Thursday, January 14, 2021

USA Fit Marathon Finishers Numbers (2009-2020)


Marathon
2009 - 89 (57 women / 32 men)
2010 - 190 (88 women / 102 men)
2011 - 276 (133 women / 143 men)
2012 - 160 (74 women / 96 men)
2013 - 195 (83 women / 112 men)
2014 - 186 (95 women / 91 men)
2015 - 225 (121 women / 104 men)
2016 - 259 (143 women / 116 men)
2017 - 245 (121 women / 124 men)
2018 - 149 (56 women / 93 men)
2019 - 154 (71 women / 83 men)
2020 - 150 (56 women / 94 men)

Half Marathon
2009 - 254 (187 women / 67 men)
2010 - 848 (582 women / 263 men / 1 not captured)
2011 - 1,236 (830 women / 416 men)
2012 - 971 (600 women / 371 men)
2013 - 1,000 (612 women / 388 men)
2014 - 751 (439 women / 312 men)
2015 - 943 (604 women / 339 men)
2016 - 928 (575 women / 353 men)
2017 - 764 (442 women / 322 men)
2018 - 591 (326 women / 265 men)
2019 - 463 (259 women / 204 men)
2020 - 488 (263 women / 225 men)

5K
2011 - 238 (137 women / 101 men)
2012 - 255 (160 women / 95 men)
2013 - 287 (165 women / 122 men)
2014 - 253 (168 women / 85 men)
2015 - 384 (223 women / 161 men)
2016 - 271 (141 women / 130 men)
2017 - 422 (235 women / 187 men)
2018 - 532 (306 women / 226 men)
2019 - 536 (279 women / 257 men)
2020 - 564 (310 women / 254 men)

Sources:  athlinks.com (2009), runhoustontiming.net (2010-2019)

Friday, January 8, 2021

2021 Texas Marathon Event Report


Last Friday’s Texas Marathon:  Where do I start?

Have to say that it was a really, really good day out there.

I have announced this race every year since 2010, including the two years that I ran the half marathon in 2015 and 2020.

I ran the marathon in 2006, 2008 and 2009.  

After the 2009 race, which was my 22nd marathon, I said that I was retiring to the timing division, which then was manual.  The next year, they started to chip time the race.

All of this means I have been at the race on New Year’s Day for at least 15 of its 22 races and there’s a good chance that I was in attendance in 2007 (but can’t confirm it from my old blog).

I did, however, confirm it from Bill Dwyer’s old blog, coach-bill.blogspot.com.

I think that Waverly has sang the National Anthem at the race 11 of the last 13 years.  Her first time was as an eighth grader in 2009.

I appreciate Steve and Paula Boone for annually giving of themselves so people of all abilities can call themselves a marathoner.

I started asking Steve on October 1 if this year’s race was going to be a go, given the dearth of live races.  Consistent to the end, he said that it would be held and am happy to report, obviously, that it was.

I will not repeat what he said to me that he was prepared to do to ensure that it was so for Friday morning.

You just never know what you will get for weather on New Year’s Day in the greater Houston area.

Two of the three times that I ran the race, it was warm.

However, Friday’s race had great weather to run in, but it was a little chilly for volunteers.  Although a year or two, it was worse.

It is always a long day out there, but one that typically leaves me feeling charged up for the rest of the year.

This year, especially so.

I really wish that it is something that everybody did once.

I have explained in the past that it is like a family picnic with a large race held during it.

Steve and Paula always comment that Waverly and I are part of their running family and while theirs is a large one, we feel very special to part of it.

I was unloading my car by 6 a.m. – to set up my sound equipment to be able to start announcing by 7 a.m. (which I did) -- and ended up leaving at around 5:30 p.m.

And, at the end of the day, except for staggering the starts of both the marathon and the half marathon, there was not too much different other than making sure that specific individuals – with masks and gloves on – gave runners their food post-race (to comply with County health department requirements).

I know that there were some runners very concerned about passing other runners on the out-and-back, four-loop course (two loops for the half marathoners), but pretty much everybody was in great spirits.

Some runners, not unlike many other years, decided to drop down from the marathon to the half after doing two loops, but that had nothing to do with COVID-19.

Another part of the equation out there is getting to work with Cypress Woods boys and girls’ cross country coach Greg Zarate, who timed the race for Run Houston Timing.  

I consider Greg a very good friend who I work great with and you must when we are out there until the last runners have finished after eight hours or so.

If I miss or fail to mention somebody, it is completely by error.

I really appreciate the love that I receive from so many in the community and I am sure that there are probably a few that I am not able to give as much time to as they may like.  

However, they also know that I am working hard to give everybody some announcing love during their two or four loops through the start/finish area.

Of course, my best friend Bill Dwyer is there early.  Any event that Bill and I are at together is a treat.  We’ve been doing this stuff together for probably 16 years now.

Just after I started announcing, another very good friend, Erika Park, shows up and I get a picture of her and Bill together.

Then I see Chuck Engle and his wife Sommer show up.

They had recently moved to Tennessee from Ohio and were vacationing in the Corpus Christi area while visiting her family here in the Lone Star State.

They decided to stop and run the race.  Chuck – known to many as the “Marathon Junkie” – was in for the marathon, while Sommer signed up for half.

As we were all talking with Steve, Angela Tortorice from Dallas and Hank Donegan from California, who was running his 300th marathon on Friday, came up.  

I quickly went into action and got a great picture – that is on my Facebook page – of the five of them together.  

Among them, there is at least 2,220 marathons, maybe 2,300.

Hank was running his 300th.  Chuck is closing in on 500.  Steve is approaching 800 and only God knows how many Angela has done.

All fun.

The big thing each year is the medal reveal as Paula does her pre-race announcements.

In most years, everybody is all packed in, but I thought people did a good job spreading out, given the COVID-19 concerns – as well as following the social distancing guidelines we have come to know

I had brought my second speaker out so everybody could spread out and hear.

I livestreamed the ceremony, including Waverly singing the National Anthem and me starting all the runners out, on my Facebook page if you want to watch it.

The two years that Waverly was out we did a group sing, but she once again did a stellar job.

As we got runners off the starting line, I really believe that staggering them at 10-15 at a pop really made for a better run for everyone.

And the fact that there is no prize money, no elite comped entries and no age group awards, it really does not matter when you start.

Sure, I get it, even though I am not ever racing for place, that it is part of the charge that runners feed off, but while it is a race out there it is something bigger than just that.

Back to the start, most people did great with 10-15 every 30 seconds, but we had a couple of packs where folks did not listen, and the groups ended up pushing 20 while others jumped in earlier than they should have.

I guess even in a pandemic some people cannot listen and behave.

I think we had everybody on the course by 8:15, which is normally the start time of the half marathon.

All in all, 181 finished the marathon and 202 the half marathon, including 19 who had dropped down from the full marathon distance.

Surprisingly, there were only 22 less marathoners than last year, which was the lowest number of finishers since 2007 – two years before the first running of the half marathon.

The half marathon took the biggest hit.  

After bouncing back from a second lowest finishing number of 203 in 2018 to have 314 last year, just 202 covered the 13.1 miles on Friday.

On to the racing – or not.

Perhaps the most amazing thing of the day is that Steve Boone did not run for the first time ever.

He had run the first 21 times.

Jacqueline O’Brien-Nolen, who had run it 20 times before Friday, finished her 21st four-loop trip through Kingwood with a time of 4:04:58, good for 17th place overall among all females.

It is also the first time in a long time – actually 2008 -- that more than one Nolen wasn’t racing.

2020 – Jacqueline, Trent, Derek
2019 – Jacqueline, Trent, Katheryn, Derek
2018 – Jacqueline, Trent, Derek
2017 – Jacqueline, Trent, Brianna, Derek, Katheryn
2016 – Jacqueline, Trent, Derek, Brianna
2015 – Jacqueline, Brianna, Katheryn, Trent, Derek
2014 – Jacqueline, Katheryn, Brianna, Derek, Trent
2013 – Jacqueline, Derek, Katheryn, Trent, Brianna
2012 – Jacqueline, Katheryn, Derek, Brianna, Trent
2011 – Jacqueline, Derek, Katheryn, Brianna
2010 – Jacqueline, Derek, Katheryn
2009 – Jacqueline, Katheryn
2000, 2002-2008 – Jacqueline

Katheryn is the only other Nolen that finished a marathon since 2008.  

Derek had 11 straight half marathon finishes, while his son Trent had nine.  Katheryn had eight half marathon finishes while Brianna had seven in a row.

Steve and Paula gave out milestone awards to Ken Fattman, who finished his 500th marathon on Friday, while California’s Hank Donegan wrapped up his 300th.

Every year they recognize athletes who finished their 5th, 10th, 15th or 20th.

Five-year awards went to Sheau Yun Choo, Jason Kaplan, Amy Lewing, Andrea Sulak, Nancy Timpani and Ginger Trimble Knox.

Richard Carroll and Maggie Mount finished their 10th Texas Marathon while William Moeller, Yen Nguyen and Angela Tortorice did their 15th race there.

And Gerry Simpson finished his 20th Texas Marathon.

Both winners – Fort Worth’s Josh Heimbach, 35, and Hinckley, Ohio’s Selena Pasadyn, 25 – smashed the event records that had stood for 12 and 14 years, respectively.

Heimbach eclipsed the mark set in 2009 by Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Kurt Klewin with a 2:35:06 showing.  Klewin had the previous best time of 2:42:31.

In doing so, he easily bested Cypress’ Daniel Lawton, who won in 2008 and 2011 with the third and fifth best times in the race’s history, by more than nine minutes.  Lawton’s 2:45:44 was in between his winning times of 2:44:39 and 2:46:50.

Spring’s Maverick Smalley, 33, rounded out the top three with a 3:00:12 showing.

In the ladies' race, oh my.

Pasadyn, a 2016 Harvard graduate who ran collegiately for the Crimson, was making her marathon debut and dropped a time – on a course that’s not known for fast times – of 2:54:47 that was just nine minutes off a Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier.

It broke Christine Agnew’s previous mark of 3:06:12 from 2007.

Kingwood’s Haley Watson, 42, navigated her way into second with a 3:19:57 after Houston’s Erika Park, 45, who briefly led Pasadyn after the first loop, slowed to help debut marathoner Scott Sienkowski, 16, who was having severe cramping issues.  

Park was third overall for the women in 3:29:10.

Despite the pandemic, there were still marathon finishers from 18 states outside of Texas in addition to Pablo Zamorano’s 3:14:12, 11th overall finish out of Santiago, Chile.

Three members of the Limbaugh family from La Grange finished the marathon.

Husband Duane and his wife Jennifer posted times of 3:59:27 and 4:52:52, respectively, but 18-year-old daughter Taylor topped them both with a sparkling time of 3:46:03.

There were some other couples who finished the marathon together.  They included:

Irving’s Breanna Waldrup and Andrew Olsen
Katy’s Scott and Andrea Witte
Kingwood’s Ron and Karen Berglund
Houston’s Peter Bennett and Yen Nguyen
Glencoe, Illinois’ Bob and Lesley Strauss
Houston’s Edward and Margot Campos
Houston’s Tim and Nancy Timpani

Brothers Daniel and Mark Lawton of Cypress were second and 12th overall.  Both had won the race before.

And maybe sisters Madeline and Mary Beth Meier of Kingwood and Cleveland, respectively, also finished, both in a time of 6:12:16.

However, the greatest family accomplishment came from the Foltz family.

Four brothers and sisters ran the 26.2 miles on New Year’s Day.

Sixteen-year-old Corey led the way with a tenth-place overall time of 3:13:45.

Thirteen-year-old sister Lucy was next in 3:56:12.

Southwestern University senior Mario, who swam for the Pirates and Kingwood Park, 21, helped youngest brother C.J., 12, to a finishing time of 6:24:56.

The winners of the half marathon were Tomball’s Seth Kaplan, 18, and Houston’s Kelli Tomlinson, 28, in times of 1:20:25 and 1:36:28, respectively.

Manfred Roenz of Humble and his son, Tyler, 16, ran close to each other in times of 1:33:19 and 1:34:09, respectively.

Husband-and-wife Jason and Carrie Labani, of Humble, finished in 1:45:40 and 1:43:47.

It was great to see the original race director of the Surfside Beach Marathon Daryl Beatty, 67, out there and posting a 1:58:03 half marathon time.

One of Bill’s runners, Trudy Regnier, finished in 2:25:03.  A friend of Volte, as he likes to call many runners, Sonia Dhodapkar, 43, of Houston turned in a 1:55:05 showing.  (And I’m sure I butchered her name as I had in the past; just not a lot of practice lately.)

And looking at the chip and gun time differences, it appears that we were able to get everybody on the half marathon course within about six minutes – and do so in groups of 10 to 15 the entire time.

There are lots of people I likely left off in this report as I know so many and can comment positively on, which would make this report 10 pages long (as I just started the sixth page in the Microsoft Word document).

I will say this, however:  “This race isn’t for everybody.”

Why?

There are just some people who could not humble themselves to a family environment like this race and event is and enjoy and appreciate it.

They would likely look down the noses of those who took longer than seven hours to finish a marathon.

I admit that some years it is challenging to wait some of those athletes out; however, I think that it is what makes Steve and Paula incredibly special is that they give these people a place to do this as most places cannot keep a road shut down as long for them to accomplish the feat.

