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                         Lake Grapevine Runners & Walkers                                                               December 2007




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            Double Trouble Sets Records
By Jeff Barnhart



F   or two runners, this
    year’s Double Trouble
was no trouble, with Andrea
                                                                             race, from course set up and
                                                                             marking, to registration and
                                                                             packet pickup, finish line
                                                                                                             I had many goals with taking
                                                                                                             over as RD and during the
                                                                                                             first year, I was worried
Jarzombek and Joe Beisner                                                    and results, water station      about filling the shoes of
taking both the 5K and 10K                                                   management, parking and         Rick Sanford, who was the
races as the overall winners.                                                traffic coordination, to our    previous RD. I was able to
Andrea set a course record                                                   great announcer, and to the     try some new things to bring
for both races with times of                                                 fastest clean-up crew in the    more people to the race,
17:14 and 35:45, respectively.                                               west. I would mention all       some worked and some did
Joe set a course record for                                                  the volunteers by name, but     not. I also, unfortunately,
the 10K with a time of 34:29                                                                                 did some things to upset
                                                                             it would take a whole issue
and just missed the 5K                                                                                       some people and I regret
                                                                             to list them all, so it was
course record of 16:54 by 12                                                                                 those events. This year I was
                                                                             discouraged by the editors.
seconds.
Joe and Andrea, in winning                                        The race also showed RAW’s
both races, took home a little                                    passion about the runners
                                   Molly Tucker sprints towards the finish
extra prize of $100 each.                                         and the race with many
                                      and 1st place in her age group.

This was the first time this       in the number of participants staying around cheering the
award was handed out and           with 365 coming out to run     last runner on the course.
both deserved it. As RAW           the 2007 event and setting a   One such participant was
runner Ken Hall put it, “He        new high for the total amount Walter Wilson, who wrote
(Joe) just had an extra gear       raised for the club. The other in an e-mail, “I was the
at the end and I could not         aspects of the race may have very last finisher at the
catch him.”                        not been “records,” but they   10k this morning. I wanted
                                   were goals met for this year’s to thank your group and
                                   event. The most significant    several of your volunteers
                                   goal was to provide more to    and associates for their
                                   the participants and this year assistance to us at the end.
                                                                  (My wife had expressed            Andrea Jarzombek set course
                                   the race handed out a tech
                                                                                                     records in the 5K and 10K.
                                   running shirt and running      concern.) I especially wanted
                                   cap at the finish line.        to thank the gentleman [Jeff  able to accomplish all my
                                                                  Garbe] who stayed with me     goals for the race and could
                                   As with Bold in the Cold and for the last mile or two.”      only have done that with the
                                   Hound Dog Hustle, many                                       help of many.
                                   participants commented how This year’s Double Trouble
                                                                                                The one key thing I learned
                                   well organized the race was. race was my last as race
                                                                                                from these past two years
                                   One father of a runner even    director (RD) and I have
                                                                                                is your race is only as good
                                   commented that he thought      enjoyed my tenure. I learned as the people who help you
                                   our races were organized       more than I ever expected     and with RAW, you can’t
    RAW’s own Mark Miller won      by a race management           about the inner workings of   find any better people in the
    his age group in both races.   company and not by club        putting on a race and have a  world. Thanks again to all
The race also set some             volunteers. This year’s        huge appreciation for what    who helped this year and to
records with this year’s race      race once again showed         it takes to not only put on a all the runners who came out
having a 50 percent increase       how well RAW can put on a      race, but organize one.       for the race.
           Lake Grapevine
           runners & walkers Club
           P.O. Box 2982
           Grapevine, TX 76099

rAw board and Committees
                                          RAW Inspirat                        n
PreSIDent | Joe Luccioni
                                          message from our President, Joe Luccioni
  JoeL@RunnersAndWalkers.com
vICe PreSIDent | Steve Rush
   SteveR@RunnersAndWalkers.com           Here we are in the middle of the Christmas season getting ready
SeCretAry | Jason Anton                   to celebrate the birth of the Child Jesus with our families and
   JasonA@RunnersAndWalkers.com
                                          friends. It’s incumbent on all of us to remember the Lord’s richest
treASurer | Mary Keeffe                   blessings. These blessings manifest themselves in many different
  MaryK@RunnersAndWalkers.com
                                          ways to each of us. Good health, faster times, qualifying for
DIreCtorS
                                          Boston, and losing weight, but the blessing we should all thank
John Bush
   JohnB@RunnersAndWalkers.com            God for is that of being a citizen of this great country. We are a
Tony Flesch                               very diverse group whose common bond is the love of running/
   TonyF@RunnersAndWalkers.com            walking, but we should all be proud of our contributions to the
Kathryn Gleghorn
   KathrynG@RunnersAndWalkers.com
                                          community.
Laurie Lukanich
   LaurieL@RunnersAndWalkers.com          As we end this tenth year of RAW’s founding and creation, the
Mark Miller                               board wishes all of you a very Merry Christmas. We sincerely
   MarkM@RunnersAndWalkers.com            hope 2008 brings us many new personal records (PRs), injuries
Thomas Okazaki                            are kept to a bare minimum, continued good health and financial
   ThomasO@RunnersAndWalkers.com
Bridget Smith                             prosperity in your personal lives, and that the next ten years for
   BridgetS@RunnersAndWalkers.com         RAW be as successful as the first ten years.
FootPrInt                                 But as we go about our lives, let us not forget a group of unselfish
eDItor                                    Americans who are sacrificing so that we can enjoy the freedoms
Kevin Wessels                             they are protecting. God Bless our brave men and women in the
   lgrawfootprint@verizon.net             Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
CoorDInAtor | Tony Flesch
DeSIGner | Lorraine Wessels
ProDuCtIon | Doug Noell                   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
membership Data                                                                 - Joe
Doug Noell
   MembershipData@RunnersAndWalkers.com
                MEMBER




           “Did you know photos from many RAW races and social events,
                 including the annual banquet, can be found on the
                      RAW web site and are available for order?

      To see them go to… Runnersandwalkers.com then click on “gallery”

2 FOOTPRINT | December 2007
                                                          FOOTNOTeS•FOOTNOTeS•FOOTNOTeS•FOOTNOTeS
                                                                                                    Congratulations
RAW Around Town                                                                                     •	 To	Julie	Kaner	and	Matt	Burns	on	their	upcoming	
                                                                                                       wedding	in	January.
Social Calendar & Events                                                                            •	 To	all	the	RAW	members	that	participated	in	the	
                                                                                                       many	fall	events	locally	and	around	the	country.
Check the RAWforum for information on all
club events: www.runnersandwalkers.com                                                              CondolenCes
                                                                                                    •	 To	Rick	and	Linda	Fogle	on	the	passing	of		
                                                                                                       Rick’s	sister.
RAW Walk/Runs
Starting from the clubhouse                                                                         thoughts & Prayers
Saturday & Sunday Walk/Run - 8am                                                                    •	 To	Craig	Minyard	for	a	speedy	recovery	from		
Wednesday Trail Run - 7am                                                                              knee	surgery.
Friday Trail Run - 7am                                                                              •	 To	Tia	Metzger	for	her	upcoming	surgery	on		
RAW’s Bold in the Cold - January 19                                                                    her	hip.	
                                                                                                    •	 To	Fireman	Ken	for	a	speedy	recovery	from	his	
SNL Dinners                                                                                            shoulder	surgery
                                                                                                    •	 To	Cindy	Lee	for	a	speedy	recovery	from	her	
Saturday Night Live                                                                                    plantar	problems.
1st Saturday of every month, at 5pm
                                                                                                    •	 To	Kat	Sparks	for	a	full	recovery	from	her		
January 5 – Joe’s Crab Shack, Grapevine                                                                strained	knee.
February 2 – Amore’s, Grapevine
                                                                                                    •	 To	Keith	Hale	for	a	speedy	and	full	recovery	from	
                                                                                                       the	minor	stroke	he	suffered	last	June.
Upcoming events
2nd Annual New Years Day Recovery Run & Waffles                                                     thank you
Tuesday, January 1, 2008                                                                            •	 To	the	Gleghorn	Family	for	their	gracious	invitation	
                                                                                                       to	host	the	2007	RAW	Holiday	Party	at	their	home.	
LGRAW Annual Awards Banquet                                                                         •	 To	John	Bush	for	his	efforts	as	Race	Director	
Saturday, April 26, 2008                                                                               for	the	Duct	Tape	Duet;	and	to	all	those	that	
Lancaster Theatre, Grapevine
                                                                                                       participated	in	this	year’s	event.
Other fun things we are thinking about:                                                             •	 To	Gary	Howsam	for	his	efforts	and	to	all	of	the	
 Beer and Wine Tasting Event                                                                           volunteers	that	participated	in	the	Keep	Lake	
 Newcomers Breakfast                                                                                   Grapevine	Beautiful	Clean-up.
 TGIF Happy Hours                                                                                   •	 To	Jeff	Barnhart	for	his	efforts	as	Race	Director	
                                                                                                       for	Double	Trouble	and	to	all	our	volunteers	and	
Got an idea for a great social thing to do? Tell us
about it! Email Kathryn Gleghorn or Bridget Smith                                                      participants	who	helped	make	this	year’s	Double	
(a.k.a. your “Cruise Directors” for the SS RAW).                                                       Trouble	another	successful	event
                                                                                                    •	 To	all	our	volunteers	who	put	out	water	and	sports	
                                                                                                       drink	for	the	weekend	runs.		We	appreciate	each	
RAW at the Races
                                                                                                       and	every	one	of	you.
The next “RAW Off To The Races” will be the Haltom City
Stampede 5K/10K Saturday, February 9, 2008                                                          lost & Found
                                                                                                    •	 Items	in	the	Lost	&	Found	are	piling	up!	If	you’ve	left	
Board Meetings                                                                                         something	at	the	clubhouse	please	check	to	see	if	
                                                                                                       we’ve	found	it.	All	unclaimed	items	are	in	the	white	
Board Meetings | 7:30pm at the clubhouse
December 19th                                                                                          cabinet	along	the	north	wall	of	the	clubhouse.
January 23rd
                                                                                                    Deadline	for	the	next		FOOTPRINT	is	December	1st.	
Any current member is welcome to attend.
                                                                                                    Send	your	articles	to	lgrawfootprint	@verizon.net
       To see what’s happening,
                                                                                                    We	want	to	hear	about	you	and	your	friends,	send	
 log on to www.runnersandwalkers.com                                                                your	footnotes	to	TonyF@RunnersandWalkers.com


