Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November Long Runs with TWRC

Sunday 7 AM Long Runs led by The Woodlands Run Club

Long run Sundays for the month of November:
Nov. 4
Place: Brooklyn Bagel (Panther Creek Village)
Time: 6:45am
Mileage: 9 & 11

Nov. 11
Place: Starbucks/Jamba Juice (Market St)
Time: 6:45am
Mileage: 6 & 10

Nov. 18
Place: H&H Kitchen (Research Forest)
Time: 6:45am
Mileage: 7 & 11

Nov. 25
Place: Starbucks/Sterling Ridge (Kuykendahl and The Parkway)
Time: 6:45am
Mileage: 7 & 12

***Everybody has different fluid needs so please please bring your water bottles/fuel belts in case some of the routes do not have enough water stops for YOUR NEEDS! ***

With up to a 100 runners showing up some Sundays, we can overwhelm the parking lot. Please be considerate and do not park right in front of the businesses we meet at.
Location Details:
Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen (Research & Technology Forest - NOT the one near the mall Meet at the Hubble & Hudson Kitchen in The Woodlands, TX, located at 4526 Research Forest Dr.

Sterling Ridge Starbucks start & finish point Meet at the Starbucks at Sterling Ridge in The Woodlands, TX, located in the shopping center at Woodlands Parkway and Kuykendahl (South East corner with Walgreens and 24 hour Fitness not the shopping center with H.E.B. Food). Starbuck's address: 10716 Kuykendahl Rd. The Woodlands, TX 77382, Phone: (281) 419-3207 NOTE: not shown on some online maps yet. Link to Starbuck's map:

Starbucks/Jamba Juice Market Street start & finish point Park between Johnny Rockets and the AVIA hotel at Market Street shopping center, just west of the Woodlands Mall, between Six Pines Dr. and Grogans Mill Rd, same shopping Center as HEB. This is also near the Starbucks at Market Street where we will meet up after the run. Starbuck's address: 9595 Six Pines 970 The Woodlands, TX 77380 Phone: (281) 465-9257. NOTE: does not show up exactly where it should on some online maps. Link to Starbuck's map: Landmark: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is about 1/4 miles south of the Starbucks.

Brooklyn Cafe (AKA Brooklyn Bagel) start & finish point Meet at the Brooklyn Cafe in the Panther Creek Shopping center in The Woodlands, TX, located at Woodlands Parkway and Gosling Rd. This is also near the Starbucks at Panther Creek. Starbuck's address: 4775 W. Panther Creek A-160 The Woodlands, TX 77381 Phone: (281) 419-6758. NOTE: does not show up exactly where it should on some online maps. Link to Starbuck's map:

Monday, October 29, 2012

Volunteers Needed for Oilman Tri this Sunday, Nov 4th

Check out this e-mail from fellow Finish Strong team member and Lonestar Multisport Volunteer Coordinator:

"As we've mentioned in our past few newsletters, the Oilman Triathlon is coming up Sunday, November 4th and Lonestar Multisport will once again be responsible for providing the volunteer team on the run course.  The event is a half-iron distance with the run leg starting between 9 and 10am.  Given the length of the event, we will have two shifts of 15 people meaning we'll need a total of 30 volunteers.  The first shift would need to arrive around 8:45am and stay until noon.  The second shift would work from 11:45am to the end of the race, usually by 3pm, but it could be earlier.

The Oilman organizers have come to count on our reliable support and large turnout of volunteers over the past few years.  This is a great way to support our fellow triathletes and help an awesome event in our own backyard.  Please consider assisting during one or both of the shifts.  It's a fun and exciting time!

If you can assist, please email  me - Jody Gaddy at indicating which shift you can work (i.e. Early Shift - 8:45-12:00 or Late Shift - 11:45-3:00).  Also, please include your shirt size as I should be able to get your volunteer t-shirts in advance.

Thank you in advance and I hope to see you out there November 4th.


Jody Gaddy

Huntsville Half, Quarter Marathon and 5K

Kevin Baker, Katerina Savelieva, and James Strole represented Finish Strong Coaching well at the Huntsville running races held on Saturday, October 27.  James Strole won his 35-39 AG in 52:25.6 in the quarter marathon.  Kevin James placed third in  his 35-39 AG in a time of 1:44:16.5 in the half marathon.  Kevin's wife, Katerina, ran the 5K and won her 40-44 AG in 28:39.8.  Congrats to all!

