Saturday, December 9, 2017

They keep going and going and going at the Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic

In order to get some appreciation of an ultra-marathon performance, sometimes you have to take it to pieces. Consider the 50-kilometer race at Gulf Winds Track Club's 37th annual Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic, held at Florida's Wakulla Springs State Park on Saturday morning, 9 December 2017. 60-year-old Thomas Dever started off that race with a 44:41 10K. Now, that's not an Olympic-calibre time, but there are plenty of younger runners out there who would be happy to run 44:41.


After finishing that 10K, Dever kept going and ran a faster 10K.


Then he ran a third 10K even faster.


Still without a pause, Dever's fourth ten kilometers was his fastest of the morning, a 43:04. For his fifth and final 10K, the Terre Haute, Indiana master runner let up a bit, running 43:47. His total time for 50 kilometers was 3:38:23, and it was no wonder that Dever won the 31-mile race with a three-mile lead. Tallahassee, Florida master runner Jack McDermott, who won the TUDC 50K race in 2008 and 2014, placed second to Dever in 3:58:34. Nineteen-year-old Addison Hendricks of Pensacola, Florida took third in 4:05:09.

Thomas Dever, Kat Sack


On 4 November 2017 Tallahassee's Kat Sack had run her first marathon, a 3:26:05 at the Savannah Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. Just one month later Sack was attempting to run eight kilometers farther than a marathon, racing the 50K at the Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic. She was more than successful, placing fifth overall in 4:15:24, the first woman in the race. Johanna Rogers of Islesboro, Maine was the first woman master and second female finisher in the 50K, placing seventh overall in 4:29:29. Tallahassee master runners Jamie Harris and Marci Gray both finished in 5:04:01, taking third and fourth in the women's standings and placing ninth and tenth overall.


A marathon is 26.2 miles, and there are more than a few runners who would be happy to be able to run that distance in under four hours. The longest race at the Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic, though, is 50 miles--nearly twice the length of a marathon. Peter Strickland of Rome, Georgia won the 50-mile at the 2017 Classic in 7:28:37, maintaining better than four-hour marathon pace over a distance that was almost two back-to-back marathons. He didn't do it entirely alone--during the first half of the race, Strickland and Tallahassee's Erik Andersen were running together. After the 30th kilometer of the 62-kilometer run, though, Strickland broke away. Andersen dropped back, eventually finishing fifth overall in 8:28:12. Mark Tombrink of Tallahassee, the 2015 TUDC 50-Mile champion, overtook Andersen early in the second half of the race, going on to take second in 7:58:52.


Jamie Cooper was the top woman in the 50-mile, taking third overall in 8:01:14.


Christopher Knight of Deerfield Beach, Florida was the top master runner and third male finisher, fourth overall in 8:21:02. Sandra Garrett of Tampa, Florida was the first woman master and second female-finisher, sixth overall in 8:30:41.


Geneva, Florida master runner Petya Fernlund placed third in the women's standings, finishing eighth overall in 9:22:59.


45 athletes finished the 2017 Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic 5K, and twelve more finished the 50 mile. Gulf Winds Track Club chip timed both races.


2017 Tallahassee Ultradistance Classic 50 Mile
  1. 7:28:37, Peter Strickland (M, 39) Rome, GA
  2. 7:58:52, Mark Tombrink (M, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 8:01:14, Jamie Cooper (F, 37) Bogart, GA
  4. 8:21:02, Christopher Knight (M, 51) Deerfield Beach, FL
  5. 8:28:12, Erik Andersen (M, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 8:30:41, Sandra Garrett (F, 44) Tampa, FL
  7. 8:34:26, Ettore Aldrovandi (M, 56) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 9:22:59, Petya Fernlund (F, 44) Geneva, FL
  9. 9:28:15, Andre Daigle (M, 56) Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC
  10. 9:58:38, Mimi Reeves (F, 51) Pompano Beach, FL
  11. 9:58:38, Irma Robinson (F, 55) Fort Lauderdale, FL
  12. 10:08:33, Kathleen Wheeler (F, 56) Saint Petersburg, FL