If you’re reading, I hope to see you out here in 2022.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

48 States, 151 Half Marathons - Complete Half Marathon History


By Age Grade (Top 10 by 2006/2010 Factors)

(1:43:19) 1:58:51 - 3/9/19 - Revel Kulia Half Marathon (Downhill), Waikoloa Beach, HI - 144
(1:51:20) 2:06:58 - 12/16/18 - Santa Hustle Half Marathon, Galveston, TX - 143
(1:51:34) 2:06:09 - 4/29/17 - Revel Mt. Charleston Half Marathon (Downhill), Las Vegas, NV - 130
(1:52:39) 2:10:43 - 2/2/20 - USA Fit Half Marathon, Sugar Land, TX - 149 (1:54:04 - 2015)
(1:55:05) 2:11:14 - 12/2/18 - Inaugural Tyler Half Marathon, Tyler, TX - 142
(1:56:21) 2:12:49 - 10/21/18 - Nutrabolt Oktoberfest Half Marathon, College Station, TX - 140 (1:57:53 - 2015)
(1:56:56) 2:15:41.50 - 2/16/20 - 13th annual Run The Line Half Marathon, Texarkana, TX - 150
(1:57:42) 2:13:05 - 1/29/17 - USA Fit Half Marathon, Sugar Land, TX - 128  (1:59:15 - 2015)
(1:57:59) 2:16:54 - 1/3/21 - 4th annual Canton Half Marathon, Canton, TX - 151 (1:59:29 - 2015)
(1:58:25) 2:15:02 - 11/4/18 - Colt State Park Half Marathon, Bristol, RI - 141
(1:59:53) 2:13:17 - 1/31/15 - Minden Run For St. Jude Half Marathon, Minden, LA - 103
(2:00:03) 2:15:44 - 2/25/17 - Citizens Medical Center Run Against Cancer Half Marathon, Victoria, TX - 129
(2:00:48) 2:15:26 - 5/7/16 - Revel Mt. Charleston Half Marathon (Downhill), Las Vegas, NV - 120
(2:01:19) 2:13:45 - 2/9/14 - Biggest Loser Half Marathon, Mobile, AL - 94
(2:01:34) 2:16:17 - 11/13/16 - Harlingen Half Marathon, Harlingen, TX - 126
(2:01:37) 2:09:45 - 9/11/10 - Elroy Tunnel-Trails Half Marathon, Elroy, WI - 74
(2:01:43) 2:18:48 - 2/3/18 - SAGU Half Marathon, Waxahachie, TX - 135 (Adjusted time as course map was printed as 13.25 miles and time was 2:20:17) (2:03:19 - 2015)
(2:02:44) 2:10:57 - 12/11/10 - Schlotzsky's Jingle Bell Run Half Marathon, Temple, TX - 76
(2:03:43) 2:16:23 - 2/15/14 - Stonebridge Ranch Half Marathon, McKinney, TX - 95
(2:04:13) 2:14:42 - 10/28/12 - Houston Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 86
(2:04:29) 2:18:23 - 11/14/15 - American Family Fitness Half Marathon, Richmond, VA - 114

(2:04:39) 2:14:05 - 10/1/11 - New Hampshire Half Marathon, Bristol, NH - 79 *7
(2:05:29) 2:14:58 - 3/12/11 - Gusher Half Marathon, Beaumont, TX - 77
(2:05:31) 2:13:55 - 5/2/10 - Heels and Hills Half Marathon, Irving, TX - 71
(2:05:45) 2:09:58 - 3/18/06 - Wheatfield Half Marathon, The Dalles, OR - 24
(2:05:57) 
2:18:51 - 11/15/14 - Tour de Glen Rose Half Marathon, Glen Rose, TX - 99
(2:06:16) 2:15:49 - 10/9/11 - Gulf Coast Half Marathon, Mandeville, LA - 81
(2:06:45) 2:14:09 - 1/11/09 - First Light Half Marathon, Mobile, AL - 56 (Flat)

By Time
1:58:51 - 3/9/19 - Revel Kulia Half Marathon (Downhill), Waikoloa Beach, HI - 144
2:06:09 - 4/29/17 - Revel Mt. Charleston Half Marathon (Downhill), Las Vegas, NV - 130
2:06:58 - 12/16/18 - Santa Hustle Half Marathon, Galveston, TX - 143
2:09:45 - 9/11/10 - Elroy Tunnel-Trails Half Marathon, Elroy, WI - 74
2:09:58 - 3/18/06 - Wheatfield Half Marathon, The Dalles, OR - 24
2:10:43 - 2/2/20 - USA Fit Half Marathon, Sugar Land, TX - 149
2:10:57 - 12/11/10 - Schlotzsky's Jingle Bell Run Half Marathon, Temple, TX - 76
2:11:14 - 12/2/18 - Inaugural Tyler Half Marathon, Tyler, TX - 142
2:12:06 - 1/29/06 - 12th annual 3M Half Marathon, Austin, TX - 23
2:12:26 - 1/28/07 - 13th annual 3M Half Marathon, Austin, TX - 31
2:12:49 - 10/21/18 - Nutrabolt Oktoberfest Half Marathon, College Station, TX - 140
2:13:05 - 1/29/17 - USA Fit Half Marathon, Sugar Land, TX - 128
2:13:17 - 1/31/15 - Minden Run For St. Jude Half Marathon, Minden, LA - 103 (2:13:21)
2:13:45 - 2/9/14 - Biggest Loser Half Marathon, Mobile, AL - 94
2:13:55 - 5/2/10 - Heels and Hills Half Marathon, Irving, TX - 71 (Mostly flat, 60s)
2:14:05 - 10/1/11 - New Hampshire Half Marathon, Bristol, NH - 79 *7
2:14:09 - 1/11/09 - First Light Half Marathon, Mobile, AL - 56 (Flat)
2:14:42 - 10/28/12 - Houston Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 86
2:14:58 - 3/12/11 - Gusher Half Marathon, Beaumont, TX - 77
2:15:02 - 11/4/18 - Colt State Park Half Marathon, Bristol, RI - 141
2:15:26 - 5/7/16 - Revel Mt. Charleston Half Marathon (Downhill), Las Vegas, NV - 120
2:15:31 - 1/27/08 - 14th annual 3M Half Marathon, Austin, TX - 45
2:15:41.50 - 2/16/20 - 13th annual Run The Line Half Marathon, Texarkana, TX - 150
2:15:44 - 2/25/17 - Citizens Medical Center Run Against Cancer Half Marathon, Victoria, TX - 129
2:15:49 - 10/9/11 - Gulf Coast Half Marathon, Mandeville, LA - 81
2:16:17 - 11/13/16 - Harlingen Half Marathon, Harlingen, TX - 126
2:16:23 - 2/15/14 - Stonebridge Ranch Half Marathon, McKinney, TX - 95
2:16:38 - 4/30/05 - 37th Drake Relay On-The-ROADS Half Marathon, Des Moines, IA - 14 (Cold) *1
2:16:54 - 1/3/21 - 4th annual Canton Half Marathon, Canton, TX - 151
2:16:58 - 4/3/05 - Big D Texas Half Marathon, Dallas, TX - 13
2:18:05 - 3/29/09 - Angie's Half Crazy Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 58 (Flat)
2:18:12 - 5/19/07 - Fargo Half Marathon, Fargo, ND - 34 *2
2:18:20 - 12/12/09 - Chasing Lions Half Marathon, Temple, TX - 69
2:18:23 - 11/14/15 - American Family Fitness Half Marathon, Richmond, VA - 114
2:18:27 - 2/15/15 - 8th annual Run The Line Half Marathon, Texarkana, TX/AR - 106
2:18:38 - 2/17/08 - Run The Line Half Marathon, Texarkana, TX/AR - 46 (Cold, Windy)
2:18:48 - 2/3/18 - SAGU Half Marathon, Waxahachie, TX - 135 (Adjusted time as course map was printed as 13.25 miles and time was 2:20:17)
2:18:51 - 5/1/05 - 28th annual Lincoln National Guard Half Marathon, Lincoln, NE - 15 (Cold) *1
2:18:51 - 11/15/14 - Tour de Glen Rose Half Marathon, Glen Rose, TX - 99
2:18:53* - 3/5/05 - 3rd annual Baylor Student Foundation Bearathon (12.85 miles = 2:16:14.4), Waco, TX - 12
2:19:04 - 6/11/06 - North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon, Port Angeles, WA - 26
2:19:04 - 3/31/19 - First Responder Half Marathon, Waco, TX - 145
2:19:06 - 11/25/16 - The Waddle Half Marathon, Dallas, TX - 127 (Basically flat)
2:19:17 - 7/15/07 - Presque Isle Half Marathon, Erie, PA - 38 (Flat)
2:19:18 - 11/23/08 - 27th annual Ole Man River Half Marathon, New Orleans, LA - 53 (Flat)
2:19:29 - 12/7/08 - Austin Runners Club Decker Half Marathon, Austin, TX - 54 (Hilly)
2:19:48 - 1/1/20 - Texas Half Marathon, Kingwood, TX - 147
2:20:10 - 4/5/08 - Eisenhower Half Marathon, Abilene, KS - 48 (Cold) *4
2:20:13 - 9/7/08 - 11th annual Sioux Falls Half Marathon, Sioux Falls, SD - 52
2:20:21 - 2/14/15 - 5th annual Jail Break Run Half Marathon, Baytown, TX - 105
2:20:38 - 10/15/05 - 27th annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 20
2:20:46 - 4/14/18 - Inaugural Blue Bell Fun Run Half Marathon, Brenham, TX - 136
2:20:51 - 3/30/12 - Chisholm Trail Half Marathon, Crawford, TX - 89
2:21:06 - 12/20/08 - 21st annual American Bank Half Marathon, Corpus Christi, TX - 55
2:21:06 - 9/23/12 - Inaugural Panhandle Half Marathon, Lubbock, TX - 85
2:21:09 - 11/20/05 - 6th annual Motive Bison Stampede, Austin, TX - 21
2:21:12 - 10/2/10 - Maine Half Marathon, Portland, ME - 80 *7
2:21:19 - 12/1/12 - Baton Rouge Beach Half Marathon, Baton Rouge, LA - 87
2:21:29 - 9/26/04 - Buckeye Half Marathon, Akron, OH - 8 (10k in New Jersey the day before)
2:21:41 - 10/2/04 - Texas MedClinic Helotes Half Marathon, Helotes, TX - 9
