Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Volte Continues to Run The World

Volte continues to go to what seems like the "uttermost parts of the Earth".

The number of results are fewer, but the diversity and breadth of events that Volte athletes and friends go to never seem to disappoint.

Hmmm ... where to start?  How about ... Scotland?

Paul Vita checked in there for the Glasgow Father's Day 10K on Sunday, June 18 and finished in 1:01:44, just under 10 minutes per mile.

No, Paul did not have to run around Glasgow with a traffic cone on his head!
(Photo courtesy of Paul Vita.)
He set the path for George Rux, who will be traveling to Scotland for Edinburg Ironman 70.3, which will be held on Sunday, July 2.

Meanwhile, in Huntsville - and also on Sunday, June 18, Jerritt Park traveled up Interstate 45 to race in the XTERRA Gator Bait 15K trail run at Huntsville State Park.

The score from this one was:  Huntsville State Park 1, Jerritt Park 0.

Giving Jerritt a pretty bad fall that took him a couple of miles of walking and jogging to shake off, Huntsville State Park limited him to a 1:55:18 finish.

The day before, Saturday, June 17, the fourth annual No Label Brewing First Street 5K in Katy played host to Brian and Laura Hanyzewski.

And it was Brian who flipped the script on last year's race results.

Laura made her way to the finish a year ago nearly three minutes faster than her husband, but Brian has the new family PR for this event.

Using a time of 25:49, Brian lowered the Hanyzewski best in the First Street 5K by 67 seconds.

Laura was inside of Brian's time a year ago with a mark of 29:15.

Off to the 50th state we go to where Penny Garza checked off her third career marathon - and one of the hardest states for runners trying to run a marathon - or half marathon - in all 50 states.

Penny battled, but finished the Anchorage Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska on Saturday, June 17.

As our friend Rick Cook would say, "It wasn't the time you wanted, but you finished."

Volte founder Bill Dwyer agreed.

Penny ready for the Anchorage Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon to be over!
(Photo courtesy of Penny Garza)
"Very proud of Penny for managing her marathon well enough to secure a finish," he said.  "She wasn't having a good day. She's so very tough!"

Penny said that the hills on the course took their toll on her.

"All of their hills make Flintridge look like child's play," she said.

Having fun, like a child, is Volte friend - and Pasadena Running Club member - Sabina Lorca.

That is, if you call running a marathon on three straight days fun.

It is, if you can take home seven medals in the process, right?

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 15 through 17, Sabina ran marathons around or near Bear Lake, which sits just east of Garden City, Utah.

She finished Idaho on Thursday in 4:50:38 and was the ninth overall female.

Wyoming came next on Friday and Sabina stopped the clock in 5:24:14, grabbing the number ten spot in the process.

And then on Saturday, she checked off Utah in 5:22:30 - and was eighth overall.

And how about THAT for bling!  Seven medals for Sabina!
(Photo courtesy of Sabina Lorca)
She won her age group in each of three races, including the top time in her age group for the Marathon Trifecta.  In fact, 53 runners completed all three.  Sabina had the 16th best combined time overall -- and was seventh among all females.

But Sabina told us that it came with a price.

"I must say I've never been in so much physical pain in my whole life! This was intense," she said.  "Happy that I won my age group each day though, so three extra medals for that and one extra for the trifecta. Happy I'm done!"

These finishes were good for states 15, 16 and 17 on her 50 States Marathon adventure.

Back in the Alamo City - San Antonio on Sunday, June 18, Faith Craig, who runs with us every Saturday morning, ran the Father's Day 10K - produced by her coach, Johnny Purnell - with her Dad, Tom Thomson.

And, of course, you never know where Volte friend Jon Walk will show up to run a race at.

He ran another Trinity 5000 Summer Series 5K race on the Trinity Trails in Fort Worth on Thursday, June 15 in 33:32 and book-ended his announcing the No Label Brewing First Street 5K in Katy on Saturday, June 17 with the Run For Wellness - San Jacinto 5K on Sunday, June 18 in 30:53.

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