Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Brennan and Harris find victory at the end of the trail in Dothan

Dothan, Alabama's Michael Brennan outkicked Caleb Harris of Bainbridge, Georgia 20:28 to 20:29 to win the Last Gasp 5K Trail Run in Dothan's Westgate Park on Saturday morning, 11 December 2010. Tim Teat was third in 20:58, and Dale Eiriksson place fourth in 21:05 to finish as the top master in the race. Bainbridge's Julie Harris finished twelth overall in 24:51 as the top woman and the top woman master. The women's runner-up was Kristina Bennett (14th, 25:08), and Kim Jones (16th, 25:18) was the third woman and second woman master in the race. 59 athletes completed the race, which was held on the Larry and Rona Dykes Trail in Westgate Park.

Brennan's time was an improvement on his last effort on the Westgate Park course, a 21:24 good for seventh place in the Pilgrim Chase 5K on November 27. Julie Harris and Caleb Harris are mother and son, and came within one second of being a mother-son pair of champions. Steve Barraco and Stephanie Barraco Stout had put together a father-daughter pair of titles at the Cops For Kids 5K Trail Run in November, sending running fans scrambling to find out when, if ever, that had happened before.

As indicated by its name, the Last Gasp is the final race in Dothan for 2010. Racing resumes in Dothan on 29 January 2011 with the 29th annual Hog Wild Run, now a 15K after a long history as a five-mile race.

Top Ten Men, Last Gasp 5K
  1. Michael Brennan (M, 25) 20:28
  2. Caleb Harris (M, 9) 20:29
  3. Tim Teat (M, 25) 20:58
  4. Dale Eiriksson (M, 54) 21:05
  5. Mike Simmons (M, 51) 21:48
  6. Michael Houston (M, 11) 22:18
  7. Dale Thomas (M, 47) 22:34
  8. Chad Edwards (M, 27) 23:34
  9. Bobby Jesswein (M, 40) 24:15
  10. Robert Champlin (M, 40) 24:22

Top Ten Women, Last Gasp 5K
  1. Julie Harris (F, 45) 24:51
  2. Kristina Bennett (F, 38) 25:08
  3. Kim Jones (F, 47) 25:18
  4. Jennifer Antonivich (F, 39) 25:27
  5. Gina Graham (F, 37) 25:46
  6. Sonya Dudley (F, 42) 26:57
  7. Chris Fox (F, 53) 27:52
  8. Nina Korges (F, 51) 28:03
  9. Caroline Shippey (F, 34) 30:09
  10. Jamie Bass (F, 32) 30:22


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