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RRCA Texas State 5-Mile Champions Crowned
24TH ANNUAL BAYTOWN BUD HEAT WAVE
By Jon Walk
BAYTOWN (July 10, 2013)—Houston’s Maximo Mendoza and The Woodlands’ Hope Layman firmly maintained On The Run Racing Team’s grip on the Road Runners Club of America’s (RRCA) Texas 5-mile state championships with their wins here at Thursday’s 24th annual Baytown Bud Heatwave.
The former Houston Baptist University Husky, Mendoza, 24, defeated Layman’s husband, Chris, by 14 seconds to capture the victory in 26 minutes and 37 seconds and defend fellow On The Run Racing teammate Sesar Figueroa’s win last year.
Meanwhile, Layman, who followed another former Husky and On The Run Racing teammate, Raquel Tidwell, to the Heatwave winner’s podium, sealed her win over The Woodlands’ Krista Blevins, 42, with a 38-second margin and winning time of 31:46.
Houston’s Peter Lawrence, who also runs for On The Run Racing and won the Rock ‘N’ Roll USA Marathon in Washington, D.C. in March, and Volte Endurance Training’s Blevins were crowned the RRCA Texas 5-mile state Masters champions.
The duo finished third and second overall, respectively, in 27:55 and 32:24.
Lawrence outsprinted Michael Defee in the last 200 yards to capture third, but the 38-year-old Vidor native still finished in the money – winning $50 – when Lawrence was the first masters finisher.
Overall winners won $100 each while second- and third-place finishers took home $75 and $50, respectively. Masters’ winners collected checks of $75 each.
Spring’s Sara Hudgens, 28, and Houston’s Jennifer Laughlin, 36, rounded out the female money winners with times of 34:15 and 34:25, respectively.
Katy, a city in far west Houston, is called home of both of the RRCA Grandmasters State Champions in Rich Fredrich and Donnadale Arthur.
The Terlingua Track Club’s Fredrich, 56, broke the RRCA Grandmasters State Championship tape 23 seconds faster than the H-Town Runners’ Abelino Jeronimo, 53, to claim an age-group win and the state title in 32:13.
Arthur, who recently moved to the area from Altamonte Springs, Florida and turned 50 less than two weeks prior to the race, put up nearly two minutes on Cypress’
Judy Alexander and last year’s grandmasters champion Melanie Holland of Nome to win in a chip time of 36:58.
A pair of Houstonians – Peter Mullin and Vicki Jones – defended their Senior Grandmasters state titles in impressive fashion.
Mullin, 62, was the twelfth overall finisher in 31:18 – more than three minutes ahead his next closest age group finisher, Joel Barr of The Woodlands, while Jones, 62, defeated 65-69 age group winner Elizabeth Ahrens, 66, of Houston, by almost two minutes with a winning chip time of 42:55.
RRCA South Texas State Representative Lee Greb was on-hand to present the champions with their awards.
The Baytown Bud Heatwave, with its third running on Thursday after a 12-year absence, was the fourth of the RRCA’s six Texas state championships for 2013.
Running Alliance Sport was also awarded the RRCA’s Texas state half marathon championship on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the La Porte By The Bay Half Marathon – three weeks ahead of the RRCA Texas state marathon championship at the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon.
Registration is currently open for the third and final race of the 2013 Texas Bridge Series at www.laportebythebayhalfmarathon.com.
This year’s Bud Heatwave, which benefits the Baytown Special Rodeo Association, included 669 official timed finishers – 335 men and 334 women, which represented an increase of 27.4 percent from a year ago and 90 percent from 2011.
Complete race results can be found at www.budheatwave.org.
About Running Alliance Sport
Based out of the greater Bay Area Houston area, Running Alliance Sport (RAS) is a not-for-profit event production company that has a passion for producing quality running events which in turn support local communities and its charities. RAS successfully works with city governments in Seabrook, Kemah, La Porte, Baytown, Galveston and Tiki Island to produce five races annually from March to November that engages nearly 500 volunteers, sends over 5,550 runners and walkers across finish lines and donated $85,000 to local charities in 2012. For more information, please visit www.runningalliancesport.org.
About Baytown Special Rodeo Association
The mission of the Baytown Special Rodeo Association (BSRA) is to provide an annual fun filled, western themed day of activities and entertainment for mentally and/or physically challenged children and their families. The Baytown Special Rodeo Association strives to instill in each child a sense of community and the belief that they are special and important. For more information, please visit www.specialrodeo.com.