Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Volte Marathon Honor Roll

Patterned after our friends, the Seven Hills Running Club in Huntsville, we intend to recognize all of our runners who have completed a marathon or longer.  Distances run more than 26.2 miles are ultramarathons.  As an example, a 50K is 31 miles long.  Congratulations to all of our members who have accomplished what nearly 99 percent of runners will not complete.

34 - DREW GEORGE

3:40:47 - Rock N Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, 11/16/08
3:31:59 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/8/09
3:27:48 - Newport Marathon, Newport, RI, 5/30/09
4:31:40 - Walt Disney World Marathon, Lake Buena Vista, FL, 1/10/10
4:30:37 - Napa Valley Marathon, Napa, CA, 3/6/11
3:11:11 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/18/11
3:49:47 - Galveston Mardi Gras Marathon, Galveston, 2/5/12
3:53:18 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/12
3:51:54 - Big D Marathon, Dallas, 4/15/12
3:16:13 - Scott and White BCS Marathon, College Station, 12/9/12
3:17:59 - Galveston Mardi Gras Marathon, Galveston, 1/27/13
3:42:21 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/2/13
3:53:27 - San Luis Obispo Marathon, San Luis Obispo, CA, 4/5/13
4:02:02 - Big D Marathon, Dallas, 4/14/13
4:09:56 - Oklahoma City Marathon, Oklahoma City, OK, 4/28/13
3:04:56 - Texas Marathon, Kingwood, 1/1/14
3:03:55 - Galveston Mardi Gras Marathon, Galveston, 2/16/14
3:36:17 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/1/14
3:10:54 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/21/14
3:40:16 - Big Sur International Marathon, Monterey, CA, 4/27/14
3:41:14 - San Francisco Marathon, San Francisco, CA, 7/27/14
3:29:47 - TCS New York City Marathon, New York, NY, 11/2/14
3:14:10 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
3:10:23 - Galveston Mardi Gras Marathon, Galveston, 2/1/15
3:04:16 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 2/28/15
3:07:23 - Seabrook Lucky Trails Marathon, Seabrook, 3/15/15
3:15:02 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/20/15
4:12:11 - Rocky Mountain High-est Leadville Road Marathon, Leadville, CO, 9/6/15
3:40:34 - Galveston Marathon, Galveston, 2/14/16
3:20:15 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/5/16
3:40:34 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/18/16
3:56:46 - San Luis Obispo Marathon, San Luis Obispo, CA, 5/1/16
3:53:24 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/9/16
7:01:09 - Leadville Trail Marathon, Leadville, CO, 6/17/17

33 - DEREK BAILEY

4:32:01 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, 11/15/09 (State #1)
3:43:53 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/10
3:44:14 - Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Oklahoma City, OK, 4/25/10 (State #2)
3:33:11 - New York City Marathon, New York, NY, 11/7/10 (State #3)
3:27:55 - Mississippi Blues Marathon, Jackson, MS, 1/8/11 (State #4)
3:22:18 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/30/11
3:18:23 - Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, Cincinnati, OH, 5/1/11 (State #5)
3:18:19 - Vermont City Marathon, Burlington, VT, 5/29/11 (State #6)
3:12:18 - Pocatello Marathon, Pocatello, ID, 9/3/11 (State #7)
3:21:33 - Rock 'N' Roll Denver Marathon, Denver, CO, 10/9/11 (State #8)
3:08:19 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/12
3:10:50 - Little Rock Marathon, Little Rock, AR, 3/4/12 (State #9)
3:00:58 - Eugene Marathon, Eugene, OR, 4/29/12 (State #10)
3:06:25 - Sioux Falls Marathon, Sioux Falls, SD, 9/9/12 (State #11)
3:01:34 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/7/12 (State #12)
3:08:03 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/13
3:06:48 - Georgia Marathon, Atlanta, GA, 3/17/13 (State #13)
3:02:41 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/15/13 (State #14)
3:14:53 - Bozeman Marathon, Bozeman, MT, 9/8/13 (State #15)
3:07:35 - Kansas City Marathon, Kansas City, MO, 10/19/13 (State #16)
2:59:09 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14
3:06:19 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/21/14
4:47:34 - Ironman Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 9/7/14 (State #17)
3:15:03 - Steamtown Marathon, Scranton, PA, 10/12/14 (State #18)
3:01:02 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/20/15
4:37:23 - Ironman Boulder, Boulder, CO, 8/2/15
2:59:12 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/16
3:09:04 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/18/16
4:24:29 - Ironman Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN, 9/25/16 (State #19)
3:06:27 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/17/17
3:04:39 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17 (State #20)
3:27:47 - Newport Marathon, Newport, RI, 10/8/17 (State #21)
3:16:53 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/16/18

33 - MICHELLE MCGILL

4:43:05 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/07
4:29:01 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/08
4:46:41 - Dallas White Rock Marathon, Dallas, 12/14/08
4:32:02 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/09
4:33:33 - Austin Marathon, Austin, 2/15/09
4:23:09 - Dallas White Rock Marathon, Dallas, 12/13/09
4:18:53 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/10
4:23:54 - Austin Marathon, Austin, 2/14/10
3:58:27 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, 11/14/10
3:54:45 - Dallas White Rock Marathon, 12/5/10
3:58:38 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/30/11
3:58:30 - Austin Marathon, Austin, 2/20/11
4:02:32 - Nike Women's Marathon, San Francisco, CA, 10/16/11
4:10:18 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, 11/13/11
3:54:15 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/12
3:49:23 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/12
3:53:57 - Rock 'N' Roll Las Vegas Marathon, Las Vegas, NV, 12/2/12+
3:47:36 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/13
3:48:55 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/2/13
3:44:39 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/15/13
3:39:05 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/13/13
3:34:59 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14
3:48:23 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/1/14
3:55:02 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15+
3:53:40 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/20/15
3:53:16 - New York City Marathon, New York, NY, 11/1/15
3:41:53 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/16
3:50:01 - Wineglass Marathon, Corning, NY, 10/2/16
4:09:39 - Chevron Houston Maraton, Houston, 1/15/17+
4:02:16 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/17/17
3:55:31 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17
3:52:03 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, TX, 1/14/18
4:04:54 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/16/18

28 - MICHAEL CSIKOS

4:27:07 - hp Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/16/05
3:28:54 - Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/06
3:36:49 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/22/06
3:41:11 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC, 10/28/07
3:30:38 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/08
3:38:34 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, 11/16/08
3:32:42 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/09
3:29:58 - St. George Marathon, St. George, UT, 10/3/09
3:30:07 - Dallas White Rock Marathon, Dallas, 12/13/09
3:15:59 - Rock 'N' Roll New Orleans Marathon, New Orleans, LA, 2/28/10
3:28:55 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/30/11
3:38:46 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/18/11
3:48:40 - ING New York City Marathon, New York City, NY, 11/6/11
3:22:11 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/12
3:23:41 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/12
3:49:54 - Fort Worth Marathon, Fort Worth, 11/11/12
3:24:25 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/13
3:45:31 - ING New York City Marathon, New York City, NY, 11/3/13
3:40:04 - Big Cottonwood Marathon, Salt Lake City, UT, 9/13/14
3:31:18 - Scott & White Health BCS Marathon, College Station, 12/14/14
3:18:36 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
3:27:36 - Scott & White Health BCS Marathon, College Station, 12/13/15
3:46:06 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/18/16
3:44:17 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/17
3:19:48 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/4/17*
3:20:52 - Eugene Marathon, Eugene, OR, 5/7/17
3:26:04 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, TX, 1/14/18
3:48:23 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/16/18

28 - TODD HUNTER

3:59:47 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/08
4:09:01 - Flying Pig Marathon, Cincinnati, OH, 5/4/08
4:02:16 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/09
3:53:51 - Cowtown Marathon, Fort Worth, 2/28/09
3:55:13 - New York City Marathon, New York, NY, 11/1/09
3:54:39 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/10
3:50:14 - Mardi Gras Marathon, New Orleans, LA, 2/28/10
4:03:37 - Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Oklahoma City, OK, 4/25/10
3:57:56 - Dallas White Rock Marathon, Dallas, 12/5/10
4:02:56 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/30/11
4:05:47 - Austin Marathon, Austin, 2/20/11
3:55:12 - Portland Marathon, Portland, OR, 10/9/11
3:57:22 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/12
4:01:58 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/13/12
4:19:43 - Bryan/College Station Marathon, College Station, 12/9/12
4:03:23 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/13
3:54:48 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/2/13
4:00:38 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14
3:57:36 - Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon, Louisville, KY, 4/19/14
3:57:10 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
3:50:26 - Dallas Marathon, Dallas, 12/13/15
3:42:43 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/16
4:14:00 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC, 10/30/16
3:47:49 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/17
3:36:13 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/4/17*
3:25:21 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17
3:55:26 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18
3:56:11 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/16/18

