This Week With Gazelles: Jan. 7-13

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Day 2019

New Year’s Day 2019

Thank you to everyone who came out to run with us for the 4th Annual New Year’s Day Run—and to our awesome volunteers who helped with the drinks and snacks. We had a chilly but joyful run followed by a celebration with friends to start the year off right. We’re ready to get 2019 underway!


Thinking about running the Cap 10K? Gilbert's Gazelles has a 12-week training program starting on January 14th, specifically for the Cap 10K. There is an info session on Saturday, January 12th at 8:30 AM at Gazelles if you'd like to learn more about our training.

May and June Race Package registration is open.

Some May/June races Gazelles are training for: Toronto, Vancouver, Eugene, London San Diego, Light at the End of the Tunnel and Grandma’s Marathon.

Don’t forget about Gazelles Strength & Core classes held at HQ. Class times are: M/W 5:30pm and FRI 5:30am. Yoga is every Sunday at 8:30am.

Gazelles Destination Races: CIM 2019 and Toronto 2020

Gazelles posted some fast times a month ago at CIM (California International Marathon). This article is a year old, but still holds true. CIM really is a fast course! For reference, we looked up the 2018 times for the 100th finisher in the races mentioned in the article and they are:

  • CIM 2018:  2:24:15

  • Boston 2018: 2:37:54

  • NYC 2018: 2:35:08

Gazelle Foundation and the Austin Marathon

Austin Gives Miles Program
Whether you’re running the Austin 5k, Half or Full, you can join the Gazelle Foundation team by fundraising or donating through the Austin Gives Miles program. Gazelles can combine their race goal with the goal of helping others by raising money to build water systems in Burundi, Gilbert’s homeland. A great way to run with JOY! Click for more info.

Gazelle Foundation Water Stop Volunteers needed
The Foundation is looking for volunteers to help at their water stop on the Austin Marathon course. If you’d like to give back to the Austin running community, this is a great opportunity. Go here to join.

Member Highlight: Rochelle Storin

Rochelle with her daughter, Kim

Rochelle with her daughter, Kim

What prompted you to join Gazelles and when did you join?
On August 13, 2004, I sat next to Gilbert at a gala for the opening ceremonies of the Athens Summer Olympics hosted by KXAN at One World Theater. He told me about the Gazelles and invited me to a workout. The following Tuesday morning, I joined them at 5:45. Gilbert “assigned” Liliana Nancarrow and Ivi Kerrigan to be my “big sisters” (even though I’m much older). They were friendly and so helpful. I decided to give it a try. I registered for one month and emailed Liliana and Ivi often with questions and I credit them with convincing me to be a regular. That was 14½ years ago. And Liliana and Ivi are still Gazelles too. A loyalty testament from all three of us.

Which group do you run with?
Monday-Wednesday 7 am Friendlies. For 8 years, I was with the Tuesday-Thursday 5:45 am group while I was working. I loved the T/TH group and made many friends. However, when I retired, I switched to the later M/W Friendlies since I no longer need to be at work at 8 am. Now I love the Friendlies. I still see many of my Tu/Th friends on Saturday mornings and at the holiday parties.

What's your favorite workout and why? 
My favorite workout is any workout that I don’t have to run around in circles at the high school track. I love being on the trail and I love the hill workouts too. I make the best of doing the track workouts but every once in a while, I’ll bow out mid-workout and head for the trail.

How has Gazelles changed your running/life?
I started out as an occasional 4-mile trail runner and to date I’ve run 38 half marathons and 6 marathons.

Speed isn’t my primary focus—staying healthy is. My Friendly friends agree and we have developed a heartwarming camaraderie and social/support network that has spread into events outside of the Gazelle workouts.

Rochelle with her M/W running friends

Rochelle with her M/W running friends

I encouraged my daughter, Kim, to join Gazelles in 2010 and now her husband, Bernd, is a Gazelle too. I love that they have the same love for Gilbert’s Gazelles that I do.

What’s your favorite Gilbert-ism or best story about him?
I have lots of Gilbert experiences that I could share but my favorite isn’t a work out or running story. It was meeting him for the first time at that Olympic gala in 2004. He was charismatic but at the same time, humble and soft-spoken. He was a survivor as well as a superstar athlete, and he was sitting next to me chatting and eating, just a regular guy. I was in awe. I knew right then that I wanted to be a Gazelle. Hanging around with him on Monday and Wednesday mornings is extra-special, a therapy of sorts in many ways. The added bonus is that your body benefits too.

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

Race Results

Good luck to our lone Gazelle, Allyson, heading to Disney World for the Dopey Challenge. The Dopey Challenge spans Thursday through Sunday and consists of a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon, running one event each day. 


Congratulations to those who ran the Bandera Endurance Trail Run. There was a last minute change of venue from The Hill Country State Natural Area where it is normally held to Camp Eagle, a course the race director speculated would take the 50K runners at least an hour longer due to the tougher course.

Angel Walter - 3:30:27, 1st in age group

Allyson Marshall - 6:52:45, 1st in age group
Craig Durr - 7:11:59
Jennifer Dale - 7:16:13
Lisa Sutherland - 8:11:07, 1st in age group, even with an extra 6k of running due to a wrong turn.
Murphy Reed - 7:10:46

Brian Rodgers - 16:49:20

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