(Below are a few of the many comments about the cost of running, which Amber Drake expresses concern about in a post below the comments. Another view about the sport is below these comments and responses to that opinion are below that.)
* Pete Hanish, who has been running for 28 years and enters about 10 events a year, says he already has been boycotting the more expensive races, especially the ones with poor organization in spite of the fees. He enters the Dallas Running Club's events, which are free to club members.
* Charlie Hart, who has been running for more than 35 years and enters about 20 events a year, says he will compete less and train more if fees continue to rise. He said he'll compete in the DRC, Fort Worth Running Club and Jeph Abara events, with an occasional expensive event such as Cowtown or Boston.
* Merry McCoul, a 20-year road race veteran who enters about 18 events a year, said she'll start organizing her own group runs if fees continue to rise.
* A runner for 12 years, Spencer (that's all he entered for his name), said he already has reduced the number of events he participates in and is only entering club races, such as those by the Plano Pacers or Carrollton Runners Club. Though he said these don't seem like ''events'' because they are out on the streets and there isn't as much fanfare.
* From the 30-minute pacer, who has been running for five years says he'll second the opinion talking about more Jeph and DRC races. When I see 5K races going for $60 and Half's for $100, I just skip over them. Two big events a year and smaller events mixed in. I rarely travel, but using that big race budget to travel to a smaller race for the experience is starting to look more attractive.
* Julie L., a runner for three and a half years, says she has yet to decrease her racing...she enters about 10 to 12 a year, but will if the fees continue to rise.
(Though there were many more comments, these were the gist of most except for the one below. As I said, I don't agree with the following opinion, but maybe others do. I like to believe that running is for anyone, no matter how fast they're able to run or how old or young they are. To me, running is exercise and entering an event can be a fun outing. For those who are competitive, the back-of-the-packers aren't preventing them from being competitive. Anyway, here are excerpts from the runner who posted it anonymously. Below the post are some comments about this person's opinion.)
''Our sport is being destroyed by these mediocre ''I'm just trying to finish'' runners. This isn't about competition anymore. It's for recognition. It's a money making business. For the most part, these aren't athletes, they are consumers. And what they are consuming is food for their egos.
''It's so people can have their 26.2 or 13.1 stickers. It's so people can post pictures on FB about their marathons or half marathons. When/if pressed for their time, they act like I just asked them about their income....It's a reasonable question. If you are averaging 10 minutes a mile for a marathon, then you're bragging when you have nothing to brag about.
''People used to enter races to RACE. It used to be about winning. Before there were gels, minimal shoes, Gu or sweat-wicking fabric, there were people who weren't there ''just to finish.'' They toed the line to beat people....
''If we could do some time traveling magic and bring someone from the days of the running boom to an RnR half marathon event, they'd line up looking so out of place next to everybody in the latest moisture-wicking clothes, sunglasses, calf sleeves, arm sleeves and fuel belts loaded with the latest flavor of Gu. With all the latest innovation, today's runner would stand a chance against the spirit that used to be part of running. We need to recapture that. NO more medals for everyone. No more shirts. The roads shouldn't be open as long as they are. You have to finish the half in 1:45 or else the roads are going to close whether you're done or not. Oh yeah, no pictures. Less food. Let's just do it potluck style....
''Now, everybody's a winner. The roads are open for over 5 hours for a marathon. If it's taking you 5 hours to finish a marathon, you didn't ''run'' a marathon because that's crawling. I shouldn't have to pay as much money when I'm on the course for less than 3 hours and somebody's out there for 5 or 6 hours. Everybody doesn't need a medal or a ribbon. We don't need age group awards. If you didn't get in the top 3 or top 10, you shouldn't get anything. You should get a ''better luck next time.''
My dad took me to my first 5K when I was 8; I'll be 29 next week.''
