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April 6 Highlights
* Rain and wet conditions didn't deter runners at the Big D Marathon and Half Marathon, and two Dallas residents took home titles on April 6. Emily Field, 32, continues her impressive year by winning the female half marathon with a 1:22:58, and Shaheen Sattar, 29, took the female marathon overall award with a 3:10:02.
April 5 Highlights
* Money was on the line for the fastest times in the Irving Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K on April 5. Winning the marathon and collecting $400 was former Austin Marathon winner Edward Kiptum of Georgetown. His 2:35:15 beat Agustin Hernandez of Irving by about a minute. His victory came a day before his 31st birthday. In the half, this website's 2013 Male Runner of the Year Enoch Nadler of Richardson won by almost two minutes with a 1:07:31, which earned him $250. Barnabus Kirui of Dallas sailed to an easy victory with a 32:17 in the 10K and won $150, the same payoff for Ben Chesang of Irving, who burned a 14:31 to win by 11 seconds over Sammy Kiplagut of Georgetown. See short slideshow. Photos submitted by Movin' Pictures, where more will be available.
* Clint Bell, 34, of Dallas and Natalie Merrill, 29, of Dallas earned $100 each for their overall male and female victories at the Seton Soles 5K in Plano. Clint finished with a 16:12 to win by more than two minutes over Colby Kuehler (17:46), 19, of Argyle, and Natalie came in with a 19:08 while runner-up Heather Frayre, 21 of Oak Cliff finished in 19:54. Runners-up pocketed $75 each and third place finishers took home $50.
* Teenagers took the overall prizes at Run For Sarah at Trinity Park in Fort Worth. Greg Fehribach, 15, a member of the Richland High School track team, won the male title by posting an 18:22.5 and Taylor Douglas, 18, of Cypress won the female title with a 22:18.8. See short slideshow. Photos submitted by Movin' Pictures, where more will be available.
* It's always great to see the increasing numbers of aging runners participating in events. For example, the DRC Tal Morrison 5K included 86-year-old Jan Richards of Dallas. Jan has been a fixture at races for several years. She has an interesting background and I wrote about her when working at the Star-Telegram. She started running at a relative older age after giving up smoking and bar-hopping (well, more or less). But the oldest runner there was 87-year-old Richard Widener, who also is a regular at DFW races. Some 70-plus runners also posted impressive times as Bill Shaw, 71, ran a 6:57-minute-a-mile pace for a 21:40.54, and in the 15K, Wally Capps, 73, of Farmers Branch finished in 1:17:11.26 (an 8:18 pace) and Bies Vanbesien, 73, of Heath came in at 1:19:21.93 (an 8:32 pace). And 62-year-old Linda Kelly finished in 1:16:40.54 (an 8:15 pace).
* Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price isn't the only mayor who promotes healthy lifestyles by cycling and running, but North Richland Hills mayor Oscar Trevino also does. On April 1, he started his monthly 10-mile bike rides and Saturday, he conducted the Mayor's 5K Walk, which was free to the 185 who registered.
* The oldest winner was Cathy Buchanan. The 52-year-old from Fort Worth has won several overall and masters titles after recovering from a late 2013 injury. She won the female title at the Back the Bearcats in Aledo with a 20:44 (20:42.7 chip time). In the male race, Kurt Shreckengast, 23, of Aledo won the male title with an 18:18.2 (18:15.7), nudging 52-year-old masters winner David Holtsford of Lipan by about six seconds.
* Three males were challenging for the victory at the Fairview Half Marathon. Fernando Gomez won with a 1:25.03 with the next two were Steven Fonrigrnao (1:25:17) and Justin Rausch (1:25:47).
* First across the finish line at the Heart & Sol 5K was Sara Ellis, 29, with an 18:12. The male winner and over runner-up was Grayson Adair, 16, with a 19:51.
* Note: The Runners Comments page has several coding errors. I will update the page during next week to correct the errors. Recent comments will then be included.
.* Sunday (April 6), the Big D Marathon and Half Marathon will unfold at Fair Park in Dallas. Refreshments will include craft beer for those 21 and older.
By Fiona Green
The annual Boopa's Deli race in Fort Worth is one of my favorites. Not only does it benefit a great cause -- the Down Syndrome Partnership of Tarrant County -- but it is well organized and all participants receive a dozen free bagels after the race!
