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Texas Marathon Report: Rate Increases, Date Announcement, New Races and the Latest News

by Jon Walk, TRT correspondent
Upcoming Rate Increases
Starting Saturday, June 30, the Chosen Marathon for Adoption in New Braunfels and the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth will both raise their prices $10.

The increase will make Cowtown one of five marathons with open registration in the state to have a current price of $100 or more. Cowtown will join the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon and The Woodlands Marathon at $100.  The Livestrong Austin Marathon is currently $110 while the Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon is $115.

The Chevron Houston Marathon sold all of its entries at $125 with its lottery selection announcements on Monday, June 25.

The Michelob Ultra Marathon in El Paso will increase $10 from $60 to $70 the following day, Sunday, July 1 while two of the three Mellew Racing events - the inagurual Panhandle Marathon in Lubbock and the Tyler Rose Marathon in Tyler -- will move from $70 to $80 when you wake up for work on Monday, July 2.

USA Fit Marathon in Sugar Land Opens Registration June 28
For 14 hours only, the fifth annual USA Fit Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K in Sugar Land will kickoff at 8 a.m. Central time with early-bird pricing of $65 for the marathon and $55 for the half marathon - a $20 discount.

The race, started after the Chevron Houston Marathon decided to enforce its 6-hour time limit and eliminate its unofficial early start, is facing direct competition on same day from the Galveston Mardi Gras Marathon and the Miracle Match Marathon in Waco.

The USA Fit Marathon will be price competitive with both events until August 2 when they raise it from $85 to $95, whereas the Mardi Gras Marathon will hold its price at $85 through the end of November.

Three Marathons Branching Out with New Half Marathons!
Quite a few marathon directors are busy touting new events for 2012 - and 2013.

Lewis George of Mellew Racing, who has two established marathons in the Big-D Texas Marathon and the Tyler Rose Marathon with a brand-new third one in Lubbock coming this September -- just spiced things up with the announcement of the Jalapeno Half Marathon.

With its mascot "Sweet Heat Henry" at the helm, the new half marathon -- set for Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Fort Worth's Trinity Park -- is offering an early $45 registration fee for those willing to sign up a year early.

The event will also include a 5K that has a reduced price for participants 12 years of age and younger.

New Year's Double race director Libby Jones has added a half marathon to her growing cache of events.

Located in Collin County, the growing town of Fairview will be the site of the Showdown Half Marathon on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Reasonably priced currently at $65, with a companion 5K, the race will play off the loyalties of two universities -- Texas and Oklahoma -- whose football teams will face off later that afternoon at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Runners' bibs, medals and even finisher's shirts will be fashioned after which team a runner chooses -- or even a third style if folks like me - a Big Ten supporter - selects neither school.

Meanwhile, in the Golden Triangle where Rich and Amie James have brought the Exygon and Baptist Hospitals Gusher Marathon to life in the last three years, the couple is also branching out.

Just three weeks after Jones's half marathon, they will inaugurate the Pleasure Island Bridge Half Marathon in Port Arthur on Sunday, November 4.

With a primary mission of cutting the obesity rate in their communities, the couple has been eagerly encouraging anybody that can walk two miles to participate in one of their races, which includes a 10K and a Kids' 2-mile.

Priced at $75 to within a month of race day, the Pleasure Island Bridge Half Marathon is appropriately timed as a tuneup for most of the winter marathons, including the Gusher Marathon the second Saturday in March.

Miracle Match Marathon race director completes Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake
Nancy Goodnight has been making her leap into multisports a fruitful one. With marathons in 19 states, the 46-year-old McGregor resident has recently turned to triathlons.

Last Sunday in Buffalo Springs, outside of Lubbock, Goodnight completed her third Ironman 70.3 race to go with a pair of Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas finishes in 2011 and 2012.

Because of course differences, there aren't really PR's at particular distances; however, Goodnight finished one of the most challenging half Ironmans in the country in her best time at the distance - 5:58:09.

She had finished the other two Ironman 70.3 races in Texas - Austin and Galveston in 2010 and 2011, respectively, in 6:07:58 and 6:06:17.

Her time on Sunday was good for an 11th place age group finish.

Texans Marathoners This Past Weekend
Kingwood's John Hill won his 45-49 age group at the Mayor's Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska on Saturday, June 23 in a time of 2:55:37, which was good for a 9th overall finish.  The top female finisher from the Lone Star state was Richmond's Yong Collins, who took her 55-59 age group in 4:09:14.  The duo were part of a group of 38 finishers from Texas.

The top finishers at the Rock 'N' Roll Seattle Marathon on Saturday, June 23 were Houston's John Weldon, 18, and The Woodlands' Fabiola De La Parra Manriquez, 38, who finished in 2:59:21 and 3:41:52, respectively.

For Weldon, it is already his 6th career marathon finish -- and second straight sub 3-hour performance.  In 2010, at 16, he ran Seabrook Lucky Trail in 3:45:09, Big-D Texas in 3:58:18 followed by the Gusher Marathon in 3:40:40 before running the Chevron Houston Marathon the last two years in 3:02:17 and 2:55:52.

San Antonio's Dan Shuff led 12 Texans on Sunday, June 24 at the UCC Coffee Kona Marathon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii by winning his 70-and-over age group in 4:54:44.  Dallas' Ryan Joaquim posted the fastest time in 4:09:43 -- good for 7th in his 25-29 division.

Houston's Debra Anglin, 56, captured second in her age division on Sunday, June 24 at the HFM Martime Marathon in Manitowoc, Wisconsin with a 4:22:43 finish.

Three Texans were among the finishers of the Running With The Devil Marathon on Saturday, June 23 in Boulder City, Nevada.  Midlothian's Alan Glaeser, 50, took third in his division with a time of 4:55:34.  Denton's Matt Riley and Decatur's Benjamin Decker also finished while Houston's David Coates, 51, and Yen Nguyen, 50, also notched 50-mile run finishes of 10:27:06 and 13:10:20, respectively.

Led by Little Elm's Phillip Hodge, 46, with his 3:23:30 effort, five Texans finished the Run Charlevoix Marathon in Chalevoix, Michigan on Saturday, June 23.  Fort Worth's Bill Berenson, 57, and San Antonio's Robert Wilson, 51, both broke four hours, respectively, in 3:36:32 and 3:40:59.  Dallas' Nathan and Jenna Penland, both 24, crossed together in 4:53:25.

Dallas' Greg Wirtz (50-59) and Aledo's Jeff Nymoen (50-59) finished the Keyes Park Trail Run 50K and Marathon in Florence, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 23 in 5:43:11 and 4:29:58, respectively.

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