HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) A teenage driver accused of fatally injuring a cyclist while text messaging behind the wheel was charged with a misdemeanor, authorities said. The 17-year-old was charged with careless driving causing death, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison. The victim, Jim R. Price, 63, was riding his bicycle Nov. 23 when he was hit by the teen’s car, said a spokesman for the sheriff’s office. Price died two days after the accident… On December 4 in Kansas City, MO, according to the Associated Press, a man shot to death while riding his bike home from work early Sunday morning was apparently killed for fun, court documents reveal. Rapheal L. Willis, 19, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Robert W. Osborn, 43. Osborn was on his way home from work at an Independence grocery store when he was shot. According to court documents, Willis told detectives that he was with another man and that his friend said he was bored and wanted to kill someone. Willis said they stopped the car on the side of the road and fired one shot at Osborn with a 12-gauge shotgun. The shot missed Osborn. Willis told detectives that they drove a little bit further, stopped and his friend again fired at Osborn, but missed him. The pair then drove ahead of Osborn and parked the car behind a building. Willis said his friend got out and stood behind a tree and when Osborn passed, the man opened fire, hitting Osborn in the back of the head. Willis said his friend went up to Osborn and kicked him with his foot. When he got no response, they jumped in the car and left. Police are looking for a person of interest in the case: 20-year-old Fabian Brown, of Kansas City. Officials said Brown is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-8477. Meanwhile, Willis is being held without bond… Robbin Jensen, 18, was hit, killed, and left on her way home from work on August 10, 2004, as she biked home in Corvallis, OR. Her mom, Debbie, writes, “We finally got the person behind bars on November 22 of this year. The women didn’t think she did anything wrong and denies ever hitting her.” Amy Stack received 24 months with 5 months suspended. Stack would only serve 19 months. She was encouraged to join the drug and alcohol treatment program at the Coffee Creek prison in Wilsonville, Oregon. That would allow her to get out in 10-12 months. Stack was not caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. “It’s amazing running someone down in the street and only getting that amount of time,” writes Debbie… The Colorado State Patrol has added a new policy BANNING THE BICYCLE and TRIATHLON events in Colorado. Their new policy limits bicycle and triathlon events to 2,500 riders, but this limit can be lowered at any time putting every event at risk. Bicycle tours, races, charity rides, group rides, and triathlons are all affected. The web site www.bicyclecolorado.org added: “The State Patrol says that they are using this ban to “ensure safety.” But a random cap has no effect on the safety of bicyclists. Safety is based on good event planning, educated bicyclists, traffic management plans, safe roads, and law-abiding motorists. A well-run event can be safe for 10,000 bicyclists and a poorly-run event can be unsafe for 100 riders. An arbitrary cap punishes everyone and discourages all events. It is bad for Colorado because the ban unfairly punishes charities, reduces tourism, and is contrary to the culture of Colorado.” The group suggested signing a petition, contacting State Patrol Chief Mark Trostel asking him to reverse this policy, and spread the word. The site did state they want to work with the police because “the State Patrol officers are heroes to bicyclists. They cite unsafe drivers and provide emergency assistance.” But, “We formally asked the State Patrol to reverse their decision and they declined. According to Scott Harris, Director of the Elephant Rock Ride, the state’s largest bicycle event, they’ve had only one car-bike crash in the nineteen year history of this event. States like New York, TEXAS, Iowa, Illinois, and California safely handle events with 10,000, 20,000, and even 30,000 bicyclists. There is no reason Colorado can not do so as well.” Local cycling instructor, organizer, and guru, BIKIN’ MIKE KEEL said he was not surprised. “It’s not heard of, it’s not a precedent.” He in turn sent a letter to Chief Trostel, asking for data to back up the ban. Then, on December 2 it was reported by Kyle Henley in The Gazette, “The Lance Armstrong Foundation said Thursday that it will cancel a planned event in Colorado next year unless the Colorado State Patrol backs away from a plan to cap the number of cyclists in organized group rides. Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, CO met with state patrol officials Thursday and asked them to suspend the new rule. Brophy, a cycling enthusiast, wants the state patrol to sit down with cycling groups to figure out a way to address safety concerns without putting an arbitrary cap on events. If they refuse to suspend the rule, Brophy said he will have a legislative hearing on it at the state Capitol on Dec. 14. Rep. Michael Merrifield, D-Manitou Springs, an avid cyclist and author of a mountain biking guide, said the new rule would change the way Colorado is viewed in the cycling community and result in similar decisions to the one being considered by the Armstrong foundation.” At press time, no more had happened on the story…
DALLAS WHITE ROCK MARATHON PHISHBOWL: Looking for a date? The half marathon associated with Dallas’ premier marathon may be the place to look. According to finisher records, there were 1.2 females to every male who finished the 13.1 mile race. Exact numbers were 2,121 females and 1,768 males. Of course you will have to be able to talk while running. The average finishing time to talk was 2 hours, 15 minutes.
MAYOR LAURA MILLER has the marathon bug. After finishing her term as mayor, next on her list is running the Dallas White Rock Marathon, she says… OFFICER PERRY SKIDMORE, who patrols White Rock Lake, entered the DWRM on short notice and ran one of his best races, finishing in 3:47:18, good for 572nd place. But he was back on his beat at the lake looking out for runners and their cars the very next day, getting in and out of his squad car with ease… MELISA CHRISTIAN of Dallas finished the DWRM in 10th pace with a time of 3:00:28. More amazing is that her time includes three port-o-potty breaks due to intestinal issues. “That’s the bad thing about marathons. You train all that time for a [race of a] couple of hours.” Nevertheless, she set a PR. She’s going for Austin, she says. “I know I’m capable of 2:56 My training times predict it.” She says she is coached by everyone at Luke’s Locker… For BOBALU KAISER, 52, this year’s DWRM was his 90th marathon. “Yup! I’ll get 100 in the next couple of years.” …At the head of the entire DWRM weekend was CHUCK DANNIS. So what did he do after the marathon? For the following week, he had a stack of papers to grade for classes he teaches at SMU… On the Wednesday before the Sunday DWRM, as they were doing a final loop around White Rock Lake, LINDA MUSIL, 54, mentioned to her long time boyfriend, KEN ASHBY, 53, they should get married so that he can legally make decisions for her if something were to happen. Best estimates say they have lived together for the last 14 years. The following day, Ken asked if that conversation was a proposal. Linda thought for a moment and said “Yeah, I guess it was.” With runner and minister TIM EPTING presiding, the couple were married between the 19 and 20 mile marks during the race. Many of their friends looked on. FRANCES MCKISSICK was the Maid Of Honor, while her husband, SCOTT MCKISSICK was the Best Man. DENNIS CHUPP provided the champagne for a toast. Dressed appropriately to be married and run, they ran the rest of the race with Ken carrying his new bride over the finish line. CLAUDE WINBORN was the wedding photographer… TEAM NUTS had their largest participation for the DWRM. For their sixth running of the race, 189 runners registered to run for Team Nuts. Some of the team names were Honey & Nuts, Beer Nuts, Go Nuts, Holiday Nuts, Louisiana Hot Nuts. Team Nuts raises awareness about testicular cancer. Their next event is to raffle off a framed, under glass jersey signed by Lance Armstrong… MINDI RICE, 30, of Lewisville, finished second overall in the DWRM Half Marathon, her third race ever. The 6-8th grade PE teacher at Austin Middle School in Irving who started coaching long distance girls track last spring, has only done three races, doing well in all of them. At the Labor Day 15K she ran 1 hour and seven minutes. Next, she ran the Flower Mound 13.1K in 54 minutes as 2nd overall female, finishing immediately behind SHELIA NATHO. At the DWRM Half, Rice ran 1:28. “I started running in April or so when JULIE KANER and I started coaching