Wednesday, June 30, 2010

30 June 2010 Tallahassee 100-Mile Race Calendar

This is the Tallahassee vicinity road-race schedule for 30 June 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

1 JULY 2010
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks & Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #5 (40-yard dash, 100m, 400m, one mile, 5000m, 4 x 100m, long jump). 6:45pm ET. Maclay School track, 3737 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
3 JULY 2010
  • 28th annual Firecracker 5000m. 7:30am ET. Greensboro, Florida. Entry form and flyer.
  • God and Country 5K. 8:00am ET. Live Oak Recreation Fields, 1201 Silas Drive, Live Oak, Florida. Online registration at active.com. 386-364-8386
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.
6 JULY 2010
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #6. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
  • All-Comers Track Meet #6 (50m, 100m, 800m, 4x100m and 3200m). 6:00pm ET. Valwood School, 4380 Old Highway 41, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. Get Active Running & more, 229-219-0010.
8 JULY 2010
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks & Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #6 (40-yard dash, 100m, 200m, 800m, two mile, 4 x 200m, high jump). 6:45pm ET. Maclay School track, 3737 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
10 JULY 2010
  • Honor Our Neighbor 5K and one-mile fun run. 7:30am ET. McKey Park, 112 Burton Avenue, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. Leisa Marshall, leisamarshall@hotmail.com or 229-630-1821.
13 JULY 2010
  • Valdosta All-Comer Cross-Country Series 1-mile and 5K #1. 7:00pm ET one mile / 5K immediately follows. Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601. Get Active, getactive.val@earthlink.net or 229-219-0010.
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #7. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
15 JULY 2010
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks & Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #7 (40-yard dash, 100m, 400m, one mile, 5000m, 4 x 100m, long jump). 6:45pm ET. Maclay School track, 3737 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
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.
  • Kite Runners 5K. 7:30am CT. Panama City City Hall, 9 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida. Online registration at active.com. 850-319-0767.
  • MWR Summer Sprint 5K and one-mile youth run. 7:30am CT. Main Deck parking lot, Naval Support Activity Base, 101 Vernon Avenue, Panama City Beach, Florida. Event web page. 850-234-4370.
20 JULY 2010
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #8. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
  • Valdosta All-Comer Cross-Country Series 1-mile and 5K #2. 7:00pm ET one mile / 5K immediately follows. Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601. Get Active, getactive.val@earthlink.net or 229-219-0010.
22 JULY 2010
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks & Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #8 (Events TBD). 6:45pm ET. Maclay School track, 3737 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
24 JULY 2010
27 JULY 2010
  • Valdosta All-Comer Cross-Country Series 1-mile and 5K #3. 7:00pm ET one mile / 5K immediately follows. Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601. Get Active, getactive.val@earthlink.net or 229-219-0010.
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #9. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
31 JULY 2010
  • Mike the Dog's Race 5K / 5 mile. 8:00am ET. Wakulla State Forest (From Tallahassee, take Highway 319 south to Highway 61, turn onto Highway 61 for 7 miles, turn east on Highway 267 for 2 miles- trailhead and parking on north side of 267). Event web page. Dana Stetson, danastetson@yahoo.com
1 AUGUST 2010
  • Lakepoint Resort State Park Triathlon/Duathlon (Sprint Tri 750m swim, 18K bike, 5K run; International Tri 1.5K swim, 36K bike, 10K run; Sprint Du 5K run, 18K bike, 5K run; International Du 10K run, 36K bike, 5K run). 7:00am CT. Lakepoint Resort State Park, 104 Lakepoint Drive, Eufaula, Alabama 36027. Event web page. Online registration at active.com.
3 AUGUST 2010
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #10. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
  • Valdosta All-Comer Cross-Country Series 1-mile and 5K #4. 7:00pm ET one mile / 5K immediately follows. Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601. Get Active, getactive.val@earthlink.net or 229-219-0010.
7 AUGUST 2010
  • Coach Mike's Run for the Kids 5K. Elizabeth Cobb Middle School, 915 Hillcrest Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32308-5021. Tolar Griffin, peoples.champ34@yahoo.com
  • Trey’s 5K Eagle Trot. 8:00am ET. Earle May Boat Basin, Bainbridge, Georgia. Entry form and flyer. Trey Walker, 229-220-2942.
  • Possum Trot 5K. 7:30am CT. Wausau, Florida. Frank or Carol Kreis, 850-773-2030
  • Run For Love Evening Run 5K. 7:15pm ET. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tennis Center, 2802 Moore Highway, Tifton, Georgia 31793. Online registration at active.com. 229-382-7579 or 229-382-4264.
10 AUGUST 2010
  • Valdosta All-Comer Cross-Country Series 1-mile and 5K #5. 7:00pm ET one mile / 5K immediately follows. Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601. Get Active, getactive.val@earthlink.net or 229-219-0010.
