All Gazelles News

  • Gilbert's Prayer by Holly Reed

    Feb 1, 2015

    Gilbert Tuhabonye, in a moment of spiritual reflection, captured by photographer Holly Reed. This limited edition, 11x14 archival print is signed and inscribed by Gilbert, with his prayer for peace. Special price for Gazelles is $35.00.

    To order a print, please contact Holly Reed at hollyreed@austin.rr.com.

    20% of the sale of each print will be donated to the Gazelle Foundation.


  • Labor Day Giveaways, Family Picture Day & More!

    Aug 27, 2014

                  12th Annual Family Picture Day
        Saturday, September 6, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

    Join us on Saturday, September 6th for the 12th annual Gazelle Family Picture! One of Gilbert's favorite days of the year, this is a chance for all Gazelles to get together and celebrate the past 12 months of running, fitness, health, friendship and so much more.

    Meet at Jack & Adam's at 8:45 AM, wear your Gazelles or Gazelle Foundation shirt (or buy one that morning) and be ready to smile!

    To view previous years pictures, visit Holly Reed Photography.


     

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  • 12th Annual Gazelles Family Picture

    Jul 29, 2014

    Join us on Saturday, September 6th for the 12th annual Gazelle Family Picture! One of Gilbert's favorite days of the year, this is a chance for all Gazelles to get together and celebrate the past 12 months of running, fitness, health, friendship and so much more.

    Meet at Jack & Adam's at 9:00 AM, wear your Gazelles or Gazelle Foundation shirt if you have one and be ready to smile!

    To view previous years pictures, visit Holly Reed Photography.

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    12th Annual Family Picture Day
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

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    Join us on Saturday, September 6th for the 12th annual Gazelle Family Picture! One of Gilbert's favorite days of the year, this is a chance for all Gazelles to get together and celebrate the past 12 months of running, fitness, health, friendship and so much more.

    Meet at Jack & Adam's at 9:00 AM, wear your Gazelles or Gazelle Foundation shirt if you have one and be ready to smile!

    To view previous years pictures, visit Holly Reed Photography.
     


    Kickoff Meeting - Saturday, Aug. 2nd @ 9 AM
    December Marathon & Half Marathon Training

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  • Sat., June 21 - Find Your Perfect Mizuno Running Shoe!

    Jun 17, 2014

    At Jack & Adam's on Saturday, June 21st get fitted for the right Mizuno running shoe by the store staff, Gilbert, and Mizuno employee Bob "Wish" Wischnia.

    From 8:00-9:30 AM all Gazelles receive 20% off one pair of Mizuno shoes. It's a limited time offer so don't miss out!


  • Fall Marathon & Half Marathon Information Session (June 7, 2014)

    May 8, 2014

    We can't believe it's almost that time of year again, but June is just around the corner which officially kicks off the Fall Marathon/Half Marathon training season!

    Gilbert's Gazelles is the group for you whether this will be your first foray in to the 13.1 or 26.2 mile distances, you're trying to qualify for Boston and New York, or anything in between! The Gazelles are not just for fast people - although we do help you get faster while staying off the injured list. Over the past eleven years, runners of all abilities and ages completed our training programs and clocked times from the 2:40's to over 6:00 hours in the Chicago Marathon alone! And that's not counting Portland, Steamtown, New York, San Antonio, Sacramento, St. George, Twin Cities, Grand Rapids...the list goes on and the opportunities are endless.

    Join us on Saturday, June 7 at 9:30 AM in the new home for Gilbert's Gazelles at Jack & Adam's (300 S. Lamar Blvd) for information on training with us during the 2014 Fall Marathon/Half-Marathon season. Gilbert will cover topics such as weekly mileage, following the training calendar, pace runs, core workouts, and hydration.

    Training under former NCAA Champion Gilbert Tuhabonye and his highly qualified team of assistants, you'll experience an exciting group dynamic and gain a broad understanding of training philosophy, race strategy, nutrition, and more! Our workouts include runs all over downtown and west Austin doing hills, intervals, pace runs, and long runs. All groups meet three times per week - twice during the week and on Saturday for the long run.

    Joining the Gazelles also means you get to enjoy the benefits of seven free weekly boot camp and yoga classes, nutrition and injury-prevention clinics, discounts at both Texas Running Company locations, Gazelle apparel, access to on-site physical therapists, and on-going video analysis of your running form!

    For more information on any of our programs, please email info@gilbertsgazelles.com.


  • Gazelle Coach Michael Madison to Bike Across Burundi

    Mar 18, 2014

    Austin, Texas - March 18, 2014 - On Sunday, May 18, Michael Madison will embark on a 420-mile bike ride around the country of Burundi, Africa to raise money and awareness for the Gazelle Foundation. The Austin-based nonprofit has been building water systems in Burundi for seven years, to date providing access to clean water for over 25,000 citizens.

    Home of local running celebrity Gilbert Tuhabonye, the country was mired in civil war from 1993 to 2008. According to World Bank statistics Burundi ranks behind only the Congo as the poorest country on the globe. In 1993, Tuhabonye – co-founder of the Gazelle Foundation – survived a genocide attack that took the lives of more than 100 classmates and ignited 15 years of civil unrest.

    The seven day ride will take Michael Madison around the outer edges of the country, where he will average about 60 miles per day through elevations at times eclipsing 6,000 feet. Located just south of the equator, Burundi has a temperate, tropical climate throughout the year.

    Bike Across Burundi began in 2013 by Simon Guillebaud, a long-time missionary to the country. The group plans to raise at least $250,000 with the funding going towards the Gazelle Foundation as well as Guillebaud’s Great Lakes Outreach charity.

    “It’s an exciting adventure to be a part of this year and I hope that through my efforts we can help put Burundi on the map for people and they will see the need,” said Michael Madison. “Considering the recent turbulent times, Burundi has come a very long way to even be able to offer the ride. The country still needs the most basic necessities, most importantly, clean water for its people.”

    For more information about the Bike Across Burundi ride and/or the Gazelle Foundation, please visit gazellefoundation.com/bikeacrossburundi.


  • Enter the Gazelle NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge

    Mar 17, 2014

    It's time again for the annual Gazelle Bracket Challenge! Sure, we'll have a winner and a small payout for second and third but more importantly - can you pick games better than Gilbert? Our coach is no slouch, finishing in fourth last year and a mere four points from taking the overall title.

    Log in and check the forum for all of the details. You can also click HERE.

    But hurry, picks are due by Thursday at 11 AM!


  • Own A Bike? Register It With APD In Case It Ever Goes Missing!

    Feb 12, 2014

    APD has a bike registration program that can be accessed from your home computer and allow you to input all the necessary information to have your bike registered with APD. If your bike goes missing and is recovered by the police we can use the information you provided to get your bike back to you. It is as easy as filling in a few blanks. And after you have completed it, you should make a copy of the information and keep it in a wallet, purse or backpack. This way if something happens, you are ready.

    To register your bicycle just copy and paste the address below into your web browser:

    http://www.austintexas.gov/page/bike-registration# overlay-context=user

    Along with registering your bicycle you can also take steps to not be a victim of theft.

    First and foremost everyone should have a good U-lock to secure their bike. Many people buy $500-$1000 bikes every day and then buy the cheapest lock to secure it. Cable locks can be easily cut with large wire cutters and even the larger ones will be defeated given enough time. A good U-Lock is what all the pros use and so should you.

    Secondly, be mindful where you park you bike. Is it well lit? Is it a bike rack or some tree or fence? Always put your bike on a bike rack when possible and in a well-lighted area and not in dark locations just because it is close.

    When at home, place your bike in a secured area such as a garage or storage area. Leaving it under a car port or on the outside front rail makes it easy for someone to see it and attempt to take it.

    By doing these things you can take steps to avoid being a victim of bike theft and help aid in the recovery if you are a victim.

    Thanks for your time and be safe.


    Sergeant John Spillers
    Region 1 Command DTAC District Representatives Unit
    Austin Police Department
    John.Spillers@austintexas.gov
    512-974-5708


  • The Trail Foundation is seeking your input

    Jan 16, 2014

    As you likely realize, after the public-private partnership Boardwalk Trail Completion project is opened this summer, the eastside of the Butler Trail will transform because it will become so much more used. The southeast Trail area immediately past the eastern end of the Boardwalk and on around to Longhorn Dam is beautiful though the Trail and parklands along there have some needs. The Trail Foundation (TTF) is currently engaged in the Southeast Shore Master Plan in collaboration with the Austin Parks & Recreation Department. Once the master plan is finished, it will enable TTF better to focus our private projects and also allow the City to commit public funds in the future.

    In order to have this plan adopted by Council, it is important that we have good public participation. We are doing a number of things to get input including our online survey, a public meeting on January 29, and this Saturday's on-Trail input hours.

    1) This Saturday we will have two on-Trail locations where we will have maps so Tail users can easily and directly mark their comments when they are out at the Trail. We will also have little cards that give them the online survey link. This on-Trail user outreach is akin to how we took our February Trail Memory Board out to the Trail users where we know they are, at the Trail. (We don't expect everyone to go to a public meeting on a weeknight when people are busy with other things.)
    This Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., there will be an eastside Trail location under I-35 and a westside location under MoPac at the Johnson Creek Trailhead from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

    2) Fill out a survey: www.TrailSurvey.com; Also, share the survey using the link www.TrailSurvey.com with your Trail friend networks via FB or email or however you would like.

    3) Attend the Wednesday, January 29 public meeting at Fiesta Gardens on the eastside.


  • Gilbert Selected As Austin Fit Magazine 2013 "Best Of" Runner & Coach!

    Jan 7, 2014

    A record response for the 2013 Austin Fit Magazine "Best of" awards has netted Gilbert's Gazelles founder/owner Gilbert Tuhabonye two prestigious honors.

    With 20% of the vote as Austin's "Best Running Coach", Tuhabonye nearly tripled those received by the second place winner.

    For the third year in a row he was selected as "Best Runner", matching his vote total from 2011 with 13%.

    Additionally, Run for the Water 10 Miler & 5K which is produced by the charity Tuhabonye co-founded - Gazelle Foundation - received 3rd place in the "Best Race" category.

    Tuhabonye/Gazelles Awards
    AFM 2013: Best Running Coach (1st), Best Runner (1st), Best Race (3rd)
    AFM 2012: Best Runner (1st), Best Running Group (2nd), Best Race (2nd)
    AFM 2011: Best Runner (1st), Best Running Group (3rd)

    For the full results, visit http://www.austinfitmagazine.com/January-2014/The-2013-Best-of-Awards-1/.


  • Boston & Spring Marathon Kickoff Meeting - 12/14/2013

    Dec 11, 2013

    The class of all marathons in the United States, Boston has been a Gazelles stomping ground for the past eight years. Come and train under former NCAA Champion and world-renowned coach Gilbert Tuhabonye as he takes you through his tried and true program for your best experience yet. Over the past three years (2010-2012) more than 90 percent of those training with the Gazelles qualified to run Boston again.


    The group features workouts to prepare your body for the rigors of the rolling hills – taking you through some of the most beautiful areas of Austin. You will gain a broad understanding of training philosophy, race strategy, nutrition, and more. Weekly runs include core-centric circuit training, intervals, tempos, fartleks, hills, pace and long runs.

    Join us at 9:15 AM at Texas Running Company off 5th/Lamar for a kickoff meeting and introduction to the program. See you there!


  • Have You Registered for the Annual Gazelle Christmas Party?

    Nov 25, 2013

    Have you registered for the 2013 Gazelle Christmas Party? Our annual gathering is filled with food, drinks (adult beverages!), Gilbert dancing and so much more! Join us for the can't-miss event of the season by signing up at http://gilbertsgazelles.com/christmasparty.php

    Saturday, December 14th
    West Austin Youth Association (WAYA)
    6:30-10:00 PM
    All ages allowed (but there will be alcohol available...)!

    Additionally, when signing up vote for your selection of the 2013 Richard Mendez Award which honors a Gazelle who embodies what he stands for in our group: dedication, passion, sacrifice and selfless service to others. Previous winners include Jay Clement, Leslie Barclay, and - of course - Mr. Mendez himself!


  • Family Picture, Run for the Water & Much More!

    Oct 9, 2013

    Family picture photo, Run for the Water and so much more! Check out the latest Gazelle eNews here.


  • Family Picture Day, Lakeway/Steiner Ranch Classes & More!

    Aug 29, 2013

    Don't miss the annual Gazelle Family Picture! It's on Saturday, September 7th at 9:00 AM and if you're receiving this email then you are invited! Meet us at Texas Running Company and then we'll walk over to Whole Foods for a picture atop the plaza.

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  • New Class Locations: River Place/Steiner Ranch & Lakeway!

    Aug 9, 2013

    Gilbert is excited to bring his tried and true training methods to friends in the Lakeway area as well as the Steiner Ranch/River Place neighborhoods! This class is for all levels and focus on the basics - form, breathing, and running with joy.

    Just like true gazelles, the fastest runners must also start out on a solid, steady course to perfection. In this group you will learn to master the running fundamentals required to kick start your running prowess.The Gazelle coaching staff will introduce drills, skills, and other techniques to put you on the fast track, focusing on the biomechanics, strength and balance which is the foundation for the Gazelles training program philosophies.

    Gilbert Tuhabonye is a world-renowned running coach, motivational speaker, and former NCAA All-American, who believes that by transforming an athlete's biomechanics, running becomes a joy and the likelihood of injury is significantly limited. Gilbert brings his running and life experience to the training in an educational and inspiring format that stresses his love and commitment to the sport.
    For more information and to sign up, visit:
    Lakeway: http://www.gilbertsgazelles.com/training/view.php?id=26
    River Place/Steiner Ranch: http://www.gilbertsgazelles.com/training/view.php?id=27


  • Barton Springs Fest - August 10th, 2013

    Aug 1, 2013

    Gilbert's Gazelles is proud to be a sponsor of the 2013 Barton Springs Fest - a community event to celebrate Barton Springs, clean water, and sustainable, healthy communities! We invite you to join us on Saturday, August 10th at everyone's favorite springs.

    We run every day along the banks of Barton Creek, and many of us are regular swimmers in the cold spring waters.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about this very special place that we call home.

    There will be live music, "Barton Springs University" teaching sessions, hikes, snorkel tours and free watermelon.  Most of the activities take place on the south side of Barton Springs.  View the schedule of events and details at this link:

    http://www.sosalliance.org/community/barton-springs-fest


  • New Class Locations, Gazelle Night @ TxRC, and Much More!

    Jul 29, 2013

    Join us on August 22nd for a very special evening at Texas Running Company...

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    Join us on Thursday, August 22nd from 7:00-8:30 PM at Texas Running Company for a very special Gazelle night! Bernard and Gilbert will be on hand to help you find the right shoe and the folks from TRC are extending a 20% discount on every apparel item! Plus, our friends from Mizuno and Soleus will be there to assist and make sure you have the best running gear for optimum experience and performance.


    NEW CLASSES

    Beginning in September we'll be launching a new class in Lakeway and Riverplace/Steiner Ranch areas. Look for more details coming soon on where these sessions will be held and what days of the week. If you have a preference we'd love to hear it!


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    TRAINING

    Beginning next month training for CIM/Sacramento, Dallas and Bryan/College Station kicks off. Additionally, we'll have a special plan for those wanting to PR at Run for the Water! Then, in September preparations for Austin and Houston get underway. It's a busy fall and we look forward to having you a part of it!



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    Gilbert & Staff
    www.gilbertsgazelles.com
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  • Saturday, August 3rd: December Marathon/Half Marathon Information Session

    Jul 29, 2013

    Gilbert's Gazelles is the group for you whether this will be your first foray in to the 13.1 or 26.2 mile distances, you're trying to qualify for Boston and New York, or anything in between! The Gazelles are not just for fast people - although we do help you get faster while staying off the injured list. Over the past ten years, runners of all abilities and ages completed our training programs and clocked times from the 2:40's to over 6:00 hours in the Chicago Marathon alone! And that's not counting Portland, Steamtown, New York, San Antonio, Sacramento, St. George, Twin Cities, Grand Rapids...the list goes on and the opportunities are endless.

