I was in the Washington DC area for work this past week and ran along the Potomac north and south of Alexandria. The George Washington Parkway has a 14 mile stretch of paved trail between DC and Mount Vernon. It’s great for running, with beautiful scenery along the river. I enjoyed the colorful trees, squirrels, deer, and waterfowl while zipping along in the cold, dry weather. George would have needed his horse to keep up.
Run with the Heroes 5K
This annual 5K around Camp Mabry honors local police, fire, and rescue personnel. This year’s race was dedicated to STAR flight nurse Kristin McClain and Hutto policeman Chris Kelley, both of whom died in the line of duty in 2016. 483 people participated in the race, which is organized by the Austin Police Department and the Special Olympics.
Brooke Torres won the Women’s race in 18:00, followed by Sarah Rosenwinkel and Stacey Mason. William McRae won the men’s race in 17:21, followed by Peter Huff and Benjamin Mewis. Gordon Alexander was fourth, just 6 days after winning his 56-60 age group in the Run for the Water 10 miler .
Trivium by Tejas Trails
The central Texas experts on tough trail ultras switched things up with a group of road races near Marble Falls. The 50K, marathon, half marathon, and 10K courses all started and finished at the Marble Falls High School stadium and took runners on local roads up into the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. The 50K course had ~1500 feet of climbing, a good dose of Hill Country running. Just 14 people finished the 50K, with Adam Waldum winning the men’s race in 3:49 and Nancy Nicols winning the women’s race in 5:19. Whitney Demel won the women’s marathon in 4:15, Olli Haavikko was the men’s winner in 3:15. The women’s half was won by Amanda Morefield in 1:36 while Wesley Hacket won the men’s in 1:30. The men’s 10K winner was Justin Recktenwald in 44:17 and the women’s by Freddie Blood in 46:49.
Pioneer Farms 5K by TrailRoots
The second annual edition of this race was held on Saturday at the historic Pioneer Farms. I didn’t grow up in Austin, but I’m told this place is the home of many great childhood memories. From their site:
At Pioneer Farms, you’ll find five themed historic areas to explore: a Tonkawa Indian Encampment, a German Emigrant Farm, a Texian Farm, a Cotton Planter’s Farm and a rural village called Sprinkle Corner. In each area you can see real Texas history. Explore our more than 90 beautiful, wooded acres, and discover exciting, memorable ways to experience Texas’ past with your family. Don’t miss the Scaborough Barn where you can get up close with your favorite farm animal friends!
Erik Stanley and the TrailRoots crew mowed and cleared a 5K (more like 6K?) cross country style course around the grounds. 73 people finished the race, with Peter van der Westhuizen the men’s winner, followed by Ethan Wagner and Steve Geiser. Katie Gwynn of MondoSports was the women’s winner, with Marissa Pekarek and Michaela van der Westhuizen also on the podium. The masters winners were Jason Black and Lisa Smith.
The event raised over $1000 for the Planting Peace Haiti Hurricane Fund.
Interesting Events and Articles from Outside Austin
Ultrarunner Dave Mackey suffered a serious accident last year while on a trail run near Boulder. Complications from his recovery led him to decide that the best way to regain his active lifestyle was to have his lower leg amputated. It sounds logical, but I don’t know if I could have gone through with this decision. From Trail Runner Magazine.
I forgot about this one last week: a new record in running across America. Pete Kostelnick averaged 72 miles a day for 42 days to break the record that had stood since 1980. From Runner’s World.
These are fun trails near Warda, with piney woods, longhorns, an oil well, and some BMX style turns. There are 4 races from 10K to 50M.
TurkeyTrot by ThunderCloud Subs
This annual 5 miler is next week on Thanksgiving morning. The familiar course starts and finishes at Auditorium Shores. Expect thousands of participants at one of the biggest races in Austin. Now you can justify that extra slice of pumpkin pie! The main race starts at 9am.