Thursday, March 23, 2023

Wins, Classic Races and Old Mainstays Kick Off March for Volte

Outside of the 12th annual Legacy Capital The Woodlands Marathon and its affiliated events more than two weeks ago, Volte had athletes at other events that weekend.

The big news is that Volte had another first place finish at the Miles for Meals event in Conroe on Saturday, March 4.

Two years after Mayra Caamano won the women's 10K race there, Stephanie Reed picked up the ladies' 5K victory - while finishing eight overall - in a time of 22:45.

Stephanie Reed gets the gold shiny medal for winning overall!
(Photo courtesy of Christopher Reed)

Her husband Christopher clipped 20 minutes by a second to finish third overall.

Volte is also pretty proud of Judith Albarran representing us well as an ambassador for the Bayou City Classic 10K, one of the two oldest 10K races in the state of Texas along with the Statesman Capital 10K in Austin.

While she grabbed first in her age group in a time of 46:40, she pulled a few friends along to participate in downtown Houston as opposed to The Woodlands.

Jose Murillo was first in his division in the companion 5K event in 25:59.

The master's division of the 10K was won by one of our athletes and a friend of Volte.

Ramon Rosales took the win with a mark of 35:19 while Houston's Erika Park was first for the ladies in 41:51.

Juan Murillo and Robert Cardnell stopped the clock, respectively, in 42:22 and 43:29, while Volte friend Josh Rivas ran the distance in 48:06.

The following day, Sunday, March 5, Volte friend Greg Broad traveled to Arkansas to finish the Little Rock Marathon in 5:27:53.

A little bit closer to Houston was Eunice Allen, who ran the Towne Lake 5K in McKinney, in 30:18.

Good group at that evening's The Woodlands Running Club Sunday Night 5K at Barbara Bush Elementary in The Woodlands.

Jerritt Park led the way with a 21:46 finish, while Tim Russell and Rob Myers finished together in 31:46 and Deb Myers and Llana Bingham did so together too in 36:49.

Volte friend Randall Ivins came across the line in 30:19 and Ken Johnson followed in 47:20.

The following week in the 60th running of the Spindle Tree park run 5K in Magnolia, Jerritt was ninth overall in 21:15, while his wife, Kristi, was the third overall female in 23:50.  

Ken was first in his age group in 48:22.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Volte Goes Green for St. Patrick's Day on the Track, Road and Trails

This past Saturday morning, Volte founder Bill Dwyer was asking John Stevens how his son, Henry, who runs for Trina Jones' Spring Providence Classical School track team, was doing.

He told Bill that Henry had run the 1600 meters Friday night at the 71st annual Texas Southern University Relays in 4:51 and that he was going to run the 3200 meters later that day.

While Henry ran 10:34, ten seconds better than The Woodlands' Jack Tresague, John told Bill that there was a Volte runner in the 5K Friday night.

It was our Lu Bouanga!

Lu, who ran collegiately for East Central Oklahoma, wasn't too far off of his collegiate PR of 15:47.04 as he was second overall in the University 5K.

He covered the distance in 16:15.58, second only to current Texas Southern graduate student Albert Norman.

The racing season is starting to pick up even after the completion of January's Chevron Houston Marathon, the 2022-2023 campaign of the Texas 10 Series and the 12th annual Legacy Capital The Woodlands Marathon.

The biggest news is that Randy Harris ran his first race in about a year at the Eva Strong Memorial 10K in Uvalde Saturday morning.

He was second overall in 46:51 - and ran it in wire-to-wire rain, according to the race's timer, Ricky Garza with Zapata Roadrunners.

Randy is now an assistant principal at Uvalde High School.

Jerritt Park's road to 100 races in 2023 went through Keller Saturday morning as he traveled to the Metroplex as his son, Brayden, was competing in the Texas Distance Festival, hosted by Southlake Carroll High School.

Missing a chance to run in the Bear Creek Greenbelt parkrun 5K in Keller, Jerritt opted for the Shannon Brewing Company's St. Patrick's 5K, where he was first in his age group in 21 minutes even.

