Monday, August 27, 2012

Lake Houston 5K and 10K Race

Finish Strong Coach Kim Mac Namee (formerly Schultz-Hager) won the Lake Houston 5K race held on Saturday, August 25.  Kim crossed the finish line first for the women and 6th overall in 18:12.  She is pictured below with her trophy!

Chris Strait, Tuesday Night Track regular, also ran the 5K and took 2nd in the men's 30-39 AG and 7th overall in 18:30.

In the the 10K, Finish Strong dominated the 40-49 AG claiming 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 11th.  Rip Reynolds won the age group in 39:33.  Richard Mac Namee took 3rd in 41:45.  Chris Wendt followed in 4th in 43:42.  And Andreas Grossman took 11th in 50:13.

Congrats to all runners!

Richard Mac Namee (pictured above) after running the Lake Houston 10K race!

Clearlake Tri

Fifteen Finish Strong athletes represented the team well at the Clearlake Tri on August 25 in both Olympic and Sprint distances.  The team enjoyed six podium finishes including two AG wins!

Pictured above is Jack Chapman with his daughter, Abbey.  Jack took 1st in his AG!

Finish Strong athletes competing at the Olympic Distance were:

Scott Peterson - 2nd in his 30-34 AG in 2:27:03.7
Casey Clark - 5th in his 40-44 AG in 2:33:20.2
Susan Hardwick-Smith - 7th in her 45-49 AG in 3:03:31.8
Rusty Davis - 22nd in his 45-49 AG in 3:20:51.8
Jack Chapman - 1st in his 50-54 AG in a time of 2:39:56.8
Will Blackbird - 8th in his 50-54 AG in 2:51:51.9
Charlie Schubert - 5th in his 55-59 AG in 3:05:51.1
Phillip DePrang - 1st in his 60-64 AG in a time of 2:55:24.3

Pictured above are Casey Clark and Phillip Deprang who placed 5th and 1st in their AGs!

In the Sprint Distance race were:

Jen Allen - 19th in her 35-39 AG in 1:27:27.6
Lisa Hill - 4th in her 40-44 AG in 1:16:49.2  (1st Tri!)
Sharon Morin - 2nd in her 50-54 AG in 1:21:14.6 (missed 1st place by 2 seconds)
Ric Montalvan - 18th in his AG 35-39 AG in 1:16:28.8
Clint Bryant - 2nd in his 40-44 AG in 1:05:56.5
Ed York - 2nd in his 50-54 AG in1:03:01.0
    Ric Montalvan running for the finish line in the sprint distance.

Brother-sister athletes Ric Montalvan and Jen Allen finished the sprint with a smile!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Oilman Texas Half IM Sign Up

10th Annual  
Half Iron Distance
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
La Toretta Del Lago Hotel & Resort
Montgomery, Texas
Swim in beautiful Lake Conroe
Bike on part of the Ironman Texas course
Run through the newly renovated resort
Finish your season with this GREAT race with a hometown feel!
More Fun & Less Money!
For more information and to register:

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ironman Mount Tremblant

On Sunday, August 19, Finish Strong Triathletes Josh Scott, Jim Harrington, and Winston Cervantes, took on Ironman Mount Tremblant in Quebec, Canada.  They started the day with a 2.4-mile (3.8 km) swim in Tremblant Lake, followed by a two-loop, 112-mile (180 km) bike course that ran  largely through Mont-Tremblant’s forests and mountains, then embarked on the two-loop, 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run course into the heart of the pedestrian village of Tremblant Resort.

Josh (35-39 AG) had an overall time of 11:10:52.  His splits were 1:06:23 swim, 5:52:13 bike, and 4:03:04 run.

Jim (45-49 AG) finished in 11:41:21.  His splits were 1:03:48 swim, 6:00:49 bike, and 4:24:41 run.

Winston (40-44 AG) finished the race in 12:45:25 .  His splits were: 1:28:58 swim, 6:10:31 bike, and 4:46:23 run.