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #11. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
14 AUGUST 2010
  • Trojan Pride 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. Tom Brown Park, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Tanise Jackson, tljackson212@comcast.net, or Paul O'Halloran, 921-2516 x 1192.
  • Run with the Moose 5K. 8:00am ET. Quincy Moose Lodge, 1831 West Jefferson Street, Quincy, Florida 32351. Entry form and flyer. Roy Rawlings, lodge2672@mooseunits.org or 850-294-9318.
  • Altha School 5K and one-mile fun run. 5:30pm CT one mile / 6:00pm CT 5K. Altha Area Recreation Complex, 15727 NW Bodiford Road, Altha, Florida 32421. John Sewell asewell4@yahoo.com or 850-762-3028.
  • 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.
  • Stone Creek Kids' Triathlon (125y swim, 5K bike, 1K run). 8:00am ET. Stone Creek Golf Club, 4300 North Coleman Road, Valdosta, Georgia. Entry form and flyer.
17 AUGUST 2010
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #12. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
  • Valdosta All-Comer Cross-Country Series 1-mile and 5K #6. 7:00pm ET one mile / 5K immediately follows. Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601. Get Active, getactive.val@earthlink.net or 229-219-0010.
21 AUGUST 2010
  • Breakfast On The Track One Mile Run. 7:45 am ET. Maclay School track, 3737 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL. Entry form and flyer. Bonnie Wright, 850-386-3500 or bwright@electro-net.com
  • 5th annual Valdosta State University 5K. 7:30am ET. Valdosta State University Alumni House, 1603 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31698. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Shawn Phippen, sphippen@valdosta.edu
  • Winnersville Sprint Triathlon. 7:30 am ET (Sprint, 45 mile swim, 14 mile bike, 3.6 mile run). Valdosta Lowndes 4-H Facility, 5000 4-H Club Road, Lake Park, GA 31636. Event web site. Online registration at imathlete.com.
24 AUGUST 2010
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #13. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
28 AUGUST 2010
  • Miller Landing Madness 8K/5K/3K. 8:00 am ET. Elinor Klapp Phipps Park, Miller Landing Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312. Entry form and flyer. Mike Sims (850)514-3424 or Tom Perkins (850)894-2019
31 AUGUST 2010
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #14. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
4 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • Florida Fallen Heroes 5K Run. 8:00am ET. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309-3413. Event web page. Online registration at active.com.
  • 31st annual Midnight Chase 5K Run & 1-Mile Fun Run. 12:00am CT. Panama City, FL. Registration on active.com. Nancy Dingus 850-763-6891 or Joe Edgecombe 850-774-0018
6 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • 3rd annual Red Cross Hurricane Run 5K. 8:00 am ET. Southwood Office Complex, Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web site. Bob Lotane, 850-545-9446, or Debara Jump, debara.jump@tallyredcross.org or 850-402-5612.
  • Labor Day 5K and 1500m. 7:30am ET 5K / 8:25am ET 1500m. In front of Get Active, 3200-C North Ashley Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. Facebook event page. Online registration at runsignup.com. Get Active Running & More, 229-219-0010.
11 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • Sickle Cell Foundation of the Big Bend 5K. 8:00 am ET. Jake Gaither Park, 801 Tanner Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32305. Event web site. Velma Penermon Stevens, (850)222-2355
  • 4th annual Trot with S.W.A.T. 10K. 8:00 am CT. Poplar Head Park, 126 N. St. Andrews Street, Dothan, Alabama. Online registration at active.com. Brian Goguen 334-794-9029 or cgoguen@sw.rr.com
  • 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. Entry form and flyer. Lisa Unger, ungertl@juno.com or 850-562-2901.
  • Fourth annual Loop the Lake 5K. 8:00 am CT. First Baptist Church, 216 East Live Oak Avenue, De Funiak Springs, Florida 32435. Entry form and flyer. Kathy Morrow kmorrow@chelco.com or 850-892-2111.
  • Second annual Gulf Coast Sun Run half marathon / 5K / Fun Run. 6:30 am CT. Aaron Bessant Park (at Pier Park), 500 West Park Drive, Panama City, FL. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com.
25 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • Salute to Prefontaine 5K Cross-Country Run. 9:00am 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. 8:00am ET. Historic Pebble Hill Plantation, US 319, Thomasville, Georgia. USATF certified course GA09026WC. Helen Fennelly, 229-225-2186 or htfenn@hotmail.com
  • A Bridge to a Brighter Day 5K. 7:00am CT. Carl Grey Park, Panama City, FL 32401. Online registration at active.com.
2 OCTOBER 2010
  • 2nd annual Salmonole Run 5K. 8:00am ET. Integration Statue on Woodward Plaza, Florida State University, 117 North Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida 32306. Online registration at active.com. Amanda Tazaz, tazaz@ocean.fsu.edu
  • Wakulla Middle School Run for Technology 5K. 8:00am ET. Wakulla Middle School, 22 Jean Drive, Crawfordville, Florida 32327-4114. Tolar Griffin, griffint@wakulla.k12.fl.us or 850-294-6456.
  • Hispanic Heritage Gate-to-Gate Run 4.2 mile. 9:00am CT. Daleville Gate, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Caroline Driscoll, caroline.driscoll@us.army.mil or 334-255-3794.