He said it was "super hilly" - for a flatlander - as he was also third overall.

Transitioning to this weekend's trail races, Volte had friends at the 61st running of the Spindle Tree park run 5K in east Magnolia.

Stoya Laydevant set a new Spindle Tree park run course record in 18:29 on the triple loop crushed trail track.  She was third overall and first female.

Her parents - Meri and Pierre - finished in 25:02 and 26:43, respectively, and first in their respective age groups, while Vincent Attanucci completed his 21st career park run in a personal park run best of 28:58.

What happens - sometimes - when you run every day - for 7,377 days, as of Monday, March 20, 2023.

Volte had two runners participating in Trail Racing Over Texas' San Felipe Shootout at Stephen F. Austin State Park on Saturday.

The San Felipe Shootout allows for runners to run a 5K, 10K and half marathon consecutively in one morning.

The 5K began at 7:30, the 10K an hour later and the half marathon at 10:30 a.m.

Paolo Biagi finished the 5K in 26:20 and the 10K in 59:26 and was the sixth overall masters male in both races.

Meanwhile, Nita Shinde chewed up and spit out the entire trail - running all three races and completing the Shootout.

Her times were 36:45 in the 5K, 1:35:25 in the 10K and 3:29:00 in the half marathon.

Moving back to crushed trail surfaces, we had four athletes and as many friends competing in this weekend's Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon.

On Saturday, with their coach Rich Cooper in-person supporting their efforts, Andrew Carrillo and Mike D'Errico took first and third in their age groups in Saturday's half marathon in 1:34:34 and 1:39:39, respectively.

Running Alliance Sport ambassadors - and Volte friends - Alvaro and Lusi Trejo teammed up with two more Trejos - Isabel and Suvenal - to make up Team Trejo and finish the marathon relay on Saturday in 3:59:15.

They came back on Sunday morning - as cold, but not as wet as Saturday morning - and ran the 5K in 25:52 and 40:37.  Alvaro earned third place in his age group.

Earning sparkling new personal bests in the Quarter Marathon - and their first time to ever run the distance - were Kim and Julie White.

Kim was second in his age group in 50:15, while Julie was first in hers in 53:01.

Volte friend Sabina Lorca not only ran the half marathon in a first place division finish of 1:46:55, she also sang the National Anthem to start the morning.

Working our way back to the track, it was noted earlier that Jerritt and Kristi's son Brayden was running the 1600 meters at the Texas Distance Festival in Southlake Carroll.

Just under 550 young men ran the 1600 meters and 378 were under five minutes.

Brayden clocked a time of 4:50.056.

At Saturday's Kingwood True Team Meet, which featured the host school, Kingwood HS, Montgomery HS and The Woodlands College Park, the daughter of Mayra Caamano - Chloe Kramer - was fifth overall in the 1600 meters, posting a career best time of 5:25.84 in her senior year.

She was second three weeks ago at the Klein Cain Invitational in the 3200 meters in 11:44.04.

Jerritt Park's Road to 100 in 2023

1.  1/7/23 - 20:20 - Spindle Tree parkrun 5K #51, Magnolia
2.  1/8/23 - 1:10:11 - Texas 10 Bridgeland, Cypress
3.  1/14/23 - 20:16 - We Are Houston 5K, Houston
4.  1/28/23 - 26:01 - Rerun 5x5 #1, Navasota
5.  1/28/23 - 25:11 - Rerun 5x5 #2, Navasota
6.  1/28/23 - 25:56 - Rerun 5x5 #3, Navasota
7.  1/28/23 - 28:11 - Rerun 5x5 #4, Navasota
8.  1/28/23 - 26:58 - Rerun 5x5 #5, Navasota

9.  2/5/23 - 1:12:36 - Texas 10 Sienna, Missouri City
10.  2/5/23 - 21:30 - TWRC Sunday Night 5K, The Woodlands
11.  2/18/23 - 21:45 - Muddy Trails 5K, The Woodlands
12.  2/25/23 - 20:12 - The Woodlands Marathon 5K, The Woodlands