                                                                                                                        December 2007 |    FOOTPRINT 3
  RAW in the Kitchen                                                                News from the
  By Bridget Smith
  2006 RRCA Masters Female Runner of the Year
                                                                                    RRCA
                                                                                    Road Runners Club of America
                                                                                    By Kelly Richards
  Christmas is such a wonderful time for sharing with friends
  and family. What better way to do that than with a plate
  full of wonderful Christmas cookies! Here are a couple of        Pigs, Trails and Road Trips…
  family favorites that are sure to please Santa and his elves.    things are sounding great for ‘08
                                                                   Mark your calendar now to
  My Gramma’s Sugar Cookies
                                                                   save these key dates. May
    1 cup sugar
    ½ cup butter, softened                                         1-4, 2008 is the 50th annual
    1 egg                                                          Road Runners Club of America
    1 teaspoon vanilla                                             (RRCA) convention and
    2 cups flour                                                   National 5k Championship
    1/3 teaspoon baking soda                                       Race will be held in conjunction
    ¼ teaspoon salt                                                with the Flying Pig Marathon
    1/3 cup sour cream
                                                                   in Cincinnati. The convention
  Mix together flour, soda and salt, set aside. Beat sugar         includes many highlights, but
  and butter together until fluffy. Blend in egg and vanilla.      the premier event is the keynote
  Alternately add in flour mixture and sour cream. Beat until      speaker and national awards
  smooth after each addition. Chill for one hour. Roll dough       presentation. RAW has been
  on floured surface and cut into desired shapes. Bake @ 375       in the spotlight twice in the
  degrees for 5 – 10 minutes. Frost as desired when cool*          past five years winning Best Newsletter (Editor Susan Barnett) and
                                                                   Female Road Runner of the Year (Mindi Rice). In 2007, Texas
  *Decorating options – before baking, you can
  sprinkle these with colored sugar if you are not going           had a record number of nominations including those from RAW.
  to frost them. To frost, a simple glaze of powdered              It would be great if RAW had a whole contingent on hand in
  sugar and a little warm water is perfect!                        Cincinnati in the event we have another national winner. Plus,
                                                                   there is the opportunity to run the Pig! The Flying Pig Marathon
                                                                   also hosts a half-marathon and the 5k. More information on the
                                                                   convention can be found at RRCA.org.
  Cinnamon Nut Chocolate Sprinkles
    1½ cups flour                                                  If you prefer something a little more low-key and closer to home
    ¼ teaspoon salt
                                                                   (though no one said you can’t go on both trips), RRCA sister club,
    ¾ cup sugar, divided
    1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons butter, softened and divided        the San Angelo Road Lizards, have extended a friendly invitation
    1 egg                                                          (or was it a challenge?) to all runners in the “Big Bad Metroplex”
    1 cup mini chocolate chips                                     to participate in their series-ending 15k trail race on February 23,
    1 cup very finely chopped walnuts                              2008, in San Angelo, TX. It seems they’re under the impression
    2 teaspoons cinnamon                                           city folk might melt if they get mud on their trail shoes, if they
                                                                   even own a pair of trail shoes. Yes, the smack talk has already
  Mix together flour and salt, set aside. Beat ½ cup sugar and
                                                                   begun. Runners are runners whether they live in the city or in the
  1/3 cup butter together until fluffy. Beat in egg. Gradually
  add flour mixture, beating until well blended. Roll out          middle of nowhere, so the SARL understand that as good Texas
  dough between sheets of waxed paper into a 12x10 inch            hosts’ special attention should be paid to the hydration needs of
  rectangle (remove top sheet of waxed paper). Combine             anyone making the trip. Trails, beverages and bragging rights…
  chocolate chips, walnuts, cinnamon and ¼ cup sugar.              perfect ingredients for the making of a RAW road trip.
  Melt 3 tablespoons butter and mix into chocolate chip
  mixtures. Spread evenly over dough, leaving ½” border at
  edge. Starting at the long side, roll dough jelly-roll style,
  removing the waxed paper as you go. Wrap in plastic wrap
  and refrigerate 1 hour. Slice dough into 1/2” slices, place on
                                                                              Massage Therapy
  greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes.                 for the Active Athlete
                                                                             Karen Robertson, R.M.T.
  Cocktail Corner!
  “Poinsettias” - 2 parts champagne to 1 part cranberry
  juice. Garnish with a thin slice or lime. Perfect for brunch!
                                                                     7 years experience in therapeutic massage
                                                                        for the runner and multisport athlete
     Happy Holidays to you and your families from mine!
                                                                            Onsite Chair Massage & Out Calls
            Please send recipe ideas and comments to
                bridgets@runnersandwalkers.com.
                                                                                    817.798.9562

4 FOOTPRINT | December 2007
The Marine Corps Marathon was…
well, fantastic!
By Mark Lehrmann


Note: Mark is officially a “Marathon Maniac” and attempting to run 50
marathons in 50 states. The Marine Corps Marathon was his 23rd state. For
more information, you can check out http://www.marathonmaniacs.com or http://
www.50statesmarathonclub.com.                                                                Mark feels “fantastic” after marathon #23.




T   he late-October weather in our
    nation’s capital was ideal to run the
                                            The Marine Corps Marathon was a
                                            fantastic experience! It was amazing to
                                            see how organized the Marines were in
                                                                                        My plan was to start out slow and hold
                                                                                        back. I did and my first mile was a
Marine Corps Marathon. The marathon                                                     little over 9 minutes. I kept backing off
was a fantastic experience. Due to          putting on this marathon show! Every        about 10% off what I thought I could do
my “old-aging” injuries in September        aid station was exactly the same, with      and felt great for 25 + miles. I finished
                                            Marines handing out POWERade®,
(yes, I through my back out yet again!),                                                running sub-8 minute miles for the last
                                            then water, in that order, every time. It
my longest run in the past two months       was extremely impressive, as would be       10 miles. I hit a mini-wall about 25.5
was 9 miles, which I ran the week           expected. The crowds were great as the      miles, but “smelled the barn” and took
before the marathon. Needless to            course really played well for spectators    it home with the ability to say I ran a 3
say, I had no high expectations for a       by moving around the D.C. metro area        hour 30 minute marathon (yes, leave off
ground-breaking time.                       to different sites.                         those seconds!).




                                                                                               December 2007 |         FOOTPRINT 5
 Duct Tape Duet 2007
 By John Bush


 RAW held the 6th annual Duct Tape          Stacie had at least one shoe on the           Three Dog Night
 Duet on Sunday, October 7th. Eight         ground at all times. Perhaps, we will         Finished just behind Middle of the Pack
 teams participated in this year’s          have this situation resolved by the next      for combined age of 104 years category.
 grueling race. The Duet consists of        FOOTPRINT.
 one team member running the 10K                                                            Dog Dude – 48:30 10K
 course while the other one walks the         Terry Marcott – 43:20 10K                     Judy Reeves – 1:32:44 5K
 5K course. At the race directors’            Stacie Sauber – 33:26 5K.
                                                                                          Cool Kids
 whim, there were several championship
                                            Team Twins                                    Oldest combined age (108 years) award.
 categories.
                                            Second Place combined overall time            It was a close call until we added
 The Turtle and the Hare                    of 1:31:01. Team Twins also finished          Scott’s 3 years of age to Doug and Pat’s
 First Place for the all-female team with   first for the husband and wife category.      combined age of 105 years. Scott put
 a combined time of 1:49:42.                Again, this was another failed attempt        the Cool Kids over the top for this very
                                            to double dip with the awards.                prestigious award.
   Rhonda Houston – 1:04:53 10K
   Maryanne Williams – 44:49 5K               Scott Eppelman - 43:30 10K                    Doug Noell – 54:03 10K
                                              Kelly Eppelman - 47:31 5K                     Pat Noell and Scott Noell – 1:15:45 5K
 Hedges – Second Place for all female
 team with a combined time of 2:00:55.      Dog Days                                      Chris Reyher – walked a very unique
 This team also finished first in the       First Place for all-canine team. This         alternate course. While all the others
 mother and daughter                        is a new category for this year’s event.      were walking or running on our
 category. However,                           These two must be sniffing out the          certified championship 5K and 10K
 our strict rule                              course in preparation for the next          courses, Chris decided to walk circles
 interpretation does                                        Hound Dog Hustle.             around the RAW clubhouse. Using
 not permit double                                                                        his GPS, Chris made sure he walked
                                                              Cooper – 48:30 for          exactly 3.1 miles and not to cut any
 dipping of awards.                                                     the 10K
 The original team                                                                        corners. The race directors think he
                                                              Archie – 47:31 for          was walking around the clubhouse so
 makeup included                                                       the 5K
 Gloria, pushing                                                                          he could keep an eye on the breakfast
                                                                                          buffet that was inside. He obviously
 grandson, Christian,                                           Middle of the Pack
                                                                                          did a good job, since there was plenty
 in a stroller,                                                 First Place combined
                                                                                          of food for all.
 daughter Kirsten,                                               time for combined
 and grandson,                                                     age category           Magnificent Duo
 Caleb. However,                                                   104 years. This        Joe could not find a 10K runner so he
 Caleb, age 5, grew                                                category is            used “Presidential Privilege” to use his
 impatient with his                                                calculated by adding   10K PR from the Halloween Hustle in
 grandmother’s pace,                                             the ages of the two-     October 1982. We are not sure if this
 so he broke away to                                              team members.           is an impeachable offense, but we have
 create his own solo                                              There were two          our lawyers reviewing the club bylaws
 team. Caleb finished                                            teams this year that     to see if 25-year old PRs are allowed.
 his first 5K with a                                              had a combined age
 time of 43:50…and his first                                     of 104 years. Middle     Joe Luccioni – 40:40 10K (PR)
 personal record.                                              of the Pack with a         Joe Luccioni – 44:00 5K
                                            combined 5K and 10K time of 1:46:50
   Kirsten Bush – 1:01:16 10K               beat out Three Dog Night with a time          Brad Lites walked the 5K course.
   Gloria Bush – 59:39 5K                   of 2:20:55. The race directors will not       Although he did not have a 10K partner,
   Caleb – 43:50 5K (PR)                    divulge their individual ages, but rumor      Brad qualified for an award and free trip
                                            has it that Henry did his best to inflate     to the RAW breakfast buffet bar which
 Blondie and Dagwood                        the age total for team Middle of the          concluded the day’s festivities. It was a
 First Place for combined overall 5K        Pack.                                         great time for all of the participates and
 and 10K time of 1:16:46. At press time,                                                  we hope to see you at next year’s Duct
 the race directors’ are still reviewing      Michelle Putze – 1:00:03 10K                Tape Duet.
 the videotape of the event to see if         Henry Galpin – 46:47 5K




6 FOOTPRINT | December 2007
   First Steps
   The New Runner’s Guide
By Rick Sanford                                                      Pick Up the Pace
So, you’ve started to get the hang of this running thing. You’re     If you always run the same route, and especially if you usually
out there 3 or 4 days a week, showing up your neighbors and          run alone, you may find yourself in a rut, locked in to the same
feeling great. But maybe the routine is getting stale. Here are a    pace for every run. Try running a little faster, even if it’s just
few ideas for changing things up and keeping it fresh.               once a week. Add in segments of faster running to one of your
                                                                     usual runs. Pick up the pace for a minute or two, and then
Try a New Route                                                      dial it back down to recover. Then do it again. At the end of
Go online and map out a new running route from your house or         a run, do a few 100m strides. I’m not talking about sprints,
place of work. There are several online resources that make use      but gradually accelerating over the 100m distance and almost
of Google maps. You can chart a new course and see some new          reaching your top speed. Another easy way to run faster is to
scenery. If you don’t feel like mapping your own route, go to        find a partner that’s faster than you. A running club is a great
where local runners and clubs meet. They’ll give you a tour of       place to find that partner who will push you just a little bit out
their regular course. Try running at White Rock Lake or meet         of your comfort zone.
LGRAW for one of the group runs.
Get Dirty
Take a different path. Hit the trails. Soak in the sights and
                                                                     Runners Speak: PR
sounds of nature. Lose the watch and forget about pace.              Personal Record: your fastest time for covering a measured
Running off road will work new muscles and, hopefully, help          distance. Usually applies to races and race distances. Can also
prevent overuse injuries. Take a break from the pavement and         be applied to your regular running route, but be careful and
give you body a break from the pounding of the roads. Be             don’t try to set a PR on every run.
careful though. Once they’ve had a taste of trail running, some
runners never go back the asphalt.
Take a Number                                                        Equipment, Gadgets & Gizmos:
As in a race number. If you’ve never entered a race, maybe now’s     BodyGlide
the time to give it a try. Pick out a local 5K and get registered.
You get an amazing feeling of excitement when you’re toeing the      This non-oily skin protectant helps prevent and relieve chafing.
starting line. Race days are special and you never know what         It’s packaged like a deodorant stick and you apply it anywhere
the results are going to be. You may discover that you’re a little   skin rubs together or where clothing rubs uncomfortably.
faster than you thought you were. If you’re not the competitive      BodyGlide is also available in a formula with sunscreen. You
type, don’t worry. You’re really just competing against yourself.    can find it at local running stores and online running retailers.
On the other hand, age group awards are pretty sweet.




Palo Duro Canyon 2007                                                While I ran without shoes or socks, Tony ‘2knee’ Dominiec
                                                                     ran the 20k on his two new titanium knees.