2:22:08 - 12/17/17 - Santa Hustle Half Marathon, Galveston, TX - 134
2:22:11 - 4/6/13 - Fairview Half Marathon, Fairview, TX - 90
2:22:17 - 1/1/15 - Texas Half Marathon, Kingwood, TX - 100 (with Waverly)
2:22:27 - 10/30/16 - Air Capital Half Marathon, Wichita, KS - 125
2:22:42 - 11/21/09 - 24th annual Star City Half Marathon, Roanoke, VA - 67 *6
2:22:44 - 3/25/07 - Mercer Island Rotary Run Day Half Marathon, Mercer Island, WA - 32
2:22:44 - 10/24/10 - Houston Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 75
2:23:05 - 2/28/09 - Cowtown Half Marathon, Fort Worth, TX - 57
2:23:18 - 4/29/07 - Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon, Oklahoma City, OK - 33
2:23:22 - 1/9/10 - Mississippi Blues Half Marathon, Jackson, MS - 70
2:23:25 - 10/9/04 - 26th annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 10
2:23:28 - 9/14/13 - Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Run With Heart Half Marathon, Mansfield, TX - 93
2:23:39 - 11/7/09 - Clarksville Half Marathon, Clarksville, TN - 66
2:24:04 - 4/10/16 - Union Hospital Run For Home Half Marathon, New Philadelphia, OH - 117
2:24:05 - 8/18/07 - News and Sentinel Half Marathon, Parkersburg, WV - 40
2:24:19 - 7/21/13 - Presque Isle Half Marathon, Erie, PA - 91
2:24:44 - 10/23/11 - Houston Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 82
2:25:05 - 2/24/08 - Armadillo Dash Half Marathon, College Station, TX - 47
2:25:28 - 6/28/15 - Sturgis Falls Half Marathon, Cedar Falls, IA - 109
2:25:30 - 4/9/06 - Prince George Roadrunners Hart Half, Prince George, BC - 25 (500 miles north of Vancouver)
2:25:33 - 2/8/15 - Fort Smith Half Marathon, Fort Smith, AR - 104
2:25:42 - 9/3/16 - Pocatello Half Marathon, Pocatello, ID - 124
2:25:44 - 5/17/09 - Delaware Half Marathon, Wilmington, DE - 59
2:25:45 - 6/17/06 - Carrabba's Classic Half Marathon (Wet), San Antonio, TX - 27
2:26:03 - 10/18/09 - 5th annual Harbor Half Marathon, Corpus Christi, TX - 63
2:26:10 - 11/1/09 - 2nd annual Augusta Half Marathon, Augusta, GA - 65 *5
2:26:35 - 11/22/15 - Tulsa Route 66 Half Marathon, Tulsa, OK - 115
2:26:47 - 5/20/07 - Apple Blossom Half Marathon, Hastings, MN - 35 *2
2:27:00 - 4/6/08 - Go St. Louis! Half Marathon, St. Louis, MO - 49 *4
2:27:07 - 8/17/13 - News and Sentinel Half Marathon, Parkersburg, WV - 92
2:27:24.50 - 8/4/19 -3rd annual Canton Half Marathon, Canton, TX - 146 (with Waverly)
2:27:47 - 8/9/14 - 13th annual Lynchburg Half Marathon, Lynchburg, VA - 97
2:27:54 - 6/12/10 - Bear Lake Half Marathon, Garden City, UT - 73
2:28:17 - 3/27/11 - 4th annual Angie's Half Crazy! Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 78
2:28:18 - 6/23/18 - 25th annual Westfield Half Marathon, Westfield, MA - 138
2:28:38 - 12/9/17 - Lake Area Runners Swamp Stomp Half Marathon, Lake Charles, LA - 133 (long)
2:28:58 - 10/31/09 - 5th annual Spinx Fest Half Marathon, Greenville, SC - 64 *5
2:29:02 - 6/25/06 - Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon, Vancouver, BC - 28
2:29:17 - 10/13/07 - 29th annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 43
2:29:22 - 11/22/09 - Hendrick Marrow Program Half Marathon, Concord, NC - 68 *6
2:29:25 - 10/21/06 - 28th annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 30
2:29:34 - 8/1/04 - 28th annual Chicago Distance Classic (Warm), Chicago, IL - 7
2:29:41 - 4/3/04 - Capital City Half Marathon, Columbus, OH - 4
2:29:42 - 3/7/04 - Little Rock Half Marathon, Little Rock, AR - 3
2:30:17 - 10/24/15 - Anthony Flying Horse Half Marathon, Anthony, TX/NM - 112
2:30:29 - 6/25/16 - Lake Michigan Half Marathon (Warm), Muskegon, MI - 122
2:30:39 - 11/17/07 - Tyler Half Marathon (Hilly), Tyler, TX - 44
2:31:04 - 1/26/20 - Miracle Match Half Marathon (Hilly), Waco, TX - 148
2:31:05 - 4/24/16 - Columbia Half Marathon (Hilly), Columbia, MD - 119
2:31:13 - 6/19/04 - Carrabba's Classic Half Marathon (Hot), San Antonio, TX - 6
2:31:13 - 12/12/04 - Swamp Stomp Half Marathon (Pacing Duties), Lake Charles, LA - 11
2:31:19 - 11/8/15 - Pensacola Half Marathon, Pensacola, FL - 113
2:31:28 - 10/1/05 - Texas MedClinic Helotes Half Marathon, Helotes, TX - 19
2:32:03 - 6/6/09 - Sunburst Half Marathon, South Bend, IN - 60
2:32:06 - 5/19/18 - Joplin Memorial Run Half Marathon, Joplin, MO - 137
2:32:29 - 8/19/06 - News and Sentinel Half Marathon (Hot and Hilly), Parkersburg, WV - 29
2:32:34 - 1/18/04 - Halliburton International Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 2
2:32:42 - 5/8/04 - Indianapolis Life 500 Festival Mini Marathon (Warm), Indianapolis, IN - 5
2:33:17 - 7/9/17 - Burn Your Half Off Half Marathon (Warm), Chattanooga, TN - 131
2:34:56 - 1/25/15 - Miracle Match Half Marathon (Hilly), Waco, TX - 102
2:35:23 - 5/28/12 - Patriot Half Marathon, Rockwall, TX - 83
2:35:23 - 12/12/15 - Schlotzsky's Jingle Bell Run Half Marathon, Temple, TX - 116
2:35:54 - 8/8/15 - 14th annual Lynchburg Half Marathon, Lynchburg, VA - 110 (with Waverly)
2:36:00 - 3/21/15 - Bring It To The Bay Half Marathon, Bay St. Louis, MS - 108
2:36:01 - 6/6/10 - Lewis and Clark Half Marathon, Bozeman, MT - 72
2:37:16 - 9/23/18 - Hokie Half Marathon, Blacksburg, VA - 139 (ran with Waverly)
2:37:42 - 8/5/07 - Prude Ranch Races Half Marathon (Elevation), Fort Davis, TX - 39
2:38:37 - 10/7/07 - 31st annual Pamby Motors Half Marathon (Hot), Ridgefield, CT - 42 *3
2:38:39 - 10/6/07 - Grete's Great Gallop (Hot and Hilly), New York City, NY - 41 *3
2:41:53 - 8/20/05 - News and Sentinel Half Marathon (Hot and Hilly), Parkersburg, WV - 18
2:43:07 - 8/24/08 - Hottest Half Marathon (Hot), Dallas, TX - 51
2:43:45 - 6/18/05 - Carrabba's Classic Half Marathon (Hot), San Antonio, TX - 16
2:44:20 - 6/11/16 - Bourbon Derby Half Marathon (Hot, Hilly), Paris, KY - 121
2:45:07 - 6/13/09 - Renaissance at Colony Park Half Marathon (Hot), Ridgeland, MS - 61
2:45:29 - 7/4/07 - 28th annual Lander Half Marathon (Elevation), Lander, WY - 36
2:45:33 - 9/27/09 - Heels and Hills and Him Half Marathon (Warm), Irving, TX - 62
2:46:20 - 8/27/16 - Best Damn Run and Walk Half Marathon (Trail), Whitingham, VT - 123
2:46:44 - 11/19/17 - La Porte By The Bay Half Marathon, La Porte, TX - 132 (with Alison Smith)
2:47:04 - 12/21/12 - End of the World Half Marathon, Humble, TX - 88 (Closer to 14 miles)
2:47:39 - 4/16/16 - Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half Marathon (Very Hilly), Roanoke, VA - 118
2:49:04 - 6/8/08 - Scott & White Community Wellness Half Marathon (Hot and Humid), Temple, TX - 50
2:50:52 - 11/1/03 - White Rock Half Marathon (Hot), Dallas, TX - 1
2:50:59 - 8/13/05 - 28th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Half Marathon (Trail at Elevation), Flagstaff, AZ - 17
2:51:25 - 8/15/15 - News and Sentinel Half Marathon, Parkersburg, WV - 111
2:52:48 - 3/8/15 - Zydeco Half Marathon, Lafayette, LA - 107 (with Steve Boone)
2:54:07 - 1/15/06 - Aramco Houston Half Marathon (Pacing Duties), Houston, TX - 22 (with Waverly)
2:57:13 - 1/24/15 - 27th annual Lake Benbrook Half Marathon, Benbrook, TX - 101 (with Ken Johnson)
2:58:17 - 6/20/14 - Summer Solstice 3-Hour Endurance Run, Abilene, TX - 96 (14 miles)
3:20:01 - 7/22/12 - 47th annual Gold Discovery Run, Fox, AK - 84 (16.3 mile-trail run)
3:33:52 - 11/9/14 - Fort Worth Half Marathon, Fort Worth, TX - 98 (with Paula Boone)
5:41:10 - 7/7/07 - 2nd annual Leadville Trail Heavy Half Marathon (Unreal Elevelation, 15.4 miles), Leadville, CO - 37

