Friday, December 15, 2017

Tallahassee goes to Foot Locker Nationals, 1979 - 2017

[This item was written for The Fleet Foot, the newsletter of Gulf Winds Track Club.]


Saturday, 9 December 2017, was a full day of racing in Tallahassee. Gulf Winds Track Club was hosting the Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Festival at Wakulla Springs. Visit Tallahassee was hosting the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross-Country Championships at Apalachee Regional Park. But way out of town, at Balboa Park in San Diego, California, Ana Wallace and Michael Phillips of Chiles High were racing in the 39th annual Foot Locker National Cross-Country Championships. Wallace placed sixth in the high school girls’ 5K, running 17:48.1. Phillips ran 15:52.3 in the high school boys' 5K, taking sixteenth.


Just getting to Foot Locker Nationals is an accomplishment. Only 40 athletes are invited to the high school girls’ 5K, ten from each of four regional qualifiers--Midwest, Northeast, South, and West. The numbers are the same in the high school boys’ 5K. FLCCC started in Orlando as the Kinney Cross-Country Championships in 1979, but after a few years the event changed sponsors and moved to the west coast. During that four-decade history, Wallace and Phillips are the latest Tallahassee athletes to make it to the national meet. They weren’t the first, though.


Jessica Scafidi was the first, qualifying for the Foot Locker Cross-Country Championship in 1990. A Leon High senior, Scafidi had just won her third straight state cross-country title in girls’ class 3A. In the history of high school cross-country in Tallahassee, Scafidi was the first to win three state titles and remains the only girl from Tallahassee with that many state crowns. Scafidi ran 19:24 at the Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships, placing 26th. After graduating from Leon, she went on to run for the University of Florida.


Kathi Ward of Lincoln was next. Ward won state cross-country titles at Lincoln High in 1991 and 1992 in class 4A. Both of those years she also qualified for the Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships, the first (and still the only) two-time Foot Locker finalist from Tallahassee. For 25 years, it would be the best showing by a Tallahassee girl at FLCCC. After the 1992 season, Ward was named Gulf Winds Track Club’s Female Runner-of-the-Year. Ward later ran for Auburn University.

Ryan Deak
Ryan Deak

Ryan Deak was the first Tallahassee boy to make Foot Locker Finals; the Maclay junior qualified in 2002. Before qualifying, Deak had just become Maclay's first state cross-country champion, winning the class 1A boys' race. At Balboa Park, he was twelfth in the high school boys’ 5K with a 15:20. Deak ran for Colorado after high school. Recently he was back in Tallahassee where he won the Fallen Heroes 5K by more than 500 meters, cruising through Maclay Gardens in 17:01.

Matt Mizereck

Matt Mizereck went to the Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships in 2009. It was the capstone of a cross-country career where he had won three state titles in high school boys' cross-country, more than any other Tallahassee athlete. In fact, no other Florida schoolboy has taken more than three state crowns in cross-country. Mizereck also made history at Foot Locker, becoming the first Tallahassee runner to crack the top ten--he placed tenth in 15:36. Mizereck ran at the University of Florida for several years before transferring to Florida State University.

Lily Williams

In 2011, Lily Williams became the first Chiles High athlete to qualify as a Foot Locker Finalist. A senior, she was the first Tallahassee runner to make it to Foot Locker Nationals without first winning a state championship--Williams scored three silver medals at the State Cross-Country Finals in class 3A from 2009 to 2011. She finished 35th in Balboa Park at 18:30. After leaving Chiles, Williams ran for Vanderbilt.

Ana Wallace
Ana Wallace

2017 was the first year that two Tallahassee athletes raced at the Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships. The first was Chiles senior Ana Wallace. Wallace won the class 3A girls’ 5K in Florida’s State Cross-Country Meet at Apalachee Regional Park, then two weeks later took third at Foot Locker South, qualifying for Nationals. At Balboa Park she finished sixth--the highest placing at FLCCC by any Tallahassee runner ever. Of the 41 Florida girls who have raced at Foot Locker Nationals from 1979 to 2017, only two have placed higher--Ashley Brasovan, who won in 2007 and was runner-up in 2008, and Jennifer Barringer, who was third in 2003. Barringer is still racing; as Jennifer Simpson she won an Olympic medal in 2016.

Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips

There were not only two Tallahassee athletes racing at Foot Locker in 2017, there were two Tallahassee athletes from the same school. No other Florida school has qualified two Foot Locker Finalists in the same year. Chiles senior Michael Phillips raced at Balboa Park in the high school boys’ 5K, right after Wallace finished. Going into FLCCC, Phillips had won his second straight class 3A boys’ state cross-country title, one of only five Tallahassee boys to collect two high school cross-country championships during his career. Following that, Phillips placed second at Foot Locker South, advancing to Nationals. In San Diego, Phillips finished sixteenth, the first Chiles boy to make it to Foot Locker Nationals.


So far, seven Tallahassee athletes have raced at the Foot Locker National Cross-Country Championships. Wallace and Phillips were the latest, but don’t think they’ll be the last. The high school runner you see out on a training run today may be Tallahassee’s next Foot Locker finalist.


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

13 December 2017 Tallahassee 100-Mile Race Calendar

This is the Tallahassee vicinity road-race schedule for 13 December 2017. If that's more than a week ago, the latest schedule is always available via this link:


This is a listing of upcoming races within 100 miles of Tallahassee, Florida, roughly the region in the map below. If a race isn't listed, I probably haven't heard of it, so post a comment and let me know about it.
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16 DECEMBER 2017 (Saturday)
  • Gulf Wind Track Club's 7th annual Tannenbaum Trail 6K Cross Country Run. 9:00 AM ET. Apalachee Regional Park Trail, 7550 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Herb Wills, hwills@gmail.com
  • 7th annual Thomasville JSL Red Nose Run Half Marathon, 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET Half Marathon & 5K / 9:00 AM ET one mile. Thomas University, Pinetree Boulevard and Millpond Road, Thomasville, Georgia 31792. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. USATF course number GA12117WC (Half Marathon). USATF course number GA12116WC (5K). Entry form and flyer.
  • 5th annual Will Run For S'Mores 5K. 8:30 AM ET 5K / 9:00 AM ET one mile. Wild Side Running, 2341 Lake Park Drive, Albany, Georgia 31707. 2016 story. Wild Side Running, 229-395-5778.
  • Running Highland Oaks Half Marathon. 7:30 AM CT. Highland Oaks Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, 904 Royal Parkway, Dothan, Alabama. Event page on Facebook. Online registration at ItsYourRace.com.
  • 35th annual Jacksonville Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K. 7:00 AM ET. Bolles School, 7400 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32217. 2014 story. 2013 story. Event web page. Online registration at SignMeUp.com
  • Big Dog Jingle 5K. 9:00 AM ET. Big Dog Running Company, 1200 Broadway Street, Columbus, Georgia. Event page on Facebook. Online registration at RunSignUp.com.
23 DECEMBER 2017 (Saturday)
  • 2nd annual VLPRA Ugly Sweater 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00 AM ET one mile / 9:30 AM ET 5K. Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Road, Valdosta, Georgia. 2016 story.
30 DECEMBER 2017 (Saturday)
  • 19th annual Last Gasp 5K Trail Run. 9:00 AM CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or 334-792-6021.
31 DECEMBER 2017 (Sunday)
  • 6th annual Valdosta New Year's Eve 5K. 9:00 PM ET. Lowndes High School, 1606 Norman Drive, Valdosta Georgia, 31601. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. A Course/Line, LLC, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455. Canceled
1 JANUARY 2018 (Monday)
  • Resolution Run 5K. 10:00 AM ET. Wild Side Running, 2341 Lake Park Drive, Albany, Georgia. 2017 story. 2016 story.
  • Florida Track Club's 3rd annual Frank Shorter Road Mile. 12:00 Noon ET. Magnolia Parke, Gainesville, Florida. 2017 story. 2016 story. USATF course certification map #FL16078TY. Event page on Facebook.
6 JANUARY 2018 (Saturday)
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 5th annual Swamp Forest Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, and Quarter Marathon. 8:00 AM ET. Elinor Klapp Phipps Park, Miller Landing Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312. 2017 story. 2016 story.
  • 4th annual TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K run and 3K walk. 8:30 AM ET one mile / 9:00 AM ET 5K. Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center, 1775 One Healing Place, Tallahassee, Florida 32308. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. USATF certified 5K course FL14147EBM. Tonya Smith, tonya.smith@tmh.org or 850-431-4825.
13 JANUARY 2018 (Saturday)
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 34th annual Bowlegs 5K Run for Scholarship. 9:00 AM ET. FAMU / FSU College of Engineering, 2525 Pottsdamer Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32310-6046. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course #FL12001EBM. Event page on Facebook. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Larry Giunipero, lgiunip@cob.fsu.edu or 850-878-5569, or Bill Hillison, bhillis@garnet.acns.fsu.edu or 850-893-4557.
  • 5th annual Half Shell Hustle 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Riverfront Park, 80 Water Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. Event web page.
