Saturday, August 14, 2010

Brannen and Harvey champs at Trojan Pride 5K

Heading a field of over a hundred runners, Nate Brannen ran 15:51 through Tom Brown Park to win the Trojan Pride 5K on Saturday morning, 14 August 2010. Brannen crossed the finish line more than 200 meters ahead of runner-up Kevin Sullivan, a Florida State University track coach and Brannen's partner in Capital City Runners. Lincoln High School sophomore Trevor Touchton was another 300 meters back in third place at 17:49. David Knauf won master runner honors, placing 16th in 22:19. Karen Harvey took the women's title, finishing ninth overall in 19:51. Harvey is the women's head track coach at FSU. Brook Pace was second for the women, 22nd overall in 24:00. The third woman in and top woman master was Kirsten Baggett (25th, 24:25).

The course was not quite cross-country but certainly not a road race, incorporating paved and unpaved trails and roads, grass, clay, mud, and a finish on Lincoln High School's Jimmy Everett Track. The route used two separate loops through the park but still managed to have runners going in both directions on the same part of the Goose Pond Trail at the same time.

The Trojan Pride 5K was a fundraiser for Lincoln High School Trojan athletics. With charming optimism it was labeled the "first annual," so look for it again in 2011.



  1. Heard the course was a little too twisty. I like your loop, but isn't that a bit of a rough hill up Weems from Goose Pond. Granted it is pretty short, but it is a pretty good grade.

  2. I thought it was a bit complicated, but it had no more turns than any of the other Tom Brown Park course.

    You'll find that hill on Weems is an absolute illegitimate child of unmarried parents. However, it comes early in the loop, and there is a screaming downhill past the playground late in the loop. You should have heard the groans today when people encountered the climb to the finish on the track. "Only the Palace Saloon understands the importance of a downhill finish!" declared one runner.