13.  3/4/23 - 42:29 - The Woodlands Marathon 10K, The Woodlands
14.  3/5/23 - 21:46 - TWRC Sunday Night 5K, The Woodlands
15.  3/11/23 - 21:15 - Spindle Tree parkrun 5K #60, Magnolia
16.  3/16/23 - 9:09 - Fleet Feet Hughes Landing Donut Mile, The Woodlands (1.16 miles)
17.  3/18/23 - 21:00 - Shannon Brewing Company 5K, Keller
18.  3/20/23 - 45:22 - Mainly Marathon Gulf Coast Series 10K, Beaumont

Friday, April 15, 2022

Kramer Completes Junior Track Season at UIL 13-6A District Meet

The Woodlands College Park junior Chloe Kramer, the daughter of Volte athlete Mayra Caamano, completed her 2022 high school track season on Thursday night with a new personal best at the 3200-meter distance.

Competing in the UIL 13-6A district meet, Kramer posted her best time ever at the distance, finishing in 12:22.91 - a pace of 6:13 per mile.

Her previous best came a year ago at the Atascocita Invitational when she ran the distance in 12:32.60.

Two Saturdays ago, April 2, she competed with teammates Natalie Byrnes, Cambelle Sanders and Lindsey Jahnke in the Distance Medley Relay of their home meet, the College Park Invitational.  

The four finished in fourth place overall in 13:30.05 as they ran legs of 1200, 400, 800 and 1600 meters.

The week before, under the lights in the Victor Lopez Classic at Rice University on Thursday, March 26, Kramer had her top effort of season with a 3000-meter finishing time of 11:19.83 - a pace of 6:04 per mile.

She opened the season on Thursday, March 10 at the Atascocita Invitational with a 12:44.0 effort at the 3200-meter distance.

Kramer is the only high school track and field athlete of Volte parents.

Brayden Park, Maddie Hanyzewski and Brooke Kramer-Caamano are middle school athletes of Volte families, but online reporting of their results this season have been non-existent other than Park as he finished fifth place in the finals of the UIL 13-6A junior high district championship on Monday, March 23 in both the 3200 meters and the triple jump.

He covered the 3200 meters in 11:21 while finishing the triple jump in 34 feet and 4.75 inches.

Friday, April 1, 2022

Park, Rux Go 1-2 at TWRC Sunday Night 5K

We interrupt our regular order of results reporting to put a smile on your face this Saturday morning!

If this picture doesn't incorporate a bit of "foolishness", we're not sure what does!

No teeth were broken at the completion of the race!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Of course, our own Bill Dwyer does a great job - and has been doing so since the summer of 2009, but one of the things that he does is to give kids that come out and participate a medal to congratulate them and to encourage them to continue to run.

Jerritt Park and George Rux were the only two runners that came out the day after The Woodlands Marathon.  (The Sunday Night 5K is always on the first Sunday of every month.)

There was some joking among the Friends of the Running Community while these two gents were on the course that we could have some future fun by betting on the over/under of any two runners in a race.

Gauging how we thought they would run, we set the time difference at 11 minutes.

One chose above; the other below.

If the over/under is actually met, in Vegas, it is a push.  The house - betting establishment - wins as nobody gets their bet paid off.

And that's what exactly happened this Sunday night.

Jerritt came across the finish line in the Barbara Bush Elementary parking lot in 22:29.

And George, unbeknownst what had been discussed, finished right at 32:29.

Eleven minutes difference on the nose.

The next Sunday Night 5K is Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Volte Produces One Of Its Best Chevron Houston Marathon Days Ever

My oh my.

What a day it was at this year's Chevron Houston Marathon for Volte athletes and our friends.

Six new personal bests, two of which were debut marathons.

And count them, nine Boston Qualifiers.

That's nine out of 17.

You know what they say, quality over quantity.

And those of our marathoners who didn't BQ - not that it is everyone's goal - ran very well.

We do want to congratulate our Team Mexico visitors that we had a chance to meet the day before at Fleet Feet Sports in Hughes Landing.