20 JANUARY 2018 (Saturday)
  • 41st annual Gulf Winds Track Club 30K / 15K. 8:00 AM ET. The Retreat at Bradley's Pond, 9002 Bradley Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. 2008 story. USATF certified courses FL16079TY (30K) and FL16080TY (15K).
  • 7th annual Valdosta BCM Run For Missions 4 Mile. 8:00 AM ET. Baptist Collegiate Ministries House, 1522 North Oak Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story.
  • 22nd Dr. James H. Crowdis 10K & 5K. 9:15 AM ET. First United Methodist Church, 397 College Street, Blakely, Georgia. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. USATF certified 10K course GA17002WC. USATF certified 5K course GA15001WC. Event web site. Online registration at RaceIt.com. Tony Gilbert, tonygilbert@windstream.net or 229-723-5070.
  • 5th annual Superman 8K Trail Race. 9:00 AM ET. Buck Davis's Farm, 1737 Tyre Bridge Road, Patterson, Georgia 31557.
27 JANUARY 2018 (Saturday)
  • Red Fox9th annual Trent Trot 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 9:00 AM ET one mile. Roberts Elementary School, 5777 Pimlico Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. USATF certified course FL11132EBM. Event web page. Event page on Facebook. Rick and Lois Burnette, TrentTrot5K@gmail.com or 850-294-9946.
  • Tulip6th Tulip Trot 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET one mile / 9:00 AM ET 5K. Cascades Park, 1001 South Gadsden Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course FL14149EBM. Event page on Facebook.
  • 7th annual Southeast Alabama Community Foundation Half Marathon and 5K. 8:00 AM CT. Flowers Hospital, 4370 West Main Street, Dothan, Alabama 36305. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. Event web page. Event page on Facebook.
  • 3rd annual Kicking And Screaming 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Lowndes High School, 1606 Norman Drive, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2017 story. 2016 story. Event page on Facebook. Online registration at RunSignUp.com.
  • 38th annual Matanzas 5000-Meter Road Race. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 9:30 AM ET one-mile. Ketterlinus Gym, 60 Orange Street, Saint Augustine, Florida. 2017 story. USATF certified course #FL12049EBM. Event web site. Event profile on Facebook.
3 FEBRUARY 2018 (Saturday)
  • 6th annual Chiles Wolf Dash 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. Lawton Chiles High School, 7200 Lawton Chiles Lane, Bradfordville, Florida 32312. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. Event page on Facebook.
  • 6th annual Jog With The Generals 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 10K & 5K / 9:30 AM ET one mile. Georgia Christian School, 4359 Dasher Road, Valdosta, Georgia. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. Event profile on Facebook. Event web page. Online registration at RunSignUp.com.
4 FEBRUARY 2018 (Sunday)
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 44th annual Tallahassee Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:30 AM ET. Mike Long Track, Florida State University, Chieftain Way at Spirit Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306. 2017 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web site. Tallahasseemarathon@gmail.com
10 FEBRUARY 2018 (Saturday)
  • Samoa25th annual Run For The Cookies 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET one mile / 9:00 AM ET 5K. Tallahassee Community College Lifetime Sports Center, 444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32304. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified 5K course FL14006EBM. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Dr. Jeanne O'Kon, okonj@tcc.fl.edu or 850-894-2019.
17 FEBRUARY 2018 (Saturday)
  • Lightning BoltGulf Winds Track Club's 30th annual Flash 12K and 6K. 8:30 AM ET. San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, 148 Old Fort Road, St. Marks, Florida 32355. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2008 story. USATF certified 12K course FL11133EBM. USATF certified 6K course FL16069TY. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Keith Rowe, Keith.Rowe@live.com
  • 6th annual Break-A-Leg 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET one mile / 8:30 AM ET 5K. Young Actors Theatre, 609 Glenview Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32303. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. USATF certified course FL14019EBM. Event web page. Event page on Facebook.
  • 4th annual High Noon Trailblazer 5K. 12:00 Noon CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. 2016 story. 2015 story. Event page on Facebook. Carolyn Houston bchbumspcb12@yahoo.com
24 FEBRUARY 2018 (Saturday)
  • 6th annual Trailblazer 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET 5K / 9:30 AM ET one mile. DeSoto Trail Elementary School, 5200 Tredington Park Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. USATF certified course FL14085EBM. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Travis & Karena Miller, karena.travis@gmail.com or 850-509-9140.
  • Leesburg Heroes Run 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:15 AM ET 10K and 5K / 9:00 AM ET one mile. 111 Main Street, Leesburg, Georgia 31763. Event page on Facebook. Online registration at active.com. Chele LeVee, clevee@albanyareaymca.org or 229-759-9770.
