As live racing continues to pick up – well, that is, anywhere outside of Harris County, Volte’s efforts in training this past year have not gone to waste in the first few races of the month of January.
Trudy Regnier, supported there by George Roffe and Bill Dwyer, started the year off with a 2:25:03 half marathon in Kingwood on New Year’s Day at the Texas Half Marathon.
And while there are no official awards, Trudy was third in her age group – a great testament, actually, to the good group of runners in her division.
The winner of her division was just over three minutes ahead while the runner-up only beat Trudy to the finish line by 13 seconds.
Volte is always so fortunate to have many friends at races and one of those was The Woodlands’ Nora Wilson.
Nora, who ran the marathon at Kingwood last year (2020) in 4:35:37, decided to call it a morning after two loops of the course, posting a time of 2:20:18.
Filling up the spot in the race calendar vacated by the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and the We Are Houston 5K going virtual was the USA Fit Marathon and its affiliated events in Sugar Land.
Moving two weeks up on the normal calendar, runners were treated to ideal conditions and Volte athletes leveraged it to their advantage.
Running in the toughest 10-year age group in the race, our Gourav Kumar was 57th overall, but 16th in his 30-39 division.
Of course, we all know what is important: time. Both on the clock and the overall experience.
Gourav did, enjoying a mark of 3:44:01.
In the half marathon, Erika Sampson decimated the women’s 40-49 division with a dazzling time of 1:38:11.
In fact, only 43-year-old Lorena Tschen Carlisle kept her from the ladies’ masters title with a winning time of 1:35:45.
Alejandro Bedoya, drawing one of those special single-digit bib numbers, didn’t disappoint with a 1:43:21 showing in the half marathon, good for seventh overall in the 20-29 men’s division.
And Volte friend John Rivas, who made the trip with us to Tunnel Lite in 2019 and ran a blazing time of 3:16:28 there, posted his third straight sub-3:30 with a 3:21:45 – good for 25th overall and one spot behind BCS Marathon race director Chris Field.
Our good friend Steve Allen, the president of the Seven Hills Running Club, ran the half marathon there also in 1:45:13.
This past weekend, Saturday, January 23, runners invaded the hilly Tyler State Park for Trail Racing Over Texas’ Running The Rose.
Our Bonnie Scholz was 29th overall and sixth among all females in the 22-mile contest with a 4:25:14 finish, vindicating needing to drop three years ago at the event while attempting the arduous 108K.
Bonnie’s sister, Michele Fregia, of Pearland, finished the same distance in 5:29:46.
And when there is a TROT race, there’s usually a Murillo there.
Juan drew the long straw and ran the 54K, finishing 11th overall in 5:51:54.
Brother Luis, 37, was third overall in the 11-miler in a time of 1:21:46, while father Jose, 70, blazed a field of 89 finishers in the seven-kilometer race with a seventh place overall time of 48:28.
We look forward to seeing many of you at Sunday's Texas 10 College Station.