    Join us on Saturday, August 3rd at 9:30 AM in the new home for Gilbert's Gazelles at Texas Running Company for information on training with us for any 2013 December Marathon/Half-Marathon - that includes CIM, Dallas, Bryan/College Station among others. Gilbert will cover topics such as weekly mileage, following the training calendar, pace runs, core workouts, and hydration.

    Map of location HERE


    Training under former NCAA Champion Gilbert Tuhabonye and his highly qualified team of assistants, you'll experience an exciting group dynamic and gain a broad understanding of training philosophy, race strategy, nutrition, and more! Our workouts include runs all over downtown and west Austin doing hills, intervals, pace runs, and long runs. All groups meet three times per week - twice during the week and on Saturday for the long run.

    Joining the Gazelles also means you get to enjoy the benefits of seven free weekly boot camp and yoga classes, nutrition and injury-prevention clinics, discounts at both Texas Running Company locations, Gazelle apparel, access to on-site physical therapists, and on-going video analysis of your running form!

    For more information on any of our programs, please email info@gilbertsgazelles.com.


  • Fall Marathon/Half Marathon Information Session - Saturday, June 29

    Jun 27, 2013

    Gilbert's Gazelles is the group for you whether this will be your first foray in to the 13.1 or 26.2 mile distances, you're trying to qualify for Boston and New York, or anything in between! The Gazelles are not just for fast people - although we do help you get faster while staying off the injured list. Over the past ten years, runners of all abilities and ages completed our training programs and clocked times from the 2:40's to over 6:00 hours in the Chicago Marathon alone! And that's not counting Portland, Steamtown, New York, San Antonio, Sacramento, St. George, Twin Cities, Grand Rapids...the list goes on and the opportunities are endless.

    Join us on Saturday, June 29 at 9:00 AM in the new home for Gilbert's Gazelles at Texas Running Company for information on training with us during the 2013 Fall Marathon/Half-Marathon season. Gilbert will cover topics such as weekly mileage, following the training calendar, pace runs, core workouts, and hydration.

    Map of location HERE


    Training under former NCAA Champion Gilbert Tuhabonye and his highly qualified team of assistants, you'll experience an exciting group dynamic and gain a broad understanding of training philosophy, race strategy, nutrition, and more! Our workouts include runs all over downtown and west Austin doing hills, intervals, pace runs, and long runs. All groups meet three times per week - twice during the week and on Saturday for the long run.

    Joining the Gazelles also means you get to enjoy the benefits of seven free weekly boot camp and yoga classes, nutrition and injury-prevention clinics, discounts at both Texas Running Company locations, Gazelle apparel, access to on-site physical therapists, and on-going video analysis of your running form!

    For more information on any of our programs, please email info@gilbertsgazelles.com.


  • Fall Marathon/Half Marathon Information Session - Saturday, May 18

    May 13, 2013

    We can't believe it's almost that time of year again, but June is just around the corner which officially kicks off the Fall Marathon/Half Marathon training season!

    Gilbert's Gazelles is the group for you whether this will be your first foray in to the 13.1 or 26.2 mile distances, you're trying to qualify for Boston and New York, or anything in between! The Gazelles are not just for fast people - although we do help you get faster while staying off the injured list. Over the past ten years, runners of all abilities and ages completed our training programs and clocked times from the 2:40's to over 6:00 hours in the Chicago Marathon alone! And that's not counting Portland, Steamtown, New York, San Antonio, Sacramento, St. George, Twin Cities, Grand Rapids...the list goes on and the opportunities are endless.

    Join us on Saturday, May 18 at 9:00 AM in the new home for Gilbert's Gazelles at Texas Running Company for information on training with us during the 2013 Fall Marathon/Half-Marathon season. Gilbert will cover topics such as weekly mileage, following the training calendar, pace runs, core workouts, and hydration.

    Map of location HERE


    Training under former NCAA Champion Gilbert Tuhabonye and his highly qualified team of assistants, you'll experience an exciting group dynamic and gain a broad understanding of training philosophy, race strategy, nutrition, and more! Our workouts include runs all over downtown and west Austin doing hills, intervals, pace runs, and long runs. All groups meet three times per week - twice during the week and on Saturday for the long run.

    Joining the Gazelles also means you get to enjoy the benefits of seven free weekly boot camp and yoga classes, nutrition and injury-prevention clinics, discounts at both Texas Running Company locations, Gazelle apparel, access to on-site physical therapists, and on-going video analysis of your running form!

    For more information on any of our programs, please email info@gilbertsgazelles.com.


  • Announcing The New Home for Gilbert's Gazelles

    May 9, 2013

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    On behalf of the entire Gazelle team, we want to thank you for your patience, understanding and flexibility over the last month as we dealt with the transition from our previous location at RunTex. Each and every one of you are truly what makes the Gazelles group so special and unique. After many meetings and very thoughtful consideration, we are excited to announce that the new home for the Gazelles will be at Texas Running Company, conveniently located at 5th & Lamar.

    On top of the great location with access to the trail, our key considerations were ample parking, showers (yes, showers!), ability for us to locate lockers in the store, ability to accommodate our core and yoga sessions, absence of a current group training program, good people to work with, and discounts for Gazelles. Many terrific organizations kindly reached out to us during this transition period, all with many strong attributes. In the end, the best match for our immediate needs was determined to be the Texas Running Company (TRC). The folks at TRC are excited to welcome you and are planning some special opportunities for the Gazelles as well.


    With that said, we heard the majority of you loud and clear who told us via the survey, email and in-person conversations that you wanted a dedicated space for the Gazelles. This is our long term goal and our new friends at TRC are aware and very understanding. There is no set timeline and the search will be an ongoing process by our team. We're always open to feedback and suggestions so if you know of the best location for permanent, dedicated Gazelle home please don't be bashful! Without you none of this would be possible.

    If you're a current or considering re-joining Gazelle, there's probably a lot of questions going through your mind. Where do we park? What about core classes? Does anything change for the weekly running sessions? All of these and more are answered on the FORUM which we invite you to visit. If you've forgotten your password, CLICK HERE.

    In addition, below is an upcoming schedule of our "launch" at TRC as well as the training groups for the summer. Thank you again on behalf of all of the Gazelle coaches. You are a continual inspiration to us to work harder.
    • Saturday, May 11* - Long Run Starts @ TRC (***Stay for stretching or come back at 9:00 AM for a store introduction and special treats!***)
    • Saturday, May 18 @ 9:30 AM* - Marathon/Half Marathon Information Meeting #1 for all October and November events
    • Saturday, June 8 @ 9:30 AM* - Marathon/Half Marathon Information & Kickoff Meeting #2 for all October and November events

    Run With Joy,
    Gilbert & Staff
    www.gilbertsgazelles.com
    twitter.com/gilbertgazelles


    *Denotes 5th Street TRC Store

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  • Gazelles Headed North - A New 5K Program in Round Rock

    May 6, 2013

    Check out our newest program beginning in June in Round Rock! Youth and adult classes are available during the week. Gilbert's Gazelles 5K training program for Round Rock.


  • A Note From Gilbert on RunTex Closing

    Apr 4, 2013

    Hello my friends. The Gazelles are entering a new chapter. We thank RunTex and Paul Carrozza for the ten years of support. Without them we would not be what we are today. We will keep you posted on any decisions about a new location which we hope will be coming soon. Until then, let's continue to kick up the dust on our city's incredible Hike and Bike Trail, roads and grass. Run with Joy! Coach G


  • Spring Updates: Cap 10K, Bun Run, Gazelle Foundation Events and More!

    Apr 2, 2013

    Hard to believe it's already April! Seems like just a few days ago we were cheering Gazelles on at the Austin Marathon but time does have a funny way of quietly slipping by. In case you haven't been to a workout in the last couple months, the Gazelles moved across the parking lot to a bigger and better space at RunTex. Come check it out to enjoy the new flooring, the missing smells of the old Annex carpet, the lighting, and of course all the great workouts.

    Don't forget about our nine yoga and core classes throughout the week - free to all members!

    Cap 10K Coming Up THIS Sunday
    We're excited for one of the biggest races in Texas coming up this weekend - the annual passageway in to spring 5K/10K season some might even say. Online registration closes in two days but if you miss it you can still sign up at the expo on Friday and Saturday.

    Join us in the new workout facility at 7:00 AM on Sunday and we'll do a short warmup to help you get ready. Because the finish line is at Auditorium Shores you can leave all your warmup gear inside and grab it before heading home. Look for your favorite Gazelle coaches out on the course to cheer you on!


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    Let's Get Our Buns in Gear @ the Bun Run
    We're excited to partner with the Bun Run (Sunday, April 28th) this year for their annual 5K. And even better, the 10K is returning for a second year! The event supports the Austin Sunshine Camps (we run by the campgrounds while doing mile repeats at Zilker) and is one of the few big races in town to be near 100% volunteer driven. A mostly flat, fast course does the usual Dog Pound Loop out and back on Cesar Chavez but if you're looking for more of a challenge sign up for the double - the 10K @ 7 AM and the 5K @ 8:30 AM.

    Check the forum for an exclusive Gazelle discount code and don't forget to select "Gilbert's Gazelles" as your team on the runner information page when registering.

    Click Here to Register.

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    Gazelle Foundation Events: Spring (April 11) and Walk (April 27) for the Water
    April is a busy month for our friends at the Gazelle Foundation with two big fundraising events. Sign up today to attend Spring for the Water on April 11th where the former U.S. Ambassador to Burundi will be serving as the keynote speaker. Dine on traditional Burundi cuisine and bid on incredible silent auction items - some of which are donated by fellow Gazelles - including a chance to win free training for a year!

    RSVP at www.springforthewater.org and if you can't attend there are a number of opportunities to still be involved by donating. By the end of April the Gazelle Foundation will have completed construction on their ninth water project, now serving nearly 19,000 citizens in Burundi. You have been instrumental in this success thanks to your support by running or volunteering at Run for the Water, attending previous Spring for the Waters, and serving as ambassadors to friends and family.

    At the end of the month is the second annual Walk for the Water, a Saturday morning 3.7 mile walk for more than 1,000 Austin elementary, middle and high school students. Volunteers are needed for both Friday and Saturday with sign up available at www.walkforthewater.com. Last year the students raised more than $25,000 to help construct a water system in Burundi!

    Click Here to Register: Spring for the Water, Walk for the Water.
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    2013 Destination Marathons/Half Marathons - Baltimore, CIM, and Napa Valley
    Fall marathon and half marathon training will be here before you know it. When considering your options, don't forget about our three options for "Destination" races where the coaches travel with you to the race. Coming up first is the Baltimore Running Festival which features a 5K, 1/2 marathon and full marathon on October 12 in Baltimore, Maryland. More details on registration (Gazelles are guaranteed entry through the end of August), hotels and training is available HERE.


    Run With Joy,


  • ANNOUNCEMENT: Anniversary Logo Contest Winner + Shirts, Skirts Soon Available with Design

    Jun 6, 2012

    We're excited to announce that after more than 300 votes cast, Jill Brown of the Beginner Gazelles Group was chosen as the winner of the 2012 Logo Contest! Her design, which incorporated a powerful message written by Gilbert in his book of peace, hope, forgiveness, and courage, received the most first and second place votes as well as the fourth most third place votes.

                                         
    We'll be revealing the bumper sticker winner later this summer so stay tuned!

    Available at the long run next Saturday (June 16) will be Mizuno short sleeve and running tops with the new logo. Plus, for the first time ever, a limited number of running skirts are also on sale! Here's what we'll have in a variety of colors:

    Men's Shirts
    Creation Singlet ($25) - http://www.mizunousa.com/running/products/mizuno-mens-creation-singlet
    Enigma Tee ($28) - http://www.mizunousa.com/running/products/mizuno-mens-enigma-tee

    Women's Shirts
    Jinx Tank Top ($30) - http://www.mizunousa.com/running/products/mizuno-womens-jinx-sport-top
    Creation Singlet ($25) - http://www.mizunousa.com/running/products/mizuno-womens-creation-singlet
    Nirvana Sleeveless ($25) - http://www.mizunousa.com/running/products/mizuno-womens-nirvana-sleeveless-tee

    Women's Skirt
    Meridian Skirt ($35) - http://www.mizunousa.com/running/products/mizuno-womens-meridian-skirt

    No pre-order is available and they're on a first come, first serve basis. Of course, if there's something you like and are unable to purchase let us know and we can make another order!

    Run With Joy,
    Your Gazelle Coaches
    www.gilbertsgazelles.com
    twitter.com/gilbertgazelles
    twitter.com/tuhabonye


  • Run The Trails With the New Gazelle Trail Group!

    May 25, 2012

    Join Gilbert’s newest training group…Trail Running Gazelles!

    These Gazelles are bound for the endless trails in and around Austin. They are not scared of darkness, cold, heat, water, mud, getting lost - or getting found. This group begins on Tuesday, June 5th and all levels are welcome!

    The kick off meeting is Saturday, June 2nd at 9:30 AM in the RunTex Riverside Annex where we'll hit the major points of trail running and answer any questions or concerns.

    Workouts will be structured for a Tuesday 5:45 AM run on the Greenbelt, Thursday 5:45 AM speed workout with the main Gazelle group, and long run on Saturdays on the trails.

    For more information or to sign up, email info@gilbertsgazelles.com.


  • Fall Marathon/Half Marathon Info Session - June 2nd

    May 7, 2012

    We can't believe it's almost that time of year again, but June is just around the corner which officially kicks off the Fall Marathon/Half Marathon training season!

    Gilbert's Gazelles is the group for you whether this will be your first foray in to the 13.1 or 26.2 mile distances, you're trying to qualify for Boston and New York, or anything in between! The Gazelles are not just for fast people - although we do help you get faster while staying off the injured list. Over the past ten years, runners of all abilities and ages completed our training programs and clocked times from the 2:40's to over 6:00 hours in the Chicago Marathon alone! And that's not counting Portland, Steamtown, New York, San Antonio, Sacramento, St. George, Twin Cities, Grand Rapids...the list goes on and the opportunities are endless.

    Join us on Saturday, June 2nd at 9:30 AM in the Gazelle Training Center at RunTex Riverside for information on training with Gilbert's Gazelles during the 2012 Fall Marathon/Half-Marathon season. Gilbert will cover topics such as weekly mileage, following the training calendar, pace runs, core workouts, and hydration. 

    Training under former NCAA Champion Gilbert Tuhabonye and his highly qualified team of assistants, you'll experience an exciting group dynamic and gain a broad understanding of training philosophy, race strategy, nutrition, and more! Our workouts include runs all over downtown and west Austin doing hills, intervals, pace runs, and long runs. All groups meet three times per week - twice during the week and on Saturday for the long run. Joining the Gazelles also means you get to enjoy the benefits of eight free weekly boot camp and yoga classes, nutrition and injury-prevention clinics, discounts and RunTex and on Gazelle apparel, access to on-site physical therapists, and on-going video analysis of your running form! For more information on any of our programs, please email info@gilbertsgazelles.com.


  • Gilbert Takes Cover of Austin Fit Magazine

    Apr 6, 2012

    The slogan “Run With Joy” serves as the motto for the group, and Tuhabonye inserts much of his Burundian roots into the training. One can find his herd running all across town, sometimes singing African chants at the Austin High track: “The lion is coming; don’t let it catch you!”

    His jovial personality and ability to immediately connect with individual runners has helped Gilbert’s Gazelles grow into one of the most recognizable brands in the fitness community. The company, which started out with just three women shortly after Tuhabonye won the Capitol 10,000 in 2002, will celebrate its tenth year anniversary in April 2012.

    Read the story and see the pictures HERE.


