Sunday, November 22, 2015

Burch and Keene weren't Draggin' in Sunny Hills

21st annual Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Challenge, 21 November 2015The roads in Sunny Hills, Florida, are quiet, a lot quieter than the real estate developers who founded the community would ever have liked. But on one day each year, runners disturb that quiet, as they did on Saturday morning, 21 November 2015, at the 21st Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Challenge.


Tracey Burch was the fastest of the 18-Mile Challengers as the race started its third decade. Winning by more than a mile-and-a-quarter, Burch covered the out-and-back course in 2:09:11. Mark Tombrink took second in 2:18:40. Crawfordville, Florida, athlete Duane Evans was the fastest master runner in the race, placing third overall in 2:19:09.


Eden Keene took the women's title, finishing ninth overall in 2:36:01. Laura McDermott was second in the women's standings, placing twelfth overall in 2:45:03. Theresa Sullivan was the top woman master and third female finisher, coming in thirteenth overall in 2:47:08.


For the athletes not willing to tackle the entire challenge, there was a 3 x 6-mile relay. For the second year in a row the relay event attracted twelve teams, each just as interested in racing as they were in seeing which team member could be suckered into running the middle leg (the one that includes "Sand Mountain"). The fastest squad was the Tallafasties (Paul Guyas, Jack McDermott, and Paula O'Neill), who finished right behind Tracy Burch in 2:10:31. Tallahassee's Tallafasties were the top mixed squad; the first men's squad was AOC1 (John Johnson, Daniel Kim, and Matt Schnell) who were third in the team standings with a 2:32:03. The top women's team was the Sole Sisters (Daniel Mulick and Norma McPherson), at 2:38:21 the fourth overall team.


In addition to the 33 runners and twelve relay teams who finished the 18-Mile Challenge, another 19 athletes completed the Draggin' Tail 5K. After that, the streets of Sunny Hills were quiet again, the pavement crumbling peacefully for another year.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Challenge
  1. 2:09:11 ~ Tracey Burch (M)
  2. 2:18:40 ~ Mark Tombrink (M, 25-29)
  3. 2:19:09 ~ Duane Evans (M)
  4. 2:22:23 ~ Charles Abbinanti (M, 30-34)
  5. 2:24:06 ~ Michael MacMullin (M)
  6. 2:24:51 ~ Corey Gardner (M, 25-29)
  7. 2:25:22 ~ Felix Chen (M, 30-34)
  8. 2:33:04 ~ Gary Griffin (M, 65-69)
  9. 2:37:52 ~ Thomas Newell (M, 25-29)
  10. 2:39:55 ~ Buddy Levins (M, 60-64)

Top Ten Women, 2015 Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Challenge
  1. 2:36:01 ~ Eden Keene (F)
  2. 2:45:03 ~ Laura McDermott (F, 35-39)
  3. 2:47:08 ~ Theresa Sullivan (F)
  4. 2:47:26 ~ Danielle Zemola (F, 35-39)
  5. 2:49:28 ~ Jill Wofsey (F)
  6. 2:50:09 ~ Kim Allan (F, 45-49)
  7. 2:52:51 ~ Birgit Maier-Katkin (F, 50-54)
  8. 3:10:04 ~ Jennifer Rudeseal (F, 30-34)
  9. 3:10:53 ~ Trish Sasser (F, 50-54)
  10. 3:17:59 ~ Anice Taylor (F, 55-59)

2015 Draggin' Tail 3 x 6-Mile Relay
  1. 2:10:31 ~ Tallafasties (Mixed)
  2. 2:16:25 ~ Hot Stuff (Mixed)
  3. 2:32:03 ~ AOC1 (Men)
  4. 2:38:21 ~ Sole Sisters (Women)
  5. 2:39:56 ~ Trane (Men)
  6. 2:50:23 ~ AOG1 (Mixed)
  7. 3:01:38 ~ Mockingjay (Mixed)
  8. 3:08:00 ~ RWBPCB (Mixed)
  9. 3:16:53 ~ 3 Legged Draggin (Women)
  10. 3:17:13 ~ Seasoned Athletes (Mixed)
  11. 3:18:47 ~ Winners (Mixed)
  12. 3:18:48 ~ Targaryen Horde (Mixed)

Recent Draggin' Tail Challenge winners, 2000 - 2015
DateMenWomen
21 November 20152:09:11, Tracey Burch2:36:01, Eden Keene
22 November 20141:55:23, Vince Molosky2:35:39, Nancy Stedman
23 November 20131:56:52, Vince Molosky2:20:45, Jacquelyne Blackburn
17 November 20121:47:47, Vince Molosky2:27:38, Amy Mann
19 November 20111:48:35, Vince Molosky2:25:55, Michelle Patterson
18 November 20101:52:43, Vince Molosky2:06:10, Hadley Nyquist
21 November 20091:51:31, Vince Molosky2:07:43, Hadley Nyquist
22 November 20081:55:32, Jack McDermott2:20:45, Dana Black
17 November 20072:00:32, Michael Martinez2:21:27, Dana Black
18 November 20061:55:39, Jack McDermott2:23:50, Melinda Fountain
19 November 20051:55:19, Jack McDermott2:18:19, Lisa Purul
20 November 20041:59:57, Nathan Tarver2:31:57, Gloria Ramirez
22 November 20031:50:25, Mike Lilly2:20:08, Julie Clark
23 November 20021:46:42, Jessie Blanton1:57:44, Valerie Connaghton
17 November 20011:56:34, Rick Melendez2:30:11, Cheryl Lanke
18 November 20001:57:43, Alan Swigler2:14:38, Laurel Slyck



21 November 19981:49:22, Terry Williams2:23:48, Janet Register
1997Brian Corbin



25 November 1995

If anyone has the missing winners from 1995 to 1999, I would 
really,really like to include those names and times here! ~ HW


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