 Katerina Savelieva wins her AG in the 5K at Huntsville race.
Kevin Baker takes 3rd in his AG win at Huntsville half marathon.

Houston Half Marathon

Finish Strong Coach Kim Mac Namee ran the Houston Half Marathon on October 28 and won Female Masters in 1:23:46 (6:23 min/mile Pace) for both Houston Half Marathon and the RRCA Southern Region Championships.  She even managed a negative split.  Congrats, Kim! 

Other Finish Strong runners competing were Pam Meaus whoh took 2nd in her AG; Edson Jones; Tuesday Night Track participant Nora Wilson who won her AG; and Jesus Carias.  Congrats to all!
Houston, TX on Sunday, 10/28/2012
Just of TWRC Members as of 10-11-12

Female Finishers: 1371
Male Finishers: 1510
Total Finishers: 2881
Runner's Name
Chip Time
Division Award
Kimberly MacNamee
1st Masters
Pam Meaux
2nd 50-54
Edson Jones
Nora Wilson
1st 55-59
Jesus Carias

Austin 70.3

Several Finish Strong athletes took on the Austin Half Ironman.  Among them were Michael Novelli who crossed the line in 5:12:11. This was his first ½ Ironman and he placed 3rd in his Age Group M55-59 which qualified him for Worlds in 2013. Here are his splits: Swim – 36:47; Bike – 2:48:35; Run – 1:38:08. Spectacular job, Mike!

Mike Novelli places 3rd in his age group and qualifies for the world championships!!

Other fine performances were turned in by Jane Foley, Pam Ferguson, Jackie Lewis, and Jack Chapman.

Jane Archer Foley had an amazing race finishing 9th in her 35-39 AG finishing in 5:23:06. Jane rocked the swim in 34:57, biked a 2:53:20, and ran the final half marathon in 1:45:13.

Pam Ferguson did a fabulous job competing in the 30-34 AG finishing in 6:34:11. Pam's splits were 47:10 swim, 3:08:05 bike, and 2:26:10 run.

Jackie Medina-Lewis finished the half Ironman in 6:48:32. Competing in the 40-44 AG, Jackie's splits were 41:01 swim, 3:28:21 bike, and 2:25:23 run. Way to go!

Jack Chapman had a fine race finishing 14th in his 50-54 AG. His splits were: 36:36 swim, 3:01:29 bike, and 1:47:47 run. Jack's overall time was 5:43:23.

Firethorne Tri

Katy hosted the Firethorne triathlon on a blustery October 28.  The sprint tri featured a 500 meter swim, 16 mile bike, and 3 mile run.  Finish Strong's Ronnie Delzer, Art Fresquez, Kerry Gordon, Manuel Abascal, Kent Morris and his wife Kathy all braved the cold and competed.

Ronnie Delzer (pictured above) came in 12th in the invitational elite group in 1:14:28.  Ronnie had the second fastest run on the course finishing the run in 17:01 after the swim and bike leg.  Art Fresquez came in 14th in the invitational group finishing in 1:21:52.

In the 45-49 AG, Kerry Gordon finished in 1:27:44 with Manuel Abascal (pictured above) following in 1:29:21.

Kent Morris came in 5th in his 50-54 AG with an overall time of 1:17:12 . His splits were 8:14 swim, 43:31 bike (22.1 mph), and 20:24 run (6:48/mi). Kent commented, "I missed the podium by 2:00 and I spent 2:20 longer than him in T1. I was overly concerned about being cold and wasted too much time dressing warm."

All ages of the Athenas were put into one division and Kathy Morris was the oldest Athena. She braved the cold and took 8/10. Kathy's slits were 12:19 swim, 4:44 bike (14.8 mph), and 35:32 run for an overall time of 1:59:42. 
Kathy & Kent Morris!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Monster Mash 15K/10K/5K

Three Finish Strong athletes competed in the Monster Mash on Saturday, October 27.  Cesar Patino and Brian Waldrop both enjoyed personal bests at the Monster Mash held on Saturday, October 27.   Cesar finished in 26.30 in the 5K and placed second place in his 30-34 AG division.  Brian competed in the 10K race and crossed the finish line in 55:43.  Brian placed 4th in his 40-44 age group and set a personal record by 3 minutes.  
 Cesar Patino pictured above achieved his race goal and enjoyed 2nd place podium finish!

