Thursday, April 24, 2008

Spring '08 Version of the MC3 Set

Runners, thanks to the powers that be, this year's spring version of the Montgomery County Triple will be a little less challenging but no less important in supporting events in the county.

Our three race dates are now official. They are as follows:

May 10 -- YMCA Trail Run 5K, Conroe Family YMCA, Conroe, 8:15 a.m.
May 24 -- Run The Woodlands 5K presented by Luke's Locker, Barbara Bush Elementary, The Woodlands, 8:00 a.m.
May 31 -- David's Dream 5K, Market Street, The Woodlands, 8:00 a.m.

One or more of the three Montgomery County Triple creators -- Rick Cook, Jon Walk or Bill Dwyer -- will be at attendance at the David's Dream 5K to recognize (separate from the event) those finishers of the Triple.

The Montgomery County Triple, which isn't officially affiliated with or specifically endorsed by any race or legal entity, now falls under the umbrella of Friends of the Running Community, L.L.C. - an entity established by Walk and Dwyer to increase the visibility of road racing in the county.

The MC3 is set up to recognize your effort and is just our way of saying, "Thanks for supporting our sport in Montgomery County."

Monday, March 24, 2008

A Great Chance to Medal!

One of the partner races to the Montgomery County Triple, the Davy Crockett Bear Chase will be held in just over three weeks in Groveton, Texas on Saturday, April 12.

Through today, Monday, March 24, there are only 41 entrants in the marathon and 92 entrants in the half marathon including 10 in the 5K and just two marathon relay teams!

This is an inaugural event that is likely to grow. It was even featured in the April edition of Runner's World.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Pine Cone Awards Recognized by Runner Triathlete News

Those of you supported Montgomery County road racing by completing the Montgomery County Triple this past November will be proud to know that your award was given Honorable Mention recognition by Runner Triathlete News in its eighth annual T-Shirt/Poster Contest.

"We received dozens of entries in the contest and a judging panel comprised of runners, triathletes, former event directors, and graphic artists selected the best and brightest entries," said the magazine's staff in its March 2008 edition.

Gold: Wee-Chi-Tah Triple Threat (Wichita Falls)
Silver: Milkman Triathlon (Dexter, New Mexico)
Bronze: Midnight 5K
Honorable Mention: Montgomery County Triple, Beneezy Purple Monkey Run (Alvin)

"On behalf of my partners Rick Cook and Bill Dwyer, we are especially flattered that our original, unique award, which completely symbolizes Montgomery County, was selected by Runner Triathlete News," said Courier running columnist Jon Walk. "We're also happy to share the award with the purple monkeys given out by the Garcia family that puts on the Beneezy Purple Monkey Run as a memorial to their son, Benjamin. Having participated in their event, I've been encouraged by their dedication and commitment to producing a quality evening and their incredible spirit."

"Additionally, we'd like to thank Roxanne Davis with the South County YMCA, Lauren Arnold and Christine O'Hagan with the City of Conroe, and Mike Lucas with Luke's Locker for allowing us to highlight their events to encourage runners to push themselves a little and bring more attention to our sport in the County."

Friday, March 14, 2008

Spring '08 Montgomery County Triple Update

We're evaluating our options for the 2008 spring version of the Montgomery County Triple as David's Dream Run 5K will be on Saturday, May 31 instead of the 17th, as we originally anticipated.

You'll also note that the Muddy Trails 5K has moved to Saturday, April 5.

We're also inquiring with the organizers of the new Lonestar 5K Run in Montgomery, scheduled for Saturday, April 19, for updated event information.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Spring '08 Montgomery County Triple / Racing Series

We expect to have complete confirmation shortly on the 2008 spring version of the Montgomery County Triple. (Which is a little bit easier than the three-race, three-day adventure on the Thanksgiving Day weekend.)

We anticipate the following schedule:

Saturday, May 10 -- 3rd annual YMCA Trail Run 5K
Saturday, May 17 -- David's Dream Run 5K
Saturday, May 24 -- Run The Woodlands 5K

With an anticipated 9:15 a.m. start time in Conroe for the Trail Run 5K and some help driving, you could do the "Quad" by running Run The Woodlands 5K at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 10.

The Montgomery County Racing Series is shaping up nicely as well with the following schedule:

Saturday, February 23 -- 1st annual Muddy Trails 5K Race, 8:00 a.m. (New!)
Saturday, March 1 -- Spring Fever 5K, 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 12 -- Spring Forward 4K, 10:00 a.m., Oak Ridge HS (New!)
Saturday, April 12 -- BMI Cross Country Run 5K, Conroe (Back from Sep. '06 in new location!)
Saturday, April 19 -- Lonestar 5K Run, Montgomery (New!)
Saturday, May 3 -- CB&I Triathlon

Kids will have plenty of opportunities to run in many of the events. Here's what we know about right now:

+ The Spring Fever 5K will feature a kids 1-mile run at 8:00 a.m.
+ The BMI Cross Country Run will have a kids 1-kilometer run.
+ The Spring Forward 4K will include a kids 1-mile run at 9:00 a.m.
+ The YMCA Trail Run will have a kids 1-mile run at 8:30 a.m.

More information will be forthcoming on these events and the Racing Series as a whole very soon.

