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.
I try not to get too political in this forum, but after yet another massacre, it's impossible to think of anything else this morning. The politicians in the bag of the NRA have been quick to comment and caution us against over reaction and how now is not the time to talk about banning the type of automatic weapons and armor-piercing bullets like so many of our mass murderers use to slaughter children and so many others caught in their cross hairs.
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.
Do you often feel on a morning run that every step feels like you’re running in cement shoes? Or, on a lunch time run with co-workers, does it feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders as you plod along ever so slowly? But after work, you often feel like you’re flying during a workout. What’s up with that?
Can running make us smarter? Sadly, the answer is no. Running or any exercise (or even smart water) can't contribute to exceeding whatever our innate intelligence is. I've been running most of my entire life, but my innate intelligence still hovers around Cro-Magnon man.Can running make us smarter? Sadly, the answer is no. Running or any exercise (or even smart water) can't contribute to exceeding whatever our innate intelligence is. I've been running most of my entire life, but my innate intelligence still hovers around Cro-Magnon man.
Something you constantly hear athletes talking about in any sport is being in the zone. Although it means different things to different athletes in different sports, being in the zone in running means being able to go beyond what you would normally be able to run in either a workout or a race.
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.
If you're a fitness runner who only rarely enters local road races with a goal of just finishing, read no more. This article is not for you. But if you are someone who challenges themselves several times a year in important races and going for age-group honors, you probably have asked yourself more than once: Should I wear racing shoes?
Tuesday's announcement of the sale of Conley Sports, which has owned and directed the Austin Marathon for nine years, to locally owned High Five Events, was met with a mixture of relief and sadness by the Austin running community. Sorry to see John and Stacey Conley sold their marquee event, but elated that the race is remaining in the capable, experienced hands of the High Five crew.
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.
One of the aspects I like the most about marathoning is you can't fake it. Unlike other sports where you can make a lucky basket, get a fluke hit or just happen to connect on a great drive or putt, there is no luck involved in the marathon.