They both finished first in their age group -- Rogers Ondati Gesabwa and Argentina Valdepenas Cerna - with fascinating times of 2:14:46 and 2:39:12, respectively.

Wow #1.  Ramon Rosales.  What more can you say about a 2:36:37 on a near perfect day for running?  

Well, honestly, a lot!

He took seven minutes and 42 seconds off of his previous best of 2:44:19 at last October's Boston Marathon.

Darn!  Ramon was outrunning the bikes en route to his 2:36:37!  ;-)
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Then consider this:  his first Chevron Houston Marathon was four years ago in 2018 when he ran it in 3:07:45.

He was fourth in his age group and in the top 100 men in this year's race.

Wow #2.  Lu Bouanga.  2:39 on the nose - 2:39:00 - in his debut marathon.

A Republic of Congo native, who lived in Gabon, Africa for 10 years before coming to the United States where he graduated from Westbury High School here in Houston, Lu ran collegiately for Allen Community College in Iola, Kansas and East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

Lu put a beatdown on the course for his 2:39 marathon debut!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

What's most crazy about Lu's marathon is that he started 10 minutes and 20 seconds behind the leader, stuck in the "B" corral.

Lots more good things to come from Lu.

Since Robert and Roger King started running with Volte, the majority of the time you see them they're not too much farther apart then they were at birth.

But the two brothers had different goals.

Robert's goal was to go full throttle all the way and he was rewarded with a sub-3, 2:59:57.  

In fact, he wasn't the last one to slip under three as Nele Lefeldt (Houston Harriers) and Eric Smith both timestamped their finish at 2:59:59.

In fact, there have been 22 finishes by a Robert King in the history of the Chevron Houston Marathon.

Most of them - 20, to be exact - have come from trailrunner - and good guy - Robert King in Porter, but our Robert King is the fastest of all-time.

Chris Branch completed his third Chevron Houston Marathon, including last year's virtual effort, in 3:13:58.

Running her sixth consecutive CHM, Devyn Cook posted yet another Boston Qualifier with a showing of 3:24:17 followed closely by Robert Cardnell, who finished his first certified marathon in 3:24:46.

Robert having a jolly good time - even at mile 23.5!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Jason Bodie debuted at Houston with a 3:31:10 and lowered his personal best in the process as he was down four minutes and 40 seconds from his Tunnel Light Marathon finish last September.

Meanwhile, Roger King sacrificed his race to help Jane Campbell not only set a new personal best in a huge way, but also qualified for Boston.

Jane Campbell got a Marine escort to her PR and BQ!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

They ran together in a time of 3:36:11 as Jane shaved 34 minutes and 11 seconds off of her previous marathon best from last September's Tunnel Light Marathon.

With her eighth career CHM finish, Shannon Truman also set a new personal best and qualified for Boston with a 3:39:36 that broke her previous marathon best of 3:47:24 from the 2010 CHM.

Yaya Herrera and Judith Albarran kept it within a minute of each other as Yaya finished her fourth Houston in 3:43:11, grabbing a Boston qualifier in the process, while Judith finished her sixth Houston, including last year's virtual, with a 3:43:44.

The only thing Yaya didn't ask anyone to hold was her beer at the end of the race!
She handed a water bottle to Nine Volte at mile 20 and gloves here at mile 24
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Consider that Judith's very first Houston Marathon was a 5:07:32 in 2014.  Wow.

After notching a 1:53:25 at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon two years ago, Kim White let that - and his training - be his guide to a sub-4 at Houston for the first time of his three CHM finishes.  

He did so with a time of 3:53:09.

Gourav Kumar finished his third career CHM with a time of 3:55:04 while Michelle McGill ran her 15th consecutive CHM - not including the 2021 virtual year, recording a time of 3:58:23 that gave her 10th sub-4 at Houston in the last 11 runnings.

And yet another Boston qualifier to boot for Michelle.

Julie Stevenson ran her seventh CHM - to go with four Aramco Houston Half Marathons - as she finished in 4:16:42 for her best Houston finish ever.

