Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The 2010 Palace Saloon 5K needs volunteers!

Less than ten days remain till the morning of 10 April 2010 and the 36th annual Palace Saloon 5K. And Tallahassee's first and fastest five kilometer road race needs volunteers. Thanks and kudos to the folks who have already come aboard, but it takes a good many dedicated people to put on an event of this size, and the Palace needs more than a few more. Contact me at hwills@gmail.com if you're willing to help out. Here are a few areas of need:

Early packet pick-up and registration
In-person packet pick-up and pre-race registration at the Palace Saloon was much more popular than we expected last year. In fact, it was so popular that we were a bit understaffed. This year we'd like a few more people willing to smile at the public while taking entries and distributing T-shirts and race bibs on a weekday evening. The specific weekday evening, by the way, is Wednesday, 7 April 2010. We'll be doing it at the Palace Saloon again, 1303 Jackson Bluff Road. After all, they've been sponsoring this race for the last 36 years.

Race day registration and packet pick-up
This one requires the same ability to smile at the public while taking entries and distributing T-shirts, but from 6:45am to 8:00am out at Messer Field with the start of the race looming. Messer Field is located at the northwest corner of Dupree Street and Jackson Bluff Road.

Water table
Before you tell me that a five-kilometer race doesn't need a water table, you'll have to convince me that no one is going to run over thirty minutes and that it isn't going to be 90°F that morning. We'll need enough people at water table to serve over a thousand runners and then pick up all the cups that a thousand runners leave behind. I work a water table at the Tallahassee Marathon every year, and this one is going to be more hectic, but will only take about an hour.

Traffic Control
I always appreciate it when runners can go home and tell their friends, "I ran the Palace Saloon 5K this morning and I wasn't run over by a truck and killed or crippled for life!" Believe me, they don't owe that to the polite motorists of Tallahassee. It's all to the credit of the volunteer course marshals who staff the race course's intersections and discourage vehicles from interacting with the runners. Five kilometers is not a long way, but there are still a lot of intersections on this course, so we need a lot of course marshals.

Finish Line
Peg Griffin assures me that we need at least twenty people to make the finish line work. Actually, we need a few more than that, because this year we are adding a finisher's award for the first 1000 runners across the line. It should take about four people to hand those out. In our double-barreled finish chute we'll need strippers, we'll need stringers, and we'll need a couple of people to hand out finish cards like a blackjack dealer. Most importantly, we'll need pushers--people to keep runners moving through the chute.

If you'd like to help in any of these areas drop me a message at hwills@gmail.com. You can even specify a preference. And if you'd like to be the Official Volunteer Co-ordinator for the 2011 Palace Saloon 5K, then let's talk--but after the race.

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31 March 2010 Tallahassee 100-Mile Race Calendar

This is the Tallahassee vicinity road-race schedule for 31 March 2010. If that's more than a week ago, the latest schedule is always available via this link:


This is a listing of upcoming races within 100 miles of Tallahassee, Florida, roughly the area in the map below. If a race isn't listed, I probably haven't heard of it, so post a comment and let me know about it.

