Thursday, December 28, 2017

Volte Closes November Being Thankful

Late November in Volte, USA, especially the weekend before Thanksgiving, often means traveling to run.

And did we ever.
Spain.  Uruguay.  Utah.  And Los Angeles, which might be considered its own country in some aspects.
And, of course, a lot of us find a race a little closer to home to whet our holiday running palette.
Andrea Zapalac ran one of the original Montgomery County Triple races in the City of Conroe Turkey Trot 5K on Saturday, November 18 at Carl Barton, Jr. Park, finishing in 37:26.
Later that evening, the Sparks family journeyed west to College Station for Santa’s Wonderland Christmas 5K.
Aubree led the way, a little less impressed with the lights, in 38:57, while Sawyer kept his Mom, Juliee, in check as they teamed up for a 49:57 finish.
Ever get up and just have an itching to run a race?
Sure, many of us do.
A 50K?  Well, that’s how Bonnie Scholz rolls.
Off to Warda, Texas was Bonnie for “hills and heat all morning” on “beautiful trails” at the Wild Hare Trail 50K where she commanded the ladies’ field to a first place overall finish.
None of this Masters only business for Bonnie.
She ran the 31 miles in 5:29:56, running a little longer this race than our Volte friends, the Murillos.
Luis was second overall in the 10K in 46:13, while Gustavo and Juan tackled the 25K.
Gustavo ran the distance in 1:55:02 as Juan took it easy with a time of 2:21:59.
Pull out your globe and spin it – yeah, no Google Maps for Nine Volte - as we go to Montevideo, Uruguay.
That’s where Monica Moreno grabbed an international PR in the San Felipe & Santiago 10K.
“I have to admit that it’s not a dramatic improvement, but I’m proud I did a little better,” she said.
Monica, a PR is a PR – and is worthy of celebration.
She was ninth in her age group in 1:03:30 – 21 seconds better than her previous 10K best at the Blue Bell Fun Run in Brenham four years ago.
From England to Spain went Jen Smith as she competed in the Valencia Marathon on Sunday, November 19.
And whenever you get cerveza in your pre-race bag, it is pretty sure that you’re going to have a good day.
Jen sprained her ankle on October 10 and did a lot of swimming and spinning to maintain her fitness for her “little training run”, as she called it.
She posted a solid time of 3:58:54, achieving a personal goal of “finishing strong”. 
Jen said that there were “percussion lines every 1K and Valencia oranges to finish” and that the “crowds were insane”.
Read more about Jen’s race and experience at:
We’re thankful for all of our athletes and friends – and most of us were running on Thanksgiving weekend.
The first masters finisher at the Pfeatherd Pfun Run 10K in Pflugerville, Texas – near Austin – on Thanksgiving morning was Volte friend Reggie Bruhn.
Reggie, who recently retired, put that time into his training for a 47:49 finish.
The entire Cruise family pinned a bib on at the Live Love Landon (L3) Turkey Day 5K in Kingwood.
Amanda was the first overall woman in 17:48, a new personal best for her, and her husband, Jeff, finished in 27:50.
Their three boys all ran the kids 1K.  Tristan was the family champion for 2017 in 5:55, while Austin and Landon gave chase in 6:12 and 6:14, respectively.
Yaya Herrera leads early on Thanksgiving morning in the Rio Grande Valley Turkey Trot 10K
(Photo courtesy of Rio Grande Valley Turkey Trot 10K)
Yaya Herrera traveled to the Valley to take second in her age group in the Rio Grande Valley Turkey Trot 10K in Mission with a 49:46 effort.
Kanab, Utah played host to explorer Juan Flores at the KTown Turkey Trot 5K.
Juan was first in his age group in 20:48, not letting the 5,000 feet of elevation slow him down too much.
Like Yaya, Marta Mixa ran her way to second in her age group with a 57:29 performance at the Turkey Trot Los Angeles 10K in California.
Sixty Voltes, their family members and friends ran either the 5-mile or 3-mile race at Run Thru The Woods presented by Entergy on Thanksgiving Day in The Woodlands.
Sandra Tezino hustling to be the first female Masters finisher of the 3-mile race in The Woodlands.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
In the three-mile race, Sandra Tezino led us with a first place Masters finish of 21:31 while Kristi and Brayden Park followed in 24;06 and 25:43, respectively, while Tricia and Kim Driver covered the course in 26:09 and 33:19.