By Marty Metzger                                                     Congratulations to UltraRunner, Doug Keeffe (50K). While
                                                                     it is a respectable accomplishment to complete one’s first
                                                                     ultra marathon, this was also Doug’s first trail run; he had

P  alo Duro is Spanish for ‘hard wood,’ referring to the
   Hackberry and Juniper trees that were just beginning to
change color when Tia and I arrived for our 5th consecutive
                                                                     never even run the northshore trail at Rockledge Park before!
                                                                     Perhaps the most emotional moment, however, was watching
year. It was one of the prettiest weekends we’ve spent in            the finish of one of our NTTR friends, Stacie Boudreaux.
what some call “The Grand Canyon of Texas” - clear and               Like the true ultramarathon runner she was about to become,
sunny afternoons, cool in the morning, chilly streams                Stacie paused about 20 yards before the finish line, bent over,
rushing from the rains of two nights before.                         and hurled for all she was worth, which evidently wasn’t
                                                                     much at that moment. She looked better after crossing the
Tia, who found out that she’s torn the cartilage in her hip          finish line a few minutes later.
socket (last summer) from front to back, couldn’t resist the
trail’s beckoning, “I’ll just go out and walk a little bit of it.”   Thirty of us then topped of the day with dinner at Wrongway
She ended up running the entire 20K.                                 Feldman’s Diner, “Feldman’s is dedicated to anyone who
                                                                     has gone the wrong way, taken a wrong turn, made a wrong
For those who remember my running barefoot article in the            decision or in some way wandered off the beaten path....
last edition, the update is that I finished the 20K without          in other words: all of us at one time or another.” How
shoes or socks, wearing my Vibram Five Finger Sprints.               appropriate for trail runners.



                                                                                                     December 2007 |    FOOTPRINT 7
                              ENTRY FEES




                              REGISTRATION




                              RACE DAY




         BOLD IN THE COLD




8 FOOTPRINT | December 2007
You Can Run, but you Shouldn’t Tan your Hide:
Sunscreen Use and Skin Cancer in Runners
By Chuck “Dr. Chuck” Kennard


W      ith more than 1 million cases of skin cancer
       expected this year and deaths from melanoma
exceeding one per hour in the United States, those of us
                                                             the skin. Both of these effects increase the risk of skin
                                                             cancer, so it is important to use a sunscreen that has
                                                             adequate SPF against the burning rays of UVB as well as
runners, cyclists and walkers who are frequently in the      UVA. Previously, UVA protection was of shorter duration
sun need all the info we can get to reduce our own risks.    than the UVB protection found in sunscreens. Now,
A recent study proving that regular use of sunscreens        two products are available that extend UVA protection.
can prevent or forestall skin cancer in patients at high     Meroxyl, newly-approved by the FDA, is available
risk for new skin cancers should strengthen the resolve      in Lancôme products. Helioplex, a new formulation
of athletes to protect themselves against the most common    of previously-available UVA blockers, is available in
forms of cancer.                                             Nutragena products. Spray, gel and liquid bases are often
                                                             preferred by athletes for the non-greasy feeling.
Researchers in Australia examined the effects of daily
application of sunscreen versus applications just when a     Other researchers from Germany presented data that
person thought they were going to be in prolonged sun,       showed marathon runners are more likely to develop
such as going out for exercise. The results showed that      melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. In addition
                                                             to prolonged exposure to UV rays, the researchers
                                                             hypothesized that the chronic fatigue/inflammation in
     A recent study proving that regular use of sunscreens   marathoners’ bodies might reduce the effectiveness of
     can prevent or forestall skin cancer in patients at     normal immune protection against cancer—as if shin
     high risk for new skin cancers should strengthen the    splints, hamstring pulls and blisters weren’t enough!
     resolve of athletes to protect themselves against
     the most common forms of cancer.                        Back to Rick—while achieving the summit of Kilimanjaro
                                                             in 2007 was a personal triumph, the highly intense
                                                             ultraviolet light exposure of the high altitude produced
sunscreens are effective in reducing the risk of new skin    severe sunburn. Soon after, Rick discovered a large
cancers, particularly squamous cell carcinoma, with
lesser, though promising results, seen in preventing basal
cell carcinoma and melanoma. Further strengthening the            Other researchers from Germany presented
argument for sunscreen use was that study participants            data that showed marathon runners are more
who applied the goop religiously every day had fewer              likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest
skin cancers and delayed the appearance of skin cancer            form of skin cancer
compared to the “as needed” study participants.
According to experts, the issue of the effectiveness of
sunscreens in preventing skin cancer is now settled: it      white area on his nose that turned out to be squamous
works. As a skin cancer surgeon, I now recommend daily       cell carcinoma. Following surgical removal and a failed
application of sunscreen for all of my patients.             skin graft repair, Rick now faces a further reconstructive
                                                             surgery after this fall running season. He reflected “I
Rick Fogle, a long-time RAW member, traces the origins       hopefully have learned my lesson and have been trying to
of his history of skin cancer to a childhood in Pensacola,   use a spray-on sunscreen, but I still hate the stuff.”
Florida and a life-long pattern of sunburns and outdoor
occupations and pursuits. Although his first basal cell      Not surprisingly, several other RAW members, including
carcinoma developed when he was 40, and in spite of          our fearless leader, Joe Luccioni, have been diagnosed and
further brushes with skin cancer and surgery, he didn’t      treated for skin cancer recently. All benefited from early
feel motivated to change his habits of beach vacations and   diagnosis and prompt attention to the problems, leading
avoiding sunscreens. “We all hated sunscreens and to this    to successful treatment results. Although most patients
day I still hate the stuff,” admitted Rick.                  are cured with appropriate medical therapy, it is estimated
                                                             that 10,500 deaths from skin cancer will occur this year in
New formulations of sunscreen are available that offer       the US. Hopefully the preventive measures of protective
prolonged protection against UVA light rays. UVA does        clothing, daily sunscreen use and avoidance of midday
not burn the skin, but adds to deeper damage to skin         sun will reduce the incidence of skin cancer in the future.
cells and inhibits the function of the immune system in




                                                                                           December 2007 |   FOOTPRINT 9
  Going For the Double 50 Milers:
  Heartland & Palo Duro Canyon
  By Thomas “T.O.” Okazaki


       “I’m a thousand miles from nowhere, time don’t matter to me, I’m a thousand miles from nowhere,
       there’s no place I rather be.” Dwight Yoakam, country singer



  T    he rolling hills of vast expanse, Kansas prairie grass
       stretch as far as the eyes could see. A thunderstorm
  rumbles in the distance, its menacing, dark clouds slowly
                                                                    out conservatively and the even pacing paid off later. I was
                                                                    only passed by two other runners the entire race and finished
                                                                    up a little over 11 hours at the end of the day. Both of my
  advancing over the skies above. Suddenly a lightning bolt         feet swelled up the next several days after the race, but that
  strikes the ground about a mile to the south!                     was to be expected. Other than that, I was moving around
                                                                    surprisingly well.
  It’s Mile 29 at the Heartland 50 Miler and I’m digging as
  hard as I can down a lonely, crushed gravel country road to       The Palo Duro 50 Miler, takes place in the 2nd largest
  get back to the next aid station where I left my rain jacket      canyon in the United States, after the Grand Canyon, and
  only an hour before. The weather can change quickly here.         would prove to be more difficult. Not only was the course
  No trees in sight, so not much protection from lightning.         a little more rugged and uneven, you only had 12 hours to
                                                                    complete the entire course and a 4:30 p.m. cutoff before
  Suddenly I feel the heavy rain drench my tech shirts. I hear      heading out on the 4th 12.5 mile loop. A heavy storm had
  the loud crack of lightning above and immediately crouch as       created some flooding and muddy conditions on parts of the
  low as I can to the ground. Welcome back to Kansas, T.O.!         course, but nothing too difficult to run around.
  Not much has changed in Cassoday, Kansas, population 99,          The first lap went well and I completed that section in 2 ½
  since I ran here a year ago to attempt my first 100 miler. This   hours, but I started to run into trouble on the second. The
  time, I thought it would be fun to try running back-to-back       weather in the morning was pristine and almost perfect for
  50 milers on consecutive weekends. The first would be here        running, but the temperature soared into the low 90s by mid-
  in Kansas and the next would be in Palo Duro Canyon, near         afternoon.
  Amarillo, Texas.
                                                                    The race started at 7 a.m. and it was a little after 1 p.m. when
  After the pre race meal, I drove out about a mile onto the        I reached the halfway mark. I still had 3 ½ hours to make the
  gravel course and tried on several different shoes to see what    4:30 p.m. cutoff, but I wasn’t feeling good at all. This next
  would work best for 50 miles. Much to my dismay, the toe          loop would either make or break this run. Because of the
  still hurt too much to run in my regular Montrail Hardrock        heat, I decided to strip down as much as possible and carry
  trail shoes. About a week before Heartland, I smashed my          an extra bottle of fluids. I ran well for a couple of miles, but I
  little toe badly against some furniture at home. I tried on       started to feel bad again.
  my regular marathon road shoes instead and they felt much
  better. I had never used road shoes to run in a trail race        I was told the walls of the canyon radiate the heat so it
  before.                                                           becomes much hotter down inside. At 95° F, some of the
                                                                    runners were deciding to drop out. As I approached the
  The 50-miler is an out-and-back course that meanders              Hackberry Aid Station at about mile 32, I saw an 80 year old
  through the Flint Hills of Kansas, which is some of the last      man being helped off the trail by two volunteers. Apparently
  remaining tall grass prairie land in the United States. Today,    he had become dehydrated and had collapsed twice, falling
  less than one per cent of over 400,000 square miles remains       hard on the rocks which bloodied his face. I found out later
  and most of it is in this area.                                   that this gentleman was the legendary Beachum Tollar, the
                                                                    oldest runner on the course this year!
  The run started in the dark and we ran for about an hour
  before sunrise. It had grown colder overnight, so I put on        I decided then, it was wiser to go ahead and call it a day.
  two Rockledge Rumble shirts for good luck. The manned aid         With less than 30 minutes left and 5.5 miles to go, I wouldn’t
  stations were about 8 miles apart, with the unmanned ones         have made the 4:30 p.m. cut off anyway. There will be other
  filling in the 4 mile gaps in between.                            races to run and I had felt I had gotten my money’s worth
                                                                    running over a 50K on one of the more spectacular trails in
  It was mostly overcast that day, so that really helped to keep
                                                                    Texas. Besides, I was doing the Marine Corps Marathon the
  the temperatures down. The rain from the noon thunderstorm
                                                                    following weekend, so this made an interesting taper of a 50
  made the roads softer and easier on my injured toe. I started
                                                                    miler, 50K and then a marathon.




10 FOOTPRINT | December 2007
                                                                                               Would you like
                                                                                               to be a LGRAW
                                                                                               Newcomer Mentor?
                                    In Step With                                               We are looking for club members
                                                                                               who are interesting in becoming
                                    Jack Green                                                 mentors for our new members.
How long have you been running?                  Where is the most unique or unusual           The mentors would meet one
I first started running when I was in            place you have ever run?                      Saturday a month to make new
college in the late ‘70s. I had some             I went for a short run in the backcountry
years where I took a hiatus from running,        at Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New
                                                                                               members feel more welcome and
but have been running on a consistent            Mexico this past summer. I cut the run        a part of the group.
basis for the past 4 years.                      short because I was alone and a bear
                                                 had been spotted a couple of days
How long have you been a RAW                     earlier.                                      Contact Laurie Lukanich to sign-up:
member?                                                                                        LaurieL@runnersandwalkers.com
For about 4 years.                               What running gear would you never
                                                 travel without?
Who was the first person you met at              I have a favorite pair of Brooks running
RAW, or at first showed you the trails or        shorts that I always take with me. I also
really “took you in?”                            like to take my Garmin Forerunner®
Dave Aungst, my next-door neighbor,              when I travel so that I can download
told me about RAW and brought me to
                                                                                                  RAW
                                                 and view my running routes when I get
the club the first Saturday that I ran with      back.
the group. David Ball also helped me
and motivated me to train for my first
marathon.
                                                 Do you GU, Gel, Gatorade, or Other?
                                                 Banana Blitz GU or Apple Cinnamon                BOARD
Why running?
I run because I enjoy it. There’s
                                                 Hammer Gel.

