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November 21 - SMRC Thanksgiving Dinner - Details TBA

December 5 - SMRC Board Meeting - San Marcos Activity Center, Multi-Purpose Room 7:00 p.m.

December 12 - SMRC Christmas Light Run - Details TBA

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Happy November, runners!
It’s November! Why is it still 90 degrees? I have no idea. Regardless, there seems to be lots of running to do this month! People are training for their long races, and the Thanksgiving-themed races are bountiful!

But what are we thankful for? I feel like I find new reasons every day to be thankful for for what my body is capable of doing. Not everyone has the good fortune to be healthy, or able to do everything they want to do in the moments that they would like to do them. Whether illness, injury or time is an issue, sometimes things don’t - or can’t - go the way we would like them to. In these moments of realizing limitations, it is easier to see what we may have taken for granted when obstacles weren’t an issue. It also makes it easier to show empathy for others who might be in a similar situation in the present.

So, with that being said, it is Thanksgiving; and runners have a lot to be thankful for. First and foremost, we are thankful for healthy bodies that permit us to run; for little aches and pains that prompt us to slow down; for boundless energy that carries us through each day; and for medical staff who mend us fast when injuries get in the way.

We are thankful for the bounty that feeds our body and soul; for pasta that gives us energy for the long run; for bagels that refuel us when we are done; for the bananas and pickles that protect us from muscle cramps; and for coffee that picks us up when we feel down.

We are thankful for energy drinks that give an extra boost (Bang Energy Drinks are pretty amazing... just sayin’.); for flavored granola bars that we carry along; for sticky gel in little pouches halfway into a race; for glucose tablets and chewy sticks for a quick sugar fix; and for clean water before, during and after every run.

We are thankful for garbage bags that cover us in the rain; for reflective vests and flashing lights when we run in the dark; for headbands that keep the sweat out of our eyes; for padded socks so soft and smooth to cuddle our toes; and for mittens that keep our fingers warm when it is cold outside... on the rare occasions that it is cold outside.

We are thankful for lightweight shoes (that Dave Moody supplies) that carry our weight; for ankle supports and stability bars that protect our feet; for multi-layered EVA that cushions from the roads; for carbon soles that wear so slow and give us lots of miles; and for pointed spikes that move us forth in the cross country mud.

We are thankful for orthotics when our arches fall; for glasses that absorb UV light when we run in the sun; for mesh singlets that wick the sweat and keep us cool; and for colorful jog bras that keep things in their place.
We are thankful for high-tech gear that makes us look cool; for monitors that keep our hearts in their target zones; for nasal strips that hold our noses open in the wind; and for awesome runner friends who put water out at each water stop for a long run and who meet us on rainy mornings to do speed work together.

We are thankful for Body Glide that keeps our thighs sliding along; for bags of frozen peas to heal the swollen heels; and for loads of ibuprofen.

We are thankful for amazing race directors who take care of details on race day; for reliable bike leads on race morning who lead us in the right direction; for volunteers who meet us with cheers and smiles in the chute... and who set up the chute, for that matter; for loving spouses who claim we look good when we feel awful and sick; and for children who endure hours of standing in the cold and pouring rain watching us run... or who opt to run alongside of us when they’d rather be in bed. We are also thankful for local coaches who donate their time to make sure we have an organized speed workout to go to each and every week... for years.

We are thankful for running partners who wait when we are late; for flat roads that we can run in our wake and our sleep; for hills that challenge us and make us stronger; for San Marcos City workers who fill cracks and potholes and save our ankles and feet; and for sleepy motorists in the morning who wave us across the street to safety.

We are thankful for trails so soft that give our knees a break; for trees that shade us from the sun and cool us in the heat; for rivers and fountains cold and clear that refresh us when we tire; for birds that sing, squirrels that climb and deer that bound around; and for all those who work so hard to keep these trails well groomed.

Finally, we are thankful for the joy of running, and for the joy of running with one another; for that patient first coach who got us out of the door; for the runner’s high that shapes our moods; and for the healthy way of life that shapes us every day.

We have a lot to be thankful for. So, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Be kind and good to one another. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

There are tons of holiday events going on as well! It’s a busy month in town! Check the link below, and I’ll highlight just a few throughout the newsletter.