  • 2nd annual Winter Sprinter 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00 AM ET 5K / 9:30 AM ET one mile. Waycross First Baptist Church, 702 Elizabeth Street, Waycross, Georgia 31501.
3 MARCH 2018 (Saturday)
  • 12th annual Albany Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:00 AM ET. Veteran's Park, 112 North Front Street, Albany, GA 31701. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. 1912 story. USATF certified course GA07003WC (Marathon), GA07002WC (half-Marathon). Event web site. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. info@albanymarathon.com or 229-317-4760.
  • tiny tortoise9th annual Race The Tortoise 5K. 8:00 AM ET. O'Leno State Park, 410 S.E. O'Leno Park Road, High Springs, Florida 32643. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. USATF certified course FL09011EBM. Event web page. Online registration at ItsYourRace.com. 386-454-0723.
  • 40th annual Winston Howell 5K Road Race. 9:00 AM CT. National Guard Armory, Highway 52 and 167, Hartford, Alabama 36344. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. Event web site. Cary Hatcher at cary.hatcher@gmail.com or 334-588-2343; Mike Kinman at mikek@fnbhartford.com or 334-684-9818.
  • Red Pepper Run 5K. 8:00 AM ET. The Blue Parrot, 68 West Gorrie Drive, St. George Island, Florida 32328. 2016 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. Event web site. Susan Bassett, sbassett@stgeorgewired.com or 850-323-0092.
9 MARCH 2018 (Friday)
  • 4th annual Glow For Alpha Rho 5K and fun run. 7:00 PM ET fun run / 7:30 PM ET 5K. Cook High School Memorial Stadium, 1600 Massee Post Road, Adel, Georgia 31620. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story.
10 MARCH 2018 (Saturday)
  • 4th annual Habitat For Humanity 5K. 8:30 AM ET. Centerville Conservation Community, Conservation Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2016 story. 2015 story. USATF certified course FL11064EBM.
  • 18th annual Smoothie King 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. Valdosta State University Recreation Center, 1300 Sustella Avenue, Valdosta, Georgia 31698. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2011 story.
17 MARCH 2018 (Saturday)
  • St. Patrick's 5th annual "Lap A Leprechaun" 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:30 AM ET 10K and 5K / 9:45 AM ET one mile. St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 4800 Old Dawson Road, Albany, Georgia 31721. 2017 story. 2016 story. Event web page. Event profile on Facebook.
  • 8th annual Shamrock Jog and Jam 5K Night Race and one-mile fun run. 6:00 PM ET one mile / 6:30 PM ET 5K. Rylander Park, 110 North Hampton Street, Americus, Georgia. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story.
24 MARCH 2018 (Saturday)
  • Fire Ant Festival 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. Turner County Specialty School, 330 Gilmore Street, Ashburn, Georgia 31714. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. Festival website. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Entry form and flyer. Eilene Perry, eileneperry@yahoo.com or 229-392-2563.
  • 41st annual Okefenokee 10K Swamp Run. 9:00 AM ET. Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind, 5626 Laura Walker Road, Waycross, Georgia 31503. 2017 story. 2016 story. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. Heather Hall, okefenokeetcc@gmail.com or 912-816-7668.
31 MARCH 2018 (Saturday)
7 APRIL 2018 (Saturday)
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 43rd annual Springtime 10K, 5K and one-mile kids' run. 7:45 AM ET one-mile / 8:10 AM ET 10K and 5K. Leon County Courthouse, 301 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. USATF-certifed course FL12022EBM (10K). USATF-certifed course FL11045EBM (5K). Event web site. springtime10k@gmail.com.
14 APRIL 2018 (Saturday)
  • 5th annual Coach Post 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 7:30 AM CT 10K / 7:45 AM CT 5K / 8:45 AM CT one mile. St. Andrews State Park, 4607 State Park Lane, Panama City, Florida 32408. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. Event profile on Facebook.
21 APRIL 2018 (Saturday)
28 APRIL 2018 (Saturday)
  • Rose41st annual Rose City Run 10K and one-mile kids' run. 8:00 AM ET 10K / 9:30 AM ET one mile. North Broad Street and Monroe Street, Thomasville, Georgia 31792. USATF certified course GA12003WC (10K). 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. rcr@ymcathomasville.org or 229-226-9878.
  • 5th annual Nene Fest 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 9:00 AM ET one mile. Optimist Park, East Indianhead Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. 2017 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. USATF certified course FL06045DL. Event profile on Facebook.
5 MAY 2018 (Saturday)
  • 17th annual Tallahassee Tails and Trails Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET. Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center, 1125 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site.
  • 4th annual Julep Jog 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 9:00 AM ET one mile. Valwood School, 4380 Old US HWY 41, Hahira, Georgia 31632. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. Online registration at RunSignUp.com.
  • 33rd annual Race Judicata 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT 5K / 9:00 AM CT one mile. Bay County Courthouse, 300 East 4th Street, Panama City, Florida 32401. 2017 story. 2011 story.
