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Young and old, fast and slow welcome at Hurst Hustlers

A group photo from a summer Hurst Hustlers run.
A group photo from a summer Hurst Hustlers run. Courtesy photo

Like to run but not ready to try for the Boston Marathon? Or maybe you’ve been thinking about running but need a little friendly push from others like you. That’s where the Hurst Hustlers come in.

Even if you’re ready to book your tickets to Boston, the running club has a place for you.

“We have people of all different ages and backgrounds. We don’t worry about who wins or loses. We’re all in it together,” said Esther White, Hurst wellness coordinator.

“Our oldest member turned 75 recently. We had a gathering with cupcakes. It was a blast.”

White said the club welcomed a new member this year who is 72.

“She just wanted to learn how to run,” White said.

The club has been around about 12 years. It’s a quaint, tight-knit group, with about 15 regulars and several others who will stop in from time to time.

While it’s a very laid back group, its members mean business. Most are working toward someday running their first half marathon or perhaps even full marathon.

And they all have one another’s support in their quest.

“Everybody cheers each other on. It’s very friendly,” White said.

Sometimes the entire club will participate in the same running event, as it did recently at Run for Hope, which started and ended at Pennington Field in Bedford. Members also plan to participate in Cowtown Marathon events as a team.

“We have two or three we call our ‘rabbits’ and they are faster than the others, but they are very encouraging — even as they pass you by,” White said with a chuckle.

The club meets at 6:15 p.m. Mondays by the front door of the Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Drive. Anyone is welcome to give it a try, White said.

For more information, contact White at 817-788-7325.

Surf has strong showing at Grapevine

The Bedford Surf swim team fared well at the recent Grapevine Meet, winning 26 gold medals (14 females, 12 males), 14 silver (10 females, four males) and nine bronze (seven females, two males).

Leading all Surf swimmers was Nicholas Dunderstadt in the boys 8-under competition. He won three gold medals.

Richard Kaloust won two gold medals in the men 18-24 division, as did Reggy Berger among the 15-17 boys.

The ladies were led by Alissa Dunderstadt (6-under), Mariah Rojas (13-14), Tiffani Tanaka (15-17) and Vicki Ford (40-over), each with two gold medals.

Also winning a gold medal for the guys were Keegan Crews (9-10), Troy Warfield (15-17), Jordan Fewell (13-14), Michael Tran (11-12) and Paul Bovill (40-over).

Other females who won a gold medal are Destinie Grimes (11-12), Emily Stanley (8-under), Lauren Hooper (15-17), Meghan Musser (8-under), Elizabeth Klamt (15-17) and the girls 15-17 200 free relay of Maggie Gildersleeve, Jessie Park, Katelyn Hutchison and Klamt.

Calendar

  • June 30 — Deadline to register for Euless men’s summer basketball mini-league. Cost $245 per team. Call 817-685-1838.
  • July 1 — Neighborhood Fishin’ catfish stocking, Chisholm Park, Hurst. Call 817-732-0761.
  • July 2 — Ninth annual Big Apple/NYPD SBW Cup Series qualifier, Softball World. Qualifier for the championship July 9 and 23. Men’s D, Men’s E, Coed. Cost $200. Contact softball.world@usssa.com.
  • July 8-9 — Euless Track Team at The Colony Meet.
  • July 9 — Bedford Surf Swim Team at Granbury Meet.
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