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Fast crowd dashes for airline tickets at Run For The Riders












josh trevino
Joshua Trevino
debbie arzola
Debbie Arzola
bob scully
Bob Scully
rachel williams
Rachel Williams

Offer an airline ticket for winning a race and that will perk the interest of some fast runners. The Run For The Riders not only lured some of the D-FW's faster area runners, but the third year event also enjoyed a large boost in participation as 451 registered for the 5K and the new 10K. That was almost more than 250 participants from last year's event. And it was a near-perfect April 3 morning with temperature about 50 and rising and almost no breeze.

With the airline tickets being offered for the first male and female finishers in the 10K, it wasn't surprising to see such runners as eventual winner Joshua Trevino, Stephen Ariga, Andrew Montes, Clint Bell and Debbie Arzola (James), show up to try and snatch the prize. Trevino, a former University of Maine runner who moved to Irving about two years ago and won just last week at the Butterfly Boogie 5K, managed to outkick Ariga, a Kenyan living in the area, in the last half mile. Montes, a former Texas A&M runner who won the Cowtown and Joe's Run 10K races, and Bell, trying to rebound from some recent injuries, already had dropped off the pace when Trevino and Ariga dueled down the stretch. When Trevino managed to hold on for the victory in a PR of 31:44.9, it marked the first time he had beaten Ariga in four tries. Ariga finished in 31:58.3, Montes in 32:05.2 and Bell in 33:13.8.

"We were going back and forth a little with about a half-mile to go,'' Trevino said of his and Ariga's duel. When Ariga managed to pull in front, Trevino thought he was in for another loss to the Kenyan. But Trevino wasn't finished and staged another burst that Ariga couldn't answer.

Trevino said he needed the ticket so he could go to Oregon and train this summer in an attempt to qualify for the marathon Olympic Trials.

In the women's division, Debbie was by herself most of the way and coasted to a 37:35.6 winning time. Debbie (who is married to Troy James but usually registers under Arzola) has raced against some of the world's best and is working to regain some of her speed.

In the 5K, where $100 was offered, a surprised Bob Scully, a 50-year-old, was a surprise winner, even to himself. "I was shocked,'' he said after finishing in 19:03.2. Taking the female title was 15-year-old Rachel Williams of Tolar in 20:51.9. However, because she competes in cross country and track in high school, she couldn't accept the $100 because of UIL rules.

Taking the masters titles in the 10K were Todd Reynolds of Burleson in 37:58.6 and Cora Turner of Alvarado in 40:15.1. Not only did Cora win the masters title, but she was the second overall female.

In the 5K, Fiona Green, who took off from running the past two weeks because of tightness in her calf, won the female 5K in 21:35.2 and Antony Colon of Garland took the male masters title in 19:39.2.