Dallas runner shows extreme endurance in marathon streak

maxresdefaultAngela Tortorice’s year long quest to run the most marathons in a year comes to a close at Saturday’s Pocatello Marathon in Idaho. It will be her 129th marathon since Sept. 1, 2012.

That would top the Guinness Book of World Records’ current mark of 120 for most marathons completed in a calendar year by a female.

“I haven’t had time to think about it,” said Tortorice, 45, of Dallas. “It’s very surreal. I’ve been so overwhelmed with all the planning and all the running.”

Tortorice’s effort won’t be official until the record-keepers approve her paperwork, verifying completion of every race. It’s been a daunting task gathering the data, she said.

The senior analyst for Energy Future Holdings has averaged 2.4 marathons for the past 52 weeks while working full time.

“I’m persistent,” she said. “If I make up my mind, I’m not going to give up.”

In April, Tortorice completed a span of 106 marathons within 365 days.

“I began to wonder if I could break the record,” she said. “I started adding up the numbers. 9_marathons_9_days-webI realized I could get 121. I knew I wanted a little bit of a cushion.”

She was already running two or three marathons some weekends. In the past year, she completed numerous multi-day marathons including the Texas quad and twelve consecutive marathons at the 12 Days of Christmas event.

The record attempt has taken its toll on many aspects of her life. Her race pace has slowed from a personal best 3 hours, 56 minutes in 1999 to an average of six hours. She’s battled plantar fasciitis and blisters.

Her house and yard need attention, as does her 2003 Toyota 4Runner with more than 188,000 miles. To trim expenses, she drove everywhere fewer than eight hours away and often camped in her car in Wal-Mart parking lots.

She has progressively challenged herself to reach new endurance goals since finishing the November 1997 San Antonio Marathon. It was the first of 423 career marathons or ultra marathons. She also completed two Ironman triathlons — 2004 and 2007 — along the way.

After completing her first few marathons, Tortorice learned about the 50 States Marathon Club. She gained entry at age 38, two years ahead of her goal.

Tortorice’s previous marathon logs include 54 races in 365 days ending in summer 2010, and 71 two years ago.

After Saturday, she said she plans to scale back and focus on completing the 50 states for the third time. She has 13 states to go.

“I want to spend time at home and get things back in shape,” she said.

Notable finishes: The Colony’s Lauren Barnett placed fourth in her pro debut at the Life Time Chicago Tri on Sunday. She completed the Olympic-distance course in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 20 seconds … Lewisville’s Della Irby, 51, won the women’s 50-54 age group at Sunday’s Ironman Louisville (Ky.) in 11:04:35. Irby, of the Mark Allen Online Training Team, secured her sixth slot at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. It marked her third age group title at Ironman Louisville.

Briefly: The Playtri Festival will play host to the 2014 International Triathlon Union Pan American Triathlon Confederation Championships. Athletes from 38 PATCO countries will compete in the elite race, May 31-June 1, 2014, in Las Colinas … Plano will play host to the sixth Blackland Triathlon and Little Buggy Kids Triathlon at Oak Point Recreation Center. The youth race serves as the USA Triathlon South Midwest Youth Triathlon Series championship and as an official league race for the Lone Star Youth Triathlon Environment, a regional league that fosters youth triathlon team competition in Texas.



Cox Running Club Brew Stock Challenge, Martin Brewing House, 220 S. Sylvania Ave., #209, Fort Worth, 5K 7:15 a.m., 10K 8 a.m., 5K $25, 10K $30, 15K Challenge (5K and 10K), $40 race day, $5 discount on the 15K challenge for Cox Running Club members, $10 beer tour for non runners, 682-552-9555 or coxracingservices.com.

Cumberland Shuffle 10K, 5K and 1-mile run-walk, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, 7:30 a.m., 10K $25, 5K $25, 1-mile $15, 817-731-1760 or fwrunco.com.

Pink Soles 5K in the Park, Andy Brown Park East, 260 E. Parkway Blvd., Coppell, 7:30 a.m., 1-mile $15, 5K $35, psim.shutterfly.com.

Plano Pacers Dog Days Relay 3 x 3K Relay and Jr. Sprint1K, Bob Woodruff Park, 2510 San Gabriel Drive, Plano, 8 a.m., members free, others $10, planopacers.org.


Sunday Fun-Day 5K, The Runner, 3535 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, 4:30 p.m., $5, 817-795-9955.



Blackland Triathlon (300 meter pool swim/15-mile bike/3.1 mile run) and Little Buggy Kids Triathlon (7-8, 9-10 100-meter pool swim/3-mile bike/.6 mile run and 11-12, 13-15 200-meter pool swim/6 mile bike/1.2 mile run), Oak Point Center, 6000 Jupiter Road, Plano, Youth tri 6:45 a.m., Sprint tri 8:45 a.m., Sprint $90 at packet pick-up, Sprint relay $120 at packet pickup, blacklandtri.com. (USA Triathlon membership required. Adults $45, Youth 17 and under $15.)

Fort Worth Runners Club Labor Day 15K and 5K, Luke’s Locker in Montgomery Plaza, 2600 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, 8 a.m., 15K $35 members, $38 others, 5K $25 members, $28 others, Kids’ 1K fun run free, fwrunners.org.

Labor Day 15K and 5K, Winfrey Point, 950 E. Lawther Drive, White Rock Lake, Dallas, 7:30 a.m., 15K $40 through Saturday, $45 after, 5K $25 through Saturday, $30 after, 972-231-1111 or whiterockracing.com.

Labor Day Dash 4 Cash 8K (4.97 miles), Rockwall Running Center, 1201 Townsend Blvd., Rockwall, 7:45 a.m., rockwallrunningcenter.com.

Labor of Love Run 5K and 10K, McKinney YMCA, 300 Ridge Road, McKinney, 1K 7:45 a.m., 5K 8 a.m., 10K 8:10 a.m., 1K $20, 5K $30, 10K $35, getracing.org.

Rangers Labor Day Race, The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, 7:30 a.m., 5K $32 through Sunday, $35 race day, 1K fun run $15 through Sunday, $16 race day, texasrangers.com/race.


source: Dallas News By Debbie Fetterman


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