Komen Tyler Race for the Cure

Komen Tyler Race for the CureKomen Tyler Race for the Cure5K Leaders

1. Warren Brown 15:46
2. Reuben Cowan 16:41
3. Joncary Faubion 17:10
4. Bob Hepler 17:54
5. Jeffrey Watson 18:08
6. Mikkel Keasler 18:25
7. Eric Heasley 18:31
8. Troy Hayden 18:32
9. Danny Hayden 18:38
10. Alvin Estacio 19:19

1. Sarah Deller 20:07
2. Haylee Abbe 20:51
3. Rebecca Smith 20:56
4. Lori Green 20:56
5. Daisy Hargraves 22:20
6. Angel Earley 22:28
7. Anna Hayden 23:01
8. Chaynee Atwood 23:01
9. Katie Haugland 23:10
10. Kristi Hollingsworth 23:13

Largest Teams

Brookshire’s Best, Team Captain: Carolyn Langston, 611 members
Trinity Mother Frances Pink Partners, Team Captain: Mike Hines,  332 members
ETMC, Team Captain: Todd Sigmon,  253 members
All Saints Episcopal School, Team Captain: Julie Roseberry,  124 members
Nancy P’s Team, Team Captain: Nancy Patterson,  65 members
Tyler Hematology Oncology, PA, Team Captain: Kim Rogers, 65 members
Marvin MOPS & Friends, Team Captain: Amanda Black, 53 members
Team CB&I, Team Captain: Erica Hardy, 46 members

Bergfeld Park
1510 South College
Tyler, TX 75703

Tyler Azalea 10k

Tyler Azalea 10kWatch out runners, I’m ba-ack!  Well, not quite, but I’m getting there.  The 2010 Tyler Azalea 10k was this past weekend, and despite the lack of blooming azaleas, the turnout was quite good.  The race, hosted by Mellew Productions, is my favorite race and will always have a soft spot in my heart.  This is the third consecutive year I’ve participated in the event, and happy thoughts always come to mind when I reminisce of past years’ Azalea 10ks.  In 2008 the race marked my first 10k race ever, and it just so happened that the same day I bought a new car!  Come 2009 my running had progressed from hobby-jogging to running with a slight touch of speed and competitive confidence.  Consequently, I ended up winning my first ever age group placement and was nearly brought to tears by the joy of that sense of athletic accomplishment.  This year the 2010 Azalea 10k marked the end of my bitter battle with a lingering knee injury.

Tyler Azalea 10kThe weather, a chilly 51 degrees, promised great things as 50 degrees is what I consider to be my optimal running temperature.  I awoke strangely calm, dressed and headed to Bergfeld park to join the other runners.  Though I hadn’t even planned on participating this year, as soon as I arrived at the event I was very happy to be there.  Smiling face after smiling face offered warm hellos, and running buddies of months past welcomed me back as though we hadn’t missed a stride.  Before I knew it, we were off.  The race went by quickly, and moments of strength were followed by moments of burning pain.  Though I went into the race telling myself I was there only to participate, I had a goal time in mind that I was not letting out of grasp.  At times all I wanted to do was throw in the towel and hang my head in shame on the side of the road and hope someone would come looking for me after the race, but pride would never let me do something like that. I crossed the finish line in under an hour, and felt pretty dang good about it.  Had I been one of the top three to place in my age group (or any age group in this case) I might not have been so happy, as quite a few unusual and slightly suspect changes were made to the results after they were posted.  Alterations were made to several age groups, a bit unfair, but tolerable for a small 10k.  Now, if we’re talking a Boston Qualifying marathon come October, I’m not sure if the Tyler runners will extend the same tolerance for disorganization.  Either way, I won’t be bothered by this elitist nonsense…  I’m just happy to be running again.

Bergfeld Park
1510 South College
Tyler, TX 75703

Tyler Rose Marathon

Tyler Rose marathonThis year, for the first time ever, Tyler will have its very own full length marathon, courtesy of Mellew Productions!  Though it is still a few months away, I am just too excited about this to keep quiet about it any longer.  Plus, training for a marathon is no easy feat, so the earlier you can start training, the better.

In addition to the full marathon, scheduled for Sunday, October 10th (10-10-10, how cool is that?), there will also be a Tyler Rose half marathon and 5k.  Formerly known as the Tyler Half, this is the new and improved 2010 version complete with a new name, new course, and new full length marathon, the first full length marathon in the history of Tyler.  But wait there’s more…  The courses will all be USATF certified, and the marathon will be a Boston qualifier!