* To the Racing Elitist: I regularly place in my AG, which is one of the deepest fields, 35-39. I can say only this - I like GU. I like recovery sleeves. I like seeing people overcome great odds as running has become their lifevest. I like starting a community 5Ks and 10Ks at the back of the pack and encouraging 1st time runners/joggers/walkers as I make my way through to the front. 3-4 years down the road, as I get slower, I may just need the encouragement of one of those very people who used my encouragement as a springboard to a great run and a great lifestyle. I still remember the day it happened to me. Your soapbox is small, much like your opinion and the goal times you set for your hypothetical runs.
* Julie Knowlton Luebbert responded: ''Very interesting! I hate the thought that running is becoming something that will exclude people based on finances. And I feel sad for that last person and I agree with you. I also think he or she is missing out on some of the biggest blessings in running. I'll be honest, I AM the person he/she described....not fast, decked out in my favorite running stuff, thankful and blessed just to compete. That person detests me and hasn't even met me! But I have a little girl who would NEVER ask to go out for a run on her own, but has now completed 5 triathlons and numerous 5Ks because she's seen me do it and knows it's okay if your best effort isn't the fastest out there, as long as you don't quit. I have also met and run alongside some of the most inspirational people who weren't at the front of the pack. I encountered an older man, tethered to his adult son, running a half marathon, completely blind. My life was impacted in that moment and it is something I will never forget. Not to mention the MANY other, far less dramatic but no less significant, stories in every race. Seeing people do things that were once impossible to them and having total strangers encourage your efforts, even when they aren't elite, are some of the greatest things about being a part of the running community. Like you said, the back-of-the-pack runners aren't holding the elite back. If anything, they're making them look better. What's more impressive, "I placed 3rd out of 10" or "I placed 3rd out of 10,000"?!"
* Chris Morris wrote: ''I think your anonymous commenter has road races confused with the Olympic trials. (His/her) idea of what a race should be is absurd. If only the people who had a chance to finish in the top 10 could race, the entry fees would be thousands of dollars for each participant.''
By Amber Drake
Running is for the rich. It used to be for the fast, then those barriers were broken down and 'regular' people were included in running events. Now, with half marathons that used to cost $40 costing upwards of $100, runners are being divided by income. Events that used to be held to celebrate and promote a healthy, active lifestyle are now excluding people based on income.
I am a late bloomer in the running crowd, but quickly came to enjoy being a part of the community. Participating in an activity that not only helped me better myself physically, but in many other ways as well. I am by no means 'rich,' but I did manage to participate in several events a year when they were $35-$50 each. And I had my favorite events that as the prices rose, I continued to sign up. $50, then $65, then $80… This year I went to sign up for one of my 'old fav' events and the registration cost was $100. For a HALF marathon. This puts it out of my price range unless that was the only event I wanted to do for the first part of the year. But it's not. There isn't anything exceptional about this 'old fav' event except that is in my 'home town.' No bands on every corner, no glitz and glamour. But… it's my 'hood' and I enjoy the up-close, personal experience running can bring you and the traffic control, support and camaraderie that an organized event brings you. Something more than a solo long run around the city.
It seems as the prices rise, more and more people are being excluded from an activity that should be for the 'everyman/woman.' Yes, there's Boston and NYC and similar events that slow folks like me with a smaller travel budget can only dream about participating in. However, in the midst of those highly-touted races are hundreds of local home town races that used to thrive on the participation of the 'everyman/woman' are now becoming 'elitist' events based on income. Forcing people with less disposable income to sit on the sidelines.
I will keep running. I just won't be able to participate in as many bigger events since they choose to exclude me based upon my income. I don't know if I will get the same feeling of being a part of a larger community of runners as often as I used to enjoy, but I will seek out smaller, more affordable races. Discover new 'old fav' events to participate in, hoping that their prices won't rise at the same rate as the other events that left me and many other 'regular' people behind.
The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon has announced that Sara Hall, the 2012 U.S. Cross Country Champion and three-time Olympic Trials finalist, is running the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon on Sunday, December 8. In her half marathon debut this fall, Hall set a personal best and broke the course record en route to winning the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon. Read rest of report.
“I’m excited to run the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon this December,” Hall said. “The race will be the largest participant field of any half marathon I’ve run competitively, a challenge I look forward to.”