24 - BRIAN SCHULTZ (Unconfirmed)

4:20:12 - Bryan/College Station Marathon, College Station, 12/9/12
3:54:31 - Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, San Diego, CA, 6/2/13
3:39:29 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/15/13
4:20:18 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14
4:05:34 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/12/14
4:33:58 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
3:51:03 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/11/15
4:21:55 - Bryan/College Station Marathon, College Station, 12/13/15
4:01:08 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/16
4:31:36 - Austin Marathon, Austin, 2/14/16
4:09:07 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/5/16
4:05:57 - Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, San Diego, CA, 6/5/16
3:50:14 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/9/16
4:15:39 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, 12/4/16
3:53:22 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/17
3:47:41 - Rock 'N' Roll New Orleans Marathon, New Orleans, LA, 2/5/17
3:36:13 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/4/17*
4:40:57 - Go! St. Louis Marathon, St. Louis, MO, 4/9/17
3:53:20 - Spring Chance BQ 2 Marathon, Geneva, IL, 4/22/17
3:36:17 - Last Chance BQ.2 Chicagoland Marathon, Geneva, IL, 9/9/17
3:57:37 - Rock 'N' Roll Las Vegas Marathon, Las Vegas, NV, 11/12/17
3:53:12 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18
4:11:57 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/18
3:57:06 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/16/18

24 - STEVEN LOPEZ

4:48:55 - Disney World Marathon, Orlando, FL, 1/11/09 (State #1)
4:06:11 - Disney World Marathon, Orlando, FL, 1/9/11
3:47:05 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/12 (State #2)
3:46:18 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/12
4:26:20 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, 11/11/12
4:02:55 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/13
4:13:36 - Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, 10/6/13 (State #3)
4:30:25 - Disney World Marathon, Orlando, FL, 1/12/14
4:07:22 - Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, Cincinnati, OH, 5/4/14 (State #4)
4:04:11 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/12/14 (State #5)
4:11:32 - Richmond Marathon, Richmond, VA, 11/15/14 (State #6)
5:03:37 - Big Sur International Marathon, Carmel, CA, 4/26/15 (State #7)
4:20:45 - Detroit Free Press International Marathon, Detroit, MI, 10/18/15 (State #8)
4:51:22 - New York City Marathon, New York City, NY, 11/1/15 (State #9)
5:02:36 - Ironman Texas, The Woodlands, 5/14/16
5:18:36 - Aspen Valley Marathon, Aspen, CO, 7/16/16 (State #10)
5:27:27 - Portland Marathon, Portland, OR, 10/9/16 (State #11)
4:44:15 - Kiawah Island Marathon, Kiawah Island, SC, 12/10/16 (State #12)
4:40:12 - Rock 'N' Roll New Orleans Marathon, New Orleans, LA, 2/5/17 (State #13)
4:53:47 - Missoula Marathon, Missoula, MT, 7/9/17 (State #14)
5:57:19 - Steamtown Marathon, Scranton, PA, 10/8/17 (State #15)
5:08:36 - Rocket City Marathon, Huntsville, AL, 12/9/17 (State #16)
4:58:02 - Little Rock Marathon, Little Rock, AR, 3/4/18 (State #17)
5:08:56 - Fargo Marathon, Fargo, ND, 5/19/18 (State #18)

24 - TRUDY REGNIER - 17 MARATHONS, 1 50-MILE, 6 50K

4:16:58 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/06
4:29:01 - USA Fit Marathon, Houston, 1/11/09
4:34:11 - Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon, Seabrook, 3/15/09
4:05:09 - Davy Crockett Bear Chase Marathon, Groveton, 4/11/09
5:57:09 - Rocky Raccoon 50K, Huntsville State Park, 11/7/09
4:38:24 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, 11/15/09
6:07:25 - Sunmart Texas Trail 50K, Huntsville State Park, 12/05/09
4:16:46 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/10
4:16:22 - Austin Marathon, Austin, 2/14/10
4:22:56 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/19/10
6:09:57 - Rocky Raccoon 50K, Huntsville State Park, 11/2/10
7:19:22 - Sunmart Texas Trail 50K, Huntsville State Park, 12/11/10
4:32:05 - Texas Marathon, Kingwood, 1/1/12
4:27:04 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/12
6:37:10 - Rocky Raccoon 50K, Huntsville State Park, 11/3/12
6:37:10 - Sunmart Texas Trail 50K, Huntsville State Park, 12/1/12
4:38:51 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/13
13:07:00 - Rocky Raccoon 50 Mile, Huntsville State Park, 2/2/13
4:58:07 - Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon, Seabrook, 3/17/13
4:40:53 - Tucson Marathon, Tucson, AZ, 12/8/13
4:44:43 - Galveston Marathon, Galveston, 1/16/14
4:38:28 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
4:49:41 - Texas Marathon, Kingwood, 1/1/16
4:46:50 - Grandma's Marathon, Duluth, MN, 6/18/16

23 - KIMBERLY SIMMONS  - 21 MARATHONS, 1 50M, 1 50K (Unconfirmed)

4:11:31 - Austin Marathon, Austin, 2/17/02
3:53:28 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC, 10/27/02
6:02:11 - Sunmart Texas Trail 50K, Huntsville State Park, 12/16/02
3:41:12 - hp Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/03
4:10:47 - Austin Marathon, Austin, 2/15/04
4:05:03 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/19/04
3:38:54 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/10/04
3:24:31 - hp Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/16/05
3:29:56 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/18/05
5:36:13 - Sunmart Texas Trail 50K, Huntsville State Park, 12/3/05
3:29:27 - Texas Marathon, Kingwood, 1/1/06
3:34:38 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/17/06
4:01:14 - Carlsbad Marathon, Carlsbad, CA, 1/21/07
4:22:52 - Big Sur Marathon, Carmel, CA, 4/29/07
3:52:29 - Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, San Diego, CA, 6/03/07
3:44:36 - Long Beach International City Marathon, Long Beach, CA, 10/14/07
4:33:33 - ING New York City Marathon, New York, NY, 11/4/07
3:32:28 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/21/08
4:19:24 - Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, San Diego, CA, 6/01/08
3:34:30 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/20/09
10:19:32 - Dick Collins Firetrails 50M, Castro Valley, CA, 10/10/09
3:25:21 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/19/10
7:29:00 - Cuyamaca Three Peaks 50K, Cuyamaca, CA, 7/9/11

19 - TAMMY GRADO

5:10:50 - Austin Marathon, Austin, 2/17/08
5:14:42 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/09
4:57:54 - Dallas Marathon, Dallas, 12/13/09
5:01:49 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/10
4:51:46 - Austin Marathon, Austin, 2/14/10
4:56:57 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, 11/14/10
4:43:38 - Dallas Marathon, Dallas, 12/5/10
5:07:20 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/30/11
5:06:44 - Austin Marathon, Austin, 2/20/11
5:12:20 - Nike 26.2 - Nike Women's Marathon, San Francisco, CA, 10/16/11
4:31:44 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/12
4:55:27 - Dallas Marathon, Dallas, 12/9/12
4:51:50 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/13
5:21:07 - Austin Marathon, Austin, 2/17/13
4:24:09 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/13/13
4:04:41 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/15
4:12:13 - Wineglass Marathon, Corning, NY, 10/1/16
3:51:37 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17
4:26:16 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/16/18

16 - LEANNE ROSSER

4:48:44 - Big-D Texas Marathon, Dallas, 4/11/10
6:33:00 - Athens Classic Marathon, Athens, Greece, 10/31/10
4:49:44 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/12
4:55:59 - Prague Marathon, Prague, CZ, 5/13/12
4:34:35 - Philadelphia Marathon, Philadelphia, PA, 11/18/12
5:37:15 - Big Sur International Marathon, Carmel, CA, 4/28/13
4:32:18 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/13/13
4:19:29 - Museum of Aviation Foundation Marathon, Warner Robins/Robins AFB, GA, 1/18/14
4:33:40 - Napa Valley Marathon, Napa, CA, 3/2/14
4:36:42 - BMW Frankfurt Marathon, Frankfurt, GER, 10/26/14
4:35:07 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
4:05:53 - St. George Marathon, St. George, UT, 10/3/15
3:42:22 - Revel Mt. Charleston, Las Vegas, NV, 5/7/16
4:19:41 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/17/17
4:39:24 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17
4:06:45 - Eugene Marathon, Eugene, OR, 4/29/18

