Austin gets a big nod in the April edition of Runner’s World magazine, which features an article about the local running scene.
Editors wanted to use an Austin runner for the cover, and in the casting process discovered Anna Jones, who trains with Rogue Running and ran track at the University of Texas.
The story spreads plenty of love, giving shout outs to training groups like Gilbert’s Gazelles, Team Spiridon and the Austin Runners Club and running locations like the Barton Creek Greenbelt, the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail and the track at O’Henry Middle School. Local running shops Luke’s Locker and Jack and Adam’s Bicycles are mentioned, as are fueling spots JuiceLand, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop and Taco Deli. Even our very own Statesman Capitol 10,000 makes the story.
Austin photographer Michael Larsen, of Larsen & Talbert, shot the cover.
The April issue means that two of first three covers of Runner’s World this year have featured University of Texas graduates.
Katie Hoaldridge, one of Jone’s teammates on the UT track team who now runs with the New Jersey New York Track Club, starred on the cover of the magazine’s January/February issue. Coincidentally, that cover was photographed by former Austin American-Statesman photographer Peter Yang, who now lives in Brooklyn.
Why two Austin cover models in such a short period? Coincidence, according to photo editor Renee Keith.
Runner’s World uses fitness model agencies to help cast its cover shoots. The agencies send a selection of candidates, which the magazine’s editors review and narrow down. To help them, the candidates answer a questionnaire about their running habits – providing details about everything from their workout routine to their competitive background, their distance specialty and speed. The editors also request a video, so they can get a glimpse of each athlete’s running style and form.