Hall is a native of Santa Rosa, Ca., and competed collegiately at Stanford, where she was a seven-time All-American. She is a three-time Olympic Trials finalist, a Pan American Games Gold Medalist and the 2012 U.S. National Cross Country Champion.
Hall and her husband, Ryan, an elite American marathoner and U.S. Olympian, established the nonprofit Hall Steps Foundation, which funds mentoring and running programs for at-risk youth. Ryan will cheer Sara on from the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon finish line.
Sara’s personal best is 1:14:33, which she hopes to beat in Dallas. The women’s course record for the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon is 1:11:32, set by Olara Nuta in 2008.
The 44th running of the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and 5-Person Relays is Dec. 8. The race will be broadcast live on WFAA-TV, Channel 8, at 8 a.m.
For more information or to register for the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, visit dallasmarathon.com.
Changes in courses: The major adjustments affect the half marathon course: Race officials eliminated the out-and-back turnaround from the 2012 half course that caused runners to see the finish line before circling back to cross it at the end of the race. Half marathon participants will track with the full marathon course across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, through the West Dallas Loop and pass by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the race’s primary beneficiary, before finishing downtown along Griffin Street.
The improved finish line for both races will be located at Wood and Griffin Streets, which will allow the participants to quickly exit the secured finisher’s area so they can reunite with friends and family and partake in the expanded post-race party on the surrounding city streets.
The full marathon course will also have a new entrance back into downtown that travels through Deep Ellum along Main Street, improving the final two miles of the race course for runners and spectators.
Dallas Marathon selects junior director and patient champions
The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) announced on Sept. 19 the 2013 junior race director and patient champions, selected to represent the thousands of children treated at the hospital each year.
This year’s junior race director is 12-year-old Ann-Elise from North Richland Hills, Texas. Each year, one TSRHC patient serves as the junior race director. The role includes helping participants and partners understand how TSRHC benefits from the support of friends like the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon. The junior race director takes part in race-day festivities by officially counting down the start of the race, offering pre-race words of encouragement to participants, and meeting and greeting spectators and race finishers.
Ann-Elise was diagnosed with a common orthopedic condition called scoliosis, a curvature in her spine that requires her to wear a brace for 18 hours each day. Ann-Elise enjoys riding her bike, playing tennis, reading books and spending time with her friends.
The patient champions for 2013 are Kaylee, 9, who’s being treated for a hammered toe and hand deformity and Alfonso, 10, being treated for hand differences and prosthetic needs; Brianna, 18, being treated for hip; Brooklyn, 4, being treated for spina bifida (a pediatric developmental disorder); and Case, 17, being treated for hip.
Cowtown's winning T-shirt design
The Cowtown allowed voting for the 2014 T-shirt design and this was the winner. No doubt, everyone had very good taste because that is the design that won my vote.
If the one you voted for didn't win, then learn to like this design because it's going to be on the shirts when Cowtown rolls around on Feb. 22-23. The Expo opens at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 21 with the running/walking events the next two days.
Ricky Cox shares his marathon training regimen
A new feature on this website will including interviews with runners, walkers, officials, and anyone else who can be corralled for a few minutes. The first interview is with Ricky Cox, who made a name for himself by winning three Cowtown Marathons and beginning the Trinity 5000 Summer Series in 1988. Unfortunately this is a learning process and the wind during the interview muffled some of Ricky's conversation, but enough can be heard to provide an understanding of how Ricky improved enough to run a 2:17 at Boston and qualify for the Olympic Trials. Click here to watch the interview (the first few seconds are difficult to understand because of the breeze, but hang in there; it gets better.)
The Active Joe, a road race event production company in DFW specializing in half and full marathon races, has announced a $10,000 donation to the Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force.
Those interested are encouraged to visit www.TheActiveJoe.com to see how to sign up for each event.
