An overcast and balmy spring morning in Austin, Texas - not exactly 'perfect' running conditions - did little to prevent more than 20,000 participants from toeing the line at this year's Capitol 10,000. The race eclipse the 20K mark on Friday afternoon, a significant jump from previous years and a return to the days when the event was ranked among the biggest 10k's in the country.
An unseasonably cool April morning greeted more than 5,000 runners in north Austin for the fifth annual Austin 10/20, with temps starting out in the mid to low 40's. For a distance race in Central Texas, it couldn't get much better.
My most memorable Austin Marathon was the one in 1989 run by RunTex which included a 5K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon. It was my very first running event, so I ran the 5K but was able to stick around at the end to watch the half marathoners finishing at the same time as the full marathoners due to the staggered start. It inspired me enough to continue my training so that I could go the full distance in 1992 when the current Austin Marathon race started.
The New York Times was the first to report the story earlier today: Hall, 33, who was one of the last remaining hopes for an American front-runner in this summer’s Olympic marathon, is succumbing to chronically low testosterone levels and fatigue so extreme, he says, that he can barely log 12 easy miles a week. [...]
Those who have been around the Austin running scene for a few years remember the Summer Stampede events. The last one - which we wrote about here - was August 2013. And while it hasn't yet brought out Stampede icons Leslie Barclay and Frank Livaudais - Luke's Locker and Cadence Sports are on their way to returning a low-key, low-entry fee event to the market.
Austin resident Lennie Waite celebrated with tears of excitement and relief last week, assuming she had done enough to make her home country's roster for the upcoming IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The 29-year-old turned in a personal best of 9 minutes, 40 seconds on the track in Sweden - four seconds below the qualifying mark of 9:44 that Great Britain set as the standard. Waite is British by birth and found her way to Austin after completing a successful career at Rice University as a distance runner.
Sad news to report out of west Austin - Lindsay and Mike Rosenthal have announced the closing of 1379, their specialty retail store operating off Exposition Blvd since 2007.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death today by a 12-member jury in Boston for his role in the horrific attack that killed four and injured hundreds. The 21-year-old will soon be the youngest person on federal death row. Courtroom analysts report it was Tsarnaev's lack of remorse that led the jury to reach their decision. [...]
When San Antonio resident Liza Hunter-Galvan crossed the line on Boylston Street in 2 hours and 46 minutes at the 2015 Boston Marathon she had no idea she was the first woman over 40 to finish. In fact, it wasn't until much later that Hunter-Galvan received the news that her effort would net $10,000 in prize money from the Boston Athletic Association (BAA).
An impressive 1,097 Texans are registered to run the Boston Marathon today, just shy of last year's record 1,142. The field features a stronger than usual top tier, including two female elite participants - 45-year-old Liza Hunter-Galvan and 36-year-old Andrea Duke - both of San Antonio.
Though the thunderstorms and lightning predicted by local meteorologists never materialized, a dense fog and 100 percent humidity blanketed downtown Austin at the 38th Annual Capitol 10,000 for the field of 20,000 runners. Former University of Texas All-American Erik Stanley toed the start line with his first 10K victory in mind despite whatever the weather threw at him. Stanley – now 30 and owner of Trail Roots Running Group – left the field early with only Rory Tunningley on his back shoulder. The two stuck together through the first four miles of the very hilly course, averaging right at five minutes per mile. It looked as though there might be a race today.
Bib Wave/Corral Name Age M/F City St 14001 2/7 Aaron, Gary 50 M Cypress TX 8245 2/1 Abouzahr, Fadi 48 M San Antonio TX 4365 1/5 Acton, Rob 42 M Fort Worth TX 14741 2/7 Adamopoulos, Paul 50 M Fort Worth TX 19656 3/4 Aguilar, Imelda X 48 F Mckinney TX 4685 1/5 Aguilar, [...]
Yesterday the United States Anti-Doping Agency released a statement that Joseph Mutinda of Kenya has been banned from competition for three years and stripped of all results dating back to December 2013. It was his failed test after winning the 2014 Austin Marathon that did him in, resulting in positives for a variety of performance enhancing drugs including EPO and 19-norandrosterone, a metabolite of an anabolic agent.
The 37th annual Cowtown Marathon is currently planning to continue as originally scheduled but race organizers are closely watching the weather for potential changes. Yesterday evening the following message was sent out to participants and media:
If you are a regular on the Town Lake trail you'll notice something a little different over the next few days. Hoards of runners of all abilities will descend upon downtown Austin wearing the latest gear and gadgets. They're in town for the 9th annual Running Event - a four day conference and trade show [...]