winner, Luc Dewailly, finished at 20:15. Harley Wright, 17, of Haslet was the first across the finish line at the Haslet Hustle and her time of 20:42.5 beat the first male, Aaron Ferrell, 40, of Haslet by almost 50 seconds.
* John Schofield, 47, and (assuming this is) his son, 11-year-old Adam finished almost together at the Corey Ausenbaugh Memorial Run in Prosper. Their respective times of 23:29 and 23:39 were good for fourth and fifth overall. And Lynn Rader, 43, and Kevin Rader, 42, finished 10th and 11th overall with times of 27:24 and 27:25 (wife and husband?).
* Teen-agers topped the chart at the Argyle Run For Our Sons 5K in Argyle. Jonathan McAlister, 14, won the male division with a 19:45.64 and Bailey McClure took the female title with a 23:14.77.
* Ivan Pinal, 26, and Heinz Schwarzkopf, 24, had quite a battle at the D.O. Dash with Pinal pulling out the victory with a 16:31.26. Heinz crossed the finish line in 16:43.47.
* The Purple Passion 5K course in Garland might have been short considering the fast times of participants, but 45-year-old Autry Parish was first across the finish line in 15:23, beating Noe Robles, 34, by 15 seconds. The female winner also was a 40-older masters runner as Marcie Adame, 43, won with a 21:35.
* The runners who came the greater distance to win were Mack McLain, 25, of Denver and (assumed) his wife Marie, 23. He won the male division at the LEAP Into Action in Dallas with a zippy 15:37 and Marie won the female division in 19:06.
* The oldest winner was Bavailio Rodriguez. The 56-year-old won the male title at Paws in the Park 5K with a 22:20.
Oct. 5 Highlights
* Clint Bell, 34, of Dallas sped to a 16:05 to win the male race at the Mary Kay 5K in Dallas on a Saturday (Oct. 5) morning that began in the 70s and quickly cooled as the day progressed. Just behind Bell's impressive effort was masters runner 46--year-old James Jackson, who finished at 16:48. The female winner also logged a speedy time as Monika Korra, 24, came in at 18:12. And, according to the results, the next female to finish was 9-year-old Ashli Burgos of Frisco with a 20:26, beating masters winner Laura Nelson, 47, of Grapevine by six seconds.
* Vesko Rajovic, a 40-year-old masters runner, won the DRC The Loop 15K at White Rock Lake, posted a 55:36.59 to win by almost four minutes. In the 5K, two masters runners -- Angela Ivy, 46, of Carrollton and Chris McMordie, 43, of Midlothian -- won the female and male overall titles. Angela ran a 21:46.97 and Chris a 20:18.41. And it's great to see Richard Widener, 86, of Irving continuing to compete at many events. He finished with a 48:40.70 in the 5K
* Another masters runner claimed an overall award at the Anna Banana Trail Run Half Marathon in Aubrey. Froylan Franco, 45, of McKinney crossed the finish line first in 1:25:08 to win by a little more than seven minutes. A member of the 'older' set also claimed the female 5K overall award as Karen Loomis, 48, of Corinth won with a 24:01.
* Maybe the most impressive victory was at the Run-n-Roll For Ragan's Hope in Arlington as 55-year-old Mike Fussell of Arlington zipped around the 5K course in 16:21.1 (16:09.5 chip time) to take the male overall title.
* Joe Beisner, one of the previous runner of the year selections on this website, took another overall victory after stepping into the masters category. The 40-year-old from Irving ran a 17:09.4 to win the 5K at the Trophy Club Salutes Wounded Warriors. The female winner was 13-year-old Elizabeth Remeau of Argyle with a 20:30.3.
* Keith Pierce, 33, a three-time winner of the Cowtown Marathon, raced to victory at the Clark Gardens Half Marathon in Mineral Wells by covering the rolling course in 1:10:34. The female winner was masters runner Amy McKay, 42, with a 1:42:07.
* Masters runner Pamela Toelle, 49, of Fort Worth won the female overall division at The Bravest Race in Dallas, logging a 20:14.9. Notching the day's fastest 5K time, assuming the course was accurate, was male winner Alex Hernandez, 17, of Dallas with a 15:16.3.