  • Boll Weevil 10K and 3K fun run. 8:00 AM CT. First United Methodist Church, 217 South Main Street, Enterprise, Alabama 36330. 2017 story. Course map. Event web page.
11 MAY 2018 (Friday)
  • 31st annual Gnat Days 5K. 7:00 PM ET. Courthouse Square, Camilla, Georgia. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Jennifer Burnum, jennifer@camillageorgia.com or 229-336-5255.
12 MAY 2018 (Saturday)
  • Marzuq Shrine's 15th annual Mothers Day 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET one mile / 8:30 AM ET 5K. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 5K course map. Chad Holliday, cholliday72@aol.com or 850-778-7228.
  • 4th annual Run For Ansley 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET one mile / 8:30 AM ET 5K. Golf Club at Summerbrooke, 7505 Preservation Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312. 2016 story.
19 MAY 2018 (Saturday)
  • Catfish7th annual BFD Catfish Crawl 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT. M and B Train Park, North Main Street and Railroad Avenue, Blountstown, Florida 32424. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. USATF certified course FL16045EBM (5K). Event web page. Event profile on Facebook. Ben Hall, firechief@blountstownfire.org or 850-674-4988.
  • 12th annual Run for Wakulla Springs 5K Trail Run and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET one mile / 8:30 AM ET 5K. Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, Florida 32327. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Ron and Cynthia Christen, 850-926-7834 or 850-567-0500.
  • 9th annual Daylily City 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 9:00 AM ET one mile. City Park, 8th Street at Parrish Avenue, Adel, Georgia 31620. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2010 story.
26 MAY 2018 (Saturday)
  • USA Flag33rd annual Memorial Day Gate-to-Gate 4.4-Mile Run. 7:30 AM CT. Unity Park, Chinquain Drive and Eglin Boulevard, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. USATF certified 4.4-mile course #FL16037EBM. 2017 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Eglin Fitness Center, 850-883-1682 or 850-882-6223.
28 MAY 2018 (Monday)
  • USA Flag10th annual Valdosta Memorial Day 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Valdosta Early College Academy, 1605 Azalea Drive, Valdosta, Georgia. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. A Course/Line, LLC, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455. Canceled
2 JUNE 2018 (Saturday)
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 21st annual Potluck Bash Four-Mile Cross-Country Race. 6:00 PM ET. Forestmeadows Athletic Center, 4750 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event page on Facebook. Online registration at EventBrite.com. David Yon, david@radeylaw.com or 850-425-6671.
9 JUNE 2018 (Saturday)
  • 7th annual 5K At Fifth. 8:00 AM ET. Paisley CafĂ©, 1123 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. Event web site.
16 JUNE 2018 (Saturday)
  • 2nd annual Saint Peter's Anglican Church 10K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. Saint Peter's Anglican Church, 4784 Thomasville Road (US 319), Tallahassee, Florida 32309. USATF certified course #FL17030TY. 2017 story. Mark Priddy, mark.priddy@msn.com
  • Monticello Kiwanis' 40th annual Melon Run 5K. 8:15 AM ET. First United Methodist Church Family Ministry Center, 325 West Walnut Street, Monticello, Florida 32344. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. story. 2010 story. USATF certified course #FL17008TY. watermelonrun@gmail.com
23 JUNE 2018 (Saturday)
30 JUNE 2018 (Saturday)
  • 6th annual Wakulla County Cross Country Boosters Freedom 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 8:45 AM ET one mile. Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, Florida 32327. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story.
4 JULY 2018 (Wednesday)
  • 36th annual Firecracker 5K and one-mile Sparkler Run. 7:30 AM ET one mile / 8:00 AM ET 5K. Cascades Park, 1001 South Gadsden Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified 5K course FL15071EBM. Cole Tessier, cdt1983@gmail.com or 850-339-6962.
  • 10th annual Valdosta Independence Day 5K. 7:30 AM ET. American Legion Post 13, 1301 Williams Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. A Course/Line, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455. Canceled
  • 40th annual Melon Run Three Mile. 8:00 AM ET. Albert "Ray" Massey Westside Park, 1001 NW 34th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32605. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. Online registration at RunSignUp.com.
  • USA Flag20th annual Celebrate Freedom 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT. Jay City Park, 5259 Booker Lane, Jay, Florida 32565. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. Event page on Facebook. Matt Dobson, rmdobson@liberty.edu
  • 4th annual FCHS Spritzer 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. 2 East Gulf Beach Drive, Saint George Island, Florida. 2015 story. Kati Hathcock, khathcock@franklin.k12.fl.us or 850‐653‐6474.
  • Mexico Beach Sandy Shoes 5K. 7:00 AM CT. Under the Palms Park, 304 7th Street, Mexico Beach, Florida 32456. Mexico Beach Welcome Center, 888-723-2546.
7 JULY 2018 (Saturday)
  • 4th annual Watermelon Crawl 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT 5K / 8:45 AM ET one mile. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, 2802 Moore Highway, Tifton, Georgia 31793. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. Event web site.
