Who can win back-to-back 5k races? This guy

Leo Frayre of Oak Cliff won the Trinity River Levee Run and Dash for the Beads 5k all in the same morning. Photo courtesy of Dylan Holt
Leo Frayre of Oak Cliff won the Trinity River Levee Run and Dash for the Beads 5k all in the same morning. Photo courtesy of Dylan Holt

The Trinity River Levee Run 5k started at 8 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Groves. And Dash for the Beads started at 10 a.m. at Kidd Springs Park.

Leo Frayre of Oak Cliff owned both of them. The 34-year-old won the levee run with a time of 16:49. Then he jogged home and took his dog, Martha, for a 1-mile walk.

“She doesn’t care if I race, she just wants her walk,” Frayre says.

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After that, he lined up for Dash, and he won that one too, with a “terrible” time of 17:50.

“I wasn’t going for any time, I just wanted to make sure I won, and I did,” he says. “I knew it was going to be a brutal course with all those hills.”

Frayre, who is a Dallas firefighter, also is a cyclist who has competed in professional-level road races, including the Philly Cycling Classic and the Vuelta Mexico. He still rides, but now he is focused on competitive running. His goal is to earn a place in the United States Olympic Trials in 2016. To get there, he must run a half marathon in 65 minutes. His best time so far is 75 minutes — he took sixth place in  the Cowtown Half Marathon Feb. 23.

“In a 5k, you’re basically going all out from start to finish. A half marathon is a little more controlled,” he says. “It’s a different kind of pain.”

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Frayre isn’t the only elite runner in the family. His wife, Heather, won second place in the women’s race at Dash for the Beads Saturday.

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