  • Shelton's Put the Du in Duathlon, Take Top Honors

    Mar 16, 2012

    Jeff and Liz Shelton, long-time members of Gilbert's Gazelles, traveled to Seguin last weekend for the Blue Norther Duathlon and brought home top honors. Their race report, courtesy of http://austintriathlonstore.blogspot.com/, is below:
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    In early March, you can never be sure what kind of weather is going to roll in. But a race named for a weather phenomenon that brings a stretch of unseasonably cold, rainy days...well, that should give you an idea of what to expect. Hosted in Seguin on March 11, 2012, by the Seguin Sunrise Lions Club, the 22nd annual Blue Norther Duathlon was a success in spite of the storms and chilly temperatures.

    For Jeffrey Shelton, long-time runner, the Blue Norther Du was a first experiment in multisport. Since his wife, Liz – a former All-American runner at UT who competed in the 2000 Olympic trials – had already participated in a handful of sprint triathlons, she offered him encouragement and race tips. But some things have to be learned the hard way. After all, what self-respecting man would listen to his wife’s sage advice?

    Race Report by Jeffrey Shelton

    Liz Shelton at Danskin The duathlon was a 5K run, 14-mile bike, and 5K run. It was 51 degrees and raining cats and dogs all the way to Seguin. Rain, my bike, and me aren't necessarily the best of friends. I really, really hate to clean my bike after riding in rain so I wouldn't have raced, but someone had paid our entry and if you know my wife, Liz, then you know she loves atrocious weather. It's just another challenge to overcome. Here she was saying, "I don't care if it's pouring, lightning, or hailing. Slick roads don't scare me.”

    Meanwhile, in the back of my mind I was hoping the organizers would cancel or just turn the du into a 10K run or something. At least in a 10K I knew I'd be competitive in the Masters field. Liz asked, "You ready?" I had to just smile and as upbeat as I could feign, say "Yep.”

    Well, much to my dismay the race director decided to hold the event. Liz was as giddy as could be as she racked her bike. I'm looking around to make sure I'm doing things right: placing my shoes, helmet, dry socks, etc. I felt like we were the only two "Freds" with road bikes, and we certainly didn't have aero helmets. At least Liz had some aerobars on her bike, but then she’d just had those installed by the shop the day prior and didn't want to use what I like to refer to as "death handles.” The only thing I could have done to be more of an oddball was wear running shorts, the short-short kind. ATC had recommended some good shorts that I could run in. I had tried to run in my cycling shorts, but it felt like I had a diaper on. What can I say, I'm not getting any younger and I want as much padding as I can get when on the bike, but I heeded their advice and got some tri shorts.

    Something new for me was this whole marking the age on your calf business. My first thought was "c'mon, I know how old I am," but then Liz explained to me that if someone was in front of me in the same age group then I could see their age and run them down if I had enough left in the tank. Surprisingly, this bit of newfound knowledge paid off as I passed a youngster of 41 in the last 200 meters. I made sure he heard me coming and I looked over and told him "good job," but in my mind I thought there's only room for one Masters winner and I hoped that I'd caught all the 40+ dudes that had hammered past me on the bike.

    The transition from run to bike was eye-opening too. Yes, I know I should have listened to Liz and practiced that because I was the third person back from the run and the seventh or eighth person out. I guess stopping to dry my glasses, put on some chapstick, and change into dry socks, and the fact that my road shoes have a ratcheting/tightening system, could explain my tardy departure.

    Liz asked if I'd had a nice picnic after seeing my T1. Let's just say that velcro is all the rage and all the fast people and even the not-so-fast people have velcro this and that for quick shoe entry and removal. Meanwhile, I'm fiddlin' with the ratchet, "Click...click...click," and the clock is just tick, tick, ticking away. Now I know that velcro is much, much faster. Mental note: buy some all-velcro shoes if I do one of these things again. The one pro dude made it look easy as pie, or at least I felt like he must have been pro because he took out the whipping stick and put a whipping on us in the first run. I tried to look at his calf but his legs were moving too bloody fast. Liz warned me about the T1, but I failed to take heed. I guess I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I'm not the butter knife either.

    The bike course was slick in a few areas, and this was my rude awakening to yes, those tri bikes, aero wheels, speedsuits, and even the "sperm" helmets make a difference, as I was passed by no fewer than eight people. Way back in the early ‘90s I could ride respectably, but until last year I hadn't touched a bike in 17 or 18 years. I felt very humbled as these tri guys just rolled me off the back like a carpet out of a truck. I've ridden with the ATC Saturday ride so I knew the tri guys are strong, but this was ridiculous.

    I kept thinking about what my friend Desiree Ficker had said about the last seven miles and ratcheting it up and riding at my limit. She must have not known my limit was much lower than everyone else's; I tried, though. On the hills, or better said, on the slight rises, I was making up ground like a freight train off a cliff, but on the flats and downhills I could see people riding away from me, and they were making it look easy. I scooted as far forward on the saddle as the unmentionable area could stand and tried to pull on those pedals, but my engine wasn’t strong enough. I felt like I had a 4-cylinder and everyone else was a V8. I have my bike set up for relaxing long rides, and I don't own any aerobars to slap on, so it was like I was riding a chopper. Maybe next time I'll rent some aerobars or rent a bike for a few weeks if I do another one of these things. That's a big IF! ATC's Missy Ruthven on the run!

    Liz's background is running, and I knew Liz would be alright as she was first onto the bike, but alas, she too said on the downhills she was losing ground. In the end, two women passed her, so she was third into the final 5K run. Yep, you guessed it, those ladies were on those crazy aggressive tri bikes, with skintight speedsuits and aero-EVERYTHING. Liz said she could hear riders with the disc wheels coming and roll right on by, and she couldn't do anything about it. Trust me, I know exactly how she felt. She said she kept looking for ponytails as she was concerned about getting caught by ladies. Liz saw Missy Ruthven come rolling by but couldn't maintain contact. She hung tough on the little hills, though, and kept it to what would be manageable on the run. She said she was focusing on Des' advice too. Thanks Des for the advice, but we're newbies – at one point I just wanted to finish without walking.

    Don't tell Liz because I'll deny it, but I did take her advice about installing the elastic strings for quick entry into my running shoes, which must have helped in T2 because Liz didn't ask how my picnic went there. Coming off the bike and starting the run I think I was 11th or 12th but I focused on what Des instructed and thought about quick feet. I imagined I was running through hot coals. I don't know if that was for the quick feet as much as the thought of being warm, since I was chilled to the core and my Raynaud's syndrome was kicking into overdrive.

    But quick turnover must have worked, as I passed almost all the guys who had passed me on the bike. Meanwhile Liz had lost something like two and a half minutes on the bike and had her work cut out for her. She passed the second-place girl in the first mile of the second 5K and would have to run her fanny off to catch the leader. Liz said that at one point she could see Missy and thought that the race might be over and that she had run out of road. Liz no longer has the 2:01 800m wheels but she still has wheels nonetheless. So much so that when it comes to a sprint I won't even step on the track with her. I've got a fragile ego and don't want to get "wifed" on the track so it's just safer for me not to toe the line against her in anything less than 800m. I knew she had a good chance if she could get close enough, but the finish line was approaching fast. In the end, Liz caught Missy with about 100 meters remaining.

    The timing company had a few things go wrong and there were people confused about the posted results. Ultimately the timing company told everyone to just go home and they'd to sort it all out, which they did. For me as a newbie, the best thing was baked 'taters at the finish line. Yum, hit the spot. And they were hot, which finally warmed me up and helped to lessen the Raynaud's.

    Last year Liz said, "I want to do a sprint triathlon,” which she did. Now she wants to tackle an Olympic Distance triathlon and has started training. She is excited to test herself and to do more triathlons. I'll be out there just cheering my heart out for her, wondering all the while how people can have such big engines and do these multi-discipline sports. Me, I think I’ll stick to just riding my bike as often as I can and running every once in a while with the ATC group and my good buddy Gilbert. That's how I saw it as a newbie.

    Liz was 1st overall female and I was 1st Old Dude.


  • New Class: Tuesday/Thursday AM Friendly Gazelles

    Feb 6, 2012

    Due to popular demand, Gilbert and his coaching staff have added another Gazelle Training Session. Come join the other friendly runners in a non-competitive atmosphere for a program which focuses on form, biomechanics, strength and endurance, which form the basis for the Gazelles training program philosophies. 


    Gilbert Tuhabonye is an Olympian and NCAA All-American, who believes that by transforming an athlete's biomechanics, running becomes a joy and the likelihood of injury is significantly limited. Gilbert brings his running and life experience to the training in an educational & inspiring format that stresses his love and commitment to the sport. 

    Participants have the option of choosing between the following three weekly classes: M/W at 7:30 or 9:15 AM or T/Th at 8:15 AM. Each Saturday the group meets for a long run with a bonus stretching session afterwards.

    To register, visit http://www.gilbertsgazelles.com/training/view.php?id=3


  • Gilbert's Gazelles Garners 2011 Awards from Competitor, AustinFit Magazines

    Jan 10, 2012

    Competitor Magazine South Region - Best Running Club
    http://running.competitor.com/2011/12/features/best-of-competitor-2011_43777/1

    Individuals from all across the state voted to select Gilbert's Gazelles as the top running club. Competitor - which owns the Rock 'N Roll Marathon/Half Marathon events - distributes more than 55,000 copies of it's monthly magazine publication in Texas and surrounding states.

    AustinFit Magazine - Gilbert Tuhabonye Best Runner, Gilbert's Gazelles #3 Running Club
    http://www.austinfitmagazine.com/Lifestyle/Reviews/2012/January/best-of-2012.html

    From the magazine:
    Gilbert Tuhabonye - Best Runner - 13% of the vote
    No surprise here – Tuhabonye, head of Gilbert’s Gazelles and cross country coach for St. Andrews, grew up a runner, representing Burundi in the Olympics as an 11th grader. He was also a national champion at Abilene Christian University and has been a staple in the Austin road running and training scene.


    Gilbert's Gazelles - 3rd Best Running Club - 19% of the vote
    Beginner to elite runners train with Gilbert Tuhabonye, noted runner and author of “This Voice in My Heart.”


    Congratulations are in order to some of our friends/partners:
    Jack & Adam's - Best Bike Shop
    Laura CaJacob - Best Nutritionist/Dietician
    AustinDEEP - 2nd, Massage Therapist/Studio
    Desiree Ficker - 3rd, Triathlete
    RunTex - 3rd, Retail/Apparel
    The Bar Method - 3rd, Barre Studio


  • Didn't Get In the Houston Marathon Lottery? Here's Your Second Chance!

    Aug 25, 2011

    If you weren't selected in the 2012 Houston Marathon/Half Marathon lottery there's no reason to fret. This year there are 26 charities needing runners to help them raise money for their cause - and by doing this you get to register in the race! Simply visit http://www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com/RunForAReason/index.cfm?SRed=1& and select your organization of choice.

    The list includes a number of local non-profits including Marathon Kids and Presbyterian Children's Homes & Services. Don't wait to sign up before your second chance is over!


  • Austin/Houston Marathon & Half Marathon Information Session - Saturday, August 27th

    Aug 13, 2011

    Mark you calendars for Saturday, August 27th at 9:30 AM to join us in the Gazelle Training Center at RunTex Riverside for information on training with Gilbert's Gazelles for the 3M, Houston and Austin Marathon/Half Marathons as well as our other monthly groups.

    Former NCAA Champion and world renowned running coach Gilbert Tuhabonye will cover topics such as weekly mileage, following the training calendar, pace runs, core workouts, and hydration. Hundreds of local runners ranging from long-time veterans to those who just bought their first pair of running shoes have joined our tried and true methods and captured Gilbert’s philosophy of running with joy and staying injury-free.

    Training under the Gazelles programs will provide you an exciting group dynamic experience while gaining understanding of training philosophy, race strategy, nutrition, and more! Our workouts include various runs throughout downtown and west Austin, incorporating hills, intervals, pace runs, tempo runs, and long runs while also building a strong core. Groups meet three times per week - twice during the week and on Saturday for the long run. Joining the Gazelles also means you get to enjoy the benefits of six free weekly core classes, a yoga class, nutrition and injury-prevention clinics, discounts at RunTex and on Gazelle apparel, access to on-site physical therapists, and on-going video analysis of your running form!

    The start date for all of these programs is Monday, September 5th. Class time options are Monday/Wednesday at 5:45, 7:30 and 9:15 AM and Tuesday/Thursday at 5:45 AM/5:30 PM with all groups meeting on Saturdays at 6 AM for the long runs. For more information on any of our programs, visit www.gilbertsgazelles.com or email info@gilbertsgazelles.com.


  • Book signing on Saturday: Mile Markers by Kristin Armstrong

    Jun 1, 2011

    JOIN US ON SATURDAY, JUNE 4th FOR A SPECIAL BOOK SIGNING BY KRISTIN ARMSTRONG. SHE'LL BE IN THE GAZELLE TRAINING CENTER AT RUNTEX RIVERSIDE STARTING AT 8:00 AM!

    Kristin Armstrong has only been running with the Gazelles for about six months, but she's been sharing her writing talent with many for a number of years. On March 1st Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run will hit the shelves of a bookstore near you.

    A veteran of numerous marathons and half marathons, Kristin pens her experiences weekly at RunnersWorld.com on her blog "Mile Markers: Marking moments on the road of life."

    http://milemarkers.runnersworld.com/2011/02/labor-pains.html

    Labor Pains
    Kristin Armstrong
    RunnersWorld.com

    I have a mailing address for my mail for two reasons. One is because I travel and it's never good to have an overflowing mailbox or packages stacking up on your front porch to alert crooks to your absence. The other is because my mailbox is kind of ghetto and off kilter and a nearby sprinkler head is cockeyed and sprays water into the back of the box. All my flyers, Costco coupons, and letters from people who don't know better are always soggy.

    The mail place where I get my goods is becoming high tech and now I get email notifications when I have packages to pick up. Last week I got a beep on my phone and happened to be right nearby, so I pulled in and hoped it wasn't another godforsaken tax thingy.

    Instead it was three big boxes.

    Immediately I started to pit out and my heart rate spiked just like the beginning of a track workout before I take one step.  I knew what it was, or thought I did, but had to open the box right away to be sure. I demanded scissors, ignoring the line of customers who were patiently and politely waiting. I yanked the scissors from the clerk, dropped to my knees, stabbed the box louder and more violently than I meant to (nerves), slit the top open, threw off the puffy packaging airbags and there they were. The rest of the store faded in my mind and I was a kid on Christmas.

    I was holding a copy of my new book.

    And so much for maturity, manners, or the blasé cool of an experienced author. I squealed like a third grader, hopped up, danced around, showed the copy to anyone who wasn't suddenly evacuating the premises or pretending to check their phones. Ric, the manager, was happy for me. Or happy to help me carry my boxes to the car so I could get on my merry way. I didn't care. I floated home and ran inside to brew a cup of coffee with vanilla soy creamer and sit on the sofa with my spanking fresh, hot of the press, copy of Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run.

    Have you ever been in the middle of a move or cleaning project and come across an old box of photographs, an old journal, diary, letters, or papers and found yourself lost in them, still sitting there, hours later? That's how I felt that afternoon. Like I had dipped into my running history, our running history sweethearts, and lingered there, reliving moments–some joyful, some raw and painful–and I delighted in shedding  both kinds of tears. I got to remember my kids when they were small, how my legs felt when I first started to run, and go back and watch my friendships as they deepened.

    It was like an old married couple finding love letters from courtship, only the love letters are a correspondence between running and us. Sometimes passionate, sometimes disillusioned, sometimes working through something, sometimes purely grateful–but always intimate. We have history together of inside jokes and shared experiences. This book is my evolution as a runner and at the same time it's the evolution of every woman runner, every beloved sweat sister. My running group, my pack, is an extension of you and yours. Because regardless of how talented or devoted we are, we are all juggling the same things in different ways. We are a community.

    In a world where time, schedules, busyness, competitiveness, and the demands of careers and motherhood could work to drive us apart running routes us back together. Ponytails, thrown on clothes, laced up shoes, good weather, bad weather, victorious workouts and finish lines, as well as miserable, bonking defeats: We are all in this together.

