The male masters also had a dramatic finish, but at the finish line it was Michael Martinez inching out defending masters' champion Jay Wallace for the title, 4:58.15 to 4:58.56. Martinez and Wallace finished fourth and fifth overall, respectively. Finishing sixth overall and winning the 2009 women's title was Jana "Stretch" Stolting of Maclay School, running 5:05.66. Stolting was less than four seconds ahead of women's runner up Stefanie Kurgatt, who finished tenth overall in 5:09.21. Kurgatt also runs for Maclay, and will start her freshman year there later this month. The top woman master was Jane Johnson, 45th overall in 6:12.37, well-ahead of the next over-40 woman, Nancy Stedman, who was 65th overall in 6:39.73.
The "Breakfast on the Track" is an annual track meet with one event, the one-mile run, run in multiple sections based on projected time. This year there were 177 finishers in nine sections. With the exception of women's master champion Jane Johnson, all of the titlists ran in the first section (runners projecting a finish time under 5:15), which somewhat later than the scheduled time of 7:45 am ET. Temperatures were mild for mid-August in north Florida with intermittent cloud cover. Athletes (and anyone else who happened by) were treated to a pancake breakfast after their race. Spectators saw some fine racing, and even the annoying pop music blaring over the public address system while the running was going on could not spoil the morning.
- Complete results of the 2009 "Breakfast on the Track" one-mile run
- My photos of the race
- Lori Abbey's blog about the race
- Whose birthday is today?