Winston reports, "I almost ran a race according to plan and was very happy and confident until mile 18 in the run when my IT Band seized up. There was no way to ease it or fix it, so I had to shuffle the last 8 miles like an injured athlete. Then the rain poured! Time was 12:45:25, a minute more than my IMTX.

I highly recommend IMMT. It's a beautiful venue with a challenging bike course. The community embraced the event with open arms. It felt like I was racing in Europe."

For a more complete breakdown of their results, go to

Sunday, August 19, 2012

USAT National Championships Age Group Olympic Distance

Finish Strong athletes Rodrigo Abascal, Evan Stevens, Becca Novelli, and Cindy McManis all qualified and participated in the USAT National Championships Age Group Olympic Distance (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run) race in Burlington, Vermont on Saturday, August 18.

Choppy waters, hilly course, unrelentless headwind, but for all of that, Finish Strong athletes did a fabulous job!  Rodrigo Abascal, 19,  (pictured above) finished in 2:30:18.  His splits were 24:55 swim, 1:16:31 bike (19.5 mph pace), and 45:53 run (7:24/mi pace).

Evan Stevens, 18, came in 22nd in his AG in 2:35:30.  His splits were 29;31 swim, 1:13:04 bike (20.4 mph), and 48:39 run.  When others were aged up, his rank improved and he qualified for the world championship race.

Becca Novelli, 22, finished in 2:40:21.  Becca's splits were 29:46 swim, 1:17:36 bike (19.2 mph pace), and 49:43 run (8:01/mi pace).

Cindy McManis, 52,  set a new PR with her best run EVER!  Cindy finished in 2:58:28 with a 33:46 swim, 1:24:58 bike, and 54:52 run (8:50/mi pace).  Way to go!!

Want more race results?  Go to:

Monday, August 13, 2012

USAT Junior National Championships

Finish Strong athletes Lane Barron, 13, and Ian Richardson, 18,  both qualified and participated in the USAT Junior National Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 11.

Lane had a good solid race in the youth elite division.  He came in 54 out of 75 participants in the 13-15 year old age group.  (He was the 6th among 13 year olds.)  He finished in 36:35.  His splits were 6:31 swim, an amazing 17:00 bike (21:55/pace), 11:08 run. (7:10/mi pace) 

Ian Richardson had a nice race and finished in 1:04:49 in the junior race.  He had a 12:34 swim, 32:22 bike, and blistering 17:54 run (5:45/mi pace).  He was 45 out of 65 for his division. 

Lane's mom, Carolyn reports, "The swim was a bit rough- washing machine like and a new experience diving off a pontoon, but overall a nice venue and great weather!"

Technology is so cool. We were able to watch our individual athletes throughout the course at this link.  Check it out!

Ironman US Championships in NYC

Finish Strong Racing's Manuel Abascal headed to NYC to take on Aquadraat Sports IRONMAN U.S. Championship race on August 10.  Manuel finished this beast of a race in 14:43:33.  He began with a 2.4 mile point-to-point swim in the Hudson River which he completed in 50:58.  Then he bicycled the 112 mile bike course that spanned the cliffs of Palisades Parkway in 6:58:38.  And finally, he survived the final 26.2 mile run course over the George Washington Bridge, finishing at 81st Street in the heart of NYC in 6:34:50.  Manuel's family was there to cheer him on to the finish.  Congratulations on this HUGE accomplishment! 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Friday Night Lights Open 2 Mile XC Race


Friday, August 31, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Bear Branch Sports Park
On-site registration – only $5

We welcome you to participate in a 2-mile open cross-country race, which will precede The Woodlands High School Invitational.  Registration will open at 5:00 pm and close at 6:15 pm.  Entry fee is $5.   No advance registration is necessary.  The open race will begin at 6:30 pm.  T-shirts will be available for purchase and a concession stand will be on site.  Proceeds benefit The Woodlands Lady Highlanders Cross Country team.

