Sunday, July 15, 2018

Volte Loved February and February Loved Its Runners Back

As a large number of our runners spent the month of February either recovering from their efforts at the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half or completing training for The Woodlands Marathon, Volte still had plenty competing in a menagerie of races throughout the Lone Star State.

Except for Bonnie Scholz, who took off to Page, Arizona on Saturday, February 24 to complete her second career 50-miler at the Antelope Canyon Ultramarathon.

She finished in 11 hours, 47 minutes and 49 seconds, 97th among 212 finishers, 33rd women and eighth of 26 finishers in her 40-44 age group.

Next in the distance club for the month was David Campbell, who placed second in his age group at the Rocky Raccoon 50K Trail Run on Saturday, February 10 in Huntsville State Park.

Campbell completed the course in 5:18:08.

Capitaizing on her Chevron Houston Marathon fitness at the start of the month was Waverly Walk.

She and her father, Jon, traveled to Waxahachie to compete in the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Half Marathon on Saturday, February 3.

Dad held an advantage for the first seven miles before Waverly put the hammer down and completed the long course in 2:14:12 - six minutes ahead of Jon who finished in 2:20:17.

The course map was printed as 13.25 miles and as runners approached the mile 13 mark, the finish was more than just a tenth of a mile away.

Later that evening, a handful of Voltes picked up 2017 Texas 10 Series age group awards at the Armadillo Cup and Ten Gallon Cup Awards Party in Cypress.

Volte Endurance Training was fifth overall.

Jerritt Park and Keri Amador was first in the respective age groups while Alfredo Gonzalez was third in his.

Park led us at The Woodlands Running Club Sunday Night 5K on Sunday, February 4.

He ran the out-and-back course in 20:39.  Mayra Caamano and Monica Moreno finished in 25:23 and 31:18, respectively. 
Monica Moreno starting her second loop in the Barbara Bush parking lot at the TWRC Sunday Night 5K.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Seven Hills Running Club friend and resident of The Woodlands Curtis Barton posted a time of 28:52.

Maryanne Svoboda recorded a first place age group finish the following Saturday, February 10 at the Klein Bearkat Bash 5K with a showing of 26:50.

The next day, George Rux and Griselda Borrero got the Volte multisport season kicked off for 2018 with their participation in the Du The Polar Bear Duathlon in Cypress on Sunday, February 11.

George won his age group with a time of 1:10:16, while Griselda was third in hers in 1:14:37.

Their split times were as follows:

George - 2-mi run 17:01, T1 1:53, 10-mi bike 34:30, T2 0:42, 2-mi run 16:51
Griselda - 2-mi run 16:56, T1 1:29, 10-mi bike 37:38, T2 1:19, 2-mi run 17:13

The second annual Montgomery County Meals on Wheels Miles for Meals 5K was held at B-52 Brewing Company in Conroe on Saturday, February 17 - and Volte and friends represented.

Landa Wright led us in a time of 23:25.  Megan Eastin finished the out-and-back course in 27:35.

Mary-Ellen Wilderman-Hay paced our Volte friends with a 23:49 effort, while husband Brad followed in 27:28.  Maygen Ritchie stopped the clock in 29:25.

A large group of Voltes supported Rob and Debra Myers who sponsored the Out of the Darkness Walk in The Woodlands on Saturday, February 17 through their company Enfusia.

Deb Myers (above) spoke to participants at the Out of the Darkness Walk as her company Enfusia was a sponsor.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
An untimed two-mile walk was completed by Debra Myers, Rob Myers, Bill Dwyer, Leanne Rosser, Larry Batton, Greg Nettleton, Marta Mixa, Alfredo Gonzalez, Letty Gonzalez, Carrie Hyde, Llana Bingham, Dana Formon, Mayra Caamano, Brooke Kramer and Chloe Kramer.

Our awesome Volte walk team in support of the Myers at the Out of the Darkness Walk.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Lauren and Jared Hoffart kicked off the Rodeo Houston spirit the following morning, Sunday, February 18 at Karbach Brewing Company in Houston.

They ran the Rodeo Clown Roundup 5K with Lauren taking second in her age group in 29:17 while Jared finished in 40:07.

At the Austin Half Marathon the same morning, Juan Flores got in a good test for April's Boston Marathon with a 1:45:28 showing on the hilly course.

Monica Moreno and Naika Vargas finished in 2:33:08 and 2:39:59, respectively, while Volte friend Sabina Lorca-Acosta nailed down a time of 1:49:08.

The big event on Saturday, February 24 was the Pathfinder Pediatric 2K in The Woodlands.

Held a week earlier of The Woodlands Marathon for the first time, Volte had a host of boys and girls participating.

Some had participated in The Woodlands Running Club Juniors program and picked up an extra medal for running 25 miles on their way to race day.

Jackie Medina finishes up the Pathfinder Pediatric 2K in The Woodlands.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Completing the 2K were - in addition to Volte friends Kate, Jack and Anna LooneyFaith Craig and her children Abby and Roger Craig; Kristi Park and her daughter Riley; Amanda Becker and children Caitlyn and Tyler; Keri Amador and her son Lucas; Monse Louimeus and her daughter Jackie Medina; Gabby Westbrook and her daughter Olivia; Carrie Hyde and her sons Alexander and Braeden, and Brian Jackson and his daughter Emma.

The Volte crew welcomes Olivia Westbrook after she finished the Pathfinder Pediatric 2K in The Woodlands.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Geri Henry won her age group in the Cleft Smiles 5K the same morning in The Woodlands with a time of 35:58.

Monica Moreno completed her busy February with a 1:05:03 finish at the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run 10K in Houston on Saturday, the 24th.

Penny Garza also represented Volte in the 5K in 50:41.

Volte friends Scott Farrand, Sabina Lorca-Acosta and John Laskowski all ran the 10K. 

Sabina led the trio with a time of 50:40, while Scott, likely in his distinctive orange hat, was just three seconds off of Sabina while John finished - certainly with a smile - in 53:12.

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