Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Volte Closes Out April With a Little History-Making

So where did we leave off?  Ironman Texas?  

Ah yes.  Still great memories for all!

Actually the last weekend of April was quite historic in Volte, USA - and may have only happened - partly - because Jerritt Park was looking for more races.

Even though some of the veterans among us have known about it for quite some time.

Saturday morning, April 29, began with a good crew - Voltes and friends - at the 67th running of the Spindle Tree parkrun 5K in east Magnolia.

The entire Park family participated.  

Brayden led the way with a fifth place overall time of 18:27.

Jerritt was ninth overall and the second masters finisher - behind Kevin Baker - with a mark of 21:21.  Put it in the books for race #29 of the year.

Riley Park would make it to the finish line a few seconds before Mom, Kristi, did.  

Kristi stopped the clock in 26:35, while Riley dashed in at 26:23 - and now holds the fastest 10 and under time in Spindle Tree parkrun history.

Greg Broad rounded out our group with a time of 34:18.

Lots of friends getting in the action too as Lorena Rowell led the way in 24:25.  

Vincent Attanucci finished his 25th career parkrun in 29:08.  

Woodlands Fit runners Erika Lawton and Mariela Rodriguez covered the three-loop course in 31:39 and 36:59, respectively, and Ken Johnson finished his 14th career parkrun in 50:10.

The first bit of historic took place a little later in the morning in Eugene, Oregon as Keith Wiley ran the Eugene Half Marathon.

Keith Wiley putting the dot on Oregon at historic Hayward Field
(Photo courtesy of Keith Wiley)

Historic in the sense that the finish was on the track at Hayward Field.

Keith made the best of it with a 2:10:38 finish despite having one of his shoes literally fall apart during the race that slowed him down.

Never before this Saturday had a complete Volte team run in HARRA's Bayou Bash Relay.

It is a race that features four runners each doing a 2.2-mile leg - and it is typically against some of the best runners with many of Houston's long-time running clubs.

Team Volte Endurance was the second overall Mixed Masters team with a total time of 1:00:29.

Team Volte Endurance.  Volte's first-ever complete team in HARRA's Bayou Bash Relay
(Photo courtesy of Jerritt Park)

Jerritt Park paced the group with a split of 14:14.  Jane Cardnell and Rob Gay followed in 14:31 and 14:39, respectively.  

Kristi Park, with her second race of the day, posted a nice effort of 17:03.

That was race #29 for Jerritt, and #30 came the next day as he finished second overall in 21:13 at the League City-based Run For Kelsi 5K.

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