An impressive 1,097 Texans are registered to run the Boston Marathon today, just shy of last year's record 1,142. The field features a stronger than usual top tier, including two female elite participants - 45-year-old Liza Hunter-Galvan and 36-year-old Andrea Duke - both of San Antonio.
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.
Another Austin-area track coach has been arrested and charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Christopher Cotten, 41, who has been a track coach at McNeil HS, was arrested and booked into Williamson County Jail on April 9th, but has since bonded out. He is charged with indecency with a child by sexual contact, improper relationship between an educator and a student and distribution of harmful material to a minor.
Though the thunderstorms and lightning predicted by local meteorologists never materialized, a dense fog and 100 percent humidity blanketed downtown Austin at the 38th Annual Capitol 10,000 for the field of 20,000 runners. Former University of Texas All-American Erik Stanley toed the start line with his first 10K victory in mind despite whatever the weather threw at him. Stanley – now 30 and owner of Trail Roots Running Group – left the field early with only Rory Tunningley on his back shoulder. The two stuck together through the first four miles of the very hilly course, averaging right at five minutes per mile. It looked as though there might be a race today.
The 38th annual Austin American Statesman Capitol 10,000—Austin’s annual spring fling and the largest 10-K in Texas—gets underway Sunday morning (April 12) at 8 a.m. at its traditional starting point on S. Congress Avenue at Barton Springs Road, right across the street from the Austin Statesman. Nearly 20,000 runners, walkers and a wide variety of other costumed things are expected. Last year, more than 16,000 participated in the Cap 10.
Matthew Maton, who has won six Oregon state track and cross-country titles, has been kicked off his Summit HS team in Bend. Maton, who was raised in Austin but moved to Bend six years ago with his family, is one of the most decorated high school distance runners in the country and was recruited by most of the top track powers (including Texas). He has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Oregon where his older sister Ashley is a junior on the team.
That the Boston Marathon is the greatest race in the world is pretty much indisputable. Every runner in the world aspires to run Boston at least once. It’s the Holy Grail of marathoning and has been so since the very first one in 1897. This year, on April 20th –Patriots’ Day in Boston and other [...]
Jody Hawkins, a former world-class runner, has been named as the new head track coach at Cedar Park High School. Hawkins, who has an extensive background in Texas coaching at the collegiate and high school level, was most recently the head women's coach on the US national cross-country team that went to the Great Edinburgh Cross-Country race in Scotland in January.
In the three prior editions of the Austin 10/20, the race has been largely dominated by the Kenyans who have been drawn by the fast course and lucrative prize money. But on Sunday morning at the wind tunnel known as The Domain in north Austin, a few Texans got into the mix.
Last weekend, I was minding my own business doing a long run along a bike path in the southern reaches of San Jose, California. After going out seven or eight miles and up into the foothills, I retraced my steps on the bike path. Along the way back, I began to pass clumps of much slower runners who were, as I later learned, part, of a marathon training group. Oddly enough, they were all wearing race numbers.
Yesterday the United States Anti-Doping Agency released a statement that Joseph Mutinda of Kenya has been banned from competition for three years and stripped of all results dating back to December 2013. It was his failed test after winning the 2014 Austin Marathon that did him in, resulting in positives for a variety of performance enhancing drugs including EPO and 19-norandrosterone, a metabolite of an anabolic agent.
Now that all the major winter races are in our rear view mirror, the spring racing season begins this Sunday with a relatively new but high quality race: The Austin 10/20. It's a 10-mile race and will be held on Sunday (March 29), starting at 8 at The Domain for the fourth straight year.
The 88th running of the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays gets rolling tomorrow (Wednesday) at Mike Myers Stadium on the UT campus with two days of multi-events and some qualifying. The main distance events are scheduled
With only four weeks to go before the Boston Marathon, hordes of Boston-bound Austinites are doing their final long runs and obsessing about the weather. They aren't obsessing about what the the weather will be on Patriots' Day (April 20th) quite yet as much as worrying about how the record snowfall in New England might impact their race.
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.