Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Volte's George Rux's Leadville Heavy Half Marathon Race Report

Registering for the Leadville Heavy Half Marathon was not under consideration until I responded to a dare from one of my good friends at Conroe Triathletes.

He is in his late 30s and still has the exuberance of youth.

He signed up for the full marathon. 

I was prudent enough to only sign up for the 15 mile “Heavy Half. “

Mountain trail races are quite different than normal road races.

I recommend all competitive runners try a mountain trail race at least once. 

The three major factors are 1) reduced oxygen concentration at altitude, 2) the slope increase/decrease and, very importantly, 3) the condition of the trail for traction and avoiding falls.

In retrospect, I did well dealing with the high altitude and the steep slopes; but, I was not competent dealing with poor footing on the trails and the steep declines. 

I was wearing bike gloves so I didn’t tear up my palms when I fell. But, I suffered contusion on my right leg and knee. It took many weeks to recover. 

It is unlikely I will ever take the risk of competing in a downhill mountain trail race again.

Since I was 9 ½ years into a 10-year age group, I knew a podium finish was out of the question.  However, I thought I could still finish in the top 25% and I based my race plan accordingly. 

My goal was to finish in 3:52 which was a pace of 14:30/mile excluding rest stops. 

Examining past results, I knew the crucial part of the 15-mile race was the three-mile final climb to the summit of Mosquito Pass. The organizers helpfully provided past race results by segment. 

Accordingly, I knew a 22 min/mile pace for the 3-mile climb has historically been competitive within the top 25% of my age group.

My check points were 14.2 min/mile up to the first rest stop, 12.7 min/mile from the 1st rest stop to the second rest stop and 22 min/mile from the second rest stop up to the summit of Mosquito Pass.

My goals changed just prior to the start. 
For old age groupers, friendship is more important than personal race results.

I saw my friend and we talked about his race strategy. 

He is a big guy having played football for Ole Miss and he was worried about finishing.  Amusingly, he had purchased a bottle of oxygen to carry with him on the run. 

I encouraged him to start very slowly to be prepared for a six-hour effort. 

The Marathon course and the Heavy Half course run together the first 1.3 miles.  I said I would run with him until the courses diverged.

As you may know, I keep good data using my Garmin.

For this race, the number of feet rise per 250 meters was especially of interest as I could compute the slope.  I did not obtain good data during the rest stops. I didn’t see any timing mats. 

The time at rest stops was much longer than expected as there were relatively few tables set up for water and food. It was generally necessary to wait in line.

At the opening gun, the two of us intentionally waited until we were last crossing the start line. We proceeded slowly with either a speed walk or slow jog. We averaged 16:35 per mile up an average slope of 4.4 percent. My pulse reflected the low effort at an average of only 104 bpm.

After the course separated, I started my hard effort.  My goal was to maintain a pulse of 130-135.  I averaged 131 bpm with a pace of 15:35 per mile up an average slope of 6.8%.

The first rest stop was at three miles.

Between this rest stop and the rest stop at mile 4.5, the course on this segment is rolling with 102 feet of gain and 160 feet of loss.  My pace was 11:43 per mile with an average of 130 bpm.

George on the switchbacks that led up to and down from Mosquito Pass
(Photo courtesy of
The final uphill segment was from mile 4.5 to the summit of Mosquito Pass at mile 7.9 was very steep averaging 9.4 percent.  I worked hard with an average pulse of 137 bpm and a pace of 21:05 per mile.

Traction on this segment was difficult. There were some segments where the single track trail had no dirt and it was necessary to run on loose rock.  (I’ve attached a photo from the organizers web site that shows how rocks often covered the trail.)

Rock cover was especially a problem near the summit as the race leaders were descending rapidly and those of us still ascending would step to the side off the trail to let the race leaders pass.
I maintained an average pace of 21:05 minutes/mile for the three-mile climb which was slightly better than my goal of 22 min/mile.  I was working hard and my pulse average was 138.

In all, I felt strong and was pleased with my effort and performance the first half of the race.  My goal was to finish the first half in 2:15 and I was slightly behind my goal completing in 2:28.

