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October 21st, 2009
Run with Moe: Pets and pacers

Run with Moe: A column
San Marcos Runners Club

Earlier this month, the Pet Fest 5K was held down at San Marcos City Park and along the scenic river walk trail.

A good turnout of more than 100 runners took on the challenge, and some of the runners were paced along with their K-9 friends over the trail. There were a few “damp” spots on the trail from the recent rains, but it just made the course more interesting.

Actually some of the mud holes were enough to really muddy up a pair of new shoes if a runner should choose to take the straight and narrow path through it.  Most of the runners opted for a more firm footing and cleaner route around the really wet spots.

Results from San Marcos and area runners included Neal Lucas from New Braunfels as the overall male champion in 18:46 and 14-year-old Ashley Morgan from Kyle as the overall female champion in 23:18.

Angie Burke from San Marcos was the overall female masters champion in 27:18. In the 10 years and under group, Joshua Lowe took first place in 31:05 and Cameron Rojas gathered a second place in the female 11-14 age group. In the female 15-19 age category, Brittany Cole ran a 29:22.

The male 20-29 group had Joe Garza take a second place in 21:12 and Kyle’s Frank Granado ran a 29:18 with Bill Kessler crossing the finish in 33:08 and Paul Gorrick finishing in 34:24. For the female 20-29 age group, San Marcos runner Lisa Starey took first place in 26:53, with Elisa Camara crossing in 30:23, Jamey Neyens finished in 33:08, Shelsea Saenz in 33:23, Allyson Carter in 36:42 and Raylene Brewer in 40:09.

For the 30-39 age category, San Marcos Joe Cardenas gathered first place with a 19:29 and Andrew Reeves followed him in second place with a 22:59. For the female portion of the 30-39 age group, Anna Jaso took second place in 26:39 with Adrianna Capetillo running in at 35:18, Jamaie Wallendorf in 36:54 and Iona Lowe running a 40:12 time, Elisa Ramos running a 45:32, Angela Robertson running a 45:32, Vicki Alford running a 1:01:07 and Katie Joslin from Kyle also finishing.

For the men in the 40-49 age group, Eric Rindahl of San Marcos took second in 25:32, while Wayne Ames finished in 42:02. For the female 40-49 age, Laura Mason ran in with a 33:41 time. In the 50-59 age category Lenny Starey ran a first-place time with a 26:42, Lee Bryant crossed in 40:15 and Brian Golick finished in 54:42. For the female runners in that age, Ann Leslie took third in 41:22 and Jan Golick ran in at 54:44.

In the 60 and over male category, Carl Schreiber came in at 45:38. I am not sure who paced who, but his dog is a very small pug breed and probably needs to take ten steps for every one Carl took.

The next race up for runners in San Marcos is the Country Roads Half Marathon sponsored by Subway of Central Texas on Oct. 25. The course is the familiar ARA-Moe’s Better Half Marathon run in reverse for a somewhat more downhill run. It starts at the Tanger Outlet Center at 7 a.m.

So far, the entry numbers have been very low and while it would be a great training run for the Rock N’ Roll Marathon in San Antonio three weeks later, the organizers are puzzled at the low turnout. Even with a low turnout, the runners will be there and volunteers are still needed. It makes for an early 6 a.m. Sunday morning commitment, but a nice T-shirt and a nice drinking glass are the reward for helping out.

We can always use aid station people to hand out water and people to give directions at critical intersections. Call 396-2584 and let me know if you can make it out as a volunteer that morning.

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