Michelle Howard also raced the 10K and finished in 1:00:34 -- placing 7th in her 45-49 AG.  Any pics?

D'Feet Breat Cancer 10K

Finish Strong's Taylor Riall took 2nd in 40-44 AG in 47:16 at the D’Feet Breast Cancer 10K in Galveston on October 27th.  Taylor is gearing up for her next race in San Antonio!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Palo Duro Trail Run - Ultra!

Finish Strong Coaching's Julio Morales and Minnie Huynh ran the Palo Duro Trail Run on Saturday, October 20. Julio did the 50 miler while Minnie completed the 50k (31 miles).   Special kudos to Minnie because she completed this without ever having run a marathon before.  Way to go, Julio and Minnie!      

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

10 for Texas

Finish Strong showed up BIG at 10 for Texas held on Saturday, October 13 in The Woodlands. Wow-  93 Finish Strong athletes completed the 10-mile race on a humid day!  What a showing!

A few highlights:  Ronnie Delzer, Scott Peterson, and Brandon Sager came in 4th, 5th, and 6th overall!

Kim Mac Namee and Willy Ocejo win master's female and male division!!  Fellow FSR member, Gordy Bunch, and Rachael Peters from Luke Locker's hand out the awards.

Dana Lyons and Pam Meaux won the grand master's division.

We had five AG wins, including Mike Menster, Chris Weir, Rip Reynolds, Nora Wilson (our Tuesday Night Track participant), and Quinci Morales (Leo's daughter).

Chris Weir (center) wins his 25-29 AG!

Mike Menster (L) wins top prize for his 40-44 AG!

Four achieved podium finishes: Ronnie Delzer, Scott Peterson, Leo Morales, and Deb Lyons.   Some folks even managed PRs despite the heat - Craig Daniell, Deb Lyons, Althea Caldwell (5 min faster than last year), Andreas Grossmann, Brandon Sager, Chris Weir, Cindy McManis, Josh Scott, Kelly Clemens, Kristin Collins, Rip Reynolds, and others.  (Any others?)

Dana is proud of his Divas (pictured above) some of whom did the 10 mile distance for the first time.  Great job sticking it out!  Special thanks to Coach Susie for motivating us on Tuesday mornings.

Kudos also to Coach Susie and Coach Richard for helping at the tent and on the course.  We all loved the special banners and cheering section from Linda Trinkle, Shani Monk and Andrea Jamail.  And special thanks to Russell Meyer who shares his pics -- always nicely in focus!  Y'all are the best!

If you don't see your name, please let me know. Cory Richard and Jed Beck, I couldn't find your results.  Can you please send them to me?  Thanks!

Here are the results:

4    Ronnie Delzer  2 30-34     59:37.0
5    Scott Peterson   3 30-34     59:57.7
6    Brandon Sager  4 30-34  1:00:07.2
9    Willie Ocejo     1 Masters 1:00:52.0
15   Kimberly Mac Namee   1 Masters    1:03:38.1
16   Michael Menster  1 40-44       1:03:58.7
18   Chris Weir           1 25-29        1:04:34.0
21   Dana Lyons         1 Grand Masters    1:05:05.8
22   Rip Reynolds       1 45-49                 1:05:15.3
29   Leandro Morales  3 40-44                1:07:05.8
45    Sara Hudgens      5 25-29                1:09:28.0
51    William Glaser    6 40-44                1:09:42.2
55    Travys Townson   5  35-39              1:09:53.6
62    Casey Clark          8 40-44             1:11:24.9
69    Michael Foley     12 30-34             1:12:00.0
72    Jim Harrington     4 45-49             1:12:13.3
73    Joshua Scott         8 35-39              1:12:17.7
76    Michael Csikos   12 40-44             1:12:24.2
 80    Pam Meaux         1 Grand Master  1:12:45.2
 87    Winston Cervantes   16 40-44       1:13:26.3
92    Kari Gilley           5 35-39             1:13:04.2
97    Jennifer Anthony   4 30-34            1:14:44.0
98    Edson Jones           7 45-49             1:14:33.0
126  Kyle Mays           15 45-49             1:16:41.2
135 Kerry Gordon      17 45-49              1:17:02.2
138    Dan Michalk       27 40-44           1:17:05.9
142    Thomas Gardner   18 45-49          1:17:39.6
147    Rhonda Rohrlich  8 30-34             1:18:00.8
150    Scott Farrand      11 50-54             1:18:01.7 
153    Nora Wilson         1 55-59             1:18:16.8
177    Lawrence Flake    19 35-39             1:19:26.7
          Kenneth Copeland                        @1:20:05   
202    Kristin Collins        6 40-44             1:20:44.9
219    Andreas Grossmann  23 45-49        1:21:16.3
          Steve Hardy                                 @1:21:20
221    Alicia Trinkle           6 20-24           1:21:23.7
222    Lisa Hill                   9 40-44           1:21:19.7
223    Deb Lyons               2 50-54           1:21:19.1
230    frank vasser          10 55-59            1:21:53.8 
258    Alan Neely          39 40-44             1:23:09.2
265    Quinci Morales    1 15-19              1:23:29.5
278    Charles Knific      30 45-49            1:23:55.8
280    Charlie Schuber     12 55-59           1:23:38.3
286    Phillip DePrange     4 60-64            1:23:52.6
298    william blount        5 60-64             1:23:51.1
299    Judith Clark          29 35-39             1:24:09.0
301    Ron McCauley     32 45-49             1:23:51.0
322    Paul Daly              49 40-44             1:25:06.1
351    Russell Davis        37 45-49             1:25:04.8
358    Will Blackbird       20 50-54             1:26:15.4
425    Riley Young          6 15-19               1:28:41.4
441    Kelly Clemens     19 45-49              1:29:01.2
484    Bret Strong          51 45-49             1:30:13.9
498    Gwendolen Jones   6 15-19             1:30:40.6
531    Aubrey Young       4  1-14               1:32:20.4
535    Sarah Pietraszek-Mattner      43 40-44     1:31:50.8
548   Amy Antley             65 35-39              1:32:35.4
627    Cindy McManis     12 50-54             1:34:40.0
647    Erin Smith             77 35-39             1:34:56.4
664    Michael Everett     61 45-49             1:35:48.0
678    Linda Batton          33 45-49             1:35:24.9
698    S. Craig Daniell       9 60-64             1:35:10.5
702    Shawn Harris         80 40-44             1:35:27.5
798    Jeannette Shell      16 50-54             1:37:40.3
834    Cesar Patino.          56 30-34             1:38:05.2
891    Richard Bunch       98 40-44             1:40:00.4
912    Courtney Myers     118 35-39            1:41:17.1
930    Richard Cooper        82 45-49            1:40:42.6
956    Kristie Chandler       48 45-49             1:42:11.0
960    Suzanne Young         22 50-54             1:41:32.6
997    Morgan Frontczak    135 35-39             1:43:11.8
1019    Brian Waldrop        108 40-44             1:42:31.3
1032    Joe Trinkle             87 45-49              1:42:53.2
1175    Katherine Powell    32 50-54             1:46:19.9
1308    Pamela Teague        43 50-54             1:50:43.5
1371    Roger Mercier       10 65-69              1:51:53.8
1377    Mitzi Wiseman      45 50-54             1:52:53.9 
1409    Todd Haralson      128 35-39             1:53:58.3
1508    Alfonso Garcia       109 45-49            1:57:30.1
1535    Clare Winstanley      98 45-49          1:58:18.2
1552    Lindsay Erck           29 20-24            1:58:41.1
1661    Leticia Gonzalez        112 45-49       2:03:38.3
1677    Sharon Free            33 55-59            2:05:16.6
1696    Anne Powell          33 20-24             2:06:44.6
1701    tara sagebiel         253 35-39             2:07:12.5
1737    Althea Caldwell      74 50-54             2:08:46.5
1740    Jennifer Allen      258 35-39             2:09:46.
1741    Staci Palermo       118 45-49             2:09:44.5 
1748    Ursula Blackburne   119 45-49          2:10:12.1
1757    yalile De la Rosa      121 45-49          2:11:12.2
1901    Janet Luna              141 45-49             2:32:34.3

Some photos snapped by the wonderful Russell Meyer...