While this year's race on March 29 appeared to have fewer participants compared to previous years, perhaps due to a busy race calendar, those who were there had a great time. Both races started together and consisted of an out-and-back.
Because of some confusion, the two lead male runners in the 5K missed the final turn into the parking lot near the finish line by following a line of cones on the street that looked like they might have been part of a finishing chute. By the time they realized their mistake, their positions had reversed and as a result, 40-year-old Lee Roskop (shown on right in photo) crossed the finish line first. In true sportsmanlike fashion, he insisted the result be altered so that 26-year-old triathlete Fernando Calderon (shown on left) would be properly acknowledged. Roskop settled for the Masters title. This was Calderon's first 5k race and he was very happy with his win. It was also a close finish on the female side with friends Dory Thayer and Elizabeth Lawrence finishing within a few seconds of one another.
March 29 Highlights
* The Vargas family took home a couple of awards from the Raiders On The Run 5K in Fort Worth on a colder-than-expected Saturday morning. Gabriel Vargas, 41, of Fort Worth won the male masters title with a 22:42.8, and Gabriel Vargas Jr. won the 20-24 male division by finishing a step behind dad with a 22:44.5. Maybe the 40 degrees seemed colder after the 80-degree day on Friday. Not sure if the Betsy Price is the Fort Worth mayor, but if so, she won the female 60-64 division with a 38:29.7. The mayor, besides being a cyclist, also enters a few runs each year.
* Masters runners enjoyed a great day. At the Boopa's Deli 10K in Fort Worth, Jon Korte, 47, took the male title with a 36:27 (36:22.64 chip time), and Laura Nelson, 48, won the female overall award with a 42:47 (42:42.31). The masters winners were Ray Taylor, 45, (42:04.69) and Fiona Green, 49, 44:49.79). At the Neuroblastoma 5K in Fort Worth, 48-year-old John Runyon zipped to the male victory in 17:40 and 52-year-old Cathy Buchanan was the first female with a 21:13. They both were older than the masters winners, 43-year-old Jerry Johnson (18:27) and Kristi Higgins (24:46).
* There were several two-legged gazelles at the Fort Worth Zoo Run 5K. In the male division, four runners dipped under 18 minutes and the winner, Jose Mejorada, 33, of Fort Worth came in under 17 with a 16:35. The next three males were Ivan Pinal, 27, (17:07), Alex Morris, 29, (17:10), and Gabriel Zambrano (17:55). The female winner, Emily Field, was the fourth overall finisher with a 17:23. Emily beat a strong field that included this website's 2013 Female Runner of the Year Jessica Smith and Female Masters Runner of the Year Cora Turner, among others. Jessica, 36, of Trophy Club came in with an 18:34 and Cora, 44, finished with a 19:58. A couple of younger male runners also posted some noteworthy times as 7-year-old Ethan Corrales logged a 21:37 and 10-year-old Josue Mejorada, no doubt showing fast genes run in the family, clocked a 21:26.
March 23 Highlights
* Local runners didn't quite pull off upsets at the Rock 'n' Roll Dallas 1/2 on Sunday morning (March 23), but it was quite a race to the finish in the men's race. Kenyan Julius Kiptoo, 36, pull out the victory with 1:06.01. He was leading by 14 seconds through 10 miles, but Colby Lowe, 24, of Southlake challenged the last 3.1 miles to finish only three seconds behind. Both had gone through the 10K mark at 31:22. Enoch Nadler, 28, of Richardson, was third with a 1:06:58. In the female race, American standout Deena Kastor, 41, of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., breezed to victory in 1:11:57. D'Ann Mineo (formerly Arthur), 26, of Dallas was runner-up with a 1:18:28, nudging Emily Field, 32, of Dallas by 20 seconds. Kastor, a bronze medalist in the 2004 Olympic Games marathon has set several American records at various distances. She broke her own American record in the half marathon in 2006 at the Berlin Half Marathon with a 1:07:34, and three weeks later she won the Flora London Marathon with an American record of 2:19:36.