    Giving birth to a book involves gestation and labor pains. But in the end, when you hold it for the first time, it's a beautiful beginning. A very fine Mile Marker, to be sure. This book is for us, my dears, it's for you. I hope you love it. (Wait 'till you see who endorsed it for me–are you kidding me???  I am so not worthy.)

    Please preorder a copy. Get one for you, your sweat sisters, your daughters, your moms, for all your valentines. Get a copy for anyone who thinks you are a total nut job for all your crazy miles. Get a copy for anyone you wish would get up and go for a run. Get a copy for the precious men in your life who could use a window into womanity. If I had one dream for this book it would be that it would be both a tribute to all the women who get out there and try over and over to be someone better than they were yesterday–and at the same time, an invitation to women who have never considered the idea that a runner might be hiding on the inside.

    Finally, I have to say two of the most inadequate words in all of language: Thank you. I know that there is no writer without readers. You have marked these miles with me, these pages have your footsteps all over them.

    I am grateful.

    K


  • Gilbert Speaks at TEDxAustin

    Mar 28, 2011

    Our fearless leader was invited to TEDxAustin in February to speak at the all-day conference. Video of his speech is now available online, and have a box of Kleenex's handy because you're going to need them!

    Check out why he received a standing ovation here: Gilbert Tuhabonye TEDxAustin

    If you're interested in booking Gilbert to speak at your company or event, email susan@lenihangroup.com.


  • Upcoming Training - Boston Marathon and Spring 10K's!

    Dec 1, 2010

    Gilbert's Gazelles will host an information session Saturday, December 4th at 9:30 AM at RunTex Riverside for those interested in training for the Boston Marathon. Annually 30+ Gazelles travel to the marathon of all marathons and in 2009 over 90% requalified.

    In January our annual Spring 10K program will begin, focusing on speed and strength to get you prepared for whichever race(s) you choose to run.

    For more information on any class we offer, please visit our classes page http://gilbertsgazelles.com/training/classes.php or email us at info@gilbertsgazelles.com.


  • Gazelle Yoga Classes - FREE!

    Nov 10, 2010

    Gilbert's Gazelles offers FREE Yoga classes to all runners and non-runners on Friday's at 5:30 PM and Sunday at 6:00 PM.

    Join us in the Annex building at RunTex Riverside on Fridays for Beginner's Yoga. Taught by Beth Marek - a certified Yoga instructor - the one hour session focuses on the basics of Yoga in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

    On Sundays, Beth teaches Hatha Yoga from 6:00-7:00 PM. Come and learn the practice while increasing flexibility, strengthening your core, and ridding the body of toxins.

    All that is needed for either session is a Yoga mat. Parking is available on either side of the RunTex Riverside store, and look for the building with the big Gazelle banner hanging from it. If you have any additional questions, email Beth at bethmarek@hotmail.com.


  • November Updates: Christmas Party, New Groups, and a Thank You!

    Nov 5, 2010

    Run for the Water Thank You
    We can't say thank you enough to all of those who volunteered and/or participated in the 2010 Run for the Water. It was our largest event in the four year history and you are the reason for it. Thanks in large part to the continued success of the race the Gazelle Foundation is able to continue it's life-changing work both here and abroad. If you aren't a fan of the Facebook page become one today and check out all the latest pictures that have been updated. First one to spot Gilbert's mother gets a high five! And if you filled out a Reasons to Run card you might just find yourself HERE!

    Far West and Circle C Gazelle Groups
    Did you know that we have Gazelle groups at in the Far West and Circle C neighborhoods? Together they rocked the Run for the Water 10-Miler and now they are both transitioning to training for 3M and Austin. If you'd like to be a part or have friends that live in the area, come on out and give the class a try! More information can be found here on Far West and Circle C.

    Christmas Party Time!
    Finally the weather is starting to turn a little cooler and that means it's time to start making plans to attend the Gazelle Christmas Party! This year we'll be holding it on Saturday, December 18th at a time to be determined (6 or 7 PM). The trending tradition is to have the party inside RunTex as they allow us to clear out all the merchandise and make room for a dance floor. Have you ever seen Gilbert dance? You don't want to miss this. Spouses and children are welcomed, and please reserve your spot so that we can have an accurate head count: Christmas Party Signup.

    Boston Training Up Next
    I tried to warn you the weekend before registration opened about Boston filling up fast. Some heeded that advice and registered early, and others were in disbelief when they heard it sold out in seven hours. But for those of you who were lucky and have fast fingers on the keyboard, congrats! Gazelle Boston Training begins on Monday, December 6th. We'll have an information session for all who are interested on Saturday, December 4th at 10 AM. Recent years have seen 25-35 Gazelles make the trip up north for one of the world's most renowned marathons, and the training features hills, more hills, and Meriden to help prepare you for the race day course. We'll even do a long run starting late in the morning so that you can practice all your pre-race prep and treat it like it's April 18th!

    Where are the Gazelles? Look for them here...
    We're sending off runners to marathons and half marathons just about every weekend. Up for this Sunday is the New York Marathon, and then the Gazelle contingent travels south I-35 to San Antonio next week. From there we go to Dallas, Las Vegas, Portland, Sacramento, Philadelphia…the list is endless! Some runners are already planning their spring assault and looking at Napa Valley.

    Soon it will be time to switch gears for many and look towards all the great 5K's and 10K's central Texas offers. If you're interested in the shorter distances we'll be launching our various programs in January to help you reach your goals at the Cap 10K, Chuy's 5K, Texas RoundUp and other spring events. Traditionally these classes focus more on core strength, short interval-type workouts, and form.

    The Bridge to Somewhere
    Earlier this week Austin voters passed Proposition 1 which included funding for the completion of the Boardwalk connecting the trail east and west of Interstate 35. The Trail Foundation - which works with the City of Austin to protect and enhance the trail and is responsible for the recent upgrades - will have a major role in the building and maintaining the structure. If you would like to get involved, visit them and view their various Volunteer Opportunities.

    Another Championship for Gilbert
    Congrats to Gilbert and his cross country team at St. Andrews High School for their third consecutive SPC State Championship. In Dallas this morning his boys dominated their competition, taking four of the top 10 spots. Roberto Diaz - who many of you have seen running with the Gazelles at one time or another - claimed his second straight individual title.

    Run With Joy,
    Your Friendly Gazelle Coaches


  • Run For The Water 10-Miler, 5K & Kids K - October 31st

    Oct 27, 2010

    The Gazelle Foundation’s Run for the Water is the premier 10-mile, 5K and Kids’s K in Texas and our largest annual fundraiser. This year’s race date is Sunday, October 31.

    One doesn’t have to race to participate, as we have various opportunities to volunteer on or before race day. By taking part in the race you are helping us ensure the continued success of our water projects in Burundi which have thus far guaranteed over 3,000 citizens access to clean water for the remainder of their life. Whether you want to Volunteer, run the 10-miler, 5K, or Kids K, know that you’re helping change the world.

    There are many Reasons To Run, but welcome to what we consider as the best one! To learn more, please visit our event page at www.runforthewater.com and keep up with current race information by follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/run4thewater.


  • Vote YES for Prop 1

    Oct 26, 2010

    Gilbert's Gazelles supports Proposition 1 - a November ballot issue that will complete the Town Lake Trail and increase mobility around Austin for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

    The Trail project will provide for new land and overwater trail segments along the lakefront and will replace the Trail's current unsafe detour along Riverside Drive and over I-35. The project will provide safe pedestrian and bicycle access along a beautiful section of the lake and parkland.

    THIS VOTE WILL BE CLOSE. Let's don't miss this opportunity.

    To find an early voting location near you: http://www.co.travis.tx.us/county_clerk/election/20101102/early.asp

    To learn more about Prop 1 visit www.GetAustinMoving.com.


  • Saturday Information Session: Training with Gilbert's Gazelles

    Aug 25, 2010

    Mark you calendars for Saturday, August 28th at 10 a.m. to join us in the Gazelle Training Center at RunTex Riverside for information on training with Gilbert's Gazelles for the 3M, Houston and Austin Marathon/Half Marathons as well as our other monthly groups. Former NCAA Champion and world renowned running coach Gilbert Tuhabonye will cover topics such as weekly mileage, following the training calendar, pace runs, core workouts, and hydration. Hundreds of local runners ranging from long-time veterans to those who just bought their first pair of running shoes have joined our tried and true methods and captured Gilbert’s philosophy of running with joy and staying injury-free. Training under the Gazelles programs will provide you an exciting group dynamic experience while gaining understanding of training philosophy, race strategy, nutrition, and more! Our workouts include various runs throughout downtown and west Austin, incorporating hills, intervals, pace runs, tempo runs, and long runs while also building a strong core. Groups meet three times per week - twice during the week and on Saturday for the long run. Joining the Gazelles also means you get to enjoy the benefits of five free weekly core classes, nutrition and injury-prevention clinics, discounts at RunTex and on Gazelle apparel, access to on-site physical therapists, and on-going video analysis of your running form! The start date for all of these programs is Monday, September 6th. Class time options are Monday/Wednesday at 5:45, 7:30 and 9:15 AM and Tuesday/Thursday at 5:45 AM/5:30 PM with all groups meeting on Saturdays at 6 AM for the long runs. For more information on any of our programs, visit www.gilbertsgazelles.com or email info@gilbertsgazelles.com.


  • New Group Starts in Two Weeks: 10 Weeks to the 10-Miler Training Program

    Aug 11, 2010

    Named in 2007 as Austin's best new race and in '08 as Austin's favorite race, the fourth annual Run for the Water is yet again a marquee event on the central Texas racing calendar. Produced by the Gazelle Foundation, the 10-Miler features a downtown course with a west Austin twist, hitting the scenic routes through Tarrytown before making the descent back to Lake Austin Boulevard. Whether you're a seasoned veteran of the race or this will be your first, come train under a program designed by world-class runner and locally renowned coach Gilbert Tuhabonye - the man who designed the course and brings the race to you each and every year! Over 10 weeks you will gain a broad understanding of training philosophy, race strategy, nutrition, and more! Workouts includes hills, core strengthening, intervals, tempos, fartleks and long runs.

    START DATE: Monday, August 23rd, 2010
    CLASS OPTIONS:

    • M/W - 5:45 AM at Far West (Coach Sonya Manson)
    • M/W - 5:30 PM at RunTex Riverside (Coach Gilbert Tuhabonye/Michael Madison)
    • T/Th - 6:00 AM at Bowie High/Circle C (Coach Bernard Manirakiza)
    • ALL - Saturday at 6:00 AM (Meet at RunTex Riverside, All Coaches)
    COST: $160 ($135 for returning Gazelles)
    LOCATION: Various

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Customized training calendar tailored to your needs
    • 15% discount at all RunTex locations
    • 4 Free Boot Camp/Core Classes per week
    • On-site physical therapists
    • Video Analysis of your running form
    • Bonus stretching on Saturdays
    • Online forum, videos, Gazelle gear


  • A Bevy of Marathons for Gazelles in 2010

    Jul 1, 2010

    We're a month in to training for Chicago, Portland, and all our other October marathoners, and next week kicks off the programs for November events that include San Antonio and New York City.

    Hundreds of Gazelles have made their choices for the fall training season, choosing a record 22 marathons and half marathons to tackle. It's not too late to sign up if you're still interested, or join our White Rock/Sacramento/December Marathon group that starts on August 2nd!

    The List:
    St. George
    Twin Cities
    Chicago
    Portland
    Steamtown (Pennsylvania)
    Vancouver
    Marathon 2 Marathon
    Baltimore
    Kansas City
    Green River (Vermont)
    Grand Rapids
    Nike Women's (California)
    Frankenthon (Cedar Park, TX)
    Marathon for Adoption (New Braunfels, TX)
    Marine Corps
    New York
    Richmond (Virginia)
    San Antonio
    Philadelphia
    Sacramento
    White Rock
    Las Vegas


  • Gilbert Talks Marathons and Track Meets on News8

    May 28, 2010

    Recently, Gilbert spoke with News8 Austin's Ricky Doyle about the upcoming marathon training season, Summer Twilight Series, and being an American citizen.

    Check it out here: Gilbert on News8


  • Gazelle Fall Marathon/Half Marathon Info Session

    May 18, 2010

    Mark you calendars for Saturday, June 5th at 10 a.m. to join us in the Gazelle Training Center at RunTex Riverside for information on training with Gilbert's Gazelles during the 2010 Fall Marathon/Half-Marathon season. Gilbert will cover topics such as weekly mileage, following the training calendar, pace runs, core workouts, and hydration. Last year hundreds of runners joined our programs and learned how to run with joy and injury free. One could have found them at the Chicago Marathon, Portland, Marine Corps, Sacramento, San Antonio, New York, Venice, Paris, Dallas, Austin, and so many more! Training under former NCAA Champion Gilbert Tuhabonye and his highly qualified team of assistants, you'll experience an exciting group dynamic and gain a broad understanding of training philosophy, race strategy, nutrition, and more! Our workouts include runs all over downtown and west Austin doing hills, intervals, pace runs, and long runs. Groups meet three times per week - twice during the week and on Saturday for the long run. Joining the Gazelles also means you get to enjoy the benefits of four free weekly core classes, nutrition and injury-prevention clinics, discounts and RunTex and on Gazelle apparel, access to on-site physical therapists, and on-going video analysis of your running form! For more information on any of our programs, please email info@gilbertsgazelles.com.


  • Gazelle Day @ Snap Kitchen - Thursday, May 20th

    May 13, 2010

    Thursday, May 20th is Gazelle Day at Snap Kitchen! Click the article to learn more and how it benefits the Gazelle Foundation!



  • Nutrition Clinic presented by Snap Kitchen

    Apr 29, 2010

    Nutrition Clinic presented by Snap Kitchen 
This has been two months in the making and we've finally nailed down a date that works for most everyone. Saturday, May 15th at 9:30 we will host registered dietitian Andrea Loera Hinsdale from Snap Kitchen in the Annex to give a talk about nutrition and fitness for runners. And it won't be the normal, boring eat 1/2 cup of rice and 1 quart of peas to get whatever daily servings. She will be giving pointers and takeaways so that you can feel confident in what you're eating while we train through the grueling summer heat in Austin. Andrea has over a decade of experience in the field and we're confident you'll walk away with tangible tips and guidance on what you're putting in to your body each day. Plus, they'll be bringing some of their food for you to sample! Check them out here: www.snapkitchen.com


  • Gazelle Trail Running - Launching Now!

    Mar 24, 2010

    Join Gilbert’s newest training group…Trail Running Gazelles!

    These Gazelles are bound for the endless trails in and around Austin.� They are not scared of darkness, cold, heat, water, mud, getting lost - or getting found.� This group begins on Tuesday, March 30 with the training intent to complete 30k's and 60k's throughout the summer and ending with Cap'n Karl's All-Nighter: http://www.tejastrails.com/CaptKarl.html.

    This just might be one of the toughest challenges around, but you'll be under the guise of Denver Fredenburg who's completed 6 marathons, 2 ultra's and numerous trail races of varying distance. And to boot he played college baseball at Baylor - so don't think about getting into a rock throwing contest with the man!�

    Join the group and test your mettle and for the naysayers don’t let the distance intimidate you. Trail running is a different breed of running.� It is not about how fast you can go….it is just about putting one foot in front of the other.� Anyone can do it, and everyone should.�

    The kick off meeting is next Tuesday at 6:00 a.m. in the RunTex Annex where we'll hit the major points of trail running, answer any questions or concerns, and then hit the dirt! Workouts will be on Tuesday/Thursday at 5:45 a.m. and a long run on Saturdays. We'll soon have a training calendar up on the website and normal meeting locations will include Barton Springs Pool, Hill of Life, and elsewhere around our beautiful city!

    For more information or to sign up, email info@gilbertsgazelles.com. Reserve your spot now, because the class is limited to the first 10!


  • Gazelle Spring Break Camp: Ages 8-18

    Feb 25, 2010

    Want to win that district championship? Perhaps you’re just a few seconds away from making the varsity squad? Or maybe you’re wanting to learn the basics and have fun? If you’re looking to get faster, stronger, and learn proper technique - the Gazelle Spring Break Camp is for you! Come join former NCAA Champions Gilbert Tuhabonye and Bernard Manirakiza and other collegiate runners as they help you learn proper running mechanics, drills, stretching, block starts, race strategy, and exciting core strengthening exercises! We end the week with a competition where you might just get to race your coaches!

     

    TIME/DATE: Monday-Friday, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

    LOCATION: RunTex Riverside, 422 W. Riverside Dr.

    COST: $100

    CONTACT: Michael Madison, 512.589.1310, michael@gilbertsgazelles.com


  • Gazelles Never Quit - Kurt Wilkin's Story at the Austin Marathon

    Feb 22, 2010

    http://news8austin.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=267606

    How far would you go to complete your ultimate goal?

    One runner was faced with that exact question at this month's Austin Marathon when he thought his race was over.

    "I had trained a lot. I was very hydrated. I had seven ‘goos’ that morning. I had water at every water stop and then around mile 24, I started feeling out of it a little bit," Austin Marathon runner Kurt Wilkin said.

    Wilkin was less than a mile away from the finish line when he collapsed.

    "At 25 and a half or so, I thought I had crossed the finish line, and I was just relaxing. The next thing I know, people are waking me up, pouring water on me," he said.

    Wilkin was put in an ambulance, given three bags of IV and taken to the hospital. Despite a lot of training, he would not finish the marathon or the seven race distance challenge he'd worked so hard to complete.

    "It was a little scary at the time. Especially knowing my wife and kids were there wondering where Daddy was," Wilkin said.

    But that's just where the story begins.

    "I convinced the doctors to let me go and finish the last few blocks of the marathon," he said.

    Wilkin would not settle for finishing the race another day. He wanted to finish it right then, and he convinced his wife to take him back to the same spot where he thought he had failed.

    "I said, 'You know what? I want to go do it. I don't care what the time is.' I walked across the finish line just to accomplish it, and just to be done. It gave me a sense of accomplishment. I was happy to chalk it off my list," Wilkin said.

    Although the race took a little longer than he had planned, Wilkin did finish it.

    "In seven hours versus three hours and 53 minutes," he said.

    Kurt Wilkin said he's now telling his wife, no more full marathons. He said he’ll stick to half marathons from now on.


  • Kerrigan, Reiser, Reubel Take Age-Group Titles in 2009-2010 Distance Challenge

    Feb 18, 2010

    It was another banner year for Gazelles participating in the Austin Distance Challenge. Comprised of seven races over six months, the ADC offers Central Texas runners an opportunity to build up to the Austin Marathon by competing in a two 10K’s, a 10-Miler, two Half Marathons, a 20 Miler, and the Marathon held in February each year. This year the ADC also offered a Half-Track to runners who had no interest in running 26.2 miles.

     

    On the Full Track side, Adam Reiser and Ivi Kerrigan claimed first place in their respective age groups while also placing second overall. Kerrigan’s 3:14 in the marathon was good enough for a Top-20 female finish and number two in DC participants.

     

    Also claiming an age group award was Allison Hall with a third place finish in the 30-34 category. Hall trailed fellow Gazelle Martha Broyles all season as they sat 3-4 in the rankings, but overtook her in the marathon with a personal best 4:05.

     

    Others claiming finisher awards for the Distance Challenge are: Amy Farley (4th, 35-39), Brian Wilson (4th 35-39), Rich Martin, Eric Overton, Kurt Wilkin, Linda Michael (6th 45-49), and Steve Piche (6th, 45-49). Worth noting is that the ’09-’10 season was Overton’s 12th to complete.

     

    On the Half-Track side, new Gazelle Yvonne Ruebel took top honors in the 25-29 age group, staving off close competition from the second and third place finishers. David Eiben used his personal best 1:32 at the 3M Half Marathon to take 2nd in the 40-44 age group, and Grace Payne finished with a commanding lead over her third place competitor to take 2nd in the 45-49 age group.

     

    The final rankings for the 2009-2010 Austin Distance Challenge can be found at www.austindistancechallenge.com. An end of season party where all participants receive their finisher’s medals and jackets will be held at RunTex Riverside on the weekend of March 13, with more details to be announced at a later time.

     

    Gazelle                        Place/Age Group                   Time

    Allison Hall                  3rd / 30-34                               13:17:52

    Martha Broyles            4th / 30-34                               13:44:22

    Adam Reiser                1st / 30-34                               9:34:01

    Ivi Kerrigan                  1st / 35-39                               10:31:30

    Amy Farley                  4th / 35-39                               13:04:44

    Brian Wilson                4th / 35-39                               12:00:43

    Rich Martin                  14th / 40-44                             14:14:05

    Eric Overton                18th / 40-44                             15:04:47

    Kurt Wilkin                  20th / 40-44                             16:08:52

    Linda Michael              6th / 45-49                               13:59:38

    Steve Piche                  5th / 45-49                               12:07:01

    Yvonne Reubel            1st / 25-29                                9:32:47 (Half Track)

    David Eiben                 2nd / 40-44                              7:57:10 (Half Track)

    Grace Payne                2nd / 45-49                              8:28:45 (Half Track)


  • Gilbert on KVUE for the Austin Marathon

    Feb 13, 2010

    http://www.kvue.com/sports/Austin-Marathon-Preview-84282412.html


  • New Gazelle Boot Camp Class!

    Feb 1, 2010

    Beginning on Tuesday, February 2nd there's a new boot camp option to go along with the three classes we currently offer. From 6:00-7:00 a.m. in the Annex fellow Gazelles Vania Lanas and Carrie McDonald will offer up their version of Boot Camp for those looking to get a little extra core work. Lasting one hour, the classes feature 30 minutes of light weights and general strength work, and 30 minutes of medicine ball throws that go a long way in helping keep you injury free. The four boot camp classes are free to current paying Gazelle members, or for the low cost of $60/month! Check out the Training Group page for more information.


  • Gilbert Running Austin Marathon - Help Him Help Others

    Jan 31, 2010

    Our friendly and jovial coach is running the Austin Marathon and has put out a challenge to help him and the Gazelle Foundation help others by sponsoring Gilbert during the race. Last year through your generosity over $7,000 was raised. This year he's aiming for more - and there's an addition to the cause.

    The Foundation is fully committed to helping people in Burundi and giving back to Central Texas youth - what they have done for three years through special projects and the recent completion of a water well that serves over 2,500 Burundian citizens. But in light of the earthquake in Haiti and the great humanitarian need there to help one of Earth's poorest countries - Gilbert and the Foundation have committed to donate half of proceeds raised during the marathon challenge to go to relief efforts in Haiti.

    So Gilbert is asking you to help him change the world. For the past four months he's trained hard for this race, not for himself, but for others. And many of you have been right there with him along the way. And he's asking you now to help him change the world. Whether it's a dollar per mile or two dollars per mile or more - challenge him as he's challenging you.

    His goal you ask? Top 3 and a sub-2:30.

    You can donate online at www.gazellefoundation.com, write a check made out to the Gazelle Foundation and hand it to him, or mail the check to Gazelle Foundation, PO Box 1487, Austin, TX, 78767. And please note in the memo line that this is for the Marathon Challenge so that they can track the proceeds correctly.



  • Injury Prevention Clinic - Saturday, January 30 from 9:30-10:15 a.m.

    Jan 22, 2010

    Gazelle partner Dr. Ross Bomben of Performance Health will be bringing his many years of medical knowledge and personal experience for an injury prevention clinic on Saturday, January 30th.

    All are invited to hear Dr. Bomben speak on the different ways for runners to prevent common injuries such as ITBS, Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints, Runners Knee, and many others.

    Before becoming a chiropractor, Dr. Bomben was a track and field athlete, a two time All-American, a two time PAC-10 decathlon champion, and a Junior National Decathlon champion. After retiring from athletics, he became a personal trainer, massage therapist and track coach. Now ,Dr. Bomben focuses on chiropractic and wellness care in Austin, Texas. His background gives him a unique perspective and access to elite professional and Olympic level coaches and consultants.

    Since becoming a chiropractor, Dr. Bomben has treated hundreds of patients with conditions ranging from headaches to stress fractures of the foot. In 2008, he earned a certification as a Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP) and in 2009, he furthered his specialization by becoming certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). These certifications better prepare him to diagnose and treat your condition. Dr. Bomben continues his commitment toward the highest standards of excellence and clinical competence.

    Join us in the RunTex Riverside Annex building from 9:15-10:00 a.m. and save yourself the trouble of getting injured!


  • Richard Mendez Boot Camp Class

    Nov 29, 2009

    With the holiday season in full swing there couldn't be a more perfect time to sign up for Master's Extraordinaire Richard Mendez's boot camp for runners and runners-to-be.The program features classes at 5:30pm on Monday/Wednesday and 5.30am on Fridays. Join us on Wednesday, December 2nd for the first session!

    The class spends one hour focusing on your core, balance and strength while improving your running by developing the muscles overused during training. Other benefits include weight loss and injury prevention, plus discounts at all RunTex locations. The class is limited to the first 40 people, so sign up now!

    Details:
    Mon/Wed at 5:30pm, Fri at 5:30am
    $60 per month/Free for current Gazelles
    What to bring: Towel and mat
    Where to meet: RunTex Annex building (422 W. Riverside Dr, 78704)

    If you would like to sign up, please download a sign-up form here and
    bring it to your first class:
    http://www.gilbertsgazelles.com/training/forms/boot_camp.pdf

    To reserve your spot, you may pay online here by credit card:
    http://www.gilbertsgazelles.com/store/ppfee.php

    Questions? Don't hesitate to contact Michael Madison at michael@gilbertsgazelles.com.


  • Boston Marathon Training - Monday, December 7th, 2009

    Nov 27, 2009

    Gazelle Boston Marathon 2009-10

    Monday, December 7, 2009 - Monday, April 19, 2010

    Come and train under the best running coach in Texas, his team of assistants, and other experienced marathoners in an exciting group dynamic. In 2008-2009 more than 30 Gazelles made the trip to the northeast to compete in America’s most hallowed 26.2 mile race.

    This program is dedicated to qualifying runners who want to get to the start line in Boston well-prepared to tackle their first attempt or improve their previous experience. You'll gain a broad understanding of training philosophy, race strategy, nutrition and more. Workouts include hills, strength training, intervals, tempo runs, fartleks, pace and long runs – all towards preparing you for the rolling hills and mental rigors of Boston.

    Highlights

        * Eighteen week program
        * 3 group meetings per week
        * Customized training calendar tailored to your needs and ability
        * 15% Discount at all RunTex locations
        * 3 free Boot Camp classes per week
        * On-Site physical therapists
        * Video analysis of your running form

    Requirements

        * Participants should be able to comfortably complete 10 miles
        * Mileage load will be minimum 40-60 miles per week depending on ability, but could reach 80.
        * Cost is $250.00 for 18 weeks, or $200 for returning Gazelles.

    Start Date: Monday, December 7, 2009
    Where: RunTex Riverside (422 West Riverside Dr.)
    Days/Times: M/W at 5:45 am or T/Th at 5:45 a.m., everyone Saturdays at 6:00 am

    Bonus: Stretching session on Saturdays, discount at AustinDEEP Massage

    Questions? Contact Michael Madison at michael@gilbertsgazelles.com.


  • Run for the Water featured in Statesman this AM

    Nov 3, 2009

    Check out Brom's piece in the Statesman this morning with some course advice from Coach G.  Have you signed up yet?


  • Boot Camp Just What Your Body Needs

    Oct 13, 2009

    As we enter into the fall months and training begins for Houston, Dallas, Austin, Boston, and your other big city marathons, there's not a better time than now to strengthen your core and prepare your body for the tolls of high mileage.

    Each week Gazelles have four opportunities to focus on their core and general strength through classes taught by Master's Extraordinaire Richard Mendez and Dynamax C.O.O. Rick Cawley. Mendez offers 60 minutes of focusing strictly on the muscles that will make you faster, strong, and get you to the finish line healthy. He incorporates his decades of experience teaching and coaching runners, professional athletes, and military personnel with a personal touch of hands on teaching and instruction.

    Cawley teaches how to properly use the medicine ball once a week on Tuesday afternoons. The C.O.O. of Dynamax Medicine Balls, Cawley has spent the last 25 years perfecting the ball and the techniques of training. Fitness writer Pam LeBlanc penned her recent experiences in an article that was featured on the front page of the Statesman, located here: http://www.austin360.com/recreation/content/recreation/stories/2009/09/0914fitcity.html

    Class times are:
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 5:30 p.m.
    Friday - 5:30 a.m.

    All meet at the RunTex Riverside Annex building and last for approximately 60 minutes.

    Looking to join, but just want to participate in Boot Camp? Check out the "Training Group" link on the left side of your screen for more information on how to register.

    Questions? info@gilbertsgazelles.com!


  • Pick up Runner's World for November: Gilbert's photo inside!

    Sep 30, 2009

    Hey Gazelles, if you don't subscribe to Runner's World, be sure to pick one up. Gilbert is in this month -- reasons people run -- running for his life. 

    Ask Gilbert to tell you about the fun photo shoot with Dan Winters...in a ditch! 


  • Free Burundian Coffee this Saturday after Long Run!

    Sep 1, 2009

    During my travels to Burundi last December, I was able to get my hands on a large quantity of coffee beans through a local farmer who was taking his harvest to the market. Gilbert had ranted and raved about how good the coffee was, and I promised him that I would bring some back! For those who don't know much about Burundian coffee, it is prized throughout the world, especially the beans that are grown at the higher elevations across the mountains of the country. Starbucks sells a small bag for $15-$20.

    But this Saturday, our good friend from Fair Bean Coffee who has a coffee bar inside RunTex and down the road off South First has kindly volunteered his services to roast the beans and then prepare them for us!

    After the long run on Saturday stick around as he'll be passing it out to all Gazelles - free of charge, of course! 


  • Monday/Wednesday 5K/10K class returns in September

    Aug 17, 2009

    Gazelle 5K/10K Training
    RunTex Riverside, Austin, TX, US
    Monday, September 7, 2009
    , 5.30pm

    Come join Gilbert and train for 5k/10k's the Gazelle Way! This training program is designed to help runners improve running form, strength, speed, endurance, and flexibility all while preparing for 5k and 10k races. The group meets three times a week - Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, with a structured stretching session after each workout. Workouts include hills, circuit training, long and short interval training, tempo runs, fartleks, and long runs.

    Meeting time: Monday/Wenesday, 5.30pm-7pm Saturday:7:00am-9:00am

    Cost: $80 dollars first month, $60 for recurring months

    Training class benefits: Expert coaching, group camaraderie and support, free session at a gym to learn proper weight training in combination with running workouts, 15% discount at all RunTex stores.

    **New to Gazelles - Free Boot Camp!**

    M/W @ 5:30 p.m. and Friday @ 5:30 a.m.

     

    Questions? Email info@gilbertsgazelles.com or call 512.589.1310.


  • Final Summer Twilight Series Meet on Friday, August 14

    Aug 13, 2009

    You've had it marked and circled on the calendar all summer, and it's finally here! This Friday (August 14) is the Championship Meet for the Austin Summer Twilight Series. We've got awards for winners, special prizes for the kiddos, and a can't-miss post-meet celebration just down the street at RunTex beginning at 8 p.m. Also, please see the rules for the 4X200 relay below.

    The schedule will stay the same, with the 300 Hurdles beginning at 6:30 and everything else going on a rolling schedule. The only extra wrinkle is starting at 8 p.m. we will begin the post-event party a couple blocks north at the RunTex Riverside location. There we'll have free food, drinks, and all the awards will be handed out. We've got some awesome gear from our friends at Brooks, a surprise gift from The Black Sheep Embroidery, and of course your free t-shirt if you've run in at least three meets. Plus there's so much more that you'll have to be there to receive!

    We're so glad that you have participated in the meets this summer, and hope that we've started something that will continue to grow in the coming years. Don't forget that pictures are available to view (we're not trying to sell you anything) at http://www.gilbertsgazelles.com/g/albums.php, and results from all meets are up and viewable at www.summertwilightseries.com.