By Date

2:50:52 - 11/1/03 - White Rock Half Marathon (Hot), Dallas, TX - 1
2:32:34 - 1/18/04 - Halliburton International Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 2
2:29:42 - 3/7/04 - Little Rock Half Marathon, Little Rock, AR - 3
2:29:41 - 4/3/04 - Capital City Half Marathon, Columbus, OH - 4
2:32:42 - 5/8/04 - Indianapolis Life 500 Festival Mini Marathon (Warm), Indianapolis, IN - 5
2:31:13 - 6/19/04 - Carrabba's Classic Half Marathon (Hot), San Antonio, TX - 6
2:29:34 - 8/1/04 - 28th annual Chicago Distance Classic (Warm), Chicago, IL - 7
2:21:29 - 9/26/04 - Buckeye Half Marathon, Akron, OH - 8 (10k in New Jersey the day before)
2:21:41 - 10/2/04 - Texas MedClinic Helotes Half Marathon, Helotes, TX - 9
2:23:25 - 10/9/04 - 26th annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 10
2:31:13 - 12/12/04 - Swamp Stomp Half Marathon (Pacing Duties), Lake Charles, LA - 11
2:18:53* - 3/5/05 - 3rd annual Baylor Student Foundation Bearathon (12.85 miles = 2:16:14.4), Waco, TX - 12
2:16:58 - 4/3/05 - Big D Texas Half Marathon, Dallas, TX - 13
2:16:38 - 4/30/05 - 37th Drake Relay On-The-ROADS Half Marathon, Des Moines, IA - 14 (Cold) *1
2:18:51 - 5/1/05 - 28th annual Lincoln National Guard Half Marathon, Lincoln, NE - 15 (Cold) *1
2:43:45 - 6/18/05 - Carrabba's Classic Half Marathon (Hot), San Antonio, TX - 16
2:50:59 - 8/13/05 - 28th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Half Marathon (Trail at Elevation), Flagstaff, AZ - 17
2:41:53 - 8/20/05 - News and Sentinel Half Marathon (Hot and Hilly), Parkersburg, WV - 18
2:31:28 - 10/1/05 - Texas MedClinic Helotes Half Marathon, Helotes, TX - 19
2:20:38 - 10/15/05 - 27th annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 20
2:21:09 - 11/20/05 - 6th annual Motive Bison Stampede, Austin, TX - 21
2:54:07 - 1/15/06 - Aramco Houston Half Marathon (Pacing Duties), Houston, TX - 22
2:12:06 - 1/29/06 - 12th annual 3M Half Marathon, Austin, TX - 23
2:09:58 - 3/18/06 - Wheatfield Half Marathon, The Dalles, OR - 24
2:25:30 - 4/9/06 - Prince George Roadrunners Hart Half, Prince George, BC - 25 (500 miles north of Vancouver)
2:19:04 - 6/11/06 - North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon, Port Angeles, WA - 26
2:25:45 - 6/17/06 - Carrabba's Classic Half Marathon (Wet), San Antonio, TX - 27
2:29:02 - 6/25/06 - Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon, Vancouver, BC - 28
2:32:29 - 8/19/06 - News and Sentinel Half Marathon (Hot and Hilly), Parkersburg, WV - 29
2:29:25 - 10/21/06 - 28th annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 30
2:12:26 - 1/28/07 - 13th annual 3M Half Marathon, Austin, TX - 31
2:22:44 - 3/25/07 - Mercer Island Rotary Run Day Half Marathon, Mercer Island, WA - 32
2:23:18 - 4/29/07 - Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon, Oklahoma City, OK - 33
2:18:12 - 5/19/07 - Fargo Half Marathon, Fargo, ND - 34 *2
2:26:47 - 5/20/07 - Apple Blossom Half Marathon, Hastings, MN - 35 *2
2:45:29 - 7/4/07 - 28th annual Lander Half Marathon (Elevation), Lander, WY - 36
5:41:10 - 7/7/07 - 2nd annual Leadville Trail Heavy Half Marathon (Unreal Elevelation, 15.4 miles), Leadville, CO - 37
2:19:17 - 7/15/07 - Presque Isle Half Marathon, Erie, PA - 38 (Flat)
2:37:42 - 8/5/07 - Prude Ranch Races Half Marathon (Elevation), Fort Davis, TX - 39
2:24:05 - 8/18/07 - News and Sentinel Half Marathon, Parkersburg, WV - 40
2:38:39 - 10/6/07 - Grete's Great Gallop (Hot and Hilly), New York City, NY - 41 *3
2:38:37 - 10/7/07 - 31st annual Pamby Motors Half Marathon (Hot), Ridgefield, CT - 42 *3
2:29:17 - 10/13/07 - 29th annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 43
2:30:39 - 11/17/07 - Tyler Half Marathon (Hilly), Tyler, TX - 44
2:15:31 - 1/27/08 - 14th annual 3M Half Marathon, Austin, TX - 45
2:18:38 - 2/17/08 - Run The Line Half Marathon, Texarkana, TX/AR - 46 (Cold, Windy)
2:25:05 - 2/24/08 - Armadillo Dash Half Marathon, College Station, TX - 47
2:20:10 - 4/5/08 - Eisenhower Half Marathon, Abilene, KS - 48 (Cold) *4
2:27:00 - 4/6/08 - Go St. Louis! Half Marathon, St. Louis, MO - 49 *4
2:49:04 - 6/8/08 - Scott & White Community Wellness Half Marathon (Hot and Humid), Temple, TX - 50
2:43:07 - 8/24/08 - Hottest Half Marathon (Hot), Dallas, TX - 51
2:20:13 - 9/7/08 - 11th annual Sioux Falls Half Marathon, Sioux Falls, SD - 52
2:19:18 - 11/23/08 - 27th annual Ole Man River Half Marathon, New Orleans, LA - 53 (Flat)
2:19:29 - 12/7/08 - Austin Runners Club Decker Half Marathon, Austin, TX - 54 (Hilly)
2:21:06 - 12/20/08 - 21st annual American Bank Half Marathon, Corpus Christi, TX - 55
2:14:09 - 1/11/09 - First Light Half Marathon, Mobile, AL - 56 (Flat)
2:23:05 - 2/28/09 - Cowtown Half Marathon, Fort Worth, TX - 57
2:18:05 - 3/29/09 - Angie's Half Crazy Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 58 (Flat)
2:25:44 - 5/17/09 - Delaware Half Marathon, Wilmington, DE - 59
2:32:03 - 6/6/09 - Sunburst Half Marathon, South Bend, IN - 60
2:45:07 - 6/13/09 - Renaissance at Colony Park Half Marathon (Hot), Ridgeland, MS - 61
2:45:33 - 9/27/09 - Heels and Hills and Him Half Marathon (Warm), Irving, TX - 62
2:26:03 - 10/18/09 - 5th annual Harbor Half Marathon, Corpus Christi, TX - 63
2:28:58 - 10/31/09 - 5th annual Spinx Fest Half Marathon, Greenville, SC - 64 *5
2:26:10 - 11/1/09 - 2nd annual Augusta Half Marathon, Augusta, GA - 65 *5
2:23:39 - 11/7/09 - Clarksville Half Marathon, Clarksville, TN - 66
2:22:42 - 11/21/09 - 24th annual Star City Half Marathon, Roanoke, VA - 67 *6
2:29:22 - 11/22/09 - Hendrick Marrow Program Half Marathon, Concord, NC - 68 *6
2:18:20 - 12/12/09 - Chasing Lions Half Marathon, Temple, TX - 69
2:23:22 - 1/9/10 - Mississippi Blues Half Marathon, Jackson, MS - 70
2:13:55 - 5/2/10 - Heels and Hills Half Marathon, Irving, TX - 71 (Mostly flat, 60s)
2:36:01 - 6/6/10 - Lewis and Clark Half Marathon, Bozeman, MT - 72
2:27:54 - 6/12/10 - Bear Lake Marathon, Garden City, UT - 73
2:09:45 - 9/11/10 - Elroy Tunnel-Trails Half Marathon, Elroy, WI - 74
2:22:44 - 10/24/10 - Houston Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 75
2:10:57 - 12/11/10 - Schlotzsky's Jingle Bell Run Half Marathon, Temple, TX - 76
2:14:58 - 3/12/11 - Gusher Half Marathon, Beaumont, TX - 77
2:28:17 - 3/27/11 - 4th annual Angie's Half Crazy! Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 78
2:14:05 - 10/1/11 - New Hampshire Half Marathon, Bristol, NH - 79 *7
2:21:12 - 10/2/11 - Maine Half Marathon, Portland, ME - 80 *7
2:15:49 - 10/9/11 - Gulf Coast Half Marathon, Mandeville, LA - 81
2:24:44 - 10/23/11 - Houston Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 82
2:35:23 - 5/28/12 - Patriot Half Marathon, Rockwall, TX - 83
3:20:01 - 7/22/12 - 47th annual Gold Discovery Run, Fox, AK - 84 (16.3 mile-trail run)
2:21:06 - 9/23/12 - Inaugural Panhandle Half Marathon, Lubbock, TX - 85
2:14:42 - 10/28/12 - Houston Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 86
2:21:19 - 12/1/12 - Baton Rouge Beach Half Marathon, Baton Rouge, LA - 87
2:47:04 - 12/21/12 - End of the Word Half Marathon, Humble, TX - 88 (Closer to 14 miles)
2:20:51 - 3/30/12 - Chisholm Trail Half Marathon, Crawford, TX - 89
2:22:11 - 4/6/13 - Fairview Half Marathon, Fairview, TX - 90
2:24:19 - 7/21/13 - Presque Isle Half Marathon, Erie, PA - 91
2:27:07 - 8/17/13 - News and Sentinel Half Marathon, Parkersburg, WV - 92
2:23:28 - 9/14/13 - Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Run With Heart Half Marathon, Mansfield, TX - 93
2:13:45 - 2/9/14 - Biggest Loser Half Marathon, Mobile, AL - 94
2:16:23 - 2/15/14 - Stonebridge Ranch Half Marathon, McKinney, TX - 95
2:58:17 - 6/20/14 - Summer Solstice 3-Hour Endurance Run, Abilene, TX - 96 (14 miles)
2:27:47 - 8/9/14 - 13th annual Lynchburg Half Marathon, Lynchburg, VA - 97
3:33:52 - 11/9/14 - Fort Worth Half Marathon, Fort Worth, TX - 98 (with Paula Boone)
2:18:51 - 11/15/14 - Tour de Glen Rose Half Marathon, Glen Rose, TX - 99
2:22:17 - 1/1/15 - Texas Half Marathon, Kingwood, TX - 100 (with Waverly)
2:57:13 - 1/24/15 - 27th annual Lake Benbrook Half Marathon, Benbrook, TX - 101 (with Ken Johnson)
2:34:56 - 1/25/15 - Miracle Match Half Marathon (Hilly), Waco, TX - 102
2:13:17 - 1/31/15 - Minden Run For St. Jude Half Marathon, Minden, LA - 103
2:25:33 - 2/8/15 - Fort Smith Half Marathon (Hilly), Fort Smith, AR - 104
2:20:21 - 2/14/15 - 5th annual Jail Break Run Half Marathon, Baytown, TX - 105 (Bridge)
2:18:27 - 2/15/15 - 8th annual Run The Line Half Marathon, Texarkana, TX/AR - 106
2:52:48 - 3/8/15 - Zydeco Half Marathon, Lafayette, LA - 107 (with Steve Boone)
2:36:00 - 3/21/15 - Bring It To The Bay Half Marathon, Bay St. Louis, MS - 108 (Bridge)
2:25:28 - 6/28/15 - Sturgis Falls Half Marathon, Cedar Falls, IA - 109
2:35:54 - 8/8/15 - 14th annual Lynchburg Half Marathon, Lynchburg, VA - 110 (with Waverly)
2:51:25 - 8/15/15 - News and Sentinel Half Marathon, Parkersburg, WV - 111
2:30:17 - 10/24/15 - Anthony Flying Horse Half Marathon, Anthony, TX/NM - 112
2:31:19 - 11/8/15 - Pensacola Half Marathon, Pensacola, FL - 113
2:18:23 - 11/14/15 - American Family Fitness Half Marathon, Richmond, VA - 114
2:26:35 - 11/22/15 - Tulsa Route 66 Half Marathon, Tulsa, OK - 115
2:35:23 - 12/12/15 - Schlotzsky's Jingle Bell Run Half Marathon, Temple, TX - 116
2:24:04 - 4/10/16 - Union Hospital Run For Home Half Marathon, New Philadelphia, OH - 117
2:47:39 - 4/16/16 - Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half Marathon (Very Hilly), Roanoke, VA - 118
2:31:05 - 4/24/16 - Columbia Half Marathon (Hilly), Columbia, MD - 119
2:15:26 - 5/7/16 - Revel Mt. Charleston Half Marathon (Downhill), Las Vegas, NV - 120
2:44:20 - 6/11/16 - Bourbon Derby Half Marathon (Hot, Hilly), Paris, KY - 121 2:30:29 - 6/25/16 - Lake Michigan Half Marathon (Warm), Muskegon, MI - 122
2:46:20 - 8/27/16 - Best Damn Run and Walk Half Marathon (Trail), Whitingham, VT - 123
2:25:42 - 9/3/16 - Pocatello Half Marathon, Pocatello, ID - 124
2:22:27 - 10/30/16 - Air Capital Half Marathon, Wichita, KS - 125
2:16:17 - 11/13/16 - Harlingen Half Marathon, Harlingen, TX - 126
2:19:06 - 11/25/16 - The Waddle Half Marathon, Dallas, TX - 127 (Basically flat)
2:13:05 - 1/29/17 - USA Fit Half Marathon, Sugar Land, TX - 128
2:15:44 - 2/25/17 - Citizens Medical Center Run Against Cancer Half Marathon, Victoria, TX - 129
2:06:09 - 4/29/17 - Revel Mt. Charleston Half Marathon (Downhill), Las Vegas, NV - 130
2:33:17 - 7/9/17 - Burn Your Half Off Half Marathon (Warm), Chattanooga, TN - 131
2:46:44 - 11/19/17 - La Porte By The Bay Half Marathon, La Porte, TX - 132 (with Alison Smith)
2:28:38 - 12/9/17 - Lake Area Runners Swamp Stomp Half Marathon, Lake Charles, LA - 133 (long)
2:22:08 - 12/17/17 - Santa Hustle Half Marathon, Galveston, TX - 134
2:18:48 - 2/3/18 - SAGU Half Marathon, Waxahachie, TX - 135 (Adjusted time as course map was printed as 13.25 miles and time was 2:20:17)
2:20:46 - 4/14/18 - Inaugural Blue Bell Fun Run Half Marathon, Brenham, TX - 136
2:32:06 - 5/19/18 - Joplin Memorial Run Half Marathon, Joplin, MO - 137
2:28:18 - 6/23/18 - 25th annual Westfield Half Marathon, Westfield, MA - 138
2:37:16 - 9/23/18 - Hokie Half Marathon, Blacksburg, VA - 139 (ran with Waverly)
2:12:49 - 10/21/18 - Nutrabolt Oktoberfest Half Marathon, College Station, TX - 140
2:15:02 - 11/4/18 - Colt State Park Half Marathon, Bristol, RI - 141
2:11:14 - 12/2/18 - Inaugural Tyler Half Marathon, Tyler, TX - 142
2:06:58 - 12/16/18 - Santa Hustle Half Marathon, Galveston, TX - 143
1:58:51 - 3/9/19 - Revel Kulia Half Marathon (Downhill), Waikoloa Beach, HI - 144
2:19:04 - 3/31/19 - First Responder Half Marathon, Waco, TX - 145
2:27:24.50 - 8/4/19 -3rd annual Canton Half Marathon, Canton, TX - 146 (with Waverly)
2:19:48 - 1/1/20 - Texas Half Marathon, Kingwood, TX - 147
2:31:14 - 1/26/20 - Miracle Match Half Marathon (Hilly), Waco, TX - 148
2:10:43.13 - 2/2/20 - USA Fit Half Marathon, Sugar Land, TX - 149
2:15:41.50 - 2/16/20 - 13th annual Run The Line Half Marathon, Texarkana, TX - 150
2:16:54 - 1/3/21 - 4th annual Canton Half Marathon, Canton, TX - 151

Waverly Walk - Complete Half Marathon History


By Time
2:11:35 - 10/9/16 - 4th annual Hokie Half Marathon, Blacksburg, VA - 6
2:11:47 - 2/8/20 - 6th annual Katy Half Marathon, Katy, TX - 12
2:12:47 - 2/3/18 - SAGU Half Marathon, Waxahachie, TX - 8 (Adjusted time as course map was printed as 13.25 miles and time was 2:14:12)
2:13:57 - 1/3/21 - 4th annual Canton Half Marathon, Canton, TX - 13
2:16:36 - 10/28/17 - 39th annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 7
2:19:37 - 1/1/20 - Texas Half Marathon, Kingwood, TX - 11
2:20:31 - 1/1/15 - Texas Half Marathon, Kingwood, TX - 2
2:27:24.50 - 8/4/19 - 3rd annual Canton Half Marathon, Canton, TX - 10
2:31:44 - 3/14/15 - Seabrook Lucky Trail Half Marathon, Seabrook, TX - 3
2:33:31 - 4/16/16 - Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half Marathon, Roanoke, VA - 5
2:35:57 - 8/8/15 - 14th annual Lynchburg Half Marathon, Lynchburg, VA - 4
2:37:16 - 9/23/18 - 6th annual Hokie Half Marathon, Blacksburg, VA - 9
2:54:06 - 1/15/06 - Aramco Houston Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 1

By Date
2:54:06 - 1/15/06 - Aramco Houston Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 1
2:20:31 - 1/1/15 - Texas Half Marathon, Kingwood, TX - 2 (Two minute stop at halfway)
2:31:44 - 3/14/15 - Seabrook Lucky Trail Half Marathon, Seabrook, TX - 3
2:35:57 - 8/8/15 - 14th annual Lynchburg Half Marathon, Lynchburg, VA - 4
2:33:31 - 4/16/16 - Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half Marathon, Roanoke, VA - 5
2:11:35 - 10/9/16 - 4th annual Hokie Half Marathon, Blacksburg, VA - 6
2:16:36 - 10/28/17 - 39th annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 7
2:12:47 - 2/3/18 - SAGU Half Marathon, Waxahachie, TX - 8 (Adjusted time as course map was printed as 13.25 miles and time was 2:14:12)
2:37:16 - 9/23/18 - 6th annual Hokie Half Marathon, Blacksburg, VA - 9
2:27:24.50 - 8/4/19 -3rd annual Canton Half Marathon, Canton, TX - 10
2:19:37 - 1/1/20 - Texas Half Marathon, Kingwood, TX - 11
2:11:47 - 2/8/20 - 6th annual Katy Half Marathon, Katy, TX - 12
2:13:57 - 1/3/21 - 4th annual Canton Half Marathon, Canton, TX - 13

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Eighty-Four To Start 2021 UIL XC Season with Fourth Chance at State


Eighty-four athletes who competed at this past week's 2020 UIL State Cross Country meet will be able to start their senior season next August with the goal of qualifying for the state meet for a fourth consecutive time.

Forty-seven (47) girls and 37 boys, including three of this year's champions - 2A girls titlist Kyla Kane from Wellington, 4A girls champion Adele Clarke from Celina and 1A boys winner Isaiah Billingsley from Cumby Miller Grove.