See you out there, San Marcos Runners!


On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., the City of San Marcos Parks & Recreation Department will be holding a town hall meeting to discuss updates to the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins.
The public is invited to come learn about, provide feedback and collaborate with others on the future of San Marcos.

The Parks & Recreation Department also wants your input via an online survey. Visit
to take the survey.

Hard copies of the survey will be available at the San Marcos Activity Center.

Completing the survey by November 8th enters you into a drawing to win one of three prizes: a 1-year individual membership to the San Marcos Activity Center; a Rio Vista Fun Prize Pack including a propane grill, grill utensils, a waterproof phone pouch and sunglasses; or a Greenspace Hiking Prize Pack including a hydration backpack, hiking pole, and sunglasses.

Grant Harris Jr. Building
401 E. Hopkins
San Marcos, TX

It was a small but mighty group that showed up for the SMRC Halloween Run. They braved the rain and got it done! I think I see a couple of “road runners”! Do you?
We have no new members this month! But let your friends know about the SMRC.
It’s never too soon to start running with a great group of people!


Our Thursday run location has changed! It’s Daylight Savings time... so this Thursday, remember:

Meet at the Embassy on McCarty. If there are any other suggestions for a possible Thursday night run route, please contact an SMRC board member. We are taking suggestions for safe and well-lit routes to use for the winter months! Board contact information is below. Thank you!

Kimberly and Walt Meitzen have been busy! They traveled to Marathon, Texas to run the Marathon to Marathon half! The word on the street is that Walt hit a PR, too! Congratulations Walt!


I know they both also ran the BigFoot Trail Race here in San Marcos. So did Brigitte Payne. Here’s her race report... and this has to be one of the best race pictures ever!

-I did my 2nd San Marcos trail race on October 28th. Bigfoot was the name-o! There was a 30K and 5K course in addition to the 10K course that I “ran.” It was a beautiful, cold morning that, for me, was delightful. We saw several other SMRC runners enjoying the course and pretty after-race area. Oh, did I mention the screwdrivers by Tito’s vodka?!!

Thank you all for sharing with us! Make sure to send your pictures and race reports for next month’s newsletter! Everyone loves to read about our fellow runners’ adventures!
Core Running Co.
Date: Saturday, January 06, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. CST
Type: Running
San Marcos Greenbelt
Wonder World Dr. and Hunter Road
San Marcos, Texas 78666

The 10-mile course leads runners through a rather porous section of the Edwards Aquifer. Juniper groves, meadows, ephemeral wetlands and oak mottes co-exist in the Purgatory Creek Greenspace. More experienced trail runners will enjoy some difficult technical sections of trail during the race while still runnable.
The 5K course is a rigorous course with a medium technical rating and is the perfect introduction into trail running.
Walkers and hikers are encouraged and welcome to participate in the 5K and 10-mile race.

**This race will benefit the San Marcos High School Cross Country Booster Club. Go Rattlers!

We would like to thank La Cima, Angel Drops, Hops and Grain and Core Running Company for supporting this event in 2017.

We will update our “thank-you’s” as we develop sponsors for the 2018 event.

Runners and walkers will receive a T-shirt. Registrations taken after 12/18/17 are not guaranteed a T-shirt. Late registrations are not guaranteed a T-shirt.

No dogs allowed. No refunds.

Race Day Schedule
8:00 A.M. - Registration and packet pickup
9:00 A.M. - 10 Mile
9:00 A.M. - 5K

Entry Fees
$25 Until January 5th
$35 Race Day
$35 Until January 5th
$45 Race Day

Award Categories
Top 3 Male/Female for each distance. Award is free entry to the next year’s race!

Packet Pickup
Friday, January 5th, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Core Running Company, 400 S. C.M. Allen Parkway
San Marcos, TX 78666
Race-Day Packet Pickup:
At Purgatory Trail 8:00 a.m.

Contact Info
Core Running Company, 512-353-2673 or david@corerunningcompany.com

Saturday, December 9th, 2017 in San Marcos Plaza Park!!