Check out the runners' aids
The Runners' Tools page has been part of this website for a long time, and it's visited quite often. However, it understandably lags far behind the Calendar and Results pages in number of visitors. You might want to visit the Runners Tools page because it has several helpful tools, such as pace calculator, target heart calculator, body mass index calculator, caloric needs calculator, nutritional needs calculator, ideal weight calculator and body fat calculator. Also, the links to each has been fixed so that each goes to the correct calculator.
Share your race experiences -- good, bad or ugly
Runners, like golfers, usually like to relive their greatest and sometimes not so greatest moments. Most have some interesting stories and experiences that need to be shared. Or maybe there is a favorite race that others should know about and you'd like to spread the word. So do it. Tell your tale on this form. Include some pictures if you want. So, what could be easier except for having me write it for you? If it takes more than one form to complete the report, just number each submission as Page 1, Page 2, etc.. Thanks, Charles Clines. Visit the Favorite or Interesting Event Reports.
*-Note: If you've participated in a marathon and/or ultra and would like to have your name, time and finish noted here, please fill out this form and submit it.
Notes: Clint Bell, one of the faster runners in the area, picked the DRC Half to propose to his girlfriend Julia Mungioli. Clint, using the race as part of a 16-mile training run, ran alongside Julia past the 10-mile mark and then gave her an engagement ring and proposed. She said yes....Patrick Byerly, who has worked with the Los Angeles and New York marathons, became president of the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon on Sept. 9, the Dallas board of trustees announced Aug. 8. Read more about the new Dallas Marathon official who was involved in strategic development, integrated marketing and team leadership at his previous marathon posts....For those runners who miss the Fastest Times that once was one of the more popular features on this website, Scott Bradley has come to the rescue. Scott, whose hobby is running and racing, is a software developer and about two months ago created a database of results from various races. You can see a list runners in certain age divisions, or search for a runner. When the runner is found, click on the name and see a list of that runner's results. If you want to see how you stack up against others, then visit www.dfwrunners.com....Congratulations to Rene Villalobos. The Fort Worth runner, who has logged more miles than some older cars, is ranked seventh in the U.S. and 30th in the world for his marathon and ultra marathon achievements. Enoch Nadler of Richardson and Dawn Grunnagle of Dallas competed in the USA Half Marathon Championships Saturday (June 22) in Duluth, Minn. Enoch, 27, ran an Olympic Trials qualifying time of 1:17:58 to finish 30th. The male winner was Mohamed Trafeh of Duarte, Calif., with a 1:01:16.3. Dawn, 35, this website's DFW 2012 Female Runner of the Year, finished in 1:16:56.8 and placed 27th. The female winner was Adriana Nelson of Bolder, Colo., with a 1:11:18.3....The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon is bringing back for the second year, the Cotton Patch Café Last Man Running with Mark ''Hawkeye'' Louis as the participant. This is a pledge promotion to benefit the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Hawkeye will line up behind all the marathoners, and Cotton Patch Café will pledge $4 for every runner he passes, up to $25,000. Read more about the promotion....The Active Joe, a road race event production company in DFW specializing in half and full marathon races, has announced a $10,000 donation to the Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force. Read more about this generous donation, which will help victims in West...Lewis George, owner of Mellew Productions, said the 20th Dadfest on June 15 was the final one. He said declining participation caused the decision as the event's format apparently had lost its appeal to runners/walkers/families....Joe's Run, which started at Joe T. Garcia's restaurant and moved to Hemphill, ventured to Panther Island at Trinity Park this year and received high marks from participants, director Kathy Beazley said. ''People loved the venue and the