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March 17th, 2010
Run with Moe: Thanks for the race

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

Time to kick back and enjoy a little free time after the race from a week ago.

The ARA-Moe’s Better Half Marathon and CASA Speak Up For Kids 5K turned out to be a nice success, and the efforts of the race organizers paid off well for the runners in the races.

The weather held off with the rain until everything from running the race to putting everything away to moving out was done. Then, a few sprinkles began to fall. The weather did have an effect on the number of runners that actually showed up to run the race. With more than 300 runners pre-registered, there were only 250 runners that were timed for finishing the race.

Approximately 50 runners turned out to be no-shows for the run. The runners in the 5K race was actually down a little also from those that actually signed up to run but did not show. It sort of made my comments about runners enjoying running in the rain last week seem to be a stretch.

Comments from runners and from e-mails that I have received this past week have all been very favorable about how much they enjoyed the course and the volunteers and organization of the race. This always makes the amount of time and effort that goes into putting on a race seem worthwhile. It is once again a big “Thank you!” to the volunteers that make the race a success from direction people to aid stations people, course monitors and food preparers.

CASA had a large number of volunteers, as did the Kiwanis Club and the GAP store, which had a great group of volunteers who were available for often spur-of-the-minute tasks. A special thanks goes to the race organizers that put in much of the work — Linda and David Alexander, Mike and Tricia Schneider from CASA and Jim Moyle from ARA. They are the driving force behind the run. These key people are what made the run happen. Tanger Outlet Mall staff was there at 5 a.m. to help with getting material out and setting up roadblocks for traffic control.

RunFar Timing and Race Works drove down from Austin at about 5:30 a.m. and were responsible for setting up the finish line and coning off the area to set up the technology aspect of the race. Some of the stores near the finish area even opened up a little early to see if the runners wanted to shop while waiting for the announcement of the awards.

Tanger Outlet MALL really goes all out to make an event a success here in San Marcos. Area runners that finished the half marathon distance included Leah Whitworth (2:22:13), Leah York (2:26:39), Stacy Mitchum (2:17:20), Precious Hernandez (2:38:55) and Theresa Flores (2:45:25) and April Harris (2:50:36). Other runners included Rebekah Welvaert (2:42:08), Charles Welvaert (2:11:22), Laura Mason (2:29:56).

Reenie Smith (2:04:34) was first place in the 55-59 age group, followed by Gina Eben in second place in 2:08:15 and Teresa Medina in third place with a 2:27:37. Running in the half also was Casimiro Chavez (1:52:12), Eric Rindahl (1:44:24), and Mocha & Java’s owner Kevin Carswell, who provided coffee for the early volunteers then turned in a 1:49:57 time in the race.

The runners from the area in the timed portion of the CASA Speak Up For Kids 5K were small in number, as many of the local runners chose to enter the fun run and were not recorded on the finish results. In the 15-19 age category, Jordan Carswell turned in a first place time of 28:15, with Laura Artiles in second place with a 28:15 time, also.

The only other runner listing a San Marcos address was Alan Atchison, who took third place in the 50-59 age group with a 24:58. Everything considered, the race was a good event for the runners, as many of the first time entrants mentioned that they would be back next year and runners liked the shirts this year.

Some of the past participants said they wanted to add another commemorative coffee mug from the half marathon to their collections.

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