And Susan Rouse, the woman with the second most number of finishers ever at the Houston Marathon (37!) by a female, turned in a time of 4:34:48, carving off tons of minutes from the last two runnings.

We are so honored that Susan chose to run her 37th Chevron Houston Marathon as a Volte athlete!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Volte had 12 friends run the Chevron Houston Marathon.

The ladies were led by Erika Park.

When her pacing gig didn't pan out (not an official race pacing assignment), Erika ran her own race and dazzled with a 3:16:05.

Josh Rivas led the men with a 3:19:21 finish - his fastest of the 11 on the actual CHM course.  (Josh had run an official 3:16:21 virtual race in the 2021 pandemic year.)

Tabata Cooke sizzled in her debut CHM with a 3:23:59 while Terence Baptiste was next in line for the men with a 3:33:21 which now leaves him one marathon away from Legacy status at Houston.

Antonio Alvarado almost mirrored his 2020 CHM effort of 3:39:12 with a 3:39:30 while C. Stephenson-Lake threw down her fastest Houston Marathon of eight with a time of 3:41:42.

Debuting at Houston was Pamela Ebbs with a 3:49:19, followed closely by Urica Chevis' 3:50:26.

Perhaps the person that was excited as Amelie Dinh about her third place age group finish - other than her father who ran with her - was Volte founder Bill Dwyer.

Amelie is a 17-year-old young lady who finished in 4:21:41, but her father, Than, who is now 50, was a runner at Spring High School that Bill spent some time coaching in his formative years.

Who says that the gift of running doesn't stop giving?

And rounding out our friends' efforts were Patricia Hernandez with her 4:43:03 showing and Andy Brock's 17th Houston Marathon that he completed in 5:09:39.

PR:  Lo Bouanga (BQ), Robert Cardnell, Jane Campbell (BQ), Shannon Truman, Ramon Rosales (BQ), Jason Bodie

Additional BQs:  Chris Branch, Devyn Cook, Yaya Herrera, Robert King, Michelle McGill, Shannon Truman

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Volte Represents In First Major Events of 2022: We Are Houston 5K and Aramco Houston Half Marathon

The Chevron Houston Marathon and the Legacy Capital The Woodlands Marathon are the two biggest events for Volte on an annual basis.

The Boston Marathon, Tunnel Light Marathon and the BCS Marathon would be second tier events, but only in terms of the number of Volte athletes participating in them each year.

The hope of a great year of running always finds the Houston Marathon as its jumping off point.

For the last many years, Houston puts on the We Are Houston 5K the day before the main event.

This year, it was run on Saturday, January 15 and starts on the north side of Discovery Green in downtown Houston and finishes on the south side, just in front of the Americas Hilton.

Many will run it as part of the event's Houston Double, where you earn a second medal for running the 5K on Saturday and the marathon or half marathon the following day.

Erika Sampson led us with a time of 26:02 while 12-year-old Theodore Bodie wasn't too far behind in 26:40.

With bling on his mind, Mike Kuykendall took it easy, had fun and punched out a time of 35:50.

Our Jason Bodie's wife and daughter, Lea and Olivia, finished together in 48:49.

Volte friends also got in on the 5K action.

C. Stephenson-Lake, two weeks removed from her win at the Texas Marathon in Kingwood, put down a time of 22:36 to grab third place in her age group, while Sonia Dhoapkar and Urica Chevis posted times of 25:41 and 29:54, respectively.

While we've missed the Trejo family at Texas 10 Series races, it was good to see them in the results as Lusi took the household bragging rights with a time of 32:58 while Alvaro finished in 38:54.

Meanwhile, the Rivas family also had some running fun.  Kylie, 13, got third in her age group with a mark of 23:24, while Vicenta did great too, running it in 34:06.

In the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, we had 19 Volte athletes finish - with six personal bests - and 10 of our friends.

Slicing eight minutes and 30 seconds off his time at last year's The Woodlands Half Marathon was Paolo Biagi, who posted the fastest time of our bunch in 1:42:04.