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me, and otherwise we look forward to seeing everyone out at the track on Friday beginning at 5:15 p.m.!

    **4X200 Co-ed Relay Rules**
    2 Males, 2 Females
    1st leg starts in lane, on yellow line (400 meter)
    1st and 2nd leg stay in lane all the way around
    3rd leg cuts in after receiving baton
    3rd and 4th legs run in lane 1
    (We know it is done differently in high school, but this way is easiest for everyone)


  • Summer Twilight Series Video featuring Gazelles

    Jul 1, 2009

    Summer Twilight Track Series Video by Justin Gabriel
    by RunTex Staff, 7/1/2009


    The traditional summer twilight track series is heating up, and it's a whole lot of fun.

    Check out the Event video filmed by Justin Gabriel http://www.flotrack.org/videos/play/190617-austins-summer-track-series


     

    Runtex and Gilberts Gazelles Running Group are offering an all comers - all ages summer track series.  The meets with be every other Friday night starting June 12, with the championship taking place on August 14. Events will run on a rolling schedule beginning at 6:30 p.m:

     

    300m Hurdles

    800m Run

    60m Dash                                                                                    

    100m Dash                                                                             

    1600m Run 

    200m Dash

    400m Dash                                                                                 

    4X200m Co-ed Relay

    3200m Run

    Long Jump (7:15 pm)

     

    All races will be at Texas School of the Deaf (see FAQ Tab for more details)

    Race day registration starts at 5:30 and ends at 6:15.

    Dates: June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, and August 14. 

    A fee of $5.00 ($20 for all five) allows participants to run as many events as desired. Email Michael Madison at michael@gilbertsgazelles.com for more information or visit www.summertwilightseries.com.


  • Austin Summer Twilight Track Series

    Jun 3, 2009

    Gilbert's Gazelles and RunTex are proud to present the Austin Summer Twilight Track Series!

    A series of five meets culminating with a championship on August 14, the Twilight Series offers Austin area runners the opportunity to participate in an all-comer style format and relive the high school glory days!

    The meets are open to all ages, will have multiple divisions, and offer a wide-range of events from a 60 meter dash to 3200 meter run to 4X200 co-ed relay.

    Dates: 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/14

    Registration: Fliers available at all RunTex locations or visit the Summer Twilight Series website. Day of registration will be open from 5:15-6:15.

    Site: Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress Ave., 78704

    Events: 60, 100, 200, 300/400 hurdles, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Co-ed 4X200 Relay, Long Jump

    Fee: $5/meet, $20 up front for series

    For more information or to view results, visit www.summertwilightseries.com.


  • Gazelle Summer Youth Training

    May 8, 2009

    Looking to improve on your personal best from the recent track season? Or maybe you were just a few seconds away from making the varsity squad? If you want to get faster, stronger, and learn proper technique, summer Gazelle training is for you! Come join former NCAA Champion Gilbert Tuhabonye as he teaches proper running mechanics, drills, stretching, and exciting core strengthening exercises!

    The week long summer camps are for youth 7-18 years of age, rn from 8-10 a.m., and cost $100/week. View more info here.


  • Listen to Gilbert on 1370 AM

    Apr 15, 2009

    Gilbert stopped by this local show on Easter Sunday!

    http://www.talk1370.com/pages/405616.php


  • Gilbert to Keynote: Faith Runs Deep -- Join us for an inspiring event!

    Mar 18, 2009

    Come Join Gilbert on April 22 from 11-1 at the Downtown Hilton Hotel. Coach is the featured speaker at this year’s Spring Luncheon, entitled Faith Runs Deep. 

    Let’s show our support for Gilbert with a big Gazelle presence. 

    Tables are still available – can we round up one or two tables of Gazelles to be at this event.  Explore with coach the topic of faith and, of course, running. 

    For more information or tickets, contact Ryla Simmons,

    ryla-simmons@austindiocese.org

    512-651-6103


  • Gilbert Wins 2nd Place in Austin Marathon

    Feb 16, 2009

    Coach glides into a second place finish at the Austin marathon. He looked strong, relaxed and happy the entire event. See, Austin American-Statesman for photos and watch the finish.


  • Gazelle Foundation Gives Gift of Running to Marathon Kids

    Feb 5, 2009

    Marathon Kids Receives Gift from Gazelle Foundation

    Gift of Running in Daisy 5K Now Possible for Marathon Kids Participants

    AUSTIN, Texas—February 5, 2009—Marathon Kids today announced that the Gazelle Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to provide free entry for children running in the Daisy 5K on February 28, 2009. The gift will cover entry fees for up to one thousand children participating in the Kids K portion of the race; a smaller number of entry fees will be covered if some children decide to run the 5K. The grant is intended for children who are participating in the Marathon Kids program in local schools.

    “In Austin, there are nearly 60,000 registered Marathon Kids of all level incomes and abilities in our six month running/walking, nutrition and schoolyard gardening program. The Gazelle Foundation’s financial support of some of our K-5th grade children allows them to become part of the community-wide Daisy 5K/1K and helps solidify his/her relationship with the habit of daily exercise, as well as experience joyful, positive community from Austin adult runners,” said Kay Morris, Founder and Director of Marathon Kids.

    This is the first grant awarded by The Gazelle Foundation since its founding in 2006.The Foundation, best known for its efforts to enable clean water sources in Burundi, Africa, has as part of its mission to give back to Central Texas by providing enriching opportunities to actively engage youth in physically fit, healthful lifestyles through awareness, education and participation.

    “We are very excited to provide the funds to help kids participate in a real running race,” said Gilbert Tuhabonye, Gazelle Foundation Executive Director. “By extending the wonderful platform created by Marathon Kids, we can help kids experience the joy of participating in a local road running event and encourage a lifelong commitment to fitness. It is great to partner with the Austin Runner’s Club and Marathon Kids to make this happen.”

    While all kids are encouraged to participate, the Gazelle Foundation asks families who can to help the Foundation help others. Each family that pays their child’s entry cost directly enables a less fortunate child to participate in the race. The Gazelle Foundation hopes to build on this model for future races. “This is a first for kids running events here in Central Texas,”continued Tuhabonye. “Based on what we learn here, we hope to extend this to a broader audience as funding permits.”

    The Daisy 5K is sponsored by the Austin Runner’s Club (ARC) and is the first race in the Sprint Series, five short distance races taking place from March through May. The Daisy 5K will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2009 and includes a 5K, kids 1K, women’s only start and stroller division. This will the be the 32nd Annual running of the race, which starts and finishes on E. 5th Street, two blocks east of I-35. All profits from the race benefit Marathon Kids.

    Registration for the Daisy 5K is open at www.austinrunners.org. Participants can register on-line, view all race details including course maps, times and parking information, plus sign up to volunteer. Discounts are available to all Austin Runner’s Club members. For more information about the race or volunteer opportunities, contact Diana Wightman - (281) 380-0177 or daisy@austinrunners.org.


  • News 8 Covers Run for the Water

    Nov 10, 2008

    News clip about the Run For the Water.


  • 10-Miler Previewed in Statesman: Not too late to sign up!

    Nov 4, 2008

    Brom gives a preview of the 10 miler in the paper and Gilbert gives some coaching advice.


  • Gilbert Interviewed on KLBJ FM Radio

    Oct 21, 2008

    Gilbert discusses his 15th Anniversary and the upcoming Run For The Water. Listen to Gilbert's radio interview with Jeff Carrol.


  • Gilbert Wins IBM Classic

    Oct 20, 2008

    From the Statesman article: Sunday's IBM Uptown Classic 10K kicked off the Austin Distance Challenge, and though it may not have had the elite field of past years, it did feature some spirited competition, with Austinites Gilbert Tuhabonye and Chris Kimbrough claiming victories.

    Also, watch this post-race interview with Gilbert.


  • Downtown Series Profiles Gilbert

    Oct 13, 2008

    It's several years old, but this profile of Gilbert and our Gazelles is worth watching again ... or for the first time if you've never seen it. Produced by "Downtown" for KLRU, it originally aired in the Spring of 2005.


  • Gilbert on Carroza's Corner News 8 Austin

    Sep 21, 2008

    Hey Gazelles, time to sign up for the Austin Distance Challenge!  Check out former winner and our coach on Carroza's corner.  Be sure to sign up the Run for the Water -- 11/9/08
    http://www.news8austin.com/content/sports/carrozzas_corner/?SecID=594&ArID=220121


  • Gilbert Interviewed on Canadian Broadcast Company:

    Sep 12, 2008

    http://www.cbc.ca/listen/ 

    The show is called: Definitely not the Opera and airs Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia.

     
    And on: Sirius Satellite Radio 137 from 10am-noon Texas time (Gilbert's interview will air in the second hour, between 11-noon) and from 9pm-11pm Texas time.


  • Gilbert's Blog on CNN: Don't ignore African Olympians

    Jul 31, 2008

    The Olympics are really coming up fast and furiously and the buzz has begun. The United States has fielded a very strong team in track and field - not just in the sprint and middle distances, but in the long distances too. Read the rest of his latest blog here.


  • Gilbert's Latest Blog On CNN

    Jul 17, 2008

    Read Gilbert's update on his own recovery from injury in his latest blog on CNN.


  • Gilbert and Gazelles on KEYE-42 Austin Fit Segment

    Jul 17, 2008

    Thanks to the Gazelles who participated in this segment!


  • Gazelle Workout Featured In San Antonio Express News

    Jun 27, 2008

    In preparation for the San Antonio Marathon, the Gazelle workout with Coach Gilbert made the papers in San Antonio.


  • Summer Program for Middle and High School Students

    May 20, 2008

    Gilbert's Gazelles will once again conduct a summer camp for middle and high school students ages 12 to 18 to help them prepare for their Fall Cross Country season. The program runs June 2 through July 31 and focuses attention on strength while also improving endurance and speed.

    The workouts include:

    • Core strength through circuit to balance muscles overused in running
    • Hill workouts to develop running power
    • Polymetric exercises to help with form
    • Intervals on grass and trails to increase speed
    • Long runs on weekend to aid endurance
    Both Bernard and Gilbert will be coaching the program.

    Sessions will be held Monday and Wednesday from 8:00-9:30am and Saturday at 8am.

    Cost: $100 or $180 for two.

    Contact Gilbert directly or request more information.


  • Read Gilbert's Blog on CNN International

    May 20, 2008

    As a result of all the great stories about Gilbert on CNN, they have asked him to write a blog leading up to the Olympics.  It's on the CNN International website.


  • Letsrun.com Picks Gilbert for Quote of the Day

    Apr 29, 2008

    Check out Gilbert's quote of the day on this awesome runner's web site!


  • Gilbert in Scotland on Sunday: Excellent Story

    Apr 22, 2008

    One of the many interviews that Gilbert gave while in the U.K. occurred in Scotland on Sunday.  The article is an excellent piece and well worth the read. 


  • BBC Sport: Long Run to Freedom

    Apr 12, 2008

    Gilbert's had many interviews in London while preparing for the Marathon; check out this remarkable profile in BBC Sport. along with this audio interview.


  • Gazelle Foundation Donation via France

    Apr 12, 2008

    Gilbert writes from London to say that his coach, Michel Lafont, organized a fundraiser at his school for the Gazelle Foundation which raised 1000 Euro (approx. $1500). The school is DUNIERES college le SACRE COEUR which is located 66 miles south of Lyon, France. Even while he prepares for the marathon, Gilbert is quite excited by this generosity towards his foundation.


  • London Times Shines a Light on Gilbert's Story

    Apr 9, 2008

    Read Gilbert's interview that appeared today in the sports section of the London Times


  • Gilbert Outlines Capitol 10K Strategy

    Mar 26, 2008

    Running this Sunday? Check out Gilbert's mile-by-mile strategy for the Cap 10k at www.statesman.com.


  • Gazelles Recent Road Racing News

    Mar 7, 2008

    Catching up on recent racing action, more than one hundred Gazelles finished the AT&T Austin Marathon last month, and thirty-two of those ran qualifying times for the Boston Marathon. More recently, Gilbert won the Moe's Better Half-Marathon and Julie Whittenburg, also a Gazelle, won the female division of the same race.

    Of the Austin Marathon finishers, several placed high in their age group, while others won the Austin Distance Challenge for their division. Among top finishers were Michelle Maton, Paul Pugh, Caroline Newman, Micheal Woo, Ivi Kerrigan and Sam LaBrie.

    Down in San Marcos at the Half-Marathon, runners battled tough conditions on a slow course, but Gilbert won the race in 1:14:47, while Whittenburg clocked 1:34:22. Race writeup is here.

    Finally, Gazelles also shined in other races around the country. At the Napa Valley Marathon in California, Peter Rauch finished twelfth overall and was second master with the time of 2.44.20 to PR by two minutes. Dan Hopper PRd by 40 minutes in the same race with a time of 3:21.

    At the El Paso Half marathon, Leslie Barclay ran 1:47 for 3rd in her division and 20th overall woman, while Renee Reynolds ran 1:50 for 4th and 28th respectively.


  • Gilbert Hits CNN.com: Watch It!

    Feb 13, 2008

    Gilbert shared his remarkable story on cnn.com today. Watch the interview below or at cnn.com.


  • Gilbert Featured in Believe it. Live it.

    Feb 4, 2008

    Check out Gilbert, picked by Central Texas' Boy Scouts of America, to be featured in their film Believe it. Live it.  The films matches the universal values of the Scout code to a Central Texan -- Gilbert was picked by the Scouts for being reverent.  This is a documentary film the Scouts made on their own. 

    Watch the preview.

    You can see it on Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 2pm at Westlake High School


  • TheFinalSprint.com Honors Gilbert, Presents Podcast

    Jan 4, 2008

    TheFinalSprint.com presented Gilbert with its November Success Story award and had him as their guest on a recent audio podcast.

    Past recipients of their award include female running pioneer Kathrine Switzer, father-and-son team of Rick and Dick Hoyt, and amputee athletes Oscar Pistorius and Rudy Garcia-Tolson.

    Here is the direct link to download or listen to the mp3 file. Length: 26:53 min.


  • Gazelle Foundation Holiday Gift Cards Now Available

    Dec 15, 2007

    Give the gift of giving this year by making a donation to the Gazelle Foundation in someone's honor. It's the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for both runners and non-runners alike.

    When you make your donation, simply provide the name and address of the person you would like to honor.  The Foundation will send you an acknowledgement, and send your honoree a special holiday card acknowledging your gift.

    For online donations, please provide your honoree's information in the "in tribute" section of the secure online donation page. Checks may be sent to: Gazelle Foundation, PO Box 1487, Austin TX 78767. For questions, contact the Foundation.


  • Bernard Wins Decker as Gazelle Herd Runs Well

    Dec 6, 2007

    Bernard Manirakiza, cousin to head Gazelle, Gilbert Tuhabonye, avenged his defeat at the EAS Run for the Water 10 Miler last month by outpacing rival Derek Yorek over the final hills to win the Decker 20K on Sunday Dec. 2.

    Overcoming an unwelcome and unseasonably humid morning, Bernard overtook Yorek in the final half-mile to claim first place. Cousin Gilbert came in sixth and a host of other speedy Gazelles peppered the top 25.

    The lady Gazelles had an especially strong showing as Michelle Maton placed third overall in the female division, ever-strong Ivi Kerrigan won her age group, Caroline Newman placed fifth in hers, and a host of other runners displayed great toughness in battling the humidity.

    See RunTex for a full write-up or find the full results here.


  • Gilbert's Gazelles 2008 Boston Marathon Training Group

    Nov 16, 2007

    The Gazelles' 2008 Boston Marathon Training Group begins Saturday, December 8. This program is specifically designed for runners training for the 2008 Boston Marathon.

    Gilbert Tuhabonye
    Workouts include pace runs, fartlek, tempo, hills, intervals (short and long) and a weekly long run. You’ll gain a broad understanding of training philosophy, race strategy, nutrition and more.

    Cost for this program is $250 and the class size is limited in order to provide personal attention. Members can choose from three meeting times, but remember, space is limited so request info now.


