Doug Storey

Doug started running in 1968 when his high school basketball coach insisted, "Son, you can run up and down this court all day long, but you darned sure can’t play basketball. Why don’t you go out for track?” Doug ran well and was recruited to compete for Baylor University, but after a year in college, he quit running and started smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. 15-years later, a friend invited him to train for a marathon and gave him a book called The Self-Coached Runner by Allan Lawrence and Mark Scheid. Doug was looking for a reason to quit smoking, so he decided to start running at Memorial Park and follow one of the schedules in the book. At first he could not even make it around the 3-mile loop at the Park without stopping, but he says he kept at it, and progressively the mojo came back. During this training period, he wandered over to the quarter mile track at the Park and met a short guy with a funny accent. Doug was thrilled to discover it was Al Lawrence, the author of the book he was using for his marathon training! He ended up finishing the 1988 Dallas White Rock Marathon in 3:17 and was surprised to find that he actually enjoyed running such long distances. Doug decided it was time to get serious and asked Al to coach him. Al became a lifelong friend and mentor to Doug. A year later, under Al’s guidance, Doug finished the Dallas White Rock in 2:49.   That same year, Doug was warming up for the Conoco Rodeo Run with some of his friends and noticed Karen Chance, a cute, young lady who had joined their group. Doug was fairly taken with Karen until she passed him at mile four and left him in her dust. He eventually started meeting her at Memorial Park to run, but it took him more than a year to build up the courage to ask her out. Doug says that they were married a year later, but Karen never ran well again. In 1998 he joined the Houston Harriers under Coach Jim McLachie who became another close mentor. The Harriers had an excellent group of Masters runners who, like Doug, enjoyed running and racing on the track. Doug eventually started coaching a few athletes himself, and it is his dream to one day lead a track and field and cross country club called the Bayou Harriers as a tribute to Jim and the Harriers. Today, at age 64, he feels like his days of elite racing are gone, but he still relishes being a part of the Houston running community. He is currently offering Monday night track sessions at Heights High School and encourages anyone who is interested to come out. He thinks running on the track offers a refreshing break from the winter long distances and keeps your legs young. Finally, he says that he does not charge for his services, but instead asks that his athletes pay it forward and give back to the community in some way.