Map

3 APRIL 2010
  • Red Hills Triathlon (1/3-mile swim, 16-mile bike, 3.1-mile run). 7:30am ET. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. Event web site. Online registration at active.com.
  • Junior Service League of Panama City 5K Rabbit Race and ½-mile Bunny Hop. 8:00am CT. Panama City Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida 32401. Event web page. Race flyer. Registration form. Online registration at active.com. jmam33@bellsouth.net
  • Nancy Parrish Bridges Memorial 10.5K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 10.5K and 5K / 10:00am ET one mile. Crisp County Middle School, 1116 E 24th Ave, Cordele, GA 31015. Entry form and flyer. Susannah Herzog, sherzog@crisp.k12.ga.us or 229-322-0914
  • Valdosta Symphony Orchestra 5K. 8:00am ET. Valdosta State University front lawn, Valdosta, Georgia. Get Active 229-219-0010.
4 APRIL 2010
  • Run For Life 3K. 10:00am ET. Integration Statue, Woodward Street Plaza, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Daniel Lee, dpl07@fsu.edu
10 APRIL 2010
  • 36th annual Palace Saloon 5 km. 8:00am ET. James Messer Fields Park, Jackson Bluff Road and Dupree Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304. USATF certified course FL99027DL. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. Herb Wills, hwills@gmail.com
  • Darton College Go Global 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00am ET 5K / 8:30am ET one mile. Darton College Tennis Pavilion, Darton College, Albany, Georgia 31707. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. David Mann, david.mann@darton.edu or 229-317-6588.
  • "Five-A-Day" 5K Trail Run. 8:00am CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Event web page. Beth Battle (334) 794-5000 ext. 7393.
  • Child Abuse Prevention Family Fun Run. 9:30am CT. Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center, Building 4605 Andrews Avenue, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Caroline Driscoll, caroline.driscoll@us.army.mil or 334-255-3794.
  • Third annual Torreya State Park's Draggin' Tail Ultra 25K/50K Trail Challenge. 8:00am ET. Torreya State Park, 2576 NW Torreya Park Road, Bristol, FL 32321. Joe Edgecombe, joeruns@yahoo.com or 850-774-0018.
  • White Sand Triathlon I (600m swim, 16 mile bike, 5K run). 7:30am CT. Spinnaker Beach Club, 8795 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408. Online registration at active.com. Freedom Sports, info@myfreedomsports.com or 850-249-2120.
17 APRIL 2010
  • Autism 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30am ET one mile / 9:00am ET 5K. Southwood Town Center, Merchants Row Boulevard and Ivy Green Trail, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. Entry form and flyer. Veronica Jones veronica.jones@med.fsu.edu or 850-488-3514.
  • Spring Fling 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET. Bainbridge Country Club, 312 Country Club Road, Bainbridge, Georgia. Entry form and flyer. April Aldridge or Stephanie Poitevint at springflingrun@gmail.com
  • National Mayhaw Festival 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30am ET. Colquitt Freewill Baptist Church 319 Grow Street, Colquitt, Georgia. Entry form. Dr. Russ Henley 229-758-8500 or Anthony Cobb 229-758-3316.
  • Second annual Smiling Pig 5K. 8:00am CT. Citizens Lodge Park, 4577 Lodge Drive, Marianna, Florida. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Margo Lamb, walkrun@mariannaartsfestival.com or 850-482-7721.
  • Fifth annual Victory For Victoria 5K / 10K / one mile. 8:00am ET 5K & 10K / 9:30am ET one mile. Valwood School, 1903 Gornto Road, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. Event web page. Event entry form. Event flyer. Becky Wetherington 229-242-8491 or Margaret Anne Newsome 229-300-6102.
24 APRIL 2010
  • 33rd Annual Rose City Run 10K and one mile kids' run. 8:00 am ET 10K / 9:30 am ET one mile. North Broad Street and Monroe Street, Thomsaville, GA. USATF certified course GA92011WN (10K). Event web site.
  • Education For Life 5K. 8:00am ET. Florida State University's Mike Long Track, Chieftain Way and Spirit Way, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com.
  • Brian Dowling Memorial 5K Trail Run. 8:00am CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Event web page. Larry Dykes, 334-792-6021.
  • Run for Autism 5K. 8:00am CT. Pier Park, 600 Pier Park Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
  • Beach Blast Triathlon / Duathlon. 7:00am CT Olympic distances / 7:30am CT sprint distances. St Joe Beach, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. Director@BeachBlastTriathlon.com
30 APRIL 2010
  • 23rd Annual Gnat Days 5K. 7:00 pm ET. Courthouse Square Park, Camilla, Georgia. 229-336-5255 or gnatdays@camillageorgia.com
1 MAY 2010
  • Ninth annual Tallahassee Tails & Trails 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:30am ET. Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center, 1125 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. Event web site. Online registration at active.com.
  • Second Annual Moultrie Technical College Classic 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 7:30am ET 5K and 10K / 9:00am ET one mile. Moultrie Technical College, 800 Veterans Parkway North, Moultrie, Georgia 31788. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Darbie Avera, davera@moultrietech.edu or 229-891-7000.
  • Olivia's Run 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. First United Methodist Church, 300 Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, Georgia. Entry form and flyer. Beverly Shirley, beverlyashirley@bellsouth.net or 229-243-6071.
  • 25th annual Race Judicata 5K. 8:00am CT. Bay County Courthouse, 300 E 4th Street, Panama City, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
  • Downtown Endurance 5K. 8:00 am CT. First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 300 West Main Street, Dothan, AL 36301. 334-792-3217 or bjones@fbcdothan.org
8 MAY 2010
  • Seventh annual Marzuq Shrine Mothers Day 5K. 8:00 am ET. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. Keiff Lindsey, romanroch@hotmail.com or 850-212-2926.
  • Dothan Fire Department / Dothan Runners Club “Fit to Fight” 5K / 10K. 8:00 am CT. Dothan Fire Department Station #1, 600 Columbia Highway, Dothan, AL 36301. Event web page. Chief Shan Ash, snash@dothan.org or 334-615-4501.
  • Colony City Chase 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 5K / 8:45am ET one mile. Fitzgerald High School, 601 West Cypress, Fitzgerald, Georgia. Steve Taylor, stevetaylor@windstream.net or 229-423-5048.
  • 28th annual Gulf Coast Triathlon (half ironman). 6:15am CT (first wave). Event web site. gulfcoasttri@yahoo.com or 850-235-0720.
15 MAY 2010
  • Run for Wakulla Springs 5K Trail Run and 1 Mile Fun Run. 8:00 am ET (one mile), 8:30 am ET (5K). Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, FL 32327. Entry form and flyer.
  • 4th annual Missionette 5K / 10K Extraordinary Run. 8:00 am ET. Family Worship Center of Cairo, 1400 South Broad Street, Cairo, GA 39828. USATF certified course GA09001WC (10K) and GA09002WC (5K). Entry form and flyer. Katina Stewart 229-378-0970.
  • Army 10-Miler. 7:00 am CT. Fort Rucker, Alabama. Caroline Driscoll, caroline.driscoll@us.army.mil or 334-255-3794
  • Racing with Rotary Charity Run 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. Allan Dear, dear5@earthlink.net or 229)247-9880
22 MAY 2010
  • Tulip Trot 5K. 8:00am ET. Pavilion 13, Tom Brown Park, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Olivia Swedberg, tuliptrotforpd@yahoo.com
  • Barefoot 5K. 8:00am CT. Compass Lake In The Hills, 645 Compass Lake Drive, Alford, Florida 32420. Event web page. Online registration at active.com. mary@runningmoms.org or edna@runningmoms.org
  • North Florida Olympic Triathlon (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run). 7:30am ET. Cherry Lake 4H Camp, 3861 NE Cherry Lake Circle, Madison, Florida 32340. Event web site. info@drcsports.com or 352-637-2475.
23 MAY 2010
  • Red Hills Triathlon for Youth 15 & under (125 yd swim; 3 mile bike; 1 mile run). 8:30am ET. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. Entry form and flyer. Mike Weyant, weyantm@comcast.net or 850-241-6591.
31 MAY 2010
  • 4th annual Memorial Day 5K Night Race. 7:00 pm ET. Boulevard Park, East Evans Street and South Boulevard Drive, Bainbridge, GA 39819. Entry form and flyer. Mandi O'Mara 229-248-2230 or omara@dcboe.com
  • Cordele Kiwanis Memorial Day Running Celebration 8K, 5K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 7:54am ET 8K / 8:01am ET one-mile / 9:09am ET 5K / 9:49am ET 5K. Crisp County Middle School, 1116 24th Avenue East, Cordele, GA 31015. Entry form and flyer. Benny Wade, bennywade@hughes.net or ranreb@planttel.net
  • Memorial Day 5K. 8:00 am ET. Old S. L. Mason School, Baytree Road and Azalea Drive, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. Get Active Running & More, 229-219-0010.
5 JUNE 2010
  • Potluck Bash 4-Mile Run. 6:00 pm ET. Forestmeadows Athletic Center, 4750 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL. David Yon, 850-425-6671 or david@radeylaw.com
  • Captain Chad Reed Memorial 5K. 9:30am ET. Dixie County High School, 16077 SE Highway 19, Cross City, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at active.com.
  • Stroll 'N' Roll Duathlon (5K run, 13.1 mile bike, one-mile run). 8:00am ET. Beverlye Middle School, 1025 South Beverlye Road, Dothan, Alabama 36301. Event web page. Sherry Creel 334-677-6195 or Bill Davenport 334-798-1192.
19 JUNE 2010
  • Melon Run 5K. Old Jefferson County High School gym, Monticello, FL. USATF certified course #FL06044DL. Entry form and flyer.
26 JUNE 2010
  • Hot Trot 5K. 7:30 am CT. Washington-Holmes Technical Center, 757 Hoyt Street, Chipley, FL 32428. Stan Owens 850-547-2244.
  • Summer Sizzler 5K / 1 Mile. 7:00 pm ET (1 mile), 7:30 pm ET (5K). St. George Island, FL. USATF certifed course #FL99035DL. Hobson Fulmer, 850-927-2510 or hobson@fairpoint.net
  • Loop The Lake 5K. 7:30 am ET. Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club, 2459-H US Highway 280 West, Cordele, GA 31015. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. info@loop-the-lake.com or 229-446-4550
4 JULY 2010
  • Valdosta 5K. 7:15 am ET. Valdosta, GA. Five Points, North Ashley Street, Valdosta, Georgia. Get Active Running & More, 229-219-0010.
5 JULY 2010
  • 25th annual Freedom Springs Triathlon (440-yard swim, 10-mile bike, 5K run). 7:00 am CT. Blue Springs Recreation Park, 5461 Blue Springs Road, Marianna, FL. Entry form and flyer. Terry Edwards, fst1@earthlink.net or 850-482-3415.
17 JULY 2010
  • Barnes 5K. 7:30 am ET. Barnes Drug Store Downtown, 200 South Patterson Street Valdosta, GA 31601. Get Active Running & More, 229-219-0010.
24 JULY 2010
  • 25th annual Critter Run 5K. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. USATF certified course #AL86003JD. Event web page. Event entry form. Larry Dykes, 334-792-6021
14 AUGUST 2010
  • Breakfast On The Track One Mile Run. 7:45 am ET. Maclay School track, 3737 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL. Bonnie Wright, 850-386-3500 or bwright@electro-net.com
  • Georgia Veterans Duathlon and Triathlon (5K run / 13.6 mile bike / 5K run and 400 yard swim / 13.6 mile bike / 5K run). 8:00 am ET. Georgia Veterans State Park, 2459 U.S. Highway 280 W, Cordele , GA 31015. Event web site. Online registration for sprint triathlon at active.com. Online registration for duathlon at active.com. Sprint triathlon entry form and flyer. Duathlon entry form and flyer. Jim Rainey, Georgia Multisports Productions, jim@gamultisports.com or 770-926-2367.
28 AUGUST 2010
  • Miller Landing Madness 8K/5K/3K. 8:00 am ET. Elinor Klapp Phipps Park, Miller Landing Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312. Mike Sims (850)514-3424 or Tom Perkins (850)894-2019
11 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • Beach Blast Triathlon / Duathlon II. 7:00am CT Olympic distances / 7:30am CT sprint distances. St Joe Beach, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. Director@BeachBlastTriathlon.com
18 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K. 8:00 am ET. Optimist Park, East Indianhead Drive, Tallahassee, FL. USATF certified course #FL00022DL. Lisa Unger, ungertl@juno.com or 850-562-2901.
25 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • Salute to Prefontaine 5K Cross-Country Run. 9:00 am ET. Silver Lake Recreation Area of the Apalachicola National Forest, Silver Lake Road, Tallahassee, FL. Jeff Nielsen, 850-459-8859 or dobieman@comcast.net
  • Second annual Quail Trail 5K. 8:00 am ET. Historic Pebble Hill Plantation, US 319, Thomasville, Georgia. USATF certified course GA09026WC. Helen Fennelly, 229-225-2186 or htfenn@hotmail.com
9 OCTOBER 2010
  • Pine Run at Tall Timbers 20K. 7:30 am ET. Tall Timbers Research Station, 13093 Henry Beadel Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. Gordon Cherr, 850-556-5957 or scam22@aol.com
16 OCTOBER 2010
  • White Sand Triathlon II (600m swim, 16 mile bike, 5K run). 7:30am CT. Spinnaker Beach Club, 8795 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408. Online registration at active.com. Freedom Sports, info@myfreedomsports.com or 850-249-2120.
23 OCTOBER 2010
  • “Running for the bay!” Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. 7:00am ET. Apalachicola, Florida. Race web site. Online registration at active.com.
30 OCTOBER 2010
  • 31st annual Boston Mini-Marathon. 8:00 am ET. Commercial Bank, 124 West Jefferson Street, Boston, GA 31626. Entry form and flyer. Brad Johnson, bradjohnson@bankcb.com or 229-498-8500 (day) / 229-226-4679 (evening).
6 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Ironman Florida (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run...duh!). 6:50am CT first wave. Boardwalk Beach Resort, 9400 South Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida. Event web site.
25 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15k / 10K / 5K. 8:00 am ET. State Office Satellite Complex at SouthWood, Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, FL. Event web site. David Yon, david@radeylaw.com or 850-425-6671 or 850-668-2236
  • Valdosta Thanksgiving Day 5K. 8:00am ET 5K. Patterson Street in front of Get Active, 3200-C North Ashley St, Valdosta, GA 31602. Contact Get Active, 229-219-0010.
4 DECEMBER 2010
  • Gulf Winds Track Club Ten-Mile Challenge / Five-Mile Run. 8:00 am ET. Killearn Lakes Elementary School, 8037 Deerlake Drive East, Bradfordville, FL. USATF certified courses FL07049EBM (10 mile) and FL07048EBM (5 mile). Event web page. Judy Alexander, 850-383-1361 or jalexander98@comcast.net
  • Run for the Redfish Half-Marathon / 5K / one-mile fun run. 8:00am CT. Pier Park, Margaritaville, 16230 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach 32413. Event web site. Online registration at active.com.
11 DECEMBER 2010
  • 30th annual Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic 50K/50M. 7:00 am ET. Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, Florida. USATF certified course FL08072EBM. Event web site. Gary Griffin, runlong@nettally.com