1A Girls
Bailey Neal, Sulphur Bluff
Bliss Betzen, Nazareth
Fernanda Malagon, Imperial Buena Vista
Karley Myers, Munday
Landry Morrow, Ackerly Sands
Lili Porras, Ackerly Sands
Makenzie Sherrer, Tilden Mcmullen County
Mariana Sanchez, Imperial Buena Vista
Tristen Martin, Spur

2A Girls
Addison Decker, Seymour
Charlisa Teagle, San Augustine
Emma Moran, Lipan
Gracie Weber, Mason
Kennedy Stroebel, Seymour
Kyla Kane, Wellington
Nojemi Martinez, San Saba

3A Girls
Brooklin Berger, Yoakum
Emma Alexander, East Bernard
Jarahle Daniels, Fairfield
Lindsey True, Pilot Point
Pilar Perez, McGregor
Sarah Denton, Gunter
Selene Castro, McGregor
Skylar Delgado, Abernathy

4A Girls
Adele Clarke, Celina
Amaris McCasland, Argyle
Breanna Stuart, Canyon
Chloe McLellan, Waco La Vega
Jentry Lamirand, Decatur
Kayleigh Wagnon, Hudson
Morgan Cole, Bandera
Raelynn Butler, Bandera
Tasha Thoms, Gatesville

5A Girls
Anastacia Gonzales, Boerne Champion
Brooke Hartshorn, Frisco Wakeland
Brooke Latham, Amarillo
Chloe Smith, Frisco Wakeland
Karsten Bobb, Dripping Springs
Kate Williams, Boerne Champion
Marleena Mickel, Dripping Springs

6A Girls
Abigail Parra, Buda Hays
Allison Buemi, Lewisville Flower Mound
Aubrey O'Connell, Prosper
Austin Owen, Lewisville Marcus
Haley Harkrider, Richmond George Ranch
Lauren Walls, El Paso Eastwood
Natalie Cook, Lewisville Flower Mound
Taylor Mathis, Austin Vandegrift

1A Boys
Isaiah Billingsley, Miller Grove
Jaden Rattler, Knippa
Joshua Samaron, Earth Springlake
Lance Verner Davis, Miller Grove
Tanner Hensley, Miller Grove

2A Boys
Abraham Morales, Brackettville Brackett
Edgar Valdez, Brackettville Brackett
Hunter Gober, Poolville
Jhon Sequeda, Martinsville
Jordan Moore, New Home
Jose Sanchez, New Summerfield
Kadence Power, New Home
Kyler Spaeth, Port Aransas
Levi McGill, Panhandle

3A Boys
Albert Zamora, Valley View
Bryan Guzman, Tornillo
Jordan Garica, Dimmitt
Jose Cortez, Lytle
Noah Richardson, Boyd
Osvaldo Melchor, Whitesboro
William Hall, Crane

4A Boys
Derrick Bible, Decatur
Devan Lujan, Andrews
Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario
Mason Purswell, Huffman Hargrave
Nick Bodenheimer, Longview Spring Hill
Payton Wrinkle, Orangefield
Roman Perez, Big Spring

5A Boys
Andrew Reichmann, College Station
Camden Vicknair, Boerne Champion
Hunter Lampkin, Boerne Champion
Natnael Enright, Frisco Wakeland

6A Boys
Hayden Eubank, Conroe Grand Oaks
Israel David, El Paso Eastlake
Jared Laverty, El Paso Americas
Noah Haileab, Pearland Dawson

Sources:  University Interscholastic League, RunFarUSA

Friday, November 27, 2020

UIL Girls State Cross Country All-Time List of Multiple Wins


4-Time (2)
Amy Goodwin, Bellville (3A, 1984-1987)
Stephanie Duke, Utopia (1A, 1990-1993)

3-Time (5)
Andrea Sanchez, Sundown (1A, 2013 and 2A, 2014 and 2016)
Elizabeth Silva, La Villa (2A, 1990-1992)
Jessica Koch, Round Rock (5A, 1992 and 1994-1995)
London Culbreath, McKinney North (5A, 2016-2018)
Sheila Quigley, Austin Westlake (4A, 1980-1982)

2-Time (26)
Annie Dunlap, Crawford (2A, 2012-2013)
Bailey Belvis, Prosper(3A, 2007-2008)
Bridget Tidwell, Crawford (2A, 1998-1999)
Chelsea Hermes, Lindsay (1A, 2005-2006)
Christany Reynolds, Forestburg (1A, 2002-2003)
Cindy Harper, Woodson (2A, 1984-1985)
Emily Garcia, Alvarado (4A, 2016-2017)
Jana Yowell, Cisco (2A, 1988-1989)
Jenna Brazeal, Little River Academy (3A, 2017-2018)
Jorja Bessonett, Cumby Miller Grove (1A, 2017 and 2019)
Julia Heymach, Houston Lamar (6A, 2015-2016)
Kacey Warrick, Cameron Yoe (3A, 1993-1994)
Karis Jochen, College Station A&M Consolidated (5A, 2011-2012)
Katherine Duncan, Roscoe (2A, 1996-1997)
Kyla Kane, Wellington (2A, 2018 and 2020)
Leigh Berger, Weimar (2A, 2003-2004)
Lisa Weltzer, New Braunfels (4A, 1993 and 1995)
Macey Siegert, Seymour (1A, 2010-2011)
Melony Patterson, Crowley (4A, 1989-1990)
Mindy Myers, Munday (1A, 1988-1989)
Paige Hofstad, New Braunfels (5A, 2012-2013)
Patsy Norman, El Paso (A, 1977-1978)
Ruth Camacho, Celina (2A, 2000-2001)
Sandra Brown, Cotulla (B, 1976-1977)
Sarah Andrews, Conroe The Woodlands (5A, 2008-2009)
Yvette Barrios, Clint (3A, 1995-1996)

Sources:  University Interscholastic League, RunFarUSA

Seven Schools Have Won Four or More Boys Individual XC UIL State Titles


Just seven schools have had four or more boys individual wins at the UIL State cross country meets since the championship's inception in 1972.

Conroe McCullough/The Woodlands (8 - 7 different runners)
Humble Kingwood (5 - 4 different runners)
Sundown (5 - 3 different runners)
Argyle (4 - 4 different runners)
Falfurrias (4 - 3 different runners)
Crystal City and Friendswood (4 - 2 different runners)

There have been 215 outright champions and one declared co-championship (1974 A).

And, in fact, there have been 140 different schools represented among those 216 state championship races.

UIL Boys State Cross Country All-Time List of Multiple Wins


Three-Time (7)
Carter Blunt, Frisco Heritage (4A, 2013) and Frisco Independence (5A, 2014-2015)
Graydon Morris, Aledo (5A, 2017-2019)
Judson Greer, Melissa (4A, 2018-2020)
Leonel Manzano, Marble Falls (4A, 2001-2003)
Ricky Gallegos, Crystal City (3A, 1988-1990)
Steven Quintanilla, Sundown (2A, 2016-2018)
Willie Garcia, Utopia (1A, 1992) and Sabinal (1A, 1993-1994)

Two-Time (27)
Alan Culpupper, El Paso Coronado (5A, 1989-1990)
Andres Gomez, Hurst Bell (5A, 1991-1992)
Austin Zirkel, Medina (1A, 2015 and 2017)
Bernave Martinez, Falfurrias (B, 1973-1974)
Bobby Aguirre, El Paso Riverside (5A, 1981 and 1983)
Brad Hauser, Humble Kingwood (5A, 1993-1994)
Brad Patterson, Albany (2A, 1985-1986)
Casey Sumpter, Lamesa (3A, 2001-2002)
Colby Lowe, Southlake Carroll (5A, 2006-2007)
Craig Lutz, Lewisville Marcus (5A, 2009-2010)
Domingo Padron, Mathis (3A, 1981-192)
George Tambourides, Friendswood (4A, 1984 and 1987)
Heath Wing, Ralls (2A, 2001-2002)
Henry Esqueda, Dilley (2A, 1998-1999)
Isaiah Billingsley, Cumby Miller Grove (1A, 2019-2020)
Jason Hamilton, Dallardsville Big Sandy (1A, 2007-2008)
Joey Chapman, Midlothian (3A, 1985 and 4A, 1986)
Julian Acuna, Agua Dulce (1A, 2000-2001)
Kevin Baez, Vanderbilt Industrial (3A, 2017-2018)
Kevin Smelley, Splendora (3A, 1993-1994)
Kyle Doty, Bruceville-Eddy (3A, 2014 and 2016)
Kyle Wright, Conroe McCullough (A, 1979 and 5A, 1980)
Raffeg Ayyad, Mesquite Poteet (4A, 1989-1990)
Ryan Cruz, Shallowater (2A, 1997 and 3A, 1998)
Ryan Teel, Friendswood (4A, 2011-2012)
Scott MacPherson, Plano (5A, 2003-2004)
Tyler Stanfield, Crockett (3A, 1999) and Canton (3A, 2000)

Sources:  University Interscholastic League, Texas MileSplit, RunFarUSA

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Four-Meet Athletes Excel in Their Final UIL XC Appearance


Seventy-nine (79) of the 81 athletes who qualified for the 2020 UIL State Cross Country meets - after competing in it each of their first three years - actually ran in Round Rock on Monday and Tuesday.

Four of the athletes, listed below, were individual qualifiers all four years of their high school career:

Christopher Flores, Rocksprings (1A Boys)
Mathew Moralez, Premont (2A Boys)
Mackenzie Bryan, Tuscola Jim Ned (3A Girls)
Sydney Hornbuckle, Redwater (3A Girls)

The four senior boys champions - 1A's Isaiah Billingsley of Cumby Miller Grove and 5A's Walker St. John of Grapevine are juniors - have been at state all four years of their careers, but three of them didn't have quite the same start -- a third-place finish -- that three-time 4A champion Judson Greer of Melissa had.

Onalaska's William Boyce was 91st in 3A, Wylie's Luke Lambert was 77th in 6A and Poolville's Henry Fierro was 59th in 2A their freshman year, 2017.

Eight (8) runners registered top 10 finishes all four years.  That number includes three male and five female runners and they are as follows (ranked by the sum of their places from lowest to highest):

 6 - Judson Greer, Melissa (3rd, 1st, 1st, 1st)
 7 - Edwin Gomez, San Elizario (1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd)
22 - Kobe Robertson, Cumby Miller Grove (6th, 10th, 2nd, 4th)

13 - Jorja Bessonett, Cumby Miller Grove (1st, 7th, 1st, 4th)
14 - Allison Hedrick, Lindsay (8th, 3rd, 1st, 2nd)
18 - Colleen Stegmann, Frisco Reedy (9th, 3rd, 1st, 5th)
23 - Brighton Adams, San Saba (4th, 6th, 7th, 6th)
23 - Jaci McGregor, Salado (7th, 5th, 1st, 10th)

Those with three top ten finishes included:

Henry Fierro, Poolville (8th as a sophomore, 4th as a junior and 1st as a senior)
Samuel Ashley, Canyon (3rd as a sophomore, 3rd as a junior and 4th as a senior)

Shaylee Shiller, Wall (8th as a freshman, 7th as a sophomore and a junior)

Four runners had a 100-spot or more difference between their highest placement in their first three years and their finish as a senior.  They include:

114 - Eddie Dominguez, McGregor (123rd as a freshman, 9th as a senior)

118 - Amy Pritchard, Evant (132nd as a sophomore, 14th as a senior)
118 - Maddie Livingston, Dripping Springs (132nd as a sophomore, 14th as a senior)
102 - Katelyn Coldicott, Lago Vista (123rd as both a freshman and a sophomore, 21st as a senior)

Drops of 75 or more included:

90 - William Boyce, Onalaska (91st as a freshman, 1st as a senior)
89 - Jordan Dixon, Seymour (104th as a freshman, 15th as a senior)
77 - Joaxi Garzon, Goodrich (100th as a freshman, 23rd as a senior)
76 - Luke Lambert, Wylie (77th as a freshman, 1st as a senior)
75 - Bryan Garcia, Tornillo (121st as a freshman, 46th as a senior)

78 - Ana Segura, Mason (97th as a freshman, 19th as a senior)
78 - Bailey Petras, Yoakum (119th as a freshman, 41st as a senior)

And twenty-three (23) runners -- 15 boys and eight girls -- improved or equaled their placement each year.  They include:

Christian Rattler, Knippa
Joaxi Garzon, Goodrich
Jorden Zarate, Spur
Pato Ponce, Paint Rock
Delfino Guerrero, Brackettville Brackett
Henry Fierro, Poolville
Jordan Dixon, Seymour
Mathew Moralez, Premont
Paul Snow, Port Aransas
Cooper Bryant, Keene
William Boyce, Onalaska
Judson Greer, Melissa
Matthew Villarreal, Andrews
Foster Wilfong, Boerne Champion
Luke Lambert, Wylie

Jolee Fox, Cumby Miller Grove
Alexa Rodriguez, Sundown
Ana Segura, Mason
Maggie Peacock, Lipan
Marti Seymour, Lipan
Katelyn Coldicott, Lago Vista
Mackenzie Bryan, Tuscola Jim Ned
Sydney Hornbuckle, Redwater

Congratulations to all who made it to the state meet all four years, even though not every runner might not have wanted it to end the way that it did.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

How They Fared at 2020 UIL State XC Meet: Schools with Both Gender Teams


While four schools won a state championship in one gender and finished second in another on Monday or Tuesday, nobody was able to pull off a double title win at this year's 49th annual University Interscholastic League (UIL) state cross country meet.