* The youngest winners were Nevaeh Pantoja and Wyatt Wingard, both 11. Nevaeh ran a 23:36.3 to win the female title at the Color Me Green 5K in Frisco and Wyatt zipped in at 20:08.2 to win the Roof Dog Run in Plano....Masters runners Jessica Schieffer, 40, and Lee Roskop, 40, won the overall female and male awards at the Fidelity 5K in Fort Worth with 22:05.5 and 17:45.6 times....Stacy Huser, 41, stationed at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, won the 20K at the Rugged & Raw race at Cedar Hill Preserve in Dallas with a 2:11:29.69, just edging Kristine Iotte, 30 of Dallas by about three seconds as Kristine came in at 2:11:32.47....Another masters winner took top honors at the Jenny's Run for Hope 10K in North Richland Hills as Aaron Ferrell, 40, won with a 45:45.5....Another 55-year-old stepped to center stage as Jim Klein (misspelled in results) won the CASA Superhero 10K in Cleburne with a 40:55.5 (40:54.7 chip time)....51-year-old Pam Standerfer came in from Phoenix, Ariz., to win the LGRAW Double Trouble 5K with a 21:33. Troy Pruett, 52, of Grapevine took home two awards. He won the male 5K masters with a 19:29.3 and the 10K grandmasters with a 41:15.
Mayor joins in at C.A.L.F. 5K
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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price talks to a couple of young participants at the C.A.L.F. 5K in Fort Worth on an overcast, but humid Saturday (Sept. 28) morning. The event benefits the Cowtown Marathon C.A.L.F. program, and the mayor was among the almost 1,000 (an event record) who ran or walked the 5K, which started and finished at the Coyote Drive-In Theater near LaGrave Field. Craig Ottman, 30, of Keller, the reigning Cowtown Marathon champ, was first across the finish line with an 18:27.4 (18:22.4 chip time), which is somewhat slower than he usually posts. However, Craig said he hasn't raced in several weeks while he builds mileage for the fall long-distance races. Also, he and others said the course, which included a short stretch on gravel, appeared to be somewhat longer than a 3.1-mile distance. Craig said he ran he first mile in a little over 5:30, but despite a mostly flat/slightly downhill second mile, he logged a 6-minute mile. But no one was particularly upset because the event is geared for youngsters who are training for the Cowtown 5K in February and to promote fitness and good nutrition. Many of the youngsters were brougt to the event in school buses. Winning the female title was Kelli Crisp, 25, of Fort Worth with a 25:13.1 (24:44.4 chip time). She said it was here first victory. The event also included a Healthy Culinary Creations Challenge, featuring local Chef Mentors and local high school culinary cook off teams. The 5K started after a 1-mile fun run.
Thanks to unexpected gesture, writer nabs an overall victory in Lewisville
By Fiona Green
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Carmen Merrill and Fiona Green
When we race frequently, the events often merge in our minds and we forget details about individual races. However, occasionally there will be a particular race experience that we know will stick in our minds for a long time. Such was the case for me at the Stonecutter Shuffle in Lewisville on Saturday (Sept. 28) morning.
With a very busy race calendar throughout the Metroplex, the turnout at the Lewisville event was relatively modest but the organization was excellent, the entry fee affordable, the course accurate and the crowd extremely enthusiastic. It was a close and exciting finish in the children's mile race with 10-year-old Carmen Merrill getting off to a very fast start. Although she was eventually passed by a male runner, she finished second overall in a speedy time of 7:50. Carmen comes from an athletic family as her brother, also a runner, is hoping to qualify for the Junior Olympics.
In the 5K, I started with a pack of five males. At around the 3-mile mark with only one runner ahead, I started to sprint toward the finish line. The lead runner took up the challenge and also began to sprint. Considering his youth and muscular physique, I knew there was no way an old lady (48) like me would be able to out-sprint him. However, just a step before the finish line, he slowed down and waved me ahead. It was a special moment and his gesture left me a little confused.
The runner in question was 24-year-old Carter Cox, a triathlete who hails from a large family of athletes (he is the eldest of eight children). When I learned that Cox has a 5K PR of 18:01 it was clear that this race was more about participation and camaraderie than competition. Speaking with him, I realized that his gesture was simply a result of his upbringing. He was a gentleman, a modest and humble athlete who was more content finishing second than first. He is a firm believer in the I am Second philosophy, a Christian multimedia movement designed to inspire people to live for Jesus Christ and others.
His family recently founded the HIS racing group whose mission is to teach life skills through sport. They are committed to promoting and developing the sport of triathlon to beginner through elite youth athletes, age 10-19, in a team environment. Asked about his brother, Talbot, who is the group's head coach, Carter said, ''He is fantastic, loves kids, loves Jesus, and hopes to glorify God through HIS racing. Talbot often brings his team to participate in several iTU triathlons in Texas, the most recent being in May at the Play Tri national qualifier in Las Colinas. In the previous junior elite national championship, the team had four top finishers...one first, one third, and two fourths.'' Although currently based in Oklahoma, the group hopes to soon expand to the DFW Metroplex.
The best part about racing is learning all about the wonderful people we meet as everyone has their own unique story. If only the running part wasn't so exhausting!