Saturday, August 17, 2019

2019 Races


January
1.  Brazoria County Running Community 5K, 1/5 (Lake Jackson, TX) - 30:25.45* (missed a turn)
2.  TWRC Sunday Night 5K, 1/6 (The Woodlands, TX) - 29:17.53 / 29:05.63
3.  parkrun 5K #1, 1/19 (Houston, TX) - 28:27.88
4.  Young Life Run With Endurance 10K, 1/26 (Lumberton, TX) - 56:30.75
5.  Miracle Match Marathon 10K, 1/27 (Waco, TX) - 1:00:37.10

February
6.  Run For Wellness - Heights 5K, 2/3 (Houston, TX) - 27:58.38
7.  TWRC Sunday Night 5K, 2/3 (The Woodlands, TX) - 28:40.57
8.  17th annual Bearkat Bash 5K, 2/9 (Klein, TX) - 28:13.71
9.  3rd annual Miles for Meals 5K, 2/9 (Conroe, TX) - 28:14.80 (Ran proper course)
10.  Terryhershey parkrun 5K #5, 2/16 (Houston, TX) - 28:50.26
11.  Mainland Mardi Gras Fun Parade 5K, 2/16 (Texas City, TX) - 29:14.23  1OA!
12.  Rodeo Clown Roundup 5K, 2/17 (Houston, TX) - 29:56.49

March
13.  Revel Kulia Half Marathon (Kona, HI), 3/9 - 1:58:51 (Downhill HM PR)
14.  Spring ISD Fun Run, 3/23 (Spring, TX) - 24:46.57 (2.82 miles; 2AG; 8:47 pace)
15.  Third annual Tiger Spirit 5K, 3/30 (Conroe, TX) - 27:36.28 (3AG) - 2.99 FC watch / 3.04 mapmyrun
16.  First Responder Half Marathon, 3/31 (Waco, TX) - 2:19:04

April
17.  Run The Ramps 5K, 4/5 (College Station, TX) - 32:07.86
18.  Run For Wellness - Heights 5K, 4/7 (Houston, TX) - 28:50.61
19.  TWRC Sunday Night 5K, 4/7 (The Woodlands, TX) - 28:59.01
20.  13th annual Lockhart Kiwanis 5K Stampede, 4/13 (Lockhart, TX), 4/13 - 29:09.46
21.  2nd annual Taylor Veterans 5K Beer Run, 4/13 (Taylor, TX), 4/13 - 28:59.38 (probably short)
22.  RW5K Life Is Good In The Wood, 4/26 (Rollingwood, TX) - 29:13.56
23.  5th annual Cow Patty Classic 5K, 4/27 (Katy, TX) - 28:51.24 (3.16 miles?) 1AG

May
24.  Faith Academy Bellville Knights Run 5K, 5/4 (Bellville, TX) - 29:40.13 (3.17 GPS) - 4th OA of 7, XC
25.  Project Graduation Diploma Dash 5K, 5/4 (Queen City, TX) - 20:47.08 (2.2M GPS)
26.  TWRC Sunday Night 5K, 5/5 (The Woodlands, TX) - 29:20.55
27.  Cen-Tex Crime Stoppers Donut Dash 5K, 5/18 (Gatesville, TX) - 31:14.82 (8 OA, 5th male, 2 AG)
28.  Old Towne 5K, 5/18 (Leander, TX) - 30:47.69
29.  Deutschen Pfest 5K, 5/19 (Pflugerville, TX) - 30:57.10
30.  Larry Don's 7 & 7K, 5/25 (Gustine, TX) - 42:15.47 (4.23 miles per Steve Allen)
31.  Alpine Cowboys Home Run 10K, 5/25 (Alpine, TX) - 1:07:56.04

June
32.  Run Thru The Village 5K, 6/1 (Spring, TX) - 34:42.87 (with Waverly)
33.  Run For Wellness - Heights 5K, 6/2 (Houston, TX) - 30:08.67
34.  TWRC Sunday Night 5K, 6/2 (The Woodlands, TX) - 30:03.33
35.  Calder Twilight 5K, 6/7 (Beaumont, TX) - 29:35.45
36.  Run The Woodlands 5K, 6/8 (The Woodlands, TX) - 31:00.56
37.  6th annual Clifton Legacy Park 5K Glow Run, 6/8 (Clifton, TX) - 29:14.88 (2.97 miles per Steve Allen)
38.  Sun & Ski Sports Flash Mob Race Series #3, 6/20 (Houston, TX) - 31:31.52 (2.95 miles)
39.  Terry Hershey parkrun 5K #23, 6/22 (Houston, TX) - 30:27.52
40.  Leakin Park parkrun 5K #103, 6/29 (Baltimore, MD) - 34:21.70 (with Waverly)

July
41.  50th anniversary WTRC Firecracker Run 10K, 7/4 (Brownfield, TX) - 1:04:57.55
42.  DeCordova Dash 5K, 7/6 (DeCordova, TX) - 30:03.06 (2.98 miles per one runner's Garmin)
43.  Run For Wellness - Heights 5K, 7/7 (Houston, TX) - 30:26.75
44.  TRWC Sunday Night 5K, 7/7 (The Woodlands, TX) - 30:48.81
45.  South Boulder Creek parkrun 5K #72, 7/13 (Boulder, CO) - 33:27.80
46.  Miss Ima 5K, 7/20 (Quitman, TX) - 30:14.47
47.  2nd annual Howl At The Moon 5K, 7/20 (Waco, TX) - 30:49.59

August
48.  Canton Half Marathon, 8/4 (Canton, TX) - 2:27:24.50
49.  TUFF ENUFF 5K Trail Run, 8/17 (Woodway, TX) - 40:56.88


Race in 170 Texas Cities or Towns and 90 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.  Buda - Run For The Love It 5K
139.  Smithville - Stampede In The Park 5K
140.  Killeen - 32nd annual Silver Classic 5K
141.  Shenandoah - David's Dream Run 5K
142.  Stephenville - Autism Awareness Puzzle Run 5K (74.  Erath)
143.  Eastland - Eastland Glow Run 5K (75.  Eastland)
144.  Dublin - 18th annual Dublin Irish Stampede 10K
145.  Frisco - Hotter 'n Firecrackers 5K
146.  Saint Jo - Old Jo's Firecracker 5K (76.  Montague)
147.  Port O'Connor - 6th annual Firemans 4 Race (77.  Calhoun)
148.  Eagle Pass - Stars and Stripes 5K (78.  Maverick)
149.  Center - What-A-Melon Crawl 5K (79.  Shelby)
150.  De Leon - Watermelon Crawl 5K (80.  Comanche)
151.  Bonham - Sweatin' For The Vets 5K (81.  Fannin)
152.  Palestine - Paint Palestine Pink 10.5M (82.  Anderson)
153.  Plano - Holiday Hustle 8K

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

Sunday, August 4, 2019

48 States, 146 Half Marathons - Complete Half Marathon History


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

(1:51:34) 2:06:09 - 4/29/17 - Revel Mt. Charleston Half Marathon (Downhill), Las Vegas, NV - 130
(1:56:21) 2:12:49 - 10/21/18 - Nutrabolt Oktoberfest Half Marathon, College Station, TX - 140 (1:57:53 - 2015)
(1:57:42) 2:13:05 - 1/29/17 - USA Fit Half Marathon, Sugar Land, TX - 128  (1:59:15 - 2015)
(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
2:10:57 - 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
2:15:44 - 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
2:16:58 - 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)
2:20:10 - 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
2:31:05 - 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)

Waverly Walk - Complete Half Marathon History


By Time
2:11:35 - 10/9/16 - 4th annual Hokie Half Marathon, Blacksburg, VA - 6
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)
2:16:36 - 10/28/17 - 39th annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 7
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

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

15,000 Runners Crossed Fourth of July Finish Lines in Texas


Some 15,000 runners crossed a Texas finish line that was either Independence Day-themed or during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

And to no one’s surprise, the greater Houston area and the D-FW Metroplex accounted for just about 60 percent of those finishers – both areas accounting for more than 4,500 each.