  • EAS/RunTex Run for the Water a Smashing Success

    Nov 15, 2007

    The EAS/RunTex Run for the Water on Sunday November 11, 2007 attracted more than 1800 participants from around the country and helped the Gazelle Foundation raise over $20,000 toward its goal of funding water wells in Burundi.

    Race day consisted of a 10-mile race, 5K fun run and kids K. Derek Yorek took down Bernard Manirakiza in the final mile to win the 10 miler, while Chris Kimbrough was first female across the line, besting Desiree Ficker.

    For a complete race write-up, see RunTex.com. Visit Run-Far for all the results, and also check out the news clips courtesy of News 8 Austin.

    "I am excited and thankful for everyone who came out today," said Gilbert Tuhabonye. "We had a great event and we are touched by the strong community support."


  • Track Training Program for Middle and High School Students

    Oct 25, 2007

    Gilbert's Gazelles will once again conduct a training program for middle and high school students ages 10 to 18 to help them prepare for their Spring track season. The program begins November 5th, focusing attention on speed while also improving endurance and strength.

    The workouts include:

    • Race specific track workouts
    • Intervals on grass and trails to increase speed
    • Core strength through circuit to balance muscles overused in running
    • Hill workouts to develop running power
    • Polymetric exercises to help with form
    • Long runs on weekend to aid endurance
    Both Bernard and Gilbert will be coaching the program.

    Sessions will be held Monday and Wednesday from 5:30pm-7pm, and 7.30am Saturday for a group run followed by stretching and form drills.

    Cost: $100

    Contact Gilbert directly or request more information.


  • Volunteers Needed for EAS Run For The Water

    Oct 12, 2007

    If you are interested in volunteering for the 2007 EAS Run For The Water race to Benefit the Gazelle Foundation, please fill out this online volunteer form. No skills required, and multiple duties and times are available. Any and all help is appreciated.


  • Gazelles Win Austin Chronicle Critics Choice Award

    Oct 11, 2007

    Gilbert's Gazelles Training Group has been chosen by Austin Chronicle critics as the "Best Way to Outrace the Herd".

    From the Chronicle:

    Wonder if you have what it takes to be a runner? The kind who runs, rain, shine, or ridiculous heat, around that gorgeous lake of ours? Gilbert Tuhabonye, Burundi native and former NCAA all-American champion runner, knows exactly how to move you – from deep within your soul and from deep within your soles. With his Gazelles training programs, heralded by hundreds of former and current students, the fundamentals of unlocking the runner in each of us are unlocked. Whether the only run you're used to making is a beer run or you have your eyes set on the Ironman, Gilbert's programs have quickly become Austin's premier source for training.


  • EAS Run For The Water to Benefit Gazelle Foundation

    Aug 30, 2007

    The Gazelle Foundation has been named beneficiary of the EAS RunTex Run for the Water 10 miler, 5K and 1K running race in Austin, Texas on November 11, 2007. The event, produced by RunTex is part of the Distance Challenge, a series of running races held in the Austin area leading up to February's ATT Marathon.


  • 2007 Fila Relays

    Jul 25, 2007

    Organize your team now for the 2007 Fila Relays to be held 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 31st.


  • Book reviews: 'The Running Man'

    Jun 30, 2007

    BBC Sport Online recently ran a request asking for reviews of Gilbert's book (titled "The Running Man" in the UK). They received hundreds of responses and the chosen reviews are now available on their website. Go check them out and also check out the comments for recommendations of other inspirational sporting stories.


  • Grassroots Running for Everyone

    Jun 26, 2007

    3 Stories Racing, home of Lance Parker, Derek Williamson and Kelly Handel, is bringing back its informal XC and Track series after a successful first run a couple months ago. The XC races are free while the All-Comers track meets have a nominal fee. The action kicks off this Friday evening with a 5K cross race at Slaughter Creek Park. Read more on their website.


  • Information Session for Upcoming Chicago Training

    May 19, 2007

    There will be an information session Saturday May 26th at 9.30 a.m. at the RunTex Riverside Annex for those interested in, or already signed up for, the Gazelles Chicago Marathon Training Group. The Chicago group begins June 9th. Request more info here or contact Gilbert.


  • 5K Wins Highlight Recent Race Results

    May 9, 2007

    It's tough to keep up with all the Gazelles and their races. Peruse a results list from any random local race, and you're bound to find at least two or three Gazelles at or near the top and half-a-dozen more plastered throughout the age group leaders.

    With stalwarts such as Desiree Ficker, Pat Evoe, Paul Pugh, Kevin Kimbell, Richard Mendez, Dick Wilkowski and a host of others training with the Gazelles, it's tough for the huge pack of hard-working fellow Gazelles to shine through.

    But Bryan Atkinson and Dawit Seyfu are the lastest Gazelles to register victories, at Shoes For Austin 5K and the Texas Round-UP 5K, respectively.

    After profiling Atkinson as someone to watch after his fast BunRun 5K three weeks ago, RunTex has a nice write-up on Atkinson's win this past weekend. Speaking to RunTex Bryan said, "With the humidity this morning and those hills in the last mile, I was under no illusion that I could run as fast as I ran at the Bun Run. But I’m very happy to win a race. That’s a great feeling."

    It was just a matter of time before Dawit, one of the fastest Gazelles, won a local race.

    Thirteen of the fifty-four runners who ran under 19 minutes at the recent Schlotsky's Bun Run, and four of the top six, train with the Gazelles. Can you guess who they are?

    There's also all of the marathoners who deserve mention. Julie Whittenburg, Monique Tenney, Amy Farley, Mark Casey and Lilliana Jackson were among finishers at the recent Oklahoma City Marathon. Gilbert finished second in the half-marathon, saying afterwards, " I didn't have high expectations leading to the half because I couldn't train like I should, but I am very pleased with my time considering the little training I had."

    And of course there was this year's grueling Boston Marathon. Shannon Stokes, Nick and Ivi Kerrigan, Richard Tackett, Leslie Barclay, Renee Reynolds and Rachel Howell were just some of the brave Gazelles who ventured north.

    Finally, there was the first installment of the Rogue's trail series, The Maze. Sarah Shuler blazed her way to third overall in the 30K race, breaking the women's course record by more than 10 min. Floyd Watson and John Reynolds weren't far behind. And is that Ivi Kerrigan near the top again? Oh, and your friendly neighborhood webmaster won the 10K race.

    I'm sure I missed some great performances, but like I said, it's nearly impossible to keep up with the Gazelles.

    Whew.


  • The Genesis Agency Sets Up Austin Office

    May 8, 2007

    The Genesis Agency, a unique sales and distribution program tailored to the specialty running, cycling and outdoor markets announced today that it will be setting up offices in New York, Chicago and Austin.

    The Genesis Agency, led by Paul Perrone, the former Director of Running at Fila, will focus on pioneering fresh brands in specialty markets emphasizing consistent service and engaging marketing to differentiate within the industry. The national agency will consist of current and former Fila running representatives and will connect venders, retailers and consumers with innovative products in sport specialty.

    "We envision The Genesis Agency as the hub of profitable relationships between vendors, retailers, and consumers," Perrone explained. Andrew Hersam, Executive Publisher of Runner's World and Running Times Magazines, adds, "The specialty channel demands that vendors be experts in the products they make, the retail environment they sell into, and the consumers they target. The Genesis Agency is a resource for all three parties. So the retailers are well served, as are the brands. In the end, its the consumer who will ultimately benefit."

    The Genesis Agency's inaugural clients include Fila footwear, Craft performance apparel, Balega socks, and additional to-be-announced accessories lines.The Genesis Agency will work closely with Fila's new management team on product, sales, and marketing to make Fila a major player in the specialty running market. When asked about Fila's commitment to running, Jon Epstein, President of Fila USA, noted, "We are excited to continue to make running a focus at Fila. With product improvements and running-specific marketing, our team of dedicated running reps, The Genesis Agency, will quickly establish Fila as a force in the running category. I am confident that The Genesis Agency's passion for running is unrivaled in the industry."

    Craft performance apparel will be The Genesis Agency's anchor clothing line for run, tri and bike in key markets. "The creation of this agency gives us immediate and established coverage in critical running markets," said Eric Schenker, Director of Sales and Marketing for Craft apparel and Karhu footwear "After meeting the full Genesis team, it was a no-brainer to join forces with Paul and his crew."

    For specialty retailers, The Genesis Agency's dedication to the channel will be a breath of fresh air. "We're excited to have such an experienced and well respected team serving the specialty retail community," said Tom Raynor, Chairman and CEO of Fleet Feet, Incorporated. "With their track record and their passion, we are confident the creation of the first independent rep agency to serve specialty retailers nationally will pioneer innovation in our traditionally inefficient supply chain. All of us at Fleet Feet look forward to working with Paul and his team in the future," he added.

    The Genesis Agency will "go live" on June 1. Additional reps are being added to the team in the coming weeks to service markets based in DC, Nashville, Southern Cal, Atlanta, Michigan/Ohio and North Texas. Current members of the team are Ian Connor (Carolinas), Nick Rector (Northwest), Louis Rufo (Florida). Abbi Gleeson, VP of Marketing (NYC) and Steve Kindred, VP of Sales (Chicago) round out the team.

    About the Genesis Agency:
    Paul Perrone, President and founder of The Genesis Agency, spent three and a half years with Fila USA as Director of Running. Under his leadership, Fila grew from 17 doors to over 250 and was recognized by Sports One Source, a leading industry analyst, for having the best sales reps in the running specialty industry. Prior to joining Fila USA, Mr. Perrone was a trail-blazing sales rep for Mizuno USA and other specialty brands. Mr. Perrone will be based in Austin, Texas.

    Steve Kindred, Vice President of Sales, was the Midwest Territory Manager - Running for Fila USA for three years before joining The Genesis Agency. Prior to Fila, Kindred held various sales and marketing managerial roles in the technology and publishing industries. Kindred was a two-time NCAA XC qualifier and three-time All PAC-10 athlete. Mr. Kindred will be based in Chicago, Illinois.

    Abbi Gleeson, VP of Marketing, started in sport specialty sales as the Northeast Territory Manager-Running for Fila USA. She will manage marketing and promotions for The Genesis Agency as well as provide specialty-focused marketing consulting for the brands the agency represents. Gleeson represented U Penn in both Track and Cross Country and continues to run competitively, focusing on the marathon. Ms. Gleeson will be based in New York City.

    For press inquiries, please contact, Abbi Gleeson at 917-353-3148 or Paul Perrone at 443-254-4443.


  • GazelleFoundation.com Accepting Online Donations

    Apr 19, 2007

    GazelleFoundation.com, the new website for the Gazelle Foundation, has been redesigned and is now taking online donations. Click on over and read up on their mission, their work, and their goals, then make a one-time or recurring monthly contribution. And don't forget to spread the word.


  • Burundi News at a Click

    Apr 15, 2007

    Did you know there is a "hidden" news feed on the Gazelles site containing articles about Burundi? Just click on the Burundi flag on the left to see the latest news from Gilbert's home country.


  • 2 Bags of Swedish Fish

    Mar 15, 2007

    No fee, no rules, a 5K cross country race this Friday (5:30 p.m.) at Zilker Park, and 2 bags of swedish fish to the winner.


  • Race Results Roundup

    Mar 13, 2007

    It's sounding like a broken record, but once again Gazelles fare well at area races this past weekend.

    Leading off, Ivi Kerrigan and Shannon Stokes finished first and second, respectively, in the women's division of Moe's Better Half-Marathon.

    Not to be outdone, Chris Chancey followed up last week's fourth place finish at the Bagelfest 5K with a second place showing at the Go for the Gold 10K. Also in that race, Dick Wilkowski and Charlene Janiak both won their age groups.

    Finally, Hugo Llorens had a top ten finish in the Blue Norther' Duathlon in Seguin.

    Congrats to all the Gazelles who keep running and racing, no matter where they finish.


  • Bagelfest 5K with Gazelles Cream Cheese on Top

    Mar 4, 2007

    Good day for Gazelles at the friendly neighborhood 5K as Karen Harvey won the women's division and we take five of the top ten spots overall.

    Besides Karen, Diana Damer won women's 40-44, Charlene Janiak won over 50, Jesse Devlyn won the men’s 40-44 (passing yours truly in the process), and Dick Wilkowski was Grand Masters Winner.

    Despite what this nice RunTex article says, Chris Chancey actually led for the first 1.5 or so and finished 4th overall (first in 25-29). Pat Legate had a PR, and Tony Zapata, Roger Hickman, and others all ran well. Full results here.

    In other news, congratulations to John Reynolds for running the Napa Valley Marathon in 3:24.


  • Gilbert Named Austin's Coach of the Year

    Feb 21, 2007

    Congratulations go out to Gilbert for being awarded the Austin Runners' Choice Coach of the Year during their annual running conmmunity celebration. A well-deserved recognition for the Lion.


  • 2007 AT&T Marathon & Half-Marathon

    Feb 18, 2007

    Once again, Gilbert's Gazelles training group was out in full force for one of the area's biggest races of the year. From the top of the leaderboard to volunteers, Gazelles could be found all over the AT&T Marathon & Half-Marathon course.

    More than 80 Gazelles competed in today's Marathon & Half-Marathon with the runners spanning the gamut from first-timers to Olympic Trials qualifiers. At the top of the heap, of course was Desirée Ficker. Bob Wischnia over at RunTex has a nice write-up on Desirée's fabulous day. Several other Gazelles set marathon personal records, including Peter Rauch, Alex Pasadyn and more. As Gazelle Judy Shipway put it, "Gilbert is responsible for setting me up for a very nice PR for this race!"

    In addition to the tough runners, there were volunteers all over the course, handing out water and encouragement at miles 7, 15 and 24, and from start to finish. Three other Gazelles were Pace Group leaders and helped runners of all stripes meet and surpass their goals. Holly Reed was out and about taking beautiful photos.

    Like our Leotian blogger says, "What a running family we are blessed to have!!"


  • Gilbert Wants You....

    Feb 16, 2007

    ... to volunteer for this weekend's AT&T marathon, and he and Fox 7 have made this funny commercial to encourage you to get out and do it.


  • 3M Just the Latest Supernova for Gazelles

    Jan 28, 2007

    More than 100 Gazelles competed in the 2007 edition of the best half marathon in Texas.

    The course was fast, the weather perfect, and many Gazelles blazed to new PRs. As usual, top suspects such as Kevin Kimbell, Desiree Ficker and Paul Pugh were near the top of the results list. Our friends at RunTex have a nice write-up about those at the top of the race.

    But let's not forget the dozens of other Gazelles that were at the top of their own personal race, nor forget all of the Gazelles just getting in a training run for an upcoming Marathon. Gazelles such as Tina McCutchin, Janice Hurst, Kevin Rowe, Connie Farris and Brian Wilson. Gazelles too numerous to mention. So many Gazelles you'd think it was a savanna in Africa.

    Congratulations to all, and thanks to our Coach for making it fun. If you're not a Gazelle, what are you waiting for?


  • ARA 20 Miler Overrun with Gazelles

    Jan 7, 2007

    Gilbert held off fellow Gazelle Kevin Kimbell to win the ARA 20 Miler down in San Marcos, and six of the top ten finishers were Gazelles.

    Reports are that it was a tough race with the wind and hills, but more than 40 Gazelles finished the race. While most were treating this as a training run for an upcoming marathon, and even Gilbert said he didn't really know what to expect, the top three male finishers were all Gazelles, and the always tough Desiree Ficker won the women's side.

    Looks like it turned out to be a good day for everyone involved. See full results here. Gazelles can log into the website to see how their fellow runners fared.


  • Recent Races, Upcoming TV

    Dec 5, 2006

    As usual, the Gazelles did great in recent area races including the Decker 20-K Challenge.

    More than 65 Gazelles participated and finished the 20K, with Desiree Ficker winning the woman's side, and a host of Gazelle men including Kevin Kimbell, Dawit Sweyfe, Paul Pugh and Steven Hernandez all finishing near the top. Congratulations to everyone who braved the cold.