Monday, November 26, 2007

City of Conroe Turkey Trot 5K All-Time Winners

Men's Overall
2006 - Juan Flores, 20:34
2007 - Jason Garcia, 17:30

Men's Masters
2006 - Rick Cook, 24:04
2007 - Jacob Mazone, 17:30

Women's Overall
2006 - Shelby Fires, 26:33
2007 - Meredith Bryarly, 24:34

Women's Masters
2006 - Alma Bigler, 27:08
2007 - Ruth Fields, 27:24

Age-Group Winners
Female 14-Under
2007 - Taryn Driver, 30:32

Female 15-19
2007 - Shelby Fives, 25:11

Female 20-24
2007 - Sara Lange, 27:36

Female 25-29
2007 - Christina Pierce, 31:08

Female 30-34
2007 - Kelly Whiddon, 26:20

Female 35-39
2007 - Jennifer Johns, 24:51

Female 40-44
2007 - Kim Driver, 28:10

Female 45-49
2007 - Liz Berry, 29:32

Female 50-54
2007 - Debbie Tripp, 38:49

Female 55-59
2007 - Alma Bigler, 36:55

Female 60-64
2007 - Frances McDougal, 35:18

Male 14-Under
2007 - Alex Brundage, 24:06

Male 15-19
2007 - Joseph Mazone, 18:01

Male 20-24
2007 - Jeffrey Sexton, 21:22

Male 25-29
2007 - Tavis Schlickes, 22:19

Male 30-34
2007 - Aric Arnsworth, 22:15

Male 35-39
2007 - Joe Martinez, 21:58

Male 40-44
2007 - Paul Brundage, 23:13

Male 45-49
2007 - David Smart, 23:14

Male 50-54
2007 - David Williams, 25:46

Male 55-59
2007 - Stephen Smith, 22:01

Male 60-64
2007 - Mike McDougal, 26:05

Male 65-69
2007 - Ken Johnson, 33:48

Saturday, November 24, 2007

"For The Love Of Pine Cones"

What an incredible morning!

We had 29 runners - in 45 degrees weather and rain - complete the Fall 2007 version of the Montgomery County Triple as well as five (5) other individuals who met the requirements through their volunteerism and/or participation in all three (3) events.

Our efforts are all about promoting the sport in - and around - Montgomery County and there are plenty of opportunities to benefit multiple individuals, groups, clubs, organizations and businesses.

The next two (2) events - aside from the bi-monthly Run The Woodlands 5K - are the Saturday, December 15 Willis Wildkat 5K, put on by the Willis High School Cross Country program, and the Monday, December 31 New Year's Resolution Run Kid's Mile, Teen 2-Mile and 4K, hosted by the Oak Ridge Track Club to benefit Oak Ridge High School's track and cross country programs.

I'm going to take a moment to attempt to thank everyone - in no particular order - that I can possibly think of that had a part in making this weekend an incredible, fun-filled success:

Rick Cook - The individual who, at seeing the City of Conroe Turkey Trot 5K on the calendar, morphed our "The Woodlands 2-fer Turkey Day" into the "Montgomery County Triple" and designed and created our award.

Jim Fredricks and Mike Jones - Publisher and sports editor of the Conroe Courier for allowing us to have a weekly running column in their publication. For those of you who read already, thank you. For those who don't, the column regularly appears on Tuesdays.

Roxanne Davis - Race director of the 18th annual GE Run Thru The Woods and companion events. She raised the awareness of the Triple by putting the events on their web site. Thank you!

Christine O'Hagan and Lauren Arnold - The Special Events Coordinator and Director, respectively, of the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Conroe. These individuals were responsible for the Turkey Trot 5K on Friday and orchestrated a challenging multi-terrain, cross country course in a fun environment.

Mike Lucas - Luke's Locker for allowing us to have the traditional Run The Woodlands 5K in both of the Triples and providing staff to continue to administer the event in its eighth year.

Cindy Jones - Conroe resident, who works for Goodrich's Pro Star Waste, with the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce who provided us with a free entry (won by Patricia Gilbert) for the first annual Davy Crockett Bear Chase Marathon and Half Marathon in Groveton, TX on Saturday, April 12, 2008.

Ken Johnson - Vice president of the Seven Hills Running Club in Huntsville who provided a free entry (won by Joe Martinez) to the October 2008 Huntsville Half Marathon.

Dana-Sue Crews and family - Author of "Our Daddy's Cancer" who, with her children Morgan and Dylan, autographed copies of her book for winners Mike McDougal and Stephen Smith. The book, available at Barnes & Noble at The Woodlands Mall, is about the thoughts, concerns and support of the two youngsters while their father, Bill, battled lymphoma. (A part of the proceeds from sales of the book goes to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.)

Bill Dwyer - Coach extraordinaire who helped promote the Montgomery County Triple to all of his constituencies - Woodlands Fit, Team in Training-The Woodlands and The Woodlands Running Club (and anybody else who would listen and accept his e-mails.)

Karen and Emma Felicidario - Local mother and daughter who helped build our awards and provided critical race day support on Saturday. Karen, of course, was one of the 29 while Emma ran 1-milers at both events and did a great job today.

Mick Long and Andrew Perry - Both of these local runners and Luke's Locker employees built the towers - early in the morning - at Run Thru The Woods and the City of Conroe Turkey Trot 5K while race directing Run The Woodlands 5K.

Waverly Walk - I forgot to recognize my own daughter today; however, she ran the 3-mile race on Thursday and passed out flyers on our upcoming local events as well as writing down the names of all of the finishers today at Run The Woodlands 5K. Most importantly, she listens to her Dad ramble left and right about the sport ad nauseum and rarely, if ever, complains. Her love and support is critical in making all of this work.

Bookmark this blog for more information about Montgomery County events and the Spring version of the Montgomery County Triple (which will be part of the Spring Montgomery County Racing Series)!

Thanks to all of you for participating as well as your support!

Jon Walk