Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Norton and Nyquist nail the Run For The Redfish Half Marathon

Andrew Norton of Destin, Florida ran 79:18 to win the second annual Run For The Redfish Half Marathon in Panama City Beach on Saturday, 4 December 2010. At 80:23, Panama City's Nathan Spradley was the next runner in; it was Spradley's second straight runner-up performance in the Redfish Half-Marathon. With a time of 81:07, Mark Carver of Nashville, Tennessee was the third finisher and the fastest master runner in the race.


The women's division belonged to the defending champion, Hadley Nyquist of Panama City Beach. Just two weeks after a dominating victory at the 2010 Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Challenge, Nyquist returned to the roads for the Redfish, running 86:59 to finish as the first woman and fifth overall. Bettering her 2009 Redfish time of 87:37, Nyquist completed the race nearly three kilometers ahead of the second-place woman, Karen Meadows of Panama City Beach. Meadows was the top woman master in the half marathon, running 1:41:18 to finish 31st overall. The third woman in was Lela Schlenker (33rd, 1:42:04), a fisheries research scientist in Dauphin Island, Alabama.


The race started at 8:00am CT from Pier Park and went out and back along the Gulf of Mexico on Front Beach Road to finish in front of Margaritaville, the host of the post-race festivities. 273 athletes finished the race.


Top Ten Men, 2010 Run For The Redfish Half-Marathon
  1. Andrew Norton, 79:18
  2. Nathan Spradley, 80:23
  3. Mark Carver, 81:07
  4. Eric Nelson, 85:11
  5. Challen Hyman, 88:22
  6. Christopher Purvis, 88:46
  7. Tom Holland, 89:38
  8. Chuck Mader, 92:19
  9. Christopher Lang, 93:50
  10. Steve Cookman, 94:13

Top Ten Women, 2010 Run For The Redfish Half-Marathon
  1. Hadley Nyquist, 86:59
  2. Karen Meadows, 1:41:18
  3. Lela Schlenker, 1:42:04
  4. Teresa Lucas, 1:44:41
  5. Julie Kaftan, 1:44:57
  6. Junay Skinner, 1:47:07
  7. Sandra Smith, 1:48:38
  8. Debra Descalzo, 1:50:08
  9. Amy Mann, 1:50:09
  10. Kim Allan, 1:50:19

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