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  • mariela_botella
    Houston Trail Runners EXtreme (HTRex) By Joe Prusaitis Over the years... since I have been running trails in Texas, I have been a number of groups hook up to
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 1, 2010
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      Houston Trail Runners EXtreme (HTRex)
      By Joe Prusaitis

      Over the years... since I have been running trails in Texas,
      I have been a number of groups hook up to run the trails.
      Most are short-lived, for the duration it takes to train for a specific race or season.
      Even the larger trail clubs struggle at times to maintain their unity.
      For a hundred different reasons, they drift apart.
      But every once in a while, a group finds a reason to continue and does indeed stick.

      HTRex is such a group: a collection of runners and walkers in the Houston area
      who are dedicated to promoting trail and ultra-running. As is usually the case,
      it started as a 'Training Group for Trail races' in 2001. 
      It was their intention to get off-road onto softer ground, and because the marathon distance
      was no longer a challenge. They decided to dive into the world of Ultra Running,
      and then they fell in love with trail running.

      They trained together for their first 50K, then a 50-miler, and then a 100-mile trail races,
      but it was more about the pleasure of running off road than it was about running Ultras.
      It's not even required to run ultras to be part of HTRex.
      There are no officers, dues, or meetings, but they do have a Yahoo-Group and Facebook page,
      with 200 people on Yahoo and 130 on Facebook. So, they have a variety of ways
      to communicate upcoming training runs, events and share information. Their weekly runs are open to anyone,
      and to become an 'official' member, all you need to do is show up.
      If you would like to hook up with them, check out their
      website at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/h_t_rex/

      HTRex says they are not an 'official' club per say, but rather a group of training partners
      who meet on the weekends for long runs and take road trips together for trail races.
      Their usual paths close to home are at HoChiMinh, Huntsville State Park, and the Lone Star Trail.
      They have traveled together to Pikes Peak Marathon/Ascent in Colorado Springs, CO and The Jemez Mnt Runs in Los Alamos, NM,
      Rocky Hill Ranch 25K/50K in Smithville, Palo Duro Canyon 50K/50M in Amarillo, and the Cross Timbers Marathon/50M in Lake Texoma.
      They also sponsor aid stations at races held in held in Huntsville State Park, such as Rocky Raccoon 25K/50K,
      Hog's Hunt 25K/50K, and the Rocky Raccoon 100M/50M.

      They have also done volunteer work such as trail maintenance,
      working along side GHORBA to maintain the local Memorial Park trails.
      They've worked with them the last couple of years and especially after Hurricane Ike
      to get the trails open for both cyclists and runners alike.
      They also participate twice a year with the local Tour de Bayou events, volunteering and running.

      There is always one person or a small group that steps forward to make it happen,
      and usually just one who holds it all together year after year.
      Sylvia & Homero Gonzales, Mariela Botella, & Linda Hurd got HTRex started, but only Mariela remains.
      She is the force who now keeps it ticking. 

      Mary Ntefidou characterizes the group's members as The kindest people,
      no exceptions. Never seen any problems among us, no arguing.
      I feel fortunate to have met and run with these people.
      Every week at the group run I learn something new:
      nutrition, hydration, injuries, and most important... the races.
    • R K
      mariela   thanks for being a friend,an a dedecated force in the tx ultra seen.   robert king ... From: mariela_botella Subject:
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 4, 2010
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        mariela
         
        thanks for being a friend,an a dedecated force in the tx ultra seen.
         
        robert king


        --- On Fri, 1/1/10, mariela_botella <mvbotella@...> wrote:

        From: mariela_botella <mvbotella@...>
        Subject: [h_t_rex] HTRex article on January 2010 ITR issue
        To: h_t_rex@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Friday, January 1, 2010, 11:10 PM

         
        Houston Trail Runners EXtreme (HTRex)
        By Joe Prusaitis

        Over the years... since I have been running trails in Texas,
        I have been a number of groups hook up to run the trails.
        Most are short-lived, for the duration it takes to train for a specific race or season.
        Even the larger trail clubs struggle at times to maintain their unity.
        For a hundred different reasons, they drift apart.
        But every once in a while, a group finds a reason to continue and does indeed stick.

        HTRex is such a group: a collection of runners and walkers in the Houston area
        who are dedicated to promoting trail and ultra-running. As is usually the case,
        it started as a 'Training Group for Trail races' in 2001. 
        It was their intention to get off-road onto softer ground, and because the marathon distance
        was no longer a challenge. They decided to dive into the world of Ultra Running,
        and then they fell in love with trail running.

        They trained together for their first 50K, then a 50-miler, and then a 100-mile trail races,
        but it was more about the pleasure of running off road than it was about running Ultras.
        It's not even required to run ultras to be part of HTRex.
        There are no officers, dues, or meetings, but they do have a Yahoo-Group and Facebook page,
        with 200 people on Yahoo and 130 on Facebook. So, they have a variety of ways
        to communicate upcoming training runs, events and share information. Their weekly runs are open to anyone,
        and to become an 'official' member, all you need to do is show up.
        If you would like to hook up with them, check out their
        website at http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/h_t_ rex/

        HTRex says they are not an 'official' club per say, but rather a group of training partners
        who meet on the weekends for long runs and take road trips together for trail races.
        Their usual paths close to home are at HoChiMinh, Huntsville State Park, and the Lone Star Trail.
        They have traveled together to Pikes Peak Marathon/Ascent in Colorado Springs, CO and The Jemez Mnt Runs in Los Alamos, NM,
        Rocky Hill Ranch 25K/50K in Smithville, Palo Duro Canyon 50K/50M in Amarillo, and the Cross Timbers Marathon/50M in Lake Texoma.
        They also sponsor aid stations at races held in held in Huntsville State Park, such as Rocky Raccoon 25K/50K,
        Hog's Hunt 25K/50K, and the Rocky Raccoon 100M/50M.

        They have also done volunteer work such as trail maintenance,
        working along side GHORBA to maintain the local Memorial Park trails.
        They've worked with them the last couple of years and especially after Hurricane Ike
        to get the trails open for both cyclists and runners alike.
        They also participate twice a year with the local Tour de Bayou events, volunteering and running.

        There is always one person or a small group that steps forward to make it happen,
        and usually just one who holds it all together year after year.
        Sylvia & Homero Gonzales, Mariela Botella, & Linda Hurd got HTRex started, but only Mariela remains.
        She is the force who now keeps it ticking. 

        Mary Ntefidou characterizes the group's members as The kindest people,
        no exceptions. Never seen any problems among us, no arguing.
        I feel fortunate to have met and run with these people.
        Every week at the group run I learn something new:
        nutrition, hydration, injuries, and most important... the races.


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