Fifteen (15) schools have earned a championship double 22 times in the history of the state meet.

The 21 schools, listed below in alphabetical order, were those who had both their boys and girls teams qualify for the state meet and how they placed on Monday or Tuesday, based on their classification:

10 - Ackerly Sands - Boys 4th, Girls 6th (1A Region I)

12 - Bandera - Boys 8th, Girls 4th (4A Region IV)
  3 - Boerne Champion - Boys 2nd, Girls 1st (5A Region IV)

12 - Christoval - Boys 7th, Girls 5th (2A Region I)
  6 - Conroe The Woodlands - Boys 3rd, Girls 3rd (6A Region II)
  3 - Cumby Miller Grove - Boys 1st, Girls 2nd (1A Region III)

  3 - Grapevine - Boys 1st, Girls 2nd (5A Region I)

15 - Huffman Hargrave - Boys 6th, Girls 9th (4A Region III)

14 - Klein - Boys 7th, Girls 7th (6A Region II)

12 - Lucas Lovejoy - Boys 5th, Girls 7th (5A Region II)

22 - Magnolia West - Boys 9th, Girls 13th (5A Region III)
13 - McGregor - Boys 8th, Girls 5th (3A Region III)
16 - Munday - Boys 11th, Girls 5th (1A Region II)

18 - New Summerfield - Boys 6th, Girls 12th (2A Region III)

16 - Priddy - Boys 6th, Girls 10th (1A Region III)

20 - Salado - Boys 9th, Girls 11th (4A Region III)
  9 - Saltillo - Boys 2nd, Girls 7th (1A Region III)
  3 - Southlake Carroll - Boys 1st, Girls 2nd (6A Region I)
13 - Spur - Boys 9th, Girls 4th (1A Region I)
  6 - Sundown - Boys 5th, Girls 1st (2A Region I)

10 - Whitesboro - Boys 3rd, Girls 7th (3A Region II)

Sources:  University Interscholastic League (UIL), RunFar USA (mychiptime.com)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

53 Teams at UIL State Meet Last Four Years; 89 of 144 Were There in 2019


Fifty-three teams -- 26 boys and 27 girls - will be sending a team to the UIL state meet for at least the last four years consecutively.

An additional 36 teams -- 17 boys and 19 girls -- were at the state meet last year and/or the last two years.

This means 89 teams -- 43 boys and 46 girls -- of the 144 overall teams that qualified for this year's state meet were there in 2019.

Below are current streaks of appearances, for years of four or more:

BOYS (26)
42 - The Woodlands, 6A
13 - Lucas Lovejoy, 5A
12 - Port Aransas, 2A
11 - Eustace, 3A
11 - Southlake Carroll, 6A
10 - Andrews, 4A
10 - Cumby Miller Grove, 1A
10 - Valley View, 3A
8 - Sundown, 2A
8 - Tornillo, 3A
8 - Whitesboro, 3A
7 - Bracketville Bracket, 2A
7 - El Paso Eastwood, 6A
7 - Harper, 2A
7 - New Summerfield, 2A
7 - Saltillo, 1A
7 - San Elizario, 4A
6 - Grapevine, 5A
5 - Katy Tompkins, 6A
5 - McGregor, 3A
4 - Cedar Park, 5A
4 - Houston Strake Jesuit, 6A
4 - Keene, 3A
4 - Palestine, 4A
4 - Poolville, 2A
4 - Priddy, 1A

GIRLS (27)
24 - Southlake Carroll, 6A
17 - Decatur, 4A
12 - Canyon, 4A
11 - Canyon Randall, 5A
9 - Bandera, 4A
8 - Austin Vandegrift, 6A
8 - Mason, 2A
8 - San Saba, 2A
8 - Sundown, 2A
7 - Cumby Miller Grove, 1A
7 - Dripping Springs, 5A
7 - Grapevine, 5A
7 - Huffman Hargrave, 4A
7 - Nazareth, 1A
7 - Pilot Point, 3A
7 - Saltillo, 1A
6 - Boerne Champion, 5A
5 - Dallas Highland Park, 5A
5 - Frisco Wakeland, 5A
5 - Spur, 1A
4 - Lago Vista, 3A
4 - Lewisville Flower Mound, 6A
4 - Lipan, 2A
4 - McGregor, 3A
4 - Seymour, 2A
4 - Wall, 3A
4 - Yoakum, 3A

Monday, November 16, 2020

81 Runners Have Chance To Run All Four Years at UIL State Meet -- 2020


These 81 athletes -- 32 boys and 49 girls -- on Monday and Tuesday will be able to say that they competed in the UIL state cross country meet all four high school years.

BOYS
1A
Chance Hodges, Priddy
Christian Rattler, Knippa
Christopher Flores, Rocksprings
Hayden Stroope, Shamrock
Joaxi Garzon, Goodrich
Jorden Zarate, Spur
Joseph Hall, Priddy
Kobe Robertson, Cumby Miller Grove
Pato Ponce, Paint Rock
2A
Delfino Guerrero, Brackettville Brackett
Devin Ferris, Valley View
Henry Fierro, Poolville
Jordan Dixon, Seymour
Mathew Moralez, Premont
Paul Snow, Port Aransas
Tyrel Hart, Seymour
3A
Alex Garcia, Keene
Armando Hernandez, Crane
Bryan Garcia, Tornillo
Cooper Bryant, Keene
Eddie Dominguez, McGregor
William Boyce, Onalaska
4A
Edwin Gomez, San Elizario
Judson Greer, Melissa
Lucas Tauch, Melissa
Luis Rangel, Palestine
Matthew Villarreal, Andrews
Samuel Ashley, Canyon
5A
Caleb Lopez, Dripping Springs
Foster Wilfong, Boerne Champion
6A
Christopher Daniels, Klein
Luke Lambert, Wylie

GIRLS
1A
Amy Pritchard, Evant
Emma Kleman, Nazareth
Jolee Fox, Cumby Miller Grove
Jorja Bessonett, Cumby Miller Grove
Kacie Kimbrough, Neches
Kaylee Little, Lipan
Kyanne Dunn, Nazareth
Lauren Bullard, Cumby Miller Grove
Maggie Peacock, Lipan
Marti Seymour, Lipan
Me-A Gonzalez, Ackerly Sands
Sofia Stalker, Abbott
2A
Alexa Rodriguez, Sundown
Allison Hedrick, Lindsay
Ana Segura, Mason
Brighton Adams, San Saba
Courtnee Cash, San Saba
Dylaney Weaver, Gruver
Lexi Busby, Como-Pickton
Mckayla Donnell, Seymour
Mckinzi Donnell, Seymour
Whitney Spaeth, Harper
3A
Bailey Petras, Yoakum
Brisa Hernandez, Pilot Point
Claire Thompson, Pilot Point
Esther Long, Lago Vista
Katelyn Coldicott, Lago Vista
Korina Anzualda, Yoakum
Maci Beeles, Wall
Mackenzie Bryan, Tuscola Jim Ned
Reagan Beeles, Wall
Shaylee Shiller, Wall
Sydney Hornbuckle, Redwater
4A
Haylee Bentley, River Oaks Castleberry
Jaci McGregor, Salado
Kayla Leal, Decatur
5A
Abigail Wilson, Montgomery
Cameron Fawcett, Dallas Highland Park
Caroline Burrow, Grapevine
Colleen Stegmann, Frisco Reedy
Kaitlyn Childress, Cedar Park
Mackenzie Davis, Frisco Wakeland
Maddie Livingston, Dripping Springs
6A
Emma Saia, Austin Vandegrift
Eva Jess, El Paso Franklin
Gemma Goddard, Austin Vandegrift
Hannah McLaughlin, Lewisville Flower Mound
Hayden Gold, Katy Tompkins
Sophie Atkinson, Katy Cinco Ranch

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Ten Teams Denied in 2020 First Time Trip to UIL State Meet


Again, with the reduction from four to three the number of teams advancing to the UIL state meet, these ten teams -- seven boys and three girls - were denied their first trip after finishing fourth at Monday and Tuesday's regional meets.

BOYS
Austin Vandegrift (6A Region IV)
Castroville Medina Valley (5A Region IV)
Dublin (3A Region I)
Hedley (1A Region I)
Nordheim (1A Region IV)
Rockdale (3A Region III)
Thrall (2A Region IV)

GIRLS
Comfort (3A Region IV)
Prosper Rock Hill (5A Region II)
Throckmorton (1A Region III)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

14 Teams Making First Trip Ever to UIL State XC Meet in 2020


BOYS
Boling (3A Region III)
Bridgeland (6A Region II)
Great Hearts Northern Oaks (3A Region IV)
Jayton (1A Region I)
Prosper Rock Hill (5A Region II)
Universal City Randolph (3A Region IV)

GIRLS
Austin LASA (5A Region III)
Christoval (2A Region I)
Gladweater Union Grove (2A Region III)
Groveton (2A Region III)
Klein Cain (6A Region II)
League City Clear Falls (6A Region III)
Waskom (3A Region II)
Waxahachie Life (4A Region II)

COVID-19 Keeps 11 Additional Schools from Sending Two to UIL State Meet


When the decision was made to reduce the number of qualifying teams from the regional meets to the state meet from four to three, that left 24 boys and 24 girls programs that normally would make the trip to Round Rock sitting at home.

Seven of those schools would have increased the list of schools sending to two teams to 28, as the other team qualified, finishing first, second or third.

COVD-19 Denied
Argyle - Girls 3rd, Boys 4th (4A Region I)
Austin Vandegrift - Girls 1st, Boys 4th (6A Region IV)
Cedar Park - Boys 2nd, Girls 4th (5A Region IV)
Hamilton - Boys 2nd, Girls 4th (2A Region II)
Lufkin Hudson - Girls 2nd, Boys 4th (4A Region III)
Prosper Rock Hill - Boys 3rd, Girls 4th (5A Region II)
Round Rock - Boys 2nd, Girls 4th (6A Region IV)

Four more had the unfortunate honor of missing out twice as both boys and girls teams finished fourth at their respective region meet Monday or Tuesday.

COVID-19 Denied Twice
Amarillo (5A Region I)
La Feria (4A Region IV)
Spring Branch Stratford (6A Region III)
Thrall (2A Region IV)

The list of 21 schools sending both boys and girls teams would have been 32 if not for the development of protocols to reduce the number of individuals at the state meet.

Schools Sending Both Boys and Girls to UIL State XC Meet - 2020


Both Boys and Girls Won Their Region (6)

Cumby Miller Grove - Boys 1st, Girls 1st (1A Region III)
Huffman Hargrave - Boys 1st, Girls 1st (4A Region III)
Lucas Lovejoy - Boys 1st, Girls 1st (5A Region II)
Sundown - Boys 1st, Girls 1st (2A Region I)
The Woodlands - Boys 1st, Girls 1st (6A Region II)
Whitesboro - Boys 1st, Girls 1st (3A Region II)

Additional Schools Who Will Send Both Teams to State Meet (15)
Ackerly Sands - Boys 2nd, Girls 3rd (1A Region I)
Bandera - Boys 2nd, Girls 2nd (4A Region IV)
Boerne Champion - Boys 1st, Girls 2nd (5A Region IV)
Christoval - Boys 2nd, Girls 3rd (2A Region I)
Grapevine - Boys 1st, Girls 2nd (5A Region I)
Klein - Boys 2nd, Girls 3rd (6A Region II)
Magnolia West - Boys 2nd, Girls 2nd (5A Region III)
McGregor - Boys 2nd, Girls 2nd (3A Region III)
Munday - Boys 2nd, Girls 2nd (1A Region II)
New Summerfield - Boys 2nd, Girls 2nd (2A Region III)
Priddy - Boys 3rd, Girls 2nd (1A Region III)
Salado - Boys 2nd, Girls 3rd (4A Region III)
Saltillo - Boys 2nd, Girls 3rd (1A Region III)
Southlake Carroll - Boys 1st, Girls 2nd (6A Region I)
Spur - Boys 3rd, Girls 2nd (1A Region I)

Monday, September 28, 2020

Race in 177 Texas Cities or Towns and 93 Texas Counties ... And Counting!


