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8th San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Little More Than Tune Up For Olympic Hopefuls

December 7th, 2015|Full and Half Marathon, Race Coverage, Road Races|

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.

Decker Challenge Dominated by New Arrivals, McCurdy and Marley

December 6th, 2015|Full and Half Marathon, Local Runners - Elites, News, Race Coverage, Road Races|

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.

World Records Fall at Flotrack Beer Mile

December 2nd, 2015|Other Texas Races, Race Coverage, Road Races|

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.

Flotrack Beer Mile World Champs On Tap Tuesday Night

November 30th, 2015|Other Texas Races, Race Coverage, Road Races|

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.

Q&A With Jack Murray, One of New Owners of Austin Marathon

October 28th, 2015|Full and Half Marathon, News, Road Races|

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.

Marathon Season Gets Underway This Weekend With Frankenthon and M2M

October 19th, 2015|Full and Half Marathon, Race Coverage, Road Races|

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.

Fastest 5K of Series Closes Out Summer Driveway 5K

August 20th, 2015|5k, News, Road Races|

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.

Carol Finsrud Wins World Masters Title; Carmen Troncoso Takes Third in 8,000

August 11th, 2015|Local Runners - Elites, News|

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.

Central Texas Steeplechaser Left Off World Championship Team

July 28th, 2015|Local Runners - Elites, News|

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.

Former RunTex Manager Robert Espinoza Died Last Night

June 26th, 2015|Local Runners - Elites, News|

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 Qualifies For Olympic Marathon Trials with 1:04:56 Half

June 22nd, 2015|Local Runners - Elites, News|

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.