91-Year-Old Ernest Andrus Running Across the U.S.

1012898_616024778415893_1393228874_nReceived this morning through email. This man will be in Eastland County before long. Let’s give him all of the help we can!

His FB page is here.

“I wanted to get the word out about a 91-year-old runner named Ernest Andrus…maybe you saw the article about him in Runner’s World this month.  He is a WWII veteran running across America.  He runs 6-8 miles every other day. He does not have a support team and relies on Facebook to find running partners and rides back to his RV.  If he doesn’t have a ride, he hitch hikes.

I would love to get regular support teams to help him cross Texas.  He is currently near Big Spring, TX (SH-87 and I-20), heading east.  He is running to raise money to transport his WWII vessel, LST-325 to Normandy in time for the 75th anniversary.

You can visit  his webpage at  coast2coastruns.com or follow him on Facebook.  Please e-mail me if you have suggestions on how to get some support teams to him.  I live in College Station, so he is a little out my reach for now.  Please help to keep him going until he gets closer to us!

Jamie Cannon: cannons in texas at yahoo dot com

Thanks!  Jamie Cannon”

RADD Hosts the 3rd Annual May Day 5k Glow Run

RADD (Raiders Against Drunk Driving) will host the 3rd annual May Day 5k Glow Run on Saturday, May 2nd at 8:00 P.M. The start and finish will be in the 1900 block of Glenna Goodacre, near the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock.

“The May Day 5k Glow run was initiated in the memory of Megan (May) Rough who lost her life to a drunk driver at age 19 with a life full of promise still ahead of her.

All profits go to the Megan Rough Memorial Foundation established to fund educational scholarships, develop tactical programs near colleges and host events in order to raise awareness and develop coalitions against the act of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.”

Registration is via Active.com by following the link below:

Fun 5K to Benefit the Cisco Food Pantry

There will be a “Fun 5K” to benefit the Cisco Food Pantry at 3:00 P.M. on February 21. This race is organized by the First Baptist Church of Cisco, and will start at the church parking lot. Entry fee? 3 cans of food per person.

You can download the flyer for more information below.

Community wide flyer for Dnow

Book Review: Running Through the First 100 Years

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By Liz Murtaugh Gillespie

(This book is a history of Brooks running shoe company.)

Runners know Brooks as the company that makes high quality running shoes. Most of us didn’t know that the company started out making ballet slippers and bathing shoes in Philadelphia in 1914. From then through the last 100 years, Brooks has had some good times, and a lot of bad times. Certainly, as Running Through the First 100 Years shows, they’ve been through a lot of change.

Brooks made the first ice skates that came with blades already attached. They also had the first roller skates with rubber toe stops. In 1924, the company produced 17,500 pairs of baseball shoes. They made basketball shoes, football shoes, bowling shoes and tennis shoes. They even made military shoes: “At one point, the company converted 60 percent of its Hanover production line to combat boots and dress oxfords for the military.”

Brooks has had their share of controversy, with Nike usually being involved. One time, a professional football player who had a contract with Nike admitted in court to wearing “swoosh-doctored Brooks shoes because Nikes made his feet hurt…” Another time, Nike accused Brooks and Runner’s World Magazine of conspiring to manipulate the magazine’s shoe rankings. (According to the book, by the way, they hadn’t.)

If you like history, and are interested in business, particularly running related business, then you’ll enjoy this history of an innovative company that not only makes a great running shoe, but seems to care more about running and runners than profit.

Book Review: Slow Running by Chris Bore

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By Chris Bore

It’s not often that we get something good for free. But I like free. That’s one of the reasons running is my favorite sport; I can go where and when I want, without paying a fee.

That’s also one of the reasons I chose to read Chris Bore’s book. I periodically scan the new releases on Amazon, especially looking for anything to do with running. Since the Kindle edition of this book was offered for $0.00, I thought it was worth a try.

I’ve downloaded several free books that turned out to not be worth the time to download, but this was not one of them. Mr. Bore’s book is well written, enjoyable to read, and full of good advice.

Mr. Bore says that running should be fun. I agree, although I admit that I am guilty of making it not fun. I have gone “too far, too fast, too soon,” and I have paid for it. My Boston Marathon qualifying wife has also gone “too far, too fast, too soon.” She is currently in a cast, recovering from ankle surgery, and missing the fall and winter running season.

Mr. Bore coaches new runners. His goal isn’t to make them faster, but to help them enjoy years of injury free running, just as he plans to do himself:

“I am 58 years old. I have been running as an adult, on and off, for coming up to 40 years. I would like to run a 10 k when I am 80, and enjoy it.”

Just as Mr. Bore doesn’t believe in wasting steps, he doesn’t waste words. Every page of this very short book is good. My favorite paragraph of his sums up the whole idea:

“If you are a runner, being there – being out there, actually running – is what it is about. If you make the running unpleasant, or you injure yourself, then you won’t be there, and you won’t be a runner. So make it nice; and take it slow.”

Abilene Runner’s Club YMCA Resolution Run

The fourth annual YMCA Resolution Run will be held at the Redbud YMCA in Abilene on January 1st, 2015. The 1 mile fun run will start at 10:30 A.M., and the 5k will start at 11:00 A.M. The course stays within Redbud Park, so you don’t have to worry about traffic, and it is flat and fast.

For information, contact Dawn Revoir at 325-695-3400 or drevoir@abileneymca.org .

Online Registration

Download a PDF entry form here:

YMCA Resolution Run 2015

Race Review: Isle Du Bois Trail Run

10647185_360569767453540_6023273942257713058_nWhat will probably be my last race of 2014, and possibly my last in the 30-39 age group, turned out to be my favorite of the year.

On December 6, two friends and I ran the 18k at the Isle Du Bois trail run. The race was held at Lake Ray Roberts State Park and hosted by Endurance Buzz Adventures.

If you haven’t run a trail race, you should. Winding through the woods, over rocks and logs, and up and down rough hills is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one. The woods can become disorienting, especially when you can’t see anyone ahead or behind. But hearing the sound of the wind on water, or leaves crunching under your feet, and smelling the leaves, trees, and dirt, is better than hearing feet pounding pavement and smelling car exhaust.

The trail at Isle Du Bois is a challenge, but not nearly as technical (difficult) as the one at Rough Creek in Glen Rose (the Endurance Buzz race in September.) It is narrow, making it impossible to pass unless the person in front pulls off the trail to let you go by. But that’s one of the great things about trail races; not only is everyone willing to pull off, but they cheer you on as you go. I don’t mean that runners are just strolling through the woods. People are running their hearts out, but they encourage you to run yours out, too.

After the first mile or so, I fell into a group of 3-4 guys close to my age. We ended up running most of the race together, taking turns leading. (It takes energy to just stay on the right trail.) When I thought I couldn’t push anymore, I told my buddy to the south that I was pulling off to let him pass, thinking we had 3 or 4 miles left. The best news of the day was when he said, “Don’t slow down now; we only have a mile left.”

At the finish we all got our bear bottle of natural honey. The top three in each age group got cowbells (I was 5th out of 23 in my group,  but I’ll be after that cowbell next time). And all entrants got a super soft long sleeve T made from bamboo, hemp, and organic cotton.

Jenny Cunningham from Eastland ran a great race to get 5th out of 27 ladies in the 30-39 age group. And Heidi Clements got first in the ladies 20-29 age group. So once again, Eastland runners were well-represented.

Add a trail run to your plans for 2015. And if you live in North Texas, make it an Endurance Buzz trail run.

Isle Du Bois results: http://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=33809