Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Gibson and Houston are fit to win at Fit To Fight

2015 Fit To FightDothan, Alabama, must practically be a suburb of Donalsonville, Georgia. At least you'd think that was the case because of the number of Dothan races won by Donalsonville master runner Myles Gibson. Gibson added another Dothan title to his collection on Saturday, 2 May 2015, when he won the seventh annual Fit To Fight 10K. Running the ten-kilometer road race in 37:00, Gibson finished almost and entire kilometer ahead of the next runner. Dothan athlete Jason Teitloff finished runner-up, covering the 6.2 miles in 40:52. Steven Romo of Dothan was third in 41:42.


Dothan master runner Carolyn Houston grabbed the top spot in the women's standings, finishing ninth overall in 47:16. Kelsey Kilinski was the second female finisher, twelfth overall in 48:51. Kimberly Floyd was the third woman in the 10K, coming in 17th overall in 50:52.


49 athletes finished the 2015 Fit To Fight 10K, but there were another 81 finishers in the concurrent 5K race. Dothan High sophomore Michael Houston was the fastest in the short race, running the 3.1 miles in 18:44. Dale Thomas was the runner-up and top master, running 22:32. James Wells edged Ty Nemish for third, 22:46 to 22:50. Carmel Rogers was the first female finisher in the 5K, coming in fifth overall in 22:56. Second in the women's standings went to the top woman master in the 3.1-mile race, Heather Perry. Perry placed twelfth overall in 24:51.


The Fit To Fight races started in 2009 as a fundraiser for the Dothan Fire Department to buy exercise equipment for their firefighters. Couch potatoes don't make good firemen--you have to be fit to fight fire. The event continues to this day, with the races starting and finishing at Dothan's central Fire Station.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Fit To Fight 10K
  1. 37:00 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 48)
  2. 40:52 ~ Jason Teitloff (M, 33)
  3. 41:42 ~ Steven Romo (M, 22)
  4. 45:22 ~ Matt Pollard (M, 37)
  5. 45:34 ~ Brooks Newell (M, 28)
  6. 46:44 ~ Jeremy Geiger (M, 38)
  7. 46:44 ~ Bo Thurman (M, 42)
  8. 46:57 ~ Tony Gilbert (M, 60)
  9. 48:36 ~ Randy Jordan (M, 54)
  10. 48:48 ~ Christopher Patton (M, 27)

Top Ten Women, 2015 Fit To Fight 10K
  1. 47:16 ~ Carolyn Houston (F, 43)
  2. 48:51 ~ Kelsey Kilinski (F, 29)
  3. 50:52 ~ Kimberly Floyd (F, 36)
  4. 51:05 ~ Rachel David (F, 37)
  5. 54:22 ~ Jamie Trawick (F, 37)
  6. 56:10 ~ Valarie Sewell (F, 32)
  7. 56:24 ~ Amy Chambers (F, 33)
  8. 58:00 ~ Rosie Oates (F, 62)
  9. 59:56 ~ Tana Whaley (F, 40)
  10. 60:36 ~ Holly Sawyer (F, 37)

Top Ten Men, 2015 Fit To Fight 5K
  1. 18:44 ~ Michael Houston Jr. (M, 15)
  2. 22:32 ~ Dale Thomas (M, 51)
  3. 22:46 ~ James Wells (M, 29)
  4. 22:50 ~ Ty Nemish (M, 16)
  5. 22:57 ~ Joey Harvey (M, 53)
  6. 22:59 ~ Berry Swords (M, 33)
  7. 23:05 ~ David Forrester (M, 36)
  8. 24:24 ~ Chris Weldon (M, 33)
  9. 24:28 ~ Brandon Dollar (M, 29)
  10. 24:29 ~ Bruce Adkinson (M, 40)

Top Ten Women, 2015 Fit To Fight 5K
  1. 22:56 ~ Carmel Rogers (F, 31)
  2. 24:51 ~ Heather Perry (F, 42)
  3. 27:38 ~ Jeanine Brock (F, 41)
  4. 28:20 ~ Mariah Romo (F, 21)
  5. 28:31 ~ Samantha Whittington (F, 36)
  6. 28:53 ~ Candice Clemmons (F, 32)
  7. 28:59 ~ Sibel Yilmaz (F, 38)
  8. 29:58 ~ Carole Thompson (F, 68)
  9. 30:04 ~ Lauren Weldon (F, 31)
  10. 30:08 ~ Kacey Harper (F, 30)

Fit To Fight winners, 2009 - 2015
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
23 May 200910K41:17, Shannon McCook49:02, Vicki Graf48
5K20:11, Michael Kiefer26:39, Lisa Roberson99
8 May 201010K38:35, Brad Jones47:41, Vicki Graf61
5K18:46, Theron Carter23:19, Kacie Rogers110
14 May 201110K39:43, Sean Kent43:26, Dana Cody40
5K21:25, Mike Houston25:03, Jill Wofsey19
5 May 201210K38:11, Austin Fox45:06, Dana Cody48
5K18:29, Drew Ackles21:52, Melissa Unrath91
4 May 201310K37:25, Myles Gibson44:15, Debbie Wittmer30
5K21:16, Justin Whiddon24:12, Ami Heath61
3 May 201410K38:10, Myles Gibson50:46, CJ Parrish41
5K18:12, Ben McLain23:39, Carolyn Houston102
2 May 201510K37:00, Myles Gibson47:16, Carolyn Houston49
5K18:44, Michael Houston Jr.22:56, Carmel Rogers81
Many,many thanks to Larry Dykes of the Dothan Runners Club for much of the
information in this table.


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