15 - GEORGE ROFFE

5:53:14 - HP Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/16/05
7:30:42 - Mayors Midnight Sun Marathon, Anchorage, AK, 6/18/05
5:10:47 - Rochester Marathon, Rochester, NY, 9/17/06
4:44:18 - Grandma's Marathon, Duluth, MN, 6/16/07
7:08:18 - Sunmart Texas Trail 50K, Huntsville State Park, 12/8/07
5:08:23 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/08
5:25:37 - Rochester Marathon, Rochester, NY, 9/13/09
5:32:24 - Texas Marathon, Kingwood, 1/1/10
6:16:01 - Ironman Texas, The Woodlands, 5/21/11
5:19:18 - Texas Marathon, Kingwood, 1/1/12
4:59:20 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/12
5:33:05 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/13
5:31:28 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14
5:33:13 - Texas Marathon, Kingwood, 1/1/16
5:26:58 - Grandma's Marathon, Duluth, MN, 6/18/16

15 - RICHARD COOPER

3:30 - Summit Marathon, Los Gatos, CA, 11/81
3:45 - Golden Gate Marathon, San Francisco, CA, 10/82
3:15 - Oakland Marathon, Oakland, CA, 11/83
4:39:17 - Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/12/97
4:22:44 - Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/98
4:25:07 - Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/99
4:15:02 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/24/99
4:33:23 - Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/01
4:35:33 - Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/03
4:42:30 - Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/04
4:44:00 - hp Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/16/05
4:54:56 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/07
4:37:35 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/10
4:53:51 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/30/11
5:15:26 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14

14 - BONNIE SCHOLZ - 8 MARATHONS, 2 50-MILE, 4 50K (Unconfirmed)

6:00:40 - Compaq Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/20/02
5:14:08 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 2/28/15
4:16:42 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/5/16
5:27:42 - Brazos Bend 50K, Needville, 4/16/16
4:13:11 - Huntsville Utah Marathon, Huntsville, 9/17/16
6:15:21 - Palo Duro Canyon 50K, Amarillo, 10/15/16
4:11:19 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, 12/4/16
3:33:21 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/4/17*
4:35:49 - Brazos Bend 50K, Needville, 4/8/17
3:39:38 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17
5:29:56 - The Wild Hare 50K, Warda, 11/18/17
9:30:00 - Brazos Bend 50M, Needville, 12/9/17
11:47:49 - Antelope Canyon Ultramarathon 50M, Page, AZ, 2/24/18
4:00:26 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/16/18

14 - LAURA GODFREY

4:38:29 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/25/12
4:03:29 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14
4:17:43 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/1/14
4:09:11 - Zydeco Marathon, Lafayette, LA, 3/30/14
4:13:41 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/12/14
3:53:44 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/15
3:54:34 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/16
3:51:52 - Rock 'N' Roll New Orleans Marathon, New Orleans, LA, 2/28/16
3:39:54 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/18/16
4:48:57 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/17
4:17:53 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/17/17
3:50:53 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17
3:37:59 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18
4:23:28 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/16/18

13 - BRIAN JACKSON (Unconfirmed)

3:16:41 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/12
3:33:39 - Columbus Marathon, Columbus, OH, 10/21/12
3:58:24 - USA Fit Marathon, Sugar Land, 1/27/13
3:03:25 - Bryan/College Station Marathon, College Station, 12/8/13
3:21:46 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/1/14
3:16:14 - Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon, Seabrook, 3/16/14
3:13:06 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
2:59:12 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/20/15
2:54:00 - Chicago Marathon, 10/11/15
3:17:36 - Disney World Marathon, Orlando, FL, 1/10/16
3:24:22 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/18/16
3:19:58 - New York City Marathon, New York, NY, 11/6/16
2:59:25 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/4/17*

13 - JEN SMITH

5:11:03 - HP Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/16/05
5:09:53 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC, 10/30/05
3:44:29 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/13
4:15:51 - Big Cottonwood Marathon - 9/13/13
3:41:32 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14
3:51:51 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC, 10/26/14
3:40:29 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
3:51:57 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/11/15
3:43:46 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/16
4:02:58 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/8/16
3:52:47 - Wineglass Marathon, Corning, NY, 10/2/16
3:58:54 - Valencia Marathon, Valencia, ESP, 11/19/17
4:05:34 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

13 - RANDALL HARRIS (Unconfirmed)

3:52:08 - BCS Marathon, College Station, 12/11/11
3:57:21 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/12
3:50:29 - Scott and White BCS Marathon, College Station, 12/9/12
3:29:55 - Big D Marathon, Dallas, 4/14/13
3:17:37 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14
3:28:35 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
3:23:50 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/20/15
3:29:17 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/16
3:42:50 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/18/16
3:54:23 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/17
4:13:42 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/4/17*
4:20:41 - Athens Classic Marathon, Athens, Greece, 11/12/17
4:02:39 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

12 - PAUL VITA (Unconfirmed)

4:27:33 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/12
4:23:39 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/12
5:10:51 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/13
4:18:41 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/2/13
4:43:23 - Pittsburgh Marathon, Pittsburgh, PA, 5/5/13
4:47:42 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14
5:50:15 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/1/14
4:26:52 - Pittsburgh Marathon, Pittsburgh, PA, 5/4/14
4:51:18 - Mount Desert Island Marathon, Bar Harbor, ME, 10/19/14
5:00:29 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
5:41:07 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC, 10/25/15
6:52:51 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC, 10/22/17

11 - MAYRA CAAMANO - 9 MARATHONS, 1 50-MILE, 1 50K

3:53:56 - Rock 'N' Roll Las Vegas Marathon, Las Vegas, NV, 12/4/11
3:54:40 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/12
3:56:13 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, 10/28/12
3:27:22 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14
3:44:39 - Boston Marathon, Boston, 4/20/15
9:10:52 - Rocky Raccoon 50 Mile, Huntsville, 2/13/16
4:05:18 - Love. Run. Marathon., Huntsville, 2/18/17
3:27:14 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/4/17*
3:49:59 - Scott & White Health BCS Marathon, College Station, 12/10/17
6:17:02 - Running The Rose 54K, Tyler, 1/27/18
3:47:44 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/18

11 - NAIKA VARGAS - 8 MARATHONS, 1 50-MILE, 2 50K

4:32:32 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/12
4:29:49 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC, 10/28/12
4:13:58 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/2/13
4:07:30 - Nike 26.2 - Nike Women's Marathon, San Francisco, CA, 10/01/13
6:54:49 - Rocky Raccoon 50K, Huntsville State Park, 11/2/13
4:09:16 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14
3:56:22 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/12/14
4:36:34 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, 12/06/14
6:30:20 - Houston Running Festival 50K, Houston, 12/27/14
10:57:35 - Rocky Raccoon 50-Mile, Huntsville State Park, 2/7/15
4:43:33 - Erie Marathon, Erie, PA, 9/13/15

9 - MACK MILLER

4:43:48 - hp Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/16/05
4:57:02 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/06
7:06:00 - Lone Star 50K Trail Run, Coldspring, 3/4/06
6:28:31 - Summart Texas Trail 50K, Huntsville State Park, 12/1/06
4:54:01 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/07
5:43:09 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/08
5:42:53 - Eugene Marathon, Eugene, OR, 5/4/08
5:41:02 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/09
4:52:02 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

8 - ANITA REGISTER

4:20:31 - Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/03
4:32:00 - Carlsbad Marathon, Carlsbad, CA, 1/16/05
3:34:48 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/06
3:32:30 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/17/06
3:16:35 - LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/22/06
3:48:26 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/16/07
3:45:22 - ING New York City Marathon, New York, NY, 11/4/07
5:04:29 - Ironman Texas, The Woodlands, 5/21/11

8 - CARRIE HYDE

3:50:44 - Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon, Hamilton, ON, CAN, 11/4/12
3:50:01 - Toronto Marathon, Toronto, ON, CAN, 5/6/12
3:47:07 - Toronto Marathon, Toronto, ON, CAN, 5/5/13
4:03:30 - Big Cottonwood Marathon, Salt Lake City, UT, 9/13/14
4:00:43 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
3:58:57 - Erie Marathon, Erie, PA, 9/13/15
4:34:16 - Wineglass Marathon, Corning, NY, 10/2/16
4:03:43 - Revel Mt. Charleston Marathon, Las Vegas, NV, 4/29/17