the long distance track kids together. At that time, I had no desire to take up racing. But I realized I did enjoy the running and it was a great way to stay in shape. I was always chubby and competitive. With running, I can be competitive without the chubbiness.” She had previously played team sports in a Coffeyville, KS high school and at Pittsburg State University. “I was NEVER fond of running!” Rice moved to Irving in 1998, straight from college. She got married in 2001. She trains with good friend Kaner. “Mindi is one of those unfamiliar faces right now that comes to a race and blows everyone away. She is really getting into it now and I have a feeling she will be a known name like another LISA HUGGINS or YOLANDA HOPPING or even a SHEILA NATHO. We run together several times a week, and when we are off from school due to holidays she will come out to White Rock to run with me, which I am so tickled by because we have a good training run pace, but she races so much faster. I could never keep up with her in a race.” “I never really pay attention to my pace on my training runs”, says Rice, “because I know come race time, that competitive nature my mom says I was born with, kicks in. Julie has been a huge inspiration to me and has helped me a ton in my training runs. I don’t do well running on my own.” Rice also trains with the Lake Grapevine Runners And Walkers (LGRAW) on the weekends. “When the season ended for track,” Rice says, “I joined a running club at my church in hopes of keeping me motivated to run. I met a lot of new people and was loving it. They introduced me to the LGRAW group. The LGRAW group is Awesome! They made me feel so comfortable. I had still not run any races, yet. But, one of the goals of my church group was to run either the half or full White Rock Marathon. So, I tentatively committed to running in the half. I found a group of men who have challenged me every step of the way. That pushed me even harder. I have enjoyed the races I have run in so far, but even more, I have enjoyed all the great people I have met through running. I have been amazed at how many people out there are filled with so much support and encouragement for me. That has been the best part. Basically, it all comes down to being new to running, but not new to competition. This is just a new form of expressing it for me.” Rice’s next race will be a 15K at White Rock Lake on January 14. “I am sure she will win it,” Kaner says… The overall winning relay team had some new names to the fastest among Dallas. Usually populated with a list of Who’s Who in Dallas running, this year’s winning team showed a smart strategy instead of raw speed. The team was made up of JEFF BURROWS, SCOTT HUGGINS, DAVE MATLACK, CHRISTIAN OLIPHANT and DAVE RAY. “Well, I’m not speaking for the Dave’s,” commented Huggins, “But they were the reason we won. We were in third place most of the race and then Dave Ray ran a monster last 10K, 32:18, which resulted in us coming from behind and winning by a mere 13 seconds!” Jokingly he added, “I think we’re going to try the Olympic Marathon Relay in 2008.” “It was a fun day,” Burrows said. “Kind of nice to be a part of such a big event without all the pressure of running long. We had fun.” Oliphant added, “We would have been faster if Matlack had taken my leg. Yeah. The ideal line up would have been Jeff, Scott, myself, Matlack, and Ray.” There’s always next year… THE PHAST TIMES NEWS RELAY TEAM won overall in their division of Mixed Masters. According to team captain and second leg, BRONDA STARLING, “We ended up in 16th place out of 282 teams.” ERNIE CHAVEZ ran the first six miles in Jammer soccer style shorts and sun glasses, looking like he was heading to Hawaii. Starling took the baton next, having never seen Chavez previously. “As soon as he came around the corner dressed like that, I knew it had to be him.” MARGARET PEGUERO ran next going as fast as she could, feeling the pressure of the team. GREG FLOYD was thought to be late at the relay point, but was on the course cheering for Peguero. He made the hand off warmed up and running in a biker top and shorts, going through the Dolly Partons before handing off to triathlete icon STEVE MUDGETT. “Everybody lived up to what they said they’d be running,” Starling said. “I calculated our fastest possible time would be 2:53 and the slowest time of 3:03. Our finishing time was 2:56:12.” During their race, Chavez who ran the first leg, and Mudgett who was yet to run