  • Headland Fall Farmers' Market 5K & One-Mile Fun Run. 7:30am CT 5K / 8:30am CT one mile. Gazebo on the square on Park Street, Headland, Alabama. Event web page. Susan Owens 334-889-2225
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
  • Hahira Honeybee Festival 5K. 8:00 am ET. Hahira, Georgia. Event web page. honeybeefestival@yahoo.com
  • Paws in the Park 5K & one mile. 8:00am CT. Constitution Convention Park, Centennial Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida. Online registration at active.com. 850-227-1103.
16 OCTOBER 2010
  • Red Fox Trot 5K. 8:00am ET. Roberts Elementary School, 5777 Centerville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. Lisa Johnson, robertselementaryrace@gmail.com, or Kim McFarland, mcfarlandk2@mail.leon.k12.fl.us or 850-893-5328.
  • Florida State University Parents' Weekend 5K. 7:30am ET. Integration Statue on Woodward Plaza, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306. Entry form. parentsweekend@admin.fsu.edu
  • 4th annual Joyce's Jog 5K and one-mile fun run. 7:30am ET one mile / 8:00am ET 5K. Ponder Enterprises corner of Hwy 84 and Hwy 91, Donalsonville, Georgia. Event web site. Steffy Vines, info@joycesjog.com or 229-524-1234.
  • Girls Incorporated Half Marathon, 5K, & relay. 8:00 am CT. Pier Park, Panama City Beach, FL. Online registration at active.com.
  • 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
  • 12th annual Alan C. Sundberg, Jr. Memorial 5K. 8:00 am ET. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309-3413. Event web site.
  • Tri The Rez Sprint Triathlon (⅓-mile swim, 13-mile bike, 5K run). 8:00am ET. Florida State University Reservation, 3226 Flastacowo Road, Tallahassee, FL 32310. Event web site. Online registration at imathlete.com. Austin Boyle, fmj30cal@gmail.com or 561-247-5801.
  • “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).
  • Riverfront Run 5K. 8:30am ET. Broad Avenue next to Hilton Garden Inn, 101 S Front Street, Albany, Georgia 31701. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. info@riverfrontrun.com or (229) 436-8191.
  • Spooky 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. 9:00am CT. Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center, Building 4605 Andrews Avenue, Fort Rucker, Alabama. 334-255-3794.
  • 32nd annual Tricker Trek 10K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am CT 10K / 9:30am CT one mile. Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida 32401-2724. USATF certified course FL90031DL (10K). Online registration at active.com. Gumby Weckherlin, 850-271-5896, or Joe Edgecombe, joeruns@yahoo.com or 850-774-0018.
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. Online registration at active.com.
7 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Florida Kids Triathlon. 9:00am CT. Frank Brown Park, 1620 Panama City Parkway, Panama City Beach, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. info@kidstri2.com
13 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Trot for Tots 10K & 5K. 9:00 am CT. Panama City Marina, 1 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401. Online registration at active.com. 850-872-3137.
20 NOVEMBER 2010
  • 16th annual Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Challenge / three-person relay / 5K. 8:00am CT. St. Theresa's Catholic ,2056 Sunny Hills Boulevard, Sunny Hills, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. Marty Kirkland 850-265-8439 or Joe Edgecombe, joeruns@yahoo.com or 850-763-5005.
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. Online registration at runsignup.com. Contact Get Active, 229-219-0010.
27 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Junior Service League 5K Turkey Trot. 8:00am CT. Panama City, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
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. Reid Vannoy, reidv@comcast.net or 850-591-7891
  • 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
6 FEBRUARY 2011
  • 37th annual Tallahassee Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:30 am ET. Mike Long Track, Florida State University, Chieftan Way at Spirit Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306. Event web site. Tallahasseemarathon@gmail.com
5 MARCH 2011
  • 5th annual Snickers® Marathon® Energy Bar Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:00 am ET. Veteran's Park, Front Street, Albany, GA 31701. USATF certified course GA07003WC (Marathon), GA07002WC (half-Marathon). Event web site. Online registration at active.com. info@SNICKERSmarathonenergybarmarathon.com
13 MARCH 2011
  • 2nd annual Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. 7:30am ET. Florida Sheriff's Boys Ranch, 1813 Cecil Webb Place, Boys Ranch, FL 32060. USATF certified course FL10028EBM (Marathon & half-Marathon), Event web page. Entry form. Online registration at active.com. Chris Carusone, 941-799-7184.
2 APRIL 2011
  • 35th annual Springtime 10K, Publix 5K & Target 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.
9 APRIL 2011
  • 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.
16 APRIL 2011
  • 37th annual Palace Saloon 5K. 8:00am ET. James Messer Fields Park, Jackson Bluff Road and Dupree Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304. USATF certified course FL99027DL. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. Herb Wills, hwills@gmail.com