Given my intentionally very slow start, my excessive time at rest stops, and the poor footing, this was in line with my expectations.

My problems started with the descent. 

Foot placement on the narrow trail was a major problem.  Many individuals were still ascending and had to be avoided.  I rolled my left ankle twice due to the poor footing.

Fortunately, I didn’t hurt myself.

My pace was slower than many of those behind me. Some individuals were running with walking sticks and I watched them pass me easily while they planted the sticks to provide extra balance.

My pulse was low as I was constrained by footing. When the course started to flatten out I increased my pace to try to catch up.  Unfortunately, I didn’t see whatever I tripped on and I fell hard.

Many athletes stopped to help me. One stayed with me until the next rest stop in about a mile.  I received medical care and, after a long wait under medical supervision, I prepared to resume the race. I knew my pace for time was over after the fall; but, I was still hoping I could finish fast on the long downhill from mile 11 to 15. 

Luckily, I saw my friend at the same rest stop. 

The Marathon and Heavy Half courses came together for the ascent up Mosquito Pass. 

Unfortunately, my friend had just missed the time cutoff for the ascent and the organizers did not want him to ascend the pass.

I said it was actually good news (at least for me) as we could finish the race together. We slowly jogged and walked the final 5 miles.

George returns to the Leadville Heavy Half Marathon start/finish line.
(Photo courtesy of
Linda was not especially impressed as I had texted her a picture after my fall. I promised to visit the medical clinic in Breckenridge after returning home – which I did.

I thought I was well prepared.  While I never plan to race a mountain descent in the future, there is a mountain race I have my sights on for 2019. 

It is the Pikes Peak Marathon and Half Marathon.

I did this race over 50 years ago and finished second in the 18 and under age group. I would only be signing up for the 13.1-mile race which would only be the ascent to the summit.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

July Was Hot, But Volte Was Cool ... Running, That Is!

July was hot.

Actually, stinking hot.

Yet a few of us had the chance to roam and run in cooler climes, such as Madison, Montana, Chicago, Whistler, British Columbia and San Francisco.

Meanwhile, we still gathered for some warm-weather racing at home.

Many of our regular crew was out at the monthly The Woodlands Running Club Sunday Night 5K on Sunday, July 1 including a few folks who haven’t been out in awhile.

Volte’s overall and female leaders were the same – Jerritt Park and Mayra Caamano – in 24:01 and 27:41, respectively.

A pair of Volte friends – Curtis Barton and Vincent Attanucci – followed in 28:26 and 30:35.

Brooke Kramer rode alongside her older sister, Chloe, as she ran in with a time of 31:25.

If Noah had had an ark just for runners, the next six finishers would have finished right up the ramp - together.

Layton Gill and Tim Russell solved the world’s problems together in 31:42.

Juliee Sparks ran with her daughter, Audrey, in 37:59 and Jimmy Baker and Katie Gill watched out for traffic on the trails together in 39:08.

Jimmy Baker and Katie Gill getting ready to leave the Barbara Bush parking lot in the TWRC Sunday Night 5K.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Volte friend Ken Johnson closed it all off with a 41:59 finish.

Three days later on the Fourth of July, we had runners at both the Texas Bud Heatwave 5-Miler – and their new Michelob Ultra 5K – and the Run Wild 5K.

Laura Godfrey and Sandra Tezino were back collecting hardware at the Run Wild 5K as Laura grabbed third place in her division in 22:36 while Sandra won the gold in hers in 23:11.

Nick Brockett - for the second race in a row - got to the finish line before his Mom, Gabby, in 28:50, but she was more dialed in to running with Tammy Ninke as they both finished in 33:33.

Volte friends Mike Menster and Chris Weir ran near the front in 17:52 and 18:47, respectively.

The former time netted Menster first place in his age group.

Changes were in store this year for the Bud Heat Wave, a classic race that was restarted in 2011 by Running Alliance Sport after a 12-year absence.

Our founder Bill Dwyer closed the five-mile course down last year in Baytown before Wismer Distributing moved to Mont Belvieu along Interstate 10.

