This Week With Gazelles: Oct. 8-14

Congratulations to all who raced this past weekend!

St. George Marathon

  • Krista Alderman 3:44:16

Jillian Townson in Chicago. (Thanks for tagging #gilbertsgazelles!)

Jillian Townson in Chicago. (Thanks for tagging #gilbertsgazelles!)

Chicago Marathon

  • Devon Bijansky 3:27:04 PR, BQ

  • Diane Carson 5:42:31 

  • Andres Delgado 4:11:25 

  • Paul Gouge 3:39:43 

  • Lisa Hernandez-Bobrow 4:26:23 

  • Bill Koen 3:02:05 PR, BQ

  • Melisa Leal 4:18:36 

  • Marci Liggett 4:06:56 

  • Jillian Townson 4:10:42 

  • Sean Wimbush 3:09:33

Upcoming Races

  • Good luck to the Gazelles running the Staten Island Half on Sunday, Oct. 14!

  • The Thundercloud Turkey Trot is Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day) at the Long Center. Register now for early bird prices (ends October 10). There is a 5-mile family fun run, 1-mile walk, and kids K.

  • Have you signed up to run or volunteer (or both) for Run For the Water?

Did You Know?

Sunday, October 21 will be Gilbert’s 25th anniversary of the day he escaped genocide in Burundi.

2017 Capitol Walk

2017 Capitol Walk

To honor his second chance at life, Gilbert and friends walk from Lady Bird Lake to the Capitol with water jugs filled at the lake. This annual tradition is how Gilbert chooses to celebrate the Gazelles Foundation’s mission of providing clean water to the people of Burundi and to encourage people to register for Run For The Water. The walk starts at mile zero on the trail at 7:30am, Friday, October 19.

Quote of the Week

Fear takes you nowhere. Life, everywhere.

Member Highlight: Mike Gitre

What prompted you to join Gazelles and when did you join?
March 2009. My wife Laura signed me up as a birthday gift. I self-trained and ran the 2008 Austin and 2008 White Rock Marathons and was frustrated with my times. What a wonderful gift it was. 

Which group do you run with?
Tuesday, Thursday 5:30 am

What's your favorite workout and why? 
That's a tough one. 20 x 400s. We always do them around holidays and cooler weather, and it's so fun to test if you can keep dropping times each set. 

How has Gazelles changed your running/life?
After eight marathons, I've gained a community that has given me so much joy and fulfillment, and three BQs. It has changed my life in so many ways beyond good health—how I treat others, how I face adversity, and celebrate accomplishments. Training and running races are unique experiences. It can teach us so much about ourselves, our community, and society. You are allowed to perform the same event as world class athletes on the same course, at the same time. You compete with others, and compete against your own limits. Finally you celebrate the accomplishments of others without diminishing your own, and feel empathy for those that struggle. All this in 3 to 4 hours on a Sunday morning.

What’s your favorite Gilbert-ism or best story about him?
Gilbert-ism: Has to be "Who's birthday is today?"

Best story: The first track workout after I joined, it was pitch black outside. Gilbert pulled me aside and said, “I know you. I've seen you out here.” He was right. When I trained myself, I used to run at the same time as his groups. Like so many of us, he recognized me by my running form and stride. I was simply amazed. 

Each Gazelle featured in the Member Highlight has been selected randomly from our active member list.

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