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sizzler runners beat BP to St. George Island

I was hesitant about making the trip to the coast for this year's St. George Island Sizzler 5K. After all, it is close to a hundred miles from Tallahassee. But as race day approached, the drive didn't seem quite as long. By that morning I was thinking fondly of the highway through Tate's Hell. Some depressing news reports reminded me that this might be one of the last chances to see St. George Island before the white sandy beaches got a new color scheme courtesy of British Petroleum. So by 4:00pm on Saturday, 26 June 2010, I was on the road out of town to watch the 12th annual St. George Island Sizzler.


Scattered thunderstorms had moderated the temperatures inland, but on the island skies were clear and it was just plain hot. The sea breeze was too gentle to be of much comfort. The shade was pleasant--too bad there was none on the course. Having established that it was going to be a hot race, I decided to check and see if the 5K was starting at 7:30pm ET as posted on the entry form, or if it was starting at any old time after the one-mile fun run as it had last year. The ubiquitous Bill Lott was helping set up the finish line, so I checked with him.


"7:30!" he declared. "The time that's on the entry form! Hobson said that he was sure to make some mistakes this year, but he wouldn't make that one again."


If race director Hobson Fulmer was determined to start on schedule, then it would be my own fault if I missed the start. Reassured, I found a hiding place out of the sun, emerging only to watch the one-milers set out. Soon enough it was time for the main event. Quite close to exactly 7:30pm, the runners set out.


In spite of the heat, more than a few runners set out at too optimistic pace. It was a self-correcting error. Halfway through the race a group of four led the field, headed by Carl Nordhielm and Tim Unger. Over the last two kilometers Nordhielm shed his challengers, finally dropping Unger and going on to finish both as the overall winner and the first master runner in. Behind Nordhielm, Marathon Jack McDermott had trailed the leaders, running back in seventh place as late as the three-kilometer mark. But during the second half of the race, McDermott steadily picked up places, moving past runners spent by the heat or by the hot pace of Nordhielm. Finally, in a near-replay of the previous weeks Melon Run, McDermott overtook Unger 200 meters from the finish line and went on to finish in the runner-up spot.


The women's competition saw Nancy Stedman moving to the top spot and staying there to take the title. Like Nordhielm in the men's race, Stedman was also the first master across the line among the women. The race for runner-up was closer, but once again a McDermott prevailed, as Laura McDermott took second.


As the last of the finishers moved into the finish chute, race director Hobson Fulmer looked relieved. The event had gone off seamlessly and the heat hadn't killed anyone. "It was even hotter than last year," said Fulmer. "These were the slowest winning times ever, and there were some fast runners out there."


Well, maybe. I remember the heat being even more awful in 2009, but I'll concede the point rather than look up the relevant weather reports. Either way, it's the conditions you'd expect from the "Sizzler." And let's forget that "slowest winning times" business. Outrunning everyone who shows up on race day is good enough; it's not necessary to beat twelve years of "Sizzler" runners.


St. George Island Sizzler 5K Champions, 1998-2010
Date
MenWomen
13 June 1998
Gary Droze (16:09)Donna Finney (22:53)
12 June 1999
Tim Unger (17:05)Summer Calder (19:24)
10 June 2000
Gary Droze (16:07)
Julie Clark (21:18)
2001
none
none
15 June 2002
Lee Willis (15:46)
Luanne Coulter (18:43)
21 June 2003
Caleb Carmichael (16:44)
Jane Johnson (20:45)
12 June 2004
Caleb Carmichael (16:42)Kara Newell (19:48)
18 June 2005
Alex Miletich (16:02)
Angela Dempsey (20:53)
24 June 2006
Robert Beazley (17:24)
Kara Newell (18:39)
23 June 2007
Jasen Fulghum (17:02)
Jane Johnson (20:41)
28 June 2008
Tripp Southerland (16:44)
Stephanie Liles (19:11)
27 June 2009
John Robida (16:53)
Kelsey Scheitlin (19:47)
26 June 2010
Carl Nordhielm (19:06)
Nancy Stedman (22:06)

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

No runners among "True Blood's" brooding vampires

HBO's vampire soap opera, True Blood, is in its third season and has just been renewed for a fourth. The series is based on Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series of novels, with the usual differences between the written version and the video version that drive fans crazy. I'm more of an athletics fan than a fang fan, though, so I've been wondering--where is Kevin Pryor?

A character in Harris' books, Kevin Pryor is a sheriff's deputy in (don't look for it on a map) Bon Temps, Louisiana. More interestingly, Pryor is a distance runner. Harris describes him in Definitely Dead as "...a thin young patrol officer who always won the 4K race at the Azalea Festival." A four-kilometer race is unusual, but Louisiana has always been different. An Azalea Festival seems less unlikely; there are azalea festivals across the south.

On True Blood, though, there is no Kevin Pryor. There is a Kevin Ellis, played by John Rezig, who seems to fill the same role. Kevin Ellis, however, isn't much of a character. During the run of the series he has appeared in maybe five episodes, where he's portrayed as an amusing bumpkin that you hope isn't trusted with live ammunition. Nothing is ever mentioned about his life out of uniform, particularly nothing about running.