    And a special thanks to all the Gazelles who volunteered their body warmth at the group's water stop, which may just become an annual tradition. Check out this great video from last year's stop.

    Elsewhere, Floyd Watson ran a 2:43 to PR at the California International Marathon on Sunday. Good job Floyd. Unfortunately, this was the same race that Gilbert had to drop out of due to lingering sickness.

    Finally, in other news, a previous item here mentioned that CBN would be airing a feature on Gilbert on Dec. 6th. That seems to be up in the air now, as the 700 Club show calendar no longer lists the feature, which was listed last month. Keep your DVR ready.


  • Re-nurturing the Spirit

    Nov 28, 2006

    In case you missed it the first time, this morning the Hallmark Channel re-aired Gilbert's story. Don't forget to tune into CBN next week for another TV feature about Gilbert.


  • Odds and Ends

    Nov 26, 2006

    Set your Tivo for some upcoming TV shows, don't forget about Boston, and some congratulations are in order.

    First, a crew from CBN followed Gilbert around about a month ago, and "The 700 Club" will be airing that footage in a feature on December 6th.

    Second, don't forget to tune in to NBC on December 9th from 3-5 p.m. to cheer on Desiree Ficker as she roars to a second place finish in the Ford Ironman World Championship.

    Also, a reminder that the Boston Marathon training group begins next week. It's not too late to sign up.

    Finally, congratulations go to Michael Strait for his win in the Shake a Leg 5K. I knew I should have signed up! D'oh.


  • Great Weekend for Gazelles

    Oct 23, 2006

    From Kona to Chicago to Austin, this past weekend proved to be a huge weekend for a number of Gazelles.

    Topping off the list, Desiree Ficker came up with a big second place finish at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Of course Desiree finished strong in the marathon portion with the second fastest time in that event. Overall results here.

    Closer to home, John Keane and Patrick Evoe finished one-two in the Girl Scouts Scenic 10 Miler, with Floyd Watson winning the Masters division, Ivi Kerrigan winning her age group, and a host of other Gazelles running and finishing great. Full results here. Nice write-ups from RunTex and statesman.com.

    Finally, more than a dozen Gazelles made their way to the Windy City and competed in the tough Chicago Marathon.

    Congratulations to everyone.


  • Chris Rains Wins West Texas Marathon2Marathon

    Oct 14, 2006

    Afternoon Gazelle Chris Rains was top finisher at the recent Marathon2Marathon, a race between the West Texas towns of Alpine and Marathon. Fellow Gazelles Judy Shipway, Michael Chirillo and Dottie Hollis also ran well, finishing at or near the top of their age groups.

    According to Gilbert, Chris "ran to win". He was with the second finisher through the first 14 miles, then "left him in the dust" (a.k.a. dropped the bomb on him). Chris' final time was 3:18.

    Congratulations to all.


  • Gilbert's Story Shown on Hallmark Channel

    Oct 9, 2006

    Another rather moving piece on Gilbert's story recently aired on the Hallmark Channel's "Today's Show on New Morning".



    The TV crew spent the day with Gilbert with several Gazelles being interviewed and snippets of two classes being shown. All-in-all, another fine tribute to the Lion.


  • Article Looks at Forgiveness, Gilbert's Story

    Oct 6, 2006

    This recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution weaves together Gilbert's survival story with those of Jewish holocaust survivors and the recent Amish schoolhouse shootings to provide a window into the heart of forgiveness.


  • New Review of Gilbert's Book

    Sep 30, 2006

    Calling it "an inspirational story", this nice review of "This Voice in My Heart" was recently posted at Reader Views.


  • Gilbert to be Honored at Toughest Race in Texas

    Sep 20, 2006

    Gilbert has been chosen as the Honorary Chair of the upcoming Toughest Race in Texas.

    No road race, the Toughest Race will be held Saturday, October 28 on the St. Stephen's Campus west of Austin. Gilbert recently held a Chapel Talk at St. Stephen's, and and is happy to contiue his association with the school.


  • Evoe Wins Tri National Championship

    Sep 16, 2006

    Patrick Evoe did it again, winning the USA Triathlon Halfmax Nation Championship.

    Pat, who usually runs with Gilbert in the Tuesday/Thursday morning group, grabbed the overall men’s title, finishing the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run in 4:04:53. Find full results here.


  • Tuhabonye World Tour Visits Chicago

    Sep 4, 2006

    Chalk up another big race and another appearance for our fearless leader. Gilbert was the featured speaker and wore race bib #1 at Chicago's Scenic 10 Miler this Labor Day.

    After speaking at Sunday's Running Clinic, Gilbert finished 20th overall in the 10 miler on Monday morning amid a bevy of world-class runners. Stay tuned for Gilbert's next appearance. He may be coming to a race near you.


  • Gazelles Dominate Fila Relays

    Sep 2, 2006

    The Gazelles won the training group challenge at the recent Fila Relays with more than 25 teams and 100 participants. Among the teams were several division winners and top finishers.

    Gilbert and Bernard's team won the overall and Open Men division going away, while other Gazelle teams won the Masters Men, Odds and Ends, Family Team and Corporate Division(?!), while several others were top three finishers and fun was had by all. It was a great showing for the Gazelles. Full results here.


  • Patrick Evoe wins 70.3 Triathlon

    Aug 7, 2006

    Gazelle stalwart Patrick Evoe was the top overall finisher at the Whirlpool Steelhead 70.3 in Benton Harbor, MI this past weekend.

    Patrick finished the course in 4h6m, while fellow Austinite Andrea Fisher won the female division. With the win, both are qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Clearwater, Florida on November 11.

    Full coverage of the race.


  • Another Radio Interview with Gilbert

    Aug 1, 2006

    Gilbert was interviewed on the "Live with Jeff & Lee" radio talk show. Listen to the interview here.


  • Gazelles Shine at Marble Falls Triathlon

    Jul 26, 2006

    As in the past, a cadre of Gazelles rose to the top of a recent local triathlon, in this case the Marble Falls Triathlon.

    Will Visser was top male master, Amanda Russell and Patrick Evoe both won their respective age groups, while Avery Visser was right behind Amanda and Carrie Sapp and Amy Farley finished fifth and sixth in their group. Congratulations to all.

    Complete results can be found here.


  • Recent Video Podcast features Gilbert

    Jul 4, 2006

    Book Stories, part of CleverMedia TV, a video podcast television network, recently talked with Gilbert about his book, his past and his future. Find the video podcast here.


  • Freedom is its own Finish Line

    Jun 28, 2006

    Gilbert appeared on the June 28th edition of the Boston radio show Here and Now, where he discussed his book, his history and his future.

    You can listen to the segment online.




  • Race Results Roundup

    Jun 15, 2006

    Bernard wins Dublin Dr. Pepper 10K running away, Richard Mendez shines at Texas Police Games in Port Isabel, and other Gazelles run well at weekly Sunstroke Summer Stampede.

    Bernard returned to his usual dominating form, winning the 10K in a course record 31:07. A nice article from the American-Statesman has details.

    Richard Mendez kicked butt at the Police Olympics last week, winning multiple events.

    Ivi and Nick Kerrigan, Leslie Barclay and David Mitchell were among those who raced well at the summer's fifth stampede.


  • Check out Gazelles Videos

    Jun 13, 2006

    Thanks to the great work of Gazelle Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, Gilbert's Gazelles now has a video presence on the web.

    Intended to be both an outlet for all those wonderful Gazelles videos from events past and future, and a home for Gilbert's semi-regular video blog, you can view all the snappy videos either here on gilbertsgazelles.com or on the YouTube.com Gazelles channel. Both locations have the same videos and are simultaneously updated, so don't miss out.

    Thanks Jorge.


  • Michael Strait Wins Casa 5K

    Jun 5, 2006

    Congratulations to Michael Strait for winning the CASA Speak Up For Kids 5-K on Sunday, June 4. Michael led from the start, winning in in 18:54. Read more about the race here.


  • Book signing, panel discussion in New Orleans, June 24

    Jun 1, 2006

    Gilbert is scheduled to participate in the "Quiet Heroes in Literature" panel discussion, presented by the Friends of Libraries U.S.A. The panel showcases authors who have exhibited how one person can make a difference.

    Each panelist will be given 15 minutes to speak, followed by a Q&A session. The panel will last from 1:30-3:30 PM, and Gilbert's book signing will take place from 4-5 PM. Visit their website for more information.


  • Austin Chronicle Reviews "This Voice in My Heart"

    Jun 1, 2006

    This week's Austin Chronicle has a nice, short review of Gilbert's book, and mentions that "after reading Tuhabonye's story, told without rancor, one is led to have faith that in the end, there is redemption in hope."


  • Question and Answer Session with Gilbert online at CBN.com

    Jun 1, 2006

    CBN.com has posted to its website a Q&A session with Gilbert called "Running to the Arms of God". In the interview Gilbert discusses his boyhood, his story, his running, and more. Read the full interview here.


  • Race Results Roundup - CapTexTri Edition

    May 31, 2006

    Gazelles do well, as usual, at CapTexTri on muggy Memorial Day.

    Congratulations to Desiree Ficker for winning the CapTexTri yet again! You go, girl!! Lance Parker, Patrick Evoe, and Dan Carroll also turned in outstanding performances.

    Amanda Russell had another awesome result in the Sprint, winning her age group and taking 7th overall in the Sprint.

    Other Gazelles who completed the Olympic distance were Jessica Vance, Bridget Speer, and Jimmy Windham.

    Paul "I can't swim" Pugh apparently dog-paddled his way to an impressive 5th place age-group finish (not bad for his 2nd tri), while David Vance and Chad Bagwell also braved the Sprint waters.

    It should also be noted that Patrick had the fastest bike of the day (26mph) and Lance had the fastest run of the day (5:16 pace).

    Congrats also to any other Gazelles whom I may have forgotten to mention...sorry!

    View full results here.


  • Race Results Roundup

    May 23, 2006

    Several Gazelles fared well this past weekend in races as diverse as the Congress Avenue Mile, Baja Half Ironman and the Rogue Trail Series

    In the always fast and fun Congress Avenue Mile, Bernard paced the field in 4:07, while Richard Mendez clocked a smoking 4:35. Other age-group winners were Amanda Russell and Sharon Fisher. All Gazelles posted great times.

    Over in the Rogue Summer Trail Series, Floyd Watson brought home a fourth place finish, while Ivi Kerrigan and Kenny Hill also had nice races. View full results here.

    Finally, Desiree Ficker finished second in the Baja Half-Ironman Triathlon.

    Congratulations to all Gazelles.


  • 3 Gazelles Near Top of 2005 Triathlon Age Group Rankings

    May 19, 2006

    Amanda Russell, Patrick Evoe and David Sing all placed in the top five of the final 2005 USA Triathlon rankings.

    Patrick (Male-25) was ranked 4th nationally, while Amanda (Female-15) and David (Male-50) both ranked fifth nationally in their respective age groups. Congratulations to these Gazelles for a great 2005. Search the complete rankings on the USAT website.


  • Dallas TV Does Story about Gilbert

    May 8, 2006

    "We see a lot of inspiring stories but few where someone has run with fire after having to run from it." View more of "Texas Athlete Escapes Burundi Genocide".


  • News 8 interview features Gilbert

    May 6, 2006

    News 8 Austin, a local all-news station, ran an interview with Gilbert in which he discusses the book. Watch the video.


  • Diane Rhem Radio Interview

    May 3, 2006

    Gilbert is doing another radio interview on the Diane Rehm Show which will air Thursday, May 4th 10am central time.

    Another stop in the book tour to promote "This Voice in My Heart", you can listen online or access it aftewards through the show's archives.


  • Radio Interview with Gilbert on KUT

    May 2, 2006

    Austin Public radio station KUT airs interview with Gilbert.

    In the first of a series of upcoming media interviews promoting his new book, Gilbert talks about his survivor's story and his book which is on bookstore shelves now.

    Listen to the interview.


  • Gazelles Shine; Cousins win at OKC Marathon

    Apr 30, 2006

    Sara Pizzochero wins marathon, Peter Rauch places third, and Gilbert and his cousin Bernard Manirakiza cross the finish line together in the half at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

    Looking like they were just out on a training run, and finishing with identical times of 1:11:19, the cousins maintained an effortless 5:27/mile pace in winning the half-marathon. Smiling, laughing, and generally having a great time, the pair seemed to really enjoy this race.

    Several other Gazelles made the trip and finished well. Aside from the great performances by Gilbert, Bernard, Sara, and Peter, several Gazelles placed 1st in their division: Kenny Hill, Popcorn Leonard, and Art Lopez.

    Leslie Barclay, Shane McFarland, Chris Kilburn, and David Clements also turned in top 10 age-group runs.

    Congrats to Chad Bagwell who completed his first half-marathon, Connie Farris for doing her second, and Susan Thompson for her gazillionth!

    Full results here.


  • Oklahoma City to Launch Gilbert's National Book Tour

    Apr 2, 2006

    What better place for Gilbert to launch his National Book Tour with the book, This Voice in My Heart? With the inspiring and moving Oklahoma City National Memorial as the backdrop, Harper Collins has agreed that no other venue in the nation is more appropriate.

    Some eleven short years ago, a bomb went off in Oklahoma City, and 168 lives were lost and thousands were changed forever. The world watched in horror. And the world saw the response, what we call the Oklahoma Standard. Gilbert and the families here have a special bond - they have seen the worst the world has to offer, and responded by becoming inspiring beacons of hope. They exemplify a simple fact of life that good always overcomes evil.

    Our mission here at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is to honor their memories, celebrate life, reach for the future and unite the world in hope. What better place for Gilbert to launch his National Book Tour with the book, This Voice in My Heart? With the inspiring and moving Oklahoma City National Memorial as the backdrop, Harper Collins has agreed that no other venue in the nation is more appropriate. We agree.

    So, we are extending a special invitation for you all to come to Oklahoma City and be part of a historic event. Many of you have already registered - some of you will be back to defend titles, including Gilbert himself, back to defend the Men's Open Half Marathon title he won last year.

    We have worked closely with Harper Collins and Fila to have Gilbert and the book ready for sale and autographing at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Health and Fitness Expo. Meet Bill Rodgers and Dick Beardsley while you are here - and enjoy the most moving Pasta Party in the entire running world.

    The hosts of the event are the families affected by the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building. And the site of the Pasta Party is the dramatic Oklahoma City National Memorial itself - overlooking the moving reflecting pond.

    I know Gilbert would be so proud to be surrounded this weekend by you, his beloved Gazelles, those who sweat and toil and work with Gilbert to become healthy and run well. Please find a reason to run the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. And be with Gilbert as he launches a new chapter in his life's work.

    For details on this marvelous April weekend, please visit okcmarathon.com and you must visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial as our guests oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org - thanks and I look forward to welcoming you to Oklahoma City this April.

    Jeffrey Kidder Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon


  • Gilbert Honored as one of 100 Heroes

    Feb 15, 2006

    Gilbert was recently honored by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports as one of 100 Heroes.

    At the 8th Annual Giant Steps Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Gilbert received another honor for his inspirational story.


  • Gilbert Named Honorary Chair of 2005 St.Stephen's Toughest Race in Texas

    Oct 3, 2005

    Recently named Honorary Chair of the 2005 St.Stephen's Toughest Race in Texas.

    Gilbert also led two running clinics to help individuals prepare for the race coming up on October 29.


  • Gilbert recognized as Male Amateur Athlete of the Year

    May 4, 2005

    On May 4, 2005, Gilbert Tuhabonye was recognized as Austin Sports Association’s Male Amateur Athlete of the year.

    The award, also sponsored by radio station AM 1300, highlights Gilbert’s impact on Austin’s running scene and his effect on those around him.


  • Gilbert Featured in Austin Chronicle Story

    May 1, 2005

    "The Memories of the Long-Distance Runner" recounts Gilbert’s horrific experience as the sole survivor of a cultural holocaust in his native Burundi, as well as reflecting on his inner strength and dramatic positive impact on those around him.

    This thougtful article has Gilbert reflecting on his inner strength and dramatic positive impact on those around him.


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