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Austin 10/20 Race Set For The Domain on Sunday

Austin 10/20 Race Set For The Domain on Sunday

Now that all the major winter races are in our rear view mirror, the spring racing season heats up on Sunday with the Austin 10/20. It’s a 10-mile race and will be held at The Domain in north Austin, beginning at 8 a.m.

Wish

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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Heard Along the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (March 24, 2016)

Heard Along the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (March 24, 2016)

What can make a normal, every day run truly great? Certainly, that differs from runner to runner, but great runs tend to be ephemeral, fleeting. Here today, gone an hour later. Still, great runs don’t happen every day on every run. If it did, there would never be any exceptional, memorable runs—they’d all be the same.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (March 17, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (March 17, 2016)

As a runner pretty much my entire life, I’ve always felt a little different. As a kid, I ran back and forth to school when nobody else did and was mocked for doing so. Even in college when everybody was drinking themselves under the table, I ran. And I’m still at it while plenty of my contemporaries have quit years ago.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (March 10, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (March 10, 2016)

As the folks at High Five Events contemplate and work on the 2017 Austin Marathon course, there’s one aspect of it I hope they pretty much ignore: The scenery. I’m not advocating that the new course—if, in fact, there is a new one—consist of 26 laps around the Travis County Expo Center. I’m simply suggesting that the most overrated aspect of a marathon course is its scenic qualities.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Feb. 25, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Feb. 25, 2016)

I happen to be one of those runners who loves to race. Always have. And the distance I love to race the most is the half marathon. I’m certainly not alone in my affinity for the half as it is the fastest growing road race distance. In 2014, more than 2 million of us finished a half which is an all-time high and more than triple what it was 10 years ago.

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Spring Racing Season Starts Soon; Six Favorites

Spring Racing Season Starts Soon; Six Favorites

Now that marathon season is—finally–over and done with in Central Texas, we can turn our attention to shorter spring races. With all that hard-fought fitness in the bank after months of long runs, the shorter races are a good way to work on speed and leg turnover. Fortunately, we have a well-established circuit of several high-caliber races.

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Rogue Distance Festival Canceled; Distance Festival Down to 5 Races

Rogue Distance Festival Canceled; Distance Festival Down to 5 Races

As had been rumored, Rogue Running pulled the plug on its Rogue Distance Festival in Cedar Park after four years. The Rogue Festival’s primary race was its 30-K which has long been a mainstay of the Austin Distance Challenge.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Feb. 18, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Feb. 18, 2016)

That Boston is the greatest marathon in America (much less the world) is pretty much incontrovertible. It’s the oldest marathon, held on the same historic course and played out in front of wildly enthusiastic crowds that absolutely lives for Patriot’s Day. Boston is the one race every marathoner dreams of running and I’ve always felt every marathoner should get that chance once – qualifier or not.

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Meet The Five Individuals Who Have Run Every Austin Marathon Since 1992

Meet The Five Individuals Who Have Run Every Austin Marathon Since 1992

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.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Feb. 11, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Feb. 11, 2016)

The Austin Marathon means a lot of different things, but one of the best aspects of the race is its charity-driven tradition. There are 25 official charities that take part in Austin and raise funds, boosted in no small part by the Moody Foundation which matches all donations up to $10,000 for each charity.

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Austin’s Olympic Marathon Trial Qualifiers Get Ready for LA

Austin’s Olympic Marathon Trial Qualifiers Get Ready for LA

The US Olympic Marathon Trials will be held February 13th in Los Angeles and Austin will be well-represented with seven Trials qualifiers. None of the Austinites are expected to contend for one of top three spots for men and women who will go to the Olympics in Rio in August, but for five of the seven, just getting to the Trials has been a victory in itself. The only two with Trials experience – Allison Macsas and Scott MacPherson – are also the healthiest and have the best chance of being competitive in Los Angeles.

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Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Feb. 4, 2016)

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Feb. 4, 2016)

Paul Perrone, one of the long-time stalwarts of our running and triathlon community, is heading out of town soon for a new job. I mention this because Paul is someone who has run the gamut from top college at UTSA and open runner (a sub-four minute miler) to shoe company rep to race director to owner of his own rep agency. He is truly one of the good guys who would give you the shirt (and jacket) off his back.

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