Yet for another year, the Run Wild 5K, held just north of downtown Houston from Hennessy City Park and St. Arnold Brewery, produced Texas’ largest Independence Day-themed race with some 1,116 finishers.

It is the fourth straight year that the race has held the title after the then-Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5-Miler surpassed it by two finishers in 2015.

Additionally, it was the third straight year that the event surpassed 1,000 finishers – the only Texas race to do so on the Fourth of July weekend.

Last year, the race had 1,392 finishers, but was down 276 finishers this year.

Traditionally, when the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday, as it did last year, finisher numbers are higher as fewer people are less likely to travel and take a long weekend.

What’s not known is whether this year’s decline was due to increased promotional activity from a second-year race, the TXU Energy Wings of Freedom 5K and 10K, that was held at another one of Houston’s popular breweries, Karbach Brewing Company.

After a low-key debut a year ago with 186 finishers in a timed 5K, Wings of Freedom added a 10K and saw 598 runners cross a common finish line – an increase of 202 in the 5K and an additional 210 in a new 10K race.

Bumping the Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5-Miler from the runner-up spot a year ago was the Independence Day 8K, located just west of Meyerland Mall in Houston, and it held on to its place as the second largest race by finishers at a single distance with 827 finishers – up 27 from 2017.

This year was the third year for the 8K, which is part of the Houston Running Company’s Houston Holiday Run Series.

But the Heat Wave, which moved to Mont Belvieu when the race’s primary sponsor Wismer Distributing moved its headquarters from Baytown before last year’s race, had the third most finishers of any event this year as the former bellweather 5-mile race and second-year 5K brought 839 finishers across its common finish line.

451 finished the Michelob Ultra 5K while 388 stopped the clock on the renamed Texas Bud Heat Wave 5-miler.

Last year’s combined 727 finishers – 429 in the 5-miler and 298 in the 5K – were likely lessened by threatening rains on race day a year ago.

The uptick at the 5K distance comes a large part from Running Alliance Sport including it as part of its Texas 5K Series.

The second largest event in Texas – with 903 combined finishers – was Five on the 4th in Dallas, which was produced by runDallas and the BMW Dallas Marathon.

Throw in the race’s untimed 2-miler and kids races, the event registered just under 1,200, according to race officials.

A five-miler only just a year ago with 508 finishers, that distance lost 31 finishers, but gained 426 finishers in the 5K.

It was a complete outperformance – a year later - of the Bud Heat Wave’s switch to a two-race event.

Third individually was Frisco’s Hotter ‘N Firecrackers 5K, which has more than doubled its numbers of timed finishers in the last three years.

Initially marketed as a glow run in 2015, the evening, night before the Fourth race dipped to under 400 finishers – 360 – a year later.

However, the flat course, even with its many turns, has sent the race’s numbers to 447 two years ago, 572 last year and 753 this July 3rd.

The fourth position of the weekend is actually held by a non-themed race – the Christmas in July 5K in Houston, which benefits – and starts and finishes in front of – the Salvation Army.

Produced by iRun Productions, the race grew by an exact 20 percent in terms of timed finishers from 433 to 521.  Held on Saturday, July 6 this year, the race features two long straightaways on the streets of downtown Houston.

Fourth and fifth as far as Independence Day-themed races belong to the San Antonio Road Runners Freedom Day Four Miler and Mission’s Stars & Stripes 5K.

The last five years, the Freedom Day 4-Miler has held positions of sixth, fifth, sixth, tied for sixth and fourth this year.

With its 505 timed finishers, the race was down a minuscule three from 2018 and has also seen 499 finishers in 2016.

Produced by Sole Racing, the Stars & Stripes 5K launched in 2016 with 474 timed finishers.

A year later, its 710 timed finishers made it the third largest in Texas behind the Run Wild 5K and the Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5-Miler.

However, the last two years has seen the race fall to 539 and 498 finishers, but still holding on to the fifth spot both years.

Four years ago, the largest event was the 30th annual Liberty By The Lake 5K and 10K in The Colony with its combined 991 finishers (753 in the 5K and 238 in the 10K), but it is down almost 38% since then with 616 timed finishers in the two races this year.

The West Texas Running Club held its 50th anniversary Firecracker Run in Brownfield on the Fourth of July.  Featuring a 10K, 5K and a timed one-mile kids’ run, the race is one of Texas’ oldest.

Up until last year, the 10K was a 10-mile race.  While the number of finishers increased from 45 to 71 a year ago, the distance only produced 68 finishers this year, including the author.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Running 5Ks with Miss Ima and the Dogs


Great trip this weekend.

There’s a really fine delicate balance that I go through:  As an introvert, I like my “me time”; however, there are also times that I enjoy connecting with others.

In running, I’ve long since surpassed my goals, which I think might have been to run a marathon at the beginning.

Now, running races is something that I just enjoy as something to do – and it has always been a catalyst for me to work out – hopefully, more consistently and regularly than the day before.

I started Saturday with the inaugural Miss Ima 5K in Quitman, the county seat of Wood County.  It was a race in Texas county #89 for me.

Race time was at 8 a.m. and I arrived from Van at about 7:20 a.m.

I parked in a lot along Highway 37 and away from the Wood County Arboretum, which was hosting the inaugural race.

I walked over, got my packet, took some pictures around the grounds, went back to the car and then to the restroom before ambling back toward the start.

There were approximately 25-30 runners for this first race.

You could see where the finish line was as there was already a clock positioned there, but the start line – which was marked by flour or chalk – was a tenth of a mile back (or in this case, to the right).

I always have a tendency to give first-year race some slack, but there was no need to here with the two gentleman that were in charge.

One of the two said that he had measured the course twice with a wheel – and that it should be spot on (distance-wide)!  And I strongly believe that it was.

It was an out-and-back course that took us south out of the Arboretum grounds on McAllister Street (which was a flat, smooth concrete street) before making a right-hand turn on to Richards Street.

Then we made another right onto Clark Street, which reminded me a lot of the race a few years ago I ran in Hopkins County and Sulphur Springs.

I passed the mile 1 marker at 9:27.06 and there was a water station in the vicinity, which I bypassed.

We then took a left onto Bermuda St. / Highway 182 and stayed on the shoulder, going over Dry Creek, before turning around and heading back.

On the way out, we ran down a hill that we started to come back up after passing mile 2.

My time was 15:04.81 to the turnaround (at 1.6 miles) and 19:09.81 through two miles.

However, with the uphill, I couldn’t pull it all together to get under 30 minutes.  Mile three was 10:17.79 followed by my best sprint, covering 47.88 seconds over the last tenth of a mile.

I was twelfth overall in 30:14.47.