14 JULY 2018 (Saturday)
21 JULY 2018 (Saturday)
  • 9th annual Break Bread Bun Run 5K. 7:30 AM ET. Valdosta YMCA, 2424 Gornto Road, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. First Presbyterian Church, fpcassistant@hotmail.com or 229-242-8376.
  • 34th annual Bridge of Lions 5K. 7:30 AM ET. Castillo de San Marcos, 1 South Castillo Drive, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2013 story. USATF certified course FL10062EBM. Event page on Facebook. Event web page. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. Jacob Smith, racesmith@hotmail.com or 386-747-3532.
28 JULY 2018 (Saturday)
  • Tallahassee's annual (except when it's not) Devil Take The Hindmost Run. 7:00 PM ET. Mike Long Track, Florida State University, Chieftain Way and Spirit Way, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2004 story. 1999 story. 1993 story. 1992 story. 1990 story. Event page on Facebook. The Devil, c/o Herb Wills, hwills@gmail.com
4 AUGUST 2018 (Saturday)
  • 21st annual Summer Sizzler 5K and one-mile fun run. 6:30 PM ET one mile / 7:00 PM ET 5K. Lighthouse Park, 2 East Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island, Florida 32328. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. USATF certifed course #FL13045EBM. Event web site. Event profile on Facebook.
  • 30th annual Bushwacker 5K. 7:30 AM CT. Gulf Breeze Recreation Center, 800 Shoreline Drive, Pensacola, Florida. USATF certified course FL10048EBM. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. Event web page. Event page on Facebook.
11 AUGUST 2018 (Saturday)
  • 21st annual Gulf Winds Track Club Mile at the Breakfast On The Track. 7:45 AM ET. Maclay School track, 3737 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event page on Facebook. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Bonnie Wright, bonniedwright@gmail.com or 850-386-3500.
18 AUGUST 2018 (Saturday)
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's Miller Landing Madness 8K/5K/3K. 8:00 AM ET. Elinor Klapp Phipps Park (Gate B), 1775 Miller Landing Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. 8K course map. 5K course map. 3K course map. Event page on Facebook. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019 or Bill Lott, 850-656-1273.
25 AUGUST 2018 (Saturday)
    1 SEPTEMBER 2018 (Saturday)
    • 39th annual Midnight Chase 5K and 1/2-mile fun run. 11:30 PM CT half mile / 12:00 Midnight CT 5K. Old K-Mart and Beall's Outlet Parking Lot, 7038 W Hwy 98, Panama City Beach, Florida 32412. 2015 story. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. Joe Edgecombe 850-774-0018 (c) 850-763-5005 (h).
    • Jackson County Fire Rescue 5K. 9:00 AM CT. Madison Park, Marianna, Florida. Event page on Facebook.
    3 SEPTEMBER 2018 (Monday)
    • 3rd annual Bluebird Run For Brookie B 5K and one-mile fun run. 7:30 AM ET 5K / 8:00 AM ET one mile. J.R. Alford Greenway, 2500 Pedrick Road, Tallahassee, Florida. 2015 story. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. contact@bluebirdrun.com
    • 42nd annual Macon Labor Day Road Race 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 8:30 AM ET 10K / 10:00 AM ET one mile. 4553 Forsyth Road, Macon, Georgia. USATF certified 10K course GA12100WC. USATF certified 5K course GA12099WC. Event web page. macontracks@macontracks.org
    8 SEPTEMBER 2018 (Saturday)
    • 37th annual Sickle Cell Foundation of the Big Bend 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:10 AM ET one mile / 8:30 AM ET 5K. Jake Gaither Park, 801 Tanner Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32305. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course #FL12057EBM. Event web site.
    15 SEPTEMBER 2018 (Saturday)
    • Gulf Winds Track Club's 43rd annual Salute to Prefontaine 5K Cross-Country Run. 8:30 AM ET. Silver Lake Recreation Area of the Apalachicola National Forest, Silver Lake Road, Tallahassee, Florida. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Doug Bell, Douglas.bell@bipc.com or 850-510-7146.
    22 SEPTEMBER 2018 (Saturday)
    • Gulf Winds Track Club's 37th annual Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K women / 8:05 AM ET 5K men / 9:00 AM ET one mile. Optimist Park, East Indianhead Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. USATF certified course #FL06045DL. Lisa Unger, unger4122@comcast.net or 850-544-4893.
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    1 DECEMBER 2018 (Saturday)
    • Gulf Winds Track Club's 43rd annual Ten-Mile Challenge and Five-Mile Road Race. 8:00 AM ET. Hawks Rise Elementary School, 205 Meadow Ridge Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32312-1565. 2017 story. 2017 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified courses FL10078EBM (ten mile) and FL10077EBM (five mile). Event web page. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. 10MileChallenge@gmail.com
    8 DECEMBER 2018 (Saturday)
    15 DECEMBER 2018 (Saturday)
    • Gulf Wind Track Club's 8th annual Tannenbaum Trail 6K Cross Country Run. 9:00 AM ET. Apalachee Regional Park Trail, 7550 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida. 2017 story. 2016 story. 2015 story. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Herb Wills, hwills@gmail.com
    22 DECEMBER 2018 (Saturday)
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        Tuesday, December 12, 2017

