Saturday, May 21, 2011

Molosky and Gutierrez break records at Wakulla Springs

The last time Vince Molosky was racing at Wakulla Springs State Park it was a 50-mile race on the pavement last December. On Saturday, 21 May 2011, Molosky was racing in Wakulla Spring again, but this time it was a mere 5K on unpaved roads and trails through the sanctuary of the park--the fifth annual Friends Of Wakulla Springs 5K Trail Run. Molosky edged out runner-up Stephen Cox 16:59 to 17:06 to set a new event record and win the race. It was Molosky's third straight local win, a winning streak that had started with the Tails and Trail 10K on April 30 and continued with the Tulip Trot 5K on May 14. Dan Clark of Alachua, Florida was another 40 meters back in 17:15, and Tallahassee's Jay Wallace was fourth overall and the first master in 17:31. 2010 champion Justin Dickieson was fifth in 17:41.

Unike Molosky, Seeley Gutierrez didn't bring a winning streak to the 2011 Wakulla Springs 5K, nor had she recently run an ultra-marathon in the park, but she nevertheless won the women's division, setting a new women's event record of 19:29. Gutierrez was the first woman to ever go under 20:00 at the Friends Of Wakulla Springs race, but she wasn't the last. The next three women--Katie Showman (21st, 19:42), Kelly Stevens (22nd, 19:46), and Summer Calder (28th, 19:59)--all broke 20:00. In a tight race for the top woman master spot, Mary Vancore, the seventh woman in, edged out the eighth woman in, Paula O'Neil, for the title, 22:20 to 22:24.

Held annually, the Friends Of Wakulla Springs 5K is the only time each year that people are allowed to run in the sanctuary area of Wakulla Springs State Park, which is not open to the general public. 326 finishers of the 5K took advantage of the opportunity this year, plus another 48 runners in an earlier one-mile fun run. Proceeds from the races are used by the Friends Of Wakulla Springs to protect and enhance Wakulla Springs State Park.

Top Ten Men, 2011 Friends of Wakulla Springs 5K
  1. 16:59 Vince Molosky (M, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 17:06 Stephen Cox (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 17:15 Dan Clark (M, 39) Alachua, FL
  4. 17:31 Jay Wallace (M, 46) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 17:41 Justin Dickieson (M, 25) Crawfordville, FL
  6. 17:50 Michael Nesius (M, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 17:56 Stanley Linton (M, 17) Crawfordville, FL
  8. 18:21 Michael Martinez (M, 45) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 18:25 Sean Hudson (M, 40) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 18:33 Joel Piotrowski (M, 41) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, 2011 Friends of Wakulla Springs 5K
  1. 19:29 Seeley Gutierrez (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 19:42 Katie Showman (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 19:46 Kelly Stevens (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 19:59 Summer Calder (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 21:03 Micah Adriani (F, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 22:12 Kristine Cox (F, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 22:20 Mary Vancore (F, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 22:24 Paula O'Neill (F, 49) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 22:27 Stephanie Stout (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 22:37 Ashley Daily (F, 24) Tallahassee, FL

Wakulla Springs 5K Champions, 2007-2011
19 May 2007
Miles Gibson (19:09)
Olivia Swedberg (22:16)
17 May 2008
Jay Wallace (17:42)
Sydney Nutting (23:29)
16 May 2009
Tyler Price (17:20)
Roxanne Hughes (21:49)
15 May 2010
Justin Dickieson (17:56)
Kati Gosnell (20:03)
21 May 2011
Vince Molosky (16:59)
Seeley Gutierrez (19:29)



  1. It was perfect weather yesterday. With it being my first unpaved road and trail run, I was not prepared for the sandy terrain. But I still enjoyed the run. Th scenery was beautiful!

  2. It always seems to be harder to move from pavement to trails than from trails to pavement.