Category: Racing

10 for Texas

Congrats to Finish Strong Racing Team for their excellent showing at the 10 for Texas 10 mile and 5K held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 by The Woodlands Township.  This year had a new course starting and finishing at North Shore Park with portions of the race on the water way.  Finish Strong was represented well by 36 athletes.  The team won Male Grand Master and Master’s at the 5K race by Rudy Justice and Kevin Baker.  Kevin was also 2nd overall. The team also captured three 1st place Age Group wins in the 5K by Jhovanny Landeros, Julio Morales, and Deb Lyons and a 2nd AG by  Katerina Savelieva.

The main event – the 10 miler — was also a great event for the team.  Michael Menster came in 5th overall and male master’s.  Bill Glaser and Sharon Morin won their AGs.  Dana Lyons and Guillermo Locht took 2nd in their AGs.  And PRs were attained by Joe McClellan, Monica Lanman, and Lynn Bennick.

Special thanks to Christi O’Neal for treating us to wonderful stretches post-workout at our tent!

Congrats to all.  See results below.

10 for Texas – Team FSR Results
Kevin Baker 18:31 5K Male Masters 2nd overall
Jhovanny Landeros 20:05 5K 1st AG 8th overall
Rudy Justice 22:13 5K Male Grand Master
Julio Morales 23:45 5K 1st AG
Deb Lyons 25:17 5K 1st AG
Katerina Savelieva 26:30 5K 2nd AG
Dani Palazuelos 26:21 5K SelecTRI
Enrique Vezga 26:43 5K SelecTRI

Michael Menster 1:01:26 10M Male Masters 5th overall
William Glaser 1:06:23 10M 1st AG
Dana Lyons 1:09:30 10M 2nd AG
Luis Vezga 1:10:58 10M 1st AG
Guillermo Locht 1:10:07 10M 2nd AG
James Carlson 1:15:25 10M 6th AG
Clayton Hall 1:16:10 10M 9th AG
Victor Martinez 1:20:01 10M 11th AG
Kevin Burnett 1:20:48 10M 2nd AG
Barry Carroll 1:25:04 10M 11th AG
Sharon Morin 1:26:37 10M 1st AG
Bret Strong 1:30:53 10M 17th AG
Andreas Grossman 1:28:10 10M
Joe McClellan 1:28:42 10M 2 min PR
Phillip DePrang 1:29:58 10M 4th AG
Ken Page 1:30:41 10M 10th AG
Michelle Howard 1:32:12 10M
Scott Schweinsberg 1:32:33 10M 18th AG
Monica Lanman 1:32:48 10M 17th AG
Lynn Bennick 1:33:19 10M PR
Hernan Martinez 1:35:59 10M
Pamela Paling 1:37:59 10M 19th AG
Nathan Holt 1:38:01 10M
Pia Grossman 1:59:07 10M
Bob Bailey 1:59:26 10M
Christina Tomlinson 2:16:56 10M
Jessica Callan 2:22:18 10M

The Woodlands Marathon and Half Marathon

Congrats to all 39 of our Finish Strong athletes who competed in The Woodlands Marathon/Half Marathon/5K on a beautiful March 3rd morning in The Woodlands. 31 of our athletes ran the half marathon; 3 completed the marathon; 3 ran 18 miles of the marathon as a training run; and 1 ran the 5K. We had several PRs, Boston Qualifier, and three folks on the podium. Way to go!