DETAILS: The Sights & Sounds of Christmas 5K and 1k Jingle Bell Run will be held Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. The course will showcase the beautiful downtown and Historic District of San Marcos.
The race will begin and finish at the San Marcos Plaza Park. Chip timing will be used and Christmas music will be enjoyed along the 5K route! Every 5K and 1K entrant will receive a high-quality shirt (if registered by December 4th).

PACKET PICKUP: Race packets can be picked up inside Sights & Sounds each night during the festival at the 5K TENT located at the main gates (next to San Marcos Chamber of Commerce) from 6 P.M. - 11 P.M. and on December 8th from 10:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. (DRIVE-THRU PACKET PICKUP in the Chamber parking lot) and 6 P.M. - 11 P.M. back in the tent inside the main gates.
We are offering “drive-thru” packet pickup again on December 8th from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. You will see signs directing you into the parking lot on C.M. ALLEN near the Main gates of the festival. Pull thru following volunteer directions and provide your name. We will bring your packet to you. If you need to register another runner then please park in the area we have designated for that. You can park, register whomever, get your packet and get any questions answered you may have. Please be aware of volunteers who are directing the cars and keep them safe.

ATTIRE & PRIZES: Runners are encouraged to dress in holiday spirit, and we provide jingle bells to keep the Christmas spirit alive. The 5K awards ceremony will follow the completion of the race with a unique Santa trophy to top finishers in each five-year age group for male and female. Door prizes will be given out during the ceremony for the runners. Each 1K entry will receive a Santa trophy for completion of the course as well!

*ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS DECEMBER 8th at Midnight. In-person registration can be completed at the San Marcos Activity Center or Parks & Recreation office. August 1st - December 5th *In-person registration each night of the festival from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. at the 5K race tent by the Main Gates is also available.
$20 Early Registration (Dec. 26, 2016 - June 30th, 2017) 
$25 Pre-Registration (July 1st - Sept. 30th)
$30 (Oct. 1st - Dec. 8th)
$40 Race Day (Dec. 9th registration opens at 8 a.m. at 5K tent by main entrance)
Registrants after Dec 4th are not guaranteed a t-shirt size
1K Kids Jingle Bell Run Cost:
$10 Pre-Registration | $15 Race Day
Registrants after Dec. 4th are not guaranteed a T-shirt
POINT OF CONTACT: Please text!!!!! It gets a much quicker response. E-mails are not often checked within 5 days of the race. It is best to text. Jill Holechek: 512-289-6080 | Jill@sights-n-sounds.org

Between pies and cross-country travel, it can be pretty tough to stay active during the holiday season. A cornucopia of family obligations, work parties, SMRC parties, junk that the kids bring home and last-minute shopping means that hitting the gym often gets delayed or crossed off the schedule altogether. I hate that. I’m a creature of habit; and the holidays seem to just throw schedules right out the window. But not this year! I won’t let it happen! There are roughly 35 days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day; and I suggest that we make the most of them. Here are a few tips, tricks, and motivational techniques to make fitness part of the celebration all holiday season long. Just what you wanted to hear, right? I just came back from a vacation that derailed some of the recent fitness goals that I had attained, so strategies like these were on my radar to find to try and help minimize any big fitness catastrophes before they happened over the holiday season. So I figured I would share with you guys, whether you are interested or not. Read on to learn how to keep up your exercise routine this winter, Christmas cookies be darned!

1. Get Out There
Snuggling under the blankets with a mug of hot chocolate is fine and dandy, but it probably won’t help you out in the fitness department (Danggit!). Instead of baking cookies or playing board games, pass the time with an active pursuit like... running as a family. We are fortunate enough to live in a climate that allows for it, and we all know there are an abundance of group running opportunities in town. Head out for a run and take in the San Marcos holiday charm.

2. Set a Challenge
I like a challenge... a goal. I need something to strive for. Something to try and accomplish. Maybe a goal of running for a certain amount of time each day between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a good one. Pounding the pavement not your style? Create your own challenge, whether it involves trying a new body weight exercise every day, like a squat challenge, testing different yoga poses, or experimenting with an unfamiliar running workout. Interval work, like sprints, will target that fat. Just sayin’.

