Saturday, April 17, 2010

It's Corbin and Barrett's race at the Autism 5K

Brian Corbin raced a five-kilometer tour of the Southwood area of Tallahassee in 18:01, winning the second annual Run For Autism 5K on 17 April 2010. Corbin completed the Saturday morning race over 200 meters ahead of his nearest challenger, Mickey Moore. Corbin was also the fastest master (over 40) finisher. Jamie Barrett, a member of the Florida State University swim team, was the top woman, finishing 12th overall in 21:08. The master woman title went to the next woman in, Lake City's Jackie Lewis, who was 20th overall in 22:57. 280 runners completed the 5K.

The 5K started a little later than the scheduled 9:00am, delayed by the one-mile fun run. The milers had gone off course and ended up running perhaps as much as four kilometers, so that many were still trying to finish when it was time for the 5K to take to the road. When the 5K did start, the athletes were led around the well-marked course by a police motorcycle--no one had much of a chance of getting lost. By the end of the first kilometer when the early-race confusion had cleared, Corbin was already leading. He did nothing but continue to build on his lead for the rest of the race. Behind Corbin, Moore was back in sixth place after the first kilometer, but steadily moved up as the race progressed. By the end of the fourth kilometer Moore was in command of second place and held that position till the race's end. On the women's side, Jamie Barrett's race went much like Corbin's. Barrett led early, held the lead till the end, and won by almost 400 meters.

Corbin's 18:01 broke the course record of 19:21, set by Daniel Bradford in the first running of the Autism 5K in 2009.



  1. Race organizers didn't have any volunteers beyond the end of the first road and there were no markings for the fun run turns. Fortunately, the 5k was well marked and guided by volunteers.

  2. That sounds right. The 5K had a lead vehicle, and I saw more than a few 5K course marshals and chalked arrows on the pavement nearly everywhere. But I can't say that I saw a single mark for the one-mile course.