Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Volte Thankful For The Freedom To Run on Memorial Day Weekend

We hope your Memorial Day weekend was restful and that you had time to spend with family and/or friends as well as reflect on those who gave their lives in service to our great, but always much to work on country.

Volte had a great group at the fourth annual Memorial Day 5K and 10K at Houston's St. Thomas High School, produced by Houston Running Company.

Four came home with some hardware as all of our athletes - including our friends there - chose to do the 5K.  

Seriously, who wants to choose to do the 10K when you don't have to, right?

Bling, bling at the Memorial Day 5K and 10K in Houston from this good-looking Volte crew!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Luis Murillo got the fanfare started with a third overall finish in 18:02, behind Houston Strake Jesuit graduating senior Jake Chandler and Hockley's John Brown.

Another third overall - this time the Master's division - went to the older Murillo brother, Juan, as he was 12th overall and five seconds out of second Master's with a time of 20:21 - behind Richard Oeschlin and Mani Walia.

Two spots behind in the wide 40-49 division, especially so with 502 finishers, was Chris Branch in 20:45.

Sixth overall female and first in the ladies Master's division was Judith Albarran with a nice time of 22:49.  

Judith Albarran putting the beat down on Tomball's Paul Hellen, thanks to Tuesday's track workouts!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

The next two ladies in the division figuratively escorted (finishing one spot ahead and behind) Luis and Juan's dad, Jose, to the finish, more than two minutes behind.

He crushed the 70-and-over division as he stopped the clock in 25 minutes even, more than 13 minutes ahead of second place.

Coach Rich Cooper and Sherry Cameron rounded out our team's efforts with marks of 30:41 and 37:13, respectively.

Volte friend Alejandro Bedoya got in the age group winning business with a near three-minute win in the 20-29 age group - good for fifth overall - in 18:59.

Christina Gray and Marta Mixa - our friends with Northside Running - ran well with times of 27:47 and 28:25.  

Marta headed back up Interstate 45 with a third place age group award for the keeping.

Longest distance of the weekend went to Steven Sfeir as he finished his second career Buffalo Marathon in 4:38:18 on Sunday, May 28. 

He ran it two years ago in 4:39:51.

Well done, Steven!

And that leaves us with the weekly Jerritt Park #roadto100 report.

Second overall on Saturday morning at the Spindle Tree parkrun 5K #71 in east Magnolia is where Jerritt dropped his first sub-20 minute parkrun with a time of 19:57 - just 13 seconds back of McCullough eighth grader (and soon to be The Woodlands freshman) Max Charbonneau.

Volte friend Ken Johnson of the Seven Hills Running Club finished his 17th career parkrun in 49:41.

If San Antonio wasn't far enough alone for Jerritt, well, this time, he packed up the family for adventures on Sunday, May 28 in Dripping Springs, with an 11 a.m. start at the Bell Springs Wine Run 5K.

On a hilly course, he threw down an impressive 20:16 - almost a minute and a half in front of 24-year-old Peter Mitchell - for the overall win.

And on Memorial Day, Jerritt got to race #40 of the year with another overall win - this time at the Seven Hills Running Club Memorial Day 5K in Huntsville.

The race, which is hosted from Ken and Marilynn Johnson's house in the Timberwilde subdivision, saw Jerritt crossing the finish line in 20:30.

Volte friend Becky Nesbitt from Hempstead won the women's race in 22:28.

Also in Austin on Monday, we had friends competing in the Memorial Day classic triathlon, the Ascension Seton CapTex Tri.

Volte alumni Kate Looney finished sixth overall in the Olympic division in 2:19:43.  

Two spots in front of her was local legend - and two-time Olympic Trials marathoner and multi Kona podium finisher - Peggy Yetman.

Scott Mayer, Volte friend from the Team Strive days and former Strike Force Racing team member, overcame a couple of bike flats and finished the Olympic in 3:00:59.

Kate's husband, Bob, competed in the equally popular Sprint race, and finished third in his 40-44 division (27th overall) in 1:11:40.

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