Wednesday, May 10, 2017

No one puts up much of a fight against Gibson at Fit-To-Fight

It's not true that Myles Gibson always wins the Fit-To-Fight 10K.


In fact, Gibson didn't win during the first four years, 2009 to 2012, of the annual Dothan, Alabama road race. Since 2013, though, it's true that Gibson had all but owned the Fit-To-Fight. The Donalsonville master runner won the race once again on Saturday morning, 6 May 2017, in 38:28. It wasn't his fastest winning time ever at the Fit-To-Fight, but it was fast enough to put him across the finish line more than two kilometers ahead of next runner. That's right; Gibson went the full ten kilometers before anyone else had gone as far as eight.


Master runner Dale Nash was second in the 10K at 48:23. David Forrester took third in 50:08.


Amanda Pybus won the women's title, placing tenth overall in 59:35. Close behind Pybus, Barbara Wade was the first woman master and second female finisher, eleventh overall in 59:43. Master runner Tracy Reeves was third in the women's standings and thirteenth overall in 61:33.


28 athletes finished the 2017 Fit-To-Fight 10K, while another 108 completed the 5K. The fastest of those in the shorter race was Nevada Parker, a former Northside Methodist cross-country runner. Parker covered the course in 18:41, finishing well over 300 meters ahead of the runner-up, a frosh on the cross-country team at Dothan High, ran 21:09. Not far behind Shaw, nine-year-old Eli Butler was third in 21:14. Thomas Britain was the first master runner and fourth overall in 21:35.


Elizabeth Johnson was the top woman in the 5K, placing eleventh overall in 24:17. Katie Sheppard, a frosh on the Southwest Georgia Academy cross-country team, was second in the women's standings and fifteenth overall in 25:53. Rachel David placed third on the women's side and seventeenth overall in 26:11. Nineteenth overall in 26:34, Kristi Holland was the first woman master and fourth female finisher.


As I wrote in 2015, 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, 2017 Fit To Fight 10K
  1. 38:28, Myles Gibson (M, 50)
  2. 48:23, Dale Nash (M, 66)
  3. 50:08, David Forrester (M, 38)
  4. 51:01, Harrison Jordan (M, 20)
  5. 51:01, Neil Guess (M, 45)
  6. 52:24, Randy Jordan (M, 56)
  7. 57:24, Cliff Morrison (M, 45)
  8. 57:42, Rozeallan Smith (M, 65)
  9. 58:58, Josh Cox (M, 38)
  10. 61:13, Gary Thien (M, 62)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Fit To Fight 10K
  1. 59:35, Amanda Pybus (F, 29)
  2. 59:43, Barbara Wade (F, 49)
  3. 61:33, Tracy Reeves (F, 45)
  4. 64:20, Susan Anderson (F, 54)
  5. 64:58, Jodi Thore (F, 48)
  6. 66:01, Debbie Geiger (F, 45)
  7. 71:05, Julia Moss (F, 32)
  8. 72:13, Angie Chambliss (F, 50)
  9. 76:51, Kristen Hyde (F, 34)
  10. 76:51, Lindsey Barton (F, 34)

Top Ten Men, 2017 Fit To Fight 5K
  1. 18:41, Nevada Parker (M, 19)
  2. 21:09, Trevor Shaw (M, 15)
  3. 21:14, Eli Butler (M, 9)
  4. 21:35, Thomas Britain (M, 41)
  5. 23:08, Joey Harvey (M, 55)
  6. 23:40, Robert Dickard (M, 25)
  7. 23:40, Justin Trawick (M, 12)
  8. 23:45, Jeremy Alley (M, 30)
  9. 24:06, Benjamin Henderson (M, 19)
  10. 24:12, David Bennett (M, 46)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Fit To Fight 5K
  1. 24:17, Elizabeth Johnson (F, 38)
  2. 25:53, Katie Sheppard (F, 14)
  3. 26:11, Rachel David (F, 39)
  4. 26:34, Kristi Holland (F, 40)
  5. 26:55, Olivia Beck (F, 15)
  6. 26:59, Jamie Trawick (F, 39)
  7. 27:29, Jeanine Beck (F, 44)
  8. 27:39, Rebecca Binford (F, 27)
  9. 27:49, Sibel Yilmaz (F, 40)
  10. 28:11, Rebecca Jewell (F, 38)

Fit To Fight winners, 2009 - 2017
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
2 May 201510K
5K
2 May 201510K38:28, Myles Gibson59:35, Amanda Pybus28
5K18:41, Nevada Parker24:17, Elizabeth Johnson106
Many,many thanks to Larry Dykes of the Dothan Runners Club for much of the
information in this table.


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