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Here are our results:

Name Race Time
Eduardo Garzon TW Full 3:14:11
John McGowan TW Full 5:03:23
Michelle Howard TW Full 4:06:52 BQ!
Andreas GrossmanTW Half 1:50
Barry Carroll TW Half 1:46 PR!
Bill Glaser TW Half 1:24:38 2nd in AG
Bret Strong TW Half 1:46
Craig Kornriech TW Half 1:45:19
Dana Kornreich TW Half 2:17:25
Dulce Del Angel TW Half 1:45
Irina ShikounovaTW Half 2:36:35
James Carlson TW Half 1:38:15
Jen Anthony TW Half 1:37
Joseph Tokarz TW Half 1:50:17 PR!
Katerina SavelievaTW Half 2:01:21
Ken Page TW Half 1:54
Kevin Baker TW Half 1:31:30
Kevin Barnett TW Half 1:53
Kyle Quinn TW Half 1:53
Mark Hanlon TW Half 1:34:02 3rd in AG
Mike Menster TW Half 1:23:20 1ST in AG
Nathan Holt TW Half 2:15
Pam Meaux TW Half 1:54
Pam Paling TW Half 2:07
Phillip DePrang TW Half 1:54 4th in AG
Pia Grossman TW Half 2:42:34
Richard ZambranoTW Half 2:26 legally blind
Rob Banzaf TW Half 1:35 PR!
Scott SchweinbergTW Half 2:26
Senthil Govindarajulu TW Half 2:07:58
Sharon Morin TW Half 1:54
Steve Phillips TW Half 2:10
Steve Rech TW Half 1:57:11
Victor Martinez TW Half 1:39:46 PR!
Yves Puisseux TW Half 1:40 PR!
Bob Bailey TW 18 mi 3:30
Kathleen Crea TW 18 mi 3:30
Sara Vanderford TW 18 mi 3:30
Nithya ShanmugamTW 5K 30:37:00

Above are unofficial results. For official results, go to:

Oilman Half Ironman Distance Tri and Aquabike

Congrats to all our Finish Strong Racing team who competed at the Oilman Half Ironman Distance Triathlon on Sunday, November 5th in at La Torreta Resort in Montgomery.  We had a fine showing from our team athletes and several of the parents from our SelecTRI youth team also competed – Michael Diehl, Dana Sutter, Joseph Cabriana.

Winning the co-ed relay team (and the fastest of any relay team of the day) were Finish Strong’s Sarah Moore (swim), Dale Claudel (bike) and Ryan Miller (run).  Ryan did back-to-back races winning the Texas 10 Series race before sprinting up to Oilman to compete in the final leg of our winning relay team!  Still waiting final relay results from Oilman, but this threesome tore up the course!  Also competing in the all female relay from Finish Strong were KaSaBa – Kathleen Crea, Sara Vanderford and Barbara Santi.  Well done!  I will update once relay results are online.

Other podium finishers were Scott Peterson who won 2nd in his age group and 10th overall, Pam Meaux won 2nd in her AG,  and Andrew Nicholas who won his age group.  Both Davis T. and Sharon Morin captured 4th in their AGs.  Special kudos to first-timers who accomplished the half Ironman distance – Kevin Burnett, Gene Blount, Kim Smith and Nick Crafton.   Hugo Espinosa competed in the Aquabike event.

Huge thanks to all our wonderful FSC and SelecTRI team members who came out to volunteer. We had folks body marking, handing out chips, wet suit stripping, transition, and handling the finish line until the very last competitor crossed the line.  Fantastic support!


Here are the results:


And Aquabike: 


For more on results, go to:



10 for Texas

The Woodlands Township hosted its annual hometown 10 for Texas race with 1,400 participants in the 10 mile race; a 5K race and 1 mile kids race on Saturday, October 14. Finish Strong Racing had 38 team members run the 10 mile race.  Despite the heat and humidity, the team persevered claiming Male Master’s, Female Grandmaster’s, and several podium wins.  Congrats to all!

