April 28, 2008

PRs, Relays and Beating the Governor

It's not every day you get to race against the Governor, but Norman Langwell, Jr., 36, took advantage of the opportunity and beat Gov. Rick Perry to the finish line of the Texas Roundup 10K on Saturday, April 26 in Austin.

And in the process, Norman was one of three Battling Bloggers to post a personal best this weekend as he finished in 47:38.15. (Norman's son, Colton, 16, finished fourth in his age group with a time of 53:39. Wife, Millie, 34, completed the 5K in 40:23 while their two girls, Chantel, 15, and Deanna, 13, both took fourth in their age groups in 32:52 and 32:56, respectively.)

Closer to home, both Holden Choi and Karen Felicidario posted 5K personal bests at Run The Woodlands 5K #199 in 23:53 and 26:29, respectively.

Two of this year's Battling Bloggers and one who will join the team in '09 participated Saturday in the last race of the HARRA Spring Series, the Bayou Bash Relay, hosted by the Al Lawrence Running Club.

Erin Foley was on the fifth place, open mixed team, "ALRC #12", that finished in 48:15.7. Two of her teammates were triathletes Sam and Mandy Luna.

Joe Carey's "Dimes and Diamonds" - a fixture of the Bay Area Running Club (BARC) - finished second in the veterans mixed category in 55:57.8.

Also on a BARC team was Sarah Graybeal as she teamed up with the "BARC Moonstones" to finish the Rice University course in 1:16:33.5.

After attending the USA Masters National 10K Championship in Austin, captain Jon Walk, 41, drove to Oklahoma City to participate in the 8th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and came home with his fourth best marathon time (out of 18) of 5:08:30.

It was Jon's 18th career marathon and he finished a marathon in his 11th state.

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