Friday, September 7, 2012

Subtle changes made for Tour des Fleurs - Dallas Morning News (blog)

Robert Bartzokas head shot (Robert Bartzokas)

Participants won’t notice major differences, but the popular Tour des Fleurs 10K/20K has undergone subtle changes.

The Dallas Arboretum fundraiser, set for Sept. 15, is no longer affiliated with Luke’s Locker, the running specialty shop that helped create the event.

Last spring, Arboretum board member Bob Bartzokas reviewed the race’s financial statements. He requested proposals from Luke’s and Run On to handle race logistics.

“It made more sense to go with Run On,” Bartzokas said. “We would achieve our goal of raising the most money for the Arboretum.”

Choosing Run On was strictly a business decision to ensure the Arboretum maximized its fundraising capabilities, Bartzokas said.

“The Arboretum chose not to involve us,” said Luke’s Locker founder Don Lucas, who helped establish the race in 2006. “That is as simple as I can make it. It’s not always logical.”

The decision impacted participants of Luke’s Locker’s Dallas Fit marathon and half-marathon training program. Since 2006, Luke’s training program registrants participated in Tour des Fleurs at a discounted rate. It served as a benchmark race to assess their training. The entry fee was included in the training program fee.

Logan Burgess, the Tour des Fleurs race director, said he’s continued to oversee race logistics just as he did last year. He’s simply working with Run On and its timing group, Racing Systems, instead of Luke’s Locker and RunFar Racing Services.

Burgess said he and the Arboretum have maintained the event’s scenic courses, the food vendors, the post-race party and concert and the volunteers from the SMU swimming and diving team.

In addition, race officials have added prize money for the 20K, additional awards and Chihuly Nights tickets for those who register by Monday.

While Tour des Fleurs will likely have fewer Dallas Fit participants, race officials anticipate new runners paying full price will more than make up for their absence.

“If you put on a great race, and you have all the right elements, you’re good,” Burgess said. “The biggest people affected are those in the Luke’s program, who are used to getting in for free. That’s a big shock.”

In place of Tours des Fleurs, Luke’s Locker has helped develop a new event, The Great Taco Run, which will now serve as the benchmark race for its training program participants, Lucas said. The new 10-mile, 10K and 5K is set for Sept. 30 at Victory Park near the American Airlines Center.

Barnett earns bronze: For The Colony’s Lauren Barnett, finishing third among the elite women at Sunday’s Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship left her feeling “happy and sad.”

“I put a lot of pressure on myself,” said Barnett, 28, who finished in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 5 seconds. “I went there to win.”

She was disappointed but pleased to earn the bronze medal and $3,000 in prize money, considering the challenging course and the talented field.

She and her husband, Brandon, raced in the 1.5K swim/50K bike/10K run in Des Moines, Iowa, along with Ashley and Tyler Johnson of Dallas. Brandon, 31, set a personal best, 2:08:55, placing in the top 15 in his age group and automatically qualifying for 2013 edition.

Ashley and Tyler Johnson with Lauren and Brandon Barnett at Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championships

Ashley, 31, placed sixth overall among the elite women in 2:10:39. Hy-Vee served as a tune-up for Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 World Championships at Lake Las Vegas, where she’s hoping for a top five age group finish. Tyler, 30, had a strong race, placing 29th among the elite men in 2:03:18.

Briefly: Jessica Smith, 35, of Trophy Club, placed second among the women in Sunday’s Kauai Half Marathon. She completed the hard, hilly course in 1 hour, 28 minutes, 45 seconds, shaving more than 25 minutes off her 2011 time. “It was just as hard as I remember it [from] last year but my time was much better this year,” she said … The National Black Marathoners Association has chosen the Dallas Marathon as its regional race this year.


SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 â€" Communities against Crime 5K and 1-mile, Elm Grove Pavilion, River Legacy Parks, 701 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, 5K Adults $20 today at packet pick up, $25 race day, Children 12-and-under $10, 972-742-7473 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 â€" Forney Lions 5K, Heritage Towne Center, 101 E. Main Street, Forney, 1-mile 8:30 a.m., 5K 9 a.m., $25, 214-686-9118 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 â€" Fire and Ice Race #2 15K and 8K, Fort Worth Running Company, 2401 W. 7th St., #114, Fort Worth, 7 a.m., 817-731-1760 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 â€" Partnership Run Dallas 5K, 1K and 3K walk, Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, 7:30 a.m., 5K $25, 1K $10, 3K free, 202-293-2537 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 â€" 9th Prairie Man Long (1.2-mile swim/56-mile bike/13.1-mile run), Sprint Triathlon (500-meter swim/16.2-mile bike/5K run) or Aquabike (1.2-mile swim/56-mile bike), Lynn Creek Park, Joe Pool Lake, Grand Prairie, 7 a.m., Long Course: Individual $205, Relay $305, Sprint $75, Aquabike $205, no race day registration, 817-707-0500, (USA Triathlon membership required. $39 annual permit or $10 one-day pass.)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 â€" Run 4 Hope, Andy Brown Park West, 401 N. Denton Tap Road, Coppell, 8 a.m., Adults $35, Kids 12 and under $10, 214-529-6952 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 â€" Run for Life 5K/1K, Trinity Park Pavilion #3 (Arts Pavilion), 2300 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth, 8 a.m., $23, 817-546-7826 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 â€" Run for Recovery, Large Pavilion, Stephenville City Park, Stephenville, 9 a.m., $25 today (Sept. 7), $30 race day, 254-965-5515 or or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 â€" Run for the Retrievers 5K and 1-mile, Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave, Dallas, 8:00 a.m., 5K $30 today (Sept. 7), $35 race day, 1-mile $20 today (Sept. 7), $25 race day, 972-824-8870, 817-229-0995 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 â€" Spur On Run for Kids 10K, 5K and 1K, Haltom High School, 5501 N. Haltom Road, Haltom City, 1K 8 a.m., 5K/10K 8:30 a.m., 5K $22 today (Sept. 7), $24 race day, 10K $20 today (Sept. 7), $26 race day, 1K $14, 817-514-0290 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 â€" Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run 5K and fun run, Galatyn Park, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, fun run 8 a.m., 5K 8:46 a.m., $35, 214-821-0909 or

SUNDAY, SEPT. 9 â€" 9-11 Heroes Run 5K and 1-mile run-walk, Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas, 8 a.m., $25,

SUNDAY, SEPT. 9 â€" Old College Tri individual and team challenge (250-yards swim/12 mile bike/3-mile run), Denton Aquatic Center, 2400 Long Road, Denton, Individual $79, 3-person team $180, 214-502-9837 or

TUESDAY, SEPT. 11 â€" Plano Pacers Prediction Race 5K, Schimelpfenig Library, 5024 Custer Road, Plano. 7 p.m., free, 972-967-7223 or

THURSDAY, SEPT. 13 â€" Freedom Run 5K and 1-mile, Dallas City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla Street, Dallas, 6:30 p.m., Police/Firefighter/Military $15, Adult 5K $25, 12-and-under $15, Adult 1-mile $20, race day, $30, 214-220-7420 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Cooper Kidz Splash & Dash, Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch, 7910 Collin McKinney Parkway, McKinney, 10:30 a.m., $25,, then Click Cooper Fitness Center, McKinney.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Dash of the Titans Dallas Adventure Mud Run, 2885 Trophy Park Drive, Trophy Club, first wave 9 a.m., $55 through Saturday (Sept. 8), $60 after, $70 race day,

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Executive Women’s Inc., Running for Reading 5K, Pike Park, near Lyte Street and North Houston Street, Dallas, 7:30 a.m., $35, 717-975-9300, or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Fall Sprint Triathlon (350-meter swim/11-mile bike ride/5K run), Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch, 7910 Collin McKinney Parkway, McKinney, 7:30 a.m., Individual $80, Relays $110,, then Click Cooper Fitness Center, McKinney.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Fort Worth Invitational Community Run 5K, grass trails at Trinity Park, 2401 University Drive, Fort Worth, 10:30 a.m., $10,