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Springtime and everything is coming up Rosen and Lake

33 minutes and nine seconds after the starting siren sounded at the Leon County Courthouse around 8:15am on 27 March 2010, Chris Lake crossed the finish line on Suwanee Street as Tallahassee's Springtime 10K champion. A little over five minutes later Sheryl Rosen had the women's title, finishing 17th overall in 38:23. The men's competition and the women's competition unfolded quite differently, however.


For the men, Chris Lake took the lead early. By two kilometers, where the course starts to climb out of the Franklin Boulevard flood plain, it was already starting to look like the rest of the field was going to have to settle for second or hope that Lake tripped and fell. Vince Molosky led the pursuit as the runners followed Lake up Lafayette Street and into the hills of Myers Park. Halfway through the ten kilometer race, Lake was only farther ahead. Molosky, however, had lost the second position to Nate Kaiser, and the third spot to Stephen Cox. Daniel Lee was not far behind in fifth. At eight kilometers it was still Lake, Kaiser, Cox, Molosky, and Lee. Those positions held almost to the end. Lake crossed the line first, 130 meters ahead of Kaiser's 33:35. Cox held on for third in 33:44. Lee, however, made up a ten-second deficit in the last 400 meters to nip Molosky for fourth, 34:03 to 34:04. In the master men's competition Jay Wallace got away from Tony Guillen in the Myers Park hills to prevail 35:09 (7th overall) to 36:16 (8th overall).

