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For Immediate Release Robby Sabban, (832) 377-8666


KEMAH, TEXAS (September 23, 2014) Kingwoods Ryan Smith and Lake Jacksons
Lauren Smith led a record 1,801 finishers across the finish line of Saturdays seventh
annual Toughest 10K Kemah to capture the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Texas
State 10K Championships.
The unrelated duo posted course record bests with respective winning times of
32:47 and 37:34 as they each captured their second RRCA Texas state crown of 2014 and
a winning prize of $125 in the process.
Saturdays race, created in 2008 by Running Alliance Sport and its founder Robby
Sabban as a charity event after Hurricane Ike ravaged the Kemah Boardwalk, is the first of
the widely popular three-race Texas Bridge Series, which is in its fourth year.
The remaining two races feature the Toughest 10K Galveston on Saturday, October
18 and the La Porte By The Bay Half Marathon on Sunday, November 16.
Runners will traverse over and back the Galveston Causeway Bridge and the Fred
Hartman Bridge, respectively in those races, after having completed four passes of the
Kemah-Seabrook Bridge on Saturday.
Currently being coached by 1956 10,000 meter Olympic bronze medalist Al
Lawrence, Ryan Smith, 29, easily outdistanced - by more than a minute a pair of
Houstonians in Zachary Cater-Cyker and Carlos Arias.
Cater-Cyker, 29, who ran collegiately for Cornell, was second in 34:06 while Arias,
who starred for Houston Spring Branchs Memorial High School and ran cross country last
year at the University of Texas-Arlington, was third in 34:26.
Smith broke Maximo Mendozas former course mark of 33:28 from two years ago.
The 2007 UIL 5A state cross country champion from Brazoswood High School in
Clute, Lauren Smith, 23, had an even easier time with the womens field.
The three-time Southland Conference Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year at
Stephen F. Austin State shattered 2012 winner Kimberly Mac Namees time of 39:22 while
beating last years winner Natalia Dominguez, 37, of Sugar Land, by nearly eight minutes.

Dominguez finished second in 45:08 while Brookshires Vicki Melnick, 48, was four
seconds behind in third.
Both male and female second and third place finishers won $75 and $50,
It was both Smiths second RRCA Texas State crown this year after they both won
the Bellaire Trolley Run 5K, held within Houston in late March.
Melnick and Houstons Peter Lawrence, who won all three Texas Bridge Series
races last year, were crowned the RRCA Texas State 10K Masters champions.
Lawrence, 42, was fifth overall in 35:38.
He was also the races Masters champion with Seabrooks Jody Berry, 54, who
finished in 46:39. They collected $50 each for their wins.
Berry joined Oranges Joe Melanson, 58, as the RRCA Texas State 10K
Grandmasters champions.
Melanson, who owns the races all-time best mark of 38:12 from 2012 - for
runners ages 50 to 59, led on Saturday with a time of 40:42.
Houstons Keith Willhelm, 60, and Melansons wife, Billie-Kay, also 60, were the
RRCA Texas State 10K Senior Grandmasters champions as they bested their respective age
groups fields in 46:37 and 52:39.
RRCA South Texas state representative Lee Greb was in attendance to present the
winners their championship medals.
The Toughest 10K Kemah was the fourth different Running Alliance Sport event to
host an RRCA state championship race.
The proceeds from Saturdays race go directly to The Bridge Over Troubled
Waters, Inc., a Pasadena, Texas organization whose mission is to offer support, provide
safety, and prevent domestic and sexual violence.
Last year, through its five races, including the Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon, Half
Marathon and Relay, the Baytown Bud Heat Wave and the three Texas Bridge Series events,
Running Alliance Sport donated more than $100,000 to local charities.
For more information about Running Alliance Sport and the upcoming races of the
Texas Bridge Series, please visit

About Running Alliance Sport
Based out of the greater Bay Area Houston area, Running Alliance Sport (RAS) is a not-for-profit
event production company that has a passion for producing quality running events which in turn
support local communities and its charities. RAS successfully works with city governments in
Seabrook, Kemah, La Porte, Baytown, Galveston and Tiki Island to produce five races annually from
March to November that engages nearly 500 volunteers, sends over 5,550 runners and walkers
across finish lines and donated over $100,000 to local charities in 2013. For more information,
please visit

About Road Runners Club of America
Founded in 1958, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is the oldest and largest national
association of running clubs, running events, and runners dedicated to promoting running as a
competitive sport and as healthy exercise. The mission of the RRCA is to promote the sport of
running through the development and growth of running clubs and running events throughout the
country. The RRCA supports the common interests of runners of all abilities during all stages of life
by providing education and leadership opportunities along with programs and services that benefit
all runners. For more information, please visit