Monday, July 30, 2012

Ten for Texas Race Filling Up! Register today.

The Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas will be capped at 2,500 participants, and is filling up fast!  Register TODAY to ensure your place in the 2012 race!!

Click here to register.

Race Information

10 for Texas

The 7th annual Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2012, and will begin and end at Market Street Central Park, 9595 Six Pines Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380. The 2012 race will be a certified USATF event and will feature a field of 2,500 participant. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. and culminates with a TEXAS SIZE awards party featuring music, great food, and beverages.

             2012 Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas Race Course – Pending County Approval

One 4 Texas

This Memorial Hermann event offers participants a fun run around the confines of Market Street starting at 7 a.m. at the 10 For Texas start/finish line. One 4 Texas is a non-competitive event designed to promote fun and fitness for kids of all abilities, and will be capped at 250 participants. All participants will receive a finisher's medal at the finish line. Parents can run with their child - Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas runners can use this as a warm up!



10 for Texas

Date of Registration
Early Registration (January 1-May 31)
Registration (June 1-October 7)
Late Registration (October10-13)

*Fee does not reflect online convenience fee

One 4 Texas

Date of Registration
Registration (January 1-October 7)
Late Registration (October10-13)

*Fee does not reflect online convenience fee

New To 2012 – Finisher Medals!

Every 10 for Texas finisher will receive a Texas shaped finisher’s medal!

10 for Texas participants will also receive a Tech T-shirt and hat!

Volunteers Needed!!

1.      Check out the Volunteer Position Descriptions positions and find what interests you and/or your group.

2.      Sign Up Online!  *Community Groups: please email Pamela Woods at if you would like to save an area for your group to  be together.  You can then direct each member to sign up online individually.

3.      Information regarding assignment details, check-in, etc…  will  be sent out the week prior to the event.  Each volunteer will receive an official volunteer t-shirt, be invited to the volunteer hospitality tent and have an experience to remember!

NEW in 2012 – Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas Cheer Contest!!!  Register a cheer team today by clicking here!

Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas Official Sponsors

  Title Sponsor




HITS Sterling, Colorado

Sterling, Colorado was the location for the HITS Series Half Ironman race on July 28-29.  Finish Strong's Jim Harrington competed in the tri and took 2nd in his 45-49 AG.  Jim swam the course in 38:02, then powered for 2:48:44 on his bike, then finished the day with a 2:36:05 very hilly half marathon for an overall time of 6:01:43.  Way to go, Jim!!

Ironman Calgary 70.3

Finish Strong's Don Cole traveled to Calgary located in Western Canada's Rocky mountains to compete in Ironman Calgary 70.3. Swimming the clear waters of Ghost Lake, cycling with the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, and running the beautiful pathways of Glenmore Park; Ironman 70.3 Calgary is as stunning as it is challenging. It’s been voted one of the top ten most scenic triathlons in the world by Triathlete Magazine.
Not sure how much of the scenery Don took in as he raced hard finishing this half Ironman distance race in 5:33:35. Don's splits were 38:35 swim, 2:53:51 bike (58 mile course), and ran the final half marathon in 1:51:19.  Congratulations, Don!

Fambridge Yacht Station Tri

Finish Strong's Jane Foley traveled to England to race at the Fambridge Yacht Station Half Ironman Tri in North Fambridge near Chelmsford, Essex, England. She placed third in her 35-39 age group in a time of 5:22:45.  Jane commented, "Tough race!  Most of the run was on trails, grass and gravel.  There was a strong head wind for half of the ride and the local council had decided to do road works so they had a guy standing non the road with a 'stop/go' board who stopped some of the field (including me). I waited for 3.5 mins while they let the oncoming traffic through!! So frustrating! As a result of that they changed the bike route which cut it short by a mile but with that headwind I didn't mind." 

Jane's splits were 34:41 swim, 3:06:19 bike (17.7 mph), 1:39:33 run (8:39/mi pace).  Great job, Jane!
Any pics?

Aquathlon Nationals

Finish Strong Coach Richard Mac Namee competed in the Aquathlon Nationals on Saturday, July 28 in Mercer Island, Washington.  Richard placed 3rd in his age group and 19th overall in the long course!  His results qualify him for worlds in New Zealand in October.  Richard's overall time was 1:03:44 for this 1500m two loop with “beach exit” Swim and very hilly 10km Trail Run.  Next stop, World Championship!! 

Heart of Dixie Tri

Finish Strong Racing trio of Mike Menster (left), Ronnie Delzer (not pictured) and Dana Lyons (right) received awards at the Heart of Dixie Tri held in Philadelphia, Mississippi on Saturday, July 28.