Where the men's leader at two kilometers had been virtually alone, the women's leader at that spot had plenty of company. 2009 Springtime 10K champion Lisa Johnson, Sheryl Rosen, Shannon Coates, and Kristen Hagen were running in a group so close together that it would have been a difficult choice to pick a single one of them as the leader. Early in the sixth kilometer as the runners passed Myers Park for the second time, Kristen Hagen had a slight lead over Shannon Coates and Sheryl Rosen with Lisa Johnson just a few more steps back. But for Rosen, the longer the race the stronger the run. Over the last four kilometers she moved ahead and built a 50-meter lead, prevailing 38:23 to 38:35 over Coates, who finished 20th overall. Hagen was the third woman in at 38:39 (21st overall) and Johnson was fourth at 38:52 (23rd overall). Among the women masters, Tallahassee's Jane Johnson prevailed over Thomasville's Mary Anne Grayson, 42:25 to 42:41.


686 athletes completed the associated Publix 5K, which was won by Etienne Mazimpaka in 19:14. The top woman in the 5K was Katherine Lindsay, who finished 20th overall in 21:58. The one-mile run for children was won by thirteen-year old J. P. Piotrowski in 6:08; the fastest girl in that race was nine-year old Katherine Resavage, fifth overall at 6:54.


Ordering better weather for running would have been difficult. The morning dawned cool and clear with minimal wind. This was in contrast to an uncharacteristically cool and wet winter which kept the plants from blooming early, so that the azaleas, dogwoods, and other blossoms were out along the course for the runners to view. In spite of the fine conditions, no runner in the field succeeded in collecting either the $500 bounty for a winning men's time under 30:00, or the $500 bounty for a winning women's time under 35:00. Maybe next year. Nevertheless, many runners did come out to take advantage of the weather. All together, there were 1,672 finishers in the three races--perhaps not the largest Springtime event in history, but certainly the largest in many, many years.


Springtime 10K Champions, 1976 - 2010
2010Chris Lake (33:09)Sheryl Rosen (38:23)
2009David Altmaier (35:00)
Lisa Johnson (38:34)
2008Joey Zins (31:59)
Sarah Docter-Williams (38:16)
2007 Matthew Dobson (33:27)
Lara Shaw (37:23)
2006Joey Zins (33:25)
Vicky Gill (34:36)
2005
Joey Zins (32:43)
Sarah Docter-Williams (36:51)
2004
Caleb Carmichael (33:22)Sarah Docter-Williams (37:03)
2003
Joseph Zepherinus (30:56)
Larisa Timchina (34:52)
2002
Conor Holt (31:18)
Larisa Timchina (36:40)
2001
Muchapiwa Mazano (32:18)
Tatyana Maslova (34:46)
2000
Muchapiwa Mazano (32:28)Anna Pichrtova (36:05)
1999
Muchapiwa Mazano (30:56)Sarah Docter-Williams (37:01)
1998
Randy Hollinger (31:07)
Breeda Dennehy (34:09)
1997
Juri Punda (31:12)
Tamara Karloukova (35:30)
1996
Jessie Close (32:21)
Jane Johnson (37:11)
1995
Matthew Dobson (31:43)
Jane Johnson (37:27)
1994
Matthew Dobson (32:17)
Lisa Herman (37:37)
1993
Andy Palmer (33:11)
Paula Johnson (36:54)
1992
Jessie Close (32:09)
Paula Johnson (37:38)
1991
Jessie Close (32:02)
Paula Johnson (38:29)
1990
Jessie Close (31:48)
Vikki Saga (38:16)
1989
Paul Waldron (30:49)
Janice Hochstein (37:54)
1988
Paul Waldron (31:22)
Karen MacHarg (38:18)
1987
Jessie Close (31:52)
Carla Borovicka (35:30)
1986
Dennis Rice (31:15)
Karen MacHarg (37:16)
1985
Paul Waldron (30:30)
Carole Rouillard (35:32)
1984
Larry Greene (30:03)
Carla Borovicka (35:57)
1983
Noel Shumann (31:21)
Janice Hochstein (38:15)
1982
George West (32:11)
Pam Ledbetter (39:56)
1981
Mabry McCray (32:06)
Janice Gage (37:14)
1980
Rick Swiderski (32:35)
Lisa Kinch (40:02)
1979
David Ferrell (33:10)
Janice Gage (37:14)
1978
George West (31:43)
Laura Ledbetter (38:03)
1977
Morrison Reid (31:24)
Nancy McCormac (40:57)
1976*
George West,Donnie Cook (20:30)
Janice Gage (25:27)
* The 1976 race was a four-mile run on the FSU campus.


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Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday Night Lights: 3200m Invitational at FSU Relays

If you were going to watch one event on Friday evening, 26 March 2010, at the Florida State University Relays in Tallahassee, that event would had to have been the high school 3200-meter run invitational. Well, maybe not, but I only got to watch one event, and the 3200 was the one that I chose.

In the girls' race, Courtney Filliben of Lourdes led the field to a swift 75-second opening 400m. By 800m Filliben had faded, relinquishing the lead to Maclay's Jana Stolting, closely followed by Shelby Hayes, the 2009 state cross-country champion from Winter Park. Over the next two laps Stolting and Hayes ran away from the rest of the athletes. But early in the second half of the race Hayes could no longer keep pace with Stolting and fell back. By the end of the fifth lap Hayes had lost contact, and Stolting just continued to add to her lead for the rest of the race, ultimately winning by almost 60 meters with a time of 10:41.54.

High School Girls' 3200m Results

Plc Name                    Year School                Time
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1. Stolting, Jana 12 Maclay 10:41.54
2. Hayes, Shelby 12 Winter Park 10:53.53
3. Davis, Sarah 12 Bishop Kenny 11:07.67
4. Soderstrom, Kira 11 Winter Park 11:09.77
5. Thomas, Carly 10 Chiles 11:12.23
6. Stanton, Holly 12 Fort Walton Beach 11:23.16
7. Rodriguez, Kaitlin 10 Creekside 11:30.62
8. Filliben, Courtney 9 Lourdes 11:31.34
9. Andrews, Kendall 12 Chiles 11:32.49
10. Valentine, Vanessa 10 Melbourne 11:32.59
11. Smith, Kacy 9 Estero 11:32.88
12. McGuff, Jodie 11 Chiles 11:34.81
13. Thyfault, Mary Katherine 9 Bishop Kenny 11:37.03
14. Prendergast, Jessica 12 Lake Highland Prep 11:41.40
15. Villarnovo, Victoria 10 Lourdes 11:43.67
16. Chastain, Ivy 9 Fort Walton Beach 11:45.23
17. Frank, Maria 9 Estero 11:57.45
18. Rodriguez, Lauren 10 Creekside 11:58.71
19. Mosley, Marsel 9 Niceville 11:59.43
20. Harden, Kassandra 10 Lake Brantley 12:00.26
21. Miller, Rachel 11 Winter Park 12:02.10
22. Spiegel, Allison 12 Bishop Kenny 12:04.57
23. Klusman, Maggie 12 Winter Park 12:06.34
24. Bahn, Kelley 11 Chiles 12:08.31
25. Nelson, Laura 11 Niceville 12:14.28
26. Morris, Shannon 10 Creekside 12:15.24
27. Simms, Antonia 10 Lourdes 12:16.63
28. Ardon, Madeline 12 Fort Lauderdale 12:31.60
29. Hahn, Lindsey 11 Holy Names 12:31.73

All four of the 2009 FHSAA cross-country champions started the high school boys' 3200--Melbourne's Brian Atkinson (4A), Leon's Matt Mizereck (3A), Bishop Kenny's Colin Barker (2A), and Maclay's Patrick Swain (1A). Even more impressive, these four athletes represent nine state cross-country titles, because Atkinson and Mizereck had won the championship three times and Swain twice. If excellence at the five-kilometer cross-country race transferred to the 3200-meter track event, this was going to be some race.