For traveling and it being a bit humid out, I’ll take it.  I just want to be back under 28 – and maybe 27 – again once we get to cooler weather later in the year.

I left as soon as I finished.

I got a quick bite to eat in Mineola, then drove back to the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Van, showered and hit the road.

I made stops at the following museums along the way:

Van Area Oil & Historical Museum (Van, TX) - Outside only.
No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum (Terrell, TX)
Ennis Railroad & Cultural Heritage Museum (Ennis, TX)
Ellis County Museum (Waxahachie, TX)

Before visiting the one in Ennis, I was still pretty hungry and wasn’t looking for a big meal, but I found a local place:  Bailey’s CafĂ©.

When I went inside and got the menu, the portions were really geared toward dinner, so I chose a sandwich, but still left feeling stuffed.

I ended up making it to Waco a little after 6 p.m. where I checked into the Courtyard by Marriott near Indian Springs Park where the second annual Howl At The Moon 5K would start and finish.

I did the race a year ago, and was fortunate enough to fit it into the schedule again this year.

My favorite Waco native, Nancy Goodnight, was down here in the greater Houston area riding the Katy Flatland 100 today so I didn’t get to see her as I normally do.

I was already pretty beat so I set the alarm for 9 p.m. – as I was close enough to walk to and from the start – and took a short nap.

I got up, walked over and got my packet, which was a medium shirt (that went to Waverly, my daughter) and a bib, and came back to the hotel until about 9:50 p.m. before making my way back to the start.

Just before the start, a woman noticed that I was wearing my 2013 Blues Capital of Texas 5K tech shirt from a race in Navasota and she and her husband noted that they both had done the race in 2012 (and had the grey shirt, which I also have.)  That race might have gone on for another year, but is no longer held.

This race, though, also got started right on-time.

We crossed north across the Brazos River and the Suspension Bridge and then ran all the way past McLane Stadium -- #goflames, veered to the right over the pedestrian bridge to University Park.  There we made a left down to in front of the Rayborn building then turned around and came all of the way back.

Mile 1 - 9:54.61
To Turnaround - 5:33.96 (15:28.57)
Back - 15:21.02
Total = 30:49.59

The first mile appeared to be marked just before the pedestrian bridge, which came in at 9:54.61.  Given the humidity, I kind of didn’t care what my time was.

At the turnaround, my watch showed 15:28.57.

As I usually fade a little bit on the back half, I thought that I might be in for an over 31-minute showing.  However, the way out seemed to be a bit more uphill than the return.

I made it back in 15:21.02 – to keep it underneath a 10-minute per mile pace – for an overall time of 30:49.59

But, man, was it humid.

I grabbed a bottle of water and started to walk back to the hotel.  Once there, I put both rooms in my hotel room down as low as they could go – temperature-wise, showered, dried off and was getting ready to do some work on my computer and I was still sweating!

Got a pretty good night’s sleep, filled up with gas, got breakfast and made it to College Station by 9:45 a.m. for this morning’s worship service at Central Baptist Church.

It is the second time that I’ve had the chance to visit this church.  If I lived in the area, I might attend there on a regular basis.

On the way home, I texted Waverly and we agreed to have lunch at Crave, a new hot dog and BBQ place near Spring Steubner / Kuykendahl and 99.  The food was excellent, but the turnaround time – 16-17 minutes – caused for people to not only stand to wait to get their food but also a place to sit.   Best to go here at an off-hour.

Friday, July 19, 2019

What's In Your Running Weekend?


I have a massive spreadsheet that contains all kinds of cool things.

From a running perspective, I can tell you the following:

+  I’ve run a race in 88 different Texas counties.

+  I’ve run a mile or more in 122 different Texas counties (34 more).

+  I’ve run a race in 167 different Texas cities, towns or census-designated places.

+  I’ve run a mile or more in 220 different Texas cities, towns or … you get it.

+  And, finally, a race in 178 other North American cities or towns.

Cool stuff.

Five months ago, I made a plan to fly to Amarillo today and catch “new to me” minor league ballparks in Albuquerque and Amarillo while running a mile in as many different Texas counties in the Panhandle that I could.

(Actually, the ballpark in Amarillo is brand new this year.  The Sod Poodles.  Really.)

That is when I thought my current work project would have moved into a different phase and being mobile on a Friday would have been OK.

However, as the week went on – and flying on Southwest (with the ability to cancel and bank the money), I decided that wasn’t going to be the wisest move and that proved to be true.

The bigger question, though, was:  What was I going to do this weekend?

Granted, the number of races were fewer – and I even looked at if there were some options on Southwest to fly somewhere Friday evening and back Sunday night, using some of the Southwest money I have banked.  (Four flights.  Sigh.)

I considered running a 5K in Leonard, northeast of McKinney, and then driving to Amarillo to see a Saturday night baseball game.

It was just the drive back that was a little daunting for even me.

So I settled on the following:

+  The inaugural Miss Ima 5K in Quitman, which is the county seat of Wood County.  It is an 8 a.m. start and will represent a race in Texas county #89.  (Secret:  #90 will happen in two weeks.)

+  Will try to get in three or four museums while moving towards Waco.  Right now, I have targeted museums here in Van and then in Ennis and Waxahachie.  (Will dig a little bit more after I write some more.)

+  All the way getting to Waco where I’ll run the 2nd annual Howl at the Moon 5K that starts and finishes at the Suspension Bridge along the Brazos.  It is a 10 p.m. start so I’ll spend the night there.  (I ran this race last year and I hope it isn't short again.)

+  Then get up and drive an hour and a half for church at Central Baptist Church in College Station – and their 9:45 a.m. service.

The two races will be my 46th and 47th for the year.

I left Spring at about 4 p.m., made the proverbial stop at Buc-ee’s in Madisonville and grabbed a bite to eat in Athens before going through Murchison and Ben Wheeler to get to the hotel here in Van.

I stayed here at this Fairfield inn last year when I did Rob Goyen’s new TROT race just north of Tyler and Waverly and I will be back here in two weeks as we’ll rest for the Canton Half Marathon on Sunday, August 4.

Really nice facility that’s been open for less than two years and hasn’t taken on wear and tear from being right off of Interstate 20.

So until tomorrow, have a great Friday night.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Thursday Night Spring Diversion: 4 Miles on the Spring Creek Greenway


Well, I'm going to revert back to my blog for awhile and stay off of most social media.  I think.

That's the plan.

I had a situation today that rattled me a little bit - which I won't go into, but I believe it is - once again - time to take some steps back from my involvement.

I won't stop running and working out.  Although a picture here and there will still bother me a little bit, I've done pretty good to keep the 30 pounds that I've lost in the last year off here in 2019.

I've been using Instagram recently as bit of a long form, but I'm just going to process life on the run here the best way I know how.  Besides, not too many people come here any way unless I explicitly post a link.

I'll just say this:  Life can be tough at times when you're an introvert and alone.

I admit that generally I like to be in control of my environment.  If I want to engage with somebody, I will.  And I don't like if somebody gets in my personal space without my permission.

I had that happen here recently at a running event and when I had my first chance to leave, I took it - because I was made to feel uncomfortable.

The first running club that I was ever a member of was the Houston Striders and in 2004, a year after I started to run, I wanted to get to meet people.  And the club was part of a gateway to the larger greater Houston area running community and beyond.