The Heart of Dixie Tri was a point to point Olympic Tri with a 1/2 mile swim in Lake Tiak-O'Khata, followed by a rolling 27.5 mile bike and a 7 mile run ending at Neshoba County Fairgrounds.  Finish Strong Racing athletes Ronnie Delzer, Michael Menster, and Dana Lyons each put in a good race effort.

Ronnie Delzer came in 5th in his 30-34 AG and 21st overall finishing in 2:15:00.  Ronnie's splits were 13:23 swim, 1:12:43 bike (22.7mph pace), and 47:04 run (6:45/mi pace) -- despite some GI discomfort.

Mike Menster came in 4th in his 40-44 AG and 22nd overall finishing in 2:15:33 -- just 33 seconds behind Ronnie.  Mike's splits were 15:14 swim, 1:10:10 bike (23.5mph pace), and 45:55 run (6:34/mi pace).  Mike had the second fastest run in his AG.

Dana Lyons came in 2nd in his 50-54 AG and 10th overall finishing in 2:08:37.  Dana's splits were 15:24 swim, 1:05:59 bike (25 mph), and 43:48 run (6:17/mi pace).  Dana had the fastest run in his AG.



Monday, July 23, 2012

Tri Waco

 Finish Strong's Cindy McManus, Chantal Requier, and Amy Antley rake in the medals at Tri Waco!

Chantal Requier was third female overall and 1st in her AG at the recent Tri Waco triathlon held on July 22 finishing in 1:54:40 for the 1500 meter, 20K bike, 10K run distance race!  Chantal was joined by Finish Strong teammates Amy Antley who placed 8th in her 35-39 AG in a time of 2:11:05 and Cindy McManis who placed 2nd in her 50-54 AG in the sprint distance race (400meter, 20K bike, 3.4mile run) in a time of 1:22:34.  Y'all rock!

U of Okoboji Triathlon

Finish Strong's father-daughter duo - Mike and Becca Novelli competed in the U of Okoboji Triathlon in Arnolds Park, Iowa on Sunday, July 21.    Mike won his 50-59 AG and was 17th overall with a decisive 1:36:34.  Mike's splits were 15:33 swim, a solid 47:31 on the bike, and fast 29:47 final run.  Becca came in 5th in her competitive 20-29 AG and 6th female overall in 1:44:08.     Her splits were 15:14 swim, 53:09 bike, and 33:13 run.  Hurray for the Novellis!!

Cincinnati Olympic Tri

Finish Strong's Shannon Crowe was the overall female winner of the Cincinnati Olympic Tri held on Sunday, July 22.  Shannon won the event in the last 3/4 mile of the run!  Shannon reports, "I had been gaining on the leader and then kicked up my pace at mile 4. It was a fun but challenging course. Lot more hills than I anticipated especially the run which was supposed to be flat. The swim was interesting. We had to basically slide down a bank into the water and there was tons of debris the whole way. I got bonked on the head a few times by logs. Despite this, my swim was fast - 19:11 for 1350 meters.  The bike was great but had some decent hills. There was a long, super steep hill going up to the Columbia Parkway that we had to do twice and a lot of people walked that. All the roads were closed to traffic so that part was so much fun. 6 lanes of Columbia Parkway! My bike time was 1:14:36. The run was a little hillier than I thought but I felt good - 46:27."

The race was even more special to Shannon because she raced with her sister who competed in her first tri and took 2nd in her AG.  Shannon raced in memory of her mom who passed away one year ago and for her Dad's birthday.  Shannon said, "I really was racing to honor them and my goal was to win overall so it was really emotional and a special win,"

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

TriAggieland Sprint Triathlon

Finish Strong's Ronnie Delzer won his AG and came in 4th overall at the TriAggieLand Sprint Triathlon held on Sunday, July 15 in College Station.  The race featured a a 400 meter snake style swim in the state of the art Natatorium, a 12 mile bike course and a 5K run through the beautiful campus of Texas A&M University.  Ronnie had a phenomenal race!  His overall time was 1:00:22 with a 6:57 swim, 32:25 bike (22.2 mph pace), and 19:07 (6:22/mi pace) run splits.  Way to go!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Shadow Creek Ranch Tri

                                                     Shadow Creek Ranch Sprint Tri

The Barron's
Eight Finish Strong athletes competed in Sunday's Shadow Creek Ranch Tri in Pearland with two AG wins and another podium finish.  This sprint tri was a 500 meter swim, 16 mile bike, 3.2 mile event benefitting the American Diabetes Association.