the last leg, met in a bagel shop by accident. “It was fun,” said Mudgett. “Thanks for having me. It is frustrating being slower than ever before and not having any other gears to go. Glad we broke 3 hours and got the gold for the old.” After watching the finish, he coached hockey. “Then I played a roller hockey game, won 3-1, then coached another team to win. I was wiped.” He still had two ice hockey practices left that same night. After running the fourth leg, Floyd decided to continue running to the finish line downtown. Along the way, he met and helped a first time marathon runner to a Boston qualifying time. But Floyd never got his name as the man he was helping was met by family members and friends… The ever serious Dr. WILLIAM MOORE wore antlers on the way to winning his division on a relay team. Listed in the Odds and Ends category, he ran the first four legs (a total of 20 miles) before passing off to his sister, MARIA MOORE. Their time was 2:45:26… DAVE DOZIER, 67, took newcomer, AUNT MILLIE WINSTON, through her first marathon. “She has been injured,” Dozier said. “In fact she went to see JIM MONTGOMERY, her orthopedic guy, at 6:00 a.m. before the race. She had not run two weeks prior because of patellar tendon inflammation. We took it really slow, 11 minutes per mile for 26 miles. She never faltered, never felt pain and was charging at the finish. It was one of the most rewarding marathons I have run. Her goal was to finish under five hours. I got her there in a slow, but nice, 4:58.40.” He has helped so many people through the DWRM, he can’t remember. “It has to be well over a hundred. I know I have to hold the record. Nobody is crazy enough to take on as many newcomers as I have. It’s just something I have always done, plus, it allows you to run slow and be lazy. This year there were three first timers in my group, and all did well. I ran with Millie because I told her back in June that I would. I have known her for a long time.” Dozier has done 26 consecutive DWRMs, and 134 total marathons (Boston 19 times). “I don’t really like this course at all. The trolley tracks are a bummer. The last couple of miles downtown are terrible with road construction creating a really uneven surface. I loved the old City Hall finish, the party afterward, and the free parking. This simply isn’t as good. While I don’t like the course as much as I did the old one, I have a very deep respect and admiration for the people who work so hard to put the marathon on. People like CHUCK DANNIS, MARCUS GRUNEWALD, BOB LUCHSINGER, DEBYE HUMPHREY, and BOB HANCOOK. They are very close friends and have been for three decades. They do a lot for me and my group. They did not choose the new course. They inherited it. The runners are just doing their job. It’s a strong community, dedicated. They didn’t make that course. We would prefer to have the old course. But we’d run anywhere. We don’t run races, just marathons. We’d do it from the Trinity River bottoms. In fact, Debye [Humphrey] designed the course finish a couple of years before it left City Hall, and it was the best course ever run in The Rock. I am very positive that these people are making The Rock one of the very best marathons in the country. That does not change the fact that, in my opinion it is the Dallas White Rock Marathon and it should start and end at City Hall. The old course was much safer for the runners and much more convenient for the runner’s family and friends; maybe when Victory gets built and they finish the construction on San Jacinto. But not now. I was really bummed this year at the finish. We were tired, and I was counting on that easy, straight downhill to the finish line. I could have died when we had to turn 90 degrees left for a block and then go right to the finish. A little surprise like that can really kill you. I think that we’re in for a lot of that as Victory gets built.” …DWRM female winner, LIOUDMILA KORCHAGUINA also known as Lyudmila Korchagina, has earned $62,990 this year according to Road Race Management.; $37,000 of that was from the DWRM… Master’s runner and triathlete, MIKE ZINN was hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon. At the DWRM expo, he was talked into getting a light massage. By mile five, he says, his legs were already feeling heavy, though he had trained and rested well. He missed the cut off with very sore legs. But has decided to do the Houston Marathon, January 15. Go, Mike! …Did anyone recognize TOM JARDEN in the Spider Man costume at mile 17? Or the devil and pitch fork character from the peak of the ALPE d’HUEZ during the Tour d’France?