beach party feel. They lingered long after awards. Runners loved the post-race activities including volleyball and the limbo line. We were very pleased with the responses,'' she said....Registration has opened for the 2014 Cowtown. The Ultra Marathon, Marathon, and Half Marathon are scheduled Sunday, Feb. 23, and the 10K, Adults 5K, and Kids 5K kick off the running events on Saturday, Feb. 22nd. The Expo at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum is Friday and Saturday. Participate in one race each day and earn a Cowtown Challenge award. Visit the Cowtown's website for more information.... The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon has been designated as the 2013 Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Texas State Marathon Championship race. “We’re grateful for the championship designation and recognize that it communicates to both athletes and the running community that our race offers a premier runner experience in Texas,” said Kevin Snyder, chairman of the Dallas Marathon board of directors....In 2009, the Plano Pacers Running Club established a Hall of Fame to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions to the club. The club inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame in 2013. Rio King, Sue Padden, and Cary Sherf were recognized before the club’s 3K and 8K Hall of Fame Races on April 27....Mary Kennard collected and saved the Dallas White Rock Marathon results books, Executive Director Marcus Grunewald and his kids scanned the books and now they're online. "We're quite proud on being able to have this info online and hope people are able to take advantage of it,'' Marcus said in an e-mail. "We will be enhancing this page in the near future as time allows." Click here to see the results....Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has proclaimed this year's race date of December 8, 2013 Dallas Marathon Day. Along with this proclamation, he has also designated the Dallas Marathon as the official marathon of the City of Dallas. A ceremony was held May 15 at City Hall to honor the marathon, now in its 44th year....The first GE Irving Marathon on April 27 raised $7,969.69 for Our Children's House at Baylor Irving, which will provide continued care and services to chidren who live with severe to moderate medical needs...Using a combination of proceeds from the Fairview Half Marathon, held April 6, and efforts of the Frisco Running Club, The Active Joe donated $1,500 to sponsor a tunnel for a preschool playground area to help children with special needs....The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon announced on April 9 three new members -- Paul Billings, Gwen Echols and Don Hunter -- to its board of directors. Billings, former president of Datascan, Echols, former senior vice president of Bank of America, and Hunter, former member of the U.S. Air Force, bring leadership experience to their new board positions. Dallas Marathon board members serve two-year terms and are charged with growing sponsorship and awareness of the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon....Several DFW runners brought home winner's medals from the Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon and Half Marathon on March 16-17. Maria Martinez of Fort Worth added another overall female marathon title to her collection on March 17 by running a 3:18:53.7. T.O. Okazaki of Southlake bagged two 55-59 age group victories. He won his half marathon division on March 16 with a 1:39:35 and came back the next day to win the marathon male 55-59 division by clocking a 3:50:43.7. And Kim Gray of Arlington won her 35-39 age division in the marathon with a 3:47:14.2....Sisters Maria Martinez and Eva Contreras of Fort Worth finished second and third female at the Miracle Match Marathon in Waco on Jan. 27. Maria and Eva finished virtually together as Maria was timed in 3:25:40 and Eva in 3:32:48....Bill Berenson traveled to Israel to notched another Boston Marathon-qualifying time. He ran a 3 25:38 at the Tiberias Internatonal Marathon on Jan. 10, held at the Sea of Galilee. It was his fourth sub 3:25 in past three months, and 30th BQ out of 40 attempts...Jonathan Swiatocha, 20, of Keller placed eighth at the 3M Half Marathon in Austin with a 1:10:07 on Jan. 13. Jonathan won his age division and is planning to run his first marathon, the NAIA 2013 Marathon, on May 26th in Indiana....His dad, Ed, is a former winner of the Dallas Marathon.