Sunday, December 21, 2014

The 12K of Christmas

Congrats to Finish Strong's Mike Menster who raced The 12K of Christmas race on Saturday, December 20.  Mike finished 1st place in his AG; 2nd Master's, and 8th overall in a time of 47:11.
The award was a candy cane!  Love it!  Any pics?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dallas Marathon

Congrats to Finish Strong's Daniel Fleming who ran the Dallas marathon held on Sunday, December 14th along with 20,000 other runners.  Daniel finished in 03:34:49 placing 26th in his 25-29 AG.  Way to go, Daniel.

Daniel shows off his bling from 2014 Dallas Marathon!
Daniel reports, "Conditions were pretty ideal - 60 degrees, cloudy, occasional mist, decent humidity but not enough to have an impact. New course was decent - quite a bit of elevation change for Dallas, not especially scenic. All-in-all great experience."

For more on race results, go to:

Buckeye Marathon

Finish Strong's Christelle Gigant finished the year with a strong showing at the Buckeye Marathon held on Saturday, December 13 in Buckeye, Arizona. Christelle won her age group and was 2nd overall female finisher completing the Boston Qualifier in 3:32:50.  Way to go, Christelle!

Event: Marathon 
Bib #: 930    Gender: F    Age: 37    Location:     
Chip Time:03:32:50
Overall:14 / 99
Gender:2 / 40
Age Group:1 / 5
Start Time:8:00 AM

Christelle reports, "It was a great race indeed!! Sadly a very tough course with 16 miles steady incline which made my time much slower than I wanted (3:32:49) but I finished 2nd overall female, won 1st place AG and qualified for Boston 2016 with 12 min to spare!!! And my amazing boyfriend was the most incredible supporter/cheerleader/ portable fuel station volunteer EVER!! I ran a solid race today! I am happy!"

For more on race results, go to:

Sugar Land 30K

Congrats to Finish Strong's Michelle Howard and Alberto Agnosti for their amazing finishes at Sugar Land Finish Line Sports 30K held on Sunday, December 13.  This is a huge race with stiff competition.

Michelle finished 7th in her AG in 2:46:08.8 (8:56/mi pace)
Alberto finished 20th in his AG in 2:43:57.2 (8:49/mi pace)

Alberto looking good at Sugar Land 30K!
For more on results, go to:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Jingle Bell Run 5K in The Woodlands

The Woodlands hosted at Jingle Bell 5K Run on Saturday morning, December 13.  Finish Strong's Carl Holt finished 2nd overall (less than a second behind the overall winner who was 9 years younger) and 1st place among men's 40-49 AG.  Carl finished the year with a PR at 20:34 @ 6:38 per mile pace.

Carl Holt with strong finish!!

Another Finish Strong athlete who had a personal best at this race was Cheryl Perry.  Cheryl came in 2nd in her AG.

Cheryl Perry with a new personal record for 5K!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

San Antonio Rock N Roll Half Marathon

Congrats to Lara Font who had a personal best at the San Antonio Rock N Roll half marathon on Sunday, December 7.  Lara finished the race in 1:35:46 (7:14/mi pace)

FSC's Lara Font rocked the half marathon in San Antonio.  New PR!

Texas 10 Conroe

Finish Strong Coaching runners participated in this year's last Texas10 series race in Conroe on Sunday, December 7.  FSC's Kevin Baker (1:06:19.9 -2nd in his AG),  Jed Beck (1:32:59.1), Matt Horak (PR - 1:23:57.0),  Rebecca Schany (1:37:43.1), Geoffrey Zubay (1:09:39.5 - 4th in AG), Alan Ramsey (1:22:01.3),  Cheryl Perry (PR - 1:41:03.0), Aisha Hassan (1:50:41.5)  ran the 10 mile race. Jennifer Rowe (38:19.8 - 1st in AG) and  Katerina Savelieva (42:15.1 - 2nd in AG) ran the 5 mile race. Way to go, Team!

Kevin Baker wins 2nd in his AG!

For more on results, go to:  10 mile results  5 mile race results

Bahrain Challenge Series 70.3

Congrats to Finish Strong's Jerry Palmer and Lars Finanger who raced 70.3 Bahrain on Saturday, December 6th.  Jerry finished in 52nd in his 45-49 AG with an overall time of 6:13:38.  Jerry's splits were 40:31 swim;  2:56:21 bike and 2:26:53 run. Lars placed 30th overall and 3rd in his AG in an overall time of  4:10:06.  Lar's splits were 26:21 swim; 2:10:00 bike and 1:28:06 run.

Jerry (on right) with Sheik Nasser Hammad.  Jerry comments, "6:13 finish time, pro winner finished in 3:35! Best part of the race, 2013 Ironman World Champ Pete Jacobs handing out medals and meeting Sheik Nasser Hamad, a super triathlete and very nice and gracious host."
Jerry reports, "Last race of the year so gave it 100%. Great swim for me, 40 minutes. Hammered on the bike and finished in 2:54 and a respectable 2:26 run. 6:13 is actually a 70.3 PR for me. After grinding out so many long races it was fun to just let it loose a little. The event itself was unlike anything I've ever experienced. Kona is Kona but the $ spent and attention to detail at this race was incredible. Met tons of pros and the Prince of Bahrain. It was like going to a baseball fantasy camp for triathletes."

Lars (middle) at finish line with Andreas Klingler and Zibi Szlufcik at Bahrain International Circuit.

Lars commented, "Very cool to see another major event in the Middle East. Growing up a short drive across the Bahrain-Saudi Arabia Causeway made me consider a long course race again. A huge draw for expats living, working and training in Saudi Arabia and other ME countries."

For more on results, go to:;jsessionid=88CBE9A27CA5C79AE9F8A8BE5615162E?raceid=20744&status=results

Monday, December 1, 2014

Kemah Olympic and Sprint Distance Race - Sat-Sun, April 11-12, 2015

Only 150 Olympic distance spots remain on the boat for the 2015.  They are over 75% sold out and have extended the price increase 24-hours as a courtesy to those still wanting to register.  To create a more spacious race experience we are capping the race at 250 less athletes this year. This will mean 150 less for the sprint and 100 less for the Olympic. The Olympic will sellout even faster with only 650 spots available and a number of them already being claimed. Register now if you want to do this great race!