Sunday, May 23, 2010

Molosky and Ryberg take the Tulip Trot 5K

Battling over 300 other runners, the first of the summer heat and humidity, and heavy traffic on a cramped Goose Pond Trail, Vince Molosky ran 16:36 to win the Tulip Trot 5K, held in Tom Brown Park on Saturday morning, 22 May 2010. Jay Wallace finished second overall, also capturing the top male master title. The women's championship went to Shana Ryberg, 18th overall in 21:12. Paula O'Neill was the top woman master, finishing 33rd overall in 23:15.

Molosky went to the front early. Through the first kilometer he was closely followed by Daniel Thompson and John Hazleton. During the second kilometer Molosky built up a lead on Thompson and Hazleton, who had their own pursuers. By the end of two kilometers John Robida had caught up to Thompson and Hazleton, and by three kilometers Jay Wallace had joined the group. Wallace outran the others over the final two kilometers to finish in 16:54, runner-up to Molosky by 90 meters. Robida was another 60 meters back in third place (17:06), while Thompson outkicked Hazleton for fourth, both runner clocking 17:17.

In the women's competition, Ryberg grabbed a lead almost immediately and built on it all the way to the finish line. Stephanie Stout and Cora Atkinson led the chase for Ryberg during the first kilometer, but were overtaken by Allison DeCort by the end of the second kilometer. During the the third kilometer DeCort moved ahead of Stout into the runner-up position. While Ryberg went on to win by 300 meters, DeCort beat out Stout for the second women's spot, 22:32 to 22:42. The fourth woman in was master runner O'Neill; Atkinson fell back to finish as fifth woman in 23:21.

It was Molosky's second win in Tom Brown Park during the month of May; back on May 1 he had won the Tails and Trails 10K. Ryberg represented Tallahassee at the Boston Marathon in April.

The Tulip Trot 5K was hosted by the North Florida Parkinson Awareness Group, and proceeds from the race benefited NFPAG and the Parkinson Choir at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. If the course was a bit cramped for the number of runners, but the gentle slopes were popular with the competitors, as was the post-race musical entertainment by the Parkinson Choir and the Tuesday Bluegrass Jam Group.


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