                                                 What has running taught you about
                                                                                                  MeeTINGS
something about running that gives me            yourself or what have you learned
a feeling of freedom.                            about life through running?                      Monthly board
                                                 More than anything else, that I don’t
Do you do anything special before or             take running for granted. Every day              meetings are
after running, or do you have any pre/
post-race ritual?
                                                 that I can get up and go for a run is a
                                                 blessing.                                        7:30pm at the
When I get up early in the morning
for a solo run, I’ll spend a little time         Do you have a spouse or significant              clubhouse.
meditating before the run.                       other, any children?
                                                 Yes, my wife Gretchen and I have been            Any current RAW
Do you have a favorite place to run?
My favorite place to run locally is the
                                                 married 20 years, and have a 17 year-
                                                 old son, Matthew, who is a senior in high        member is invited
Northshore trail at Rockledge Park.              school.
                                                                                                  to attend.
Roads or Trails?                                 Besides running, what other fitness
I prefer trails, especially in the dark with a   activities do you enjoy or do as cross-
headlamp.                                        training?
                                                 I work out during lunch fairly regularly. I      December 19
What has been your fondest running
memory?
                                                 also enjoy backpacking.
                                                                                                  January 23
One of my fondest memories was the               What would the members be surprised
first time that my son went running              to learn about you?                              February 27
with me. He was in middle school at              One of my goals is to through-hike the
the time. A few years later, he ran the          Appalachian Trail.
Double Trouble 5K with me and beat                                                                Check the RAWforum for
me – I couldn’t keep up with him.                 Anything else you would like to add?
                                                 Without a doubt, the best running                any location changes
What do you consider your biggest                decision I made was to join RAW. It’s not        or cancellations and the
running achievement?                             a coincidence that I have been running
Training for and running my first                                                                 the meeting minutes are
                                                 farther and more consistently since
marathon.                                        joining RAW four years ago.                      posted on RAWorg.


                                                                                                   December 2007 |   FOOTPRINT 11
Palo Duro Canyon 20K Trail Run – An Experience
By Alan Engisch


O    ctober 20th was a great day for a
     trail run. Well, at least a regular-
sized trail run, maybe not one of those
                                                      Get to the waterstop and have a
                                                      Gatorade® and a water. Much better
                                                      now. This leg gets us out into the real
                                                                                                      there and Tia comes in just behind me.
                                                                                                      Gatorade, water, and PB & Jelly. Can’t
                                                                                                      just eat and run. Everyone else leaves as
ultra things with a “50” in the title. The            part of the canyon. The path starts to go       I continue to wash down my snack before
weather was clear. I didn’t see a moon, but           up and down, gives us some ledges to            taking off on the next leg. I can see them
in the night sky, the stars shined brightly,          clamber across, and forces us to look up        ahead on the road just reentering the trail.
enabling us to pick out the constellations            to see the magnificent beauty of the rock
some of us still remember from school.                formations rising unavoidably in front          Now we’re on the way to Pete’s Aid
The wind was cool, but not really cold.               of us. Wow, you just gotta look!                Station, (it will be our second time
The temperature was about 45° F and a                                                                 through this one) and this part of the trail
small bonfire crackled beside us. The                 Most of the way, I have been behind             is relatively tame. It’s the shortest leg, less
9-foot tall bagpiper crept along in the               Courtney Noell and Tia Metzger. But             than 1.5 miles, I think.
dark, droning eerie Scottish Highland                 right now, I feel pretty good and start
                                                      running ahead of them (for a little while)      At “Pete’s,” I get a Coke® and a water, but
tunes to wake us up.
                                                      on the way out to Los Locos Senioritas          skip the snack. Tia and Courtney are off
                                                      Waterstop. (Really, the “senioritas”            ahead of me again. I sense this part is not
                                                      are not so “loco” because they aren’t           going to be so easy for me. I briefly catch
                                                      running around eating red dust in the           Tia walking, but then she breaks into a
                                                      rapidly-warming, brightly-sunlit canyon.)       run and pulls away from me.
                                                      Thankfully, they are here to provide me
                                                                                                      I am alone on the trail. I checked the time
                                                      with a cup of Gatorade, a cup of water,
                                                                                                      at the 10-mile marker - pretty much on
                                                      and a PB & Jelly sandwich. I rejoin
                                                                                                      schedule. I’m not really tired, just leg-
                                                      Courtney and Tia at this point and see
                                                                                                      weary. It’s getting harder to lift those feet,
                                                      Roy Lange for the first time since the
                                                                                                      so it will be work to finish in 3 hours.
                                                      start. He says that he started out with Joe
                                                                                                      It’s quiet down here. I wonder where
                                                      Luccioni, John Bush and Tony Doniniec,
                                                                                                      everyone is…I wonder where the 11-mile
                                                      but he picked up his pace and was
                                                                                                      marker is.
   (l-r) Judy Dominiec on “vacation” with Tosca and   running along quite easily.
    Alan Engisch at “The Grand Canyon of Texas.”
                                                      Of course now I am done “sprinting” and
The real trail runners, those ultra people            can settle back down to a plod and walk
who can run all day, assembled. The                   up the hills, run down the lesser slopes,
headlights on their hats made them look a             walk down the steep ones, and run the
little like mutant, desktop reading lamps.            flats. Be sure to ALWAYS RUN THE
It was 7:00 AM. They loped quietly away               FLATS! Courtney and Tia are ahead
from the flickering lights of the start-              now and, though I can’t see them, I sense
finish area onto the still dark trails. The           they’re not too far ahead. After a while
walls of the canyon began to redden like              I catch up with Tia again and then later
the backdrop of a stage play as the curtain           with Courtney. Here comes Roy. He tells
goes up. Dawn arrived in Palo Duro.                   us he’s having a good run and really feels
                                                      energized. He passes us and disappears               Doug keeffe is congratulated by Joe Luccioni
We fun-runners, hardly able to contain                around a curve. Courtney moves out                           after finishing his first 50K.
ourselves, scurry into position near                  ahead again. I think Tia is somewhere
the starting line. We don’t need stupid               not very far behind me.
                                                                                                      Finally, the sounds of the picnic area
antenna lamps on our hats! Prudently, we
                                                      This part of the course was last year’s         reach me on the trail. My watch tells me
have waited for daylight before stumbling
                                                      final leg and I think it’s the most difficult   the finish better be close. Turns out it is. I
off on our journey. It’s 7:30.
                                                      part of the race. It’s all steep up-and-        round the corner at the bottom of the field
After the start, a whole big bunch of us              down trail that goes over rocks, down into      about 100 yards to the line. At the finish,
are strung out along the single-file trail.           gullies, and climbs right back up again         I can’t see the race clock so I don’t know
I am already thirsty and dry-mouthed. I               on mostly narrow and curving tracks.            how I did. I ceremoniously receive my
forgot my water bottle and it’s three miles           I’m glad this has come earlier in the run       finisher’s cap and walk slowly over to the
to the first waterstop. Except for that mild          (and it’s warmer) than last year. I run         table to get a Gatorade. I drink my juice.
discomfort and a few run-around-the-mud               down the steep hill with the railroad ties      Then I look over and see the race clock
spots, this really is fun running along a             to last year’s finish line. This year it is     reading 3:33 and mentally subtract a half
very smooth, cushioned, and obstacle-free             the Hackberry Aid Station. At the water         hour for the ultra runners who started
dirt trail.                                           stop, I see that Courtney and Roy are still     30 minutes before we did. Pretty close.
                                                                                                      Maybe even 3:01. And it really was fun.


12 FOOTPRINT | December 2007
 Giving back                      Send your nomination to recognize
                                  a club member’s extra efforts to
 to the sport                     to TonyF@runnersandwalkers.com.



Maybe you don’t recognize the name,         stops along the twelve-mile loop to
“Jeff,” because everyone refers to him      support long runs. Jeff served a term as
as “Barney!” In addition to Barney,         Vice President on the RAW Board that
Jeff sometimes brings out his               concluded this past July.
“Underdog” or “Barnaky” personas.
Jeff gives back to the sport and to         In addition to his contribution to the
RAW in so many ways.                        sport through RAW, Jeff also gives
                                            back to the sport in numerous other
RAW’s annual Double Trouble 5K              ways. He is the race director of Johnson
/ 10K races just concluded another          Elementary School’s annual race,
successful year with Jeff at the helm as    “Jogging for Johnson.” Jeff contributed           Jeff Barnhart showing off his purple.
race director. Over the past two years,     his skills to this summer’s “White Rock
Jeff has been the driving force making      n Roll” and the “Rock n Relays.” He        consecutive Hood to Coast relays and
Double Trouble a premier fall running       also volunteers to assist at numerous      has been the captain and organized
event in the Metroplex and a significant    triathlons throughout the year. When       a team the last few years. Barney is
fund raiser for our club.                   not volunteering at area triathlons, he    working on entering two teams for 2008.
                                            often brings out his alter ego, Underdog   Many people have had the opportunity
Jeff has also taken on some of the RAW      or Barnaky, and fiercely competes
webmaster duties, and is responsible for                                               to participate in Hood to Coast because
                                            against all challengers, both real and     of Barney.
the RAW Photo Gallery on the website.       imagined. Barney even organized
Not only does Jeff post all the pictures,   a women’s tri-relay team recently          Not so sure that Barney is really an
but he has also taken many of those         with his wife, Lynne, as the lead          “underdog,” but based on all he does for
professional-looking shots. Have you        swimmer. When Jeff is not running or       our sport, he’s definitely a “superhero.”
ever tried getting a picture of someone     volunteering, you will find him playing
racing and not have it end up blurry?       the “proud daddy” persona cheering on      If there is someone you would like
Jeff does many things for RAW behind        his son, Matthew, or daughter, Morgan,     to recognize as “Giving Back to the
the scenes. For example, have you ever      as they compete in their own sports.       Sport”, please send your nominations to
wondered who put the yellow reflectors                                                 TonyF@runnersandwalkers.com along
at all the mile markers? Hint: it was       On top of all this, when people think of   with a paragraph or two on why you
Barney. He has also been known to put       Jeff, they also think the Hood to Coast    think that person should be recognized
out some occasional impromptu water         relay. Barney has participated in 14       for “Giving Back to the Sport”.




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                                                                                            December 2007 |        FOOTPRINT 13
  In Review:
  RAW Members at the
  32nd Marine Corp Marathon
  Note: Below are recollections from some RAW members of a special weekend
  at the Marine Corps Marathon held in Washington, DC this past October
  28th. Because of the impact of running in the nation’s capital and the first-
  class professionalism, from beginning to end, by the United States Marine
  Corps, running this extraordinary marathon impacts everyone. Semper Fi.



  “It was a good course in the sense of
  beauty and support. The weather was
  great, but I think the best part about
  it was the RAW people I’d see before,
  during, or after the race that made it
  really special! Everyone at RAW is
  awesome and congrats to those who
  ran this weekend!”
  - Robin Pearson



  “I just looked at age group results
  for the Marine Corp 10K, and Kelly
  “K2” Richards placed 3rd out of 252
  runners in her age group! She had
  no idea, so didn’t go to the awards
  ceremony. Congrats, K2!”
  - Susan Barnett



  “The weather was a bit warm, but the
  cool breeze made up for it. The clear            In typical RAW tradition, the events kick-off with the pre-race dinner with family and friends.
  and sunny skies made for a great day.
  Folks just seemed to have a good time.    “It was an both an honor and a                            “We had our RAW gear on and what
  As always, there was excellent race       privilege to run the Marine Corps                         an awesome run! I was on track for a
  support. It was very inspirational to     Marathon this year carrying ‘the                          5:10 finish, but had a little hitch in my
  be in our nation’s capital and run past   Stars and Stripes’ of our country, an                     giddy up at Mile 22, so I finished in
  the monuments. Robin Pearson got a        American flag that was found stored                       5:38. My goal was 5:15 - 5:30, so not
  lot of “Go Texas!” wearing her Lone       away at the RAW club house, all                           bad. I had my hubby there to cheer
  Star shorts. Finishing the race at the    26.2 miles. This was done in                              as well. Not only that, but in addition
  Iwo Jima memorial is phenomenal.          remembrance and respect for all those                     to my finisher’s medal, my husband
  The Marines were working very hard        who have served in our country’s                          presented me with a gold globe and
  and I was so proud to be there. K2 and    armed forces and, especially, for                         eagle for my charm bracelet!”
  Cindy Lee were cheering their heads       those brave souls who have made the                       - Jane Strawn
  off for us on the windy bridge near       ultimate sacrifice so that we might
  Mile 20. Congrats to all who ran. Oh      enjoy the freedoms that we have
  yeah, the pre-race RAW Pasta Dinner       today. God bless America.”
  was fun, too.”                             - Thomas “T.O.” Okazaki
  - David Ball



14 FOOTPRINT | December 2007
Rainy Season                                          Andrew Hale Closes out
By Marty Metzger                                      Cross Country Career
The Farmer’s Almanac shows the rainy season           By Keith Hale
for this region is typically January to April, and