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Friends of Gabriel, 200 South Rogers, Waxahachie, 10K, 5K and 1-mile, 9 a.m., 1-mile $15, 5K $20, 10K $25,

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Harvest 5K and 1-mile, St. Matthew Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 380 NW Tarrant, Burleson, 8 a.m., 817-295-5832 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Heroes for Children 5K and 1-mile, Shops at Legacy, Plano, 7:45 a.m., $25,

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Kindred Hearts Run with Your Heart 5K and fun run, 100 Woodcreek Blvd., Fate (Rockwall), 8:30 a.m., $25, 214-669-2029 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Krum Summer Run, 10K, 5K and 1-mile, CWA Union Building, 201 W. Lake Street, Krum, 7:30 a.m., $25, 940-482-6682 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Labor Day Lope 5K Run/walk Part 2, Getzendaner Park, 400 S. Grand Avenue, Waxahachie, 8 a.m., 5K $25 through Monday (Sept. 10), $30 after, $35 race day, 800-500-0817 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Lewisville Lodge Race for the Children 5K and 1-mile, City Hall, Old Town Lewisville, 151 W. Church Street, Lewisville, 8 a.m., 5K $15 through Monday (Sept. 10) $18 after, $20 race day, Fun Run $10, 214-676-0586 or .

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Race for Edward, Cravens Park, 400 Cravens Park Drive, Arlington, 8 a.m., 5K $20, 1-mile $15, 817-807-3568 or 817-966-3860 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Road to Heaven 5K and 1K, Birds Fort Trail Park (Campion Trail), 5756 Riverside Drive, Irving, 7 a.m., 5K $25, 1K $15,

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Run Lantana, Blanton Elementary School, 9501 Stacee Lane, Lantana, 8:30 a.m., Adult 5K $30 through Sept. 14, $35 race day, Children 12 and under $15, 214-878-7965 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Sherman Education Foundation Arts Festival Run, Piner Middle School, Laurel & Rusk streets, Sherman, 8 a.m., $20, 903-891-6431 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Steps and Stride 5K run/walk and wellness expo, Hackberry Creek Church, 2000 Kinwest Parkway, Irving, 8 a.m., $25, 972-462-8422 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Tour des Fleurs 10K/20K, Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, 20K 7:30 a.m., 10K 8 a.m., 20K $65 Sept. 1 through sellout, 10K $60 Sept. 1 through sellout, 214-515-6500 or

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 â€" Trinity Trot C.A.L.F., LaGrave Field, (along the trinity river and finish at Fort Worth Cat’s baseball Field), $30,

SUNDAY, SEPT. 16 â€" Carrollton Runners’ Prediction Run, McInnish Park, Carrollton, (1-mile west of U.S. Interstate 35 off Sandy Lake Road), 7:30 a.m., $2 pre-registered, $3 race day,

SUNDAY, SEPT. 16 â€" Dallas Pride Run, Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Avenue, Dallas, 8:30 a.m., $25 through Sept. 15, $30 race day, 214-821-0909 or

SUNDAY, SEPT. 16 â€" Drenched 5K, White Rock Lake Park, 10 a.m., Individuals $45, Team (per person) $50,

SUNDAY, SEPT. 16 â€" North Texas Kids Triathlon (Kids ages 6-10 100-meter swim/3-mile bike/.5-mile run and kids ages 11-15 200-meter swim/6-mile bike/1-mile run UT-Arlington, mandatory pre-race meeting 7:40 a.m., $35 plus USA Triathlon membership, $5 one-day membership, no race day packet pick up or registration, 904-448-2114 or

SUNDAY, SEPT. 16 â€" Prairie Trail off-road Triathlon (400-meter swim/21K Mountain Bike/4K Trail Run), Loyd Park, Joe Pool Lake, 3401 Ragland Road (Off Highway 360 North), Grand Prairie, Individual $65, Relay $135, 214-577-8999 or

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