8 - JULIEE SPARKS

4:02:41 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC, 10/31/10
3:53:46 - USA Fit Marathon, Sugar Land, 1/16/11
3:44:33 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/12
3:45:43 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14
3:42:14 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/1/14
3:44:31 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/16
4:23:38 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18
3:41:20 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/18

8 - KRISTI CHEN

4:20:44 - Louisiana Marathon, Baton Rouge, LA, 1/20/13
4:04:40 - Little Rock Marathon, Little Rock, AR, 3/2/14
3:47:21 - Louisiana Marathon, Baton Rougle, LA, 1/17/15
4:17:40 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/18/16
4:08:15 - Charlevoix Marathon, Charlevoix, MI, 6/25/16
5:12:22 - Wineglass Marathon, Corning, NY, 10/2/16
3:46:14 - Revel Mt. Charleston Marathon, Las Vegas, NV, 4/29/17
4:36:35 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17

8 - MIKE KUYKENDALL

4:35:38 - Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, San Diego, CA, 6/4/00
4:22:21 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/22/00
4:40:31 - Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, San Diego, CA, 6/1/01
5:08:33 - Tucson Marathon, Tucson, AZ, 12/9/01
4:52:47 - Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Oklahoma City, OK, 4/28/02
5:13:33 - New York City Marathon, New York, NY, 11/3/02
4:48:13 - Mad City Marathon, Madison, WI, 5/23/03
5:09:42 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/30/11

7 - AMANDA CRUISE

3:29:58 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
3:47:20 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, 12/6/15
3:11:34 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/16
3:11:04 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/18/16
2:57:53 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/17
3:01:31 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/17/17
2:44:42 - California International Marathon, Sacramento, CA, 12/3/17

7 - GABBY BROCKETT

5:11:48 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/28/12
5:09:46 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, TX, 11/11/12
4:47:37 - Air Force Marathon, Dayton, OH, 9/21/13
6:22:54 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/13/13
4:43:31 - New York City Marathon, New York, NY, 11/3/13
5:05:48 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC, 10/26/14
5:33:41 - Revel Mt. Charleston Marathon, Las Vegas, NV, 4/29/17

6 - JUAN FLORES

4:09:30 - Methodist Health Care Houston Marathon, 1/12/97
3:35:22 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, 11/14/10
3:37:36 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/13
3:23:12 - Revel Mt. Charleston Marathon, Las Vegas, NV, 4/29/17
3:17:21 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17
3:36:36 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/17/18

6 - LAUREN HOFFART

4:46:40 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/13/13
4:48:38 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/1/14
4:13:23 - Rock 'N' Roll Nashville Marathon, Nashville, TN, 11/8/14
4:29:30 - Route 66 Marathon, Tulsa, OK, 11/22/15
5:01:54 - TCS New York City Marathon, New York, NY, 11/6/16
4:23:43 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17

5 - JUANA "YAYA" HERRERA

3:59:07 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/17
3:37:30 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/4/17*
3:34:21 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17
3:59:32 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18
4:08:22 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/16/18

5 - RICHARD TONG

4:53:54 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/5/16
4:34:55 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/17
4:08:05 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/4/17*
4:14:32 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18
4:43:02 - Eugene Marathon, Eugene, OR, 4/29/18

5 - SANDRA TEZINO

3:39:18 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/18/16
4:18:45 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/17/17
3:41:08 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17
3:50:01 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18
4:03:29 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/16/18

5 - SHELBY WILLIAMS

3:16:19 - Rock 'N' Roll Savannah Marathon, Savannah, GA, 11/07/15
3:23:26 - Space Coast Marathon, Cocoa, FL, 11/27/16
3:33:56 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/17/17
3:21:50 - USA Fit Marathon, Sugar Land, 1/28/18
3:30:29 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/16/18

5 - TAMMY NINKE

4:53:49 - Dallas White Rock Marathon, Dallas, 12/13/09
4:15:53 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/30/11
4:14:58 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/09/11
4:35:23 - ING New York City Marathon, New York, NY, 11/3/13
5:33:33 - Revel Mt. Charleston Marathon, Las Vegas, NV, 4/29/17

4 - JILL TRESAUGUE+

4:12:47 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14
3:59:16 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
3:59:24 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/16
3:51:44 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

4 - LAURA HANYZEWSKI

4:19:15 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/12/14
3:55:02 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
5:26:54 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/17
4:32:21 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

4 - LAWRENCE "LARRY" BATTON (Unconfirmed)

4:11:48 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC, 10/25/15
3:46:35 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/4/17*
3:52:14 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC, 10/22/17
3:55:52 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

4 - ROBERT DEMPSEY (3 marathons, 1 50K)

5:26:23 - All American Marathon, Fayetteville, NC, 4/3/16
5:22:14 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/17
6:23:05 - Brazos Bend 50K, Needville, 4/7/18
5:42:25 - Silo District Marathon, Waco, 5/7/18

4 - TIM RUSSELL

4:56:46 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/2/13
4:03:38 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 2/28/15
4:07:34 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/16
4:20:33 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

3 - ALAN RAMSEY

4:32:08 - USA Fit Marathon, Sugar Land, 1/27/13
3:57:57 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/2/13
4:23:33 - Revel Mt. Charleston Marathon, Las Vegas, NV, 4/29/17

3 - DANA FORMON+

4:58:10 - Honolulu Marathon, Honolulu, HI, 12/13/15
5:08:54 - Marathon 2 Marathon, Marathon, 10/21/17
4:52:06 - Texas Marathon, Kingwood, 1/1/18

3 - GABBY WESTBROOK

4:13:51 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/17
4:23:35 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17
4:01:44 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

3 - JERRITT PARK

4:01:45 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/2/13
3:49:24 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
4:15:16 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

3 - JUDITH ALBARRAN

5:07:32 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14
4:33:54 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17
4:19:31 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

3 - MARTA MIXA

4:53:30 - Cowtown Marathon, Fort Worth, 2/22/97
4:33:57 - Revel Mt. Charleston Marathon, Las Vegas, 4/29/17
4:36:32 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17

3 - MONSERRAT "MONSE" LOUIMEUS

4:29:20 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/4/17*
4:23:36 - Tunnel Light Marathon, North Bend, WA, 9/17/17
4:09:00 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

3 - PENNY GARZA

6:29:14 - Big-D Texas Marathon, Dallas, 4/10/16
5:36:36 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/4/17
7:07:20 - Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon, Anchorage, AK, 6/17/17

3 - ROB MYERS

5:02:33 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/03/12
4:41:34 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/02/13
4:53:39 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC, 10/22/17

3 - WIL COLE

4:26:14 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/16
3:45:04 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/4/17*
4:17:52 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC, 10/22/17

2 - BRIAN HANYZEWSKI

5:26:54 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/17
4:36:21 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

2 - DESNA MCDONALD-JACKSON

5:55:19 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/16
6:00:04 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/17

2 - GREG NETTLETON

4:50:02 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/8/17
4:05:29 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

2 - HOPE JIMENEZ RAMSAY

4:18:13 - Grandma's Marathon, Duluth, MN, 6/18/16
3:54:49 - Revel Mt. Charleston, Las Vegas, NV, 4/29/17

2 - JULIE PEARCE

5:03:45 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/18/15
5:00:42 - London Marathon, London, ENG, 4/22/18

2 - KERI AMADOR+

3:40:18 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18
3:37:46 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/18

2 - LANDA WRIGHT+

3:56:00 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/17
4:34:57 - Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas, The Woodlands, 4/22/17

2 - LAYTON GILL+

4:44:34 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/15/17
4:29:50 - Twin Cities Marathon, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, 10/1/17

2 - LETICIA GONZALEZ

6:10:44 - Marathon Makeover Marathon, Madison, MS, 10/15/11
7:44:20 - Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon, Seabrook, 3/18/17

2 - TABITHA YOUNG

5:10:12 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/13/13
5:39:39 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/15

2 - TOM NINKE

4:29:55 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/30/11
4:24:28 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/19/14

1 - AMANDA BECKER

6:21:09 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/18

1 - KELLY GREEN

6:12:19 - BCS Marathon, College Station, 12/8/13

1 - LLANA BINGHAM

4:49:41 - BCS Marathon, College Station, 12/14/14

1 - LOUISE PEARCE

5:00:42 - London Marathon, London, ENG, 4/22/18

1 - MARY CARTER+

6:25:16 - Scott & White Healthcare BCS Marathon, College Station, 12/9/12

1 - MEGAN EASTIN+

4:50:37 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

1 - MEREDITH MOSS

3:40:01 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/3/18

1 - SALLY BUCKELEW

4:15:28 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/17/16

1 - WAVERLY WALK+

4:51:08 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, 1/14/18

To submit your races, please forward the race and time (we'll get the date, etc.) to Nine Volte at voltenine(at)gmail.com.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Volte's 2018 Road to Boston: Michelle McGill

(Note:  One profile is left to catch up on from prior to the race.  We apologize for not having the writing mojo for a little bit.  Rather do it well, than do the effort a disservice.  ~NV)

When you fear you may lose something, you invariably work harder to hold on to it – especially if it is something worth keeping.

