Houston’s “Running Mecca” Memorial Park Gets A Facelift Full of History

Do you really know Houston’s most famous place to run, Memorial Park and why it’s called Memorial Park?  

Houston runners know it as the 2.87-mile loop (just call it 3 miles but who’s counting!). For many of us runners in this city, it would be hard to count how many miles we have logged along it crushed granite trails.

A closer look going back to Houston’s history shows a land mass twice the size of New York City’s Central Park with more daily usage and runners than New York’s famous park.  Going back in time Memorial Park has been home to Native Americans, an orchard, grazing land, a logging operation and a military base for 34,000 soldiers who served in WW1 and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Camp Logan used a huge portion of what we now run and play golf on where soldiers trained before headed to Europe, many dying fighting for our country. And there lies the rest of the story and the “Memorial” that Memorial Park is named after.

Houston’s history shows a land mass twice the size of New York City’s Central Park with more daily usage and runners than New York’s famous park.  Going back in time Memorial Park has been home to Native Americans, an orchard, grazing land, a logging operation and a military base for 34,000 soldiers who served in WW1 and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Camp Logan used a huge portion of what we now run and play golf on where soldiers trained before headed to Europe, many dying fighting for our country. And there lies the rest of the story and the “Memorial” in “Memorial Park”.

New breathtaking plans will bring new life to help Houstonians relive the rich history that is Memorial Park. For a rundown of more information on future park developments and what the newly designed park will look like, check out this Houston Chronicle article or view the 18-minute video above. The future looks bright with even more miles to run and bike on. 

Witness The Replay of What Was Almost A History Breaking Effort To Break The 2 Hour Marathon Barrier

If you have 2:00:24 secs to kill it will be well spent checking out Nike‘s replay of the Nike #Breaking2 Project and witnessing Eliud Kipchoge almost busting the 2 hr marathon mark. You may remember that Kopchoge won the 2013 Boston marathon the year of the bombing and in an amazing gesture of support donated his medal back to the City of Boston.

Highly recommend every marathoner, wannabe marathoner or sports fan watching this great attempted human feat. Many learning moments and color commentary from British female world marathoner Paula Radcliffe. Extra entertainment provided throughout by comedian Kevin Hart and appearances from legends like running legend Carl Lewis make it, even more, fun to watch.

Enjoy!

2017 blue bell 5K 10K


Killer hills were on the agenda as some of the In Flight Running t
eam headed to Brenham Texas for the annual Blue Bell Ice Cream 5K/10K.  Always a fun and challenging race rolling through the hill country with awesome scenery, cows, and bluebonnets along the way and all you can eat ice cream at the finish line. Highly recommend this great Southwest Texas race held in early April that benefits the Brenham High School athletic department.  The race is also held on Bluebonnet festival weekend held just outside of Brenham.  For more information check out the Blue Bell Fun Run website here

Jump Start Your Marathon/Half Training

by Coach Michael Merlino, In Flight Running


Spring break has come and gone and for those who plan on running a marathon or half marathon this fall or winter, it is not too early to get things into motion. In Flight Running starts our official group training program on May 27th for both fall and winter marathoners.

We start training earlier than many in Houston because we have found that 1) Most runners need more time to knock the cobwebs off after last season and 2) Beginners need more time to build a base before ratcheting up miles to get them race ready 3) Fall marathoners (Chicago, New York, DC Marine Corps etc.) just don’t have as much time to train up for their races.

Between now and the start of the marathon training season there are a few things you need to do now to get back into that marathon training mindset, reduce your risk of injury and start building or amping up your running base. Here is a quick list of things you need to do now:

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Fundraising 101 – Achieving A Fundraising PR

By Coach Larry DeSpain - Snowdrop Foundation


larry despain bling for bravery

More and more charities are becoming involved with various running events.  Runners are given the opportunity to raise funds for these charities, but there are usually requirements for the minimum amount to be raised by individuals.

Typically these minimums are between $300 and $1,000 but can be more depending on the terms of the fundraising agreement. Many runners are skeptical that they are capable of raising the amounts requested, but with a little planning and effort, these amounts can be reached and easily exceeded! Here are a few tips that I have used successfully to solicit donations for my charities:

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