March 22 Highlights
* It might seem unusual that a female would win the Grasslands 50-Mile run, but not until one realizes that winner Sabrina Little set an American record last year in the IAA 24-Hour World Championships in the Netherlands. She logged 152.03 miles in the 24-hour time to win the silver medal. Little (formerly Moran) of Waco trailed male winner Chris Oles by almost 10 minutes after the first lap at the Grasslands, but narrowed the margin to about two minutes after the second lap. Oles stretched the margin to almost 15 minutes after the third lap, but Little, 27, moved to within 11 seconds after the fourth lap and went on to finish in 8:06:36. Oles, 40, came in at 8:11:44.
* Clint Bell and Julia Mungioli of Dallas were married a little more than a month ago and Saturday morning (March 22), they won the male and female overall titles at the Cedar Hill Green Run 5K. Clint easily won with a 16:45. Julia finished in 22:58 to win by 11 seconds over Miranda Myers.
* A couple of masters runners hauled off overall awards at the Aledo Advocats Run, Walk or Crawl 5K. Todd Reynolds, 46, and this website's 2013 Male Masters Runner of the Year, won with an 18:13.3 (18:12.9 chip time) and Sarah Cordell, 40, won with a 23:44.4 (23:28.1 chip time). One of Todd's sons, Richard, 13, won the male 12-14 age division with a 21:00.8.
* Young runners dominated at the Keller Williams 5K in Flower Mound. First male across the finish line was Payton Ash, 14, with a 17:18 and the first female was 12-year-old Tatum Castillo with a 19:17. By the way, the Laura Welson, 48, listed in the results with a 20:45 and first female masters, should be Laura Nelson.
* Cathy Buchanan, another masters runner, took the overall female title at the Mardi Gras Masquerade 5K in Keller. The 51-year-old won with a 21:37:06. Since recovering from an injury in llate 2013, this was at least Cathy's fourth overall female victory this year. She also has at least five masters victories.
March 16 Highlights
* Participants at the FWRC Pre St. Patrick's Day 5K and the Carrollton Runners Club Prediction 5K woke up to a very breezy and cold morning after enjoying a fairly warm Saturday. Jessica Smith, 35, and this website's 2013 Female Runner of the Year, managed an 18:48.9 in the wind at Trinity Park to win at least her fourth title in the DFW area this year. Taking the male title was Jose Mejorada, 33, with a 17:30.1, quite good considering the conditions. Kyle Strode, 50, of Helena, Mt., won the male masters award with an 18:20, and Laura Nelson, 48, of Grapvine won the female masters title with 21:24.2
March 15 Highlights
* Green was the dominate color at the St. Paddy's Dash Down Greenville 5K on a warmish Saturday morning, and some of the competitors took home some green -- the spending kind. Ben Chesang (pictured on left), Enoch Nadler (middle) and Barnabas Kirui sped around the 3.1-mile course with Chesang, who ran for Kansas through 2007 and who recently moved to Irving, zipping across the finish line first with a 14:32. Nadler came in 12 seconds later and Kirui was two seconds behind Nadler. All three are on the newly-formed DRC Elite Training team that was announced this week. In the female race, D'Ann Mineo (formerly Arthur) earned the top prize with an impressive 16:58, 11 seconds ahead of Emily Field. The winners earned $250 each, runners-up pocketed $200 and third-place finishers won $150. The masters winners -- Brian Schmidt (16:47) and Sheila Natho (19:57) -- earned $100 each. Photo by Angela Nadler.
* More money was on the line at the Longview Half Marathon and it was a battle for the $1,000 prize. Sammy Kiplagat of Georgetown nosed out another runner who calls Georgetown home, Philip Kibiwot, to win the $1,000 top prize by six seconds with is 1:06:42. Kibiwot earned $500 for his runner-up finish. Also pocketing money for their top five finishes were Abraham Rutto (1:07:33, $400), Geoffrey Kiprotch (1:08:07, $300) and Scott Downard (1:11:49, $200). In the female competition, Camille Herron collected $1,000 for winning with a 1:18:47, while Elizabeth Eder of Fort Worth, this year's Cowtown 10K and half marathon winner, finished second with a 1:19:31, which earned $500. The other female prize winners were Florence Ngetich (1:24:19, $400), Shandra Moore, 1:27:55, $300) and Sarah Deller (1:29, $200). Another interesting note: Harold Wilson, 80 years old, finished the half in 1:53:24, good for 67th place among the 212 finishers.