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.

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