…Marylyn Patrick, 68, on Plano, finished her 28th consecutive Chevron Houston Marathon on Jan. 13, in 5 hours, 55 minutes, 36 seconds.….While several DFW area runners participated in Houston, some others journeyed farther to compete. At the Disney World Marathon on Jan. 13, Monica Briggs, 33, of Fort Worth was the 361st finisher among the 20,679 finishers with a 3:26:49 to earn a BQ. Also on Jan. 13, Jerod Honrath, 38, of Dallas was in front of three other area runners at the First Light Marathon in Mobile, Ala., by finishing in 3:30:48 and was 23rd among the 334 finishers. Orion Graham, 36, of Dallas ran a 3:38:39, and Jon Grutzmacher, 47, of Hurst finished in 3:48:03.....On Jan. 12, Scott Rand, 46, of Arlington, was the top area finisher at the Running from an Angel Marathon in Boulder, Colo., won his age division with a 3:55.54....For those who had registered for the canceled ING New York City Marathon, event officials have given them three options. They can receive a refund of their entry fee; be guaranteed an entry into the 2013, '14 or '15 marathon with fees at the 2012 rate; or receive a guaranteed entry into the 2013 NYC Half Marathon on March 17. Those who registered must choose their option between Jan. 11-25...:Bill Berenson, 58, of Fort Worth placed third (out of 37) in his age division at the Rehoboth (Delware) Seashore Marathon on Dec. 8 by finishing in 3:24:30. It was Bill's seventh marathon in nine months and of his past 20 marathons, he has placed in his age division 17 times. There were 829 finishers overall....At the Kiawah Island (S.C.) Marathon on Dec. 8, Clint Bissett, 38, finished 131st among the 1,078 finishers with a 3:32:27....Among the top finishers at the Tucson Marathon on Dec. 9, Michael Cooke, 49, of Fort Worth came in 212th among the 1,051 finishers with a 3:29:15; Mark Stevens, 49, of Arlington ran a 3:30:16 and was the 220th finisher; and Allan Crawford, 32, of Fort Worth was 290th with a 3:38:35..... .Noel Fernandez of Irving finished fifth overall at the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon on Dec. 2 by running a 2:44:51. Thomas Kellner of McKinney was the 40th finisher with a 3:06:44. There were 3,202 finishers....At the California International Marathon on Dec. 2, Benson Osoro of Dallas finished 13th overall by running a 2:24:57. There were 6,186 finishers....There were some people who showed up at Fair Park in Dallas for the Veteran's Day 5K on Nov. 10, but no one else was there. The organization that conducts the event in several cities, had canceled the Dallas run several weeks ago, but there still was a link to the information page about the race. Their national website, though, didn't list it. The race was on several race calendars....Jesus Lopez, 46, of Dallas could be crowned the "breathe" champion. He has won the Free to Breathe 5K on May 20 and the Breathe Deep 5K in Arlington on Nov. 10....Bill Berenson, 57, of Fort Worth not only continues to post Boston Marathon-qualifying times, he also is improving. Bill ran a personal-best 3:24:15 at the Des Moines Marathon on Oct. 21. It was his second marathon in three weeks...Also on Oct. 21, Erik Waldorff, 34, of Dallas had a high finish at the Gran Rapids (MI) Marathon. He ran a 2:46.26 to place 10th among the 901 finishers...Leading the area finishers at the Duke City Marathon in Albuquerque on Oct. 21 was Jon Korte of Grapevine, who finished in 3:13:30, good for 19th among the 34 finishers...And then at the grueling Marathon 2 Marathon on Oct. 20, Paul Box of Waxachachie was the top area finisher with a 3:26:03....D'Ann Arthur, placed 16th among the elite women at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in France last month. She was the first USA finisher....Denver-based Running Specialty Group has bought five Run On! stores in the Dallas area. Run On! owners Bob and Rebecca Wallace will remain with the company, which is expected to expand in the area. RSG owns 19 running stores and has recently started Run.com...Maria Martinez of Fort Worth added the Tyler Rose Marathon female title to her collection of trophies on Oct. 7. Maria, who previously had won the Fort Worth Marathon, ran a 3:20:31 to win the title....Bill Berenson, 57, of Fort Worth continues to rack up his marathon count as he seeks to run one in each state. He ran the Clarence Demar Marathon in Keene, N.H., on Sept. 30 and finished in 