Monday, November 26, 2007
2006 - Juan Flores, 20:34
2007 - Jason Garcia, 17:30
2006 - Rick Cook, 24:04
2007 - Jacob Mazone, 17:30
2006 - Shelby Fires, 26:33
2007 - Meredith Bryarly, 24:34
2006 - Alma Bigler, 27:08
2007 - Ruth Fields, 27:24
2007 - Taryn Driver, 30:32
2007 - Shelby Fives, 25:11
2007 - Sara Lange, 27:36
2007 - Christina Pierce, 31:08
2007 - Kelly Whiddon, 26:20
2007 - Jennifer Johns, 24:51
2007 - Kim Driver, 28:10
2007 - Liz Berry, 29:32
2007 - Debbie Tripp, 38:49
2007 - Alma Bigler, 36:55
2007 - Frances McDougal, 35:18
2007 - Alex Brundage, 24:06
2007 - Joseph Mazone, 18:01
2007 - Jeffrey Sexton, 21:22
2007 - Tavis Schlickes, 22:19
2007 - Aric Arnsworth, 22:15
2007 - Joe Martinez, 21:58
2007 - Paul Brundage, 23:13
2007 - David Smart, 23:14
2007 - David Williams, 25:46
2007 - Stephen Smith, 22:01
2007 - Mike McDougal, 26:05
2007 - Ken Johnson, 33:48
Saturday, November 24, 2007
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!
Alex Brundage (3-mile teen race/both 5K's)
Bill Dwyer (ran first two events and volunteered third)
Emma Felicidario (ran both 1-mile events and volunteered third)
Mick Long (volunteered all three events)
Joseph Mazone (3-mile teen race/both 5K's)
Andrew Perry (volunteered all three events)
Waverly Walk (ran 3-mile teen race and volunteered last two)
Once again, thank you to all of you for participating!
Friday, November 23, 2007
A long string of small 2 x 4's are ready for the next step in the production.
Karen Felicidario and her daughter, Emma, work together to attach pine cones to the 2 x 4's. (Karen completed both runs on Thursday and Friday while Emma did 1-mile runs at each event as well.)
Girls (3-Mile Teen Race/5K)
Taryn Driver, 12
Boys (3-Mile Teen Race/5K)
Joseph Mazone, 15
Alex Brundage, 13
Jennifer Johns, 37
Tricia Driver, 17
Kimberly Driver, 41
Sara Lange, 24
Katy Lampson, 32
Heather Pigg, 34
Karen Felicidario, 42
Liz Berry, 47
Missie Martinez, 33
Robin Bennett, 36
Shirley Golden, 36
Cherish Adams, 38
Debbie Tripp, 51
Patricia Gilbert, 42
Jennifer Molinar, 37
Julie Peters, 49
Kim Rawls, 47
Misty Graham-Baugh, 31
Leslie Alli, 36
Corina Privett, 35
Mary Yut, 38
Jacob Mazone, 45
Kyle Brundage, 16
Stephen Smith, 55
Joe Martinez, 38
Tavis Schlicker, 29
Paul Brundage, 44
Richard Cooper, 43
Dave Smart, 47
Aric Arnsworth, 32
James Dristas, 28
Mike Mendeck, 60
Brian Greeney, 36
Ron Longtin, 61
Jon Walk, 40
Ken Johnson, 66
Bill Dwyer, 50
Conroe's Jason Garcia, 16, outleaned Spring's Jacob Mazone, 45, to the finish line for the win as the pair covered the 5-kilometer mixed terrain course in 17 minutes and 30 seconds.
With the second place overall finish, Mazone was still the leading masters finisher. Mazone led 55-year-old Stephen Smith and 44-year-old Paul Brundage, both who reside in The Woodlands, in the masters division. Smith stopped the clock in 22:01 while Brundage punched in with a time of 23:13.4.
Mazone's 15-year-old son, Joseph, who was third the day before in the boys' teen race at the 18th annual Run Thru The Woods, was third overall just 31 seconds behind his father with a new personal record (PR) of 18:01.2.
Conroe Triathletes' Meredith Bryarly, 28, of Conroe, was the first female finisher across the line in 24:34.
She was followed across the finish line by 38-year-old Jennifer Johns and 19-year-old Shelby Fives in 24:50.6 and 25:11.1, respectively.
