April 15 marked the eighth anniversary of Vern's No Frills 5K, a timed race held the third Saturday of every month at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown. It costs $1, and you can buy a t-shirt or tech shirt if you want. The race director is Bill Schroeder, my coach at Rogue, and this was [...]
Last year, one of my BRFs and I went to Shiner as spectators. She had registered early because it sells out fast, but by the time race day came around she was injured so we decided to go and cheer instead. This year, we were both healthy and decided to run the 5K while two [...]
I got my first taste of road racing as an intern for the 2007 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. Yeah, I wasn’t even a runner, but that quickly changed. I became immersed in the Austin running culture and smitten with the idea that another sport (besides football and baseball) would allow me to push myself and test my limits. Throughout the years there have been plenty of road races, completing many 5Ks, 10Ks, and even a marathon (2015 Austin!). But I’ve never raced; never thought of winning. I’ve never wanted to win; never thought I could win. I’ve never worked to better my time to win. I’ve never trained and pushed myself to win.
Spring has always meant 5-K racing season in Austin and even though the number of races has diminished, there are still several races left such as the Purple Stride 5-K at Arbor Trails in south Austin (May 7th), the Daisy 5-K at Camp Mabry on May 28th and the Stars and Stripes 6-K, also at Camp Mabry (May 30). This Sunday (May 8) is the biggest and best of the bunch: The third annual Silicon Labs Sunshine Run.
The University of Texas has a long, distinguished track history and, over the years, has won 11 NCAA team championships. But UT has never been a distance power comparable to such historically strong programs such as Oregon, Stanford, Colorado, Wisconsin or Arkansas.
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.
What’s the most important race in Austin? Is it the Austin Marathon? 3M? Cap 10? Or maybe it’s the Run for the Water 10-Miler? Just one man’s opinion, but the most important annual race in Austin is the Moonlight Margarita Run 5-K which just so happens to be tonight.
The weather hasn't been cooperative for the summer-long Luke's Locker Driveway Series, but tomorrow night (Wednesday, June 3rd) looks like it will be clear and precipitation-free. Although the series started two weeks ago, only that first race has been held. (Last week's was canceled because of the record rainfall.) Tomorrow night's 3.2-mile run/race will begin at 7 p.m. On-site registration is from 6-6:30 and the entire 14-week series will be contested at the Driveway Austin Motorsport Track (8400 Delwau Lane) where the Driveway Crit series of bike races are also held.
If ever a race name was apropos, it was the Sunshine Run 5-K and 10-K on Sunday morning. There simply could not have been a better spring morning for the second running of this event: Clear skies, dry weather, temps in the low 60s and brilliant sunshine.
Spring has always meant 5-K racing season in Austin and even though that season is drawing to a close, there are still several races left such as the Ants in Your Pants in Pflugerville and the Daisy 5-K at Camp Mabry next weekend. But this Sunday is more jam packed than usual with options in just about every city from San Antonio to Dallas and Fredericksburg to Bryan/College Station. In total we have 29 event listings on our Race Calendar for May 2nd and 3rd.
As far back as I can remember, I've always been a writer. I started getting paid to write when I was about 15 and since then, I've written hundreds, maybe thousands of articles, about every topic imaginable. But I had never written a eulogy until last weekend.
Zooma Racing Series will return to Bastrop, Texas on Saturday, March 28th for the seventh annual Half Marathon, 10K and 5K held at Hyatt Lost Pines Resort. With it's annual early spring date it will be yet another great year of bluebonnets and other memorable Texas scenery. While the mostly out-and-back course is hilly, getting lost in the surroundings makes up for it as you soak in the pristine landscape.
This morning on my run I actually saw a thin veneer of ice extending from the shore on one of the ponds I passed. Not quite enough for ice skating, but we're talking cold here in the ATX. It's been so frigid lately that I've had to resort to wearing the only two warm jackets I own: My high school and college letter jackets. Even after all these many years, they are still the comfiest, toastiest jackets in my closet. Neither one of my jackets is even the least bit frayed. Neither am I. Only reason I bring this up is they both still fit me like a glove. I'm not bragging about being in such super shape (I'm not) that my old jackets still fit. My point is that I typify most 50+ runners around here. Points of reference: I graduated high school when LBJ was still in the White House. I lettered in baseball and cross-country as a freshman so my high-school jacket is closing in on 50 years.
Running a marathon isn’t quite as simple as waking up one morning and deciding to jump into the starting corral and cruise through 26.2 miles. If it were that easy, everyone would do it. Nor would it be as rewarding and as great a life-affirming experience as completing a marathon can be. Instead, training properly [...]
This is a huge week for The Trail Foundation. Tonight is its principle fund raiser—the Moonlight Margarita Run 5-K—but its big week got underway on Saturday morning with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Boardwalk which officially opened the 1.2-mile segment. A crowd of about 500, anxious to try out the new segment of the [...]