Mizereck had indicated before the race that he was going to be chasing a sub-9:00 3200. He led the pack through the first lap at 69 seconds, a bit slower than the 67.5 seconds per lap required for a 9:00 final time. Mizereck ran the next couple of laps at about 68 seconds. The field was content to follow him. The pace had lagged by the halfway point, and Creekside's Jimmy Clark took over the lead for a pair of laps. Mizereck stayed right behind him, and moved back into the lead for the penultimate lap. Most importantly, though, ten of the runners in the field were still in striking distance. It was going to be a wild last lap.

Bell lap. Everyone accelerated. Barker struck. Going into the final turn Barker had the narrowest of leads with Mizereck breathing on his collar. Barker and Mizereck began to gap the field. The home straight. Mizereck couldn't catch Barker. Barker couldn't lose Mizereck. Half the straight was gone. More. In the final meters Mizereck powered by Barker and crossed the line first in front of his home crowd, 9:02.87 to 9:03.03. For anyone wondering whatever happened to Florida's fast 3200 runners, the answer is that they were in Tallahassee on 26 March 2010. Six athletes broke 9:10. 9:20 wouldn't have even put you in the top ten.

High School Boys' 3200m Results

Plc Name                    Year School                Time
===============================================================
1. Mizereck, Matt 12 Leon 9:02.87
2. Barker, Colin 12 Bishop Kenny 9:03.03
3. Wallace, Michael 12 Bishop Kenny 9:06.22
4. Clark, Jimmy 11 Creekside 9:06.26
5. Montoya, Erick 12 Estero 9:08.81
6. Parrish, Mark 12 Chamberlain 9:09.26
7. Duncan, Phil 11 Boone 9:11.31
8. Clemente, Elliot 10 Belen Jesuit Prep 9:11.95
9. Middleton, Novian 12 Dr. Phillips 9:15.56
10. Atkinson, Brian 12 Melbourne 9:17.15
11. Kotick, Jacob 10 Pensacola Washington 9:30.77
12. Stanford, Will 11 Leon 9:31.69
13. Cabrera, Dominick 12 Miami Columbus 9:32.95
14. Arechabala, Eduardo 12 Miami Columbus 9:35.81
15. Doherty, Riley 12 Leon 9:36.93
16. Swain, Patrick 11 Maclay 9:37.60
17. Dechellis, Daniel 12 Lake Brantley 9:41.50
18. Mund, Alex 12 Dr. Phillips 9:42.68
19. Duclos, Dieumy 11 Godby 9:44.06
20. Greathouse, Tyler 12 Berkeley Prep 9:44.47
21. Lindsay, Joe 11 Belen Jesuit Prep 9:45.32
22. Stafford, Ryan 11 Fort Myers 9:45.75
23. Robeson, Brad 12 Douglas 9:49.35
24. Bordelon, Ian 10 Pensacola Washington 9:54.12
25. Dunn, Mathew Unattached 9:54.58
26. Lingerfelt, Branden 12 Chiles 9:58.32
27. Riggs, Jason 11 Niceville 9:58.82
28. Dearmon, Jake 11 Fort Walton Beach 10:07.03
29. Matney, Jalen 12 Lake Brantley 10:24.64
30. Ammons, Sam 11 Fort Walton Beach 10:25.47


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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rhapsodizing about the Apalachee Regional Park Trail

[ The Leon County Division of Parks and Recreation is submitting the Apalachee Regional Park Cross-Country course for a national award for new recreational facilities. Strangely enough, someone thought it would be a good idea if I wrote a letter supporting the application. I really should take Dr. Johnson's advice about writing more seriously, but, because I didn't, here is what I wrote. ]

The Apalachee Regional Park Trail cross-country course is one of very few facilities in the United States designed and constructed primarily for cross-country running. Less than a year old, the ARPT has already served as the venue for a major invitational hosted by Florida State University, a high school district championship, and the Florida state high school all-star cross-country meet. The course is open year-round for training and is also an excellent place for walking and cyclo-cross bicycling.

The course was conceived late in 2008. The goal was to construct a first-rate cross-country running course, thereby alleviating conflicts between cross-country events and other users at parks in Leon County. Pat Plocek of the Leon County Division of Parks and Recreation, Bob Braman of the Florida State University cross-country and track programs, and Brian Corbin of Tallahassee's Gulf Winds Track Club decided on an unused part of the Apalachee Regional Park as a site for the course. Before becoming part of the park, the land had spent a couple of decades as a buffer for the Leon County Landfill; prior to that it had been used for grazing cattle. It included an attractive combination of forest, field, and hills on the slopes of the Lake Lafayette basin, along with room for future expansion.

Leon County's Division of Parks and Recreation moved ahead with the project in 2009. The Gulf Winds Track Club and the Florida State University Athletic Department each contributed funds. Volunteers from those two groups and the community at large turned out on four work-days during the summer of 2009 that put some of the final touches on the course, which was finished in time for the 2009 cross-country season. The course was formally dedicated on 10 October 2009 during the Florida State University Invitational Cross-Country Meet.

The Apalachee Regional Park Trail course has already been the site for five-kilometer and eight-kilometer races; it could also be used as a venue for three-kilometer middle school events. When expanded it will easily be able to handle NCAA championship-length ten-kilometer races or international-length twelve-kilometer races. Even the trails through the woods are wide enough to accommodate races with hundreds of runners. There is already adequate parking for large events, and the park's location on US 27 makes it easily accessible. The anticipated addition of permanent distance and directional markers will make the course more friendly for both racing and training. Farther into the future, the Lafayette Heritage trail system will connect to the Apalachee Regional Park Trail, making it more attractive to hikers and cyclists as well as runners.