The Striders, first through John DiMarco and now via Chadwick Holmes, Hans Wong and Keith Willhelm, have re-embraced me as their finish line announcer for the Houston Half Marathon and 10K - presented, of course, by Koala Health and Wellness Centers.

They had a social run this evening at 11 Below Brewing Company that I wanted to go to near Willowbrook Mall, but I was feeling a little bit down, took a short nap at the end of the work day (I work at home) and it got to a point to where traffic getting there would have been a beast.  Ah, not for me.

Instead, I went to Dennis Johnston Park, which sits right off the Spring Creek Greenway, at about 6 p.m. this evening.

The last time I ran towards Interstate 45 to the west, I saw a copperhead in the middle of the trail after about two miles.  Therefore, I decided to head east.

I walked to the 13.0 mile marker and started to run.  While in the mid-nineties, the shade actually made it feel not that hot.

I went two miles in 21:11.68 - a comfortable 10:36 per mile pace.

I walked to the next tenth of a mile marker and back, taking 3:29.63.

And then started to run back.

On the way, I came up along a gentleman who told me that he had his 52nd birthday today.

Normally, I don't engage, but we were running about the same pace and it would have been hard to get too far ahead of him without saying something.

Earlier, a couple of bikes had gone by and only one had acknowledged that it was passing with a verbal "on the left".

I thanked the cyclist and told him that he was the first one today that had done that.

As I came up behind the man, I remarked about that and he was in hearty agreement that there were bikes that would come right up on him when he was running there on the trail.

We had a good conversation to the 13.0 mile marker.

His name was Michael and he shared that he was training for the Houston Half Marathon in late October.

He was doing 11 10K's and one half marathon this year and he already had six 10K's in the book and planned to do two in September and two in November, booked around the half.

I asked him which 10K he did in June - as he had related a story from that race - and he said the Run Houston Clear Lake.

I told him that I know or have worked with most of the race directors in town and acknowledged that Ron Stitt and company put on good races.

I finished the return in 21:06.41 - again, a nice 10:33 pace.

After being down in the dumps a little while earlier, I was encouraged and as I walked back to my car - being a believer, I realized that God put that man in my path to encourage me with conversation when I wasn't feeling so great.

When I made it to the parking lot, I was dismayed seeing a couple of cyclists - one who was riding a recumbent bike - that had blown by us earlier.  I wanted to engage, but I didn't.

While we were out there on the trail, there was a Harris County Constable riding in a cart and I saw him as he was walking back to his truck.

I thanked him for being out there, even though it's his job to patrol the park.

I asked him if there really were many issues out there and he said that there was often something always going on, but that it was primarily kids close to where homes backed up to the trail.  I asked him if they saw any activity coming up from the creek and he said that they hadn't.

We also had a good conversation and again I felt as if God put me in a place to be encouraged by the interaction of a complete stranger even.

I measure my running on a 25th to 24th basis (will explain another time) -- and I'm at 63.931 miles for the cycle with six days to go.  I'll probably get a little over 80, but we'll see.

If you happen to see this on Thursday, have a great Friday and weekend ahead.  I have an idea where I'm going to run a race at this weekend, but I'll know for sure tomorrow.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Race in 178 Cities or Towns Outside of Texas ... And Counting!


2003
1.  Williamsport, PA - Race For Your Heart 5K
2.  Shreveport, LA - Sportspectrum Autumn Breeze 10K
3.  Lafayette, LA - Cingular Wireless Cajun Cup 10K

2004
4.  Little Rock, AR - Little Rock Half Marathon
5.  Columbus, OH - Capital City Half Marathon
6.  Lakewood, OH - 3rd annual Lakewood Hospital Foundation Ambulance Chase 5K
7.  Sharon, PA - 2nd annual 5K Sunset Shuffle
8.  Indianapolis, IN - Indianapolis Life 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
9.  Kennett, PA - Kennett Square Run
10.  Oklahoma City, OK - Panera Bread Super Summer Eight
11.  Joliet, IL - Joliet Park District Sundowner 5K
12.  Hammond, IN - 24th annual Friendship Race 5K
13.  Chicago, IL - 28th annual Chicago Distance Classic
14.  Manchester, NH - 12th annual Cigna Healthcare Corporate 5K Road Race
15.  Hopewell, NJ - 25th annual Hopewell Challenge 10K
16.  Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Buckeye Half Marathon
17.  Washington, DC - Marine Corps Marathon
18.  Lake Charles, LA - Swamp Stomp Half Marathon

2005
19.  Des Moines, IA - Drake Relays On The Roads Half Marathon
20.  Lincoln, NE - Lincoln Half Marathon
21.  Parkersburg, WV - News and Sentinel Half Marathon
22.  Albuquerque, NM - Sandia Peak Keith Howard Challenge 7. 2 Miles
23.  Flagstaff, AZ - Big Brothers Big Sisters Half Marathon
24.  New York City, NY - ING New York City Marathon

2006
25.  New Orleans, LA - Mardi Gras Marathon
26.  The Dalles, OR - Wheatfield Half Marathon
27.  Vancouver, BC - Spring Forward 5K (Stanley Park)
28.  Prince George, BC - Prince George Roadrunners Hart Half Marathon
29.  White Rock, BC - Sandcastle City Classic 10K
30.  Tacoma, WA - Sound to Narrows 12K
31.  Port Angeles, WA - North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon
32.  Bellingham, WA - Berry Dairy Days 10K
33.  Battle Ground, WA - Harvest Days Milk Run 10 Miler
34.  Anacortes, WA - Tesoro March Point 10K
35.  Squamish, BC - Squamish Days 10K
36.  Fairhaven, WA - Fairhaven Runners Waterfront 15K
37.  Seattle, WA - Elephant Stampede 5K
38.  Boise, ID - City of Trees Marathon
39.  Mount Vernon, WA - FootwoRX Fowl Fun Run 10K
40.  Surrey, BC - Bear Creek Classic 10K
41.  Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Marathon

2007
42.  Alpharetta, GA - Alpharetta Marathon
43.  Mercer Island, WA - Mercer Island Rotary Run Day Half Marathon
44.  Wenatchee, WA - Apple Blossom 10K
45.  Spokane, WA - Bloomsday 12K
46.  Fargo, ND - Fargo Half Marathon
47.  Hastings, MN - Apple Blossom Half Marathon
48.  Lander, WY - Lander Half Marathon
49.  Leadville, CO - Leadville Heavy Half Marathon
50.  Roaring Springs, PA - Liberty Days 5K
51.  Erie, PA - Presque Isle Half Marathon
52.  Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Half Marathon
53.  Tucson (Oracle), AZ - Tucson Marathon

2008
54.  Abilene, KS - Eisenhower Half Marathon
55.  St. Louis, MO - Go! St.   Louis Half Marathon
56.  Rochester, MN - Med-City Marathon
57.  Sioux Falls, SD - Sioux Falls Half Marathon

2009
58.  Mobile, AL - First Light Half Marathon
59.  Wilmington, DE - Delaware Half Marathon
60.  South Bend, IN - Sunburst Races Half Marathon
61.  Ridgeland, MS - Renaissance at Colony Park Half Marathon
62.  Smithsburg, MD - Bill Beckwith 5K
63.  Arkadelphia, AR - Running to be Cancer FrEEE Breast Cancer 5K
64.  Greenville, SC - Spinx Fest Half Marathon
65.  Augusta, GA - 2nd annual Augusta Half Marathon
66.  Clarksville, TN - Clarksville Half Marathon
67.  Roanoke, VA - Star City Half Marathon
68.  Concord, NC - Hendrick Marrow Program Half Marathon

