9 questions to discover a marathon : Mimi’s Marathon

18 Feb 2010 12:00
Jean-Loup Fenaux
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Rodney Case grew up in Wichita Falls and is currently working at an accounting firm as a CPA. He first met “Mimi” 18 years ago when he asked her oldest daughter out on a date. She treated him just like a son from day one! Being a home town guy, he has always bragged he had two moms that live in my hometown.

Hello, on May 8th 2010, you’ll be organizing the Mimi’s Marathon . Can you tell us where it is located?

Race is located in Wichita Falls, Texas. Wichita Falls is in central north Texas located 125 miles north west of Dallas and 120 miles south of Oklahoma City.

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This will be the first edition of the race. Why was it created in the first place?

The race was created in memory of my mother in law, Glenda Newcomb. (Mimi) We came up with the idea to give her 6 grandkids a great forum to do something great in her memory and honor. When word got out around Wichita Falls, other people jumped on board and it has grown into an event larger than we could have ever imagined.

Mimi's grandkids
Credit : Mimi’s Marathon

What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it?

The race route will be a paved course. Most of the race will take place along a concrete path along Lake Wichita. The beginning and ending portions of the race will take place on actual streets.

How many runners do you expect on saturday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract?

This is the one question that is hard to answer. We really have no idea. There are not many true marathons in our town. With that, we have a very active running community who is really excited about the race. We are expecting at least 250 runners to participate. Based on emails and inquiries we have received, it could grow beyond that!

Do you organize other races during the Week-End? If so, on what distances?

There is also a “fun run/jog/walk” that is team themed. We are asking groups, schools and businesses to put forth a team to collectively walk or jog a marathon. This will take place on a high school track located adjacent to the official starting line. We are hoping for families to come out and really enjoy this portion of the race as well.

At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect?

It is Texas, so that is tough to answer! The average highs for May is 80 degrees with average lows around 70. Of course, being north Texas, who knows! We do have the largest bike race in the Nation that takes place in August called the Hottern Hell Hundred. Obviously, we would not hold the Marathon then…but it can get warm.

Have you planned festivities around the marathon?

With this being the first year and still in the planning phase we are not sure. This depends on the turnout of the fun run and the number of families involved.

The marathon finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Wichita Falls before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing?

Depending on your location, Wichita Falls can be a unique visit. Centrally located between Oklahoma City and Dallas, larger cities are just a short drive away. The City has just over 100,000 and is home to Midwestern State University and Sheppard Air Force Base. We are located just 15 miles south of the Oklahoma border.

One of the biggest draws in Wichita Falls is the hometown and local owned restaurants. From Mexican Food, Tex-Mex, Burgers and steaks, this town has a wide variety of very unique places to satisfy anyone.

In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the Mimi’s Marathon?

To run in a brand new event with a great cause in memory of a great woman. The race takes place on the Saturday before mother’s day so we are encouraging runners to run for their mom!

Thank you Rodney