Or better yet, experiencing.

Heading into this year’s Boston Marathon – and why it is so important to her, five years ago Michelle McGill had almost made her mind up not to another 26.2-mile race.

“I think what brings me back to this race is 2013 – “the bombing year” - being my first Boston,” she said.  “As I thought it would have been my last marathon, it makes me work harder to get there every year.”

The group’s co-leader with 32 marathon finishes heading into the race, it was marathon #28 – the Wineglass Marathon in Corning, New York – that gave her the golden entry ticket.

“I loved the course.  It was beautiful,” Michelle said.  “It was the first race of the season and the first one coming back from an injury.

“I was so happy to run pain free.”

Just about a mile from the finish at Wineglass; making it look easier than most!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Which is her goal every time she puts her shoes on to run 26.2 miles, including her fourth Boston Marathon.

“It is to try and enjoy – as much as you can in a marathon it, run pain free and feel good at the end,” she noted.

At Wineglass, Michelle came away with a 3:50:01 reward for her effort.

Pretty good when you consider that she chose it “because a big group of friends were doing it.”

And this year’s Boston will be no different.

“I look forward to sharing this experience with my friends and being there to cheer on the first timers,” she exclaimed.  “I’m so excited for them.”

Her advice for them – which she got from her coach, Volte founder Bill Dwyer - is to “enjoy every second as you did the work and now is the time to celebrate.”

Dwyer celebrates what McGill adds to Volte.

“Michelle is the heart of our group,” he said.  “She's steady in training and in her approach to running races.

“Her "bad day" is just a hand full of minutes off of what a good day would be; so she pretty much always has a good day.”

Michelle's way of affirming that she had a "good day" at Wineglass.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Other than a few minor aches, McGill admits that training has gone well that she appreciates “all (of my) running friends and family (who) have helped” to get ready.

While she’s not certain what the remainder of 2018 holds from a running perspective as she continues to work on a race schedule, one thing she did say that she was looking forward to:  “A bit of rest!”

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

53 Voltes Notch A Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Half Marathon or ABB 5K Race Finish

The Chevron Houston Marathon and its two companion races – the Aramco Houston Half Marathon and the ABB 5K – are some of the most heavily participated in by Volte runners each year.

And 2018 was no exception.

Volte had 53 runners – including two overachievers, Mike Kuykendall and Leanne Rosser, who both ran the 5K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday – cross a unified finish line.

A half-dozen racers got things started on Saturday, January 13 in the ABB 5K.

Illustrating that it is not always about how fast you can go; Amanda Cruise paced her husband Jeff for most of the race and then joined Leanne Rosser down the stretch to aid her to a 24:44 finish.

Amanda’s time was 24:25 while Jeff stopped the clock in 28:31.

Mike enjoyed the morning with a time of 31:55 while Jimmy Baker paced Christine Falzon to a 36:26 finish.

In the marquee race, 29 Volte racers pinned a bib on and included eight PR’s, three debuts and two Boston Qualifiers.

Judith Albarran led us alphabetically with a 4:19:31 finish, which took 14 minutes and 22 seconds off of her previous best marathon finish of 4:33:53 at last September’s Tunnel Light Marathon.

Her debut marathon a stone’s throw from a Boston Qualifier, Keri Amador literally got some last-minute help from Volte’s first homegrown Ironman, Landa Wright.

Another day and Keri Amador will secure her Boston Qualifier.  So close!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
“I gave it my all out there and couldn't have asked for a better first marathon,” Amador said of her 3:40:18 finish.  “I went into the race calm and cool – well, except for about one minute before the start when my watch failed.

“Without hesitation Landa pulled off her watch and gave it to me. She had her own race to run and her own PR to chase, but literally didn't even give me a chance to refuse, just took it off and gave it to me.

“Because of her, I was not totally blind to my paces, and could ensure I didn't go out too fast.”

We’re certain that there’ll be more days for Keri to pick up the pace even more.

Larry Batton was also quick to credit some Volte race day assistance in helping him slay the “one tough hombre” that was the Houston Marathon.

“A special thanks to Wil Cole for helping to motivate me the last few miles,” Larry said.  “My coach Mary Carter was also out there at mile 22.  Just two of all the wonderful people in Volte who push me and make it all a joy.”

He added that while the 3:55:52 wasn’t “the time I wanted” he added that he was happy to break four hours.

“(I) think the lingering impact of a flu, poor sleep, cold weather, and a shoe that was tied too tight -which irritated the nerve and tossed off my stride - all had a contributing impact,” he added.

Mike "Sunshine" Csikos gives a two Gig 'Em affirmation that all is well with his CHM effort.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Faith Craig and Mike Csikos crossed the finish line in 4:40:25 and 3:26:04, respectively.

Our second debut marathoner was Megan Eastin.

Megan following Mike's Gig 'Em lead, but that's only natural for the Aggie grad finishing her first marathon.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
“For the longest time I have wanted to run a marathon, but it has always been one of those ‘one day’ ‘bucket list’ type goals,” said the recent Texas A&M graduate.  “After hundreds of training miles, many early Saturday mornings, and much preparation, I finally accomplished that goal in a slow and steady 4:50.37. This is an indescribable amazing feeling, and I feel truly blessed for the ability to run.”

Laura Godfrey was ecstatic over her 3:37:59, which bettered her initial Tunnel Light Marathon effort in September 2016 by a minute and 36 seconds.

Laura Godfrey made Houston her best marathon effort ever and will head back to Boston yet another time next March.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
“PR and a 2019 Boston Qualifying Time!” she exclaimed.  “Thanks to my amazing coach Bill Dwyer and a special thanks to my running bestie Sandra Tezino for a great training cycle.”

A year ago, Randy Harris, by virtue of finishing under four hours (3:54:23) was in the pool to be selected for the Chevron Houston Marathon’s giveaway of a free trip to one male and one female runner to the 2017 Athens Classic Marathon in Greece.

This January, Randy was two minutes and 39 seconds shy of lightning possibly striking twice by completing his fifth consecutive Houston Marathon in 4:02:39.

Writing about the Hanyzewskis is always fun.

We always envision Laura and Brian battling out each race against each other till death do they part.

Last year, Laura ran with Brian every step of the way for his 5:26:54 marathon debut.

Brian Hanyzewski puts the hammer down on a 50-minute PR with his 4:36:21 finish.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
And while Laura covered the distance four minutes faster than Brian did this year, he dropped more than 50 minutes off last year’s time with a showing of 4:36:21.

How does it happen that two people next to each other alphabetically – Yaya Herrera and Todd Hunter – both had to recover from the flu to make it to the starting line?

Todd completed the course in 3:55:26 while Yaya did in 3:59:32.

Each time out, Monse Louimeus keeps chipping away at her marathon time – with a little help from her friends.

“The Houston Marathon is a beast, but we did it,” she said alluding the to total teamwork of her Volte teammates, coach and family.  “A special thanks to my family for being so supportive and keeping up with the cold weather this morning.

“It really made a difference seeing each of you and it really helped me push through the pain with a smile.”

Of course, a smile that has seen Monse go from a .8-mile shortened time of 4:29:20 at last March’s The Woodlands Marathon to 4:23:25 at the Tunnel Light Marathon this past September to a nice even 4:09.

Michelle McGill led our three pack of M&M’s – including Mack Miller and Monica Moreno – with her 12th consecutive Chevron Houston Marathon finish.

She finished in 3:52:03 – her seventh sub-4 at Houston in the last eight years.

Mack and Monica came in at 4:42:02 and 5:33:35, respectively.

In baseball, they call it a walk-off home run.

Greg Nettleton may be calling the marathon a done deal with a walk-off PR perhaps?

“Marathon two is in the books with a respectable 4:05:29.  Room for improvement, but I score it as a win,” he said after bettering his 4:50:02 marathon debut last year at the Chicago Marathon.  “That makes it Marathon 1 - Greg 1.”

“Not sure if there will be a rubber match,” he added.  “To be honest I love the journey - my running group Volte Endurance Training -is awesome, but not too fond of the race.”