3:26:02 and was third in the 50-59 age division. He was 25th overall of the 178 finishers as he posted another Boston Marathon qualifying time. This was his fifth marathon in six months....Also on Sept. 30, several Dallas area runners participated in the Wineglass Marathon in Corning, N.Y., and at least two notched BQ times. Sarah Smith, 34, of Dallas ran a 3:36:15 and Karen Keeler, 28, of Dallas logged a 3:36:44 to earn qualifying times for Boston....One male and two females placed in the top 100 of their respective divisions at the Pikes Peak Marathon on Aug. 19. Finishing 84th among the 188 female finishers and third in her age division was Emily J Van Dyken, 28, of Fort Worth, who completed the up and down journey in 5:35:49. Danielle Levitt, 25, of Dallas, was 91st with a 7:36:42. Nicholas Beers, 33, of Fort Worth was 115th among the 551 males and finished with a 5:48:45....Some runners from the DFW area often look for new marathon adventures in remote places, just as Michael Smith of Coppell did on Aug. 5. He traveled to Whitehorse, Canada and ran the Yukon River Trail Marathon and finished with a 4:30:43, which gave him a fifth place finish in the 40-49 age division. Also, on Aug. 5, Matt Celone of Flower Mound ran the Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight Marathon in Rachel, Nev., and finished in 3:48:39, good for second in the 30-39 division... Natalie Merrill of McKinney has proved that nothing's Too much for her to grasp; she won female overall at the Too Hot to Handle 15K in July after winning the female overall at the Too Cold To Hold 15K in January...Bill Berenson of Fort Worth completed his second marathon in 20 days and crossed off his 35th state in his quest to run a marathon in all 50. He finished the Run Carlevoix Marathon in Michigan in 3:36:32 on June 23 and took third in his 50-54 age division. Also at Carlevoix was Philp Hodge, 46, of Little Elm. He ran a 3:23:30 to finish fourth in his age division...It's not unsual for runners from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to compete in out-of-state marathons, but one of the longest trips is to Anchorage, Alaska. The top finisher from the area at the Mayor's Marathon on June 23 was Paul Pear, 31, of McKinney with a 3:14:33. He was fifth of 27 in his age division...Remember Molly Tucker? As a 10-year-old, she was winning female overall titles and even dipped under 19 minutes for a 5K on a couple of occasions. She is 15 and running in school events now, but she made an appearance at the Home Run 5K in Flower Mound on June 16 and won another female title with a 20:08.7....Greg Takacs, 35 of Weatherford finished 16th overall of the 3,364 finishers and third in his age division at the Big Sur International Marathon in Carmel, Calif., on April 29 with a 2:54:24....Several DFW area runners competed in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 29, and the top DFW finisher was Michael Barnard, 32, of Arlington as he clocked a 3:04:01 to finish 28th overall. Not far behind him was Mark Wooten, 32, of Garland with a 3:06:24. Several women finished almost together: Eva Contreras, 37, of Fort Worth was 88th overall with a 3:26:04; Amy Gray, 31, of Flower Mound was 90th and first in her age division with a 3:26:27; Maria Martinez, 35, of Fort Worth was 91st with a 3:26:29; Genevieve Moran, 23, of Dallas was 95th with a 3:27; Jill Price, 38, of McKinney was 99th with a 3:27:31 and Kimberly Drechsel, 49, of Burleson was 133 and second female masters with a 3:31:51. There were 2,643 finishers.....At the Eugene (Ore.) Marathon on April 29, Jen Smith of Dallas picked up a first place award in the 25-29 age division with a 2:59:10. She was 90th among the 2,345 finishers.... Cecil Cooper, 50, of Fort Worth fiished 138th among the 2,093 finishers at the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon on April 28 with a 3:25:52. Bill Berenson, 57, of Fort Worth, who has a string of more than 20 consecutive Boston Marathon qualifying times, added another at the Kentucky Derby with a 3:28:24....Linda Kelly, 60, of Dallas ran a 1:46:02 to win her age division at the St. Jude Country Music Marathon and 1/2 Marathon on April 28 in Nashville. Tenn. She was the 870th finisher of the 22,227 who crossed the finish line and was the 238th female among 14,189 finishers....There was a smaller marathon on April 15 in the small southeast Texas town of Groveton. The Davy Crockett Bear