• Misty Watson: Celebrating a milestone in kilometers

    I did it!

    I have been waiting two years, two weeks and three days to write those words.

    July 23, 2012

  • Doug Hawley: New cause for old race

    The 25th annual Dalton St. Patrick’s Day Road Race — the two-mile event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on March 15 at First Presbyterian Church (510 S. Tibbs Road) — will have a special flavor.

    February 4, 2012

  • Misty Watson: Moving at my own pace

    I’ve been longing for this day for months. I wanted to feel the burn in my lungs and hear my feet as they hit rhythmically on the pavement. I wanted to push myself to go further. I wanted to feel that crazy burst of energy that only follows a good cardio workout.

    December 23, 2011

  • Doug Hawley: Crane gives full effort for half marathon

    Long distance running and football are hardly considered a logical mix in our athletic society. Most football coaches believe 50-yard sprints or gassers to be punishment for their players, who likely concur with them.

    November 6, 2011

  • A Hidden Story

    Good morning.
    See if you can guess what country I am talking about based on this lead from a recent Associated Press story.
    “Policemen turned their guns on each other, soldiers shed their uniforms rather than obey orders to fire on protesters, and three young men who tried to escape were beheaded by forces loyal to (to the) President.”

    June 12, 2011

  • 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