The move and the threat of rain – which became realized right at the end of the races – kept the race’s overall finisher numbers down, but the spirit of Volte runners were high in both the rebranded Texas Bud Heat Wave five-miler and the brand-new Michelob Ultra 5K.

Between both races, Volte saw seven runners take home hardware.

Tammy Grado led the way in the Michelob Ultra 5K in a time of 23:41 that earned her the title of first master.  Andrew Smith and Brayden Park were next across the line with finishes of 24:03 and 24:28, respectively, and it got them both a second-place age group award.

Our crazy bunch at the Texas Bud Heat Wave:  Llana Bingham, Andrew Smith, Leanne Rosser, Marta Mixa and Tammy Grado.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Chevron Houston Marathon ambassador Leanne Rosser posted a first-place age group winning time of 25:09 while Marta Mixa followed in 28:30 that made her the first grandmasters female.

Llana Bingham kept it right under 10 minutes a mile with a showing of 30:50.

Jerritt Park paced the pack in the five-miler with a time of 36:56.

Mimi Torrez and Yaya Herrera pushed each other as they both earned age group awards – Mimi second and Yaya third – with times of 40:11 and 40:26, respectively.

Tim Russell and Rob Myers finished in 43:56 and 45:52, respectively, while Hector Lopez and Monica Moreno rounded out our team in 48:39 and 50:06.

Sean Kusick led all of Volte’s friends in 34:27.  Sabina Lorca finished third in her age group in 40:46 while Tough Runners Club’s Alvaro Trejo stopped the clock in 44:29 while his wife Lusi posted a time of 48:45.

The following weekend, Lynn Smith traveled to Dallas on Saturday, July 14 to take on the Too Hot To Handle 10K course.

She finished in 1:41:34.

Last month, George Rux competed in Leadville, Colorado, whose marathon is in the highest incorporated city in America.

For our next act, Drew George put his feet down on the world’s highest elevation road marathon course in Madison, Montana’s Madison Marathon.

Drew George happy with his finish at the Madison Marathon in Montana.
(Photo courtesy of Drew George)
The start line sits at 9,250 feet above sea level, of which the highest peaks in 37 states are not as high as Madison is.

The race’s marketing material states, “…. you are almost guaranteed to get a PW (personal worst) because of the high elevation and the four to five-mile uphills and downhills that never dip below 8,500 feet.”

Drew, a multiple-time Boston Qualifier, didn’t call his 4:58:46 time a PW, but he didn’t seem to care.

“Beautiful course touching the sky,” he said.  “Serious up and downs!  No bears, snakes or dogs but tons of horseflies!”

So if you hear Drew humming the children’s favorite, “Shoo, Fly, Don’t Bother Me!”, you’ll know why.

The next day, Sunday, July 22, in Chicago, Illinois, Brian Schultz made his way to Chicago for the Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon where he ran a time of 1:52:55.

The scenery isn’t just good in Montana, but also in British Columbia.

Volte friend Jon Walk, who worked in Vancouver for a year and a half and ran races all over the province in 2006 and 2007, still says “B.C.” really also means “Beautiful Country.”

Fellow Volte friend John Trocko wasn’t just in Whistler, British Columbia to sightsee though.

He was there to compete in Ironman Whistler.

John finished in 14 hours, 51 minutes and 24 seconds.  He covered the swim in 1:13:30 (2.4 miles), the bike in 7:18:03 (112 miles) and the marathon in 6:07:32.

Maybe he can now go back in the winter for some of the best skiing in north America.

And we closed out July on Sunday, July 29 between Cypress and San Francisco, California.

Drawing the short end of the scenery stick was Mike Kuykendall, but that didn’t dampen his spirits or performance at the Cypress Sprint Triathlon.

Living the dream ... Mike Kuykendall.  Loving the competition brought through triathlon.
(Photo courtesy of Mike Kuykendall)
He knocked out the 550-meter swim, 13-mile bike and 5K run in 1:31:10.

“After three weeks of not working out, I did surprisingly okay and finished mid-pack, and had a fun time,” he said.  “The bike leg was my fastest average time ever in a race. Go figure.