STEPHEN CROSS did his first Ironman distance triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) at the Canadian Ironman, finishing in an outstanding 10 hours, two minutes. “I was pleased with my results this year.” His swim time was 58 minutes, bike split was 5 hours and 22 minutes, and three hours, 34 minutes for the 26.2 mile marathon. He earned 2nd in his 40-44 age group, and was 2nd Masters. Overall he was 49th “including Pro’s,” he adds. “This qualified me for Ironman Hawaii. Kona was a blast but I had serious bike problems. Two flats and a broken Speed Play pedal. So my time was bad, but it was all good because I realized my goal which was to qualify and do IM Hawaii.” …RICHARDSON BIKE MART has begun indoor spin classes. MAX MILEY, SAM MONTAG, and JOHN GRAY will be coaching. Classes are Monday – Thursday, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. “Bring your own bike, towel and water bottle.” A single class is $2. Several crashes occurred with riders from RBM during the month of October. On the 1st, WOODY and KEN HINTON collided. Woody received stitches in his face, a broken nose, and had bad facial bruising. Hinton broke his clavicle and sternum. On the 15th, CATHY PRICE went down. And on the 16th, CLAY THOMPSON crashed. Waivers are available before every ride, and shouted out at the beginning of rides originating from the store. There is an RBM sag wagon that is available when there is an accident, to assist as necessary… Ironman GINGER TURNER has been running fine since doing the Big Sur Marathon this past April, running The Trot in 1 hour, and four minutes. “Same as last year. Works for me since I never train for the event.” The massage therapist in McKinney (www.chiropracticwc.com) is considering the Gulf Coast Half Ironman since she is moving up an age group, 45-49. Her parents live in a house on the Mississippi coast. Her relatives “fared well from Katrina. My Dad is on oxygen 24/7. The electricity loss was scary. We helped clean up and put tarps on the roof; had to replace his old generator when it died and did the gasoline scramble, trying to find fuel for it. Long lines of people just waiting for a gas truck to come based on rumor. My sister who lived by the Escatawpa River just north of Pascagoula, lost everything. Her home and vehicle flooded from the tidal surge. They floated her mother-in-law out of her home on a mattress, while they all swam out of the house in four feet of water. If the storm had hit during the night, I don’t know what would have happened. They found a little boat floating by and got into it. Sometimes life hurts.” …DERRICK RICE did his first marathon at the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington this past June. “It was a great marathon. However, I didn’t count on how hilly the course was. I was aiming for a 3:30 marathon and was on pace at the half, but due to the hills I had to slow it down a bit. I finished 4:00.24. I just couldn’t get under 4 hours.” His wife, SARA ran 3:45. In August they both did the Degray Lake Half Ironman, “Also a first for me,” Derrick said. “That was old hat for Sara. That was fun, but really hot and hilly. That one took me 6 hours.” But in October, he broke his fifth metatarsal in his left foot, requiring surgery and two screws to fix it. “After the first month I have been able to swim and cycle, but no running. I hope to start running again after the first of the year. I really miss it.” …Long time runner, DON ZETNICK, 74, from Arlington, died of cancer on November 20. He was the owner of The Runner specialty store in Arlington, founded and resurrected the Arlington Runner’s Club, and the famed Arlington Winter Run held each December since 1978. Zetnick did duathlons and triathlons in his 70’s. Born March 24, 1931, he was a member of the Arlington Rotary, and supported the Cowboy football team moving to Arlington. He leaves behind his wife SALLY. JEFF ABARA wrote, “Many of us who were at the recent Arlington Winter Run were thrilled to have a beloved icon of this area’s running community, Don Zetnick, honor us with his presence and cheer us with his humor and competitive spirit. It also was a special pleasure to have him start all three races for us. For many years, he was a racing star in this area, winning countless awards in road races, duathlons and triathlons. Some of us came to