                                                      A
if the next heavy rainfall brings back memories            ndrew Hale closed out his high school cross country
of The Flood of 2007, you can go to these web              career at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial
sites to check the current level against these key    Schools (TAPPS) State Cross Country Championships held
benchmarks.                                           in October at Brooks City - Base in San Antonio. Andrew
The dam was built in 1960, and was designed to        finished with a great run, placing second overall with a time
hold back a pool as high as 581′. Conservation        of 17:39 in the 4A Division 5K race. His good friend and Faith
(normal) level is 535′. Keep in mind that on          Christian teammate, Austin Bracy, took first place.
June 30, 2007, the lake rose 3 feet in one day, to    The Faith Christian’s boys team, which worked out at Oak
550.22 feet!                                          Grove at 6 AM, August through October, placed 2nd out of
537.5′ – just 2.5 feet above normal, the foot of      20 4A teams represented. Austin and Andrew took control
Kimball goes under.                                   of the race at the one-mile mark, trading the lead at strategic
                                                      points, as they tag-teamed to finish 1-2. During his career,
540′ – 547′ – boat ramps close                        Andrew earned All-State honors, academic All-State honors,
                                                      helped Faith’s team win the State Championship in 2005, and
541.4′ – water crosses low point between ½ and        had two second place finishes, as well. He cites Spareribs’
¾ miles mark on West loop, forcing road runners       FOOTPRINT column as one of the informational elements
to use the trail bypass through the woods.            that helped to spur him on to levels of performance that would
                                                      be unrealized, otherwise. Congratulations, Andrew, and good
542′ – Northshore trail floods
                                                      luck in the years ahead!
548′ – road to McPherson Slough boathouses
closes, the picnic loop at 4.25 miles on the end of
the West loop goes under water.
550′ – Snakey Lane closes, and the pavement ¼
mile west of clubhouse goes underwater just past
the gate, taking away the trail bypass option.
554′ – road on the East loop by the Scott′s
Landing Marina closes, the marina parking lot is
replaced with a 100 yard floating bridge, and the
stone latrine at 4 mile mark on RAW West loop
is an island.
555′ – (2007 crest) concrete trail is under water ¼
- ¾ miles east from the clubhouse. Meadowmere,
Lakeview, Acorn Woods, Sand Bass Point,
Rockledge, and Murrel parks are closed. Twin
Coves Marina and campground are closed.
Employees arrive at Little Pete’s by boat.
560′ – spillway level
562′ – Dove Rd closes by 1st water station, this
happened in November 1981 when the lake rose
to 563.2 ft., putting 3 ft over the spillway. It      Tails are waggin’ about the 2008 Hound Dog Hustle, which will be
happened again on June 14, 1989, when the lake        held on Saturday, April 19th, 2008 in Oak Grove Park. Next year, we
crested at 562 ft, again over the spillway after      will un-“leash” an all-new format worth “barkin’” about.
rising 27 feet in one month, covering Dove Road                8:00 am 1 mile Run / Walk without dogs
near the first water stop.                                     8:05 am 1 mile Run / Walk with dogs
563′ – record from 1981                                        8:30 am 5K Run without dogs

References:                                           Mark it on your calendars and we’ll see you in the spring. All paws
http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/grapevine/           on deck to run and volunteer. For more information, contact the
http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/cgi-bin/rcshtml.pl   Top Dog, Joe Luccioni.




                                                                                    December 2007 |   FOOTPRINT 15
       Hallways
       Wowee Maui!
       By Kristine and Ken Hall



  My wife, Kristine, is very smart. And I am     a year of running and seated at this
  not just saying that because she could         particular table with so much marathon
  look over my shoulder while I am writing       experience.
  this. Let me explain. While running the
  Heels and Hills Half in May 2007, her first    I signed up for the 5k. It was warm,
  half marathon, Kristine finished with a        muggy, had a long hill, and some fast
  big smile on her face and was ready for        competition. I chased the fast guys
  more despite the heat, humidity, wind,         and tried to stay ahead of the slightly
  and hills. I was thinking, “It looks like we   slower guys and ran a personal record              (l-r) Kris and Ken Hall with Kelly Richards,
  have a marathoner here.”                       (PR) in the process. Fourth place                 enjoying the “paradise” of Kris’ first marathon.
                                                 earned me $100 bucks to help with
  You see, Kristine loves traveling, and         souvenirs. K2 and Kristine came out to        in the 70s by the half way point, and
  as a teen, was able to travel to Hawaii.       cheer me on and lend support.                 the rest of the route to the finish was
  She has never forgotten that. Kristine                                                       fairly flat, with most of it within sight of
  also has never missed an opportunity           On marathon morning, we woke up               the ocean. Now the challenges were
  to remind me that she would like to go         at 3 am (the body clocks read 8:00            mostly the heat, humidity, and fatigue.
  back, so when I saw we could use our           am) to get ready and ride the bus to
  frequent flyer miles to fly to Hawaii, I       the starting line. The temperature was        From Mile 22 to 24, we ran along
  casually mentioned that we might be            about 67 degrees and humidity was             Front Street in Lahaina. The course
  able to get to Hawaii someday.                 high. The first four miles were a gradual     turns into this small town and follows
                                                 climb of less than 200 feet along the         the main drag. There were lots of
  Back to May. When we got home from             highway lined with sugar cane fields,         spectators cheering, handing out ice
  the half marathon, and Kristine, on the        where the sun would rise on our left          cream, popsicles, and drinks, and
  runner’s high, said, “I think I could do a     over Mount Haleakala about an hour            spraying water for cooling off. The race
  marathon. Would you help me train?”            after the start. The course leveled out       photographers seemed to favor this
  And what is a self-respecting husband          between miles 4 and 6.5, where the            stretch, and in true, former cheerleader
  to say to that, except “Of course I will.”     view was spectacular with the breeze          style, Kristine was able to muster the
                                                 blowing and a backdrop of mountains           smiles for the cameras, then cursing
  So the next words out of her mouth             and ocean.                                    them just after the snap of the shutter.
  were, “I want to run the Maui Marathon.”                                                     Nothing but grace and style. Towards
  After I picked my jaw up off of the floor,     To add to the enjoyment, there were           the end of Front Street, we crested a
  I made the typical male mistake of             nearly two miles of gradual downhill to       small bridge and Kristine noted that her
  responding with logic. “You know, there        mile 8.5 or so. At that point, we began       “person” hadn’t mentioned there was
  are perfectly good marathons in Texas,         to run along the coast to the west to         another hill. We brought it home into
  Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico,”           the finish. This was also the beginning       Kaanapali and Kris and “her person”
  I said sincerely. She smiled, and shook        of perhaps the most deceptively               charged toward the finish line. K2 and
  her head, no. I was toast.                     challenging part of the course. Miles         Bart were cheering us on and Kristine
                                                 8.5 through 13 is comprised of curves         was smiling all the way.
  We arrived on Maui exhausted some              and some steep hills along the rocky
  fifteen hours after leaving our house.         course. You are still feeling good, so it     Afterward Kris felt great and was
  We stumbled into our condo and                 is tempting to go too fast here. I made       bubbling over with excitement. I, on
  collapsed. It was okay – still two             a pit stop and Kristine went on ahead.        the other hand, had to immediately
  more nights to get rested before the           She’ll tell you that she didn’t have her      sit down and almost passed out. K2
  marathon. Right? Wrong. With the time          “person” to keep her pace slow, so she        came by to congratulate us...Kris on
  change, the internal alarm clock got us        significantly quickened through the           her first marathon and me on running
  out of bed at 1 am, Maui time.                 hills. That speed-up caught up to us          longer (based on time) than I ever had
                                                 both later in the race. (Kris notes that if   before. While I was still seeing spots,
  Friday, we dutifully went to the Expo and
                                                 you sign on to be someone’s “person”          Bart came over and videotaped a
  attended the Carbo Luau. Kelly “K2”
                                                 in a race, you better have a sub for pit      quick clip of Kris’s thoughts fresh off her
  Richards was there waving us over to
                                                 stops. It’s an all-or-nothing kind of gig.)   first marathon. After this marathon, I
  her table, where we sat with, among
                                                                                               believe Kris is an iron woman, and Kris
  others, Bart Yasso the Chief Running           The view to the left as you wind along        has quite enjoyed telling people she
  Officer from Runner’s World magazine,          the cliffs and run along the highway was      may run way slower than her husband,
  and the owner of Marathon Tours.               awesome. A light breeze blew off of the       but she’s much tougher. A race and
  Kris had a good laugh about being              ocean, but it was still warm, particularly    two week vacation in paradise! What
  a first-time marathoner with just over         as the sun rose higher in the sky. It was     could be better?



16 FOOTPRINT | December 2007
LGRAW Helps Clean Up The                                                                                  MeMBeRSHIP
World’s Largest Bathtub Ring
By Gary Howsam
                                                                                                          UPDATe
                                                                                                          Welcome to all our new members
O     n Saturday, September 29, the City of
      Grapevine and the Keep Grapevine
Beautiful organization sponsored a
                                                           was too big to move, but was reported to
                                                           the city for removal later.
                                                                                                           New members
major shoreline and park cleanup at Lake                   An added bonus to this year’s trash             Debbie Adams
Grapevine. A lot of extra effort went into                 removal event was that the Federal              Marty & David Anderson
this particular cleanup event due to all the               Emergency Management Agency, FEMA,              Kathleen S Callahan
trash that accumulated during the months                   provided the City of Grapevine with $13         Matt Campbell
of flooding that started last spring and went              for each volunteer-hour recorded. This          Kip Chevalier
through the entire summer. There were                      payment was a one-time deal that was            Jack Collins
many different groups who participated in                  intended to help offset the revenue lost        Maria Dauphinais
the cleanup including businesses, schools,                 due to the closure of boat ramps and park       Teresa Dehnel
scout troops, family groups and even some                  facilities caused by the flooding. The total    Don Engleman
Teen Court youth who were working off                      reported compensation to date is over           Maria Guerrero
their community service hours.                             $36,000, with the LGRAW hours earning           Jeff & Melanie Kavanaugh
                                                           almost $1,300 for Grapevine. These              Yvonne Knill
According to figures supplied by the                       numbers indicate that the city is actually      Peggy Martin
city, there were 818 volunteers (including                 getting even more than the $13 per hour         Melissa & Tyler McKibben
several large groups that worked on                        that was promised by FEMA.                      Veda Miner
different days) who contributed over 2,000                                                                 Tali Polhemus
hours removing trash. LGRAW provided                       After the work was completed, some of the
                                                                                                           Annie Ritter
thirty-four workers, including our three                   LGRAW group went to Casey’s Clubhouse
                                                                                                           Traci Rodney
guests from the Ultracentric running                       for the post cleanup party where there
                                                                                                           Erika Schneider
organization. LGRAW was assigned to                        was food (hot dogs, chips and cookies),
                                                                                                           Paula Stetson
clean up the woods and shoreline areas of                  drinks and live entertainment. Those
                                                                                                           John Swofford
Horseshoe Trails Park out to the first cul du              who attended seemed to enjoy being able
                                                                                                           Kay Westbrook
sac with particular emphasis on drainage                   to eat, drink and relax after doing some
                                                                                                           Brita Yaksich
ditches, the shoreline and the “bathtub                    very valuable volunteer work. As most
ring” that formed with the rise and fall of                of you who use the paved or dirt trails in
the lake level, which actually peaked at                   Horseshoe Trials Park, or who use any of
over twenty feet above normal.                             the other parks or facilities around Lake       Renewals
                                                           Grapevine most likely know, trash of all        Michael Ahearn
After the morning run/walk, the club’s                     types is always being dumped into our           Danny Cole
volunteers spread out along the dirt trails,               parks and keeping these areas clean is an       Brad Frazier
drainage creeks and shoreline to gather                    ongoing project. Therefore, mark March          Laura Gist
trash and other debris. Our volunteers                     1st on your 2008 calendars as the date for      Jack & Gretchen Green
put in 73 ½ hours and filled 42 bags with                  the next organized community cleanup.           Rhonda L. Houston
trash. We also collected lots of old lumber,               Thanks to all the LGRAW members who             Gary Howsam
several large chunks of Styrofoam, some                    worked on the latest trash removal effort       Chuck Kennard
metal debris, a number of concrete blocks,                 and I hope we have even more volunteers         Terry Marcott
and even a large piece of an old dock that                 next year.                                      Marty & Tia Metzger
                                                                                                           The Pugliese Family
                                                                                                           Kelly Richards
                      Sign up to volunteer for the 2007 Wellstone Dallas White Rock Marathon
MILe 10 AID STATION




