Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Congratulations to Finish Strong athletes who took part in the 2013 HMSA 25K run held on November 27 in Houston. Coach Kim Mac Namee finished 3rd overall.  Julio Morales finished in 2:01.  Minnie Huynh finished in 3:06.  Claudia Dorr finished in 2:48:58. Christelle Gigant in 2:00:49.   Nora Wilson won her AG in 2:04:53!
Nora Wilson on her way to winning her AG!

Another medal for Nora!

Christmas 5K Fun run

Ronnie and Stefanie Delzer the Christmas 5K fun run Saturday night (November 23rd) at College Station.  It was very cold and windy at the start but turned out to be good running conditions.  Ronnie won the race with a time of 16:48.   Stefanie had a PR and averaged right at 10 min per mile pace for a overall time of 31 flat. 
And the winner is... Ronnie Delzer!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Rock N Roll San Antonio Half Marathon

Congrats to Finish Strong's Jan Kaiser who finished her first half marathon at Rock N Roll San Antonio on Sunday, November 17th!

Way to win the medal at San Antonio Half Marathon, Jan!

Ironman Arizona

Congratulations to Finish Strong athletes Jim Harrington, Cindy McManis and Don Cole for their accomplishments at racing at Ironman Arizona on Sunday, November 18.  Cindy smashed her previous IM time by 1 hour and 16 minutes and finished the day in 13:52:33.  Jim also enjoyed a PR finishing in 10:56:21. Don was just 1 minute and 19 seconds off his previous PR.  Don finished in 11:39:19.

Cindy McManis post race shot!  Way to go!!

Jim Harrington's splits:

Cindy McManis' splits: 
Don Cole's splits:
For more on results, go to:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

iWalk for Dogs

Kim Bowden and daughter, Heather and her puppy enjoyed iWalk for Animals supporting the Houston SPCA on Sunday, November 10.

Kim, Heather, and pooch at iWalk for Animals

Friday, November 8, 2013

Kids Running for Kids

Early bird rate if you sign up by November 15th.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

10K Grape Stomp

Congratulations to Finish Strong' Bill Adam who took the podium for the first time at the 10k Grape Stomp, Bill came in 3rd in my his 40-49 age group and 21st overall in a time of 49:39.2.  Way to go, Bill!

For more results, go to 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Ironman Florida

A huge congrats to Ironman Florida finishers Manuel Abascal, Irasema de Aquino, and Olesya Prystayko.
The race was held on November 2 in Panama City, Florida with close to ideal conditions.  Ira was determined to conquer her first Ironman and she did it -- beating the midnight deadline with 18 minutes to spare. Ira's splits were 1:53:47 swim, 8:05:37 bike, and 6:18:36 run for an overall time of 16:42:55.  Her husband, Manuel, cruised ahead to finish his fourth (is it?) Ironman in 13:32:26.  Manuel's splits were 1:19:29 swim, 6:41:06 bike, and 5:12:21 run.

Manuel and Ira -- a wonderful couple who took on Ironman Florida together!

Olesya Prystayko, professional triathlete from the Ukraine (who is staying with us!) had a wonderful race smashing  her former Ironman distance races by finishiing in 9.  She finished 11th among all the female pro triathletes. Olesya's splits were 1:02:06 swim, 4:49:48 bike, 3:20:54 marathon for an overall finish time of

Olesya Prystayko has the best Ironman of her professional career so far at Ironman Florida finishing in 9:18:23.


Oilman Half Ironman

Congratulations to all twenty-seven of the Finish Strong Coaching athletes who raced at Oilman on Sunday, November 3.  Special shout out to podium finishers: Mike Novelli who won his AG, Kent Morris 3rd in his AG; and Team FSR men's relay race took 3rd.  Also, phenomenal PR race for John McGowan.  Great job, all!

John McGowan enjoys PR of over 38 minutes!

TEAM FSR relay took 3rd in the men's division - Tim Monk, Dana Lyons, and Ronnie Delzer!

Travys Townson and Arran Keith are all smiles after Oilman.
Jeanette Hagelskaen enjoys post-race refreshment!


Jed Beck - 6:51:35.6
Tommy Behe - 5:45:42.4
Ileana Carroll  7:14:18.2  - 7th in AG
Scott Farrand 6:40:24.2 - 18th in AG
Kristen Gohlke  5:45:19.5 - 8th in AG
Jeanette Hagelskaen - 6:47:52.6  - 14th in AG
Susan Hardwick-Smith 6:23:18.1 - 5th in AG
Abraham Hernandez - 6:35:30.3
Sandra Huskey  7:07:53.3 - 15th in AG
Arran Keith 6:03:40.8
Aki Laine - 5:40:06.0
John McGowan - 6:15:26.3 - PR by over 33 minutes!
Mike Menster 5:14:00.3  - 8th in his AG
Kent Morris  - 5:15:39.7 - 3rd in his AG!
Mike Novelli -  5:24:51.0 - 1st in his AG!
Ken Page -  6:41:32.6
Gloria Shrewsbury 6:28:42.8 - 7th in AG
Travys Townson - 5:20:49.5 - 11th in his AG
Sara Vanderford -  7:22:06.8 - 9th in her AG

We also had several people competing on relays:

Male relay
Team FSR (Tim Monk, Dana Lyons, Ronnie Delzer) - 4:15:33.4 - 3rd!
Finish Strong and Friends 4:48:06.3   - 6th
Alan Jones (bike) and friend
John Howe and Dale Claudel (bike)

Mixed relay
Chantal Requier, Jim Harrington, Sarah Getty -
Vic Kaiser (swim) and friends -

Please let me know the name of your relay team, so I can complete results.  Thanks!

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For more results on relays, go to:

Dynamo 5K

Congrats to Finish Strong's Kevin Baker who enjoyed another another 5K PR! Kebin took 2nd place in his 30-39 AG at the Houston Dynamo charities 5K Saturday November 2. Kevin reports, "It felt good to achieve an 18:40 PR on nice course that finished inside stadium. I won a medal and 2 free playoff tickets!"
Finish Strong's Kevin Baker sets another personal best at the Houston Dynamo 5K.

Viva La Run on Tuesday, November 5th at 7pm

What: Viva la Run- Fun Run on the Water Way
When: Tuesday Nov. 5th, 2013
Time: Registration begins at 6pm at Yucatan Taco Stand (24 Water Way Ave.)
               Fun Run begins at 7pm & will be ran on the Water Way. Run led by Luke's Locker employee.
Who: Open to all; but gift that comes with the $15 are limited to the first 125 participants.
Price: $15 (cash only; bring ID.) Fee gets the first 125 a margarita* provided by Yucatan (*soft drink for those under 21), food provided by Yucatan, gift. Proceeds benefit the Houston Parks Board.

Questions?  Contact Rachael Peters at Luke's Locker- Woodlands, 281-419-0326