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February 26th, 2009
Local marathon finish times and mirror races in Afghanistan

Run With Moe: A Column
By MOE JOHNSON
San Marcos Runners Club

Last week  about 14,000 runners in Austin ran a marathon and half marathon. Just fewer than 7,000 runners finished the 13.1-mile half marathon and a little more than 4,000 runners finished the full 26.2-mile marathon.

The weather and course were perfect for a record setting day. Jeremy Boling came across in 2:30:05 for first place for the men and Elle Pishny crossed in 2:52:32 for first place for the women.

San Marcos runners that entered and finished the full marathon included Randall Wood with a time of 2:57:39, second place in the 40-44 age group and 41st overall.

Eric Atkins ran in at 5:02:55, Elizabeth Black-Wills came across the finish in 4:10:14, Clay Fuller ran a 4:55:23 and Margaret Fuller had a 4:19:26 time. David Hamilton had a good time with a 3:03:36 finish. Cleo Kirkham ran in at 4:40:29 and Haley Koop had a good time with a 3:28:24 along with John Long in 3:17:06. Laura Mason came across in 5:43:49 and Lisa Medina had a 5:52:06. Woody Stallings, a member of the San Marcos Runners Club ran a 3:23:12 time for a nice finish.

The results page did not turn up any local runners in the half marathon, but San Marcos Runners Club member Charlene Martinez ran the half in 2:26:18 in the 50-54 age category.

Other local runners decided on the more familiar 5K distance and ran in the CACCC Valentine’s Day 5K in New Braunfels that weekend. Liesela Austin ran a 26:02 and Dave Carlsberg came across in 26:56. Cindy Shannon Lee ran a nice 27:19 for a third place finish in the 50-54 age group and Ronnie Murphey ran a 29:12 for a second place finish in the 65-69 age group.

Next Sunday out at the Tanger Outlet Center, the ARA-Moe’s Better Half Marathon and the CASA Speak Up For Kids 5K will start at 7 a.m. I am not sure if any of the marathon finishers will be up to running another long distance run so soon after finishing a full marathon. It takes a little time to recover from marathons and two weeks is not what runners call a long recovery time.

A first for race organizers will take place this year. I had an email from Capt. Phillip Johnston, U. S. Air Force, over in Afghanistan, and he is gathering a group of military personnel to run a mirror run over there at the same time. I understand a number of them did the same thing for the Austin Marathon and now some of them want to do the ARA-Moe’s Better Half Marathon. A few details need to be worked out, but we will make sure they get the awards and T-shirts that all the runners receive.

I don’t think that the terrain will be the same as our Texas hill country on the east side of I-35 but we are planning on taking a number of photos to send along to the runners over there to make sure they are part of the event. Maybe even some scenic photos of the cows, llama’s, and some antique tractors along the route to include a real feel for the back roads of Hays County.

Photos of the runners will be included – especially those near the end so they can get a feel of how some runners handled the hills along the way. Hopefully we can get a few smiles out of them. All in all, it is a real honor to have those soldiers over in Afghanistan taking part of our run.

Race details are picking up, volunteers are being lined up and necessary items are ordered for the big race. If you want to enter either race you can still find entry forms and online registration at www.sanmarcosrunners.org.

If you don’t want to run we can always use more volunteers to help out the runners during the race and before and after the race. Volunteers can call CASA here in San Marcos and they will put your name on a list. See you next Sunday at the races.

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