Jerritt Park and Tim Russell both completed their second Houston Marathon in respective times of 4:15:16 and 4:20:33.

Brian Schultz notched his best time of five straight Houston Marathon finishes with a 3:53:12 showing.

Andrew Smith finished his first Houston in 4:38:40 while Jen Smith returned from England to complete her fifth Houston in the last six years in 4:04:34.  (Jen had also complete Aramco Houston half marathons in 2011 and 2012.)

The only “Juliee” ever to post a finish at Houston – in either the half or the marathon – had the curve of food poisoning thrown at her, Juliee Sparks finished her third Houston Marathon in five years in 4:23:38.

Amber Speers, who shares the same hometown (Groves) as Sparks, stopped the clock in her fourth Houston Marathon (and 11th overall) in 4:40:04.

Saying it wasn’t her best time, Sandra Tezino still could have used her Houston effort to qualify – and be able to sign up too – for the Boston Marathon if she hadn’t already off her Tunnel Light performance.

“It wasn’t the time I desired but it was the race I ran,” she said of her 3:50:01 time.  “Sometimes finishing has to be enough for me … and it was today.”

Four marathoners left – three PR’s and a debut.

Richard Tong beat last year’s Houston Marathon time by just more than 20 minutes as he punched out a 4:14:32 finish, bettering his 4:34:55 showing from 2017.

Jill Tresaugue made her fourth career Houston Marathon finish her best marathon time ever as she crossed in 3:51:44.  It is her third straight sub-4 at Houston.

She and her husband Matthew have combined 10 marathon and six half marathon finishes since 2007.

For the most of her father’s nine Houston Marathon finishes, Waverly Walk would run him in the last one to three miles – just depending on the year.

And Dad ran along with her every step in 2006 when she completed her first half marathon at Houston in 2:54:06 as a 10-year-old.

A smile and an effort even Sparky - #goflames - would approve of as Waverly Walk challenged Dad's family PR in her marathon debut.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Now 22, with her four years at Liberty University behind her, she decided to make real a dream that she had by completing his first marathon in 4:51:23.

“It was tough, but God was so faithful to give me strength and place people perfectly throughout the course to give me the extra ounce of encouragement I needed in that moment,” she said.  “Two of those people were my Mom, who saw me along the course, and Dad, who ran part of the race with me.

“I couldn't have asked for a better coach, Bill Dwyer, to train me and running partner, Megan Eastin, to complete the long runs with. Thank you to every person who encouraged me and prayed for me on race day and throughout the training process.”

The final PR of the group came from Gabby Westbrook.

And like Waverly, she echoed the hard work.

“The marathon is a beast,” she said.  “Bill Dwyer reminds us to respect the marathon for what it is.

“So many miles are spent on the road training, many hours running, but the best part is building relationships at crazy early hours in the morning.”

Those crazy hours almost turned into an 11 a.m. celebration at the finish line.

“I tried to beat sub 4, but came one minute over at 4:01,” she exclaimed of her official 4:01:44 time – 12 minutes better than last year’s 4:13:51 at Houston.  “(It was a) personal best for this momma and I am happy considering the foot cramps that came and went and those hills at the end.

“Thank you to my Coach who has faith in me, to Todd Hunter who helped me with my nutrition plan, and to my running peeps who make this journey fun and teach me so much.”

Our Volte friends finished this year’s Chevron Houston Marathon as follows: 

Chris Weir - 2:46:32, James Reed - 3:05:22, Tim Griepp - 3:09:25, Ronnie Delzer - 3:10:39, Sarah Tyler - 3:34:06, Brandi Herrera - 3:41:09, Tina Saims - 3:41:24, Juan Murillo - 3:43:27, Sabina Lorca - 3:47:27, Griselda Borrero - 3:49:16, Mandi Fowlkes - 3:51:22, Reggie Bruhn - 4:04:34, Susan Rouse - 4:25:31, Gary Kroll - 4:26:31, Allyssa Smith - 4:26:34, Tom Tomson - 4:40:25, Vincent Attanucci - 4:43:50, Hector Lopez - 5:21:29.

In the half marathon, our team of 20 had two debuts at the distance, five personal bests and a sixth sacrificed their race to help another break two hours for another PR.

Derek Bailey led the way in 1:25:38, bettering his best by a minute and 33 seconds from his Aramco Houston Half three years ago of 1:27:11.

Rip Reynolds followed with a 1:30:14 while our top two females were Kimberly Simmons and Landa Wright, who finished in 1:43:42 and 1:45:28, respectively.

Randy Smith completed his seventh consecutive Aramco Houston Half in 1:52:16.

Eight seconds.  Tammy Grado might call her running career as wild as an eight-second ride in that her debut Aramco Houston Half Marathon came in 2006 when she ran a 2:33:28.

Twelve years later, she shaved eight seconds off her previous 13.1 personal best – set at Aramco in 2016 – with a 1:52:39 effort.

Grado has now completed the half marathon or marathon at Houston 11 of the last 13 years (six marathons and five halves).

Sally Buckelew finished her third consecutive race at Houston with a 1:53:08 half marathon – ten minutes and two seconds better than last year following a 4:15:28 marathon in 2016.

Pacing Volte friend Cristina Gray, Leanne Rosser helped her break two hours with a 1:59:37 time that was a 4-min, 28-second PR for Cristina.

Completing his fifth Aramco Houston Half in the last six years – and with a new best time to boot, Mike Kuykendall lowered his PR by three minutes and 42 seconds to 2:02:16, shedding the time from his effort two years ago.

Lauren Hoffart ran her first Aramco Half ever in 2:08:37 while Tiffanie Haidar completed her first half marathon ever in 2:11:49.

Paul Vita completed his third straight Aramco Houston Half Marathon in 2:19:58, extending his streak of half or marathon finishes at Houston to eight (five marathons from 2011-2015 and half marathons the last three years.)

One finish shy of 20 between the marathon and the half, coach Rich Cooper made it a 2:24:25 finish for his eighth half marathon to going along with 11 Chevron Houston Marathon finishes.

Marta Mixa and Naika Vargas ran their second and fourth consecutive Aramco Houston Half Marathons in 2:28:49 and 2:30:25, respectively.

Posting a 14-minute, 22-second PR from her The Woodlands Half Marathon time two years ago, Julie Spain used a 2:31:09 for her second straight Aramco Houston Half finish.

Nilay Dinc debuted at the half marathon distance in 2:32:57, while Jeanine Price’s 2:44:22 was a minute and 19 seconds better than last year’s Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon.

Lisa Johnson’s first Aramco Houston Half Marathon was executed in 3:10:44 as Alfredo Gonzalez finished his fifth straight Aramco Houston Half – and seventh since 2009 – with a time of 3:20:23.

Our Volte friends did it this way in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon: 

Kate Looney - 1:27:04, Tiffanie Hauerwas - 1:32:41, Rob Rodriguez - 1:38:52, Sonia Dhodapkar - 1:44:52, Pam Owens - 1:54:25, Kim Hamilton - 1:56:47, Dan Jordan - 2:07:49, Jamie Kuder - 2:15:43, Fran Blanton - 2:28:10, Barry Blanton - 2:32:47

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Volte's January Efforts Still Noteworthy In May

Writing well sometimes takes a little longer as well as gathering all of the right material that goes into it.

So, yes, that’s our excuse for writing in May about January.

Pulling out Volte’s efforts at the Chevron Houston Marathon, the Aramco Houston Half Marathon and the ABB 5K, we still opened the first month of 2018 with some stellar efforts.

There’s really no other way to kickoff the New Year than to run one of Steve and Paula Boone’s races at the Metal Sawing Technology Texas Marathon in Kingwood on New Year’s Day.

Our own Waverly Walk for years – since middle school – has sung the National Anthem right before the race, except for this year when participants agreed upon a group sing as our soon-to-be debut marathoner was visiting friends from college in Virginia.

Dana Formon navigated the equidistant four-loop course on Kingwood’s Greenbelt Trails to drop her marathon personal best by more than six minutes with a time of 4:52:06.

Dana Formon can fry eggs on that medal this summer in Texas' heat after finishing the Texas Marathon on New Year's Day
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
She had previously run 4:58:12 a bit more than two years before at the 2015 Honolulu Marathon.

Volte friend Erika Park finished the marathon in 3:37:18 – a Boston qualifier, even with missing a turn on one of the loops – and the venerable Ken Johnson completed his 1,001st race, his 95th half marathon and had run on his 2,997th consecutive day of running with his time of 3:21:14.