Embraced by the Tallahassee running community, the Apalachee Regional Park Trail is a fine facility with a bright future.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

24 March 2010 Tallahassee 100-Mile Race Calendar

This is the Tallahassee vicinity road-race schedule for 24 March 2010. If that's more than a week ago, the latest schedule is always available via this link:


This is a listing of upcoming races within 100 miles of Tallahassee, Florida, roughly the area in the map below. If a race isn't listed, I probably haven't heard of it, so post a comment and let me know about it.

Map

27 MARCH 2010
  • 35th annual Springtime 10K, Publix 5K & Fun Station 1-Miler. 8:00am ET. Leon County Courthouse, 301 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Event web site. USATF certified course FL96048DL (10 km). Judy Alexander, jalexander98@comcast.net or 850-383-1361.
  • Peanut Proud 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. Court House Square, Blakely, Georgia. Entry form and flyer. Jay Winkler, 229-225-7213.
  • 'Dosta Dash 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 10K and 5K, 9:30am ET one mile. Toombs Street and Jackson Street, Valdosta, Georgia. Event web page. Get Active, 229-219-0010
  • Fire Ant Festival 5K. 8:00 am ET. Turner County Special Services School, College Avenue and Gilmore Street, Ashburn, GA 31714. Event web site. Entry form and flyer. Jonathan Perry, 5krun@childabusecouncil.net or 229-567-9320.
3 APRIL 2010
  • Red Hills Triathlon (1/3-mile swim, 16-mile bike, 3.1-mile run). 7:30am ET. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. Event web site. Online registration at active.com.
  • Junior Service League of Panama City 5K Rabbit Race and ½-mile Bunny Hop. 8:00am CT. Panama City Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida 32401. Event web page. Race flyer. Registration form. Online registration at active.com. jmam33@bellsouth.net
  • Nancy Parrish Bridges Memorial 10.5K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 10.5K and 5K / 10:00am ET one mile. Crisp County Middle School, 1116 E 24th Ave, Cordele, GA 31015. Entry form and flyer. Susannah Herzog, sherzog@crisp.k12.ga.us or 229-322-0914
  • Valdosta Symphony Orchestra 5K. 8:00am ET. Valdosta State University front lawn, Valdosta, Georgia. Get Active 229-219-0010.
4 APRIL 2010
  • Run For Life 3K. 10:00am ET. Integration Statue, Woodward Street Plaza, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Daniel Lee, dpl07@fsu.edu
10 APRIL 2010
  • 36th annual Palace Saloon 5 km. 8:00am ET. James Messer Fields Park, Jackson Bluff Road and Dupree Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304. USATF certified course FL99027DL. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. Herb Wills, hwills@gmail.com
  • Darton College Go Global 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00am ET 5K / 8:30am ET one mile. Darton College Tennis Pavilion, Darton College, Albany, Georgia 31707. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. David Mann, david.mann@darton.edu or 229-317-6588.
  • "Five-A-Day" 5K Trail Run. 8:00am CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Event web page. Beth Battle (334) 794-5000 ext. 7393.
  • Child Abuse Prevention Family Fun Run. 9:30am CT. Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center, Building 4605 Andrews Avenue, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Caroline Driscoll, caroline.driscoll@us.army.mil or 334-255-3794.
  • Third annual Torreya State Park's Draggin' Tail Ultra 25K/50K Trail Challenge. 8:00am ET. Torreya State Park, 2576 NW Torreya Park Road, Bristol, FL 32321. Joe Edgecombe, joeruns@yahoo.com or 850-774-0018.
  • White Sand Triathlon I (600m swim, 16 mile bike, 5K run). 7:30am CT. Spinnaker Beach Club, 8795 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408. Online registration at active.com. Freedom Sports, info@myfreedomsports.com or 850-249-2120.
17 APRIL 2010
  • Autism 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30am ET one mile / 9:00am ET 5K. Southwood Town Center, Merchants Row Boulevard and Ivy Green Trail, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. Entry form and flyer. Veronica Jones veronica.jones@med.fsu.edu or 850-488-3514.
  • Spring Fling 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET. Bainbridge Country Club, 312 Country Club Road, Bainbridge, Georgia. Entry form and flyer. April Aldridge or Stephanie Poitevint at springflingrun@gmail.com
  • National Mayhaw Festival 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30am ET. Colquitt Freewill Baptist Church 319 Grow Street, Colquitt, Georgia. Entry form. Dr. Russ Henley 229-758-8500 or Anthony Cobb 229-758-3316.
  • Second annual Smiling Pig 5K. 8:00am CT. Citizens Lodge Park, 4577 Lodge Drive, Marianna, Florida. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Margo Lamb, walkrun@mariannaartsfestival.com or 850-482-7721.
  • Fifth annual Victory For Victoria 5K / 10K / one mile. 8:00am ET 5K & 10K / 9:30am ET one mile. Valwood School, 1903 Gornto Road, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. Event web page. Event entry form. Event flyer. Becky Wetherington 229-242-8491 or Margaret Anne Newsome 229-300-6102.
24 APRIL 2010
  • 33rd Annual Rose City Run 10K and one mile kids' run. 8:00 am ET 10K / 9:30 am ET one mile. North Broad Street and Monroe Street, Thomsaville, GA. USATF certified course GA92011WN (10K). Event web site.
  • Education For Life 5K. 8:00am ET. Florida State University's Mike Long Track, Chieftain Way and Spirit Way, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com.
  • Brian Dowling Memorial 5K Trail Run. 8:00am CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Event web page. Larry Dykes, 334-792-6021.
  • Run for Autism 5K. 8:00am CT. Pier Park, 600 Pier Park Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
  • Beach Blast Triathlon / Duathlon. 7:00am CT Olympic distances / 7:30am CT sprint distances. St Joe Beach, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. Director@BeachBlastTriathlon.com
30 APRIL 2010
  • 23rd Annual Gnat Days 5K. 7:00 pm ET. Courthouse Square Park, Camilla, Georgia. 229-336-5255 or gnatdays@camillageorgia.com
1 MAY 2010
  • Ninth annual Tallahassee Tails & Trails 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:30am ET. Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center, 1125 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. Event web site. Online registration at active.com.
  • Second Annual Moultrie Technical College Classic 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 7:30am ET 5K and 10K / 9:00am ET one mile. Moultrie Technical College, 800 Veterans Parkway North, Moultrie, Georgia 31788. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Darbie Avera, davera@moultrietech.edu or 229-891-7000.
  • Olivia's Run 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. First United Methodist Church, 300 Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, Georgia. Entry form and flyer. Beverly Shirley, beverlyashirley@bellsouth.net or 229-243-6071.
  • 25th annual Race Judicata 5K. 8:00am CT. Bay County Courthouse, 300 E 4th Street, Panama City, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
  • Downtown Endurance 5K. 8:00 am CT. First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 300 West Main Street, Dothan, AL 36301. 334-792-3217 or bjones@fbcdothan.org
8 MAY 2010
  • Seventh annual Marzuq Shrine Mothers Day 5K. 8:00 am ET. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. Keiff Lindsey, romanroch@hotmail.com or 850-212-2926.
  • Dothan Fire Department / Dothan Runners Club “Fit to Fight” 5K / 10K. 8:00 am CT. Dothan Fire Department Station #1, 600 Columbia Highway, Dothan, AL 36301. Event web page. Chief Shan Ash, snash@dothan.org or 334-615-4501.
  • Colony City Chase 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 5K / 8:45am ET one mile. Fitzgerald High School, 601 West Cypress, Fitzgerald, Georgia. Steve Taylor, stevetaylor@windstream.net or 229-423-5048.
  • 28th annual Gulf Coast Triathlon (half ironman). 6:15am CT (first wave). Event web site. gulfcoasttri@yahoo.com or 850-235-0720.
15 MAY 2010
  • Run for Wakulla Springs 5K Trail Run and 1 Mile Fun Run. 8:00 am ET (one mile), 8:30 am ET (5K). Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, FL 32327. Entry form and flyer.
