There's no better way to kick off the New Year than with a run on New Year's Day. For 19 years, that meant the RunTex to RunTex run but that's been dead and buried for a few years. Fortunately, Rogue Running stepped up to fill that void with its Third Annual Black Eyed Pea Run.
SAN ANTONIO—For years, the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half extravaganza was plagued by warm temperatures and high humidity in all but the first year (2008). But the race shifted its date to the first week in December last year and it paid off once again with near perfect racing conditions for the estimated 25,000 who participated in one of several races over the weekend.
The 37th Annual Decker Challenge is the third oldest race in Austin, behind the ARC Daisy 5K and the venerable Capitol 10K. The usual story of the Austin Runners Club Decker Challenge starts with the weather. But as our resident Kiwi Keith Dowland said before the race “the runners are spoiled”. 44F, zero mph wind at 8am, this is not your usual Decker weather.
It isn’t called the Decker Challenge because it’s a little fun-run through Zilker Park. Not quite. The Decker is absolutely one of the toughest road races in Austin and has been for decades. Decker, the third race in the six-race 2015-16 Austin Distance Challenge, is a true test of legs, lung power—and character.
Austin is justifiably proud to be called the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Perhaps Austin Mayor Steve Adler should also proclaim our fair city as the “Beer Mile Capital of the World.” After two beer mile world records were set last night at the second World Beer Mile Championships held in the parking lot of the Austin American Statesman, Austin is certainly the epicenter of the Beer Mile universe.
We don't get many world championships around here, but the ATX has at least one it can be proud of: The Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships. For the second year, Austin will be the site, tomorrow night (Tuesday, December 1st). The best beer milers from all over North America will compete for serious prize money and world honors. The Beer Mile Worlds are on tap to begin at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Here in the ATX, nothing goes better with Thanksgiving than a Thundercloud. OK, not an actual sub (at least, not today), but Thanksgiving means the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot 5-Miler. It’s a great Austin tradition which will celebrate its 25th year on Thursday morning.
The irony of the ninth edition of the Run for the Water—a race dedicated to raising funds for water projects in Burundi--was there was plenty of water to go around. After Central Texas dried out [...]
Jack Murray, president of Bicycle World and one of the co-owners of High Five Events, sat down with Texas Running Post for coffee on Wednesday morning to discuss his company's purchase of the Austin Marathon from Conley Sports and the future of the race. High Five already manages the Capitol 10,000 and will manage the '17 edition of the 3M Half Marathon as well as the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon.
High Five Events of Austin has purchased Conley Sports from John and Stacey Conley, the long-time owners and producer of the Austin Marathon. High Five is owned and operated by Dan Carroll and Jack Murray and Stacy Keese, Murray's wife and business partner.
This Sunday will mark the ninth edition of the Gazelle Foundation's Run for the Water 10-Miler--one of the crown jewels of the Austin Distance Challenge. A record field of 6,000 is expected for this year’s races (including a 5-K and a Kids K) which promises to be the most prestigious and competitive in the race's history.
Word on the street is that summer is finally over and done with in Central Texas. Thank goodness. Marathon season has started all over the country with such great 26 milers as Twin Cities, St. George, Portland, Chicago, Columbus and Hartford already in the books. Soon to come are such established races as Marine Corps (on Sunday), New York City, Philadelphia as well as a trio of Texas marathons in San Antonio (December 6) and College Station and Dallas on December 13th.
Now, that marathon season has started and marathon-training season for the late fall, early winter marathons is underway one of the compelling questions that many marathoners invariably have is: How do you get through the incredibly long runs without the agony of the marathon shuffle?
When you make the decision that you want to run a marathon, you’ll quickly discover all sorts of elaborate training plans and schedules designed to get you to the finish line. Almost all of them require you to run at least four or five days per week with perhaps a day or two of cross-training thrown in.
One of the Golden Rules of marathoning is also one of the simplest: Don’t try to do anything on race day which you haven't done in training. The marathon is not the time for experimentation [...]
There’s no better way to give summer the boot and usher in the fall racing season than with the annual meeting of the tribes this Friday night at the Zilker Relays. For the 13th year, the Zilker Relays will put a capper on the summer with a four-person, 10-mile relay around beautiful Zilker Park.
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's ageless wonder--Carmen Troncoso--recorded two top five finishes in the World Masters Championships in Lyon, France. The 56-year-old placed third in the 8000-meter cross-country race on Tuesday in 31:35, behind the winning time of 31:06 by Carla Marrewijk-Ophorst of the Netherlands and Claire Donald of Great Britain in 31:14.
Tomorrow night ESPN's award winning doc series—E:60—will feature a segment on Iram Leon of Austin. Leon, who has brain cancer, runs almost all the races in Austin pushing his daughter Kiana in a baby jogger.
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.
After the death on Thursday night in Savannah, Georgia of former RunTex manager Robert Espinoza at the age of 54, many in the Austin running community who knew Robert were left in mourning and wondering what could possibly have caused his premature death.
Robert Espinoza, a long time fixture and store manager at RunTex, died unexpectedly last night at the age of 54. Espinoza moved to Savannah, Georgia in 2001 where the following year he opened up a Fleet Feet Sports store. Since opening the store in March, 2002, Espinoza had built Savannah into a running community, organized or directed 40 races a year and was instrumental in obtaining a Rock 'n' Roll Marathon for his hometown.
Will Nation, a 23-year-old UT grad, qualified for the '16 US Olympic Marathon Trials Saturday at the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota. Nation, who won the 3M Half Marathon in January in 1:07, finished 10th in Duluth, but his time of 1:04:56 just bettered the Trials qualifying standard of 1:05, assuring him a starting position in the Marathon Trials in Los Angeles in February.