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Lopez wins 5K and 10K to double his fun at the Decade Double Trouble,
which also served as the RRCA State Championships

(Slideshow below story; Results)

jose lopez
Jose Lopez
elizabeth rudy
Elizabeth Rudy
molly tucker
Molly Tucker
britt nelson-looney

Jose Lopez underwent quite a scare after winning the DRC The Loop 15K last week. After he finished, Lopez said he began shaking, and fell to the ground. He was dehydrated and was given immediate assistance by the medical team at the race. ``I hadn't been drinking enough water,'' he said.

On a cool (mid-50s), overcast Saturday morning (Oct.10) in Grapevine, Lopez, 24, kept himself well-hydrated and pulled off a double victory at the Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers' Decade Double Trouble by winning the 5K and 10K male titles. In doing so, he also won the RRCA State Championships with times of 17:21.7 and 34:58.6.

In the women's races, Molly Tucker, 13, who had been stricken by the Swine Flu three weeks ago, showed she had recovered by winning the women's 5K title in 19:31. Runner-up Britt Darwin-Looney (20:58.7) stepped in the winner's circle by claiming the 10K prize with a 42:38.2. The 10K started 45 minutes after the 5K start, giving several runners the opportunity to run both races that started and finished at Oak Grove Park.

Darwin-Looney said she's training with her husband to run the Rock 'n Roll San Antonio Half Marathon on Nov. 15. It will be his first effort at the 13.1-mile distance.

Lopez is training for the DRC Half on Nov. 1, and said he'll be running the White Rock and the Houston halfs, as well. It's the first time he and Darwin-Looney had competed at one of the LGRAW competitions and both liked the rolling courses. Darwin-Looney said she was surprised the effort in the 5K didn't affect her in the 10K. ``It was so cool today. It really felt good.''

Tucker took three days off from running while she recuperated from the flu, but it took almost a week before she wasn't laboring with her breathing. She said she had no trouble Saturday.

Elizabeth Rudy, 51, also won two titles. She took the female masters title in the 5K with a 21:05.1 and won the grandmasters title in the 10K with a 46:41.7. Laura Nelson won the women's masters with a 45:19.5. Kim Andres, 56, won the women's 5K grandmasters with a 24:08.8.

On the men's side, Richard Neill, 53, who stayed with Lopez for the first 2-1/2 miles in the 5K, finished with a 17:27.2 and won the men's masters title. Terry Marcott, a co-race director, finished as grand master with a 19:23.2. Craig Minyard, who was slightly in front of Lopez through five miles before dropping back, won the men's masters 10K title in 35:13.9 and Doug Hinds, 55, won the grand masters in 44:10.

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Double Trouble, Gallery 1, Oct. 10, 2009

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