  • 4th annual Missionette 5K / 10K Extraordinary Run. 8:00 am ET. Family Worship Center of Cairo, 1400 South Broad Street, Cairo, GA 39828. USATF certified course GA09001WC (10K) and GA09002WC (5K). Entry form and flyer. Katina Stewart 229-378-0970.
  • Army 10-Miler. 7:00 am CT. Fort Rucker, Alabama. Caroline Driscoll, caroline.driscoll@us.army.mil or 334-255-3794
  • Racing with Rotary Charity Run 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. Allan Dear, dear5@earthlink.net or 229)247-9880
22 MAY 2010
  • Tulip Trot 5K. 8:00am ET. Pavilion 13, Tom Brown Park, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Olivia Swedberg, tuliptrotforpd@yahoo.com
  • Barefoot 5K. 8:00am CT. Compass Lake In The Hills, 645 Compass Lake Drive, Alford, Florida 32420. Event web page. Online registration at active.com. mary@runningmoms.org or edna@runningmoms.org
  • North Florida Olympic Triathlon (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run). 7:30am ET. Cherry Lake 4H Camp, 3861 NE Cherry Lake Circle, Madison, Florida 32340. Event web site. info@drcsports.com or 352-637-2475.
23 MAY 2010
  • Red Hills Triathlon for Youth 15 & under (125 yd swim; 3 mile bike; 1 mile run). 8:30am ET. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. Entry form and flyer. Mike Weyant, weyantm@comcast.net or 850-241-6591.
31 MAY 2010
  • 4th annual Memorial Day 5K Night Race. 7:00 pm ET. Boulevard Park, East Evans Street and South Boulevard Drive, Bainbridge, GA 39819. Entry form and flyer. Mandi O'Mara 229-248-2230 or omara@dcboe.com
  • Cordele Kiwanis Memorial Day Running Celebration 8K, 5K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 7:54am ET 8K / 8:01am ET one-mile / 9:09am ET 5K / 9:49am ET 5K. Crisp County Middle School, 1116 24th Avenue East, Cordele, GA 31015. Entry form and flyer. Benny Wade, bennywade@hughes.net or ranreb@planttel.net
  • Memorial Day 5K. 8:00 am ET. Old S. L. Mason School, Baytree Road and Azalea Drive, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. Get Active Running & More, 229-219-0010.
5 JUNE 2010
  • Potluck Bash 4-Mile Run. 6:00 pm ET. Forestmeadows Athletic Center, 4750 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL. David Yon, 850-425-6671 or david@radeylaw.com
  • Captain Chad Reed Memorial 5K. 9:30am ET. Dixie County High School, 16077 SE Highway 19, Cross City, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at active.com.
  • Stroll 'N' Roll Duathlon (5K run, 13.1 mile bike, one-mile run). 8:00am ET. Beverlye Middle School, 1025 South Beverlye Road, Dothan, Alabama 36301. Event web page. Sherry Creel 334-677-6195 or Bill Davenport 334-798-1192.
19 JUNE 2010
  • Melon Run 5K. Old Jefferson County High School gym, Monticello, FL. USATF certified course #FL06044DL. Entry form and flyer.
26 JUNE 2010
  • Hot Trot 5K. 7:30 am CT. Washington-Holmes Technical Center, 757 Hoyt Street, Chipley, FL 32428. Stan Owens 850-547-2244.
  • Summer Sizzler 5K / 1 Mile. 7:00 pm ET (1 mile), 7:30 pm ET (5K). St. George Island, FL. USATF certifed course #FL99035DL. Hobson Fulmer, 850-927-2510 or hobson@fairpoint.net
  • Loop The Lake 5K. 7:30 am ET. Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club, 2459-H US Highway 280 West, Cordele, GA 31015. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. info@loop-the-lake.com or 229-446-4550
4 JULY 2010
  • Valdosta 5K. 7:15 am ET. Valdosta, GA. Five Points, North Ashley Street, Valdosta, Georgia. Get Active Running & More, 229-219-0010.
5 JULY 2010
  • 25th annual Freedom Springs Triathlon (440-yard swim, 10-mile bike, 5K run). 7:00 am CT. Blue Springs Recreation Park, 5461 Blue Springs Road, Marianna, FL. Entry form and flyer. Terry Edwards, fst1@earthlink.net or 850-482-3415.
17 JULY 2010
  • Barnes 5K. 7:30 am ET. Barnes Drug Store Downtown, 200 South Patterson Street Valdosta, GA 31601. Get Active Running & More, 229-219-0010.
24 JULY 2010
  • 25th annual Critter Run 5K. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. USATF certified course #AL86003JD. Event web page. Event entry form. Larry Dykes, 334-792-6021
14 AUGUST 2010
  • Breakfast On The Track One Mile Run. 7:45 am ET. Maclay School track, 3737 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL. Bonnie Wright, 850-386-3500 or bwright@electro-net.com
  • Georgia Veterans Duathlon and Triathlon (5K run / 13.6 mile bike / 5K run and 400 yard swim / 13.6 mile bike / 5K run). 8:00 am ET. Georgia Veterans State Park, 2459 U.S. Highway 280 W, Cordele , GA 31015. Event web site. Online registration for sprint triathlon at active.com. Online registration for duathlon at active.com. Sprint triathlon entry form and flyer. Duathlon entry form and flyer. Jim Rainey, Georgia Multisports Productions, jim@gamultisports.com or 770-926-2367.
28 AUGUST 2010
  • Miller Landing Madness 8K/5K/3K. 8:00 am ET. Elinor Klapp Phipps Park, Miller Landing Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312. Mike Sims (850)514-3424 or Tom Perkins (850)894-2019
11 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • Beach Blast Triathlon / Duathlon II. 7:00am CT Olympic distances / 7:30am CT sprint distances. St Joe Beach, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. Director@BeachBlastTriathlon.com
18 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K. 8:00 am ET. Optimist Park, East Indianhead Drive, Tallahassee, FL. USATF certified course #FL00022DL. Lisa Unger, ungertl@juno.com or 850-562-2901.
25 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • Salute to Prefontaine 5K Cross-Country Run. 9:00 am ET. Silver Lake Recreation Area of the Apalachicola National Forest, Silver Lake Road, Tallahassee, FL. Jeff Nielsen, 850-459-8859 or dobieman@comcast.net
  • Second annual Quail Trail 5K. 8:00 am ET. Historic Pebble Hill Plantation, US 319, Thomasville, Georgia. USATF certified course GA09026WC. Helen Fennelly, 229-225-2186 or htfenn@hotmail.com
9 OCTOBER 2010
  • Pine Run at Tall Timbers 20K. 7:30 am ET. Tall Timbers Research Station, 13093 Henry Beadel Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. Gordon Cherr, 850-556-5957 or scam22@aol.com
16 OCTOBER 2010
  • White Sand Triathlon II (600m swim, 16 mile bike, 5K run). 7:30am CT. Spinnaker Beach Club, 8795 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408. Online registration at active.com. Freedom Sports, info@myfreedomsports.com or 850-249-2120.
23 OCTOBER 2010
  • “Running for the bay!” Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. 7:00am ET. Apalachicola, Florida. Race web site. Online registration at active.com.
30 OCTOBER 2010
  • 31st annual Boston Mini-Marathon. 8:00 am ET. Commercial Bank, 124 West Jefferson Street, Boston, GA 31626. Entry form and flyer. Brad Johnson, bradjohnson@bankcb.com or 229-498-8500 (day) / 229-226-4679 (evening).
6 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Ironman Florida (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run...duh!). 6:50am CT first wave. Boardwalk Beach Resort, 9400 South Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida. Event web site.
25 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15k / 10K / 5K. 8:00 am ET. State Office Satellite Complex at SouthWood, Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, FL. Event web site. David Yon, david@radeylaw.com or 850-425-6671 or 850-668-2236
  • Valdosta Thanksgiving Day 5K. 8:00am ET 5K. Patterson Street in front of Get Active, 3200-C North Ashley St, Valdosta, GA 31602. Contact Get Active, 229-219-0010.
4 DECEMBER 2010
  • Gulf Winds Track Club Ten-Mile Challenge / Five-Mile Run. 8:00 am ET. Killearn Lakes Elementary School, 8037 Deerlake Drive East, Bradfordville, FL. USATF certified courses FL07049EBM (10 mile) and FL07048EBM (5 mile). Event web page. Judy Alexander, 850-383-1361 or jalexander98@comcast.net
  • Run for the Redfish Half-Marathon / 5K / one-mile fun run. 8:00am CT. Pier Park, Margaritaville, 16230 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach 32413. Event web site. Online registration at active.com.
11 DECEMBER 2010
  • 30th annual Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic 50K/50M. 7:00 am ET. Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, Florida. USATF certified course FL08072EBM. Event web site. Gary Griffin, runlong@nettally.com