Can't miss Paolo Biagi here running tall to lead Volte in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

In close pursuit was Rob Gay, who bettered his Huntsville Half Marathon effort from a year ago by three minutes and 38 seconds with an effort of 1:42:46.

Erika Sampson and Lillian Evans were the next two to the finish line with times of 1:44:53 and 1:46:29, respectively.  

Lillian lowered his best time ever by 54 seconds from her Aramco Houston Half time from two years ago.

The personal best wave continued in a big way as Auggie Campbell lowered his Aramco Houston Half time from 2020 by five minutes and 42 seconds to 1:48:10.

Just under an hour and 50 minutes was Sandra Tezino's showing of 1:49:38, while Tammy Grado and Carlos Rodriguez were a shade over.

Tammy had her best half marathon effort ever with a time of 1:50:35 as she took down her previous best from The Woodlands Half Marathon in 2020 by a minute and 55 seconds, while Carlos had a mark of 1:50:44.

Pretty appropriate that two good friends - Michael Gayle and Scott Haney - stick kind of close together out on the course as Michael finished in 1:55:49 while Scott was not too far away in 1:57:56.

Stephanie Stevenson finished her second career Aramco Houston Half Marathon with a time of 2:00:04.

Bettering not only her personal best at the distance but also her previous time in the Aramco Half was Sue Griffis.

Nearly deciding not to run it the day before, after a great training cycle, Sue Griffis
proved that her efforts were worth it with a 2-minute, 38-second PR!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

With her 2:03:16, she dropped her time by two minutes and 38 seconds from the Run Girl Half Marathon in December 2012 - and shaved more than 28 minutes from her 2:31:46 time in the 2011 Aramco Houston Half Marathon.

Dan Jordan finished his fifth straight Aramco Houston Half Marathon with a 2:09:04 that was more than five minutes better off of his virtual Aramco Half effort with a year ago.

Double Legacy runner Rich Cooper added another half marathon finish to get him to 11 overall -- and 22 marathons or half marathons at Houston.

His time of 2:14:19 was his best at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon since 2015.

Also working her way to Legacy status is Sherry Cameron as she finished her eighth Aramco Houston Half and this year's time of 2:32:56 was the best of all of them.

She also finished the marathon at Houston in 2015 in 5:44:31.

Trudy Regnier ran her first Aramco Houston Half Marathon since 2008, finishing in 2:37:22.  She has run four Chevron Houston Marathons and three Aramco Half Marathons.

Completing her sixth Aramco Half in the last eight years was Naika Vargas, running the distance in 2:39:04, while Mike Kuykendall completed the Houston Double with a 2:55:34 half marathon performance.  That finish leaves Mike two away from becoming a Legacy Runner.

And Isaac Rodriguez had his third half marathon finish in the last four years with a time of 3:07:30.

Lots of our Volte friends also ran very well.

Rip Reynolds and Stoya Laydevant earned age group placements of second and first, respectively, with times of 1:29:19 and 1:34:11.

Stoya's parents, Meri and Pierre, finished in 1:48:52 and 2:10:03, giving the family 17 combined finishes at Houston since 2015.

Meri has run four marathons and three half marathons, while Pierre and Stoya have run five half marathons each.

Kahn Grice finished his 18th Houston event with a 1:42:04 half marathon to give him four 13.1-mile finishes to go along with 14 marathons.

Likewise, Sonia Dhodapkar has a lot of finishes as she polished off her seventh straight Aramco Half in 1:43:42, the last three all coming in the 1:43-minute.  She finished the marathon also in 2014 and 2015.

Former Rice Owl Erica Falcon ran her first Aramco Houston Half Marathon in 20 years as she recorded a time of 2:02:22.  Her 1994 cross country team was inducted into Rice's Athletics Hall of Fame earlier this year for winning the 1994 Southwest Conference cross country championship - the first for any women's program in Rice's history.

Alvaro and Lusi Trejo finished in 2:22:10 and 2:48:33, respectively, while Woodlands Fit's Mariela Rodriguez finished her second straight Aramco Houston Half Marathon with a time of 2:49:36.