2010
69.  Jackson, MS - Mississippi Blues Half Marathon
70.  Ipswich, MA - Chase The Gorilla Down Argilla 5K
71.  Scituate, MA - Shawn Patterson Memorial Road Race 10K
72.  Bozeman, MT - Lewis and Clark Half Marathon
73.  Garden City, UT - Bear Lake Half Marathon
74.  Altoona, PA - Altoona Summer Biathlon
75.  Louisville, KY - Walk Away From Colon Cancer 5K
76.  Elroy, WI - Elroy Tunnel-Trails Half Marathon
77.  Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Marathon

2011 
78.  Brewton, AL - Blueberry Chase 5K
79.  Kailua-Kona, HI - UCC Coffee Kona Marathon
80.  San Francisco, CA - San Francisco Marathon
81.  Park City, UT - Park City Marathon
82.  West Bend, IL - Eisenbahn Marathon
83.  Moline, IL - Quad Cities Marathon
84.  Bristol, NH - New Hampshire Half Marathon
85.  Portland, ME - Maine Half Marathon
86.  Mandeville, LA - Gulf Coast Half Marathon
87.  Huntsville, AL - Rocket City Marathon
88.  Springfield, MO - Run For The Ranch Marathon

2012
89.  Olathe, KS - Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz
90.  Reno, NV - Reno 5000
91.  Anchorage, AK - Alaska's Men's Run 5-Miler
92.  Fairbanks (Fox), AK - 47th annual Gold Discovery Run
93.  Cordova, AK - King Salmon Marathon
94.  Rachel, NV - Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight Marathon
95.  Baton Rouge, LA - Reindeer Run 5K
96.  Franklinton, LA - Q50 Seven-Mile Trail Run

2013
97.  Cape May, NJ - Ocean Drive Marathon
98.  Holidaysburg, PA - Bud Shuster Run For Your Life 5K
99.  State College, PA - 4th annual Beaver Stadium Run 5K
100.  Champaign, IL - Presence Covenant Medical Center Illinois 5K
101.  Cleveland, OH - Inside The Park Home Run Races 4M
102.  Forest, VA - Poplar Forest 5K
103.  Salem, MA - Devil's Chase 6.66-Miler
104.  Falmouth, MA - Cape Cod Marathon
105.  Raleigh, NC - City of Oaks Marathon

2014
106.  Irvington, AL - Bryant High School Hurricane 5K
107.  Tyrone, PA - Faith Day 10K
108.  Clearfield, PA - Royal 5K
109.  Pembroke, NC - Lumbee Homecoming 5K
110.  Gastonia, NC - Hot Top Trail Race 10K
111.  Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg Half Marathon
112.  Burnham, PA - Grace Race 5K
113.  Tipton, PA - 6th annual Labor Day 5K
114.  Broomfield, CO - Aspen Creek PTA K-8 Howl at the Moon 5K
115.  Denver, CO - Blue Shoe Run For Prostate Cancer 5K
116.  Peetz, CO - Peetz Glow For It Run 5K

2015
117.  Minden, LA - Minden Run For St. Jude Half Marathon
118.  Fort Smith, AR - Fort Smith Half Marathon
119.  Bay St. Louis, MS - Bring It To The Bay Half Marathon
120.  Grand Caverns Signature 5K, Grottoes, VA
121.  Montalto Challenge 5K, Charlottesville, VA
122.  Camp Creek 5K, Waverly, NE
123.  Sturgis Falls Half Marathon, Cedar Falls, IA
124.  Stony Lake Sparkler 5K, Shelby, MI
125.  Ohio Michigan 8K, Sylvania, OH
126.  Trample The Trails - Pheasant Branch, Middleton, WI
127.  Findlay Township Semi-Great Race 5K, Clinton, PA
128.  Forest Hills HS Alumni Association 5K, Sidman, PA
129.  Quarterback Club of York 10K, York, PA
130.  Flying Horse Half Marathon, Anthony, NM
131.. Pensacola Half Marathon, Pensacola, FL
132.  American Family Fitness Half Marathon, Richmond, VA
133.  Tulsa Route 66 Half Marathon, Tulsa, OK
134.  Dash Away 5K, McCalla, AL

2016
135.  Pepperdine University Coastal Run/Walk For Foster Youth 5K, Playa Del Rey, CA
136.  Run To Remember Los Angeles 10K, Los Angeles, CA
137.  Louisiana Paradise Bridge Run 13.1K, Slidell, LA
138.  Union Hospital Run For Home Half Marathon, New Philadelphia, OH
139.  Columbia Half Marathon, Columbia, MD
140.  Revel Mt. Charleston Half Marathon, Las Vegas, NV
141.  Mayfest 5K, Fryburg, PA
142.  35th annual Black Moshannon 10K, Philipsburg, PA
143.  36th annual Boalsburg Memorial Day Run 3.8 M, Boalsburg, PA
144.  Bourbon Derby Half Marathon, Paris, KY
145.  Lake Michigan Half Marathon, Muskegon, IL
146.  Downers Grove 5-Miler, Downers Grove, IL
147.  37th annual Willow River Run 5K, New Richmond, WI
148.  32nd annual Moonlight Chase 4M, Eldridge, IA
149.  Storm The Bastille 5K, Milwaukee, WI
150.  Funfest Freaky Friday 5K, Gibbon, MN
151.  Belle Plaine Bull Run 5K, Belle Plaine, MN
152.  42nd annual Health Focus Salem Distance Run 10K, Salem, VA
153.  Best Dam Run in Vermont Half Marathon, Whttingham, VT
154.  Pocatello Half Marathon, Pocatello, ID
155.  Purple For A Purpose 5K, Springdale, AR
156.  Jay 5K, Jay, OK
157.  Air Capital Half Marathon, Wichita, KS
158.  Junior Auxiliary of Eunice Jingle Bell Rock and Run 5K, Eunice, LA
159.  Lakeside High School Viking 5K, Atlanta, GA

2017
160.  35th Annual Ponchatoula Jaycees Strawberry Strut 10K, Ponchatoula, LA
161.  The Sports Fanatic 5K, Kennesaw, GA
162.  Burn Your Half Off Half Marathon, Chattanooga, TN
163.  Bismarck Marathon, Bismarck, ND

2018
164.  111th Anniversary Jackson Day Race 9K, Arabi, LA
165.  Joplin Memorial Run Half Marathon, Jolpin, MO
166.  12th annual Dr. John Yelenic Memorial Day 5K, Blairsville, PA
167.  Gabriel Lee Friedline Memorial Run 5K, Schellsburg, PA
168.  25th annual Westfield Half Marathon, Westfield, MA
169.  19th annual Rumford Lions/Scott Gorham 5K, East Providence, RI
170.  River City 5K, North Little Rock, AR
171.  Moore War Run 5K, Moore, OK
172.  Great Cape Escape 5K, Elon, NC
173.  Hokie Half Marathon, Blacksburg, VA
174.  UMASS Resolution Run 5K, Amherst, MA
175.  Colt State Park Half Marathon, Bristol, RI