Chase might not we well known, but there were several in the DFW area who participated in the event, that requires marathoners to run the half-marathon route twice. Winning was Peter Beauvais, 50, of DeSoto with a 3:05:08. The female winner was Jacqueline O'Brien, 46, of Kingwood with a 3:43:33. Some other top area finishers included James Reed, 38, of Fort Worth (3:31:16) and Jim Mayo, 62, of Coppell (3:38:13). A nice touch is that finishers receive a stuffed bear... Maria Martinez of Fort Worth and winner of two female marathon titles this year, finished third in the A2A Arbuckles to Ardmore Race For Mercy Marathon on April 1. She ran a 3:32:32.9. This was her fifth marathon this year. She had won the Seabrook Lucky Tail Marathon with a gun time of 3:25:42 and the New Year's Day Marathon in Allen with a 3:19:11...Also, on April 1, a father and son swept male open and masters titles at the Be A Fan 5K in Dallas. Justin Young, only 11, won the male division with a 23:16.9 and his dad Robert, 42, took the masters title with a 28:18.5...At the Bataan Memorial Death March at the White Sands Missle Range in New Mexico on March 25, Fort Worth resident Robert McElroy finished 14th overall with a 3:48. There were 2,866 finishers....It was a big day for the Nottingham family at Joe's Run on March 24. Jerry Nottingham's son Darrin, 47, and Darrin's 22-year-old son D.J. and 20-year-old daughter Danielle all placed in their age divisions (third, second and first, respectively) and earned the colorful hand-painted parrots that are awarded the first three in age divisions. D.J. edged his sister with a 22:16.76 to her 22:38.83. Jerry was going to run with them, but sustained a fractured left wrist two days before the race while play racquetball. He opted for the mile run/walk instead...This doesn't happen often: Jeanne-Claire White of Lake Charles, La., was the first across the finish line at the 3rd annual Gusher Marathon in Beaumont. The St. Catholic graduate, 23, ran a 3:00:00.8 (2:59:59, chip time) to win. The male winner, Brandt Stiggins of Hutto finished second overall with a 3:03:05.1.... Lamech Mosoti of Grand Prairie lost by only 10 seconds to finish second at the Snickers Marathon Energy Bar Marathon on March 3 in Albany, Ga.. He finished with a 2:23:59. Bill Berenson nailed his 24th consecutive Boston Marathon qualifier at the same event by running a 3:28:33. Bill said the temperature was about 70 degrees, the humidy was 100 percent (rain and wind) and tornado sirens were going off the night before and during the race....Don't know why Kim Gray of Arlington was listed from Conroe at The Woodlands Marathon on March 3, but no matter; she finished second in the 35-39 age group and set a PR of 3:27:21.7 and missed first by about a minute. And congratulations to Joe Beisner of Irving for finishing third in the Woodland's half marathon with a 1:14:00.8. Matthew Peters of Denton was close behind with a 1:14:26.9...Kevin McCasland of Paris, TX., finished 75th of the 1,793 finishers at the Napa Valley Marathon on March 4. He ran a 3:09:29...At the New Orleans Mardi Gras Marathon on March 4, Jim Batson of Fort Worth ran a 3:13:48 to finish 123 among the 3,657 finishers. Omar Venzor of Dallas ran a 3:17:20 to place 165...Thomas (T.O.) Okazaki completed the Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon in 3:26:10 for a 2013 Boston Marathon qualifying time...The Fort Worth Runners Club announced its 2011 awards on Feb. 28 at the club's post-Cowtown party at The Cowtown office. Don Nelson and Laura Nelson were selected male and female runners of the year. The Clines Running Corner runners of the year also received their awards at the party. Andrew Cook and Becky Angeles were the male and female runners of the year in the DFW area, and Laura Nelson and James Jackson the masters runners of the year......Lewis George, owner of Mellew Productions, recently had a contest asking for a name of a new half marathon he'll be conducting. Out of the names submitted, he chose the Brenda Garrido's Jalapeno Half. The Tyler resident won $300 for her name being selected. The date and site of the race have yet to be announced. Lewis said it could be conducted within the next 15 to 16 months. Lewis tried to inject as much interest into his events as possible. He already has the Four Seasons Challenge and the Weight Challenge ongoing. To check out more of his events, visit www.mellew.com....