This Week With Gazelles: June 3-9

Congratulations to the following Gazelles on recent races:

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Fit Foodie Festival and 5K 
Rhonda Marple 29:31

San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon
Jarred Sinn 4:49:24
Rohini Bochaton 3:43:00

San Diego Rock n Roll Half Marathon
Chad Whited 1:23:37

Events this week

June 5 — Global Running Day

What began as National Running Day in the US in 2009 is now Global Running Day, as of 2016. There is also a youth division, known as Million Kid Run. The goal of both programs is to get people of all ages out and running. As a Gazelle, you already do that, but go on an easy run and invite a friend or kid to run with you and learn the joy of running! Let us know you participated by tagging us on Instagram @gilbertsgazellesatx or #gilbertsgazelles

June 6 — Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita Run

Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita Run — This is a 5K and fundraiser for The Trail Foundation. Note: The Gazelles parking garage will NOT be available for the race. Check the MMMR website for parking options.

From the Gazelle Foundation…

Drink for The Water at Lenoir

This is a Gazelle Foundation event coming up later this month. Our friends (and Gazelles) at Lenoir are hosting a special evening to benefit the Gazelle Foundation. Come to socialize with friends, eat amazing food and support the foundation that Gilbert co-founded. Reservations are encouraged.


Austin Marathon Registration is Open

Registration is now open for our hometown race! Special pricing is available until June 10th, so if you’re a sure thing, go register. And as always, make sure to pick Gilbert’s Gazelles as your team at registration!

Member Highlight: Chris McCaul


What prompted you to join Gazelles and when did you join?
I joined in 2010 after a couple of years of Friday nights leaving the party early, leaving the bar early, leaving the show early because my wife Paula had to be home by nine to get up at some ridiculous time on Saturday morning to run with this crazy group of people while the rest of the planet slept in.  I finally gave in and ran with her one Saturday morning to see why she thought these Gazelles were so special.  She was right.  I was immediately hooked and ran my first marathon in Austin in 2011 and have run five more since.

Which group do you run with?
I run with the T/TH 7am group.  It’s not a very large group, but like any Gazelle group,  it’s a lot of great people with varying skills that keep you motivated and have fun.

What's your favorite workout and why? 
I probably enjoy fartlecks and track workouts the most.  It’s always fun to see how much you have left in the tank for that last minute or lap and “drop the bomb”!

How has Gazelles changed your running/life?
Since I wasn’t really a runner before joining the Gazelles, I can say that my running has improved tremendously.  I can actually run 26.2 miles and live to tell about it.  But more importantly, it’s really all about the people that I have been fortunate enough to get to know, the stories that we share on long runs, and the many friends that I have made.  I am so grateful to be a part of the Gazelle community.  I love that we have runners from all different walks of life, different shapes and sizes, young and old, fast and slow (but getting faster), that share in this experience.  I now look forward to getting up at some ridiculous hour on Saturday mornings and greeting all the other crazy people that are starting their run in the dark, asking “how far today?” and hearing responses like “I’m only doing 10” as if that’s way too easy.

What’s your favorite Gilbert-ism or best story about him?
Two moments stand out for me early in my time running with Gilbert.  Maybe just a few months after joining Gazelles, I was one of the lucky ones that Gilbert picked to chase up a hill on Exposition.  As he ran past me, he told me to “relax my toes”.  I kept thinking, how could this guy possibly see my toes through my sneakers?

A couple of years later while on the track he was helping me with my form.  He shouted out “get your hips up”.  I was a little confused on how I was supposed to get my hips any higher – my legs were only so long.  After someone explained to me that he meant to move my hips forward, I got it and it really did make my running more efficient.

But my favorite is when he speaks of “community”.  To me, it’s not just a community of runners, but a common draw to Gilbert and his story that creates a community of people who each in their own way want to make a difference.  I hope to be a part of this group for a very long time.

Chris McCaul (far right)

Chris McCaul (far right)

Chris McCaul (back row, left)

Chris McCaul (back row, left)

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

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