August Runner of the Month

Monday, January 16th, 2023

Lone Star Runners Club will start featuring a “Runner of the Month” that is a current Lone Star Runners Club member every month in 2023. For the month of August, our spotlight runner is 70 year old longtime member Joe Alonzo, executive director of Llano Cemetery. Joe has been running for over 50 years, beginning in grade school. In junior high and high school track, Joe ran the 880 yards (which was later renamed the 800 meters) and the mile relay. He currently runs about 9-12 miles a week. In addition to running, Joe enjoys riding his bike. Joe loves being able to share his running with his daughters, Janice and Juliet, who also run. He has run several races with them and some with his grandsons, Julian, Gavin, and Jonas.


Favorite Lone Star Runners Club race: St. Patty’s 7K

Favorite race distance: Half-marathon

Favorite race-cation: Hawaii, with his daughters and grandsons. They have also ran the Buffalo Thunder Half and the OKC Run to Remember marathon, half, and 5K as a family.

Favorite shoe: Saucony Endorphin, which are lightweight and have great support.

Favorite running gear: Headphones, so he can enjoy 50s-70s rock.

Favorite fuel before a race: Carbs, particularly pasta.

Favorite workout to prepare for a race: Hills help you get the PR!

Favorite running quote: “It’s your race so run your race.”

A quote from Joe: “I started running because I like to run. I continue to run because it’s a great stress reliever and I just feel really great after a good run. Also, there is a great running community here in Amarillo that keeps me going.”

Joe is one of my favorite people to run with. He is kind, encourages everyone, and participates in most community races and all running groups here in Amarillo. I hope to be running as long as you, Joe. Thanks for helping me always feel included.

For participating in our Runner of the Month Club, July Runner of the Month Joe Alonzo will receive a pair of our LSRC socks. If you have a recommendation of a Lone Star Runners Club that should be featured in our monthly spotlight, please email Katie Rodriguez at