2017 Tallahassee Ultradistance Classic 50K
  1. 3:38:23, Thomas Dever (M, 60) Terre Haute, IN
  2. 3:58:34, Jack McDermott (M, 48) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 4:05:09, Addison Hendricks (M, 19) Pensacola, FL
  4. 4:12:23, Hugo Guyader (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 4:15:24, Kat Sack (F, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 4:18:30, Jason Hohensee (M, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 4:29:29, Johanna Rogers (F, 53) Islesboro, ME
  8. 4:32:18, Sam Friedman (M, 53) Roseburg, OR
  9. 5:00:46, Gary Griffin (M, 68) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 5:04:01, Jamie Harris (F, 41) Tallahassee, FL
  11. 5:07:55, Maria Anderson (F, 62) Tampa, FL
  12. 5:21:15, Travis Parks (M, 21) Crawfordville, FL
  13. 5:23:29, Lori Abbey (F, 50) Tallahassee, FL
  14. 5:25:36, Thomas Carney (M, 58) Tallahassee, FL
  15. 5:29:11, Mona Antley (F, 52) Tallahassee, FL
  16. 5:04:01, Marci Gray (F, 43) Tallahassee, FL
  17. 5:37:49, Bud Fennema (M, 62) Tallahassee, FL
  18. 5:43:30, Robert Wigen (M, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  19. 5:56:19, Ben Hall (M, 41) Blountstown, FL
  20. 5:58:40, Sarah Logan Beasley (F, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  21. 5:59:04, Le Gibson (M, 48) Winder, GA
  22. 6:02:38, Sandra Richards (F, 54) Bolton, MA
  23. 6:05:48, Lorna Castellanos (F, 57) Miami, FL
  24. 6:07:29, Karl Waller (M, 56) Tallahassee, FL
  25. 6:15:35, Bill Hillison (M, 73) Tallahassee, FL
  26. 6:20:43, Michael Flanigan (M, 48) Tallahassee, FL
  27. 6:37:33, Leigh Ceci (F, 53) Tallahassee, FL
  28. 6:37:34, Beth Miller (F, 53) Mobile, AL
  29. 6:40:58, Terri Varnadoe (F, 58) Ocala, FL
  30. 6:44:40, Vicki Sue Merry (F, 60) Cantonment, FL
  31. 6:46:04, Carlos Zapata (M, 72) Tallahassee, FL
  32. 6:57:59, Jeff Picker (M, 55) Tallahassee, FL
  33. 7:00:43, Donald Vanoteghem (M, 63) Leesburg, GA
  34. 7:18:25, Tara Treadway (F, 45) Ocala, FL
  35. 7:41:37, George Maxwell (M, 67) Indialantic, FL
  36. 7:41:37, Jill Wofsey (F, 54) Alford, FL
  37. 7:43:37, Hector Pastor (M, 52) Jacksonville Beach, FL
  38. 7:57:19, Liza Warmuth (F, 46) Ocala, FL
  39. 7:57:22, Amy Sampson (F, 45) Silver Springs, FL
  40. 8:07:09, Imelda Maronde (F, 42) Clarksville, TN
  41. 8:26:53, Dana Stetson (M, 61) Tallahassee, FL
  42. 8:46:02, Carey Clarkson (F, 50) Pensacola, FL
  43. 8:50:18, Mellody Hughes (F, 54) Defuniak Springs, FL
  44. 6:17:41, Howard Helbein (M, 47) Pompano Beach, FL
  45. 8:57:54, Marsha White (F, 70) Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic winners, 1980 - 2015
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
13 December 198050 Mile6:27:05, Dave SheffieldNo female finishers9
9 January 1982100 km8:57:57, John HesselbartNo female finishers2
50 Mile5:39:43, Kenneth Lord8:15:45, Rosemary Desloge9
11 December 198250 Mile5:14:40, Frank Bozanich10:47:54, Lydi Pallares16
50 km2:51:53, Barney Klecker3:56:13, Kathe Brookover18
10 December 1983100 km7:31:01, Rick Alderfer10:34:29, Melissa Uchitelle21
50 km2:53:45, Barney Klecker3:13:51, Janis Klecker48
15 December 1984100 km7:19:53, Steve Warshawer9:43:03, Vicki Johnson18
50 km3:25:29, John Cantwell3:53:05, Donna Miller40
14 December 1985100 Mile14:57:26, Ray Krolewicz15:12:54, Sandra Kiddy2
100 km7:29:05, Richard Westbrook10:58:31, Joan Baker16
50 km3:21:04, Ron L. Crawford4:15:13, Mae Cleveland42
13 December 1986100 km7:47:00, Steve WarshawerNo female finishers12
50 km3:09:25, Mark Dorion4:19:28, Mae Cleveland54
12 December 1987100 km8:19:20, Richard Schick9:02:52, Sue Ellen Trapp15