3. Make it Official
Sign up for a race, competition or fitness-y vacation like a hiking or bike trip in January or February so you have a good reason (and plenty of motivation) to stay in shape over the holidays. The minute I pay for something, I hold myself accountable and get it done. No one likes to throw money away.

4. Sightsee by Foot
If you’re traveling or going on vacation, explore a new city on foot or bike instead of in a car or by public transportation (weather permitting). See if there are any local races going on in the city where you are headed! It’s fun to run around a new city and check it out!

5. Find a Workout Buddy
Rolling out of bed for a 6 a.m. speed session is much harder to skip when you’re committed to a dynamic little group of running friends. This I know! Enlist a fitness-minded friend or family member (especially if you’re traveling) to be your holiday exercise buddy. Encourage each other to lace up the sneakers for pre-dinner workouts and post-shopping trip runs.

6. Treat Yourself
But not to that extra slice of pumpkin pie. If it’s within your budget, maybe some new workout clothing or fitness equipment before Thanksgiving to boost motivation throughout the holiday season! (If you only knew what my garage looked like! Fitness equipment cemetery...)

7. Start a Fitness Tradition
Yes! Like a Turkey Trot! There are tons of family-friendly holiday-themed running events in most areas. Especially around here! Sign up the whole family (don’t forget the costumes) for a fun, goofy Turkey Trot or Jingle Jog. Before you know it, the annual race will become a family tradition.

8. Include Everyone
Working out can often be a solitary activity, which may explain why many people skip the gym when friends and family are in town. Make it a group activity by inviting visitors to join you at the gym or a favorite exercise class. What houseguest doesn’t want to go to the gym? (I mean, except for my entire family...)

9. Find a Local Promotion
Many gyms and exercise studios offer deals and specials during the holidays. It’s that time of the year! Do some snooping and sign up if you find a sweet deal. If you’ve recently joined a gym, take advantage of a free consultation with a personal trainer (most fitness facilities offer this perk) to learn some new moves. I know for a fact THRC is offering free personal training sessions right now. But a trainer can help keep you accountable through this tempting time of year.

10. Act Like a Kid
Childhood winter favorites like sledding, snowball fights and ice skating get the heart pumping... but don’t help us much in these parts... Gosh, I miss snow. But we can still mix things up and get out of the gym... Ice skating (indoors of course), roller skating, indoor swimming (which is so much harder than it looks), jumping around on the trampoline and bike riding can all be effective ways to burn some of that holiday off and still feel a little less like gym work.

11. Be a Mall Rat...
With a mile-long to-do list before the big holiday get-together, there’s just no time for exercise, right? Wrong-o: Simply lace up your sneakers and powerwalk between errands. (This is especially doable at a mall or shopping center.) Skip steps on the escalator, run up flights of stairs, do curls with your shopping bags (was that too much of a stretch?) and park farther away... if it’s safe, of course.

12. Cut the Rug
Being the first person on the dance floor at the holiday party means you’re A) the coolest person in the room, and B) getting your rear in gear. I, unfortunately, cannot dance. I resemble Elaine in one of the more popular episodes of “Seinfeld” when I dance. But I know lots of you can! Exercise doesn’t get any more fun than that!

13. Do some Yardwork
Ugh. I mean, it’s an option. Whether it’s raking leaves or putting up lights, yard work is an unexpected way to get the heart rate up and work out major muscle groups.

14. Watch TV
Yep, sometimes hanging out in front of the tube can be good for you. If the weather outside is truly frightful, pop in a workout DVD or stream a fitness video (or, for a cheaper version, pull up a YouTube fitness video) and get sweaty. Or, use TV time to work on mobility and recovery by foam rolling, icing, or stretching out with straps or bands.

15. Work Towards a Goal
Again, set a specific, tangible goal to accomplish during the holiday season. Like I said, there are roughly 35 days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, which is the perfect amount of time to really nail that push-up form, learn to do a few pull-ups in a row or master a 7-minute mile (which might be a lofty goal on my part, but hey, if you never try, then you’ll never know). Or, you know, any other fitness goal that strikes your fancy.

Happy Thanksgiving, San Marcos Runners!