                                                                                                           Julie Sheridan
                                                                                                           David & Bridget Smith
                              RAW MILE 10 AID STATION                                                      Duncan Stewart
                                                                                                           James & Nancy Uhelski
                                              Sunday, December 9, 2007                                     Heather Wallace
                                             Theme: Your favorite school

                          Looking for a captain to coordinate the aid station and volunteers to                     Keep your RAW
                                                                                                                  membership current
                            assist the runners during the race. If interested, please contact:
                                Mark Miller markm@runnersandwalkers.com or                                   RAW now offers on-line renewals
                                John Bush      johnb@runnersandwalkers.com                                        through Active.com.
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                               Aid station volunteers can sign up at the RAW clubhouse.                      detail.cfm?event_id=1310038



                                                                                                           December 2007 |   FOOTPRINT 17
      On Your Mark!
      Giving Thanks
      By Mark Miller, 2005 RRCA Southern Region Runner of the Year



        I thank my God every time I remember you. – Philippians 1:3


      If your mother is anything like mine, you were taught early       read that 97% of Americans cannot run one mile. If you’ve
      and often to say thank you. It’s something I should do far        finished a marathon, think about what elite company
      more often. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of            that places you in! Our running gives us the ability to
      the year, complete with family, friends, Turkey Trots (or Anti-   do something that the vast majority of people cannot
      Turkey Trots), football and food. However, I am afraid that,      even fathom.
      too often, I limit displays of gratitude to a holiday on the
      calendar. During this Thanksgiving and Christmas season,          Hard-earned lessons
      it’s time to catch up in the “thank you” department.              The process of training for and running races has imparted
                                                                        lessons that have carried over to the rest of life. Principals of
      Most of us have far more to be thankful for than we take          hard work, pain tolerance, discipline, and the satisfaction of
      the time to realize. We get so busy with everyday life that       achieving something difficult have displayed themselves in
      we don’t take time to appreciate the little blessings that        numerous arenas of life.
      come our way each day. That has been my case over the
      past year in which I struggled with an injury and then went       Traditions
      through a long stretch of sub-par races. I was so focused         I have several running traditions, many of which would make
      on my shortcomings that I lost sight of so many good things.      no sense to a non-runner (they probably don’t make sense
                                                                        to a lot of runners, either). My annual run from one year to
      In order to remind myself to be thankful, and maybe to            the next at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Running from my
      make you a bit more grateful for your own blessings, here         parent’s house and around my hometown of Boyd every
      are some running gifts that I am grateful for.                    Christmas morning. Passing the family who has breakfast in
                                                                        their front yard along the Fort Worth Turkey Trot course every
      Friends                                                           Thanksgiving day. Running “The Cowtown” every February.
      I have met countless wonderful people through running.            Traditions add a sense of stability to our lives, and I’m
      Some of my closest and dearest friends are people I would         grateful that no matter how much life may change, some
      have never known outside of running. People who have              running traditions stay with me.
      encouraged me when I needed it most, who provided
      help in times of need, and people with whom I have                each new day
      shared special moments. Even this loner who does the              Running has unquestionably made me a morning person.
      vast majority of my training by myself can recognize the          I’m up and out the door while sane people are still sleeping.
      necessity of good running friends.                                I have come to appreciate these pre-dawn hours as the
                                                                        best of the day. Seeing the sun rise while finishing a workout
      Mentors                                                           sets the tone for my day. Every day, in itself, is a gift.
      Throughout my running life, I have had many mentors
      who shaped my running my life as a whole. Coaches,                RAW
      teammates, friends, and fellow runners have all invested          When I joined this club, I had no idea that the people here
      their precious time to help me along the race course              would come to mean so much to me. So many of you
      and on life’s course. I can quickly think of dozens of people     have become great friends, encouragers, and motivators.
      who have taught, encouraged, and befriended me over               We have shared jokes, laughs, joys, disappointments, and
      the years.                                                        so much more. This is more than just a running club – it is a
                                                                        collection of wonderful, caring friends.
      Memories
      I have so many special memories associated with running,          It is traditional to give thanks at Holiday time. Another
      those defining moments that stay with me long after the           tradition this time of year involves making resolutions, so
      event itself has passed. Memories of races, training runs,        here are a couple of mine. I resolve to give thanks more
      successes and failures, and time spent with teammates and         often, and to give back to others some of what has been
      friends. Training runs, races, goals, and seasons come and        given to me. To all my RAW friends, I offer a sincere “thank
      go, but those lasting memories remain.                            you.” I hope that in the coming year and beyond, I can
                                                                        give back a small portion of the friendship, encouragement,
      Health                                                            and joy you’ve given me.
      Despite times of injury and illness, there is no question
      that I am a healthier person because of running. I once           Good running in 2008!




18 FOOTPRINT | December 2007
GRAW Dogs gRAWl and Win Gold Medal
at Rock-N-Relay
By By Cevin “with a ‘C’” Wyatt


I  f you are like me, and winning is all that counts, and
   second place is just the “first loser,” but you have little
natural talent and a poor work ethic, just how do you
                                                                            document this soon-to-be historic event. At her start,
                                                                            we knew it would be hard to drive to the next exchange
                                                                            before she got there.
compete? It can be done, but you have to know how to
play the game better than your opponents. I, the “team                      2nd Leg: We waited at the exchange as Rick “Supa”
captain,” of the now-infamous “GRAW DOGS” relay                             Sanford, mentally prepared for the longest leg of the race.
team took home, with my team, nothing less than the                         At our amazement, K2 sped around the corner with three
gold medal in our division at this year’s Rock-N-Relay                      of the top runners around her setting a flying pace of 6:50
at White Rock Lake, on September 30th.                                      per mile. Rick looked at me with a long face saying, “I
                                                                            knew she would do that. She doesn’t even know what a
                                                                            ‘fun run’ means.” That was just how I had it planned and
                                                                            my scheming was right on track. With that, anything less
                                                                            than a maximum effort would not be considered by any
                                                                            member. Rick got the baton and was off for his 6.7-mile
                                                                            leg. We piled into the car, cheering him on, and were
                                                                            off to the next exchange. Following Rick was amazing.
                                                                            No one was catching him and, as the photos showed,
                                                                            he smiled the whole time. I am now a believer in the
                                                                            endorphin-inducing grin!
                                                                            3rd Leg: OK, Laura Arbini, time to work it, girl. Rick
                                                                            handed off to Laura. Maintaining our position in good
                                                                            form, the Bionic Woman left it all on the course. As
                                                                            she made her way to the hand-off, she put the entire
                                                                            burden on me after her personal record (PR) time for that
                                                                            distance. Smokin’.
                                                                            4th Leg: I thought a poor showing from me would best
                                                                            be hidden in the fourth leg. We had a good lead and “The
     GRAW Dogs “ paws” for a pre-race photo before “high tailin’” it to a   Rocket Man” was waiting to cover me for the final leg.
       1st place finish. (l-r) Laura Arbini, Cevin Wyatt, Sergio Rossi,     With such quality and courage from my team, it even
                      Rick Sanford and Kelly Richards.                      brought a good effort from me, and I hung in there to the
                                                                            fifth exchange. It was getting hot now and, if I couldn’t
With my lumbering running pace, you ask, “How did you
                                                                            run fast, I could definitely stand the heat. My team
do it?” Well, by using my brain and the proven method of
                                                                            meeting me at different points on the course to cheer me
“stacking the deck.” With winning being all that counts,
                                                                            on brought tears to my eyes … but I will always say that it
a little bribery and begging is not beneath me, so I went
                                                                            was just sweat.
to those I knew would get the job done for me. The team
members were: “Wonder Woman” Kelly “K2” Richards,                           5th Leg: All right, time for the Rocket Man. I almost
Rick “Supaman” Sanford, Laura “Bionic Woman” Arbini,                        collapsed as I handed the baton to my friend, Sergio,
and “The Rocket Man” himself, Sergio Rossi, brought all                     relieved in knowing he would cover for me. Off he
the way from Argentina. Solid.                                              went and I knew the job would be done. He would not
                                                                            let me down. We were in the car and off to cheer the
1st Leg: The race consisted of 144 teams, so at the start,
                                                                            finish. Sergio blasted around the corner at Winfrey Point
there were 143 of Dallas’ top elite runners and GRAW’s
                                                                            bringing us the gold medal in our division, just like he
own Wonder Woman, “K2.” For the first leg, K2 asked
                                                                            has done for me before. I was no loser this day. I am not
me just before the start, “This is just for fun, right?”
                                                                            one to ever count my chickens before they hatch, but as
“Yes,” I said, “let’s just have a good time.” I laughed                     Barney took our team photo before the race, I looked at
because I knew I picked my people better than that!                         these fine people around me and said to myself, “This day
The gun went off and K2 shot out at a full sprint. The                      is in the bag. I am a gold medal winner today, no matter
rest of the GRAW DOGS rushed to the team car with                           what place we come in.” Thank you GRAW DOGs for
our personal photographer, Jeff “Barney” Barnhart, to                       giving me this day.




                                                                                                        December 2007 |   FOOTPRINT 19
    A Running Cat-astrophe?
    By Kevin Wessels


    O    ctober 6th, 2007. It started off like any other normal
         Saturday morning. I got up and drove to the club
    to join some RAW pals for an early morning jaunt. Ah,
                                                                    and I each picked up a squirming, meowing poof of fur
                                                                    and started our trek up the hill towards the shelter.

    but this wasn’t going to be an ordinary day, as we all          After five minutes, I think we were coated in as much fur
    soon found out. We should have known that since it              as the cats. We saw two runners approaching us, so we
    was Noreen “Diva” Henry’s birthday, our run would               all played the game trying to guess who it was running in
    be anything but normal. And whoever got Noreen that             the dark. The runners were eventually right on us when
    “singing” birthday card playing George Thorogood’s “Bad         we realized we had no idea who they were. Our group all
    to the Bone” ought to be publicly humiliated. What was          said hello, but the girl from this running pair sneered at us
    this person thinking?! The pre-dawn darkness was way            and inquired, “Starting your run with a walk first?!” What
    too early for this kind of loudness and frivolity.              did she say? Was this unknown runner verbally jousting
                                                                    with our group of seasoned marathoners? Staci, our only
    Eventually, we tore ourselves away from Diva’s air guitar       Boston-qualifier, summed it up when she replied, “Well,
    antics and into the pitch black morning. Although it was        of course.” Slam!
    October, the heat and humidity were like the middle of
    summer and oppressive. As we started down the trail for         As the walk got longer and our ears ached from the
    the east loop, everyone was in a good mood. There was a         constant meowing, Kelly “K2” Richards drove by and
    lot of joking and kidding around. In fact, we were about        offered to drive us up to the animal shelter. When we
                                                                    saw it was closed for nearly three more hours, she lent us
                                                                    her cell phone to call the after-hours number. It was the
                                                                    Grapevine Police dispatcher who said an officer would
          The pre-dawn darkness was way too early for this          be there soon. When the police arrived, we gave our
          kind of loudness and frivolity…we tore ourselves          statements about the rude runners we’d just passed, but the
          away from Diva’s air guitar antics and into the           officer was only interested in how we got the cats. Truly,
          pitch black morning.                                      a miscarriage of justice. Afterwards, we put the kittens in
                                                                    some cages inside the shelter and got to clean up.


    two miles into the run when Staci “Tini” Rivero finally
    pointed out that we were running at a rather impetuous                 Great, not only am I covered with cat fur,
    speed. Of course, leave it to the teacher to use words                 but I look like a frothing cappuccino.
    only seen in crosswords. Although we were all thinking
    the pace was a little fast, it took someone with guts…and
    a doctorate level vocabulary… to say it out loud and we
    recognized this was the perfect opportunity to slow down.
                                                                    Normally, the story would end here, but not on this day.
    As we turned onto Dove Loop to head up the long                 Instead of washing up and using some hand sanitizer,
    hill towards Main Street, we all heard this really loud         I unknowingly liberally applied hand soap all over my
    meowing. Obviously, they were cats, but where were              body. Great, not only am I covered with cat fur, but I look
    they coming from? We didn’t see them, so we continued           like a frothing cappuccino.
    running. Funny, though, the meowing stayed just as loud.
                                                                    We continued our run and tried to get back into our
    Diva suddenly exclaimed, “The observed frequency of the
                                                                    running rhythm. After a couple of miles, when we were
    sound waves due to our relative motion between the wave
                                                                    least expecting it, the freak parade continued. We passed
    source of the cats and us hasn’t changed.” We all knew
                                                                    an unknown runner going in the other direction who
    immediately that Noreen was referring to the Doppler
                                                                    exclaimed, “Oh don’t worry about waiting for me…I’ll
    effect (that is, there should have been a change in the pitch
                                                                    catch up.” What?! Again, Tini had the perfect one-word
    of the cats’ calls as we got further away), so we turned
                                                                    response, “Good.” Ouch, that had to sting.
    around and saw two kittens racing towards us! And fast.
                                                                    When we finally got back to the club, we must’ve looked
    OK, what do we do now? Do we ignore the cats and keep
                                                                    pretty “cat”-atonic. I couldn’t think of how I would ever
    running? Nope, that wasn’t an option for longer than a
                                                                    “cat”-egorize this run, but it will be among the most
    millisecond. So what do we do with them? We could
                                                                    memorable and a birthday I’m sure Noreen will never
    carry them back to the club and drive them to a shelter.
                                                                    forget. When I was asked later to recap our run, I just
    Or, as someone pointed out, we could take up to the
                                                                    couldn’t get the words out. I guess the cat had my tongue.
    Grapevine animal shelter about a half mile away. Staci




20 FOOTPRINT | December 2007
RAW RACE RESULTS
Please e-mail your race details to thomas “t.o.” okazaki at tokaz007@hotmail.com


From 5Ks to uLtrAS                  Sept. 15, Ft. Worth, TX                Sept. 29, Grapevine, TX               Oct. 13, Irving, TX
                                    eat right, run Fast 5K                 walk For the whisper 5K               basic 5K
Sept. 2, Albuquerque, NM
                                    Kim Danahy: 27:03, 3rd AG              Molly Tucker: 20:11,                  Bridget Smith: 37:30
new mexico marathon
                                                                           OFW, 2nd Overall                      eamon Smith: 37:30, 1st 5K
Brad McClew: 3:30:30, 3rd AG        Sept. 15, Maui, HI
                                                                           Thomas Okazaki: 21:30, 3rd MMW
Mark Lehrmann: 3:51:25              maui tacos 5K                                                                Oct. 13, Brunswick, GA
                                    Ken Hall: 16:13, 1st AG,               Sept. 29, Carrolton, TX               Freedom 5K rockin’ Stewbilee
Sept. 3, Ft. Worth, TX
                                    2nd Masters, PR                        Carrolton runners Club 5K             Susan Barnett: 24:54, 1st AG
FwrC Labor Day 15K
                                                                           Dean Baranowski: 22:00, 3rd AG
Mark Miller: 55:27, 1st             Sept. 16, Maui, HI                                                           Oct. 13, Cassoday, KS
AG, 2nd Overall                     maui marathon                          Sept. 30, Dallas, TX                  heartland 50 miler
Duncan Stewart: 59:05, 1st AG       Kelly Richards: 3:57:52                rock ‘n’ relay                        Thomas Okazaki: 11:03:34
Byron Benoit: 1:02:29, 1st AG       Ken Hall: 4:25:47             (5 Person Mixed Relay Team)
                                                                                                                 Oct. 13, Alpine to Marathon, TX
Lee Robodos: 1:02:47, 3rd AG        Kristine Hall: 4:25:47, 1st Marathon
                                                                  GRAW Dogs: 2:40:15, 1st AG
                                                                                                                 marathon 2 marathon
Leana Sloan: 1:03:41, OFW                                         Kelly Richards
                                    Sept. 16, Tulsa, OK                                                          Mary Ann Cavio: 5:00:04. 2nd AG
Chris McCain: 1:06:15                                             Rick Sanford
                                    turkey & tAturS 25K trail run
Yolanda Hopping: 106:40, 1st AG                                   Laura Arbini                                   Oct. 13, Grand Prairie, TX
                                    Cevin Wyatt: 3:06:57
Kristine Hinojos: 1:12:59, 3rd AG                                 Cevin Wyatt                                    Pumpkin run 10K
                                    Thomas Okazaki: 3:28:12
Marybeth Crane: 1:16:44                                           Sergio Rossi                                   John Ball: 47:05, 2nd AG
Robert Crane: 1:16:46               Sept 22, Addison, TX
                                                                           Oct. 6, Dallas, TX                    Oct. 14, Seattle, WA
Kristine Hall: 1:30:46              oktoberfest 5K
                                                                           DrC the Loop 15K                      Dawg Dash 10K
Tim Roche: 1:30:48                  Mary Lessor: 24:31, 1st AG
                                                                           Mark Miller: 56:27:21, 2nd AG         Jessica Montz: 53:49, PR
Jill Smith: 1:32:06                 Sept. 22, Mansfield, TX                Ros Dalrymple: 1:11:43, 1st AG
FwrC Labor Day 5K                                                                                                Oct. 14, Long Beach, CA
                                    Pecan Festival 5K run                  Oct. 6, Seattle,WA
Ken Hall: 16:30, Overall Winner                                                                                  International City bank
                                    Chuck Kennard: 20:29, 3rd AG
                                                                           north Face endurance 50 miler         half marathon
Sept. 3, Dallas, TX                 John Ball: 20:47, 1st AG
                                                                           Sam Thompson: 10:32:17, 3rd AG        Ric Roberto: 2:03:13
Dallas Labor Day 15K                Sept. 22, Winston Salem, NC
Chris Hillen: 1:05:38, 1st AG                                              Oct. 6, Seagoville, TX                Oct. 20, Arlington, TX
                                    Salem Lake 30K
Julie Kaner: 1:15:15, 1st AG                                               olivia’s miles 5K                     Ambiance 5K run/walk
                                    Terry Marcott: 2:22:10
Linda ellestad: 1:16:47                                                    John Ball: 21:06, 1st AG              Reggie Hicks: 22:35, 1st AG
Cevin Wyatt: 1:22:37                Sept. 22, Dallas, TX
                                                                           Oct. 6, Dallas, TX                    Oct. 20, Dallas, TX
Laura Arbini: 1:34:11               tour des Fleurs 20K
                                                                           run For vision 5K                     Komen Dallas race
Dallas Labor Day 5K                 Jack Hase: 1:24:27, 2nd AG
                                                                           Dean Baranowski: 20:56, 2nd AG        For the Cure 5K
John Ball: 21:03                    Lee Rebodos: 1:24:33, 3rd AG
                                                                           Oct. 6, Grapevine, TX                 Yolanda Hopping: 19:54, 1st AG
                                    Mark Fanelli:1:25:54, 3rd AG
Sept. 8, Farmers Branch, TX                                                                                      Laura Russo: 22:08, 1st AG
                                    Leana Sloan: 1:26:48, 1st AG           vineyard run 5K
run For recovery 5K                 Chris McCain: 1:31:11                  Ken Hall: 17:17, OMW                  Oct. 20, Grapevine, TX
John Ball: 20:20, 2nd AG            Ros Dalrymple: 1:36:21, 3rd AG         Leana Sloan: 20:55, FMW               LGrAw Double trouble 10K
Sept. 8, Dallas, TX                 Steve Rush: 1:36:22                    Don Krell: 31:04                      Ken Hall: 34:39, MMW,
the mary Kay 5K                     Kristine Hinojos: 1:38:55                                                    PR, 2nd Overall
                                                                           Oct. 7, Washington D.C.
Kim Danahy: 27:28, 3rd AG           Heather Wallace: 1:40:46                                                     Mark Miller: 36:10, 1st AG
                                                                           Army ten-miler
                                    Julie Kaner: 1:42:32                                                         Brad Pearson: 39:40, 1st AG
Sept. 8, Ft. Worth, TX                                                     Duncan Stewart: 1:03:31
                                    Marybeth Crane: 1:43:05                                                      Mark Fanelli: 40:20, 2nd AG
Spur on 5K                          Kim Danahy: 2:05                       Oct. 7, Chicago, IL                   Lee Rebedos: 40:35, 1st AG
Paul Gerba: 25:25, 1st AG           Joy Townsend: 2:16:59                  LaSalle bank Chicago                  Troy Pruett: 41:19, 1st AG
Marty Metzger: 27:42                tour des Fleurs 10K                    marathon*                             Randy Bobe: 44:11, 2nd AG
Sept. 9, Seattle, WA                Mindi Rice: 39:48, 2nd AG, 2nd OW      Dan Cole: 4:17:34                     Jim Rubalcaba: 46:37, 1st AG
ryKA Irongirl 10K                   Laura Nelson: 41:44, 2nd AG            Pam Neven: 4:40:25                    Leslie Darden: 47:06, 3rd AG
Jessica Montz: 54:02, PR            Yolanda Hopping: 42:48, 1st AG         Jason Neven: 5:04:55                  Ric Roberto: 50:45
                                    Thomas Okazaki: 45:54                  Kim Danahy: 5:35:43                   Pam Neven: 51:31, 1st AG
Sept. 10, Keller, TX                Cevin Wyatt: 52:03                                                           Michael Bassano: 51:40, 3rd AG
run In the Dark 5K                  Laura Arbini: 56:01                    *Record high temperature and          Jimbo Cross: 51:54
John Ball: 21:20, 1st AG            Dan Banse: 58:03                       humidity leads to the Chicago         Neil Sobol: 52:31
Dale Mauger: 25: 02, 2nd AG         Tracy Altman: 59:50                    Marathon race officials to make the   Mike Ahern: 52:45
vern Lumbert: 28:55                 Jill Turner: 1:19:21                   decision to end the race early for    Kathy Krell: 59:02
Sept. 11, Dallas, TX                                                       safety reasons.                       Kristine Hall: 59:07, PR
                                    Sept. 29, Keller, TX
                                                                                                                 Gabe Pugliese: 59:10
Freedom run 5K                      how the west was run 5K
                                                                                                                 Bridget Smith: 59:56
Molly Tucker: 20:01, OFW            Dale Mauger: 23:58, 1st AG             Oct. 7, Dallas, TX
                                                                                                                 David Smith: 1:00:05
John Ball: 20:35, 1st AG            vern Lumbert: 25:51, 2nd AG            Lost Dog 20K
                                                                                                                 Don Krell: 1:00:47
Henry Galpin: 21:39, 1st AG                                                Chris McCain: 1:31:36, 2nd AG
                                    Sept. 29, Lake Tahoe, CA                                                     Tim Roche: 1:02:07
Kristine Hinojos: 22:28, 1st AG                                            Leanna Sloan: 1:32:26, OFW
                                    72 mile Lake tahoe ultra                                                     Lillie van Meter: 1:02:43
                                                                           Robin Pearson: 1:43:15, 1st AG
Sept. 15, Dallas, TX                Sam Thompson: 1:36:05, 3rd OW                                                LGrAw Double trouble 5K
                                                                           Kristine Hinojos: 2:13:07
Autumn equinox 15K                                                                                               Mark Miller: 17:22, 1st AG
Mark Miller: 57:19, 1st AG          Sept. 29, La Crosse, WS                Oct. 7, Minneapolis/ St. Paul, MN Mark Fanelli: 18:51, MMW
John Ball: 1:08:55, 1st AG          maple Leaf half marathon               medtronic twin Cities marathon Molly Tucker: 19:01, 1st AG
Robin Pearson: 1:13:38, FMW         Kevin Wessels: 1:48:37                 Alan Noell: 6:00:35                   Lee Rebedos: 19:10, 1st AG


