Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dobson and Pace finish first at a foggy FSECC 5K

750 runners made a circuit of the Southwood community on Thursday morning, 4 November 2010, but the first to finish was Matthew Dobson of Pensacola, Florida, who ran 16:38 to win the Florida State Employees Charitable Campaign 5K. Dobson, who was also the fastest master in the race, finished over 200 meters ahead of runner-up Justin Dickieson (17:23). Michael Martinez ran 17:55 to place third overall as the second master runner. Brook Pace (28th, 22:12) was the top woman finisher, after finishing as runner-up in 2009. The second woman in was Julie Clark (32nd, 22:24), who was also the first woman master, while Paula Thompson (41st, 23:14) was the third woman in and second woman master.

The meteorologists had been publishing threats of rain, but there was nothing more than heavy fog when the race started. Dobson, running for the Department of Corrections, went right to the front and stayed there, leaving Dickieson and the other 700+ runners in his wake. In the women's race, Pace also took the lead early; she and Clark were pacing the rest of the women's field by the halfway point in the race.

The FSECC 5K is an annual event that benefits the state workers' United Way campaign. This year the race moved from midday to a morning start. The change of time didn't seem to hurt; with 750 finishers, the 2010 race was the largest ever.

Top Ten Men
  1. Matt Dobson, 16:37.20
  2. Justin Dickieson, 16:37.20
  3. Michael Martinez, 17:54.60
  4. Peter Kaus, 18:39.53
  5. Tim Unger, 18:40.86
  6. Rory Rowan, 18:42.00
  7. Jack Howdeshell, 19:11.64
  8. Garth Grumme, 19:12.17
  9. Keith Gates, 19:28.07
  10. Matt Minno, 19:32.91

Top Ten Women
  1. Brooke Pace, 22:11.06
  2. Julie Clark, 22:23.23
  3. Paula Thompson, 23:13.04
  4. Maria Merrill, 23:57.19
  5. Kelly Thompson, 24:23.56
  6. Heather Duey, 24:56.96
  7. Jennifer Fortunas, 25:12.07
  8. Laura Wehler, 25:18.20
  9. Danielle Fischler, 25:19.86
  10. Krystal Cacci, 25:28.12


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