Sunday, June 30, 2013

Run for Wellness 5K

Congratulations to Finish Strong's Kevin Baker who raced the Run for Wellness 5K in Katy in 19:17 finishing 10th out of 500.  Kevin managed a summer PR (33 seconds faster) on a record high day and even won a $25 gift certificate for Luke's Locker! His wife, Katerina Savelieva, finished in 26:49.  Well done!

Friday, June 28, 2013

USAT Monroe WA Youth Elite Super Sprint Tri

Congratulations to Lane Barron for placing 16th overall at the USAT Monroe Washington Youth Elite Super Sprint Cup on June 22.  Lane's splits were 6:04 swim, 15:04 bike, and 9:40 run.  Well done!

For more info on results, go to

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Sprint Tri and Relays

Congratulations to Finish Strong athletes who competed in the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Sprint Tri and Relay on Sunday, June 23rd. 

Competing as individuals in the sprint tri were:

Shannon Crowe won her 40-44 AG with a time of 55:18
Katherine Barron came in 2nd in her 15-19 AG with a time of 59:56
Art Fresquez came in 6th in his 35-39 AG with a time of 54:38
Carolyn Barron took 7th in her 40-44 AG with a time of 1:04:19.
Michelle Howard came in 6th in her 45-49 AG with a time of 1:06:55

For complete information with splits, go to

Competing in the tri relays were:
FSR Team of Lee Allen, John Tortorici, and Mike Menster who took 2nd place in 51.43
Jesus Carias and his team who took 3rd place in 52:18.

For more information on the relays, go to

Way to Finish Strong!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Youth Summer Tri Camp

We're having a great time this week with a wonderful group of kids at Finish Strong Coaching's Youth Summer Tri Camp!

Thank you to our sponsors, Hammer Nutrition and Luke's Locker!

 And thank you wonderful parents for sharing your kiddos with us!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ironman Texas 2013 Video

Check out this Ironman Texas video.  Is this you, Mike Menster, at @ 6:12 in the video?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dad's Day 5K

Kim Mac Namee places 2nd female overall and 1st female master's winner at Dad's Day 5K in Houston.  Kim ran a 18:18 (5:54/mi pace).  Congrats!
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Youth Summer Run Camp

Finish Strong Coaching's Youth Summer Run Camp is off to a great start.    If you have a rising 5th-8th grader, it's not too late to join us!  We meet 7-8am at McCullough Jr Hi School on M, W, and F.

Many thanks to our sponsors Luke's Locker and Hammer Nutrition!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sylvan Beach Duathlon and Triathlon

On Sunday, June 9, Finish Strong Racing athletes had a great showing at the Sylvan Beach Duathlon and Triathlon.  The duathlon race featured a 2 mile run, 15 mile bike, and 3 mile run.

Dana Lyons won the entire race with an overall time of 1:09:43.
Nora Wilson won her 55-59 age group by a whopping 11 minutes.

Other FSR athletes competed in the triathlon with a 500 meter swim, 15 mile bike and 3 mile run.. 
Tim Thurman finished in 1:20:24 - 6th in his competitive 30-34 AG.
Michael Collins won his 40-44 AG in a time of 1:10:33!
Tami Fincher came in 5th in her 45-49 AG in a time of 1:40:23.
Bryan Bandeko came in 4th in his 45-49 AG in a time of 1:16:17.
Charlie Schubert came in 4th in his 55-59 AG in 1:22:05.
Ann Erickson had an amazing race finishing 1st in her 70+ AG in 1:26:38.

Nora reports, "The race begins and ends on Sylvan Beach in LaPorte, which is easy to get to.  Both run segments are flat out-and-back through a residential area.  The second run, being a mile longer, takes the athletes just past the entrance to beautiful Morgan's Point (home of the Yellow Rose of Texas) where they make a U-turn and head back to the beach.  The bike course is fun, fast and flat except for an overpass which participants go over twice.  Duathletes share the bike and run courses with the triathletes.  Every athlete was received at the finish line with an ice cold towel and a post-race party with music, pizza, cookies, fruit, MuscleMilk and ice cream!"