call him Music Man or Radio Man because he always had his running radio on him at races. When you heard the music, you knew Don was around. He was a fine human being and a fierce but fair and friendly competitor. He was a friend to many of us. He generously offered useful advice to many runners and walkers, yours truly included, on a range of running topics, from how to improve racing and running/walking performance to injury prevention and management.” In lieu of flowers, people are asked to make donations to Arlington Charities (811 Secretary Dr, Arlington, TX 76015; phone: 817-275-1511) in Don’s name. That organization has been a beneficiary of the Arlington Winter Run. The MLK 5K on January 16th is being dedicated to him… Former Dallas Morning News running columnist and NTU running coach, GREG LAUTENSLAGER has released a debut novel about running through Virtualbookworm.com publishing, titled FOLLOWING THE FLAME . He uses many recognizable Dallas sites for his character trying to make the Olympics in the 5K. Lautenslager made that journey himself. For more information and/or to order this book, click onto the website at http://www.followingtheflame.com/. Excerpt: “Jonny’s career starts at age 14 after watching the 1972 Olympic 5,000 meters final on the black and white television in his family’s den. His path toward his own Olympic dream is crossed by many bizarre characters and circumstances, some that move him closer to his goal and others that send him spinning on a downward spiral. Jonny must set a fast pace to follow in his hero’s footsteps and break the shadow of his famous late uncle. Follow Jonny on a whirlwind—and sometimes wild—journey that will take you around the world and into the locker rooms, hotels, stadiums, bars, and training ground of some great and not-so-great athletes, and inside the mind of a high-spirited runner who battles to stay on the straight path—no matter what temptation or tragedy threatens to keep him from reaching his goal.” …BENJAMIN CALE OSSENFORT was born 1:08 pm on December 12 to proud parents CARI and CALE. Ben was 8 lb., 8 oz. and 20″ long… MICHAEL SMITH, 42, qualified for the Boston Marathon for his second time at the December 3rd Memphis Marathon. He ran 3:20:59. “I made it with one second to spare. Next time I might want to speed up at mile 10 instead of sprinting the last 2 miles. Because of Ironman Tempe the week before, I’m passing this year. But, I can’t wait to run it in 2007.” …DEWEY FRAMBRY survived prostate cancer surgery on December 6. According to his daughter, JANET MCGAR, “he is doing better at about 60%, with about 6 weeks to a full recovery.” McGar went on to say, “My dad has been part of the running, biking, and swimming community in Dallas for as long as I can remember.” …KATHY WICKERSHAM, 38, ran the Philadelphia Marathon in 2 hours and 57 minutes, nine seconds. It was a four minute PR. She placed 13th among the females. After struggling through several years of injury, Wickersham, an AVP in Compliance for CMD at Countrywide, is enjoying being healthy and running well. “I credit my coach with providing me a program that has allowed me to stay healthy and at the same time train very hard and get faster. We chose Philadelphia because my coach Lowell Ladd of 2LCoaching is based in Philadelphia and he suggested Philadelphia as the weather is usually good and the course is also fair.” Her plans for the Spring are “to get faster. I’m running the half marathon at the Austin Freescale Marathon and will be running the RiteAid Cleveland Marathon on May 21. “I’m certainly going to enjoy running well for as long as it lasts. I’ve learned to enjoy it and not look too far ahead. That’s what the last three years has taught me.” …November’s cover story, NICOLE KELLEHER, was injured November 11th in a golf cart accident when the brake cable broke on the cart she was traveling in downhill with WES RADETSKY. Nicole sustained heavy road rash when she jumped from the vehicle at 30 MPH to avoid going through an intersection. Radetsky stayed on board and drove it to a stop. On November 25, Radetsky got down on one knee and gave Kelleher a marriage proposal. They are to be wed in October 2006, in Puerto Rico… The men’s RESULTS OF THE BEER MILE were SCOTT JACKSON, 9:10; MARTIN JOYCE, 9:31; DAVID MORLEY, 9:32. In the female race, SHELIA NATHO who historically dominates this race, again won in 10:10 placing sixth among the men. MICHEL MORLEY was next in 12:32, followed by JULIE