Monday, March 22, 2010

Runners 7, Rain 0 at the Cody Climb

During a lull between spring showers, Keith Gates clambered up and down the Cody Escarpment on an eight-kilometer course through Tallahassee's Southwood community, winning the inaugural Cody Climb 8K run in 33:36. Almost 700 meters back, Dana Stetson was the runner-up and top master with a time of 36:40, while Jacque Myers finished as top woman and fastest woman master, fourth overall in 49:11.

The race originated from my whining about the lack of eight kilometer events on the Tallahassee road racing schedule. Actually, I'm not so concerned with the dearth of 8K races as I am with the proliferation of 5K events--for example, there were no less than three 5K runs in Tallahassee and the surrounding area the weekend of the Cody Climb. Be a little more creative, folks! Run a tenth of a marathon, or a dolichos, or fifty furlongs.

Or eight kilometers.

When I was told basically to put up or shut up, I decided to put together a minimal eight-kilometer run. There would be a course. It would be accurate. It would be marked. The run would be timed. But there wouldn't be T-shirts, aid stations, a one-mile fun run, bib numbers, or Grand Prix points. There wouldn't be any traffic control, either, so I looked for a course that used one of Tallahassee's paved, multi-use trails. The loop in Southwood seemed to fit the bill. I created an online notice, listed the event on the Gulf Winds Track Club calendar, and planned for, oh, possibly dozens of runners to show up.

At racetime on Sunday morning, attendance was somewhat lower than hoped. However, when the starting gun went off the runners at least outnumbered the race staff (five). Keith Gates went immediately into the lead and stayed there. Chasing Gates, Dana Stetson and Brian Davis reached the first kilometer together, but Stetson moved ahead as the course started ascending the Cody Scarp. Jerry Chesnutt and Jacque Myers likewise reached the one kilometer mark together, with Chris Dirmann not far behind, and Paula Kiger in pursuit.

Post-race comments and observations included:
  • "Orange Avenue sucks!"

  • "I've been scarped!" (Jerry Chesnutt)

  • "This hurt worse than the Springtime 10K course." (Jacque Myers)

  • "I liked your little miles." (Dana Stetson, on the use of kilometer marks rather than miles)

  • "Your post-race article has to be better than the pre-race story." (Don't bet on it)

But as difficult as the hilly course may have been, there was a general feeling of exhilaration among the runners at having completed the run. This may be a sign that "Flat and Fast" is not necessarily what runners are looking for in a race course. Or it may just be the same principle behind the old punchline, "...because it feels so good when I stop."


Shortly after the finishers had assembled for a group photo, the rain started, driving everyone to their cars. The 2010 Cody Climb was over. I'm not saying that there will be a 2011 Cody Climb, but I can't guarantee that there won't be. Twelve months may not be enough time for me to come to my senses.

Top Seven Finishers, 2010 Cody Climb 8K

Place Name                        S Age City             St Time    Pace
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1. Keith Gates M 28 Tallahassee FL 33:36 4:12
2. Dana Stetson M 53 Tallahassee FL 36:40 4:35
3. Brian Davis M 32 Tallahassee FL 38:03 4:45
4. Jerry Chesnutt M 59 Tallahassee FL 47:31 5:56
5. Jacque Myers F 53 Tallahassee FL 49:11 6:09
6. Chris Dirmann M 39 Tallahassee FL 50:52 6:21
7. Paula Kiger F 45 Tallahassee FL 62:52 7:51

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