For more on duathlon race results,

For more on triathlon race results,

Run The Woodlands 5K

Luke's Locker hosted another in its series of Run the Woodlands 5K on Saturday, June 8th.  Several Finish Strong Racing athletes took advantage of the local venue to race the 5K distance. 

Chris Weir finished 20th overall beating the 19:00 minute mark by 1 second.
Kevin Baker  had another personal best with a time of 19:34.
Edson Jones finished in 22:10.
Bret Strong in 22:27
Bill Blount in 24:37
Roger Mercier in 28:18
Katerina Savelieva, first time back from injury, finished in 27:57.

Well done, gang!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Woodlands 5K Race Against Alzheimer's this Sunday at Rob Fleming Park

Join us this Sunday, June 9th, for The Woodlands Race Against Alzheimer's at Rob Fleming Park. The 5K fun run will kick-off at 8am, with a 1 mile walk following at 9am. 100% of money raised will support the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, which directly funds Alzheimer's research. For more details or to register in advance, contact Mariel at 281-738-2477 or Registration opens at 7:15am; day-of registrations welcome. The race will not be timed. 

USAT F1 Triathlon - Dallas

Congratulations to Finish Strong's Lane Barron who came in 5th at the Dallas USAT F1 triathlon on June 1st with an overall time of 33:16.  His splits were 5:40 for the 375m swim (1:31/m pace); 16:40 for the 6m bike (21.6 mph pace); and 9:21 for the final 1.5m run (6:14/m pace).  The 14-year old sensation definitely made a splash in Irving, Texas!

For more detailed results, go to

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Tejas Tri

Congrats to Finish Strong triathletes Alan Jones, Jesus Carias, Steve Hardy, Chris Normyle, and Lisanne Rogers for battling gale force head and cross winds and torrential rain during the Tejas Tri on Sunday, June 2.  The race was a sprint distance with a 600meter swim, 12 mile bike, 3 mile run.
Jesus Carias with one of his biggest fans!
Steve Hardy - exiting the swim!

Here are the results:

Alan finished 6th in his 40-44 AG with a finishing time of 1:05:28.  (His splits were 10:39 swim;  31min bike (22.4 mph); and 21:02 run.)   And Alan's wife, Sara, finished 6th in her AG, too.

Jesus Carias finished in 01:12:02 (Some timing mishap did not capture his results.)

Steve Hardy - 1:12:01 (11:32 swim; 35:56 bike; 21:56 run)  10th in 45-49 AG

Chris Normyle - 1:19:03 (9:37 swim -- 3rd fastest in AG; 40:50 bike; 24:48 run) 18th in 50-54 AG

Lisanne Rogers -  1:18:09 (10:45 fastest swim in AG!; 40:00 bike; 22:57 run)  4th in 45-49 AG!

For more on results,

Heights Fun Run

Finish Strong Racing's Nora Wilson won first in her age group at the Heights Fun Run on Saturday, June 1.

Here's Nora's race report, "This race was for me, a fitness check since the Boston Marathon 6.5 weeks ago.  The course is flat and 'would be' fast, were it not for the heat and humidity!!!  Still, it's a well-organized, pretty, shaded route, out-and-back Heights Blvd.  The post-race festivities take place in Marmion Park, where awards are presented in a gazebo surrounded by trees, park benches and tents where runners can find bagels, breakfast tacos, iced coffee and other goodies.  There is also a kids 1K and kid-friendly activities that are fun to watch before awards and door prizes are announced.  This is not a time I'm proud of, but I did get the W55-59 AG win (barely!) in 23:59 (7:44 pace).  Hope this body gets used to the heat and humidity soon!"

Well done, Nora!