Mike Flake and Richard Mac Namee enjoy post-race food!

Deb Lyons and Leticia Gonzalez all smiles at the end of the race!

Stephen Clouthier celebrates with fellow FSR member Michael Everett .
Russell Meyer snaps a quick pic of Kristin Collins and Deb Lyons.

Mike Csikos and Pam Meaux relax after a great run!
Rich Cooper and Cory Richard enjoy post-race festivities.
FSR Tent is the place to be to congratulate the runners!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Goblin Gallop 5K and Texas Running of the Bulls 5K

Congratulations Finish Strong Racing's Kristin and Michael Collins for their podium finishes at two recent local 5Ks - Goblin Gallop and Texas Running of the Bulls.  See below for results.
Results for 2012 - Goblin Gallop - 5K
Deer Park, TX on Saturday, 10/6/2012

Female Finishers: 129
Male Finishers: 156
Total Finishers: 285

Runner's Name
Chip Time
Division Award
Michael Collins
3rd Male 40 to 44
Kristin Collins
1st Female 40 to 44

City of Deer Park Goblin Gallop 5K
Run Wild Race Results Website

Results for 2012 - Texans Running of the Bulls - 5K

Houston, TX on Sunday, 9/23/2012
Just of TWRC Members as of 9-28-12

Female Finishers: 1582
Male Finishers: 1410
Total Finishers: 2992

Runner's Name
Chip Time
Division Award
Kristin Collins
2nd Female 40 to 44

Monday, October 8, 2012

Redman Halfmax

Finish Strong Racing's Shannon Crowe took on the Redman Halfmax race in Oklahoma on September 22.    Shannon qualified for the world championship race!

Oktoberfest Tri

On Sunday, October 7, three Finish Strong Racing triathletes took on the Oktoberfest Sprint Triathlon held at Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, TX.  This sprint triathlon has a 400 meter lake swim and a scenic 15 mile ride through Fulshear with a great 3 mile run through Cross Creek Ranch.

Here are the results:
Carolyn Barron  2nd place AG    40-44       (15th overall female) 1:27:20
Lane Barron        1st place AG   14 under    (10th overall male)   1:13:06
Victor Kaiser        45-49 AG          2:16:12
Mother-son team of Carolyn and Lane Barron - both with podium finishes!
For more results,

Toyota US Open Olympic Tri

Kristie Chandler competed in the Toyota US Open Olympic tri in Dallas this past weekend.  The weather conditions were icy cold, but Kristie endured and finished in 3:16:59.
Kristie's splits were 34:52 swim, 1:28:41 bike (16.8 mph), and 1:03:46 run (10:17/mi pace). 
For complete results,

Chicago Marathon

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On Sunday, October 7, 2012, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries set out to accomplish a personal dream. Among them were two Finish Strong athletes: Chris Wendt who finished the event in 3:29:17 and Daryl Parker who finished in 3:42.  Congrats on this achievement!

Cancun Tri

Finish Strong Racing's Willy Ocejo took first in his age group at the Cancun Sprint Distance ITU Triathlon on October 6.  Willy finished in 1:10:58.  His splits were as follows:  swim 13:46 (1:50 per 100 mts average), bike 32:55 ( an average of 22.7 mph), and run 18:32 (5:57 per mile).

Willy reports, "The sprint was a 750 meters swim, a 20 kilometer bike followed by a 5 kilometer run. The conditions were pretty nice although we had a little bit of rain during the bike leg. The
temperature was in the high 80's but I thought it was good for racing."

 Congrats, Willy!!

Willy wins his AG at ITU Triathlon Cancun held on October 6th!

Du the Bear

Finish Strong Racing's Tommy Behe, Winston Cervantes, and Rip Reynolds braved the cold temperatures adn triumphed at the Du the Bear duathlon held Oct. 7th at Bear Breek Pioneer Park in Katy. 

