This Week With Gazelles: June 18-24

Laura Kromann on the podium in Glacier National Park

Laura Kromann on the podium in Glacier National Park

Congratulations to the following Gazelles at Grandma's Marathon and Half Marathon this weekend. Full: Kippi Griffith 3:40:51 and Jarred Sinn 4:44:37; Half: Martha Broyles 1:53:09 and Jessica Sinn 2:31:44.

Laura Kromann ran the Glacier National Park Half Marathon on Saturday (June 16th) and placed 1st in her age group. Her time was 1:44:38. Great job, Laura!

Please keep Sarah Marshall in your thoughts and prayers as she undergoes cancer treatment. Sarah, your Gazelle family is here for you whenever you need us.

Congratulations to Gazelles Monica Ramsey and Vasil Kostov who were married on June 3rd.

Good luck to Gazelles running June 23 in the Santa Barbara Half Marathon and Ruidoso Half Marathon as well as a couple of local races.

Gazelles Forum To Close

The Forum enjoyed years of success on the old website, but this past year has shown a significant decline in its use. The Forum was once a reliable way to announce information to the group, but without a consistent audience we no longer rely on it like we once did. After much thought and discussion, we have decided to take the forum page down by the end of June. In place of the Forum, we hope you will turn to the blog for important Gazelle news and updates. We encourage you to continue sharing personal news and/or ideas with the group by emailing them to our blog team for inclusion in the weekly update. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Half and Full Marathon Training

Gazelles training for fall races is already in full swing! Our training plans consist of 18-20 weeks of weekly group workouts, runs and long run routes to get you to the finish line of your chosen race. Our half/full marathon packages are currently available for those wanting to race this October or November. Races in December will begin training August 1 with registration beginning in July. 

Upcoming local races and events

June 23: Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Festival & 5K/10K at Mueller,

June 23: Fun Stop 5K, formerly known as The Keep Austin Weird 5K

June 25: Drink for the Water Happy Hour benefiting The Gazelle Foundation. School House Pub, 6:00pm

July 14: Back the Track meet at the Austin High track. This year instead of just the one mile event, there will be 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m 800m and long jump.

September 7: Zilker Relays. This is a long way off, but registration is just $35 per person until July 2, so get your team together now and register!  

Know of other upcoming races?  Email with info.

Member Highlight: Marc Hamel


How long have you been a runner?
I started running in grade school but didn’t run track or cross country in high school or college. I got serious about distance running a bit later - so I’ve been seriously running around 20 years I guess (yes, I’m older than I look). 

Which group do you run with?
Tuesday/Thursday when I’m training, but right now I’m just maintaining on Saturday’s.

What's your favorite workout and why?
I like the long, progressive point-to-point runs, because you see all the benefits of the hard work you’ve put in up to that point. Plus who doesn’t love a lollipop at the end of a long run?

What prompted you to join Gazelles and when did you join?
I joined in 2014. Basically since I moved to Austin multiple people, at different times, told me I should join Gazelles (I primarily trained by myself). I’d met Gilbert several times and knew several Gazelles. Finally, I just decided it was time to do it! I am so proud to call myself a Gazelle and totally stoked to run with such a great group of people. 

What's your favorite Gilbert-ism or best story about him?
It’s all up here (pointing to his head). Couldn’t be more true. 

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

Did You Know?

  • If you ever park at "The Rock" (Mopac on the north side of the trail), you may have to start paying for parking in the future. The Austin Transportation Department is considering a plan to add parking meters on Veterans Drive and other areas, including the parking lot under Mopac next to Austin High tennis courts, around the north side of Lady Bird Lake.

  • Thursday, June 21 is the Summer Solstice, also known as the first day of summer to most of us. In some cultures, it is known as the middle of summer. The summer solstice falls between June 20th and 22nd but shifts each year. This is due to the earth's rotation and therefore when the sun will reach the highest point in the sky for the Northern Hemisphere.

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