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October 6th, 2009
Run with Moe: Big month of races

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

For runners in San Marcos and nearby area, a lot has been said about the running scene in October.

San Marcos can really have its fill of races every weekend with no driving to another town or just a very short drive for a few added extra races to enter. If a runner is really up to the challenge a runner can enter as many as eight races in the month of October.

For more details, go to the San Marcos Runners Club web site at: sanmarcosrunners.org and click on upcoming races.

On Saturday, the very popular Pet Fest 5K will start at 8 a.m. down at City Park (Lion’s Tube rental area). There is a family fun run and a kid’s run along with this event starting at 9 a.m. Entry for the 5K is $16 early registration and $20 day of race registration. Dogs are welcome and will receive nice bandanas to tie around their necks for pacing their master through the course.

The course follows the River Walk and is very scenic and cool under the trees. Call (512) 805-0624 for more information. The following Saturday, on Oct. 17, a runner can really see what she is made of, as there are two races here in town. The first is the Ronald Run 5K/Pi’s and Pets Fun Run starting at 7 a.m. out at River Ridge Business Park.  Call (817) 233-3655 for information, as this race may be moved to City Park.

If not, you need to stick around, as the Red Ribbon 5K and Kid’s 1K run are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. The popular Kid’s 1K starts at 8 a.m. that morning. Entries often number close to 100+ kids running this event. The first 100 children to register for the 1K Fun Run receive free T-shirts. Watching ages from maybe 3 years up to 12 years run around the loop is worth showing up that morning. The 5K course is a flat, fast and certified course for runners looking for a PR. Entry fee is $15 early and $20 for day of race or late registration. Call (512) 396-7695 for information.

If you can handle two races back to back, a short trip to the Kyle Fair and Music Festival for the Kyle-O-Meter 5K race on Sunday, Oct. 18. Entry fee for individuals is $25 early and $30 late and day of race. They have a package deal for four runners at $80 early registration and $100 late registration for a $5 discount to each runner if you register as a group. Call (512) 262-3939 for information.

For a different challenge Sunday, Oct. 25 is the Country Roads Half Marathon will be run out at the Tanger Outlet Center starting at 7 a.m. The course is the ARA-Moe’s Better Half Marathon run in reverse, and that means fewer up hills and more down hills for a fun change. A long-sleeved high tech shirt will be given to all runners. Awards are in five-year age groups with overall champions, masters overall champions, senior masters champions (50 and older) and grand masters champions (60 and older), as well. Entry fee for early registration is $35. The late registration fee on the day of the race is $45. Call (512) 396-2584 for more information.

Rounding out the month of October a short drive down to New Braunfels for the Wurst 5-Mile run (not 5K but 5 miles) in Landa Park. The race starts at 8 a.m. Entry is $25 for early registration and $30 for late and day of race registration. Buck’s Pottery provides the handmade mugs to the age group winners and for the overall male and female winners a cash prize of $150 is awarded. For the masters overall male and female winners, a cash prize of $100 is given.

There are not many months like this October for runners, so now is the time to collect the T-shirts, awards and great running weather and enjoy running without having to travel very far. See you at ‘all” of the races?

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