Winston reports, "Solid performance put up by the FSR athletes with all their total times at sub 1. Tough field of contenders this year looks like, judging from the finishing times compared to the previous years. The weather was cold and windy, which nevertheless made the closed, flat course fast and furious. Or, short and sweet. This is definitely a sprinter's race, that requires T1 and T2 skills i.e. putting in and getting off shoes while riding. Or, having a caged pedal for running shoes!"

Here's the results for FSR athletes:

Thomas Behe
Run 1: 13:08.8 • Bike: 30:12.9 • Run 2:  13:31.4 • Total Time: 58:28.7 •  Age Group Rank: 4th

Winston Cervantes
Run 1: 12:35.0 • Bike: 27:33.0 • Run 2:  13:46.1 • Total Time: 55:40.8 • Age Group Rank: 7th

Rip Reynolds

Run 1: 11:31.4 • Bike: 28:00.9 • Run 2:  11:47.8 • Total Time: 53:22.7 • Age Group Rank: 4th

Winston on the run!

 Rip on the bike!
Tommy and Winston congratulating each other after the race.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Houston Olympic & Sprint Tri (Aquathon)

On Sunday, September 30, Finish Strong Racing Team took the day by storm competing in the Houston Olympic and Sprint Triathlon turned Aquathon due to weather. 

Chantal Requier (above) is all smiles!  She won her AG at the Olympic Houston Tri.

In the Olympic distance race, Finish Strong Racing's Scott Peterson raced as an elite and came in 12th overall in 1:06:25.  Leo Morales' daughter, Qunici, placed first in her 15-19 AG in 1:28:42.  Chantal Requier also won her AG (40-44) in 1:16:43  Lisanne Rogers finished 3rd in the 45-49 AG in 1:25:51.  Susan Hardwick Smith placed 6th in the same AG in 1:31:02. Irasema de Aquino finished 25th in 40-44 in 1:46:07.  Evan Stevens took 5th in his 15-19 AG in 1:25:15.  Josh Scott took 6th in his 35-39 AG in 1:14:09.  Tommy Sustala won his 45-49 AG in 1:11:37.  Casey Clark took 2nd to Tommy (less than 1 minute behind to finish hime) to finish in 1:12 24.  Patrick Sexton took 4th in 1:17:45.  Leo Morales took 9th in 1:20:17. Michael Everett took 25th in 1:32:00.  Track regular Andreas Grossman took 34th in 1:36:32.  Jed Beck, 40th, in 1:41:14.  Chris Normyle took 5th in his 50-54 AG in 1:25:31.  Scott Farrand took 16th in 1:39:11.  Phillip DePrang took 4th in 60-64AG  in 1:25:48.  Craig Daniell took 9th in 2:04:25. Congrats Olympic Aquathoners!  For splits, go to

In the sprint venue, Ronnie Delzer finished 2nd overall and won his 30-34 AG in a time of 27;24.  Lane Barron finished 2nd in his 14 and under division setting a PR for his 5K finishing with an overall time of 29:27 finishing 8th overall. Coach Dana Lyons won the master's and was 9th overall finishing in 29:31. Greg Gibbons and Tommy Behe took 1st and 2nd in their 35-39 AG finishing in 32:05 and 32:46, respectively.  Brian Waldrop took 4th in men's clydesdale division finishing in 38:19.
Finish Strong Racing's Chelsea Estes took 2nd in her 25-29 AG in 32:18.  Pam Ferguson was 4th in her 30-34 AG in a time of 38:14.

  Ronnie Delzer 1st in his AG and 2nd overall in the Houston Sprint Tri/Aquathon.

Dana Lyons (master's winner), Tommy Behe (2nd in AG), and Chelsea Lewis (2nd in AG) earn top marks at the sprint distance venue.

Lane Barron enjoys a PR for his 5K run and 2nd in his AG at the sprint venue.

Pam Ferguson tearing up the course at the sprint.  Great job, Pam!

Judith Clark cheers on her dad, Phillip DePrang and her husband Casey.  Both competed in the Olympic venue.

Special thanks to Cindy McManis for her photos!