2003
1.  Houston - 24-Hour Fitness 4-Miler (1.  Harris County)
2.  Round Rock - Round Rock Express 5K (2.  Williamson)
3.  The Woodlands - Run The Woodlands 5K #89 (3.  Montgomery)
4.  Dallas - Comcast State Fair of Texas 5K (4.  Dallas)
5.  Austin - IBM Uptown Classic 10K (5.  Travis)
6.  Beaumont - Christus Health 2nd annual Great Pumpkin Race 5K (6.  Jefferson)

2004
7.  Angleton - Angleton Noon Lions Spectacle Spectacular 10K (7.  Brazoria)
8.  Kingwood - Lake Houston YMCA Bridgefest 5K
9.  Galveston - 5th annual Mardi Gras Beach Run 10K (8,  Galveston)
10.  Tyler - Azalea Run 10K (9.  Smith)
11.  Sugar Land - Sugar Creek Blvd. Mile (10.  Fort Bend)
12.  San Antonio - Carrabba's Classic Half Marathon (11. Bexar)
13.  Fort Worth - Fort Worth Runners Club Three Amigos 4 Mile Run (12.  Tarrant)
14.  La Marque - Webster Bicycle Duathlon #3
15.  Arlington - August Gusto 5K
16.  Keller - Run In The Dark 5K
17.  Brenham - Brenham Hillacious Cross Country Open (13. Washington)
18.  San Marcos - 1st annual San Marcos Running Club Country Roads 10K (14.  Hays)
19.  Helotes - Texas MedClinic Helotes Half Marathon
20.  Clear Lake - 2nd annual United Space Alliance Space City 10 Miler
21.  Huntsville - 26th annual Huntsville Half Marathon (15.  Walker)
22.  La Grange - 1st annual Best Little 10K in Texas (16.  Fayette)
23.  Flower Mound - Flower Mound Metric Half-Marathon

2005
24.  Waco - Bearathon Half Marathon (17. McLennan)
25.  Bellaire - Bellaire Trolley Run 5K
26.  College Station - GLOW (Giving to Light Others' Way) 5K (18.  Brazos)
27.  Wharton - StraightWay Family Fun Run 5K (19.  Wharton)
28.  Centerville - Stu's Country Mile 5K (20.  Leon)
29.  Seabrook - Maribelle's On The Bay 5K
30.  Cypress - League Play Grill Semi-Annual 5K
31.  Deer Park - Goblin Gallop 5K
32.  Pearland - Jingle Jog 10-Miler

2006
33.  Surfside - Surfside Beach Marathon
34.  Pasadena - Run For Life 5K
35.  Alvin - Beneezy Purple Monkey 10K
36.  Willis - Wildkat 5K

2007
37.  New Braunfels - River Road Run 12-Miler (21.  Comal)
38.  Webster - Yuri's Night 5K
39.  Conroe - YMCA Trail Run 5K
40.  Bremond - Polish Pickle Run 5K (22.  Robertson)
41.  Fort Davis - Prude Ranch Races Half Marathon (23.  Jeff Davis)
42.  Oak Ridge North - Oak Ridge 5-Miler
43.  West - West Fest Kolache 5000
44.  Caldwell - Kolache Krunch 5K (24.  Burleson)

2008
45.  Texarkana - Run The Line Half Marathon  (25.  Bowie)
46.  Aledo - AdvoCats Run Walk or Crawl 5K (26.  Parker)
47.  Pilot Point - Four-Alarm Chase 5K (27.  Denton)
48.  Temple - Scott & White Community Wellness Half Marathon (28.  Bell)
49.  Lampasas - Toughest 10K in Texas (29.  Lampasas)
50.  Milano - Nowhere 2 Run 10K (30.  Milam)
51.  Marathon - Marathon 2 Marathon (31.  Brewster)
52.  Lufkin - Stay On Track Fun Run 5K (32.  Angelina)
53.  Livingston - Jingle Bell Run 5K (33.  Polk)

2009
54.  Roman Forest - East Montgomery County 4th of July Race 5K
55.  Irving - Heels and Hills and Him Half Marathon
56.  McKinney - Firefighter 10K (34.  Collin)
57.  Dime Box - Mini Marathon 10K (35.  Lee)
58.  Corpus Christi - Harbor Half Marathon (36.  Nueces)
59.  Tomball - Woodforest National Bank 5K
60.  Missouri City - Scanlan Elementary 5K
61.  Richmond - Resolution Run 5K

2010
62.  Kemah - Galloway Gallop 10K
63.  Orchard - Pamela's Race 10K
64.  Bryan - Downtown Derby 5K
65.  League City - Summer Kick-Off Fun Run 5K
66.  Humble - Woodcreek Middle School 5K

2011
67.  La Porte - Sylvan Beach Duathlon

2012 
68.  New Caney - El Chupacabra de Houston 10K
69.  Rockwall - Patriot Half Marathon (37.  Rockwall)
70.  Texas City - Funfest By The Bay 10K
71.  Crosby - Firecracker 5K
72.  Port Neches - Sea Rim Striders Summer Series Run #5
73.  Sealy - 5 Alarm 5K (38.  Austin)
74.  Navasota - Blues Capital of Texas 5K (39.  Grimes)
75.  Lubbock - Panhandle Half Marathon (40.  Lubbock)
76.  Port Arthur - Sabine Causeway Bridge 5K

2013
77.  Diboll - New Year's Resolution 5K
78.  Point Blank - Run For The Governor's 5K (41.  San Jacinto)
79.  Crawford - Chisholm Trail Half Marathon
80.  Fairview - Fairview Half Marathon
81.  Kosse - Kosse Greyhound 5K (42.  Limestone)
82.  Harker Heights - Race to Read 5K
83.  Nacogdoches - Freedom 5K (43.  Nacogdoches)
84.  Georgetown - Vern's No-Frills 5K
85.  Salado - Midnight Madness Down Main 5K
86.  Lakeway - Be Healthy Lake Travis Day 5K
87.  Hamilton - Dove Festival 10K (44.  Hamilton)
88.  Mansfield - Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Run With Heart Half Marathon
89.  Cedar Park - Run Free Texas 80's 8K Community Race
90.  Boerne - Fabra Elementary Howl at the Moon 5K (45.  Kendall)
91.  Seguin - Seguin Police Moonlight Run 5K (46.  Guadalupe)
92.  Kyle - Kyle-O-Meter 5K

2014
93.  Bandera - Cowboy Capital Stampede 10K (47.  Bandera)
94.  Cleburne - 4th annual Camp Fire Chicken Run 5K (48.  Johnson)
95.  Corinth - Corinth PD Foot Patrol 5K
96.  Highland Village - Running Moms Rock 5K
97.  Carrollton - Carrollton Runners Club 5K
98.  Muenster - Germanfest 15K (49.  Cooke)
99.  Abilene - Summer Solstice 3-Hour Endurance Run (50.  Taylor)
100.  Moulton - Moulton Jamboree 5K (51.  Lavaca)
101.  Bay City - Respect 5K Honoring Heroes (52.  Matagorda)
102.  Bastrop - Burning Pine 10K (53.  Bastrop)
103.  Glen Rose - Tour de Glen Rose Half Marathon (54.  Somervell)

2015
104.  Benbrook - 27th annual Lake Benbrook Half Marathon
105.  Baytown - 5th annual Jail Break Run Half Marathon
106.  Woodville - Dogwood Dash 5K (55.  Tyler)
107.  Santa Fe - 8th annual Chelsey's 5K Run For Kids
108.  Crystal Beach - Texas Crab Festival 5K
109.  Spring - LinksRun 10K - Cypresswood Golf Club
110.  Millsap - Ticket Lady Trot 10K
111.  Franklin - 1st annual Franklin FFA Glow Run 5K
112.  North Richland Hills - 1st annual NRH Road Runner 5K
113.  Anthony - Anthony Flying Horse Half Marathon (56.  El Paso)

2016
114.  Rockport - 28th annual Whooping Crane Strut 10K (57.  Aransas)
115.  Silsbee - 3rd annual Autism 5K (58.  Hardin)
116.  Fredericksburg - Fredericksburg Wildflower Run 10K (59.  Gillespie)
117.  Graham - Run For The Children 10K (60.  Young)
118.  Falfurrias - 4th of July Stars and Stripes 5K (61.  Brooks)
119.  Longview - Up And Away 5K (62.  Gregg)
120.  Clute - Mosquito Chase 5K
121.  Lantana - Run Lantana 10K
122.  Alice - Jim Wells County - VFW Post 8621 10-Miler (63.  Jim Wells)
123.  Harlingen - 3rd annual Harlingen Half Marathon (64.  Cameron)
124.  Lake Jackson - 4th annual Lake Jackson Turkey Trot 10K
125.  Needville - Brazos Bend Marathon
126.  Mission - Resolution Run 5K (65.  Hidalgo)

2017
127.  Grapevine - Bold In The Cold 15K
128.  San Angelo - Shannon Trail Race Series #3 15K (66.  Tom Green)
129.  Kingsville - Ties and Tennis Shoes 10K (67.  Kleberg)
130.  Victoria - Citizens Medical Center Run Against Cancer Half Marathon (68.  Victoria)
131.  Ennis - 19th annual Ennis Polka Fest 10K (69.  Ellis)
132.  Burnet - Rogue Trail Series - The Ranch 10K (70.  Burnet)
133.  Sulphur Springs - Milk Run 5K (71.  Hopkins)
134.  Jacksonville - Tomato 5 - Tomato Fest 5K (72.  Cherokee)
135.  Lumberton - Sea Rim Striders Summer Series Run #3
136.  Zapata - 5th Annual PFC Ira "Ben" Laningham IV 5K (73.  Zapata)
137.  Hico - Old Settler's Run To Remember 5K

2018
138.  Waxahachie - SAGU Half Marathon
139.  Buda - Run For The Love It 5K
140.  Smithville - Stampede In The Park 5K
141.  Killeen - 32nd annual Silver Classic 5K
142.  Shenandoah - David's Dream Run 5K
143.  Stephenville - Autism Awareness Puzzle Run 5K (74.  Erath)
144.  Eastland - Eastland Glow Run 5K (75.  Eastland)
145.  Dublin - 18th annual Dublin Irish Stampede 10K
146.  Frisco - Hotter 'n Firecrackers 5K
147.  Saint Jo - Old Jo's Firecracker 5K (76.  Montague)
148.  Port O'Connor - 6th annual Firemans 4 Race (77.  Calhoun)
149.  Eagle Pass - Stars and Stripes 5K (78.  Maverick)
150.  Center - What-A-Melon Crawl 5K (79.  Shelby)
151.  De Leon - Watermelon Crawl 5K (80.  Comanche)
152.  Bonham - Sweatin' For The Vets 5K (81.  Fannin)
153.  Palestine - Paint Palestine Pink 10.5M (82.  Anderson)
154.  Plano - Holiday Hustle 8K

2019
155.  Lockhart - 13th annual Lockhart Kiwanis 5K Stampede (83.  Caldwell)
156.  Taylor - 2nd annual Taylor Veterans 5K Beer Run
157.  Rollingwood - RW5K Life Is Good In The Wood
158.  Katy - Cow Patty Classic 5K
159.  Bellville - Faith Academy Bellville Knights Run 5K
160.  Queen City - Project Graduation Diploma Dash 5K (2.2M) (84.  Cass)
161.  Gatesville - Cen-Tex Crime Stoppers Donut Dash 5K (85.  Coryell)
162.  Leander - Old Towne 5K
163.  Pflugerville - Deutschen Pfest 5K
164.  Gustine - Larry Don's 7 & 7K
165.  Alpine - Alpine Cowboys Home Run 10K
166.  Clifton - 6th annual Clifton Legacy Park 5K Glow Run (86.  Bosque)
167.  Brownfield - 50th anniversary WTRC Firecracker Run 10K (87.  Terry)
168.  DeCordova - DeCordova Dash 5K (88.  Hood)
169.  Quitman - Miss Ima 5K (89.  Wood)
170.  Canton - 3rd annual Canton Half Marathon (90.  Van Zandt)
171.  Woodway - TUFF ENUFF 5K Trail Run
172.  Midland - Face the Race 5K (91.  Midland)
173.  Athens - Athens Turkey Trot Family Fun Run 5K (92.  Henderson)
174.  Grand Prairie - Chocoholic Frolic 10K

2020
175.  Copperas Cove - 5K Run to the Polar Bear Plunge
176.  Mexia - Firecracker 5K
177.  Mingus - C.A.R.E.'s "Run 4 The Rescue" 5K (93.  Palo Pinto)  

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Texas Nurse Practitioner And Marathoner Answers NYC COVID Call


(I learned today that five pieces of content that I had submitted to Texas Runner and Triathlete editor Lance Phegley to be included in an edition that was to feature what runners and triathletes did to keep themselves motivated during the COVID-19 pandemic was not included by the publisher in the purported last issue of the magazine.  As a result, I'm posting the content here on the blog to share with those who might have expected to see it.  I haven't seen the publication yet, but it is my understanding that the number of pages was dramatically reduced from the last quarterly edition.)

What are friends for, right?

Conroe’s Holly Benson will one day look back on March of this year and -- tell you’d she sign up again for all of what her good friends got her into.

After finishing six marathons in 13 months (the last being January’s Chevron Houston Marathon), the 33-year-old family nurse practitioner decided to have some fun for the Fidelity Investments The Woodlands Marathon the first Saturday of March.

Cajoled by her Volte Endurance Running teammate Bonnie Scholz, Benson and running partner Mayra Caamano, also of Volte, and Zero Dark Thirty’s Meredith Moss dressed up as superwomen and ran – all smiles - to a 3:12:39 second-place four-women marathon relay finish.

Three weeks later, a fellow family nurse practitioner reached out to Benson with an opportunity that she had discovered with a staffing company to go to New York City -- to care for patients in one of the world’s COVID-19 hotspots.

Less than 96 hours later and after a flurry of paperwork, packing, arranging for child care and managing her own personal anxiety, Benson and her friend were on a plane to the Big Apple.

Flying on wings of support from family, friends and well-wishers back home.

