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Houston Area Road Runners Association (HARRA, pronounced "hurrah") is a nonprofit association founded in 1993 to promote running as a competitive sport and a healthful exercise in the Houston area. HARRA provides a wide variety of benefits and services to its members and to the running community, and provides the running community with a collective voice on issues that affect all runners in the Houston area.
Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is dedicated to supporting the growth of grassroots running clubs, training programs, and running events while promoting the common interests of runners throughout the United States.
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.
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Races in the Woodlands Area
The Woodlands Marathon March 4th, 2017, also includes a half marathon, a 5K run, a family 2K run, a corporate relay marathon and a health and fitness expo.
The TWFG Muddy Trails Bash 5K/10K, April 1st, 2017, courses wind through the beautiful George Mitchell Nature Preserve Trails, located on 1,800 wooded acres adjacent to Rob Fleming Park in the Village of Creekside Park. Registration opens January 1, 2017.
The CB&I TRI - The Woodlands Triathlon, May 6th, 2017, is one of the premier multi-sport events in the region. It offers high-caliber competition, first-rate race management and a scenic course. Registration opens January 1, 2017.
10 For Texas, Saturday October 14th 2017 is a certified 10-mile course along Woodlands Parkway and Lake Woodlands Drive. Runners finish the race at Central Park at Market Street. There is also One 4 Texas Kids Fun Run, a one-mile kids run. Registration opens January 1, 2017.
Run Thru the Woods is scheduled for Thursday (always on Thanksgiving) November 24th 2016 near The Woodlands Town Center. The GE Run Thru The Woods, “Directed by the YMCA” is an annual charity event designed for all ages and levels of fitness that benefits several South Montgomery County charities including the YMCA Partners Program, the Montgomery County Humane Society, Operation Graduation, (CISD) AFJRROTC Programs and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Education Outreach Program. The event features a 5 Mile Race, 3 Mile Race, 1 Mile Kids Race and 3 Mile Walk.. Run Thru the Woods Website
The Texas 10 Series is a premier running race series that is hosted in seven Texas cities providing age group runners multiple opportunities to walk away with cash in their pockets and an overall great running event experience. The planned events will include a 10 mile race distance, 5 mile race distance and 1 mile kid’s fun run. Each event will support local community volunteer organizations and charities through runner participation. Texas 10 Series mission is helping promote healthy lifestyles and supporting the communities where they are produced.
Run the Woodlands 5K SeriesThe RTW 5K Series by Luke’s Locker is run on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. Starting Time: 8:00AM - Barbara Bush Elementary School, 7420 Crownridge Drive, The Woodlands, TX A bit of RTW back-story (Houston Chronicle Feb. 24, 2005)...
Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. Athletes will begin with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Woodlands. Next is a 112-mile bike course that will take participants west through the scenic, rolling farmland of east Texas. The day ends with a 26.2-mile run course entirely within The Woodlands that concludes with a spectacular finish on Market Street.
Races NOT in the Woodlands Area
Polish Pickle Run Fourth Saturday in June, 8:00 AM for 5K. Kicks off Polish Day Festivities. WHERE: BREMOND, TEXAS (Located halfway between Waco and Bryan).
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Texas Runner & Triathlete (TRT), published monthly, is the merged successor of Inside Texas Running and Runner Triathlete News. Inside Texas Running has been serving the Texas running community for 33 years while Runner Triathlete News has been covering the endurance sports scene in Texas and our shared-border states of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana for 25 years.
EZToRegister.com offers an online database of multiple events and activities, from 5K runs and marathons, cycling races & triathlons.
My Running Times brings you results from the Houston area races, aggregated into a single and convenient location. Those results are then analyzed and rankings are produced for distances ranging from 5K to the Marathon. In addition to overall rankings, runners can be ranked in the context of their age group or by their age graded times.
My Chip Time Run-Far's Race Timing's results page for local Texas results.
Run Houston Timing Run Houston Timing's results page.
Running in the USA is the largest online directory of races, results and clubs.
Seven Hill Running Club Huntsville, Texas The Seven Hills Running Club was established in 1985 to promote running as a means of achieving and maintaining physical fitness in Huntsville and its surrounding communities. A great club and up to date race schedule.
Trail Racing Over Texas Whether you are a new runner, a seasoned veteran or looking for a change of pace, thanks for taking a look at Trail Racing Over Texas. Our mandate is simple: We have a deep commitment to shining a light on the best places for trail running that Texas has to offer--from 5k's to 100 milers to flat and fast to hard with hills--our trail races offer it all!.
Bill Dwyer Blog I’ve been a runner since the early 70’s, fairly competitive in the 80’s, ultra’s in the 90’s and not a lot since. Bill is a member of The Woodlands Running Club and also an RRCA Certified Running Coach.
Adrienne Langelier's blog Your Competitive Edge - Exploring the Mental Side of Sport and Exercise
3 minutes of motivation and inspiration A Video from Finish Strong Sports
Pace calculator Calculate your running pace per mile or kilometer with the Cool Running pace calculator.
Map My Run - Houston, Texas Houston Area running maps
Map My Run - The Woodlands, Texas The Woodlands Area running maps
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Inside Texas Running (ITR) has been the magazine of choice with Texas runners and the Texas running community for 30 years.
Woodlands Area Running Stores
Luke's Locker - The Woodlands, TX Luke’s Locker has been serving running and fitness communities for over 25 years as the leader in specialty running, walking, fitness and multi-sport solutions. Whether the need is shoes, clothing, accessories or a top quality-training program. Located at Market Street, 9595 Six Pines, Suite 1060, The Woodlands, TX 77380, Phone: 281-419-0326
Fleet Feet Sports - A new (1/12) running store in The Woodlands area. Located next to Hooters and in front of SAM'S Club in Shenandoah, TX. At Fleet Feet Sports, you will find a welcoming environment where runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts of all abilities receive unparalleled service and support. Our Fitlosophy is to help you find the right ''FIT'' in every facet of your active lifestyle. Fleet Feet Sports, 19053 I-45, Shenandoah, TX 77385, Phone 936-321-1500.
New Balance - A running store in The Woodlands. Located next to Trader Joes in the Woodlands. New Balance, 10868 Kuykendahl Rd, Suite D, The Woodlands, TX 77381, Phone 936-321-1500.
Woodlands Area Coaching
Team Green Running is a developmental running club and 501(c)(3)charitable organization based in The Woodlands, Texas, focused on training competitive distance runners at all levels. Our Elite Olympic development program prepares post-collegiate Olympic hopefuls for national and international success. Competitive Masters, Open & Youth - Athletes of all ages training to compete at the National level. TGR athlete that are members of our community, balancing jobs, families and life responsibilities with the demands of training. You’ve seen them training in our parks and streets, attending school events, and in business meetings. TGR Open Competitive (age 20-40), Masters (age 40+), and Youth athletes compete nationally, regionally and locally.
Finish Strong Coaching Dana Lyons, founder of Finish Strong Coaching, has been an avid competitive athlete for over 25 years in local, national and world multisport events. Dana is the 2009 USAT SMW Regional Duathlon Champion, top ranked duatlete and top ranked master’s triathlete. Dana also competed in the 2008 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Motivated by his passion for multisport and his desire to help others, Dana launched a coaching service and for the past five years has been helping athletes of all abilities to train while maintaining balance in their family life and career. Dana’s winning strategy is to train smarter not longer.
Strike Force Racing Whether new to the sport of triathlon or a veteran, Strike Force Racing and Gena Alvarez can help you achieve your goals. New to the sport? As a coach, Gena spends additional time with you to help you understand all aspects of the sport - from the smallest detail of how to set up your transition area to the overall picture of finishing your first race. Veteran of the sport looking to increase your race distance? Gena has raced all distances of triathlon from super sprint to Ironman and knows what to expect in each race and the training leading up to the event. Looking to be faster? Gena has been developing workout programs for people since 1998.
OutRival Racing founder Michelle LeBlanc is USA Triathlon, USA Cycling and USA Track and Field certified coach. She is a former three-time All-American collegiate distance runner and professional triathlete. Michelle has teamed up with certified coaches Karen Maldonado, Matt Hemberger, Lisa Jaster and Holly Mishoe to guide and instruct triathletes, cyclists, and runners of all levels and abilities. OutRival Racing offers personal coaching, group training, tri-specific swims, and much more!
TXTRI meets during the week to meet the needs of those who need time on weekends for family schedules. We run Mon/Wed/Fri 7am in the summer and 7:30-8:30 during the school year. TXTRI offers online coaching to all marathons including trail and adventure races. Sandra Sutherland is a Triathlon/Marathon coach and has coached in The Woodlands for the last ten years. Sandra has completed all five majors and is looking forward to the newly added 6tn major in Tokyo for February 2014. Summer kick off week is Cattail Park on June 10th, 7am. Our travel fall race is Marine Corp in Washington DC for the full and Las Vegas for the Half. For more details about the group or for custom training please email Sandra: firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodlands Fit We are a group of training partners and friends preparing together for the Houston Marathon & Half & USA FIT Kickin’ Asphalt Half & Full. Even if you’ve never run a step before, training with our group will help you conquer mental and physical barriers you never thought possible. It happens all the time. We start wherever you are. Couch potato? Seasoned marathoner? Great. No matter what your conditioning or pace, there will be others to train with. Over the course of six short months, our coaches will help achieve your personal best in a non-intimidating, fun, and safe environment..
Team in Training (TNT) The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT) is the world's leading sports charity training program. TNT's dynamic, hands-on training program enables participants to realize their dream of completing a marathon, half marathon, triathlon, century ride or hike adventure.