Winning the women's masters race was Montgomery's Ruth Fields, 48, who easily defeated fellow Montgomery native Kim Driver, 41, and The Woodlands' Cathy Steele, 43, with a time of 27:23.8.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
(No, sorry, we can't help you with the Chevron Houston Marathon or the Aramco Half Marathon.)
Finish all three events of the Montgomery County Triple, though, and you’ll be eligible for a drawing after Saturday’s Run The Woodlands 5K that will include a free marathon or half marathon entry to the 1st annual Davy Crockett Bear Chase – Texas’ 14th marathon -- to be held in Groveton on Saturday, April 12, 2008.
Special thanks to Cindy Jones and Paul Snyder, race committee members with the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce, for providing the free entry to their inaugural event.
In conjunction with the Spring 2008 version of the Montgomery County Triple in May, Seven Hills Running Club vice president Ken Johnson will offer a free entry to the 30th annual Huntsville Half Marathon, held annually in October.
We certainly appreciate their willingness to give you -- runners completing the Montgomery County Triple -- an incentive to travel to Trinity and Walker Counties for their events.
Online registration continues to be open for the first two events of the Fall 2007 Montgomery County Triple – the 18th annual GE Run Thru The Woods 5-Miler on Thanksgiving Day and the 3rd annual City of Conroe Turkey Trot 5K on Friday, November 23.
Run Thru The Woods is $20 through November 20 and the Turkey Trot 5K is $18 through November 21.
The third and final event in the Triple is the bi-monthly Run The Woodlands 5K on Saturday, November 24 where the entry – all on race day – is just $1.
Seriously, do you really, really have to go Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving? (Ladies, don't answer that!)
Besides, after the 18th annual Run Thru The Woods 5-Miler on Thanksgiving morning, the distances get shorter.
Leave us a comment to let us know that you plan on supporting three of Montgomery County's annual running events (and we can let our own elf get to work on your custom award!)
Monday, November 19, 2007
Prior to last year's explosion of 39 runners that ran both races, just 41 other runners had done "The Woodlands 2-fer Turkey Day".
Here's a complete list of runners who have run both races on the same weekend:
Ale Cretul, F, Ocala, Fla. - 2006
Alex Brundage, M, The Woodlands - 2006
Andrew Perry, M, Conroe - 2004, 2006
Ann Leoni, F, The Woodlands - 2006
Barbara Burnett, F, Spring - 2001
Barbara Valdes, F, The Woodlands - 2006
Bob Bailie, M, The Woodlands - 2005
Brad Carlson, M, Spring - 2001
Brian Cretul, M, Ocala, Fla. - 2006
Carlos Ortegon, M, The Woodlands - 2006
Chris Gause, F, Spring - 2005
Dana Swenson, M, The Woodlands - 2000
Daniela Quest, F, Spring - 2006
David Kinney, M, The Woodlands - 2006
David Smart, M, The Woodlands - 2005
David Stipp, M, The Woodlands - 2000
Debbie Tripp, F, The Woodlands - 2004, 2005, 2006
Ed Springer, M, The Woodlands - 2000, 2001
Eric Vibrock, M, The Woodlands - 2006
Erin Miller, F, The Woodlands - 2006
Gary Van Kuiken, M, The Woodlands - 2006
Holden Choi, M, The Woodlands - 2006
Ian Heller, M, The Woodlands - 2000
Jacob Mazone, M, Spring - 2006
Jeff Westergren, M, The Woodlands - 2000, 2005, 2006
Jeffrey Scott Sexton, M, Conroe - 2006
Jim Braden, M, The Woodlands - 2005, 2006
John Sullivan, M, The Woodlands - 2001
Jon Walk, M, Spring - 2005, 2006
Joseph Mazone, M, Spring - 2006
Karen Felicidario, F, The Woodlands - 2006
Kati Miller, F, The Woodlands - 2006
Kristen Gohlke, F, The Woodlands - 2000
Kyle Brundage, M, The Woodlands - 2006
Leon Rieger, M, The Woodlands - 2005
Lisa Nelligan, F, The Woodlands - 2001
Lou Wilson, M, The Woodlands - 2006
Melissa Poole, F, Conroe - 2000
Michael McNear, M, Spring - 2006
Michael Reade, M, Spring - 2000
Mike Althoff, M, The Woodlands - 2001
Mike Mendeck, M, Conroe - 2005, 2006
Nancy Copus, F, The Woodlands - 2000
Nora Wilson, F, The Woodlands - 2005
Paul "Skip" Moschell, M, The Woodlands - 2006
Paul Brundage, M, The Woodlands - 2006
Richard Tabatt, M, The Woodlands - 2000
Rick Cook, M, The Woodlands - 2005, 2006
Robert MacLeod, M, The Woodlands - 2005, 2006
Russell Henderson, M, Houston - 2000
Ryan Albright, M, The Woodlands - 2006
Stephanie Nisbitt, F, Round Rock - 2006
Stephen Smith, M, The Woodlands - 2001, 2004, 2006
Susan Watkins, F, The Woodlands - 2000
Tim Foland, M, Spring - 2006
Tim Vibrock, M, The Woodlands - 2000, 2004, 2006
Tom Hippe, M, The Woodlands - 2005, 2006
Tom Pinney, M, The Woodlands - 2004, 2005, 2006
Troy Quest, M, Spring - 2006
Vincent Attanucci, M, The Woodlands - 2004, 2006
William Thompson, M, Conroe - 2004
Two youngsters - Bobby Stipp, 11, of The Woodlands, in 2000, and Waverly Walk, 10, of Spring, in 2005 - did the 1-Mile Kids race and Run The Woodlands 5K two days later.