50 km3:06:52, John Devine4:19:23, Mary Hanudel38
10 December 1988100 km7:58:03, Richard Schick11:55:07, Pam Duke24
50 km3:21:46, Tom Burr4:06:39, Shelley Tyler60
9 December 1989100 km7:21:20, Rick ClarkNo female finishers13
50 km3:24:30, Joe Burgasser3:44:21 28, Paula Johnson37
1990No Race Held
14 December 1991100 km9:01:14, Gordy HawkinsNo female finishers4
50 km3:40:25, Thomas Buchanan3:57:11, Paula Johnson14
12 December 1992100 km9:09:00, Gordy HawkinsNo female finishers4
50 km3:43:38, Bill Hillison11:27:08, Peggy Lanier9
11 December 199350 Mile6:22:08, Richard Schick8:59:19, Peggy Lanier12
50 km3:44:12, Bill Hillison5:22:17, Delia Brewster12
10 December 199450 Mile6:55:40, Gordy HawkinsNo female finishers11
50 km2:54:11, John Viltanen3:50:00, Paula Johnson31
9 December 199550 Mile7:19:35, Gordy HawkinsNo female finishers5
50 km3:36:48, David Yon3:57:21, Carrie Weyant21
14 December 199680 km6:54:01, Ray KrolewiczNo female finishers8
50 km3:42:29, Bill Hillison4:04:17, Paula Johnson16
13 December 199750 Mile7:33:37, Gordy Hawkins9:03:46, Kathleen Wheeler9
50 km3:54:00, Bill Hillison4:10:55, Kari Larsen14
12 December 199850 Mile6:28:19, David Allison9:22:57, Peggy Lanier13
50 km3:44:58, Scott Ludwig3:46:25, Jane Johnson36
11 December 199950 Mile5:57:32, Michael Peck6:38:02, Nancy Drach20
50 km3:49:06, Bill Hillison4:51:00, Kathleen Daumer9
9 December 200050 Mile8:06:14, Gary Griffin7:07:11, Nancy Drach8
50 km3:52:44, Dave Drach4:29:56, Kristen Hooper15
8 December 200150 Mile7:35:27, Dana Stetson7:41:24, Linda Mason8
50 km3:35:11, Tim Lee3:57:03, Kelly Murzynsky26
14 December 200250 Mile6:54:21, Pete HendricksonNo female finishers8
50 km3:51:46, Bill Hillison4:30:57, Sandy Powell30
13 December 200350 Mile7:11:53, Fred Johnson9:56:26, Kathleen Wheeler15
50 km3:51:58, Bill Hillison7:11:58, Susan Boardman15
11 December 200450 Mile5:24:45, Chad Ricklefs8:41:40, Ann Burke11
50 km3:50:10, Bill Hillison4:03:10, Kelly Murzynsky21
10 December 200550 Mile7:41:53, Mitsuhito Tsuchida7:23:14, Linda Mason9
50 km3:55:07, Fred Johnson4:38:07, Joan Messick25
9 December 200650 Mile7:17:49, Blaine Broadbridge7:30:37, Amy Costa12
50 km3:18:55, Colin Deasy4:43:14, Susan Lance18
8 December 200750 Mile6:41:23, Jack McDermott7:21:47, Amy Costa13
50 km3:30:25, Thierry Asselin4:44:39, Olivia Swedberg29
13 December 200850 Mile6:48:14, Dann Fisher8:50:31, Ann Burke17
50 km3:36:01, Jack McDermott4:52:44, Kirsten Baggett33
12 December 200950 Mile6:48:43, Dann Fisher7:58:10, Susan Lance7
50 km3:43:22, Jon Williams4:05:40, Jane Johnson53
11 December 201050 Mile6:26:07, Dann Fisher7:33:52, Amy Costa15
50 km3:28:17, Cameron Wheeler3:39:53, Allison Eagen48
10 December 201150 Mile6:18:45, Sung Ho Choi7:39:09, Amy Costa17
50 km3:39:47, Pete Kaplan4:14:19, Kristien Cox66
8 December 201250 Mile6:34:53, Ferit Toska8:16:09, Chrissy Coutts18
50 km3:44:50, John Robida4:09:08, Ruth Levy66
14 December 201350 Mile6:45:12, Ferit Toska7:03:01, Madeleine Zolfo14
50 km3:41:28, Daniel Nix4:19:43, Katie Sherron66
13 December 201450 Mile6:52:08, Ferit Toska7:17:59, Madeleine Zolfo11
50 km3:52:56, Jack McDermott4:45:54, Jennifer Shafer59
12 December 201550 Mile6:50:50, Mark Tombrink8:29:05, Holly Bohensky12
50 km3:25:21, Charlie Johnson4:28:51, Laura McDermott70
10 December 201650 Mile5:52:57, Gary Gellin7:38:20, Sheryl Rosen9
50 km3:50:17, Dan Nix4:39:55, Emma Spencer41
9 December 201750 Mile7:28:37, Peter Strickland8:01:14, Jamie Cooper12
50 km3:38:23, Thomas Dever4:15:24, Kat Sack45


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