So True Blood has no Kevin Pryor, and nothing much of athletic interest, other than a season two scene of some Fellowship Of The Sun recruits doing a training run at boot camp. But I'll keep monitoring Harris's Southern Vampire books and report back when I find out Pryor's winning time at the Azalea Festival 4K.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

23 June 2010 Tallahassee 100-Mile Race Calendar

This is the Tallahassee vicinity road-race schedule for 23 June 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

24 JUNE 2010
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks & Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #4 (40-yard dash, 100m, 200m, 800m, two mile, 4 x 200m, high jump). 6:45pm ET. Maclay School track, 3737 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
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.
  • Boca Chuba 5K. 8:00am ET. Cascade Park, Suwannee Street, Tallahassee, Florida. Online registration at active.com. Dalisha Herring, dalishaherring@gmail.com
  • Summer Sizzler 5K / 1 Mile. 7:00 pm ET (1 mile), 7:30 pm ET (5K). St. George Island, FL. USATF certifed course #FL99035DL. Entry form and flyer. 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
  • Run a Mile in our Shoes! 5K and 7.5K. 7:30am CT 5K / 8:00am CT 7.5K. Pier Park, 600 Pier Park Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida. Online registration at active.com. 850-248-0030.
  • Walking for Watson 10K / 5K. 8:00am CT. Yoholo-Micco Indian Creek Rail Trail at East Broad Street, Eufala, Alabama. Kelly Richards 334-689-9505.
29 JUNE 2010
  • All-Comers Track Meet #5 (50m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m and 1600m). 6:00pm ET. Valwood School, 4380 Old Highway 41, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. Get Active Running & more, 229-219-0010.
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #5. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
1 JULY 2010
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks & Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #5 (40-yard dash, 100m, 400m, one mile, 5000m, 4 x 100m, long jump). 6:45pm ET. Maclay School track, 3737 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
3 JULY 2010
  • 28th annual Firecracker 5000m. 7:30am ET. Greensboro, Florida. Entry form and flyer.
  • God and Country 5K. 8:00am ET. Live Oak Recreation Fields, 1201 Silas Drive, Live Oak, Florida. Online registration at active.com. 386-364-8386
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.
6 JULY 2010
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #6. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
  • All-Comers Track Meet #6 (50m, 100m, 800m, 4x100m and 3200m). 6:00pm ET. Valwood School, 4380 Old Highway 41, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. Get Active Running & more, 229-219-0010.
8 JULY 2010
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks & Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #6 (40-yard dash, 100m, 200m, 800m, two mile, 4 x 200m, high jump). 6:45pm ET. Maclay School track, 3737 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
10 JULY 2010
  • Honor Our Neighbor 5K and one-mile fun run. 7:30am ET. McKey Park, 112 Burton Avenue, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. Leisa Marshall, leisamarshall@hotmail.com or 229-630-1821.
13 JULY 2010
  • Valdosta All-Comer Cross-Country Series 1-mile and 5K #1. 7:00pm ET one mile / 5K immediately follows. Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601. Get Active, getactive.val@earthlink.net or 229-219-0010.
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #7. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
15 JULY 2010
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks & Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #7 (40-yard dash, 100m, 400m, one mile, 5000m, 4 x 100m, long jump). 6:45pm ET. Maclay School track, 3737 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
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.
  • Kite Runners 5K. 7:30am CT. Panama City City Hall, 9 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida. Online registration at active.com. 850-319-0767.
  • MWR Summer Sprint 5K and one-mile youth run. 7:30am CT. Main Deck parking lot, Naval Support Activity Base, 101 Vernon Avenue, Panama City Beach, Florida. Event web page. 850-234-4370.
20 JULY 2010
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #8. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
  • Valdosta All-Comer Cross-Country Series 1-mile and 5K #2. 7:00pm ET one mile / 5K immediately follows. Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601. Get Active, getactive.val@earthlink.net or 229-219-0010.
22 JULY 2010
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks & Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #8 (Events TBD). 6:45pm ET. Maclay School track, 3737 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
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
27 JULY 2010
  • Valdosta All-Comer Cross-Country Series 1-mile and 5K #3. 7:00pm ET one mile / 5K immediately follows. Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601. Get Active, getactive.val@earthlink.net or 229-219-0010.
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #9. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
31 JULY 2010
  • Mike the Dog's Race 5K / 5 mile. 8:00am ET. Wakulla State Forest (From Tallahassee, take Highway 319 south to Highway 61, turn onto Highway 61 for 7 miles, turn east on Highway 267 for 2 miles- trailhead and parking on north side of 267). Event web page. Dana Stetson, danastetson@yahoo.com
1 AUGUST 2010
  • Lakepoint Resort State Park Triathlon/Duathlon (Sprint Tri 750m swim, 18K bike, 5K run; International Tri 1.5K swim, 36K bike, 10K run; Sprint Du 5K run, 18K bike, 5K run; International Du 10K run, 36K bike, 5K run). 7:00am CT. Lakepoint Resort State Park, 104 Lakepoint Drive, Eufaula, Alabama 36027. Event web page. Online registration at active.com.