“I was so anxious I forgot to start my watch and botched the transitions. (All) motivation to get back into my training regime.”

And new to our group recently is former Aldine Eisenhower and University of Houston runner Erika Sampson.

She ran the San Francisco Half Marathon in 2:21:52.

Welcome to Volte, Erika!

Monday, August 13, 2018

12 Races, 6 States and Germany in Volte’s June World

Volte’s an adventuresome bunch or far flung, or both.

We kicked off June with one of Houston’s classic – and fastest – 5K races – the Houston Heights Fun Run 5K.

It’s simple:  straight down Heights Boulevard, turn around and run back.

Make it to I-10 and you went too far.

Four of our athletes – and one of our Volte friends – placed in their age group.

Ken Rieger led with us with a time of 20:52, good for second place in his division.

One of our dynamic duos – Laura Godfrey and Sandra Tezino – finished within 13 seconds of each other and both also came home with second-place age group finishes.

Laura Godfrey and Sandra Tezino are all smiles after mixing it up at one of Houston's top 5Ks in the Heights.
(Photo courtesy of Laura Godfrey)

Laura crossed the line first in 22:42, while Sandra broke her age group tape with a new personal 5K best of 22:55.

Her previous best nearly four years ago when she ran 23:24 in the Running of the Bulls 5K on September 14, 2014 at NRG Stadium.

Ruth Perez came across next in 28:44.  Geri Henry won her age group in 34:18 while Penny Garza finished in 54:22.

Two of our Volte friends ran well in the 5K:  Michael Menster took first in his division in 17:40 while Chris Weir followed in 18:05.

Volte friend Jon Walk ran the 10K in 1:06:32.

The next evening at the The Woodlands Running Club Sunday Night 5K in The Woodlands, a large contingent of Voltes and friends ran the race at Barbara Bush Elementary.

Juan Flores led all Voltes in 21:53, taking the mantle for a month from Jerritt Park, who finished in 23:23.

Mayra Caamano and her daughter, Chloe Kramer, were the first Volte females to finish in 27:45.

Yaya Herrera ran with Mimi Torres and they both posted a time of 28:01.

Mimi Torres, Faith Craig and Yaya Herrera are angling to the corner before making the turn out of the Barbara Bush Elementary School parking lot.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Faith Craig kept it under ten minutes a mile in 30:20 as Hector Lopez and Monica Moreno followed in 31:01 and 34:10, respectively.

Waverly Walk ran with her father and Volte friend Jon in 35:24 and Katie Gill and Amanda Becker worked the course together in 37:50.

Curtis Barton led our Volte friend contingent in 28:50 and “Run Every Day” streakers Vincent Attanucci and Ken Johnson came in with times of 29:36 and 41:49, respectively.

Continuing his Rock ‘N’ Roll TourPass is Brian Schultz as he finished the Synchrony Rock ‘N Roll San Diego Half Marathon on Sunday, June 3 in 1:47:09.

She didn’t find Johnny Horton there, but Leanne Rosser did find a road race on her vacation to Alaska.

Saturday, June 9 saw Leanne finishing the Alaska Run For Woman 5-Mile in Anchorage in 41:06.

The following day, back here in the greater Houston area, Mike Kuykendall and Volte friends Sabina Lorca, Julie Spain and Nilay Dinc all competed in the Sylvan Beach Triathlon.

Well, make it a duathlon.

A fish kill situation and a high-bacteria test result in Trinity Bay influenced race officials to cancel the swim portion and make it a two-mile run, 15-mile bike and three-mile run for all.

Mike grabbed third in his age group in 1:41:08, going 17:33 on the first run, 51:25 on the bike and 28:42 during the second run.

Sabina Lorca led our friends in 1:40:26 while Julie Spain and Nilay Dinc had comparable times in 1:56:34 and 2:00:22, respectively.

Houston has two major 5Ks on Father’s Day weekend and Volte had runners at both.

The No Label Brewing Company 5K out in Katy over the last couple of years has surpassed the Dad’s Day 5K, which has been a standard in Houston for the past decade.

Both this year were contested on Saturday, June 16.

