While we're still not all the way back to pre-pandemic racing calendars, there is some semblance of things returning to a state of normalcy in our sport(s), including trail racing and triathlons.
It is just rare that - while somebody is typically racing every weekend between Labor Day and Memorial Day - nobody was on Saturday, October 30.
Volte and friends all bunched it up on Halloween, Sunday, October 31 with most racing the Houston Half Marathon and 10K in downtown Houston.
Carrie Hyde, though, took part in one of the oldest races in North America -- the 93rd annual Tely 10-Mile Road Race, which runs through Paradise, Mount Pearl and St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
Finishing in the top 25% of her age group, Carrie stopped the clock in 1:33:22, good for 34th in that division.
Susan Rouse and Dan Jordan ran the West University Halloween Dash 5K together in 30:02, which netted Susan second place in her age group.
The Houston Half Marathon and 10K, produced by the Houston Striders, became the largest race post-pandemic in the greater Houston area, surpassing The Woodlands Marathon, by seeing nearly 5,000 runners across its finish lines, including 1,420 in the 10K and 3,563 in the half marathon.
Those numbers, of course, will be surpassed by the Chevron Houston Marathon and its companion events in January.
In the 10K, Volte put two on the podium with Erika Sampson winning her age group in 46:46 while Juan Murillo was second in his in 41:41.
Sue Griffis rounded out our runners with a 1:00:20 effort.
Our friends were led by Erika Park, who was the second overall Masters runner in 42:49, and Jimmie Gowton, who posted a time of 1:00:53.
Volte had a huge contingent in the half marathon -- 11 of our own athletes and 14 friends!
Luis Murillo led us with a 1:15:14 first place age group, but Ramon Rosales stole the show with first place masters finish - with a time of 1:16:07 - that also earned him the designation of the 2021 Road Runners Club of America Southern Region half marathon masters champion.
Christopher Branch followed with a steady time of 1:31:51.
|1:31:51 was A-OK for Christopher Branch!|
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Amanda Jenkins ran casually with her sister Megan Saloom as they both crossed the finish line in 1:40:32.
Judith Albarran and Carlos Rodriguez finished within a couple of minutes of each other in 1:45:35 and 1:47:26, respectively.
Mimi Torrez easily kept it under two hours in 1:54:44, while Lillian Evans made excellent time in 2:05:49.
|Lillian coming into the finish as nice and steady as possible!|
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Waverly Walk finished her 17th career half marathon - and her second in three weeks - with a mark of 2:21:15.
Coach Rich Cooper and Sherry Cameron rounded out our half marathon performances with times of 2:26:18 and 2:35:24, respectively.
Mark Amann led our Volte friends in 1:15:52 and he was followed by Peter Lash and Josh Rivas with respective times of 1:21:19 and 1:35:22.
Kahn Grice and Sabina Lorca posted efforts of 1:46:18 and 1:49:43 while Cristina Gray finished in 2:03:41.
Randy Bradley continued to get ready for the Brazos Bend 50 with a time of 2:09:33.
Sisters Patricia Hernandez and Mariela Rodriguez ran the course in 2:10:20 and 2:34:18, respectively.
Vincent Attanucci added to his Dallas Marathon preparation with a 2:22:55 finish while Loren Denton stopped the clock in 2:29:50.
Lusi and Alvaro Trejo ran the course together, finishing in 2:39:09.