        Henry Plowden and Ann Centner lead Albany's Jingle Bell Jog

        In 2016, Henry Plowden won the 5K at Albany, Georgia's 28th annual Jingle Bell Jog. On Saturday morning, 9 December 2017, Plowden returned to Tift Park for the 29th annual Jingle Bell Jog, but this time the sophomore cross-country runner from Westover High was racing 10K. He was just as successful at the longer distance, winning in 38:51. Blakely, Georgia's Ann Centner continued her habit of winning women's title all over Southwest Georgia, running 39:50 in her first Jingle Bell Jog 10K to place first in the women's standings and second overall.


        Dennis Moore of Leesburg, Georgia was the fastest master runner in the 2017 Jingle Bell Jog 10K, placing third overall and second in the men's standings at 41:56. Three years earlier, Moore had been the top master runner in the 2014 Jingle Bell Jog 10K. Ashton Donahue, a senior on the Baconton High cross-country team, was the third male finisher and fourth overall in 42:00. Two-time Jingle Bell Jog 10K champion Patrick Whitehead was the fourth man and sixth overall with a 43:46.


        Also clocked in 43:46 but finishing just ahead of Whitehead, Jennifer Perkins was the second woman and fifth overall. Perkins had been the top woman in the 2016 Jingle Bell Jog 10K. Sarah Harris was the third woman and eleventh overall in 46:25. Lynn Varner was the first woman master and eighth female finisher, 23rd overall in 51:14.


        141 athletes finished the 2017 Jingle Bell Jog 10K.


        Top Ten Men, 2017 Jingle Bell Jog 10K
        1. 38:51, Henry Plowden (M, 15)
        2. 41:56, Dennis Moore (M, 49)
        3. 42:00, Ashton Donahue (M, 18)
        4. 43:46, Patrick Whitehead (M, 31)
        5. 46:01, Chris Phillips (M, 38)
        6. 46:09, Ben Phillips (M, 15)
        7. 46:14, Sergio Farias (M, 32)
        8. 46:23, William Hancock (M, 55)
        9. 47:28, Oscar Viquez (M, 48)
        10. 49:11, Jim Tully (M, 71)

        Top Ten Women, 2017 Jingle Bell Jog 10K
        1. 39:50, Ann Centner (F, 26)
        2. 43:46, Jennifer Perkins (F, 37)
        3. 46:25, Sarah Harris (F, 30)
        4. 48:21, Laura Ashcraft (F, 24)
        5. 48:38, Katherine McGarr (F, 20)
        6. 49:14, Jessica Phillips (F, 26)
        7. 50:25, Bourlakov Delaney (F, 25)
        8. 51:14, Lynn Varner (F, 53)
        9. 52:27, Amelia Gibbs (F, 40)
        10. 53:09, Catherine Jones (F, 58)

        While the defending champion of the Jingle Bell Jog 5K, Henry Plowden, was racing the 10K, Arnoldo De Jesus was winning the shorter race, running 19:30. Trevor Boeckman took second in the 5K with a 19:41. Jon Durham, an eight-grader on the Deerfield Windsor cross-country team, was third overall in 19:49.