You think that’s something?

Cassandra Roschen and her father, Len, completed Disney’s Dopey Challenge between Thursday, January 4 and Sunday, January 7 when they ran a 5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, a half marathon on Saturday and marathon on Sunday.

If you call Cassandra and her father, Len (pictured left), a little Dopey, they won't be offended at all after completing four races in four days at Walt Disney World.
(Photo courtesy of Cassandra Roschen)
And for Saturday’s half, they even got some additional family members involved.

The father-daughter team’s times were as follows:

Thursday, January 4 (5K) – Cassandra 53:31, Len 53:29
Friday, January 5 (10K) – Cassandra 1:50:13, Len 1:50:11
Saturday, January 6 (Half) – Cassandra 3:28:47, Len 3:28:49
Sunday, January 7 (Marathon) – Cassandra and Len, 5:48:50

She took more than an hour off of her previous marathon best from 2013 of 6:49:25, which was also at the Walt Disney World Marathon in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Cassandra’s mom, Jana, joined them for the 10K on Friday with a time of 1:58:13 and the half marathon on Saturday in 3:28:47.

Nephew Payton LaSota finished the half in 2:50:47 while her niece Alexis Alsesen covered the distance in 3:11:28.

Closer to home at The Woodlands Running Club Sunday Night 5K on Sunday, January 7, Brayden Park outlegged his father, Jerritt, by five seconds to lead all Volte runners with a time of 24:54.

Layton Gill posted a time of 26:32 while Katie Gill and Amanda Becker ran together, recording a 36:35 effort.

Layton Gill will a bit of Cajun swagger at the TWRC Sunday Night 5K finish line.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Volte friends who competed included Curtis Barton (26:07), Leah Koester (27:59), Vincent Attanucci (28:21) and Ken Johnson (41:07).

Just a couple of streakers -- running streakers, that is - in Ken Johnson and Vincent Attanucci.  Vincent's race at the TWRC Sunday Night 5K was wrapping up year 15 of running at least a mile every day.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Vincent was celebrating his 15th year of running at least a mile every single day.

One week after the Chevron Houston Marathon, Juan Flores and David Campbell took on the Downhill to Downtown 3M Half Marathon on Sunday, January 21.

One of Volte’s bad hombres – running hombres, that is -- led us with a time of 1:34:34, while David followed in a great time of 1:40:26.

Volte fanned out across Texas the following weekend.

Lauren Hoffart participated in the Lone Star Cystic Fibrosis Tower Climb in San Antonio on Saturday, January 27.

She was third in her age group in 18:32, which included a one-mile run of 7:31 and then running up 952 steps of the Tower of the Americas in 11:01.

The climbing was even more real within the confines of Tyler State Park, just north of Tyler.

That’s where a few Voltes and some friends took on the inaugural Running The Rose trail races.

The always tough Mayra Caamano led the way as the second overall female in the 33-mile sufferfest with a time of 6:17:02.

Our ultra-loving Bonnie Scholz had signed up for double the pleasure – yes, the 66-mile race.  She called it a day after 33 miles in an unofficial time of 7:37:26.

Yes Sir, that's Bill Dwyer's own medal for finishing the 7K at Running The Rose as he's joined by Bonnie Scholz (left) and Mayra Caamano (right).
(Photo courtesy of Random Athletic Supporter)
Pinning a bib on for the first time since a Bush was in the White House, our founder Bill Dwyer did the 7K in 2:25:22.

“Well, that didn’t go very well,” he said.  “Except that it was a finish and I didn’t die.”

Volte friend Jon Walk went that distance in 1:05:36 while the Murillo boys got in a little Trail Racing Over Texas action as Luis covered the 11-mile race in 1:25:14 while Juan did the 66-miler in 17:16:05.

Further west at the first race of the 2018 Texas 10 Series in Boerne on Sunday, January 28, Mike Csikos won his age group with a time of 1:11:01.  Jerritt Park was not far behind in 1:15:07.

Volte friend Ken Johnson finished in 2:20:42.

In the five-miler, Leanne Rosser dropped to the five-miler while running the 10 for an unofficial finishing time of 42:10.

Volte friends Dianna and Ray Sarno of Huntsville posted times of 1:05:02 and 1:05:04, respectively.

Brayden Park won the 5K race in 28:20 then later participated in the Lil’ Texas Kids’ 1-mile.

In downtown Houston, with Volte friend Jon Walk on the microphone, we had runners in the inaugural Hot Chocolate 15K and 5K.

Amanda Williams, Michelle McGill and Tammy Grado crossed the 15K finish line together in 1:30:46, 1:30:47 and 1:30:55, respectively.  Llana Bingham also did so in 1:41:29.

Volte friends Allison Urvan and Pam Owens completed the single loop course in 1:04:00 and 1:19:23, respectively.

In the 5K, Nilay Dinc and Cassidy Grado recorded times of 31:04 and 38:29, respectively, while Volte friends Barry and Fran Blanton stopped the clock in 33:04 and 34:34.

And we wrapped up January in a big way as Shelby Williams was the second overall female of the USA Fit Marathon in Sugar Land on Sunday, February 28.

She won her age group as well with an easy Boston qualifying time of 3:21:50.

Our own Erica Coleman was a former winner of the race in 2014 with a time of 3:24:52.

Volte friend Kim Mac Namee was the women’s top masters in the 5K with a showing of 21:01.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Volte's 2018 Road to Boston: Kristi Chen

For many runners, regardless if they ever qualify for the race themselves, the Boston Marathon is a Big.  Deal.

And even though she qualified for and ran the race two years ago, Kristi Chen has things in perspective – only worrying about the right “small stuff”.

Her training for this year’s race?

“It isn’t going bad, but I’ve not trained as fully as I would have liked,” she said.  “A newly adopted child has made it challenging to fit everything in.”

But all of that doesn’t surprise Volte founder Bill Dwyer.

“Kristi has the biggest heart for others,” he said, echoing the lives of many others in his Volte Endurance Training group.

And Chen said that she was “grateful I stumbled upon Volte when I moved here” to The Woodlands.

Boston will be her ninth marathon.

In the final miles of the Revel Mt. Charleston Marathon is Kristi Chen
(Photo courtesy of Revel Mt. Charleston Marathon)
Yet her qualifying race, the Revel Mt. Charleston Marathon just outside of Las Vegas, delivered one of her biggest surprises ever.

“I didn’t expect to do well,” Chen said.  “Friends were going and I didn’t want to miss the fun.”

And fun won.

“It was the most relaxed I’ve ever been for any distance race,” she said.  “I learned so much about leaving expectations and self-criticism behind.”

When asked what her time was, she said, “I had a PR of 3:46 something.”

Yep, don’t sweat the small stuff.

It was a sterling 3:46:14 – well under the four hours that she needed.

She had previously qualified for her first trip to the Boston Marathon three years ago at the Louisiana Marathon in January 2015 with a time of 3:47:21.

Kristi Chen digging deep in the finisher's chute at the Revel Mt. Charleston Marathon.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Chen said this year’s Boston Marathon is about enjoying the journey with great friends.

“I have the best training partners.  I really couldn’t do this without them,” she said.  “I’m so grateful for the support and friendship of them.”

And she said that it will also be a bit bittersweet too.

“It’s kind of a last hoorah for me, Tammy (Grado), Michelle (McGill), and Erica (Coleman) before Erica’s big move to Colorado,” Chen added.

But it’s her family that sets the table of support.

“I’m so thankful (that) my husband always makes himself free if at all possible to watch the three boys so I can run.  He believes in me when I don’t.”

Yet Chen, having learned from her run down the mountain, advises any first-time qualifiers to “leave (behind) all your doubts and worries about the race.”

“Take it all in.  This is Boston and it is beyond amazing,” she gushed.  “There is just nothing like it.  The energy in that city is like nothing I’d ever experienced before.

“Then, of course, the opportunity to be there with great friends.”

Nothing major, though, is on the horizon running-wise the remainder of 2018.

And that’s perfectly OK with Chen.

“I’m looking forward to running just because I love it – and to eat more French fries.”

Volte's 2018 Road to Boston: Michael Csikos

Sunshine.

Anybody that has been in The Woodlands running community for any length of time would know that you were talking about Mike Csikos.

This year’s Boston Marathon will be Mike’s third trip to Beantown and his 28th marathon in his running career.

Mike says that it is Boston’s community – other than it being the most elite marathon in the world – that keeps bringing him back.

“The way that the people in Boston totally embrace the event,” he said.  “From the time you step off the plane in Boston until the time you leave, you feel special and appreciated for your accomplishment.”