3 AUGUST 2010
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #10. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
  • Valdosta All-Comer Cross-Country Series 1-mile and 5K #4. 7:00pm ET one mile / 5K immediately follows. Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601. Get Active, getactive.val@earthlink.net or 229-219-0010.
7 AUGUST 2010
  • Coach Mike's Run for the Kids 5K. Elizabeth Cobb Middle School, 915 Hillcrest Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32308-5021. Tolar Griffin, peoples.champ34@yahoo.com
  • Trey’s 5K Eagle Trot. 8:00am ET. Earle May Boat Basin, Bainbridge, Georgia. Entry form and flyer. Trey Walker, 229-220-2942.
  • Possum Trot 5K. 7:30am CT. Wausau, Florida. Frank or Carol Kreis, 850-773-2030
  • Run For Love Evening Run 5K. 7:15pm ET. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tennis Center, 2802 Moore Highway, Tifton, Georgia 31793. Online registration at active.com. 229-382-7579 or 229-382-4264.
10 AUGUST 2010
  • Valdosta All-Comer Cross-Country Series 1-mile and 5K #5. 7:00pm ET one mile / 5K immediately follows. Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601. Get Active, getactive.val@earthlink.net or 229-219-0010.
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #11. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
14 AUGUST 2010
  • Trojan Pride 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. Tom Brown Park, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Tanise Jackson, tljackson212@comcast.net, or Paul O'Halloran, 921-2516 x 1192.
  • Run with the Moose 5K. 8:00am ET. Quincy Moose Lodge, 1831 West Jefferson Street, Quincy, Florida 32351. Entry form and flyer. Roy Rawlings, lodge2672@mooseunits.org or 850-294-9318.
  • Altha School 5K and one-mile fun run. 5:30pm CT one mile / 6:00pm CT 5K. Altha Area Recreation Complex, 15727 NW Bodiford Road, Altha, Florida 32421. John Sewell asewell4@yahoo.com or 850-762-3028.
  • 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.
  • Stone Creek Kids' Triathlon (125y swim, 5K bike, 1K run). 8:00am ET. Stone Creek Golf Club, 4300 North Coleman Road, Valdosta, Georgia. Entry form and flyer.
17 AUGUST 2010
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #12. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
  • Valdosta All-Comer Cross-Country Series 1-mile and 5K #6. 7:00pm ET one mile / 5K immediately follows. Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601. Get Active, getactive.val@earthlink.net or 229-219-0010.
21 AUGUST 2010
  • Breakfast On The Track One Mile Run. 7:45 am ET. Maclay School track, 3737 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL. Entry form and flyer. Bonnie Wright, 850-386-3500 or bwright@electro-net.com
  • 5th annual Valdosta State University Community 5K. 7:30am ET. Valdosta State University Alumni House, 1603 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31698. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Shawn Phippen, sphippen@valdosta.edu
  • Winnersville Sprint Triathlon. 7:30 am ET (Sprint, 45 mile swim, 14 mile bike, 3.6 mile run). Valdosta Lowndes 4-H Facility, 5000 4-H Club Road, Lake Park, GA 31636. Event web site. Online registration at imathlete.com.
24 AUGUST 2010
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #13. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
28 AUGUST 2010
  • Miller Landing Madness 8K/5K/3K. 8:00 am ET. Elinor Klapp Phipps Park, Miller Landing Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312. Entry form and flyer. Mike Sims (850)514-3424 or Tom Perkins (850)894-2019
31 AUGUST 2010
  • Hot Summer Nights 5K Trail Run #14. 6:00 pm CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or (334) 792-6021.
4 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • Florida Fallen Heroes 5K Run. 8:00am ET. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309-3413. Event web page. Online registration at active.com.
  • 31st annual Midnight Chase 5K Run & 1-Mile Fun Run. 12:00am CT. Panama City, FL. Registration on active.com. Nancy Dingus 850-763-6891 or Joe Edgecombe 850-774-0018
6 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • 3rd annual Red Cross Hurricane Run 5K. 8:00 am ET. Southwood Office Complex, Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web site. Debara Jump, 878-6080 ext. 106 or debara.jump@tallyredcross.org
  • Labor Day 5K and 1500m. 7:30am ET 5K / 8:25am ET 1500m. In front of Get Active, 3200-C North Ashley Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. Facebook event page. Get Active Running & More, 229-219-0010.
11 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • Sickle Cell Foundation of the Big Bend 5K. 8:00 am ET. Jake Gaither Park, 801 Tanner Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32305. Event web site. Velma Penermon Stevens, (850)222-2355
  • 4th annual Trot with S.W.A.T. 10K. 8:00 am CT. Poplar Head Park, 126 N. St. Andrews Street, Dothan, Alabama. Online registration at active.com. Brian Goguen 334-794-9029 or cgoguen@sw.rr.com
  • 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. Entry form and flyer. Lisa Unger, ungertl@juno.com or 850-562-2901.
  • Fourth annual Loop the Lake 5K. 8:00 am CT. First Baptist Church, 216 East Live Oak Avenue, De Funiak Springs, Florida 32435. Entry form and flyer. Kathy Morrow kmorrow@chelco.com or 850-892-2111.
  • Second annual Gulf Coast Sun Run half marathon / 5K / Fun Run. 6:30 am CT. Aaron Bessant Park (at Pier Park), 500 West Park Drive, Panama City, FL. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com.
25 SEPTEMBER 2010
  • Salute to Prefontaine 5K Cross-Country Run. 9:00am 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. 8:00am ET. Historic Pebble Hill Plantation, US 319, Thomasville, Georgia. USATF certified course GA09026WC. Helen Fennelly, 229-225-2186 or htfenn@hotmail.com
  • A Bridge to a Brighter Day 5K. 7:00am CT. Carl Grey Park, Panama City, FL 32401. Online registration at active.com.
