//Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (August 7, 2014)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (August 7, 2014)

CADENZAI’m not big on anniversaries (just ask my wife), but Texas Running Post has been up and running now for a full year. To survive even that long is some sort of an accomplishment.

Needless to say, we owe it all to our loyal readers, contributors and the races, running shops and friends who have advertised with us and believe in what we’re doing. That support is what keeps us running and allows us to bring you the news, training advice, race reports and everything else which strikes a chord.

Again, thanks. (I can’t say it enough.)

Our commitment remains firm: We’re striving to be the voice of the Central Texas running and triathlon community. Your voice is our voice.

And we’re hoping to get better. Toward that end, we’re expanding our roster of contributors and bloggers as well as adding a new Runners’ Forum.

Next week, we’ll introduce blogs from two pillars of the Austin tri and running community: Former world-class triathlete and marathoner Desiree Ficker and long-time coach Mac Allen.

A new mom and youth coach with her Fit Fickers group, Desiree will write a biweekly blog on whatever strikes her fancy. Not exactly certain what she’ll write about, but I know Des has plenty to say on a variety of topics, including—I assume—her daughter Beau who is moving around just about as fast as her mom.

Mac has been a top masters competitor and coach (Team Mac) for years. He’s still competitive and planning to write mainly about training and racing for the high-end runners as well as the four-hour marathoners.

The Runners’ Forum will make its debut on August 14th (week from today) and it will be an open discussion group on a bunch of different issues. Hopefully, we’ll have lively discussions on races, training groups, running shops, the trails, UT football and just about anything else (within reason) which sparks your interest. We’ll also have a marketplace section.

We welcome your feedback on these additions and just about anything else. You can always contact me at wish@texasrunningpost.com. Or my co-conspirators: Michael Madison (Michael@texasrunningpost.com) and Ashish Patel (Ashish@texasrunningpost.com).

Thanks again.


O Almost forgot to mention that Desiree Ficker has just been named the women’s cross-country coach at St. Stephen’s School. Can’t imagine a better coach or role model for the St. Stephen’s runners than Des.

O The Bun Run is back. After a one-year absence, the long-time 5-K will return on September 28th on a new course at The Domain. The announcement with all the particulars is coming soon.

O Jack & Adam’s has been open for about a month at its new location (300 S. Lamar), but this weekend (Friday-Sunday) is the Grand (re) Opening celebration. Our buddy Jack Murray is going to be giving away $5000 in door prizes, a new Felt cruiser and will have plenty of food and, of course, beer. There will be clinics, race discounts and sales (it’s tax-free weekend too).

O BTW: Jack & Adam’s has added a second location in of all places, Fredericksburg. Josh Allen is managing the store which opened up in late June at 206 S. Lincoln. Josh, who grew up in Sweetwater and worked at J&A, is putting on group rides from the store through the Hill Country.

O Congratulations to our friend Roger Hickman who is getting married this weekend to Kasey Brizendine in Colorado.

O Former Austinite Richie Cunningham, 40, finished second last weekend at the Boulder Ironman in 8:30:38. Chuck Duvall of Rogue finished his first IM in Boulder, completing the thing in 15:33.

O Meb Keflezighi, the Boston Marathon champ, and his wife Yordanos had dinner Tuesday night in Washington. The San Diego couple, who were both born in Eritrea, were the invited guests of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House following the US-Africa Summit in Washington. When Meb entered the room, President Obama announced him by saying, “Here comes the fast guy.” Meb and his wife sat at the President’s table along with former President Jimmy Carter who ran cross-country at the US Naval Academy. Last week, Meb announced that he’ll be running the New York City Marathon on November 2.

O Leo (The Lion) Manzano, who is still on a break from his European track season, was in Pittsburgh last week for the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile where he finished second on Friday night. Manzano ran 4:02.94 and was nipped at the tape by Jordan McNamara who ran 4:02.93. Leo will be returning to Europe any day to finish off his season.

O The UT track program has added Seth Henson to its staff. Henson comes to Austin from Portland State where he worked with the jumpers and throwers and oversaw recruiting. Henson has been in Austin plenty as he has worked the Longhorn summer track and field camps for the past six years.

O What I’m listening to this morning: “Hook & Anchor,” by Hook & Anchor. The first album by this terrific Portland-Oregon-based band is an absolute gem. A rootsy, bluesy group, Hook & Anchor doesn’t get out of the Pacific Northwest much but wish they’d come down here. (Full disclosure: Proud to admit that H&A’s founder and steel guitarist—Erik Clampitt—is my ultra talented nephew.)

Have any news for me? If you have something, send it along to wish@texasrunningpost.com.

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About Wish

Bob “Wish” Wischnia has more than 30 years of running industry experience across publishing, retail, web, and race organization. An Arizona State University alum, Wischnia has been a runner virtually his entire life, still competing in track and road race competitions. And in the free time he’s not pounding the pavement? He’s swimming, cycling, and catching days on the green.

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