Preliminary results:

Katherine Barron - *final results pending for her in 15-19 AG
Pam Ferguson 1:29:51 - 8th in her 30-34 AG
Carolyn Barron 1:34:45 - 11th in her 40-44 AG

Lane Barron 1:19:55 - 1st in his under 14 AG
Ian Richardson 1:09:22 - 1st in his 15-19 AG
Greg Gibbons 1:13:12 - 3rd in his 35-39 AG
Tommy Behe  1:18:03 - 8th in his 35-39 AG
Eric Yollick - 1:58:18 -17th in his 50-54 AG

Congrats to all our athletes!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Race registrations - IM 70.3, 5i50, Sprint open now

The Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas Registration is now open


Entry Fees:

General Entry
$199—open to 7/8/2012
$225—7/9/2012 to 8/1/2012
$250—8/2/2012 to 2/20/2013

$275—2/21/2013 to close

5150 Galveston triathlon presented by Memorial Hermann- September 23rd

Individual entry:     $100 (1/23/2012 – 4/8/2012); $125(4/9 – 9/16); $150(Race week)
Relay Entry:            $175 (1/23/2012 – 4/8/2012); $200(4/9 – 9/16); $225(Race week)

Lonestar Sprint

Individual entry:          $65 (1/23/2012 – 4/8/2012); $75(4/9 – 9/16); $85(Race week)
Relay Entry:                $95 (1/23/2012 – 4/8/2012); $105(4/9 – 9/16); $115(Race week)

Please note, there will be no race morning registration or packet pick up.

REGISTER NOW: Register for the 5150 Galveston

Ironman Texas Registration Opens July 11 at Noon

The 2013 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2013 in The Woodlands, Texas.  Race Registration will open THIS Wednesday, July 11 at noon EST.   To register for the race, go to

Monday, July 9, 2012

Jeff and Brede's Intergalactic Sprint Tri

Finish Strong's Ron McCauley competed at the Jeff and Brede's intergalactic sprint tri in Katy on July 8.
The race is a 300 meter swim, 12 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run distance event.  Ron finished in 1:13:47 with a faster than predicted 7:35 swim, 37:34 bike, and 23:20 run.  Congrats on a fine race, Ron!

Run Wild 5K on July 4th

Finish Strong Associate Coaches Kim and Richard took on the Run Wild 5K on July 4th!  Kim won the female master's division with a finishing time of 18:43.8 and Richard took 4th in his 45-49 AG in 19:22.5.  Also, hats off to friend Russell Meyer who won his 40-44 AG in 18:04.3.  Congrats to all!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bud Heat Wave 5 Mile Run

Finish Strong Racing's Taylor Riall took 2nd in her AG at the Bud Heat Wave 5 mile run held on the 4th of July!  Way to go, Taylor!

Monday, July 2, 2012

TWRC Sunday long run schedule for July

The Woodlands Run Club meets at various locations throughout the Woodlands for Sunday morning long runs.  Go to their website at  to join the club for a nominal annual fee.  See below for locations and distances for the remainder of July.

July 8
Place: Starbucks/Jamba Juice Market St
Time: 6:45am
Mileage: 6 & 10

July 15
Place: H&H Kitchen (Research Forest)
Time: 6:45am
Mileage: 7 & 11

July 22
Place: Starbucks/Sterling
Time: 6:45am
Mileage: 6 & 13

July 29
Place: H&H Kitchen
Time: 6:45am
Mileage: 7 & 11

Black Hills 50 Mile Run

Julio Morales had a 15 hour run of his life on June 23 at the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Julio took on the 50 mile run course that had 9,051 feet of climb and 9,051 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 18,102 feet!

Julio reports, "I ran very conservative. 4-5 hills but 2 major inclines that had me gasping for air. I knew it would be a long day when I got to the first aid station at mile 6 in 1hr 20min. At 3pm I was at mile 33. Then I had to climb back up those 2 major inclines. It took me 2.5 hrs to run/jog/walk/hike
and crawl 7 miles. WOW!!!! AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!! Next year I'll do the 100K. Thanks Dana."

Way to go, Julio! Would love to see your pics!

Team Moeding 10K

FSR was well represented this morning in the Team Moeding 10k up in Huron, SD. Jim Harrington took first overall in the race with a finish time of 42:34!  Way to go, Jim!!

Y Freedom Tri

Kent Morris and his family raced the Y Freedom Tri on Sunday, July 1.  Kent won his AG and came in 5th overall.  He achieved a PR of over 4 minutes. His time was 57:16 winning by only .3 of a second!

This was also Kent's wife, Kathy’s first tri.  After only training for 7 weeks, Kathy was 6th out of 9 in the Athenas Masters. Kent is so proud of her (so are we!)

Kent's19 yr old daughter Brianna was 4th in her AG and his 17 yr old, Brittany was 5th in her AG.

 Kent says, "It was  great that my family is able to race together. Part of it was done in a downpour."  Congrats to the entire Morris family!

Jane Foley rocks the cover of this month's Texas Runner & Triathlete!

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