STRATMAN at 12:54. For full results, go to http://dfwh3.org …CHAMOIS BUTTER? From MICHELLE BOYER: I’m looking to get rid of a partial case (brand new) of Chamois Butter (brand name) for anyone who is interested. Retail cost is $15 per tube or more plus tax. Selling each tube for $10, and there are 8 tubes available. This is good stuff! If you are interested, contact Michelle Boyer at Boyer email@example.com or 214-906-5028… When LOGAN SHERMAN won this November’s 8-Mile Turkey Trot he was the youngest to ever win it. As an 18 year old in 2004, he placed 10th overall at this same race, behind DAVE RAY, running 43:24.50, a 5:25 pace per mile. One year later, as a 19 year old, he ran 40:43.05, 5:05 per mile. Ray was 11th… At the Turkey Trot, LUIS ROJAS finished the eight mile race in 25th place overall with a time of 46:05.45, averaging 5:46 per mile. Rojas, from Grand Prairie, was not given an elite bib number to start at the front. His bib number was 4869. Rojas finished only four minutes behind Master’s winner William Moore, and only 10 spots behind DAVE MATLACK and SHAWN GARDNER. But he finished in front of triathlete’s wunderkind, IAN RAY, and runners CHRIS CRAWFORD, JEFF ROTH and RICK CHRISTENSEN. Rojas easily won his age group, beating second place BILL SHAW from Frisco, a runner of much acclaim and experience, by almost seven minutes, or a minute per mile faster. Over the eight mile course, that’s almost a mile difference. Shaw was 147th overall. Third place in that same age group, WAYNE JONES of Richardson, finished 362nd, or almost 12 minutes behind Rojas. The surprise is Rojas is listed as 60 years of age. Rojas would have won over half of the other male age groups, and finished no less than 5th in the age groups he didn’t win outright. That’s very impressive. I wonder what he does for long runs, hill repeats, and speedwork? I’m sure RUNNER’S WORLD MAGAZINE would be interested, too. In 2004, a Luis “Rujas” finished the same 8 mile race 5th overall, in 46:21 (16 seconds slower at a 5:47 per mile pace). Rujas’ age is listed as 21. In 2004 and 2005, Rojas and Rujas finished close behind Romberto Rojas who is in the 20-24 age group. SHAW said, “I have never heard of Rojas. Sounds like they made a mistake on his age! He is probably 20 and they put it in the computer wrong.” Attempts were made to contact Luis Rojas, with no response… Seventy-five year old JAN RICHARDS was listed as 0 years old in the Turkey Trot after accidentally writing her birth year as 2005. The change was corrected… MARCELO de SILVA has temporarily moved to Portland, OR. “My exercising routine is still not all there. I hope to smooth out things before spring. So far, it’s being very unorganized, meaning, I’m not working out as much or as often as I should. Plus I pulled my hamstring while snow skiing, and it’s taking a while to heal. I haven’t run since I left Dallas. I’ve been biking a lot and swimming some, but still trying to get organized to our schedule here (new daycare, new jobs for both of us). Today, I met a couple of triathletes here at work and they work out at lunch. I’m going to start working out with the guys. There’s also a 2:45 marathoner here that runs with some other guys at lunch.” …New for 2006, WADA, The World Anti Doping Agency has included “power boating” on the list of sports that prohibits alcohol use over 0.30g/L, according to their summary of modifications to the pre-existing rules. (Whew, that was close! I was afraid I was going to get busted!!) The para-olympics are prohibiting it for archery and “bowls.” www.usantidoping.org …The MIRAGE CYCLING TEAM announces a new sponsor. “I’m happy to announce that Richardson Bike Mart has agreed to be our main title sponsor for our club! Jim & Rhonda Hoyt are great ambassadors for our sport and we are very grateful they have stepped in to take the place of the Tom Landry Center. No one that I can think of has made a greater contribution to cycling over the years than the Hoyt’s and RBM. RBM has always been a fantastic sponsor for us since our inception and we look forward to having them as our title sponsor.” Randy Rogers, Mirage President, www.miragecycling.org
“Now, go into the world in peace. Have courage. Hold on to what is good. Honor all men. Be just. Love kindness. Strengthen the fainthearted. Support the weak. Help the suffering. Love, share, and believe. And may grace be with you.”
Stay active and I’ll see you in the Phishbowl. Let’s swim, bike, or run together. Go get’em!