• 5k course.jpg Doug Hawley: 'Big Harry' trail a big hit with runners

    An apparent home run was struck Tuesday night in the first Big Harry Cross Country Run that started and ended at Lakeshore Park in Dalton. A surprisingly large gathering of 72 people, with ages ranging from preschool to senior citizens, participated in the 5K exhibition.

    May 18, 2011 1 Photo

  • Doug Hawley: Running is often no day at the beach

    Many runners from this area enjoy traveling to beaches where they can run. There is something special about running on the sand and soaking up the rays, particularly with moderate temperatures.
    That was my plan on an excursion last week for several days to the west coast Florida community of Pensacola. Navarre Beach lay only 20 minutes or so away.

    May 7, 2011

  • Doug Hawley: Given a chance, female athletes run with opportunity

    While watching the powerful Dalton High girls basketball team in a recent state tournament game, the difference from decades ago struck several observers.

    March 5, 2011

  • Doug Hawley: Start year with realistic optimism

    With the new year here, optimistic runners look forward to what 2011 will bring. Like other people in society, runners set goals each year. But we always must remember the adage, “There is a difference in optimism and realism.”

    January 2, 2011

  • Misty Watson: Not there yet, but I won’t quit

    I had plans to sit down and write about how successful I’d been. I wanted to write about how easy it had been to go from being a non-runner to completing my first 5K in three months, about how I had shed several pounds and how awesome I felt.
    But that’s not exactly what has happened.

    October 14, 2010

  • What's Going On?: Volunteers needed for weekend

    You’ve logged the miles, done your speedwork, targeted your pace, even bought a new pair of running shoes — broken in nicely over the past couple of weeks, naturally — in preparation for the big day. For area runners who plan to participate in the Dalton Half Marathon, it’s almost time to lace ’em up and go.
    The Dalton Half Marathon, which is part of the United States Running Association’s half marathon series, is set for this Saturday. And after the long-distance racers take off at 8 a.m., a 5K will follow at 8:15 and a one-mile fun run at 9:45 for a morning full of activity that will be followed with an awards presentation and finish line party.

    October 10, 2010

  • Doug Hawley: Last bit of advice

    October 10, 2010

  • Doug Hawley: Dalton Half Marathon doesn’t chase off runners

    October 3, 2010

  • Doug Hawley: Coleman’s example offers inspiration

    When Dr. Sean Coleman was a starting offensive lineman for the Dalton High football team in 1986, his senior year, he had a disdain for running.

    September 26, 2010

  • Doug Hawley: Going over the course

    It was a shock to learn the first Dalton Half Marathon suddenly became brutal with a change in the course. Due to complaints by some veteran runners about a lack of hills, race organizers decided to revamp the course in a big way.

    September 12, 2010