The race was run in eight sections seeded by projected finish times with the fastest sections run first. In section one, Touchton moved to the front early, shadowed by Florida State alum Kevin Cook and the defending Breakfast-On-The-Track champion Patrick Swain. Charlie Johnson trailed the group, but made his move with Touchton on the final lap, placing second in 4:37.96. Cook and Swain were left behind to fight over third with Cook prevailing 4:39.16 to 4:39.57. Touchton's most recent previous performance was a third-place showing at last week's Trojan Pride 5K.
The women's division was also decided in the first section, with Kurgatt running steadily away from women's runner-up Amy Hines (16th, 5:15.96) and third-place woman Micah Adriani (29th, 5:31.68). For the masters, Michael Martinez ran the first section as a stalking horse, moving up through the field to challenge Jay Wallace late in the race, ultimately taking eighth place and the masters' title. The women's master honors, though, were determined in the second section. Sarah Docter-Williams was the only master woman in the section, but no one in the later sections could touch her 5:34.81.
The Breakfast On The Track is a Gulf Winds Track Club event and raises money for Maclay School athletics. 191 runners ran the mile this year. The name of the event derives from the pancakes served to the runners after the race--a traditional meal which seems traditionally popular in spite of the traditional August heat and humidity. In deference to the latter, the awards ceremony for the Breakfast On The Track is head in and around the Maclay School swimming pool. There's even a lifeguard on duty, just in case someone didn't wait 40 minutes after eating their pancakes to take the water and gets cramps.
|"Breakfast On The Track" Mile champions, 1998-2010|
|8 August 1998||Robert Pautienus (4:36)||Jane Johnson (5:21)|
|14 August 1999||Lee Willis (4:26)||Jane Johnson (5:27)|
|26 August 2000||Gary Droze (4:42.97)||Sarah Docter-Williams (5:09.08)|
|18 August 2001||Ryan Deak (4:21.47)||Sarah Docter-Williams (5:08.94)|
|17 August 2002||Lee Willis (4:35.07)||Sarah Docter-Williams (5:10.33)|
|16 August 2003||David Huntzinger (4:45.20)||Sarah Docter-Williams (5:02.28)|
|14 August 2004||Lee Willis (4:32.40)||Sarah Docter-Williams (5:11.79)|
|13 August 2005||Art Remillard (4:46.26)||Sarah Docter-Williams (5:07.13)|
|12 August 2006||Whitney Strickland (4:47.58)||Sarah Docter-Williams (5:09.85)|
|18 August 2007||Michael Martinez (4:48.04)||Sarah Docter-Williams (5:12.91)|
|16 August 2008||Whitney Strickland (4:31.39)||Jana Stolting (5:12.79)|
|15 August 2009||Patrick Swain (4:43.40)||Jana Stolting (5:05.66)|
|21 August 2010||Trevor Touchton (4:33.30)||Stefanie Kurgatt (5:00.97)|
- Complete results of the 2010 Breakfast on the Track Mile at gulfwinds.org
- My photos of the 2010 Breakfast On The Track Mile (part one)
- My photos of the 2010 Breakfast On The Track Mile (part two)
- Fred Deckert's photos of the 2010 Breakfast On The Track Mile
- Trouble Afoot! coverage of the 2009 Breakfast On The Track Mile
- Where will you race next?