2019
176.  Revel Kulia Half Marathon, Waikoloa Beach, HI
177.  Leakin Park parkrun 5K #103, Baltimore, MD
178.  South Boulder Creek parkrun 5K #72, Boulder, CO


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Texas' Largest Independence Day-Themed Races - 2016


Using the number of timed finishers as the metric, here is a list by individual race distances of Fourth of July-themed races in Texas this year:

911 - Run Wild 5K, Houston, July 4
826 - Baytown Bud Heatwave 5M, Baytown, July 4
560 - Freedom 5K, Sugar Land, July 4
530 - Liberty By The Lake 5K, The Colony, July 2
499 - SARR Freedom Day 4 Miler, San Antonio, July 4
474 - Stars & Stripes 5K, Mission, June 28

360 - Hotter 'N Firecrackers 5K, Frisco, July 3
339 - DRC Independence 5K, Dallas, July 2
333 - 10th annual Up & Running 4th of July 5K, El Paso, July 4
267 - Liberty Run 5K, Denton, July 4
246 - Patriot Run 5K, Trophy Club, July 4

236 - DRC Independence 10K, Dallas, July 2
224 - Dow Firecracker 4, Lake Jackson, July 4
222 - Rowlett Freedom 5K on Main, Rowlett, July 4
221 - CCRR Four on the Fourth, Corpus Christi, July 4
216 - 8th annual Firecracker 5000, Fort Worth, July 4

208 - Popsicle Run 4-Miler, Kyle, July 4
186 - Red, White and Blue 5K, McKinney, July 2
178 - Independence Run 5K, Deer Park, July 2
177 - Let Freedom Run! 5K, Schertz, July 4
176 - Firecracker 5K, Lago Vista, July 2

169 - Liberty By The Lake 10K, The Colony, July 2
150 - Lake Granbury Kiwanis Firecracker 5K, Granbury, July 4
133 - 4th of July Celebration 5K, San Antonio, July 4
132 - WTRC Firecracker Run 3M, Brownfield, July 4
114 - DAV Stephenville Firecracker 5K, Stephenville, July 4

103 - Old Jo's Firecracker Run 5K, St. Jo, July 4
100 - Shiner Half Moon Holday 5K, Shiner, July 2
  94 - Run For Wellness 5K - Heights, Houston, July 3 (held on same weekend)
  92 - Independence Run 5K, Deer Park, July 2
  84 - Independence Day 10K, Rancho Viejo, July 2
  78 - Dow Firecracker 4 Two-Mile, Lake Jackson, July 4

  75 - Stu's Country Mike 5K, Centerville, July 4
  74 - 4th of July Stars and Stripes 5K, Falfurrias, July 2
  66 - 1st annual Freedom Run 5K, Snyder, July 4
  64 - Popsicle Run 3K, Kyle, July 4
  58 - Freedom 5K, Nacogdoches, July 2

  43 - WTRC Firecracker Run 10M, Brownfield, July 4
  40 - Shiner Half Moon Holday 10K, Shiner, July 2
  24 - 1st annual Freedom Run 5K, Snyder, July 4
  12 - Rainbow Dash 1M, San Antonio, July 2
    9 - Good Night Loving Celebration Fun Run 5K, Crane, July 2

    6 - Good Night Loving Celebration Fun Run 1M, Crane, July 2
    3 - Good Night Loving Celebration Fun Run 3K, Crane, July 2


Texas' Largest Independence Day-Themed Races - 2019


Using the number of timed finishers as the metric, here is a list by individual race distances of Fourth of July-themed races (so far) in Texas in 2019:

1,116 - Run Wild 5K, Houston, 7/4 (495 men / 621 women), down 276 from 2018
827 - Independence Day 8K, Houston, 6/29 (328 men / 499 women), up 27 from 2018
753 - Hotter 'N Firecrackers 5K, Frisco, 7/3 (322 men / 431 women), up 181 from 2018
505 - San Antonio Road Runners Freedom Day Four Miler, San Antonio, 7/4 (206 men / 299 women), down 3 from 2018
498 - Stars & Stripes 5K, Mission, 6/29 (153 men / 345 women), down 41 from 2018

477 - Five on the 4th 5M, Dallas, 7/4 (235 men / 242 women), down 31 from 2018
451 - Michelob Ultra 5K, Mont Belvieu, 7/4 (164 men / 287 women), up 153 from 2018
451 - Liberty By The Lake 5K, The Colony, 7/4 (210 men / 241 women), down 97 from 2018
426 - Five on the 4th 5K, Dallas, 7/4 (193 men / 233 women), new distance for 2019
394 - Patriot 5K, Trophy Club 7/4 (198 men / 196 women), down 27 from 2018

388 - Texas Bud Heat Wave 5M, Mont Belvieu, 7/4 (202 men / 186 women), down 41 from 2018
388 - TXU Energy Wings of Freedom 5K, Houston, 7/4 (184 men / 204 women), up 202 from 2018
370 - First Colony Community Association Freedom 5K, Sugar Land, 7/4 (183 men / 187 women), complete 2018 results unknown
368 - 13th annual Up And Running Fourth of July 5K, El Paso, 7/4 (186 men / 182 women), down 24 from 2018
355 - 11th annual Firecracker 5000, Fort Worth, 7/4 (182 men / 173 women), up 96 from 2018

340 - Liberty Run 5K Run, Denton, 7/4 (170 men / 170 women), up 5 from 2018
340 - Freedom Fighter 5K, Tyler, 7/4 (143 men, 197 women), up 63 from 2018
332 - Run For The Blue 5K, Dallas, 7/6 (154 men / 176 women / 2 unknown)
281 - Cox Running Club 4th 5K, Fort Worth, 7/4 (128 men / 153 women), up 103 from 2018
277 - Rowlett Freedom 5K on Main, Rowlett, 7/4 (116 men / 161 women), down 3 from 2018

250 - Corpus Christi Road Runners Four on the Fourth, Corpus Christi, 7/4 (101 men / 149 women), down 16 from 2018
240 - Midland Freedom Run 5K, Midland, 7/4 (108 men / 132 women)
229 - Dow Firecracker 4M, Lake Jackson, 7/4 (107 men / 122 women), down 15 from 2018
210 - TXU Energy Wings of Freedom 10K, Houston, 7/4 (129 men / 81 women), new distance for 2019
200 - Popsicle Run 4M, Kyle, 7/4 (86 men / 114 women), up 25 from 2018

191 - Pioneer Firecracker 5K, Leon Valley, 7/4 (61 men / 130 women), 2018 results unknown
188 - Lake Granbury Kiwanis Firecracker 5K, 7/4, Granbury (86 men / 102 women), down 4 from 2018
182 - RUN, White & Blue 5K, Bastrop, 6/29 (76 men / 106 women), new race for 2019
165 - Liberty By The Lake 10K, The Colony, 7/4 (103 men / 62 women), down 33 from 2018
165 - WTRC Firecracker Run 3M, Brownfield, 7/4 (62 men / 103 women), up 41 from 2018

162 - Run White and Blue 5K, Rancho Viejo, 6/29 (92 men / 70 women), new race for 2019
149 - Flag Run 5K, Boerne, 7/4 (69 men / 80 women), 2018 results unknown
148 - Firecracker Flight Austin 5K, Georgetown, 7/6 (51 men / 97 women)
146 - Memorial Villages 5K, Houston, 7/4 (89 men / 57 women), up 55 from 2018
138 - Firecracker 5K, Mexia, 7/4 (58 men / 80 women), up 64 from 2018