To volunteer, please contact Karen Gutierrez, Volunteer Coordinator, at   Additional questions may be directed to 
Dana Lyons, Meet Coordinator, at



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Kiwanis Kids Tri

Several of the youth that participated in Finish Strong Coaching's Youth Tri Camp led by Coach Kim this summer competed in the Kiwanis Kids Tri on July 28 in The Woodlands.  This was their first triathlon for several of the kids.  The race was the fifth in the 16th annual Kiwanis Kids Triathlon Series, a series for boys and girls 7-12 years old.  Distances varied by age group.  7-9 year olds swam 50M, biked 1 mile, ran ¼ mile.  10-12 years old children swam 100M, biked 2 miles, ran ½ mile.

Reid Hill placed 3rd in his 11 year old (USAT age group) in his first triathlon finishing in 16:08!  Max French also placed 2nd in his 12 year old age group in 14:04.  Shaye Stokley finished 14th for her 9 year old AG in a time of 14:06, Mercer Sadlier finished 21st in his 9 year old AG in a time of 11:44, Isabella Sierra, and Ainsley Everett took 2nd in her 11 year old AG in 16:08

Click here for all the results:

Ten for Texas Group Training has begun!

Join our happy group on Tuesdays (either 7am or 7pm) at McCullough track and again on Saturdays for Ten for Texas training!   This Saturday, August 11 we will meet at Barbara Bush Elementary School at 7:30am to warm up and race the Run the Woods 5K that begins at 8 am.  Don't forget to wear your Finish Strong Coaching t-shirts.

Yippee!  Our track workout is over!!
We're all sporting our new FSC tees!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bridgeland Tri

Finish Strong Racing team made their presence known at the Bridgeland Tri on August 5.

Elite Finishers
Scott Peterson - 7th overall in 58:49
Dana Lyons - 20th overall in 1:02:14

Age Group Finishers
Katherine Barron - 3rd in her 15-19 AG in 1:20:11
Rodrigo Abascal - 4th in his 15-19 AG in 1:07:35
Pam Ferguson  - 12th in her 30-34 AG in 1:22:38
Julie Parker - 47th in her 30-34 AG in 1:38:22
Daryl Parker - 27th in his 30-34 AG in 1:12:47
Jose Contreras - 77th in his 30-34 AG in 1:22:40
Greg Gibbons - 5th in his 35-39 AG in 1:05:13
Tommy Behe - 29th in his 35-39 AG in 1:14:41
Mike Flake - 37th (of 152) in his 35-39 AG in 1:16:30
Chantal Requier - 1st in her 40-44 AG in 1:09:49
Irasema De Aquino - 25th in her 40-44 AG in 1:30:53
Michael Menster - 5th in his 40-44 AG in 1:05:16
Chris Wendt - 15th in his 40-44 AG in 1:11:15
Stephen Clouthier - 47th in his 40-44 AG in 1:17:15
Bruce Smart - 10th in his 50-54 AG in 1:17:17
Chris Normyle -18th in his 50-54 AG in 1:21:04
Kirk Langford - 27th in his 50-54 AG in 1:26:18
Brian Waldrop - 12th in his Clydesdale 40+ in 1:20:32

Great job, Team!!

River Cities Tri

Finish Strong's Scott Pinkston, Steve Hardy, and Kent Morris tackled the River Cities Tri!

Team Finish Strong Racing members Steve Hardy, Scott Pinkston and Kent Morris traveled to Louisiana along with 1,000 other athletes from 20 states to take on the River Cities Tri on August 5. 

Steve's overall time was 1:35:33.  His splits were 17:00 for the 800m swim, 18 mi bike 50:06 (21.8 mph) for the 18 mile bike, and 24:20 (7:54 pace) for the 5K run.  He finished 10th in his 45-49 Age Group.

Scott placed 2nd in the 40+ Clydesdale division. Scott's splits included a 14:59 swim, 53:26 bike (20.4 mph), and 27:06 run (8:44 pace) for an overall time of 1:40:19.
Kent had a PR of over 4 minutes with an overall time of 1:28:25 but the competition was tough! Kent placed 5th out of 52 men in his 50-54 AG. He was #2 on the bike by only 7 seconds at 23.9 mph for the 18 miles which had a few hills. Kent managed a strong finish with a 7:00 minute/mile pace on the run. 

Well done!