Any present were behind him, because Kelly was leading the 36th annual Boston Mini Marathon--13.1 miles on the old highway between the Georgia villages of Boston and Dixie on Saturday morning, 31 October 2015. Instead of athletes from Tallahassee, Florida, though, Kelly should have been concerned about a Savannah, Georgia, runner, Drew Rabun.
On the way from Boston to the halfway turnaround near Dixie, Rabun had trailed Kelly, the Valdosta High cross country coach, sometimes by up to 50 meters. It was a different story on the return trip. Shortly after the turnaround Rabun overtook Kelly then marched away from him. Rabun made it to the finish line back in Boston in 1:19:52, winning the half marathon by well over 800 meters. Kelly was second in 1:23:16. Tallahassee master runner Tony Guillen placed third in 1:23:45.
Rabun has run a faster half marathon back home in Savannah, a 1:15. His current training plans didn't call for him to go after a personal record at Boston, though.
"I've got a marathon about four weeks out," said Rabun. "Today I planned to go out with whatever pace the field set, then pick it up the second half."
It was a winning plan for Rabun, who has parents in nearby Thomasville. In spite of his connections to the area, it was his first Boston Mini.
For Tallahassee's Jillian Heddaeus, the 2015 race was her second run at Boston. In 2014 she had finished third in the women's standings, running 1:34:37. A year later she won the women's competition, coming in 18th overall in 1:36:11.
"It was hard," said Heddaeus. "It was hard. It started getting hot out there on the way back after the sun came out."
"I got a little anxious at the turnaround and ran a little harder than I should on the way back," continued Heddaeus. "I think I ran the second half faster. That's what you're supposed to do, right?"
Maybe or maybe not, but it's hard to argue with winning tactics.
Melissa Luke was the second female finisher, placing 35th overall in 1:43:51. Tallahassee master runner Nancy Stedman took third in the women's standings, 42nd overall in 1:44:47.
The race started at 8:00 AM, so that most of the runners still had plenty of the morning left to visit the crafts stalls, sample the wares of the food vendors, watch the parade, just admire the town of Boston, or other plans.
"I want to get home in time to take a nap before the Bulldogs game comes on," said one athlete.
It may be Boston, but it's still Georgia.
Top Ten Men, 2015 Boston (mini) Marathon
- 1:19:50 ~ Drew Rabun (M, 35) Savannah, GA(3
- 1:23:15 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 36) Lake Park, GA
- 1:23:44 ~ Tony Guillen (M, 46) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:25:53 ~ Jaxon Hohensee (M, 29) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:26:22 ~ David Burnett (M, 39) Valdosta, GA
- 1:26:49 ~ Patrick Whitehead (M, 29) Albany, GA
- 1:28:37 ~ Derek Bovard (M, 29) Atlanta, GA
- 1:29:30 ~ Sean McConnell (M, 44) Adel, GA
- 1:30:15 ~ Greg Waddell (M, 49) Bainbridge, GA
- 1:32:29 ~ Arnoldo De Jesus (M, 29) Albany, GA
Top Ten Women, 2015 Boston (mini) Marathon
- 1:36:10 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 32) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:43:50 ~ Melissa Luke (F, 34) Tifton, GA
- 1:44:46 ~ Nancy Stedman (F, 53) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:45:00 ~ Beverly Johnson (F, 37) Thomasville, GA
- 1:45:07 ~ Shannon Perla (F, 41) Tifton, GA
- 1:46:58 ~ Sarah Dugas (F, 36) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:47:34 ~ Sarah Craig (F, 21) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:50:49 ~ April Bentley (F, 41) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:53:23 ~ Crystal Duglas (F, 39) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:53:38 ~ Sarah Monbarren (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL
|Boston (mini) Marathon Champions, 1979 - 2015|
|31 October 2015||79:50, Drew Rabun||96:10, Jillian Heddaeus|
|25 October 2014||72:20, Chris Lake||85:15, Katie Sherron|
|26 October 2013||71:17, Stanley Linton||80:42, Sheryl Rosen|
|27 October 2012||73:46, Chris Lake||83:27, Sheryl Rosen|
|29 October 2011||69:29, Kevin Sullivan||82:10, Sheryl Rosen|
|30 October 2010||75:13, Vince Molosky||86:59, Lisa Johnson|
|31 October 2009||79:49, Vince Molosky||87:10, Sheryl Rosen|
|25 October 2008||81:50, Myles Gibson||86:19, Sheryl Rosen|
|27 October 2007||76:18, John Seppala||87:35, Sheryl Rosen|
|28 October 2006||81:18, Michael Martinez||82:49, Sheryl Rosen|
|29 October 2005||81:11, Myles Gibson||96:32, Jennifer Kilinski|
|30 October 2004||83:55, David Yon||91:57, Jane Johnson|
|25 October 2003||76:20, Myles Gibson||97:52, Lisa Whitworth|
|26 October 2002||84:38, Mike Posey||92:41, Carrie Weyant|
|27 October 2001||82:36, Steven Walker||95:24, Carrie Weyant|
|28 October 2000||75:28, Art Remillard||83:20, Sarah Docter-Williams|
|30 October 1999||78:22, Corey Cherr||95:28, Julie Carico|
|31 October 1998||80:25, Rusty Jones||97:01, Peggy Simpson|
|25 October 1997||81:21, Rusty Jones||82:55, Michelle LeFleur|
|26 October 1996||76:26, Jeff Nielsen||86:12, Carrie Weyant|
|28 October 1995||78:21, Paul Hough||91:01, Katherine Perez|
|29 October 1994||72:42, Paul Hough||92:34, Diane Turchick|
|30 October 1993||75:33, Paul Hough||86:09, Carrie Weyant|
|31 October 1992||77:45, Steve Carney||86:05, Carrie Hunnicutt|
|26 October 1991|
|27 October 1990||79:33, Brian Murphy||86:44, Donna Miller|
|28 October 1989||71:23, Alex Walmsley||93:10, Mary Jean Yon|
|29 October 1988||74:22, T. C. Carroll||1:41:54, Nancy Widener|
|1987||no race held||no race held|
|8 November 1986|
|11 November 1985||67:30, Herb Wills||88:06, Patti Sudduth|
|27 October 1984||74:21, Scott Hinkle||Dot Skofronick|
|29 October 1983||70:25, Noel Shuman||87:01, Patti Sudduth|
|30 October 1982||67:48, Noel Shuman||91:41, Donna Murdock|
|31 October 1981||69:57, Gary Slayton||88:56, Lt. Vickie Monroe|
|25 October 1980||71:49, Gary Slayton||96:03, Judy Taylor|
|27 October 1979||70:52, Bruce Carpenter||1:47:13, Robin Anderson|
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- Complete results of the 2015 Boston (mini) Marathon at gulfwinds.org
- More pictures of the 2015 Boston (mini) Marathon
- 2014 story, “Herds of spectators see Lake and Sherron win Boston Mini”
- 2013 story, “Linton and Rosen are Boston (mini) Strong”
- 2012 story, “First Boston win for Chris Lake; sixth for Sheryl Rosen”
- 2011 story, “Sullivan and Rosen smokin' at the Boston Mini”
- 2010 story, “Molosky makes it two-in-a-row at the Boston Mini”
- 2009 story, “Another Boston Mini Win For Rosen”
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