The courses have been mapped and will be finalized once they have been measured and certified by the USATF.  The marathon course will start in downtown Tyler, head west on Hwy 31, loop behind Tyler Pounds airport and head back east on Hwy 64.  The course then runs back in to Tyler through some of the Azalea District and finishes at Ferguson and College.  There will be 18 aid stations along the course.

Anyone who can participate definitely should.  Even if you are unable to run in the race, offering support and encouragement from the sidelines is a great way to get involved in this really cool event.  For those of you who are interested in running, more information can be found at www.tylermarathon.com.  Also, don’t forget that the Azalea 10k is coming up at the end of March, and it is a great race on a beautiful course through the Azalea District during the peak of azalea season.  You don’t want to miss it!

Heart of Tyler
117 E Erwin
Tyler, TX 75701

3rd Annual Tyler Half

tyler-half-09-logoThe runners came out by the hundreds on Saturday, October 17th to participate in the third annual Tyler Half and 5k, benefiting the University of Texas at Tyler Cross Country team.  The temperature that morning was a chilly 48 degrees, and the skies were clear, which in my opinion is the perfect running weather.  We arrived at the race about 7:30 race day morning to join the other anxious racers ready to set a new PR or just have some fun.  For me it was to be definite PR as this was to be my very first half marathon.  I was nervous but prepared, or so I thought.

We lined up at the starting line, and after waiting for the race officials to lay out the starting mat (why they waited until 8 am on race day to do this I do not know), runners were yelled at to make sure their chipped foot came in contact with the mat, and at 10 minutes after 8 we were off.  The first 3 miles of the course wound through campus, and due to some road construction, things were a little confusing.  However, once we got off campus and on to the main roads, I found the course to be well marked and even beautiful in certain areas.  We ran south on Old Omen, and at mile 6 came upon the dreaded hill I had heard tales of.  I’ll admit, I honestly believed people were exaggerating the hilliness of this course, but as I ran straight up hill from mile 6 to mile 7 and my pace fell from 9:15 to 11:06 I realized the tales were all true.  We made it past the hill though, and I picked up my pace and it was smooth sailing.

I had made it through the first 9 miles without stopping for water, and I was starting to feel tired so I decided I would stop at the next aid station for some water.  The entire course was well stocked, and all of the aid stations were well equipped with plenty of water, Powerade, and friendly volunteers.  I was really impressed with the support on the course even though there weren’t many spectators.  I stopped and walked the water station at mile 9, and would end up stopping at almost every aid station from this point on.  It was becoming clear that my lack of long run training (specifically, neglecting to do any training runs longer than 9 miles) was beginning to take its toll.

Miles 10 through 13 were a blur of pain, cursing, desperation, and occasionally a little pride.  I was, after all, on the verge of completing my first half marathon, and though I was really feeling the pain at this point, I knew I would finish, and I was coming in close to my goal time of 2 hours, 10 minutes.  I had passed the mile 13 marker, and I was back on campus.  I knew I was almost done, but I couldn’t see the finish line.  Finally, as I rounded the final turn I saw the Mellew Production finish line arch, and I knew it was almost over.  I crossed the finish line at 2:13:56, and was greeted with a finishers medal and many smiling faces and congratulations.

Not long after I finished did the awards ceremony begin.  The issuing of awards was handled quickly and efficiently.  I want to offer a huge congrats to all of my fellow East Texas Striders who participated in the race on Saturday.  Members who competed include Adam Booth, Beth Filla, Brent Smiley, Clay Emge, Jimmy Williams, John Camp, Karla North, Katie Haugland, Larry Dillon, Laura Roquemore, Matthew Madison, Rick Uribe, and Royce Read.  My first half marathon was an experience I will surely remember forever, and I am happy I chose the Tyler Half to be my first.  I am already looking forward to the White Rock half marathon in December!

The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler, TX 75701-6622

East Texas Striders

east-texas-stridersWhether you are looking to improve your 5K time, complete your first marathon, or just run for the fun of it, every runner in the Tyler area needs to check out East Texas Striders.  Formed this year (2009), the group is still small but growing, and there are already a good variety of paces represented.  The group meets every Saturday and Sunday for group runs, and every Thursday the group meets for speedwork at the T.K. Gorman track.

Members receive an East Texas Striders technical tee or singlet, a 10% off discount card for Racquet & Jog, and discounted entree fees for local races.  Members also get to enjoy various group activities, like the recently held Prediction Run which took place at the South Tyler Trails.  Perhaps the most valuable perk of membership is all the helpful knowledge and insight from some of East Texas’s most highly acclaimed runners.

Anyone interested seriously needs to check it out.  ALL runners whether beginners or veterans are welcome and encouraged to join.  Visit www.easttexasstriders.com for more info, and we hope you join us for a run next weekend!