Monday, December 6, 2021

Volte Spanned the Globe, Country and State on Veterans Day Weekend

The second week of November saw Volte and friends stretching out across the state, country and even a little bit beyond.

We had a limited group participating on Sunday, November 14 at the Cypress Half Marathon and 5K, but there was certainly nothing limiting in their performances.

Rob Myers making the turn to the finish with one of Houston's most recognizable runners and nice guys, Hiroshi Himada.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Rob Myers had a goal to get under two hours in the half marathon and did so in a big way with a superb 1:57:25 effort.

Tammy Grado makes a strong bee line for the finish.  Great to see her back at a road race!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Continuing to maximize their Ironman fitness were Paolo Biagi and Tammy Grado as they both captured second place age group wins with times of 21:16 and 24:12, respectively, and paces nicely under seven and eight minutes.

Three Happy Voltes -- Paolo Biaga, Rob Myers and Tammy Grado
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Our friends did well as Patrick Wills was the first overall men's finisher in the 5K in 17:37, in addition to three age group awards in the half marathon.

Peter Lash set the table with a 1:24:45 first place showing followed closely by Rip Reynolds' 1:30:36 performance that was good enough for second.

C. Stevenson Lake shined with a 1:37:14 age group win while Hailey King ran well with a 2:20:25 performance.

As part of their preparation for December's Rock 'N Roll San Antonio Half MarathonBill and Dana-Susan Crews ran the Navy 10-Miler in Fort Worth on Saturday, November 13 where they both earned second place age group awards.

Bill stopped the clock in 1:16:49 while Dana-Susan posted a time of 1:32:39.

Working backwards, Sherry Cameron took herself to the origins of the modern marathon -- Greece -- to run the Athens Marathon, Authentic on Sunday, November 14.

Interestingly, there was an "A" and a "B" race for the marathon, but the two were really just different starting times, one about an hour and a half after another.

She finished in 6:20:48.

Out west, a pair of Volte friends took on the Revel Big Bear Marathon and Half Marathon in Big Bear, California, mostly made running famous by the Halls - Ryan and Sara.

Instead of name dropping, our friends did a little time dropping while they were there.

Paul Blutt early in last month's Big Bear Marathon in California
(Photo courtesy of Revel)

Paul Blutt was 44th overall (41st male and ninth in his 40-44 age group) with an excellent time of 2:54:09, while Daniel Garcia executed his "no such thing as too much fun" approach to his 2:04:50 finish.

Too good not to share from Daniel Garcia during the Big Bear Half Marathon.
(Photo courtesy of Revel)

Running one of the more beautiful courses in the country was Dana-Leigh Formon as she ran the Richmond Marathon in Virginia.

She took advantage of temperatures, albeit a little biting cold at the start, which never got above 50 degrees before she finished in 4:38:06.

And, closing us out - and close to home - is Terence Baptiste with his 45:34 first place age group finish in the 10K race of Explore The Falls in Spring on Saturday, November 13.

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