Volte friend Alex Murphy stopped the clock in 26:02 while two trios of Volte family members also ran the three-mile race.
Son Cody, daughter Taryn and husband Steve completed the Driver clan’s annual tradition of running one of the two races together.  Cody took the family title with a 22:02 finish.
Taryn was just three seconds behind her sister Tricia in 26:12 while Steve crossed the line in 32:01.
While mom Tammy was running the five-miler, Cassidy Grado made it to the finish line before her sister and father with a three-mile time of 36:11.  Dad Gilbert and sister Taylor arrived shortly in 37:29 and 37:30, respectively.
Six Voltes took home Turkey Day hardware while three of our friends and one family member did so too.
Colton Nettleton was first in his age group in 27:35, followed by Volte Chris Weir in 28:45, who was first in his division, and Volte friend Mike Menster, who was the second Masters in 29:30.
Derek Bailey and Rip Reynolds battled a little with times of 31:02 and 31:21 for third and first place age group efforts, respectively.
Volte friend Adrienne Langelier was first in her age group in 32:42, while Sarah Batton and Greg Nettleton took second in their divisions and Keri Amador and Volte friend Mandi Fowlkes were third in theirs.
Sarah finished in 35:11, while Greg followed in 35:52.  Keri and Mandi won their third place awards with times of 36:09 and 38:32.
Megan Miller making an 8-minute per mile pace look easy at Run Thru The Woods.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
The rest of the five-mile results are as follows:
Volte:  Jerritt Park - 33:20, Gregg Harris - 36:14, Tim Russell - 37:28, Will Ott - 38:50, Landa Wright - 39:48, Tammy Grado - 39:49, Leanne Rosser - 40:19, Jon Braunersreuther - 40:50, Megan Miller - 41:23, Rebecca Holt - 41:53, John Trocko - 41:54, Mike Kuykendall - 43:26, Brian Hanyzewski - 43:29, Laura Hanyzewski - 43:30, Dana Formon - 46:01, Denise Powers - 46:06, Llana Bingham - 47:07, Paul Vita - 47:27, Waverly Walk - 48:07, Rich Cooper - 50:06, Steven Lopez - 51:10, Richard Tong - 52:45, Jeanine Price - 53:55, Cassandra Roschen - 55:24, Lisa Johnson - 58:00, Nilay Dinc - 48:51, Jimmy Baker - 1:02:31, Tabitha Young - 1:06:24
Friends:  Edson Jones - 36:17, Ben Choynacki - 38:49, Kim Choynacki - 38:49, Vincent Attanucci - 40:51, Susan Rouse - 42:05, Susan Marrero - 43:53, Darcy McClinden - 45:42
Family:  Roman Godfrey - 42:17, Mario Vazquez - 50:50, Andie Tong - 52:44
Landa Wright enjoying the spoils of her big tri year where she finished an IM and a half IM.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
On Friday, November 24, the Friends of the Running Community 5K was held at Barbara Bush Elementary with Jerritt Park leading the way in 21:27.  Tim Russell and Rich Cooper finished in 27:21 and 29:47, respectively.
Volte friends Vincent Attanucci and his son, Mike, ran together in 26:25, while Ken Johnson and Jon Walk ran the traditional course in 40:40.
The following day, Saturday, November 25, a number of familiar faces were at the Run The Woodlands 5K to complete the Montgomery County Triple.
Five Voltes and a friend were among the finishers.
I present to you the 2017 Montgomery County Triple finishers.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Jerritt Park was the fastest Volte that finished, with a 22:19 effort.  Marta Mixa made it to the finish line -- in a little friendly competition -- before her coach, Rich Cooper, with a 29:05 showing, while Cooper kept it steady from Friday with a time of 29:43.
Leanne Rosser ran with Volte friend Jon Walk to a 31:29 finish while Jimmy Baker completed the Alden Bridge arc in 36:18.
For running and/or volunteering in all three races on Thanksgiving Day weekend, Park, Baker, Rosser and Cooper as well as volunteer Mary Carter won the coveted Pine Cone Award.
Cooper completed the three races for the 11th time in its 12-year history.
Chris Weir capped off the Thanksgiving Day weekend with a third-place 1:45:02 age group finish at the HMSA Classical 25K, run out of Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston and incorporating just 12 of the Allen Parkway underpasses.
Volte friends Vincent Attanucci and Jon Walk also competed with finishing times of 2:37:09 and 3:01:49, respectively.

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