The fastest 10 combined men's times for the 8.1 miles are as follows:
46:36 - Andrew Perry, 17, Conroe, 2004
49:16 - Andrew Perry, 19, Conroe, 2006
50:28 - Michael Reade, 18, Spring, 2000
50:48 - Jacob Mazone, 44, Spring, 2006
52:07 - John Sullivan, 41, The Woodlands, 2001
52:39 - Russell Henderson, 43, Houston, 2000
52:59 - Joseph Mazone, 14, Spring, 2006
53:02 - Ian Heller, 16, The Woodlands, 2000
53:16 - Stephen Smith, 49, The Woodlands, 2001
54:23 - Stephen Smith, 52, The Woodlands, 2004
The fastest 10 combined women's times for the 8.1 miles are as follows:
1:00:35 - Susan Watkins, 46, The Woodlands, 2000
1:02:16 - Nora Wilson, 49, The Woodlands, 2005
1:04:34 - Ann Leoni, 45, The Woodlands, 2006
1:06:22 - Kati Miller, 13, The Woodlands, 2006
1:11:17 - Ale Cretul, 30, Ocala, Fla., 2006
1:13:58 - Lisa Nelligan, 36, The Woodlands, 2001
1:16:42 - Debbie Tripp, 48, The Woodlands, 2004
1:18:36 - Debbie Tripp, 49, The Woodlands, 2005
1:18:39 - Nancy Copus, 45, The Woodlands, 2000
1:20:51 - Karen Felicidario, 41, The Woodlands, 2006
The youngest was 12-year-old Alex Brundage of The Woodlands last year and the oldest was also in 2006 when Jim Braden did both events at the age of 71. Kati Miller, 13, of The Woodlands and Chris Gause, 63, of Spring, were the youngest and oldest women to do so in 2006 and 2005, respectively.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Men's - Justin Chaston, Houston, 23:53
Women's - Desiree Owen, Kingwood, 28:40
Men's Masters - David Washburn, Houston, 26:19
Women's Masters - Sandy Straup, Spring, 33:32
Men's - Michael Olague, Houston, 25:38
Women's - Nicole Wilkerson, Bryan, 28:51
Men's Masters - Bernie Weber, Houston, 26:43
Women's Masters - Barbara Rowe, 34:25
Men's - Luis Menros, 26:28
Women's - Sheila Carmody, The Woodlands, 30:45
Men's Masters - Richard Fredrich, Katy, 27:12
Women's Masters - Nancy Prejean, Deer Park, 34:51
13-Under - Mariana Guerrero, The Woodlands, 35:60
14-19 - Christa Hargus, The Woodlands, 35:49
20-24 - Nicole Rugg, The Woodlands, 39:47
25-29 - Jennifer Thomas, The Woodlands, 34:05
30-34 - Ann Smith, Houston, 31:18
35-39 - Sherrie Keim, Dodge, 30:59
40-44 - Mary Rodrigs, The Woodlands, 35:11
45-49 - Susan Watkins, The Woodlands, 37:07
50-54 - Frances McDougal, Conroe, 39:49
55-59 - Donna Offutt, Montgomery, 42:54
65+ - Patricia Burschinger, The Woodlands, 55:13
13-Under - Lucas Mena-Hernandez, The Woodlands, 31:06
14-19 - Daniel Liszewski, The Woodlands, 27:42
20-24 - Mark Plesko, 28:46
25-29 - Joshua Urban, The Woodlands, 27:59
30-34 - Stephen Vreeke, 30:10
35-39 - Tommy Travis, The Woodlands, 27:29
40-44 - John Zuilhoff, 27:17
45-49 - Miguel Lopez, Houston, 29:10
50-54 - Rudolph Rendon, Spring, 33:16
55-59 - Carey Loyd, 32:17
60-64 - Roy Dwyer, San Antonio, 34:27
65+ - Pete Alberts, Houston, 40:55
Boys - Ben Schulz, 12, The Woodlands, 5:47
Girls - Emily Cleveland, 12, The Woodlands, 6:32
Boys - Michael Pettitt, 12, The Woodlands, 6:19
Girls - Jamie Sammis, 12, The Woodlands, 6:35
Boys - Brent Almand, 12, The Woodlands, 6:20