        Sara Ostrander was the fastest master runner as well as the first woman in the 5K, placing tenth overall in 21:44. Kristen Scheuter took second in the women's standings and eleventh overall in 22:29. Meghan Pate was the third female finisher, coming in twentieth overall in 23:56.


        Gordy Bonner was the first male master and fourteenth male finisher in the 5K, sixteenth overall in 23:18.


        372 athletes finished the 2017 Jingle Bell Jog 5K. Both the 10K and the 5K were timed by Orion Racing of Atlanta, Georgia.


        Top Ten Men, 2017 Jingle Bell Jog 5K
        1. 19:30, Arnoldo De Jesus (M, 31)
        2. 19:41, Trevor Boeckmann (M, 29)
        3. 19:49, Jon Durham (M, 14)
        4. 20:39, Walker Pinson (M, 16)
        5. 20:47, Will Tomlinson (M, 15)
        6. 20:55, Michael Burrows (M, 37)
        7. 21:06, Edward Ostrander (M, 14)
        8. 21:11, Shyam Patel (M, 28)
        9. 21:24, Seth Tomlinson (M, 15)
        10. 22:38, Ben Prinua (M, 15)

        Top Ten Women, 2017 Jingle Bell Jog 5K
        1. 21:44, Sara Ostrander (F, 44)
        2. 22:29, Kristen Scheuter (F, 35)
        3. 23:56, Meghan Pate (F, 31)
        4. 24:04, Caitlin Mixon (F, 28)
        5. 24:16, Michelle Cossins (F, 32)
        6. 24:42, Alea Bochette (F, 14)
        7. 25:06, Bailey Irvin (F, 13)
        8. 25:42, Mandy Phillips (F, 40)
        9. 25:53, Alma Ostrander (F, 12)
        10. 25:57, Gail Morris (F, 36)

        Winners of the Albany Jingle Bell Jog, 2004 - 2017
        DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
        4 December 200410K
        5K18:40, Warren Juster20:37, Wendy Donnan311
        3 December 200510K37:25, Robert Feldman43:34, Ashley Elam104
        5K18:06, Cooper Browning19:47, Brittney Skiles236
        2 December 200610K37:42, Brandon Skiles45:45, Wendy Donnan155
        5K16:43, Bruce Skiles21:06, Kelly Conway241
        1 December 200710K*26:00, Roman Drankin*35:13, Jennifer Pollock132
        5K16:19, David Marley19:22, Brittney Skiles332
        6 December 200810K35:54, Josh Fix46:14, Andrean Edwards160
        5K15:52, David Marley20:11, Brittney Skiles325
        5 December 200910K36:12, Adam Ross47:03, Brenna Waack149
        5K16:59, Brandon Skiles19:07, Brittney Skiles242
        4 December 201010K35:51, Adam Ross45:23, Karen Hamby194
        5K19:57, Will Howell22:49, Katherine McGarr351
        3 December 201110K36:24, Nathan Norton43:50, Jane Spetoskey229
        5K17:06, Heath Lamb21:28, Beth Young485
        1 December 201210K37:28, Josh Fix46:30, Anne Cheek271
        5K17:49, Wright Calhoun23:00, Charlene Pennymon616
        7 December 201310K41:22, Duncan Moore47:15, Heidi Taylor217
        5K17:12, Austin Stewart19:23, Brittney Skiles590
        6 December 201410K34:35, Patrick Whitehead46:35, Julia Rittenhouse206
        5K16:45, David Thornton19:35, Brittney Skiles452
        5 December 201510K36:15, Patrick Whitehead45:52, Juia Rittenhouse154
        5K18:05, Ethan Merritt19:48, Brittney Skiles378
        10 December 201610K38:14, Jerome Scales45:22, Jennifer Perkins165
        5K18:46, Henry Plowden20:58, Camryn Bridges355
        9 December 201710K38:51, Henry Plowden39:50, Ann Centner141
        5K19:30, Arnoldo De Jesus21:44, Sara Ostrander372


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