Cowtown Runners Overcome Formidable Challenges

By Julie Tam
|  Sunday, Feb 27, 2011  |  Updated 8:10 PM CDT
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The Cowtown 2011 is now in the history books. Plenty of people overcame incredible challenges to finish the race, and some of them came back Sunday to help others get to the finish line.

Julie Tam, NBCDFW.com

The Cowtown 2011 is now in the history books. Plenty of people overcame incredible challenges to finish the race, and some of them came back Sunday to help others get to the finish line.

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The Cowtown 2011 is now in the history books. 22,008 runners hit the streets of Fort Worth setting a new record by a little more than 1,000 runners.

Cowtown by the numbers:
Kids 5K - 4,540
Adult 5K - 5,457
Adult 10K - 4,344
Half Marathon - 5,944
Marathon - 1,435
Ultra Marathon - 288

Plenty of people overcame incredible challenges to finish the race, and some of them came back Sunday to help others get to the finish line.

An overcast morning made for a scenic run through Fort Worth's historic landmarks, from the Will Rogers Memorial Center to the Stockyards. The runners each set a different pace to complete their chosen distance.

The first runners to cross the Trinity River after more than 20 grueling miles were greeted by spectators eager to cheer them on, as the athletes soaked themselves with water and Powerade.

Marian Entley of Fort Worth has been there before, having completed three marathons and 15 half-marathons, she said. She started when she was 47, and more than a decade later, she gave other runners the support she got during the final stretch.

"At this point in the course, you're kind of in a zombie zone and you need somebody to bring you out of it," said Entley.

Getting to the finish line wasn't a goal Clint Massingill thought he'd ever reach. The Kerrville deputy sheriff was severely overweight, but he has come down about 300 pounds, from 582 to 280.

"He's worked very hard. I couldn't be prouder of him," said his wife, Jamie, as she and Clint's parents cheered for him all the way to the end. "Anybody can do it. You just got to put your mind to it."

"I just got a medal. I can go back and tell all my friends. I'm pretty excited about that," said Massingill. "I never thought I could lose the weight, especially never run a half-marathon."

This is only the beginning for Massingill. He said he'll be back next year.

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