Laura Godfrey was our only racer at Dad’s Day and she put down a 22:12 time for first place in her age group.

In Katy, it was another Volte family affair as the Brocketts – mother and son – competed.

Nick made it to the finish line before his Mom, Gabby, by recording a time of 30:35 while Gabby was 30 seconds behind in 31:05.

Where No Label was flat, the Leadville Heavy Half Trail Marathon was anything but for George Rux.

Leadville, Colorado is the highest incorporated city and the second highest incorporated municipality in the United States at 10,152 feet.

The halfway point?

Mosquito Pass.  13,185 feet.

George, like Volte friends Jim Braden (3:15:55 at age 71) and Jon Walk (5:40:40) did in 2007, made it to the top and back down into town.

Technically, the Heavy Half is a bit more -- 15.46 miles -- and George completed the course in 5:07:11.

Alright, now, Volte’s been to California, Alaska and Colorado.

Staying close to the West Coast was Marta Mixa on Thursday, June 21 as she raced the Goin’ for Owen 5K in Boise, Idaho.

Marta finished the race – a fundraiser for children with Dravet Syndrome – in 29:19.

And then we jet to the East Coast where Waverly Walk and her father Jon competed in races in Massachusetts and Rhode Island on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24.

Waverly ran the Westfield 10K in an even one hour and three minutes, while Dad finished the Westfield Half Marathon in 2:18:17.

It was a half marathon finish for Jon in his 46th different state, leaving just New Jersey, Rhode Island, California and Hawaii.

The next day, the two ran together in the Rumford Lions Scott Gorham 5K in East Providence, Rhode Island.

It was the last of the 50 states and D.C. that both of them had visited – Dad at 51 and Waverly at 23.

Waverly Walk might be a little excited about making it to her 50th and final state, Rhode Island.
(Photo courtesy of Jon Walk)
By crossing the finish line, it would mark the 50th state that Jon had run a race in.

They finished the race together in 32:08.

Waverly has now finished races in 15 different states plus the District of Columbia.

And we wrap up June in Germany!

Definitiv ein Grund zum Feiern

Check with the Neumanns Dirk and Criss – for the translation!

Dirk and Criss at the Stuttgart-Lauf Half Marathon in Germany.
(Photo courtesy of Criss Neumann)
They ran the Stuttgart-Lauf Half Marathon together in Stuttgart, Germany, about 80 kilometers from where they now live in Karlsruhe, in 2:05:12.

May Brings Beer, Brawts and Box of Rox to Volte and Friends

Beer, brawts and a box of rox.

That is what May handed to our Volte athletes and friends.

David Campbell signed up for … the box of rox, specifically Pandora’s Box of Rox held at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet.

Reveille Park Ranch is a bit of paradox:  beautiful, but body-bruising rocks.

Sure, there are trails and the race is put on by Tejas Trails, but interspersed among all trails are rocks that you don’t just run over.

They sort of run over you.

It is no place for screws to be loose as David took on the 50-mile race and finished in 10 hours, 38 minutes and 26 seconds, good for second in his age group on Saturday, May 5.

The Vita boys – Paul and his brother Mike – didn’t need any vitameatavegamin for their annual battle with the hills of the Steel City in the Pittsburgh Half Marathon the same day.

Mike led the way in 2:09:34 while Paul pushed through for a 2:29:31 finish. 

Below are their year-by-year results in Pittsburgh:

2018 – Mike 2:09:34, Paul 2:29:31.
2017 – Mike 2:02:49, Paul 2:24:49.
2016 – Paul 2:36:43.
2015 – Paul 2:07:06.
2014 – Paul 4:26:52 (marathon).
2013 – Mike 1:49:10, Paul 4:43:23 (marathon).

While Mike and Paul were surrounded by runners raising glasses of Yuengling and Iron City beers, Volte had a few and a crew of friends congregate at the home of St. Arnold’s for the Sanyo de Mayo 5K in Houston on Sunday, May 6.

Laura Hanyzewski led our Volte athletes in 25:27 while Jill Tresaugue was ten seconds behind.  Laura's husband Brian finished in 26:39.