Moe’s Weekly San Marcos Daily Record Article
Our very own Moe Johnson writes a weekly news article. The topics vary, but it is always great information. Look for it! You can always find it on the SMRC page! Follow the link below!


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New singlets and comfy casual shirts to rep for the Core River Runners and the Running Rattlers of San Marcos High!

A little running retail therapy never hurt anyone!

Go visit Core and rock a new shirt or singlet at your next race!
Core Running Opportunities
* TUESDAY NIGHTS at 6:30 P.M. - Did you know that Coach Framke hosts a track / speed workout session every Tuesday evening at 6:30? The location changes, so be sure to check the Facebook group to follow notifications! Join his Facebook group to stay informed about times and locations! Click the link below! These sessions are open to the public and all are welcome! The more, the merrier!

* NEW TIME!!!!: WEDNESDAY NIGHTS at 6:00 P.M. - Core Running Company in town hosts a Wednesday night 3-mile run at 6 P.M. near the new location off C.M. Allen.

* NEW TIME FOR SUMMER: SATURDAY MORNINGS at 6:00 A.M. - Core Running Company supports a
long run on Saturday mornings (usually at 6:00 A.M. leaving from the store.) Water stops along the way and the route generally gets posted to the FB page a few nights before. All paces welcome!

Again, follow the Facebook page for changes in times and locations! Remember, all ages and fitness levels are welcome!
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SMRC Meetings


Attend an SMRC meeting. Our meetings usually feature the exchange of lots of news and discussion about current goings-on in the San Marcos running community. Plus, you can meet and hang out with local runners, and maybe even line up a partner for your training runs.

Meetings of the San Marcos Runners Club are open to the public. Anyone in the community who is a runner, jogger, walker, has an interest in these activities or in fitness in general is encouraged and welcome to attend the San Marcos Runners Club meetings.


The schedule for 2017 - 2018 is below! 




There is almost daily communication and tons of photos from so many of our members on race day on the SMRC Facebook page. Be sure to click on the FB icon in the far left column to join us.

2017 - 2018 Important Dates To Note and Remember!

Club Meetings:

*Speaker information will be announced through Member Communications and Social Media.
March 7
San Marcos Activity Center, Multi-Purpose Room 7:00 p.m.
May 2
San Marcos Activity Center, Multi-Purpose Room 7:00 p.m.
July 11
San Marcos Activity Center, Multi-Purpose Room 7:00 p.m.
September 12
San Marcos Activity Center, Multi-Purpose Room 7:00 p.m.
November 7
San Marcos Activity Center, Multi-Purpose Room 7:00 p.m.

Board Meetings:

*All SMRC Members are welcome to attend the Board Meetings!
April 25
Old Fish Hatchery 7:00 p.m.
June 6
Old Fish Hatchery 7:00 p.m.
August 1
Old Fish Hatchery 7:00 p.m.
October 17
Old Fish Hatchery 7:00 p.m.
December 5
San Marcos Activity Center, Multi-Purpose Room 7:00 p.m.

Member Events: 
*Final details announced closer to the dates through Member Communications.
February 28
Mardi Gras Run/Party 6:00 p.m.
May 6
Cinco de Mayo Run/Party 6:00 p.m.
June 20
SMRC Picnic 6:00 p.m.
August 15
SMRC Pizza/Pool Party 6:30 p.m.
November 21
SMRC Thanksgiving Dinner 7:00 p.m.

Community Events:

*Final details announced closer to the dates through Member Communications and Social Media.
March 21
SMRC Spring Mile Challenge 6:00 p.m.
April 11
SMRC Easter Egg Trail Run 6:00 p.m.
September 16
Country Roads 10K 8:00 a.m.
October 3
Prediction Run 6:00 p.m.
October 31
SMRC Halloween Costume Fun Run 6:00 p.m.
December 12
SMRC Christmas Lights Run 6:30 p.m.
December 14
SMRC Christmas Formal Dinner 7:00 p.m

The more the SMRC grows in numbers, then the more involved it can be in the community, along with offering running camaraderie and support to all members. Please be as involved as you can, attend the meetings, and encourage running/walking friends and family to join! New members bring new ideas!

Looking forward to a wonderful year!


Rebecca Rounds
Newsletter Editor
San Marcos Runners Club



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