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Cowtown winners come through again at The Woodlands
Lamech Mosoti and Dehininet Jara, winners of the male and female marathon in course-record fashion at The Cowtown, didn't take much rest time before winning again. Mosoti ran a 2:19:30 and Jara a 2:44:57 to win the Woodlands Marathon on March 1. Jara, 30, was not closely challenged for the female title, but Mosoti had to hold off Joseph Mutinda, who finished about 11 seconds behind. The two winners, whose times were almost two minutes slower than at Cowtown, added to their Cowtown loot by earning $4,000 each.
Olympian cheers on runners at Race in the Park
By Fiona Green
Until today (March 1), my only brush with an Olympian was right before the 2008 White Rock Marathon when I met Joan Benoit Samuelson in the washroom of the W hotel. We exchanged typical pre-race banter and I was struck by how unassuming and normal she was. At the Southlake Race in the Park 5K on March 1, I met my second Olympian -- Darvis (Doc) Patton, who participated in the men's 4 x 100m relay in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics, winning a silver medal in both 2004 and 2012. Patton, 36, showed up for the morning race to support runners, pose for endless photographs and graciously answer questions and impress everyone with his humility and big smile.
When he was 35, Patton became the sixth fastest man in history to run 100 meters under any conditions with a 9.75 wind-aided win at the 2013 Texas Relays. Although he retired from competition in November, he clearly keeps in great shape. He and his family now live in Grand Prairie. He is a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) and occasionally serves as a Point of Light guest speaker at BBBS recruitment functions. According to his website "it is at these events where he emphasizes the importance of hard work, dedication, faith, accountability and perseverance" – characteristics he learned from his mentor Buzz Andrews, and those he says, "define a champion."
I spotted Patton at the finish line and commented on the fact that the course seemed somewhat long. His response "Are you finished already?" truly made my day. For the next few hours I walked around with a smile on my face thinking that one of the world's fastest sprinters had made, what I considered, a positive comment regarding my race time.
Overall winner was Tommy Pistana, a 33-year-old triathlete who has completed numerous Half Ironmans and two full Ironmans. Overall female was Laura Nelson, who has evidently recovered well from her Ultra last Sunday at Cowtown.
Although Saturday's course was somewhat challenging with hills and sections run on the grass, it also was estimated to be long by many runners, including Pistana whose 5K times are usually sub 20 minutes.
More March 1-2 Highlights
* Fort Worth sisters Marias Martinez and Eva Contreras were the top two women to cross the finish line at The Army Marathon in Temple on March 2. Evan won with a 3:16:48 and Eva trailed by a minute. This is the second time they have finished 1-2, the first being at the Miracle Match Marathon on Jan. 26 in Waco. Cora Turner of Alvarado, this websites 2013 Female Master Runner Of the Year was runner-up in the half marathon with a 1:30:57. Natasha Van Der Merwe of Auston won the women's race with a 1`:29:22.
* Emily Field, 32, of Dallas bounced back from her 2:52:29 Cowtown Marathon effort to win the Trinity River Levee 10K with a 36:58. At Cowtown, Emily was the third female finisher and about 10 minutes behind the course-record winner Dehininet Jara. This was at least Emily seventh overall female victory since the first of the year. The female winner in the 5K was masters runner Sheila Natho, 48, of Dallas with a 19:52. She has at least two other overall victories this year.
* Cathy Buchanan, who won the 5K female masters title at Cowtown last week, added another masters award to her collection at the Choose Life 5K in Fort Worth by finishing in 20:54.1. The female winner was Emily Van Dyken, 30, of Fort Worth with a 19:47.5 (19:27.1 chip time). Chris Hudson, a 14-year-old from Arlington, won the male race with an 18:25.7, and masters winner was Peter Beauvais, 52, of DeSoto with an 18:57.
* Brady Henderson, a 10-year-old from Hurst, posted a 22:58 at the Run In the Park in Keller over a course most runners deemed a little long (read Fiona Green's report above).
* While Leon Frayre, 34, won the Dash For the Beads in Dallas with a 17:50, female winner Claire Trotter, 19, of University Park was fourth overall with a 19:18.
* Two 11-year-olds finished high in two races. Rory Costigan of Richardson zipped across the finish line with an 18:50 for a fourth overall finish at the Eagle-Mustang 5K in Richardson and Matthew Gonzalez was fourth overall at the St. Rita's School 50th Anniversary 5K in Dallas with a 21:12. Mike Hummel, 35, won the Eagle-Mustang race with a 16:45.
Going longer on Sunday as records fall
The front pack of Cowtown marathon runners are nearing the 10-mile mark in downtown Fort Worth on a warmish (high 50s and climbing) Sunday morning. Several records fell, including number of participants in the two-day event.
Besides the marathon, which attracted several elites shooting for a share of the $30,000 bonus prize money, the half and ultra also were conducted. Winning the male marathon race was Kenyan Lamech Mosoti, 32, (in the blue shirt above) who beat the course record and all-time record with a 2:17:12. The previous course record was 2:36:22, set last year by Craig Ottman. The all-time record was 2:17:35 set in 2000 by Santos Ortega. The female winner, Ethiopian Dehininet Jara, 27, also beat the previous marks of 2:46:09, set last year by Elizabeth Eder, and all-time mark of 2:45:51 by crossing the finish line in 2:42:31. In total, 25 men, including last year's champ Ottman, ran faster than the previous course record time and they shared the $25,000 bonus prize for beating the course record. Also beating the women's course record was runner-up Camille Herron (2:45:54). Emily Field, 32, of Dallas and winner of at least six female overall titles this year, was third with a 2:52:59. The two winners will split the $5,000 being offered for topping the all-time records. The winners also earned $2,000 each for their victories.
Winning the male and female half marathon races were UT-Arlington student Carlos Arias, 19, of Pantego with a 1:10:53.26 and last year's marathon winner and Saturday's 10K female winner Elizabeth Eder, 26, of Fort Worth with a course record 1:18:04.23. Ultra winners were highly-ranked Michael Wardian, 39, of Arlington, Va., with a course record 3:00:20.85 and Brenda Carawan, 37, of Round Rock with a 3:54:04.07, beating the old record by almost six minutes. Wardian's credentials include being a four-time USATF ultra marathoner of the year, four-time USA 50K Champion and 2010 World 100K silver medalist.
James Jackson, 47, of Shady Shores and a former Cowtown 10K winner, won the marathon male masters title with a 2:41:32, and Heather Johnson, 43, of Fort Worth was the first female masters with a 3:39:15. Masters winners in the half marathon were Don Robertson, 41, of Grand Prairie (1:23:28) and Lauren Smith, 52, of Hillsboro (1:32:12). Todd Reynolds, 46, of Burleson won his fourth consecutive male masters title in the ultra and was third overall, about four minutes behind runner-up Gono Enriquez. After pacing the 3-hour marathoners until he had to turn off for the extra mileage, Todd finished in 3:36:11. The female masters winner was Susan Parry, 44, of Branson, Mo. Her 4:19:17 time bested last year's masters winner Laura Nelson, 48, of Grapevine by 41 seconds.
In the three Sunday events, there were about 10,000 finishers. The oldest finisher was 92-year-old Ted Brewer, who did the half marathon in 4:37:19, about 42 seconds faster than he finished last year..
Two runners of year win titles in 5K, 10K
Two female runners who were chosen this website's 2013 Runners of the Year added to their collection of awards on a breezy Saturday (Feb. 22) morning at The Cowtown, which featured the Adult 5K, Cook Children's 5K and 10K, all starting and finishing at the Will Rogers Memorial complex. Female Runner of the Year Jessica Smith, 36, of Trophy Club repeated as the 5K female overall winner and Cora Turner, 44, of Alvarado nabbed the 10K female masters award with a 41:03. Cora had won the 5K masters last year and the 10K masters in 2012. The 5K male winner was Jake Powers of Fort Worth with a 16:48 and the male masters winner was Jeff Kirk of Fort Worth with an 18:03. The female masters winner was this website's female masters Runner of the Year Cathy Buchanan. The 51-year-old ran a 20:57. The Cook Children's 5K winners were Emmanuel Wekeska, a runner for North Crowley High School, and Ashli Burgos, a 10-year-old who has been beating the 20-minute barrier several times. She did it again with a 19:56. Her achievements remind many runners of Molly Tucker a few years ago when she was winning overall titles at 10.
Bob Weiner, 48, of Evergreen, Colo., took the male 10K title with a 33:31 and Elizabeth Eder, 26, of Fort Worth won the female title with a PR-tying 36:32. Elizabeth, last year's female marathon winner, also is an Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon. The male masters winner was John Morgan, 42, of Grand Prairie, finishing at 36:50.
There was a total of 12,894 timed finishers for the three races and about 14,000 total.
Other Feb. 22-23 Highlights
* There were other races on Saturday and Sunday besides Cowtown. One was the Cigna Mayor's Race, which was iced-out the day before the iced-out Dallas Marathon and rescheduled for Feb. 22. Thousands of ISD students, teachers, coaches and registered runners participated in the 5K and 1K at American Airlines Center. Radio Disney led warm-ups and Dallas Mayor Rawlings gave on opening speech. Top overall finishers were Salvador Sanchez in the men's 5K with a 20:06 and Rebekah Rupel in the women's 5K with a 23:58.
* Ryan Hendricks of Dallas ran an impressive 15:31.85 to win the Form Follows Fitness in Dallas.
* The Plano Pacers conducted its annual Bead Dash 15K and 5K on Saturday. Masters runner Roger Clifford, 47, won the 15K with a 59:53.5, beating runner-up Zach Hernandez by about seven seconds. In the 5K, another masters runner won an overall title as Tellie Cobos, 45, won the female race with a 20:37. Also in the 5K, Bill Shaw, 71, continues to post impressive times by winning the 70-74 division with a 21:39.4.
Determining pace by kilometer markers was nice option
By Fiona Green
The Exciting Metric Experience III 5K race at Mike Lewis Park in Grand Prairie on Saturday (Feb. 15) offered runners a chance to monitor their pace with kilometer markers as well as mile markers. When I lived in Canada, all races were marked in kilometers, which made calculating race pace so much easier. I'm still not sure why races here are marked in miles, but I guess that's just me!
Overall winner was 16-year-old Alex Alvarado of Arlington, who covered the course in a time of 19:25, 19 seconds ahead of 15- year-old Eric Olguin. Alex runs track and cross country in high school and has a 4:15 PR for the mile.
Finishing not far behind the two and third overall was Sheila Natho of Dallas, aka ''Sparkle Plenty'' (pictured with Alex). Sheila, 48, who was clearly never told that we generally slow down as we age, will be running the 10K at Cowtown next Saturday. (note: Fiona won the female masters title in 21:11 and Bradley Gardner, 56, won the male masters with a 21:10). Sheila also showed us a unique wedding invitation, printed on a bib, she had received from Clint Bell and Julia Mungioli. Congratulations to Julia and Clint.
Feb. 15-16 Highlights
* Laura Nelson and Cathy Buchanan won the overall and masters titles on a mild Sunday morning at the Fort Wort Runners Club's Run To the V 5K. Laura, 48, has helped train Cathy, 51, and has transformed her into one of the DFW's better masters runner the past couple of years. They both have collected several masters and overall awards. The male winner was Jose Mejorada with a 16:46 (16:44.8 chip time).
* There was quite an age gap in the male and female overall winners Saturday morning at the Cupid's Run 5K in McKinney. Steve Purser, a 49-year-old from Plano, won the male's race with an 18:42. The female winner was 11-year-old London Culbreath with a 21:01.9.
* The Cobos, 44-year-old Jaime and 46-year-old Tellie, have done this before and they did it again at the Heart & Sole 5K in Farmers Branch. Jaime won the male overall trophy with a 19:56.2 and Tellie took the female overall award with a 22:00.72.
* Logan Sherman, winner of several events including The Cowtown Ultra last year, won the Stonebridge Half Marathon male title with a 1:11:26.
* Emily Field, if my count is correct, won her fifth overall title of the year in the DFW area at the Heart and Soul 5K in Dallas. Emily ran a 17:38 and finished only five seconds behind male winner Payton Ash.
Feb. 8 Highlights
* It was a cold morning, maybe the temp near 30F, but that didn't stop the Hot Chocolate 5K and 15K in Dallas luring more than 9,000 with the aroma of the hot drink. Who would have thought hot chocolate could attract so many runners/walkers. Yet, 3,347 finished the 15K and 5,974 the 5K. There must have been a big pot to pour that many drinks. Emily Field, 32, of Dallas continues to add to her overall female collection as she won the 15K with a 57:13. She also has won the DRC Frigid 10K, the Snowman Shuffle 5K and the Lake Benbrook Half. Logan Sherman, 27, of Dallas, who won the 2013 Cowtown Ultra to complete his goal of winning each distance at Cowtown, won the male 15K with a 50:38. In the 5K, Jessica Smith, 36, of Trophy Club and just selected as this website's 2013 Female Runner of the Year, won the female title in 18:36, and Evan McQuirk, 18, of Van Alstyne won the male race in 16:23.
* Fiona Green of Keller also is on an early tear this year as she won her fourth female overall title at the Home Run Hustle 5K in Euless. Fiona, a 49-year-old masters runner, won with a 22:30.50
* Patrick Strong, a former standout at the University of North Texas, put the throttle down to win the Haltom Stampede 5K with a 15:42.6 (15:41.7 chip time). The 26-year-old from Arlington held off Clint Bell, 34, of Dallas, who came in at 16:24.2 (16:23.1). Strong also won the Bold In The Cold 5K last month. Female winner Magaly Soto, 37, of Arlington also put up a good time with a 19:25 (19:23.4). See a short slideshow from the Haltom Stampede. Photos submitted by Movin' Pictures.
Feb. 1-2 Highlights
* It was a somewhat nasty Sunday morning with temps in the low 30s and light rain and sleet in some areas, but that didn't stop runners from participating at the Super Bowl 5000 in Fort Worth and The Half & 5K in Irving. Runners were dressed for the cold at the Super Bowl run, as shown in the photo above. Thanks to Movin' Pictures for the photo. A highlight from the Super Bowl run included 51-year-old Cathy Buchanan winning the female overall title with a 21:28:53. At The Half, former Oklahoma State standout Colby Lowe, 23, finished far in front with a 1:05:41 (though the early results show him as second overall??). Emily Field, 32, continues to have an impressive start on the New Year as she won her fourth (by my count) overall female title by finishing in 1:18:40. She was coming off her victory on Jan. 25 at the challenging Lake Benbrook Half when she posted a 1:24:37:9. She also has won the DRC Frigid 10K and the Snowman Shuffle 5K this year.
* For those who have been to races timed by Ricky and Demery Cox for Cox Racing Services, the father-son duo also are fast on their feet. Ricky has proved this many times by winning many events in the DFW area, including three Cowtown Marathon titles. Demery also has won several races when he gets a break from timing races. They (pictured left using a photo from Demery's Facebook) both showed their running talents Saturday at the Chocolate Chip 10-Mile event at Trinity Park on Feb. 1. They ran together and Demery crossed the finish line about a step ahead of Ricky to win with a 105:32.83. Ricky finished at 1:05:33.77. Female winner Emily VanDyen was the third overall finisher at 1:09:18.78. In the 20-mile race, last year's Cowtown Marathon male winner Craig Ottman won with a 2:11:35.61, followed by last year's Cowtown Ultra Masters winner Todd Reynolds, who finished at 2:14:49.82. Most participants were using this as a training run as they prepare for Cowtown on Feb. 22-23. Female overall winner was Laura Nelson, 48, with a 2:37:16.05. Laura, who won the female Ultra Masters title last year, is aiming for that event again.
* When grading by age, Bill Shaw, 71, proved he is a tough guy to beat. The Frisco resident, who also is difficult to beat when not age-graded, won the DRC Best of Times 5-Miler with his age-graded time of 24:02.