Jill was in the middle of the five-member Tresaugue family 5K.

Ryan grabbed first in his age group in 18:04.  Jack was 12 seconds ahead of Mom in 25:25.

Husband Matt ran with their son Luke and finished a second apart in 27:59 and 28-even, respectively.

Volte friend Mike Menster was the first masters finisher in 17:58. 

Chris Weir was third in his age group in 18:26, while our friends at Fleet Feet – James Ingle and Mary-Ellen Wilderman-Hay – posted times of 21:23 and 23:51.

Tina Saims was third in her division, snagging a shiny PR of 23:58 to boot.  Husband Paul finished in 26:10, while Mary-Ellen’s husband, Brad, clocked a time of 29:37.

“Hot and sunny, but great party and awesome awards,” said Jill.

It was also hot, sunny and hot again in Waco for the Chip Gaines – wait, no, Silo District – Marathon that same morning.

Robert Dempsey survived a punishing course - in that runners were completely exposed to the elements the majority of the race.  He finished in 5:42:25.

Later that evening, and closer to home, nearly 10 Volte athletes ran The Woodlands Running Club Sunday Night 5K at Barbara Bush Elementary in The Woodlands.

Jerritt Park was the overall winner in 22:10 while Mayra Caamano was the first female finisher in 24:34.

Crystal Foody putting her feet down at the TWRC Sunday Night 5K
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Mayra’s daughter, Chloe Kramer, was next in 28:55, while Crystal Foody and Jimmy Baker stopped running after 33:32 and 36:27, respectively.

Jimmy Baker with his best, "Hey Bill!", as he starts the second loop in the parking lot.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Amanda Becker and Katie Gill ran together in a time of 37:47 while Alfredo and Letty Gonzalez walked the course together.

Volte friend Ken Johnson covered the distance in 41:29.

The following Saturday, May 12, Kristi Park ran the Women’s Quarter Marathon in MacGregor Park in Houston, which relocated from Katy and its much cooler January date.

“I finished in 58:47,” she said.  “A little slower than what I wanted, but still under an hour (for 6.55 miles) so I will take it.  It was humid.”

That’s why Mike Kuykendall, Dana Formon and Volte friend Nilay Dinc opted for a little water in their athletic pursuits on Saturday, May 12 when they competed in the CB&I Tri – The Woodlands Triathlon at North Shore Park.

“First triathlon of the season in the books and it was a fun one!” said Mike.  “With just three swims and one bike ride this year, I only wanted to finish.

“But it was a strong day and I threw down a time 22 seconds shy of my PR for the distance.  Go figure.”

He covered the 500-meter swim, 12.8-mile bike and five-kilometer run in 1:31:21.

Mike was in and out of the water in 14:49, on and off the bike in 42:07 and finished the run in 29:42.

Dana was close behind in time in 1:32:18, although the two started in completely different waves.

She swam the distance in 12:34, cycled the bike in 47:05 and ran the 5K in 28:37.

Nilay stopped the clock on the North Shore Park bridge in 1:42:37 – 14:44 for the swim, 47:51 for the bike and 35:25 on the run.

Saturday, May 19 was Marathon Day in Volte, USA.

Volte friend Reggie Bruhn ran the Green Bay Marathon in Wisconsin in 4:05:59 – his third of 2018 to go with the Chevron Houston Marathon in January (4:04:34) and The Woodlands Marathon in March (4:10:59).

Meanwhile, a little farther to the west, Stephen Lopez completed his 24th marathon in his 18th state when he finished the Fargo Marathon in North Dakota in 5:08:56.

Since Ironman Texas in May 2016, he has completed nine straight marathons in different states.

On Memorial Day, Dana Formon, also a Seven Hills Running Club member, ran in the Club’s monthly race, which was hosted at Volte friend Ken Johnson’s house in Huntsville.

Dana Formon gets a little air time at the Memorial Day 5K in the Timberwilde subdivision in Huntsville.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
She finished the Memorial Day 5K in 27:45.

Bill Dwyer and Seven Hills Running Club officer Darren Grant, who was returning from an injury, walked the one-mile course together.