Our community here certainly has the utmost respect for Mike, starting with his coach, Juliee Sparks.

Mike and his coach, Juliee Sparks - alums of two different old SWC schools, Texas A&M and Baylor
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
“Mike is a happy and dedicated runner. No matter how hard or easy the run is he always has the same big smile,” she said.  “Even with a very busy personal schedule he finds the time to get his training in.

“He is a smart and consistent runner. In the majority of his training runs and races he finishes with a negative split.”

Smart indicates having a plan and it turns out Mike had two – well, make that three – to get to Boston this year.

“I really wanted to qualify for Boston 2018 as I have a nephew attending Boston College and wanted to make the trip a mini-family reunion,” he said.  “I had a plan “A” and a plan “B”.  Plan “A” was the 2017 Houston Marathon.  However, the weather on January 15 was less than ideal.

“You know if you’re sweating in the staring corral that it might not be a BQ race and it wasn’t by a long shot for me.  I started a “run/walk” routine after mile 19 and began thinking about Plan “B”.”

For many runners in the greater Houston area, it always used to be the Austin Marathon – even with its elevation changes – that runners would shift to if the Houston Marathon wasn’t as nice as it could be.

Now, especially for runners in Spring and Montgomery County, The Woodlands Marathon is an option and it quickly became Mike’s plan “B”.

“The short course issue has been well chronicled, but I can’t blame that issue on not making the BQ time in this event,” he said.  “Although my 3:19:47 looks good on paper, the extrapolated distance-corrected time would not have been a BQ anyway.

“I really like the course and the weather was nice, but it wasn’t meant to be.  After the race, I started thinking about plan “C”.

And Oregon’s Eugene Marathon started coming into focus.

“The Eugene Marathon worked as it gave me enough time to recover and a good chance of ideal running weather in May,” Mike said.  “It was one that I’ve always wanted to run because it’s “Track Town USA”.  There is so much running history there and the scenery is beautiful.  Oh, and there’s that “nice running weather” thing too!”

With his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Michaela, along for a great family trip, Mike punched his ticket on May 7 last year with a time of 3:20:52.

They are “the most awesome marathon cheerleaders ever,” he said.  “They do such a good job of navigating around a marathon course – absolute pros!

“I was able to see them four times along the Eugene route including that awesome finishing stretch on the track of Hayward Field.”

And they are all held in high regard by Volte founder Bill Dwyer.

Mike at the BCS Marathon, where he has actually appeared on one of the race's highway billboards a couple of years ago.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer.)
“He and his family are amazing,” Bill said.  “I have known Mike for many years. We met when I was coaching a group for Team In Training in 2004.

“Mike and his family went through a tragic time with the loss of their son Christopher to cancer.

“In the years since, Mike has been very positive and uplifting to everyone.”

Including himself.

“I’m not going to Boston with the intent of running a PR; therefore, I haven’t stressed too much about weekly training mileage,” he said.  “My main goal has been to get to the Boston starting line as healthy as possible.”

Although he hopes to beat 3:36, which is his Boston PR, Mike admitted before the race that his training was going “OK” as he had done a couple of the Texas 10 Series races and said he had fun with those.

He hopes to complete all seven races in the Series this year and to focus on shorter distances.

But for the moment, Boston will be all about family and a great experience.

“I consider myself fortunate and blessed to be able to share the Boston Marathon experience with my family and friends,” he said.  “I looking forward to spending time with my immediate and extended family as well as my fellow Volte runners during the weekend.”

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Volte's 2018 Road to Boston: Bonnie Scholz

Before Bonnie Scholz started taking Gu’s as fuel for running, there were Goo Goo Clusters and Yoo-hoo drinks.

“I lived in the country around family and we were always doing something, whether it was chase, baseball or gymnastics,” she explained.  “I started running to the store a mile away around age 10.  I would buy a Goo Goo Cluster and drink a Yoo-hoo then run back home.”

Throw in summer long bouts of running through the woods and the fields to get to her cousin’s house and it’s easy to see where Bonnie seeds of running were planted.

Bonnie's current love of trail running - here on the trails in Tyler this January - was disguised early in her youthful play.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
And it was a mechanical beast that almost destroyed it.

Scholz was in preparation for her first marathon, the 2002 Compaq Houston Marathon, when she got tired of following a training plan, quit running and made a unique training decision.

“I started doing the stairmaster for 30 minutes a day and thought I would be fine,” she laughed. 

Six hours and forty seconds of “fine” kept her from trying another one for 13 years.

“It was awful,” she said.  “I couldn’t walk for two days.”

But when she came back to the distance, the improvements came and her original love for running was restored as she reconnected with nature:

5:14:08 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 2/28/15
4:16:42 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/5/16
5:27:42 - Brazos Bend 50K, Needville, 4/16/16
4:13:11 - Huntsville Utah Marathon, Huntsville, 9/17/16
6:15:21 - Palo Duro Canyon 50K, Amarillo, 10/15/16
4:11:19 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, 12/4/16
3:33:21 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, 3/4/17*
4:35:49 - Brazos Bend 50K, Needville, 4/8/17

Scholz is quick to point out that the 50K distance is her favorite.

“Usually on the trails with a small group of people and low pressure feel to races,” she said.  “It just makes me so happy with dirt under my shoes near trees and it feels like everyone else in the races love it too.”

Volte founder Bill Dwyer sees the same in her.

“Bonnie is a pure runner,” he explained.  “Give her a wooded trail and she's happy. No need for a watch and any time expectations:  just run, enjoy, and be thankful to have the ability.”

And ability she has. 

Although Dwyer himself added fuel to her fire.

“I joined Volte in early 2017 and Bill said, ‘You may be able to make Boston next year but probably not this year’.  The challenge was set,” she gushed.

Thanks to a couple of cyclist going straight instead of right early in the 2017 The Woodlands Marathon, Scholz’s road to Boston was lengthened a bit after posting a time of 3:33:21, but for 25.4 miles.

“I was really happy, of course,” she said.  “But Todd (Hunter) had let me know the course was short at mile three so we kind of knew it was too good to be true.”

Truth shined bright at the Tunnel Light Marathon in late September when she was one of eight Volte Endurance athletes who qualified for the Boston Marathon with a performance of 3:39:38.

“It felt more like relief when I made it,” she said.

But Dwyer recognized and credited the sacrifice that was necessary for Bonnie to produce the effort.

“For Bonnie to put in the 17 weeks to prepare for Tunnel Light was big for her as she's such a free spirit,” he said.

Bonnie's "free spirit" is shared in her enthusiasm for the sport(s) and the friends who join her on her journey.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dywer)
And that preparation has been part of the journey to Beantown for Scholz.

“Bill's training plan:  I've never ran so much and in so much pain in my life.  Track and tempo were not part of my vocabulary before Bill,” Scholz said.

Bonnie’s goals for Boston seem to be in alignment with the free spirit that Dwyer points to.

She says there are two:  to still love running and not be last.

She credits her family, employer and the entire running community to keep her motivated and alive.

“My husband and kids are understanding of my running addiction and my bosses who encourage me to run during the weekday,” she said.  “And every single runner I see on the side of the road or in races or on Facebook or Strava reminds me how much I love to run.”

And then there’s her Volte family.

Pictured with Mayra Caamano (left) and Mary Carter (center), Bonnie was presented with the watch Camille Herron wore winning the 2017 Comrades Marathon along with her shoes that were won in an auction by Mary.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
“There was so much love and energy to chase the Boston goal,” she said.  “It was a pleasure to be part of this group and be qualified at the same time in the same race with many of them and getting to know the group with hours of running together with Mayra Caamano, Sandra Tezino, Laura Godfrey, Larry Batton, Todd Hunter and Juan Flores!”

And Dwyer’s glad to know that her running always returns to the roots, literally.

“Once she qualified (her qualification is actually good for this year and next if she chooses to go back) she was back to running her trail runs including a 33-miler January 27th in Tyler and a  50-miler on February 24 in Page, AZ,” he noted.  “While Boston is a really big deal and a wonderful experience to become part of the history of one of the greatest events in the world, trails are my personal first love and I'm excited that shortly after Boston Bonnie will be part of the team rolling out our trail group.”

Scholz hopes “to keep expanding into trails and other adventurous challenges” as she says that adding some elements of stress – mountains, mud, water and/or rain – makes her feel her strongest.

It would be a worthy bet in Vegas – if they’d take it – that more good results – and great experiences – are in store for Scholz and others who follow in the days ahead.