Galloway The Woodlands Our 2016 kickoff for fall training is August 6 at Branch Crossing YMCA. We will offer two 17-week sessions for half marathon training, one starting on August 6 and the second starting on November 12 targeting fall and spring races. Join for one session or both sessions. Our quest is to help you train for a half marathon injury free. We will have pace groups for all levels, slow-medium-fast, using Jeff Galloway's RUN-WALK-RUN™ method. The Galloway program is particularly good for individuals returning from injury because of the run-walk-run method, and Jeff's motto is "run injury free". Watch for more details about the program and about a visit from Jeff to the Houston area in October. Interested in learning more about the Galloway-The Woodlands program? Contact: email@example.com or look for us on Facebook: Galloway - The Woodlands Running Club. Interested in learning more about the Galloway method? Go to: http://www.jeffgalloway.com The Galloway program has helped thousands of individuals reach their goal of running a half marathon for fun or for a time goal. We run injury-free and happy!
Red X Running is led by TWRC member Barry Blanton. The group usually starts at 6:30am and typically runs 5 to 10 miles, there is always a 5 or 6 mile option. Distances increase leading up to local races. The average pace ranges from 9:30 to 11:30. It is a very friendly group and anyone is welcome to run. Red X Running starts from the front parking lot at Hubbell and Hudson Kitchen every Saturday. The start time and distances can vary. Learn more about Red X Running: Email Barry - firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-X-Running/840019859412397?fref=ts
Volte Endurance Training strives to display Christian values, maintain high standards of excellence, promote integrity, respect the fundamental rights, dignity and worth of all participants, apply and make public our knowledge of sport in order to contribute to the community and encourage all individuals, training groups and clubs.
The Woodlands Parks and Recreation Department has several running programs in the fall. Check out for more information, schedules and prices
Other Woodlands Area Sporting Activities
Masters Swimming Our club is a USMS year round swim team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for adults 18 years or older of all abilities. The goal of our team is to provide every member an opportunity to improve their swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from fitness swimmer, to triathlete to competitive swimmer.
Lonestar Multisport is a triathlon club based in The Woodlands, TX. Our club serves triathletes, duathletes and other multisport enthusiasts of all abilities by offering support through contact with other athletes and the multisport community as a whole in the greater Houston - Conroe area
Bike Lane is a family owned bike shop offering, since 1995, a large selection of bicycles including road, triathlon, off-road, comfort, BMX, and kids bikes – and accessories including a variety of clothing, parts, and nutrition.
The Woodlands Trail Collectors website Join us each Thursday evening as we run or walk ALL Hike & Bike trails in The Woodlands. Each week we’ll have a different starting point and a different route. When: Thursdays 5:30 pm. Who: Walkers & Runners of all levels. Where: Each week is different. If you can’t make it Thursday evening… no problems… you have the whole week to complete the route. Just let us know and we will add your miles. More information: Facebook - The Woodlands Trail Collectors or contacting Liz Berry at email@example.com.
In the News
New York Times Newspaper - Health Section, Marathon stories LINK
Ironman champ: Train your brain, then your body (CNN 2-21-12) LINK
Workouts May Not Be the Best Time for a Snack (2-20-12 New York Times) LINK
GPS Watch Can Be an Unreliable Running Partner (2-20-12 New York Times) LINK
How Exercise Fuels the Brain (2-22-12 New York Times) LINK
The Once and Future Way to Run (11-2-11 New York Times) LINK
Pace City - Known more for its heat, humidity and hospitality, Houston also has cultivated a much-deserved reputation as one of the premier running towns in the country - By ROBERTA MACINNIS (6-13-11 Houston Chronicle) LINK
Phys Ed: The Benefits of Exercising Before Breakfast (12-15-10 NY Times) LINK
How to Push Past the Pain, as the Champions Do (10-18-10 NY Times) LINK
It's Time for Women to Run Faster (10-14-10 WSJ) LINK
How Bad Is McDonald's Food?(10-8-10 Huffington Post) LINK
Doctor’s Orders: Eat Well to Be Well (9-21-10 NY Times) LINK
Why Trainers Say, 'Slow Down' (9-8-10 WSJ) LINK
Phys Ed: Does Stretching Before Running Prevent Injuries? (9-1-10 NY Times) LINK
Making Marathons Even Tougher (8-17-10 WSJ) LINK
In Summer’s Heat, Watch What You Drink (6-28-10 NY Times) Link
Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin (8-9-2009 Time) Link
Hail pounds runner, stranger saves him, May 18, 2010
Cars, houses, and businesses were not the only things hit hard by Sunday's Oklahoma hailstorm. This Oklahoma City University student thought he could outrun the storm, but he lost this race. Here's how he escaped serious injury. LINK
This is a 16-minute presentation of historical and physiological perspectives on Running. Should you be interested in more, particularly perspectives on long distance running, get a copy of Christopher McDougal’s book, Born to Run.