133 - Coolest 5K in Texas, Fort Davis, 7/4 (46 men / 87 women)
129 - Firecracker Flight 4M, Arlington, 7/6 (40 male / 89 female), up 14 from 4M in 2018
128 - 7th annual Fireman's 4 Race (2M Walk), Port O'Connor, 7/6, up 10 from 2018
123 - Shiner Half Moon Holiday 5K, Shiner, 7/6 (41 men / 82 women), up 2 from 2019
122 - Firecracker 5K, Lago Vista, 7/4 (53 men / 69 women), no change from 2018

121 - 10th annual Old Jo's Firecracker Run 5K, St. Jo, 7/4 (42 men / 79 women), up 13 from 2018
110 - City of Del Rio 4th of July 5K Color Run, Del Rio, 7/4 (56 men / 54 women)
104 - Stu's Country Mile 5K, Centerville, 7/4 (32 men / 72 women), up 48 from 2018
102 - Firecracker Flight Austin 10K, Georgetown, 7/6 (41 men / 61 women)
81 - Firecracker 5K Evening Run, San Marcos, 6/27 (29 men / 52 women), down 28 from 2018

79 - Firecracker 5K, Greenville, 7/4 (32 men / 47 women), down 23 from 2018
76 - Firecracker Flight DFW 10K, Arlington, 7/6 (32 men / 44 women), up 13 from 2018
72 - 3rd annual Freedom Run 5K, Snyder, 6/29 (24 men / 48 women), up 38 from 2018
72 - 7th annual Fireman's 4 Race (4M), Port O'Connor, 7/6 (23 men / 49 women), up 18 from 2018
68 - WTRC Firecracker Run 10K, Brownfield, 7/4 (41 men / 28 women), down 3 from 2018

60 - Stars and Stripes 5K, Eagle Pass, 7/7 (35 men / 25 women), down 8 from 2018
58 - Fitness Today & Cisco Chamber of Commerce Red, White and BOOM 5K Color Run, Cisco, 7/4 (36 men / 34 women), up 12 from 2018
58 - Midland Freedom Run 10K, Midland, 7/4 (35 men / 23 women)
55 - Popsicle Run 3K, Kyle, 7/4 (19 men / 36 women), down 19 from 2018
34 - Dow Firecracker 2M Walk, Lake Jackson, 7/4 (4 men / 30 women), down 11 from 2018

29 - Stars and Stripes 1M, Eagle Pass, 7/7 (10 men / 19 women), down 25 from 2018
26 - Stu's Country Mile Kids 1K, Centerville, 7/4 (9 men / 17 women), up 7 from 2018
26 - WTRC Firecracker Run 1M, Brownfield, 7/4, up 4 from 2018
19 - Freedom Fest 5K, Mathis, 6/29, down 34 from 2018
10 - 3rd annual Freedom Run 10K, Snyder, 6/29 (4 men / 6 women), down 7 from 2018

10 - Firecracker 1-Mile Walk, Mexia, 7/4 (5 men / 5 women), down 4 from 2018

Non-Themed Races Held During Same Time

519 - Christmas in July 5K, Houston, 7/6 (190 men / 329 women), up 86 from 2018
127 - Superhero Mug Run 5K, Harker Heights, 7/6 (49 men / 78 women)
112 - Run For Wellness - Heights/White Oak Bayou 5K, Houston, 7/7 (57 men / 55 women), down 16 from 2018
75 - deCordova Dash 5K, deCordova, 7/6 (31 men / 44 women)
48 - Terry Hershey parkrun #25 5K, Houston, 7/6 (25 men / 23 women)
13 - Miles for JOYE 5K, McKinney, 7/6 (10 men / 3 women)
11 - Miles for JOYE 1M, McKinney, 7/6 (2 men / 9 women)

Notes
1.  The Firecracker 5K in College Station, produced by the BCS Marathon, is an untimed race; therefore, it is not included.  (Facebook post says "all 300+ of you".)
2.  The Christoval VFD Firecracker 5K/1M had "a record number of participants - 300+ - in our run/walk/ride."  Pictures on the VFD's Facebook page showed that the race was manually timed.
3.  Appeared to have been approximately 50 starters - from pictures at the VFW Post 8621 Facebook page - at the VFW Post 8621 Independence Day 5K in Alice.
4.  Likewise for The Longhorn Association Fun Run 10K/5K in Gordon (Palo Pinto County), according to pictures from the Longhorn Association Facebook page from Lily Cormack Photography.
5.  Looks like the Independence 5K/10K in Deer Park is no more.  145 combined finishers for 2018.
6.  Looks like the Freedom 5K/10K in Cedar Park is no more.  127 combined finishers for 2018.
7.  Looks like the Dallas Running Club Independence 5K/10K/1M is no more.  505 combined finishers for 2018.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

My Fourth of July Races (2003-2019)


2003 - Run Wild 5K (Houston, TX)
2004 - Run Wild 5K (Houston, TX)
2005 - Stu's Country Mile 5K (Centerville, TX)
2006 - Didn't race.
2007 - Lander Half Marathon (Lander, WY)
2008 - Stu's Country Mile 5K (Centerville, TX)
2009 - East Montgomery County YMCA Fourth of July 5K (Roman Forest, TX)
2010 - TWRC Sunday Night 5K (The Woodlands, TX)*
2011 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M (Baytown, TX)+
2012 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M (Baytown, TX)+
2013 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M (Baytown, TX)+
2014 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M (Baytown, TX)+
2015 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M (Baytown, TX)+
2016 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M (Baytown, TX)+
2017 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M (Baytown, TX)+
2018 - Old Jo's Firecracker 5K (Saint Jo, TX)
2019 - 50th anniversary West Texas Running Club Firecracker 10K (Brownfield, TX)

*Volunteer +Race Announcer

Four Races on the Fourth of July Weekend


Haven’t written in a while, which means:  I’ve been busy.

I got away last Wednesday and Thursday to run in the 50th anniversary West Texas Running Club Firecracker 10K in Brownfield, Texas, just southwest of Lubbock.

It was a race in my 87th different Texas county.  Just 167 to go, ha!

It is also the second year that I haven’t announced a race on the Fourth of July after doing so for seven years at the then-Baytown Bud Heat Wave.

Last year, I ran in Saint Jo, just west of Muenster, and the night before, I ran a race in Frisco.

I ran OK on Thursday.  Just under 1:05 on a course that was a little hilly in the first and last half mile on the out-and-back course.

Also, at the 3.1-mile turnaround, there was a downhill followed by an uphill to the turnaround.

The biggest challenge of the morning was a 20-minute late start.

One of the presumed West Texas Running Club members said that they didn’t have – for a while – the lock to their club trailer and that set a delay in motion.

I can live with that.  Very plausible.  That stuff happens.  I knew when the kids fun run, which was a mile with a half mile out and back course, was pushing at and a little over 8:00 a.m. that the main events – a 3-miler and a 10K – weren’t going to start on-time.

However, the club went through a prolonged set of announcements, including the history of the race, the starting of the club, course records, etc., as well as a costume contest.

Really, and totally, inexcusable.

If you’re going to open up your race to outside members and run the race on public roads, get the race started as quickly as possible – as long as course control is in place.

I guess what could I expect for a $15 non-members entry fee.