Girls - Madison Schnur, 10, The Woodlands, 6:45
8-Under - Bree Schrader, 6, Spring, 7:51
9-12 - Katharine Heg, 11, The Woodlands, 6:49
8-Under - Jonathan Walthall, 7, Conroe, 7:36
9-12 - Greg Van Winkel, 12, The Woodlands, 6:24
Women's - Patricia Russell, 29:11
Men's Masters - Joel Barr, 28:31
Women's Masters - Patty Leary, 32:20
Boys 2K - Martin Chase, 9:03
Girls 2K - Lauren Middleton, 10:04
The following year, the Gobbler 5-Miler became Run Thru The Woods when BetzDearborn became the title sponsor.
(Source: Chron.com Archives)
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Kim Driver, Montgomery
Lori Eubanks, The Woodlands
Cody Ferguson, Montgomery
Corinne Laird, The Woodlands
Jacob Mazone, Spring
Mike Mendeck, Conroe
Susan Meyer, The Woodlands
Anne Pattengale, The Woodlands
Stephen Smith, The Woodlands
Paula Stiles, The Woodlands
Debbie Tripp, The Woodlands
Heather Tromanhauser, The Woodlands
These 13 individuals completed the YMCA Trail Run 5K in Conroe, the David's Dream Run 5K on Market Street in The Woodlands and the Run The Woodlands 5K at Barbara Bush Elementary.
Thirty-one (31) runners had completed the first two races.
Debbie Tripp was the only runner of the 13 listed above to do the "Quad" as she ran Run The Woodlands 5K on Saturday morning, May 12 - just an hour before the start of the Trail Run 5K in Conroe.
Bill Dwyer, Spring
Andrew Perry, Conroe
Scott Sexton, Conroe
Jon Walk, Spring
Sexton, Cook and Walk earned the Triple by running all three of the events. Perry ran the middle two -- the Run Thru The Woods 5M and the Run The Woodlands 5K #166 -- and was the RD with his cousin, Scott Perry, and City of Conroe Parks and Recreation Department's Michael Cantu.
Dwyer did Run Thru The Woods on Thursday and went the first mile of the City of Conroe Turkey Trot 5K before having his charley horses keep him from going much further. However, he ended up volunteering for the latter two events to also earn the Triple award.
It was created during the Thanksgiving Day Weekend of 2006 and it requires an individual to run or work the Run Thru The Woods 5-Miler (in its 18th year in 2007), the City of Conroe Turkey Trot 5K (in its 3rd year) and the Run The Woodlands 5K.
It was created in the same spirit of the Texas Trilogy Award that is given by Bandera and Rock Raccoon 50/100-Mile race director Joe Prusaitis to the finishers of the Sunmart 50-Miler, Bandera 100K and the Rocky Raccoon 100-Miler.
Rick's design for the award takes into account three things:
+ We live in or on the outskirts of the piney woods of east Texas. (The pine cone)
+ The official mascot of The Woodlands is Puffy, the Pine Cone.
+ Conroe got started in 1881 with the establishment of a sawmill. (The use of 2x4's)
A spring version of the award was inaugurated in May 2007 to encourage runners to race the YMCA Trail Run 5K in Conroe, the David's Dream Run 5K in The Woodlands and Run The Woodlands 5K on three (3) consecutive weekends.
Why do we go to the trouble? To support road racing in Montgomery County!