2 OCTOBER 2010
  • 2nd annual Salmonole Run 5K. 8:00am ET. Integration Statue on Woodward Plaza, Florida State University, 117 North Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida 32306. Online registration at active.com. Amanda Tazaz, tazaz@ocean.fsu.edu
  • Wakulla Middle School Run for Technology 5K. 8:00am ET. Wakulla Middle School, 22 Jean Drive, Crawfordville, Florida 32327-4114. Tolar Griffin, griffint@wakulla.k12.fl.us or 850-294-6456.
  • Hispanic Heritage Gate-to-Gate Run 4.2 mile. 9:00am CT. Daleville Gate, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Caroline Driscoll, caroline.driscoll@us.army.mil or 334-255-3794.
  • Headland Fall Farmers' Market 5K & One-Mile Fun Run. 7:30am CT 5K / 8:30am CT one mile. Gazebo on the square on Park Street, Headland, Alabama. Event web page. Susan Owens 334-889-2225
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
  • Hahira Honeybee Festival 5K. 8:00 am ET. Hahira, Georgia. Event web page. honeybeefestival@yahoo.com
  • Paws in the Park 5K & one mile. 8:00am CT. Constitution Convention Park, Centennial Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida. Online registration at active.com. 850-227-1103.
16 OCTOBER 2010
  • Red Fox Trot 5K. 8:00am ET. Roberts Elementary School, 5777 Centerville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. Lisa Johnson, robertselementaryrace@gmail.com, or Kim McFarland, mcfarlandk2@mail.leon.k12.fl.us or 850-893-5328.
  • Florida State University Parents' Weekend 5K. 7:30am ET. Integration Statue on Woodward Plaza, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306. Entry form. parentsweekend@admin.fsu.edu
  • 4th annual Joyce's Jog 5K and one-mile fun run. 7:30am ET one mile / 8:00am ET 5K. Ponder Enterprises corner of Hwy 84 and Hwy 91, Donalsonville, Georgia. Event web site. Steffy Vines, info@joycesjog.com or 229-524-1234.
  • Girls Incorporated Half Marathon, 5K, & relay. 8:00 am CT. Pier Park, Panama City Beach, FL. Online registration at active.com.
  • 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
  • 12th annual Alan C. Sundberg, Jr. Memorial 5K. 8:00 am ET. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309-3413. Event web site.
  • Tri The Rez Sprint Triathlon (⅓-mile swim, 13-mile bike, 5K run). 8:00am ET. Florida State University Reservation, 3226 Flastacowo Road, Tallahassee, FL 32310. Event web site. Online registration at imathlete.com. Austin Boyle, fmj30cal@gmail.com or 561-247-5801.
  • “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).
  • Riverfront Run 5K. 8:30am ET. Broad Avenue next to Hilton Garden Inn, 101 S Front Street, Albany, Georgia 31701. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. info@riverfrontrun.com or (229) 436-8191.
  • Spooky 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. 9:00am CT. Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center, Building 4605 Andrews Avenue, Fort Rucker, Alabama. 334-255-3794.
  • 32nd annual Tricker Trek 10K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am CT 10K / 9:30am CT one mile. Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida 32401-2724. USATF certified course FL90031DL (10K). Online registration at active.com. Gumby Weckherlin, 850-271-5896, or Joe Edgecombe, joeruns@yahoo.com or 850-774-0018.
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. Online registration at active.com.
7 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Florida Kids Triathlon. 9:00am CT. Frank Brown Park, 1620 Panama City Parkway, Panama City Beach, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. info@kidstri2.com
13 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Trot for Tots 10K & 5K. 9:00 am CT. Panama City Marina, 1 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401. Online registration at active.com. 850-872-3137.
20 NOVEMBER 2010
  • 16th annual Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Challenge / three-person relay / 5K. 8:00am CT. St. Theresa's Catholic ,2056 Sunny Hills Boulevard, Sunny Hills, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. Marty Kirkland 850-265-8439 or Joe Edgecombe, joeruns@yahoo.com or 850-763-5005.
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.
27 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Junior Service League 5K Turkey Trot. 8:00am CT. Panama City, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
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. Reid Vannoy, reidv@comcast.net or 850-591-7891
  • 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
6 FEBRUARY 2011
  • 37th annual Tallahassee Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:30 am ET. Mike Long Track, Florida State University, Chieftan Way at Spirit Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306. Event web site. Tallahasseemarathon@gmail.com
5 MARCH 2011
  • 5th annual Snickers® Marathon® Energy Bar Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:00 am ET. Veteran's Park, Front Street, Albany, GA 31701. USATF certified course GA07003WC (Marathon), GA07002WC (half-Marathon). Event web site. Online registration at active.com. info@SNICKERSmarathonenergybarmarathon.com
13 MARCH 2011
  • 2nd annual Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. 7:30am ET. Florida Sheriff's Boys Ranch, 1813 Cecil Webb Place, Boys Ranch, FL 32060. USATF certified course FL10028EBM (Marathon & half-Marathon), Event web page. Entry form. Online registration at active.com. Chris Carusone, 941-799-7184.
2 APRIL 2011
  • 35th annual Springtime 10K, Publix 5K & Target 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.
9 APRIL 2011
  • 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.
16 APRIL 2011
  • 37th annual Palace Saloon 5K. 8:00am ET. James Messer Fields Park, Jackson Bluff Road and Dupree Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304. USATF certified course FL99027DL. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. Herb Wills, hwills@gmail.com