Friday, August 10, 2018

In Memoriam: Volte Alumni Shawna Kent (1977-2018)

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” ~ William Penn

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. 

Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. - Corinthians 5:6-8  

The grief that accompanies the death of a friend is hard to express in words.

We learned Sunday that one of our Volte Alumni, Shawna Kent, just two weeks shy of 41, passed away while she was out on a run early Saturday afternoon near her home in The Woodlands.

She had recently started her training for what would have been her 13th marathon in January at the Chevron Houston Marathon.

"Shawna trained with us from August 2015 though March of 2016 training for San Antonio Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in December and The Woodlands Half Marathon in March," said Volte founder Bill Dwyer.

Shawna and Dana-Susan Crews warming up before a late summer 2015 track workout.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Bill shared her first ever e-mail to him, which was a little more than three years ago, July 27, 2015:

"I got your email from someone at Fleet Feet the other day. 
I recently moved back to the area. 
I have been doing full and half marathons the past 15 years. 
I am wanting to work on my speed. 
Fleet Feet suggested I contact you and you may have a group that would interest me. 
I currently run 25-30 miles per week and particularly working on increasing my speed as I train for the San Antonio full Marathon in early December. 
Any information I would greatly appreciate. 
Thank you, Shawna."

"Shawna was a very positive and super sweet person," Bill said.  "She was very proud of her daughters' gymnastics and talked about them quite a bit when training with us.

Shawna Kent finishing the 2016 The Woodlands Half Marathon along The Waterway.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
"She was very passionate about running and the running community and she was one of those personalities who "never met a stranger"."

Please keep her husband Arron and their two daughters, Olivia and Mallory, ages 17 and 15, respectively, in your thoughts and prayers.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, August 9 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in The Woodlands.

Volte was asked by the family via our founder Bill Dwyer and friend Jon Walk’s friend Rick Cook to provide a list of all of the races that Shawna had ever run.

We were humbled and honored to be asked and to serve the family in this way and wanted to list those here in memory of Shawna:


4:16:35 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/9/2005
3:38:22 - Indianapolis Marathon, Indianapolis, IN, 10/20/2007
3:58:17 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/21/2008
3:50:18 - Flying Pig Marathon, Cincinnati, OH, 5/4/2008
4:03:51 - Flying Pig Marathon, Cincinnati, OH, 5/3/2009
3:58:14 - Air Force Marathon, Dayton, OH, 9/19/2009
4:11:56 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, TX, 3/3/2012
4:25:06 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, TX, 1/13/2013
4:19:30 - St Jude Memphis Marathon, Memphis, TN, 12/6/2014
4:35:46 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, TX, 12/6/2015
4:42:17 - Texas Marathon, Kingwood, TX, 1/1/2017
4:28:03 - BCS Marathon, College Station, TX, 12/10/2017

1:49:57 - Oneamerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Indianpolis, IN, 5/8/2004
1:48:53 - Oneamerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Indianpolis, IN, 5/7/2005
1:44:06 - Flying Pig Half Marathon, Cincinnati, OH, 5/6/2007
1:53:35 - Flying Pig Half Marathon, Cincinnati, OH, 5/1/2011
1:59:18 - Oneamerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Indianpolis, IN, 5/2/2015
1:56:46 - The Woodlands Half Marathon, The Woodlands, TX, 3/5/2016
2:12:07 - Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX, 10/22/2016

0:25:50 - Get On The Stick 5K, Carmel, IN, 2/18/2006
0:30:15 - Michael Treinen Foundation Turkey Trot 5K, Noblesville, IN, 11/22/2012
0:33:07 - Graceworks Turkey Trot 5K, Franklin, TN, 11/28/2013
0:25:55 - Nashville Race for the Cure 5K, Nashville, TN, 10/25/2014
0:25:44 - The Lauren's burg Hill 5K, Lawrenceville, IN, 9/19/2015
0:27:50 - Michael Treinen Foundation Turkey Trot 5K, Noblesville, IN, 11/23/2017

Whether you’ve run or trained with Volte once or a hundred times, you’re always a Volte, an alumni or a friend.


Shawna and her smile will be missed.