Competitor Group, organizers of the Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon and the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon have announced a special combo medal for participants who complete the marathon or half marathon this year. The Dallas Duo medal has a spinning boot with the names of each event on opposite sides. The Rock 'n' Roll Dallas was March 23 and the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon and Half Marathon is Dec. 14. See more information at the Rock 'n' Roll website.
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.
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Notes: Lewis George has crossed the finish line with Mellew Productions. He announced his retirement this month and is handing over Mellew Productions to his wife an operational manager Mallory Jones-Fiske. Lewis said he began thinking about retiring in June 2013 when he sustained a severely broken left arm when a golf cart ran into him while he was placing mile markers in Trinity Park for the Jalapeño Half in Fort Worth....Some younger participants in The Cowtown might not know that Jim Gilliland was the first race director of the event and served in that capacity until retiring in 2009. He had a wealth of friends in the running community and often ran in area events. Jim died in 2012, and Michael Polansky, who ran the first icy Cowtown in 1979 and who helps with several area events, is working with Jim's family to place a park bench at Pavilion #3 in Trinity Park. Michael said the bench costs $5,000 and any donated amount would be appreciated. Checks should be written to the City of Fort Worth. To contact Michael, e-mail him. (cx e-mail address)....Dawn Grunnagle of Dallas qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials for the marathon on June 21 at the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth, Minn. Dawn, this website's 2012 Female Runner of the Year, ran a PR 1:14:56. Her time was four seconds faster than she needed to qualify for the B standard. She told Debbie Fetterman of the Dallas Morning News that her goal is to qualify for the Olympic Trials in track at the 10K distance. She said she's a little uncomfortable at the marathon distance and would like to have the option of competing in either one. She joins Enoch Nadler of Dallas as an Olympic Trials qualifier....And Enoch Nadler, this website's 2013 Male Runner of the Year in the DFW area, and his wife Angela have left Dallas to explore Central and South America. They left on June 28 and will arrive in Ecuador. Enoch, a former standout at the University of Florida, has won several races in the area after moving to Dallas in 2012, and also qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon after running a 1:03:55 at the USA Half Marathon Championship in Houston. He was instrumental in organizing the Dallas Running Club's Elite Team....The Plano Pacers Running Club inducted three new members to its Hall of Fame. The three -- Bill Johnson, James Gabhart and Mike Picard -- were recognized after the club's Hall of Fame 3K and 5K on Saturday (April 26). Read more....The Fort Worth Runners Club selected its award winners for 2013 Tuesday (March 4) at its annual awards party at The Cowtown office. Runners of the year were John Ross and Laura Nelson; most improved were Jose Loyola and Cathy Buchanan; sponsor of the year was RunTIME Racing Services; and top volunteers who were not board members were Michael Polansky and Lynda Parra..... Enoch Nadler, 26, of Richardson qualified for the Olympic Trials in the marathon in Houston. Enoch, 26, finished 22nd overall among the runners competing in the USA Half Marathon Championships with a 1:03:55. Males needed to finish in 1:05 or faster to qualify for the marathon trials. Two other area runners who finished and missed qualifying were Logan Sherman and Dawn Grunnagle, both this website's 2012 Runners of the Year. Logan finished with a 1:07:24 and Dawn a 1:16:18. The female qualifying time was 1:15 and faster. Elizabeth Eder of Fort Worth already has qualified with a 2:42:37 at the Chicago Marathon....The Cowtown has awarded grants to more than 3,300 North Texas students. Each student received a pairing of running shoes and assistance toward an entry to the Feb. 2014 event. The number of awards increased by 1,200 from 2012. ''Every runner's participation in The Cowtown helps support The Cowtown C.A.L.F. (Children's Activities for Life & Fitness) Program, and we are very appreciative of the community's support for this great activity,'' Cowtown board chairman David Williams said in a prepared news release. Read rest of the release.... The Active Joe has entered into a three-year commitment to support the Western States Endurance Run as a sponsor for 2014-2016. The Active Joe, owned by former DRC president Libby Jones, produces the New Year's Double, the Fairview Half Marathon and the Showdown Half Marathon. Read more about Active Joe's sponsorship...The GE Irving Marathon, which was April 15, moved from the Campion Trail site to the Irving Convention Center to provide more space for the event. Besides the marathon, there is a half, 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run....The late Don Zetnick, founder of The Runner retail store in Arlington and who was a dedicated runner, is among the four latest inductees to the Texas Distance Running Hall of Fame. The others are Jeff Roth, one of the top runners in the DFW area for several years and owner of a 2:19 marathon time; Brant Kotch, Houston Marathon race director; and Harold Wilson, 80, of Tyler, the fastest 80-over finisher at the Boston Marathon with a 3:53:54 in 2013. The Cowtown, which features multi race distances, was chosen as the top race of 2013. The inductees were announced by Texas Runner-Triathlete News and TexStats.