Run Don’t Walk: Local Races Bring Out The Marathon Man In All Of Us

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October 29, Rock the Mind 5K; and December 11, B/CS Toyota Marathon and Half Marathon are just two upcoming local races.Some people run against time or for the thrill of competition, while others run simply to say they have finished a race. Some find running a drug they cannot get enough of; for others it is a one-time training experience. Regardless of where you fall on this scale, there is a local race that matches your motivation. 

Google “marathons, half-marathons, 5Ks” and discover a plethora of runs – many local – that are motivating people to get off their couches and get moving. Nowadays, these races have become goals to signal achievement and items to check off your bucket list. 

Cliff Latham, who has a M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition, is the official running coach for the B/CS Marathon coming in December. He points to the fact the race is the first local marathon as yet another sign of more runners wanting to head off to the races. Bryan/College Station has always had big half marathons such as the Armadillo Dash, but Latham says that the current local running craze is driven by the impending local marathon, which is also a qualifier for bigger races such as the Boston Marathon. Latham leads a running club that helps runners pace their training to match up with upcoming races, providing both the support and the push runners need to help them reach their goals.

October 29, Rock the Mind 5K; and December 11, B/CS Toyota Marathon and Half Marathon are just two upcoming local races.Some people run against time or for the thrill of competition, while others run simply to say they have finished a race. Some find running a drug they cannot get enough of; for others it is a one-time training experience. Regardless of where you fall on this scale, there is a local race that matches your motivation. 

Google “marathons, half-marathons, 5Ks” and discover a plethora of runs – many local – that are motivating people to get off their couches and get moving. Nowadays, these races have become goals to signal achievement and items to check off your bucket list. 

Cliff Latham, who has a M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition, is the official running coach for the B/CS Marathon coming in December. He points to the fact the race is the first local marathon as yet another sign of more runners wanting to head off to the races. Bryan/College Station has always had big half marathons such as the Armadillo Dash, but Latham says that the current local running craze is driven by the impending local marathon, which is also a qualifier for bigger races such as the Boston Marathon. Latham leads a running club that helps runners pace their training to match up with upcoming races, providing both the support and the push runners need to help them reach their goals.

After a good pair of running shoes, the cost of joining the running pack varies depending your skill and your training goals. One option is to run with the College Station Running Club for free on Saturday mornings at Wolf Pen Park, where they usually have about 100 runners on any given Saturday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the club meets at Wolf Pen Park at 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. for interval training; there is a fee to join these sessions. 

Latham notes that a motivator for many people training for December is the fact that running a marathon is simply on their bucket list. Having is a local option to achieve that goal is part of what is feeding the current running phenomenon. For those looking for training goals, Latham offers a schedule of upcoming local and regional races on his website CoachCliff.com.

It’s not too late to tie your laces and head out to these events:

Run for Hope 5K, October 8 in Downtown Bryan
Part of the Texas Reds Festival, this run benefits the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center for breast cancer. Register online at www.texasredsfestival.com.

Rock the Mind 5K run and 2 mile walk, October 29 in College Station
Sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness, register at: http://www.active.com/running/college-station-tx/rock-the-mind-5k-run2-mile-walk-2011

Atkinson Toyota BCS Marathon and Half-Marathon, December 11 in College Station, TX 
This race is USA T&F certified and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. It is the first official marathon to be hosted in College Station; register at http://bcsmarathon.com/

Armadillo Dash Half-Marathon and 5k, March 4, 2012, in College Station

This timed race is in its sixth year and is certified by USA T&F and raises funds for children’s charities in the Brazos Valley. Register at www.armadillodash.com.