They had a nice T-shirt for sale – commemorating that it was the 50th anniversary race.  You’re thinking:  Who buys a T-shirt?  Well, if the price is right … it wasn’t.

I thought I had seen on their Facebook page that they were $15.  I carried a $20 bill from my car, but when I asked, it was $25!  (It was definitely $25 there too when I went back and double-checked.)

Brownfield sits at 3,310 feet above sea level and in the first two miles I could certainly feel it.

As well as it warming up after being delayed 20 minutes at the start.

Here’s how it went down:

Mile 1 - 9:58.95
1-1.5 - 5:24.81
1.5-2 - 5:09.78 (10:34.59)
2-3.1 - 11:18.47 (10:16 pace); Uphill at the end.
3.1-4.2 - 11:30.01 (10:27 pace); Downhill out of the turnaround.
4.2-4.7 - 5:27.49
4.7-5.2 - 5:35.75 (11:03.24)
5.2-5.7 - 5:18.50
5.7-6.2 - 5:13.79 (10:32.29)

Total = 1:04:57.55

I flew back Thursday afternoon, then made the decision on Friday to go to deCordova, Texas, which is just east of Granbury in Hood County.

I was able to use hotel points to stay at the Hampton Inn in Cleburne, where it was going to be a short half hour to the race site.

One of the reasons why I even knew about the race - officially the deCordova Dash 5K - is because one of my favorite timers, Race Day Event Services out of Hamilton, regularly sends a weekly e-mail with its upcoming races.

The race was run in deCordova Bend Estates, and they were celebrating their 50th anniversary with a 5K.  I don’t know if they’ve run this in the past.  I didn’t even think to ask.

The Estates are gated and after pulling up on race morning and letting the guard know that I was there for the race, I thought to myself, given the roads I was driving over, that it was going to be a hilly race.

I parked and it overlooked the start and a lake in the center of the Estates.

I had a good long visit with H.B. Wise of Movin’ Pictures before the race and chatted with Kate Denning of Race Day Event Services.

She does a really good job announcing.  Great voice.  Incredible, natural enthusiasm.  Skilled communicator.  And I told her that she could very well do just that if she ever wanted to.

There were some opening ceremonies and we got started on-time.

Straight shot out with the lake to our left and then we took a right – straight up a hill for about the next four minutes.

It finally leveled out, but it put me into oxygen debt in a hurry.

It wasn’t completely hilly as we ran the cart path between holes 10 to 18 of the Estates’ golf course, but it certainly wasn’t a walk in the park either.

We had a big 100-foot long uphill right before we made it back out to the road and shortly we got the opening hill back and left-hand turn to the finish, but then you were spent.

According to one runner’s Garmin, the course was approximately 2.98 miles, and here is how it played out:

Mile 1 - 10:07.93
Mile 2 - 10:13.99
Last .98 - 9:41.14 (per runner's Garmin)

Total = 30:03.06 (10:05 per)

On a race like this, I took some solace that it was a finish in another county.  Glad that I have multiple goals.

I had originally thought about going to the Texas Air Hogs game, an independent minor league baseball team in Grand Prairie that plays in the American Association.  However, I wanted to run the Run For Wellness 5K along the White Oak Bayou Sunday morning – and I didn’t want to be dragging coming in after midnight on Saturday night.

So I took in three museums on the way home.  (Almost made it four as I stayed in Cleburne a bit too long in the morning, but the door to the Railroad Museum was inadvertently locked.)

I saw the Cell Block Museum in Hillsboro, the History of West Museum in West and the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum.

The next morning, I was up and out of the house by 6:30 a.m. to head to downtown Houston.

I visited with series founder Kelly Juerden-Ramey for a little bit before the race.

If you’ve never done a free Run For Wellness 5K, you should.  And if you can donate when you register or make a contribution, the Houston Wellness Project would appreciate.  While the races on the first and fourth Sunday mornings of each month (except December) are free, there are some associated expenses for timing and permitting at one of the locations.

There were a little over 100 runners for the race and the course is an out-and-back on the White Oak Bayou trail.

The humidity was overbearing; therefore, I didn’t try to overdo it.

I was 14:45.31 on the way out for 1.55 miles, but I could just feel that a sub-30 with the return wasn’t going to be in the cards.

In February, I went 27:58.38.  April, 28:50.61.  And last month, 30:08.67.

By November, I’ll be running 40-minute 5Ks if I keep this up.

Regardless, I could feel it on the return, which I covered in 15:41.44 for a total time of 30:26.75.

For the second straight month, I did the Run For Wellness-The Woodlands Running Club double.

Volte Endurance Training founder Bill Dwyer, in his former role as the club president of TWRC, started a once-a-month Sunday Night 5K at Barbara Bush Elementary in The Woodlands.

Its been going on since 2009!

Until a new road was built which allowed cars to cross the original course twice, it used the same course as the long-standing Run The Woodlands 5K.

This month’s race was held at 7 p.m. to help deal with the heat a little bit.

There was a good group of about 20 runners, mostly regulars who attend month-after-month.

Missing probably his first-race ever was Bill.  (Actually, there was one time he couldn’t hold it.  So this was the first time the race was held, but he was not able to be there.)

Volte coach Layton Gill and one of our excellent female runners in the community, Mayra Caamano, led the race in place of Bill.

It is always a quandry for me right up until race time as to if I’m going to race it or run it.

Invariably the choice is to race it as much as I can.

And I run the original course as somebody who’s been doing Run The Woodlands 5K since 2003 (when I started to run).  Plus the mile markers are still painted on the ground for the old course.

I thought I ran pretty controlled, given the weather conditions, but I posted a time of 30:48.81.

Sure, it was under 10 minutes per mile, but my goal in the summertime is to break 30 minutes.  Here is how each mile looked like:

Mile 1 - 9:35.71
Mile 2 - 10:05.92
Mile 3 - 10:12.84
Last .1 - 54.34

Total = 30:48.81

Faith Craig asked me after the race, “Isn’t this like the fourth race you’ve done this weekend?”

I confirmed that it was indeed true and that – I had nothing better to do.

Then again, it's not a bad hobby either.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Waverly Walk - Complete 5-Mile Race History


48:07 - Run Thru The Woods 5M, 11/23/17 (Age 22)
48:58.0 - Run Thru The Woods 5M, 11/27/14 (Age 19)
50:27.3 - Run Thru The Woods 5M, 11/22/18 (Age 23)
50:40 - HCA 8K, Richmond, VA, 11/14/15 (Age 20)
50:45.4 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M, 7/4/17 (Age 22)
52:44 - Run Thru The Woods 5M, 11/28/13 (Age 18)
53:07.9 - Texas Bud Heat Wave 5M, 7/4/19 (Age 24)
53:11 - Independence Day 8K, 6/30/18 (Age 23)
54:00 - Ohio Michigan 8K, 7/9/15 (Age 20)
54:43 - Chevron Jingle Bell Run 5M, 12/14/14 (Age 19)
54:57.2 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M, 7/4/16 (Age 21)
55:25.0 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M, 7/4/15 (Age 20)
57:17 - Chevron Jingle Bell Run 5M, 12/15/13 (Age 18)
1:00:34 - Chevron Jingle Bell Run 5M, 12/10/06 (Age 11)
1:02:44 - Chevron Jingle Bell Run 5M, 12/12/05 (Age 10)