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Leitz and Adriani watermelon winners in Monticello

Gabriel Leitz clocked 18:07 to win the 32nd annual Monticello, Florida Melon Run 5K on Saturday morning, 19 June 2010. Leitz finished nearly 200 meters ahead of the runner-up and masters champion, John Seppala. Seppala covered the course in 18:44. Tallahassee's Micah Adriani was the women's winner, finishing 12th overall in 19:59, well ahead of the second-place woman and top woman master, Susan Seibert, who was 26th overall in 22:16.


Leitz, a Florida State University student, moved into the lead during the first kilometer of the race and simply continued to draw away from the competition. Seppala established a grip on second place about the same time that Leitz moved to the front, and by the end of the third kilometer the only race was for third place. Vying for that spot, Tim Unger and Kyle Harris ran together along the Monticello Bike Path, trailed closely by Andrew Ringholz and Jack McDermott. McDermott moved up past Ringholz and a fading Unger, but could not catch Bainbridge's Harris, who went on to take third in 19:03 to McDermott's 19:05.


The win was the second in the past three weeks for Leitz, who also won the fourth annual Memorial Day 5K Night Run in Bainbridge, Georgia, on 31 May 2010. Seppala was coming off a win at the Adelily 5K in Adel, Georgia on 5 June 2010.


Susan Seibert led the women through much of the first kilometer, but after that Micah Adriani took over, and in an authoritative way. Adriani was half a kilometer ahead when she crossed the line. Seibert hung on to the second women's position, beating out Nicole Wilson 22:16 to 22:30.


Nearly 300 runners finished the 32nd annual Melon Run. The weather was hot but not brutally so, the hills were challenging but not punishing. Watermelon cultivation in Jefferson County isn't what it was when the Watermelon Festival was first held 59 years ago, but the runners were still able to enjoy free slices of melon following the race.


Known winners of the Monticello Melon Run 5K, 1979-2010
Date
MenWomen
1979


28 June 1980
Gary Slayton (15:28)
Debbie Dickson (19:49)
1981


19 June 1982
Andy Whitener (15:10)
Laura Ledbetter (17:38)
1983


23 June 1984
Gary Slayton (15:37)
Cindy Walker (19:45)
22 June 1985
Felton Wright (16:09)
Barbara Balzer (19:12)
21 June 1986
Bill Crooks (15:55)
Karen MacHarg (18:32)
20 June 1987


25 June 1988
Bill Crooks (15:47)
Karen MacHarg (18:18)
24 June 1989
Jeff Pigg (15:02)
Vikki Saga (19:05)
23 June 1990
Jessie Close (15:20)
Karen MacHarg (18:06)
22 June 1991
Phillip Rowan (15:23)
Vikki Saga (19:34)
20 June 1992
Jessie Close (15:10)
Lynda Nilges (18:35)
26 June 1993
Bill Crooks (16:07)
Sue Kany (19:37)
29 June 1994
Gary Droze (16:13)
Sarah Heeb (18:49)
24 June 1995


1996


1997


27 June 1998
Tommy Kunish (16:33)
Sarah Docter-Williams (17:51)
26 June 1999
Tommy Kunish (16:23)Peggy Simpson (21:05)
17 June 2000
Tim Simpkins (17:08)
Kim Winn (18:32)
16 June 2001
Ryan Deak (16:29)
Sarah Docter-Williams (17:54)
22 June 2002
Doug Gorton (17:54)
Laura Atlee (21:41)
21 June 2003


19 June 2004Tim Unger (17:18)Kate Remillard (20:30)
18 June 2005Jack McDermott (18:31)
Sarah Docter-Williams (18:07)
17 June 2006
Nathan Haskins (17:36)
Loranne Ausley (22:35)
16 June 2007
Nathan Haskins (16:28)
Sarah Docter-Williams (18:50)
21 June 2008
Nathan Haskins (16:08)
Deb Jones (20:16)
20 June 2009
Charlie Johnson (16:54)
Sandy Holt (23:49)
19 June 2010
Gabriel Leitz (18:07)
Micah Adriani (19:59)


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