Here are the results:

Michael Menster – 1:02:40 – 10th overall – Master’s winner

William Glaser – 1:06:29- 19th overall – 2nd 45-49 AG

Kevin Baker – 1:09:53 – 4th 40-44 AG

Brent Scott – 1:15:34

Andreas Grossman – 1:16:14

Pam Meaux – 1:16:24 – Grandmaster’s winner

James Carlson – 1:16:54

Mark Hanlon – 1:17:04 – 4th in 55-59 AG

Kevin Burnett – 1:20:03

Yves Puisieux – 1:20:07

Victor Martinez – 1:20:10

Clayton Hall – 1:21:39

Barry Carroll – 1:22:41

Pedro Aberastury – 1:25:42

Michelle Correal – 1:26:07

Deb Lyons – 1:26:50 – 2nd 55-59 AG

Claire Testar – 1:28:24

Phillip Deprang – 1:29:56 – 3rd 65-69 AG

Nicholas Crafton – 1:30:07

Sheri Bell – 1:30:54

Katerina Savelieva – 1:31:06

Gordon Irving – 1:32:56

Cheryl Perry – 1:33:33

Steve Rech – 1:33:40

Ileana Carroll – 1:34:29

Pamela Paling – 1:34:30

Adnan Afzal – 1:34:42

Michelle Howard – 1:35:05 (This was after she ran 8 miles to start the race!

Steven Phillips – 1:39:54

Bret Strong – 1:39:56

Jacqueline Medina-Lewis – 1:40:41

Byron Moore – 1:40:42

Lynn Bennick – 1:43:04

Andrea Crafton – 1:51:29

Carolyn Bailey – 1:59:49

Sara Vanderford – 1:59:49

Bob Bailey – 1:59:50

Alberto Agostini – couldn’t find your results


Huge thanks to Christi O’Neal who treated team members to myofascial stretching post-race at our tent.  We are all grateful!

For more results, go to:















Kemah Olympic and Sprint Tri

Congrats to Finish Strong Racing athletes who competed at the Kemah Olympic and Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, October 8th.  Here are our team results for Olympic distance race:

2017 Kemah Triathlon
John McGowan finishing strong on the run!

Scott Peterson – 2:19:27 – 3rd overall!

Byron Moore – 2:57:48 – 2nd in Clydesdale Division

Rodrigo Abascal – 3:08:42 – 6th in AG

Sheri Bell – 2:55:58 – 3rd in AG

Alan Jones – 2:38:53 – 5th in AG

Brian Duncan – 2:57:45

John McGowan – 3:06:55

Troy Cormier – 3:17:32

Kim Smith – 3:18:43 – 6th in AG

Also, several parents of our SelecTRI Youth Team participated in the Olympic Distance race – Dana and Chris Sutter and Michael Diehl.  Way to go!

In the sprint distance race, Coach Jack Alexander, 63 years young, claimed 3rd overall in 1:11:51.  Congrats Jack!

For more on results, go to:


Tri Aggieland

Team FSR was well represented at Tri Aggieland on Sunday, July 9 in College Station by John McGowan and Amie Quinn.  John finished in 1:16:23. Amie finished in 1:15:50 and was awarded was 3rd place in her Age Group. Tri Aggieland was a 400 meter pool swim, 12 mile bike ride, and 5k race.  Congrats!


Tejas Sugar Tri

Congrats to our Finish Strong athletes who competed at Tejas Sugar Tri race held on Sunday, June 4th in Sugarland, Texas with 279 participants. Alan Jones was 2nd in his AG and 8th overall. Jack Alexander came in 1st in his AG and 15th overall. Kim Jones was 7th in her AG.

Alan Jones – 9:06 swim 25:07 bike (23.8 mph) 21:10 run (7:03/mi pace) 57:07.7
Jack Alexander – 8:10 swim 25:39 bike (23.4 mph) 23:30 run (7:50/mi) 59:21.2
Kim Smith – 14:35 swim 30:51 bike (19.5 mph) 25:48 run (8:36/mi) 1:14:14.5

Two of our SelecTRI juniors – Kensie Gunter and John Golden also did very well at Tejas Tri. John won his 15-19 male division in 1:06:46 and Kensie won her 15-19 female division in 1:07:48. Congrats to all!

For more results, go to: