2015 CASA Turkey Trot, November 14

turkeytThe third annual Turkey Trot 5K for CASA Kids will be November 14, 2015 at the Earl and Billye Bradley Wellness Center in Eastland Texas. The race will begin at 8:00 A.M.

The overall male and female finisher will each win a frozen turkey. Turkey prizes go to the top 3 finishers in each age group, and all entries get a nice, long sleeve t-shirt.

For more information, contact beverley@casacta.org, or call 254-965-6610.

You can register online at:


Or you can download a printable registration here:

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Hood County YMCA Kids Triathlon, August 9th, 2015

100_2920From the organizers of the Hood County YMCA Kids Triathlon:

“It’s that time again! The 2015 Hood County Kids Triathlon is fast approaching and I wanted to be sure to send you the information now that it’s official! The event will be held at the same venue as last year on Sunday August 9th. We continue to update things and strive to improve each year! This year there will be a Sunrise Service for those who would like to attend a church service prior to the event. Attached you’ll find the registration form and below is the link to register online! For the day of the event we will need lots of volunteers to line the course (especially the bike course) to ensure the safety of all participants. If you or someone you know is available that morning to volunteer please respond with contact information! If you have any questions or concerns please let me know!


 All the best,

 Sara Mears

Health and Wellness Coordinator




Eastland’s 3rd Annual Glow Run, Friday, June 12, 2015

2014GlowRun006-1024x682If you’d like to get some exercise and have fun at the same time, come out to Eastland’s 3rd annual Glow Run at 8:30 P.M. on Friday, June 12.

There will be music, food, and lots of fun.

For more information or to register, go here:


Or here:


2014GlowRun007Pictures from microplexnews.com.

Marathon 2 Marathon, Saturday, October 24, 2015


If you’re looking for a fall race that’s different from the normal big city races, consider the Marathon 2 Marathon on Saturday, October 24th. There will be a 5K, 10k, half-marathon, and full, so there’s something for everyone (including a keg of beer at the finish).

Yes, it’s way out there in real West Texas, but if you’ve never been to that area, that alone is reason to go. By West Texas standards, you’ll be close to Alpine, Terlingua (viva Terlingua!) and Big Bend National Park, where you can see black bears and look across the Rio Grande.

The race sounds great, besides the fact that it’s in one of my favorite parts of Texas. Who knows? Maybe I’ll see you there.

To find out everything you need to know, or to register, go to:



Race Review: The Big D Texas Marathon

Race Review:

The Big D Texas Marathon

Dallas, April 12, 2015

Anyone in Texas knows that it’s risky to enter a marathon in the middle of April. The temperatures can range anywhere from 30 to 105. There can be ice, or there can be thunderstorms.

The weather for Sunday’s Big D Marathon could have been worse, but was far from ideal. Temperatures were in the 70’s with high humidity. By the 5K mark, I was already soaked with sweat. Had the sun come out at any point, I probably wouldn’t be here today to type this.

The course was great. Runners started in Fair Park and ran a mostly flat route to White Rock Lake. The majority of the course after that was around the lake itself, with the turnaround being on the far side. There were a few small hills, but nothing to fret over. The scenery was beautiful for most of the course, there were police officers at every intersection, and the water stations along the way were plentiful. They never ran out of water or Gatorade along the course itself.

For those who care about the souvenirs, runners received a cotton blend T-shirt and a nice finisher’s medal.

I do have two complaints, one small and one major. First, the small one:

The maps and instructions for arrival said that runners would enter Fair Park through gates 5 and 6. When I arrived, gates 5 and 6 were closed and barricaded by the Dallas PD. I had to stop on 2nd Street to ask one of the officers where we were supposed to enter. She had to radio someone else to find out that we could only get in through gates 9 and 10. That’s a small detail since I was early, but would have caused some anxiety had I arrived a little later.

And for the big complaint:

The Big D website says, “The Texas Marathon will host a post-race party … with plenty of post-race food, liquids & activities.” When I crossed the finish line, instead of being handed a bottle of water, I was given a Dixie cup sized drink of water, so I headed straight for the “party” to find a real drink. The Grand Palace Building was about 70% empty. I walked to the far side, where they were serving some burritos, but still couldn’t find the drinks. When I asked, they pointed me back to the door that I had entered where there were more medicine cups and an empty water jug to fill them with.

Without something to drink, I wouldn’t have cared if they were serving lobster and steak; I didn’t want any food. As for the party, it consisted of some people providing sports massages and a vendor handing out free coffee samples.

As soon as I could manage to walk the ¾ of a mile back to my car, I left for the nearest gas station where I could buy a bottle of water.

While there are advantages to small races—same day packet pick up, less stress, smaller crowds—I’m not sure they are worth it. The entry fees are nearly as high, but the return is never as good. For about the same price, it’s better to stick with Cowtown. You may have to run up a few hills and navigate through a few more runners, but at least you’ll have plenty to eat and drink when you’re finished.

Eastland Slacker’s 5K will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015

race17569-logo_bu92IHLast year, Tessa Culverhouse, race director of the Slacker’s 5K in Eastland, changed the race to a 10K. This year, so that more people will have the opportunity to run, Tessa decided to go back to a 5K. Here are the details:


Early (by 4/20/15) $20.00 Late (after 4/20/15) $25.00 Race Day (5/2/15) $25.00
T-shirt guaranteed with early registration ONLY!!

Race Day Itinerary

7:30-8:15am Registration
8:30am 5K Race Begins
9:45 am Awards

Race Start & Finish: Earl & Billye Bradley Wellness Center – Located on South end (Plummer St.) of the hospital. Parking will be across the street.

Medals will be awarded to the overall male & female finishers, and the top 3 finishers in the following age groups: Male & Female: 5 & under, 6-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-20, 21-25, 26-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59,
60-69, 70 & over.

For more information or to register, visit Race Day Event Services.

For a paper registration form, click here.

Run for the 57th AHC, 5K and 2K Run at Possum Kingdom Lake

5e6a72718ce9499f4dbd189a11ca472aRun for 57th AHC 5K Run/2K Fun Walk will be held on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16th, at Possum Kingdom Lake, TX.  Net proceeds will be donated to the National Vietnam War Museum in Mineral Wells, TX.

The 5K course is flat, fast and USATF Certified #TX14169ETM.  Overall male and female winners receive $100 in gift certificates.