                                                                                                       December 2007 |     FOOTPRINT 21
 RAW RACE RESULTS continued
Troy Pruett: 19:23, 1st AG          Oct. 27, McKinney, TX                   Scott Decker: 1:17:02                   Oct. 28, Keller, TX
Randy Bobe: 20:28, 1st AG           run the trails 10K                      Julie Sheridan: 1:27:36, 2nd AG         monster triathon
Rick Sanford: 20:29, 1st AG, PR     Staci Rivero: 48:22                     Jeff Barnhart: 1:40:21                  (300 meter swim/12 mile bike/5K run)
Dan Banse: 21:27                                                            Mike vanMeter: 1:42:27                  Lee Miller: 1:07:25, 2nd AG
Mike Ahearn: 22:00
                                    Oct. 27, San Antonio, TX                (Special Category)                      Julie Sheridan: 1:08:33, OFW
Leslie Darden: 22:07, 1st AG        tAPPS 4A State                          RAW Relay Team: 2:26:02
Brad Liles: 22:37, 3rd AG           Championships 5K                        Lynn Barnhart/Swim: 18:03               CyCLInG
Jimbo Cross: 23:11, 3rd AG          Andrew Hale, 17:39, 2nd Place           Noreen Henry/Bike: 1:13:55              Aug. 25, wichita Falls, tX
David Smith: 23:20                  Oct. 27, Dallas, TX                     Staci Rivero/Run: 51:02                 hotter ‘n’ hell 100 miler
Ric Roberto: 23:31                  walk & wag 5K                                                                   Reba Becker
                                                                            Sept. 22, Denison, TX
Bridget Smith: 24:22, 1st AG        John Ball: 20:51, 1st AG                                                        Abby Cox
                                                                            Denison Dash triathlon
Neil Sobol: 24:32                                                                                                   Steve Cox
                                    Oct. 28, Washington, DC                 Karen Robertson: 1:13:58, FMW
Blaine Covington: 25:06, 3rd AG                                                                                     Doug Keeffe
Pam Neven: 25:08, 2nd AG            marine Corps marathon                   Sept. 22, Oklahoma City, OK             Mary Keeffe
vern Lumbert: 25:22, 3rd AG         Duncan Stewart: 3:17:32                 redman half Ironman                     Brian Luker
Mary Lessor: 25:34, 2nd AG          Mark Lehrmann: 3:30:58                  (1.2 mi swim/56 mi bike/13.1 mi run)    Marty Metzger
Kathy Krell: 25:46, 3rd AG          Dan Cole: 3:37:42                       Byron Benoit: 5:30:09                   Mike vanMeter
John St. John: 25:50                Tim Jacobs: 3:39:47                     Lee Miller: 5:31:13                     Cevin Wyatt
Tina Covington: 25:57               David Ball: 3:42:13
                                    Robin Pearson: 3:42:14                  Sept. 30, McKinney, TX                  Sept. 28, Cleburne, TX
Ray Harris: 26:20
                                    Chris McConnell: 3:44:52                Stonebridge ranch triathlon             the texas 24 hour time trial
Kristine Hall: 26:58, PR
                                    Allison Gray: 3:47:25                   Olympic Distance                        umCA 100 mile north
Ken Hall: 26:59
                                    Jennifer Siegrist: 4:06:41              (1500 meter swim/24 mi bike/10K run)    American Championship
Tony Flesch: 27:55
                                    Jim Rubalcaba: 4:08:16                  Brad Pearson: 2:17:51, 3rd AG           Solo Female:
Don Krell: 28:01, 3rd AG
Tim Roche: 28:14                    Susan Barnett: 4:18:48                  Sept. 30, Flower Mound, TX              Karen Robertson: 5:26:00, 1st AG
Lillie van Meter: 29:01             Kat Sparks: 4:29:38                     tri4Life triathlon Series #9            (new female course record)
Karen Robertson: 38:01              Mark Sparks: 4:29:38                    (350 yd swim/15.5 mi bike/3.2 mi run)
Mike Cope: 39:58                    Margaret Powers: 4:37:31, PR            Tim Roche: 1:43:08                      Adventure racing
Pamela Pugliese: 55:41, 3rd AG      Jack Green: 4:45:18                     oct. 7, benbrook, tX
                                    Thomas Okazaki: 4:53:52                                                         Oct. 20, Smithville, TX
Oct. 20, Amarillo, TX                                                       benbrook women’s triathlon              “24 hours of Dirt” mtb
                                    Russ Pilcher: 5:07:13
Palo Duro 50 mile trail run                                                 (300 meter swim/13.8                    relay race (10 mile loops)
                                    Marc Martinez: 5:17:58
Laura Nelson: 9:27:35,                                                      mi bike/5K run)                         Women’s 4 Member Division
                                    Jane Strawn: 5:38:47
2nd Female Overall                                                          Julie Kaner: 1:13:55                    Team PB&J: 23:42:16/14
                                    marine Corps 10K
Palo Duro 50K trail run             Christine Westrich: 45:08               Oct. 7, Austin, TX                      Laps, 1st place
Doug Keeffe: 6:59:58, PR            Heather Lee: 45:43                      Longhorn tri Festival                   Reba Becker
Kelly eppelman: 7:56:38             Kelly Richards: 45:58, 3rd AG           half Ironman                            Debbie Carpenter
Palo Duro 20K trail run             Matt Green: 47:17                       (1.2 mi swim/56 mi bike/13.1 mi run)
Doug Noell: 2:00:16                                                         Scott Decker: 5:13:49
Cevin Wyatt: 2:09:02                Oct. 28, Waco, TX
                                    miracle match marathon                  Oct.14, Grand Prairie, TX               Please e-mail your race details
Laura Arbani: 2:16:54                                                                                               to Thomas “T.O.” Okazaki at
                                    Steve Grady: 4:53:22                    toyota u.S. open
Marty Metzger: 2:21:42                                                                                              tokaz007@hotmail.com
Roy Lange: 2:57:21
                                                                            triathlon Dallas
                                    Oct. 28, Arlington, TX                  Olympic Course:
Courtney Noell: 2:59:58             Pumpkin run 5K                          (1500 meter swim/40K bike/10K run)
Tia Metzger: 3:01:34                John Ball: 20:30, 1st AG                Chris Hillen: 2:26:38
Alan engisch: 3:02:49                                                                                                        Pr-Personal Record
                                                                            Brad McClew: 2:32:13
Joe Luccioni: 3:10:10               DuAthLonS & trIAthLonS                                                                   AG-Age Group
                                                                            Linda ellestad: 2:46:56
Teri Lee: 3:26:31
                                    Sept. 9, Madison, WS                    Mark Minorik: 2:55:30                            bQ-Boston Qualified
                                                                                                                    LeGenD




Debbie evans: 3:30:35
                                    Ford Ironman wisconsin                  Mike vanMeter: 3:10:48,                          ow-Overall Winner
evelyn Luccioni: 3:35:52
                                    Dan Banse: 12:24:26, PR                 1st Olympic Distance                             oFw-Overall Female Winner
Tony Dominiec: 3:36:12
John Bush: 3:45:41                  Larry Branigin: 14:44:37                toyota u.S. open                                 omw-Overall Male Winner
                                                                            triathlon Dallas                                 mmw-Male Masters Winner
Oct. 20, Valley Ranch, TX           Sept. 9, Grand Prairie, TX              Sprint Course:
                                    Prairieman half Ironman                                                                  Fmw-Female Masters Winner
valley ranch Pumpkin Dash 5K                                                (850 meter swim/40K bike/ 5K run)
Dale Mauger: 22:58, 2nd AG          (1.2 mi swim/56 mi bike/13.1 mi run)    Jim Lukanich: 1:38:45,
                                    Abby Cox: 5:36:39, 3rd AG               1st AG, 1st OW
Oct. 21, Ft. Worth, TX              Jimbo Cross: 5:51:40
FwrC mercury 10K run                Julie Kaner: 5:54:38, 1st AG                    Remember to add a push pin to the RAW Around the World map
Paul Gerba: 51:49, 3rd AG           Steve Cox: 6:06:47                              if you race in any US city or run anywhere outside of the US.
Oct. 21, Dallas, TX                 Marty Metzger: 7:16:29
waterworks 25K                      Sept. 16, Denton, TX
Chris McCain: 1:49:09, 3rd AG       Dave Scott’s texasman
Leana Sloan: 1:49:42, OFW           Olympic Distance Triathlon                                Planning a trip and
Kristine Hinojos: 2:08:47, 1st AG   (1500 yd swim/23 mi bike/6.2 mi run)
Julie Kaner: 2:41:36                Brad Pearson: 2:13:08, 2nd AG                            need a running route?
Oct. 25, Ft. Worth, TX              Dave Scott’s texasman                       Map out and measure a route from the largest database
Party In the village                Sprint Distance Triathlon
                                    (500 yd swim/17.6 mi bike/3.1 mi run)       of running routes in the country. Log on to www.usatf.org/
3.4 mile run
Ken Hall: 18:34, OW                 Jim Lukanich: 1:14:40, 1st AG                    routes to map out a route anywhere in the USA.


22 FOOTPRINT | December 2007
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volunteering to work in club events. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts, and in consideration of your acceptance of my application for
membership, i, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release the Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers, inc., Road Runners
Club of America, and all sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims of liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in club
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               Attendance clubhouse continues to to strong. On a typical weekend day you can find
        Attendance at the at the clubhouse continuesbe be strong. On a typicalweekend day you can find 4040
                   members walking, running or riding. Weekday activities continue to be popular as well.
            members walking, running or riding. Weekday activities continue to be popular as well.

                               Keep up good work! See you at the lake.
                            Keep up thethe good work!See you at the lake.
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Lake Grapevine Runners & Walkers                                                                                              PRSRT STD A
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                                  Ask                                     And then there are the people who come to the club to do things
                                                                          other than running and walking. They’re nobodies too. Take the
                                                                          Henrys and the Riveros for example. Ray and George are great
                                  Spareribs                               guys. Ray volunteers at the club, takes pictures at our races and
                                                                          is a great guy. George is the same, and keeps my freezer full
                                                                          of venison. They are somebodies. But their wives, Noreen and
  Dear Spareribs:                                                         Staci? You see them riding bikes half the time. Nobodies.
  I just joined the Club recently and feeling kind of left out. It just
  seems to me that everyone knows everyone else. I am trying to           So don’t get trapped meeting the wrong people. K2 is another
  meet new people and make friends. Do you have any suggestions           dangerous example. For five years she was the club president,
  on how to do this? Thanks.                                              a mover and shaker and great runner. Everybody wanted to be
  -Allison R., Southlake                                                  around her. She was definitely a somebody. This year? Nobody.
                                                                          Watch your step.
  Dear Allison:
  Glad you wrote about this because I had the same feeling when I         And don’t think I’m biased against the women. Take the
  joined too. But now that I’ve been a member for awhile, I realize       Eppelmans. Kelly is a delightful woman, a loving wife and mom.
  that it isn’t how many people you know, it’s WHO you know.              Often you see her out running, pushing a stroller with the kids. If
                                                                          you get a chance to meet her, say hello, because she’s definitely a
  After all, our club is no different from many organizations,            somebody. But her husband Scott? Sure he’s had some modest
  companies, neighborhoods or groups. There are people who, let’s         success as a distance runner, but other than that, he’s pretty much a
  just say are “Somebodies,” people you want to know. And not to          nobody. If somebody tries to introduce you to him, take a pass.
  be too unkind about it, others who are pretty much “Nobodies.”
  The basic idea is that you want to get to know the somebodies and       Just to see if you’re with me so far, here’s a quiz for you. Of the
  pretty much disregard the nobodies. For a newbie, this isn’t easy       following twelve people, exactly six of them are somebodies; the
  to do, because often you will spend time befriending someone,           other six are nobodies. Write an “S” or an “N” next to each name.
  only to find out later on he’s a nobody, and then what are you going
  to do? This is just what happened to me when I joined the club and           ___Tony Flesch                  ___Henry Galpin
  started hanging around with Mike Evans. I’m pretty much stuck                ___Chuck Kennard                ___Jack Hase
  with him now.
                                                                               ___Leana Sloan                  ___Craig Minyard
  So that’s why you have Spareribs here for some guidance. Just                ___Mindi Rice                   ___Ros Dalrymple
  follow my lead here.                                                         ___Kevin Wessels                ___Ken Hall
  First, say you get to the club early one weekend morning. Have               ___Marty Metzger                ___Alan Walker
  you seen those three old guys wearing the safari hats who walk?         Correct answers in my next column. Good luck!
  Nobodies. Pay no attention to them.                                     -Spareribs


             The opinions and recommendations expressed by Spareribs in the “Ask Spareribs” column are solely his own
             and do not necessarily reflect the views of LGRAW members. Give credence to his ideas at your own risk.
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