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August 23rd, 2008
Run with Moe – 08/23/08

The Nike+ Human 10K is next Sunday, August 31 in Austin. Austin is one f our cities in the United States hosting this worldwide event. The other cities include Los Angles, New York and Chicago. Worldwide places like Paris, Madrid, London, Melbourne, Mexico City and Vancouver are among the places that runners will be participating.

In Austin runners can join in with some noted famous athletes of the central Texas area. Governor Rick Perry will be running and Lance Armstrong has traded in his bike for some running shoes for this event. More recent athletes that people will recognize from watching late night Olympic Game’s include swimmers Brendan Hansen and Aaron Piersol after earning some gold medals in Beijing, China last week. Women can run along side Cynthia Cooper, the WNBA basketball star, for motivation. These athletes are well recognized nationally but there will be many other well known athletes from around the state also running in the race.

The race will take the runners past the Governor’s Mansion, around University of Texas campus, and end up in front of the Texas State Capital Building where Congress meets 11th street. The race entrants can designate their entry fees to benefit one of three charities. One charity is the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the fight against cancer, another is the World Wildlife Fund and the final charity is the United Nation’s ninemillion .org campaign. All are worthy causes for a runner to choose from.

There is one unique aspect to this race in that you can run the race from your hometown and not necessarily in Austin. A runner must have a certain type of Nike shoes that has a computer chip in it that somehow can be picked up to record your time in the 10K race. The shoes from Nike are available in certain running stores if a runner is so inclined to give them a try.

The Olympian athletes will be available for interviews prior to the starting pistol for media people and if you are interested contact Erin Griffin at 512-542-2826 for more information on availability to this part of the race. Piersol has been in three Olympics and has seven medals of which five are gold and has held world records in swimming the backstroke. Hansen has four medals and two of them are gold medals as well as owning world records in the 100 meter and 200 meter breaststoke events. Both of these athletes were former Texas Longhorn swimmers. It should be interesting to see how they do out of the water and on solid ground with running shoes.

The race is being advertised as the World’s Largest One Day Running event. There are 25 different cities around the world that are hosting the event and organizers want to hit one million runners as a total in the races. After the race each city will have a musical show for the runners. Austin has Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals lined up for a post race music show. All in all it should be a fun event to take part in and be a part of this first time race.

If you are interested in running a more local event then put September 20th on your calendar for the Country Roads 10K here in San Marcos. The race is held out at the Country Estates subdivision for a very scenic and challenging run. This race benefits the San Marcos Runner’s Club in helping them provide assistance to local organizations in putting on fund raising events such as the Red Ribbon 5 K and the Thankful Turkey 5K coming up this fall. For the younger runners there is a 1K race along with this run. This race has great door prizes and the race shirt is high tech, quick dri material that is really nice to wear. Information can be found on the San Marcos Runners Club web site at: www.sanmarcosrunners.org. for those of you that want to enter early.

By MOE JOHNSON

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