Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Volte and Friends Close Second Quarter Running Well

Nine Volte’s annual early summer vacation has ended and it’s time once again to trumpet Volte’s efforts to the rest of the running world -- outside of the Volte bubble!

The next-to-last Saturday in May, Kim White and Julie Stevenson traveled to one of the newer running capitals of small-town Texas – Bellville.

With its third race 5K in less than two months, the duo competed in a brand-new race, the Mindy Moses 5K Memorial Fun Run, that was created, spearheaded and race directed by 13-year-old Levi Malinowski (who also finished seventh overall during the race).

Almost 200 finishers – 193, to be exact, including a few of our running friends, finished the race.

Kim crossed the finish line in 24:49, good for tenth overall and first in his 51-60 age group, while Julie was 13th overall, first in her age group and third female overall as she stopped the clock in 25:28.

Our friend Becky Nesbitt won the ladies division in a time of 22:03.  She had won the last race they had in Bellville about a month earlier – less than an hour after finishing Texas 10 Cypress.

Ken Johnson was second in the 71-and-over division in 45:46.  It was Ken’s last race – by a day – in the 79-and-under bracket.

Memorial Day was quiet.

Even Ken Johnson didn’t race as he and his wife Marilynn hosted the Seven Hills Running Club annual Memorial Day race outside of their house in the Timberwilde subdivision in Huntsville.

Ken, of course, didn’t miss The Woodlands Running Club Sunday Night 5K on Sunday, June 6.

A good group of 14, including 11 Voltes and three friends, participated.

Jerritt Park and Devyn Cook were the overall winners in 20:44 and 22:29, respectively.

Friend Mak Taking was third overall in 22:47, beating Robert King to the finish by nearly a minute as he ran the distance in 23:30.  Another friend Ted Miller was next in 23:50 while Kim White crossed 10 seconds later.

The second overall female place belonged to Julie Stevenson with her 25:38 showing.

Rob Myers and George Rux followed Julie in 27:09 and 31:04, respectively.  Simon and Auggie Campbell - father and son - ran together to finish in 37:40, while Ken Johnson came in in 48:32.  

Deb Myers and Llana Bingham covered the race distance as well.

Deb Myers might be the most excited runner ever to run the Sunday Night 5K!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

A pair of our Volte friends made the first visit of the year to North Bend, Washington on Sunday, June 13 to run the Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon.

Keri Amador and Terence Baptiste did well as they posted times of 3:13:41 and 3:17:50, respectively.

The following Saturday, we had two of our Volte couples head out to Katy to run the No Label Brewing Company First Street 5K, put on by Run In Texas.

Michael and Diana Gayle as well as Scott and Leticia Haney ran well.

Michael led the group with a mark of 24:24 while Scott followed in 25:55.  Diana led the wives in 27:21 while Leticia made it happen in 29:34.

Mark Amann led our Volte friends in 16:19, winning his age group and finishing third overall.

Kevin Baker was seventh overall in 18:08 as he won his group too while Paul Blutt was not too far behind in 19:01 – good for 11th overall but fifth in a tough 40-49 division.

Volte closed out June with a couple of long-distance performances.

Ramon Rosales, Jr. kept the winning up at the Capt’n Karl’s Pedernales Falls 60K on Saturday, June 26.

He won by nearly 37 minutes as he covered the 37.28-mile distance in six hours, six minutes and 46 seconds (6:06:46).

Ramon has now won four of the last five races that he’s entered – the outlier being the Golden Ticket race – Bandera 100K in January 2020 before the start of the pandemic.

The next day, Sunday, June 27, Steven Sfeir made his marathon debut a good one as he completed the Buffalo Marathon – a race normally held on Memorial Day weekend – in 4:39:51.

Congratulations to all of our athletes and friends – no matter if you’re racing, training or maintaining!

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