“My husband was incredibly supportive and understanding due to his experiences in his career, and he understood the risks as well,” she said.  “He simply kept encouraging me to remain strong and be as safe as I knew to be.”

She was assigned to care for patients at Harlem Hospital.

“Initially, I was working as a nurse practitioner on a general medical floor that was all COVID patients, ideally either improving to go home or were on hospice care,” she said.

Benson said that she cared for patients from the ages of 26 to 91.

She was able to leverage her nursing background at M.D. Anderson that involved Stem Cell Transplants in hematology and oncology patients, which she says often were situations of high acuity.

“The type of acuity seen with the COVID patients was certainly different than I or any of the other staff had seen,” she added.  “Traditional treatments and methods were not working and we were all learning together.”

Two weeks into her planned three-week stint, she was asked to transfer to the research team there at Harlem Hospital because the medications being used in research were similar to those she worked with at M.D. Anderson.

“To assist in research for COVID in the heat of THE pandemic struck a chord in my heart,” she explained.  “It was a way to really try to help proactively versus reactively.

“Since my husband and daughter were managing very well, I signed up for another 21-day rotation.  The decision was incredibly difficult, yet it felt like the right one and I do not regret it one bit.”

And because of the care at the outpatient family clinics she works at in north Houston, her company was supportive and saw it “as an opportunity for me to learn and be available as a resource concerning COVID to the company once I returned.”

When you meet Benson, it is clear how she carries herself that she lives her faith, yet she said – despite her faith – she “never felt fully safe”.

“I have a fair amount of faith in our attempts as healthcare providers to prevent infection, and I have an incredible amount of faith in God,” she said.  “I don’t believe that faith in God makes me above the capacity of being infected, as many of the sick also believe in Him!

“I felt as though it was completely possible that I might become infected; it’s such a new virus and the modes of transmission include airborne in a setting where patients are ventilated.

“I understood the risk I was taking and simply hoped and prayed that my health and fitness combined with my extreme efforts to prevent infection would be enough.”

Working 12-hour shifts for 32 of the 37 days she was in New York City didn’t give Benson too much time to keep up training as she said that her mileage was about eight to 10 miles per week.

“The running I was able to accomplish was incredibly therapeutic,” she said.

She said she ran in Central Park as it was close to the hotel they were stationed at.

“In those moments, life felt a bit normal and hope would reignite,” she said.  “I often prayed while running, and I found peace with God and His creation in my soul while running and praying.

“Tears were not lacking during some of these times remembering the tragedies I had seen and frustration over the oddities of the pathology of this wicked virus.

“Running provided a mental reset. Clarity. Peace. Hope. Gratitude for my health and this unique opportunity to try to help.”

And her help was greatly appreciated – by her people at home – whose concerns weren’t alleviated until she returned home, tested negative and was illness-free -- and those of New York City.

Her running friends couldn’t help think of the irony of her being dressed as a superwoman a month or two before donning different gear and being seen as a hero for – like a police officer or fireman or women – rushing to the hot-spot of a pandemic.

She insisted, though, that she doesn’t “feel like I am a hero”, saying that she was “just doing what I am supposed to do. It’s what I was created to do.”

However, “the showering of love from the people of NYC and my circle of friends and family has been so amazing and appreciated. It’s very humbling,” she added.

She said while she was in New York City she was always surprised and humbled when the citizens - especially children - would cheer and thank us while simply walking down the street.

Personally and professionally, Benson said she was stretched like never before.

“I was able to learn on the front lines of the pandemic with some of the brightest, hardest working professionals I have ever known,” she said.  “I have learned, as with running, that I am capable of much more than I ever thought possible by working so many endless days in such stressful situations.

“My resolve to live life to the fullest is a resolve I developed while working with oncology patients; it has been strengthened by this situation. I am blessed to have been allowed this experience and I pray that God continues to see fit to use me as He needs.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Texans Flock To Cantrell's Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee


(I learned today that five pieces of content that I had submitted to Texas Runner and Triathlete editor Lance Phegley to be included in an edition that was to feature what runners and triathletes did to keep themselves motivated during the COVID-19 pandemic was not included by the publisher in the purported last issue of the magazine.  As a result, I'm posting the content here on the blog to share with those who might have expected to see it.  I haven't seen the publication yet, but it is my understanding that the number of pages was dramatically reduced from the last quarterly edition.)

When Barkley Marathons race director Gary Cantrell does something, he goes big – even when he’s at home in Tennessee.

Big’s Backyard Ultra.  A Race For The Ages.  The Last Annual Vol State Road Race.

Fueled by the global lockdowns, shelter in place orders and the inevitable shutdown of racing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cantrell, better known as Lazarus Lake, created The Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000K.

It is a take-off on the 314-mile road race, that goes across Tennessee from Dorena Landing, Missouri to Castle Rock, Georgia every July.

Actually 1,021.68 kilometers long, runners would venture from Anthonyville, Arkansas to the northeast tip of the state at the Virginia-Tennessee border.

Runners have four months – from May 1 to August 31 – to run a little over 621 miles (1,000 kilometers) – or about five miles a day wherever they are.

Or more, if they sign up after the first.  No backloading miles.

As of May 18, some 19,287 runners from all over the globe – 77 countries and at least 22 of the 24 time zones -- had signed up for the event that will deliver approximately $200,000 to food banks throughout Tennessee.

Texans are a little more than four percent of the field with 880 runners, as of May 18.

And one – Selma’s John Sharp – finished the distance with 634 miles at the end of day, Wednesday, May 12.

61 were averaging more than 10 miles a day and 323 miles have completed a 10K or more per day.

810.8 - John Sharp, 42, Selma
353.0 - Dale Cougot, 54, Garland
298.7 - Bobby Whittington, 33, Fort Worth
288.8 - William Moeller, 64, Spring
280.9 - Wayne Bullard, 56, The Colony
254.6 - Steve Maliszewski, 48, Houston
253.3 - Van Joslin, 34, Spring
251.2 - Jason Ball, 42
237.4 - Jay Teinert, 57, Bedford
234.9 - David Coats, 59, Houston

273.6 - Stephanie Stonebraker, 36, Fort Worth
262.4 - Elizabeth Ferguson, 43
258.0 - Jean Hofschulte, 53, Spring
253.1 - Kay Leighton, 50, Bedford
246.4 - Tracy Larson, 39, Houston
245.0 - Davina Nichols, 51, Keller
243.0 - Leslie Williamson, 35, McKinney
242.7 - Hazel Chase, 46, Houston
236.3 - Penny Lane, 56, Austin
235.0 - Robin Phelps, 58, Spring

And, of course, imitators have followed.

The One NY Challenge, which includes both a 1000K and 500K Challenge and managed by the producers of the Syracuse Half Marathon, has nearly 10,000 runners on its leaderboards that will attempt to mimic a run from the Niagara Falls to Montauk Point on the eastern end of Long Island.

SPC Coaches Go Over 5,000 Miles In One Day For 2020 Senior Student-Athletes


(I learned today that five pieces of content that I had submitted to Texas Runner and Triathlete editor Lance Phegley to be included in an edition that was to feature what runners and triathletes did to keep themselves motivated during the COVID-19 pandemic was not included by the publisher in the purported last issue of the magazine.  As a result, I'm posting the content here on the blog to share with those who might have expected to see it.  I haven't seen the publication yet, but it is my understanding that the number of pages was dramatically reduced from the last quarterly edition.)

All across America, communities found innovative ways to recognize their student-athletes who lost their senior season of competition to the COVID-19 crisis.

The 18 schools of the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC), all but one of who are located in Texas, may have outdone them all – and themselves.

The athletic departments and their coaching staffs pledged to run, hike, bike and walk 2,020 miles in honor of their seniors on Saturday, May 2.

Generally, depending on where they would have started and finished on both coasts, the 476 coaches collectively could have run, walked and cycled across the United States and back as they registered 5,397.82 miles.

Five schools posted totals of more than 400 miles with Houston St. John’s School edging out Fort Worth Trinity Valley School by just less than a 5K and The Woodlands John Cooper School by less than a 5-miler.

The Mavericks coaching staff led the way with 486.90 miles, followed by the Trojans with 484.45 and the Dragons with 482.01.

The idea was the brainchild of John Cooper School athletic director John Hoye.

“As coaches, we have a respect for one another and enjoy friendly competition,” said Hoye.  “This is an opportunity for all of us to connect.”

SPC Commissioner Bob Windham couldn’t have agreed more.

“I really appreciate the SPC Athletic Directors working together to create an event to honor our senior athletes," he said. "This has been an unsettling and difficult time for all of our athletes, coaches, and fans. I am glad to see the ADs have initiated a fun activity to end what would have been the end of our spring season.”

And fun it was.

Episcopal School of Dallas crew coach Adam Jones led all cyclists with 81 miles, edging out Fort Worth Country Day School cross country and track coach Lexi Endicott by just a mile.  Fort Worth Trinity Valley School cross country coach Carry Hansen rounded out the podium with 65.1 miles on the bike.

Dallas Hockaday School cross country and swimming coach Rachel Grabow, also a Dallas Running Club member, led all runners with 26.25 miles, which might have been expected as she has completed 42 races of marathon or greater distance since her marathon debut at the Cowtown Marathon in February 2013.

Houston The Kinkaid School assistant girls soccer coach Tarik Guendouzi was second with 20.9 miles while Houston St. John’s School girls basketball coach Kathy Halligan was third with 20.2.

Bellaire Episcopal High School head track and field coach Isaiah Coleman grabbed the walking division with 50 kilometers -- on the treadmill.

Dallas Hockaday School head athletic trainer Jeanne Olson was second with 22 miles and Houston The Kinkaid School mental skills coach John Couture edged out Austin St. Andrew’s School’s Victor Nunez by less than a mile with 13.76 miles.

Dallas St. Mark’s School of Texas associate athletic director Josh Friesen was first in multisport miles with 56.5, besting Fort Worth Country Day School boys head soccer coach Mike Vincent and The Woodlands John Cooper School cross country, track and basketball coach Carrie Aman, who achieved 51 and 50.53 miles, respectively.

Houston St. John’s School – 486.90
Fort Worth Trinity Valley School – 484.45
The Woodlands John Cooper School – 482.01
Fort Worth Country Day School – 439.11
Dallas Hockaday School – 411.84
Austin St. Stephen’s Episcopal School – 378.30
Houston The Kinkaid School – 348.41
Dallas St. Mark’s School of Texas – 338.08
Dallas Greenhill School – 321.25
Bellaire Episcopal High School – 319.27
Austin St. Andrew’s Episcopal School – 268.52
Episcopal School of Dallas – 243.21
Arlington The Oakridge School – 191.40
Houston Awty International School – 186.72
Oklahoma City Casady School – 175.90
Houston Christian High School – 139.02
Houston Duchesne Academy – 135.20
Irving Cistercian Prep – 15.6

Cycling Miles
81 - Adam Jones, Episcopal School of Dallas
80 – Lexi Endicott, Fort Worth Country Day School
65.1 – Carry Hansen, Fort Worth Trinity Valley School
63.25 – Jeff Kralik, Houston Awty International School
55.1 – Charleton Perry, Austin St. Stephen’s Episcopal School
50.3 – Alexis Jones, Dallas Hockaday School
50 – Andy Aceves, Austin St. Stephen’s Episcopal School
50 – Neil Mendalson, Austin St. Stephen’s Episcopal School
37 – Brady Brown, Fort Worth Country Day School
33.25 – Kendall Bernard, Houston St. John’s School

Multi-Sport Miles
56.5 – Josh Friesen, Dallas St. Mark’s School of Texas
51 – Mike Vincent, Fort Worth Country Day School
50.53 – Carrie Aman, The Woodlands John Cooper School
44.3 – Spencer Dornin, Dallas St. Mark’s School of Texas
44.12 – Kyle Kennedy, Fort Worth Trinity Valley School
40.58 – Kenny Halligan, Houston St. John’s School
38.01 – Heidi Crone, Dallas Hockaday School
33.3 – Julius Michael, Bellaire Episcopal High
30.34 – Amber Clevenger, The Woodlands John Cooper School
30 – Jennifer Johnson, Dallas Hockaday School

Running Miles
26.25 – Rachel Grabow, Dallas Hockaday School
20.9 – Tarik Guendouzi, Houston The Kinkaid School
20.2 – Kathy Halligan, Houston St. John’s School
15.05 – Keon Jefferson, Fort Worth Country Day School
13.1 – Matt Byrd, Austin St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
10.32 – John Hoye, The Woodlands John Cooper School
10.04 – Gillian Glengarry, Dallas Greenhill School
10 – Curt Brooks, Houston The Kinkaid School
9.03 – David Nelson, Houston Christian High School
8.13 – Matt Blimline, Dallas Greenhill School

Walking Miles
31.2 – Isaiah Coleman, Bellaire Episcopal High School
22 – Jeanne Olson, Dallas Hockaday School
13.76 – John Couture, Houston The Kinkaid School
12.92 – Victor Nunez, Austin St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
12.4 – Walt Miga, Dallas St. Mark’s School of Texas
11.11 – Josh Blumenthal, Austin St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
11 – Matt Assiff, Houston The Kinkaid School
11 – Jack Soliman, Houston St. John’s School
10.89 – Sam Chambers, Houston St. John’s School
10.7 – John Tomczak, Houston St. John’s School