Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sullivan and Rosen smokin' at the Boston Mini

On every approach to Boston, Georgia on US 84, you'll find a sign saying, "Welcome to Boston. Visit our Historic Downtown." Appended below that, you'll also read, "Boston Mini Marathon. Last Saturday in October." Now that's civic pride. That other Boston, up in New England, doesn't tout its Patriot's Day marathon to motorists that way. In Massachusetts, they probably think that they have other things to be proud of rather than a footrace. Probably something having to do with early American history. Certainly not the Red Sox.


Each year since 1980, the Georgian Boston has unashamedly hosted it's half-marathon, always on the same out-and-back course on the Old Dixie Road. Only the cows in the pastures along the way have changed. Well, the pavement has gotten noticeably older over the years. If the cracks get any wider, the race will have to be advertised as a trail run.


In 2011, though, the road was still more or less intact and the cows in the fields were ready to watch some racing on Saturday morning, Oct. 29. Kevin Sullivan of Capital City Running and Tallahassee's Vince Molosky, the event's defending champion, set the early pace. The pair ran together for the first two kilometers, much as they had three weeks earlier at the Pine Run 20K. This time, though, Sullivan broke away much earlier, pulling ahead of Molosky on the third kilometer. By seven kilometers Sullivan was up by 200 meters, running strong. At the halfway turnaround on the 11th kilometer the margin had increased to nearly 800 meters and Sullivan was still running strong. When Sullivan returned to downtown Boston and the finish line he was two kilometers ahead of Molosky, clocking 69:29 for the half marathon--the fastest time in at least the last 14 years of the 32-year old race. Molosky finished runner-up in 76:50. Behind Molosky, Jay Wallace finished in third place as the top master, running 77:31.


After finishing as the top woman at the Boston Mini four straight years from 2006-2009, Sheryl Rosen missed the 2010 race. But she was back in Boston in 2011. Darting out ahead of the rest of the female field almost immediately after the start, Rosen led the entire race, clocking 82:10 for the half-marathon distance--her fastest Boston Mini yet. Some 1800 meters back, runner-up Seeley Gutierrez was finishing up a 90:02 performance. Tallahassee's Micah Adriani was the third woman in, running 93:37. The fastest woman master of the morning was Tallahassee's Mary Vancore, sixth among the women with a 99:05.


Top Ten Men, 2011 Boston mini Marathon
  1. 69:29 ~ Kevin Sullivan (M, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 76:50 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 77:31 ~ Jay Wallace (M, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 81:33 ~ Tony Guillen (M, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 81:46 ~ Doug Bell (M, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 81:59 ~ Carl Nordhielm (M, 49) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 83:14 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 45) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 83:21 ~ Pauncho Hufstetler (M, 37) Bainbridge, GA
  9. 83:50 ~ Roger Schmidt (M, 20) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 85:14 ~ David Burnett (M, 35) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2011 Boston mini Marathon
  1. 82:10 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 90:02 ~ Seeley Gutierrez (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 93:37 ~ Micah Adriani (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 97:04 ~ Kristine Cox (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 98:27 ~ Angela Wable (F, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 99:05 ~ Mary Vancore (F, 48) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 1:40:38 ~ Jane Johnson (F, 52) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 1:41:23 ~ Lori Abbey (F, 43) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 1:44:19 ~ Kelly Stevens (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 1:44:24 ~ Kristen Yasinac (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL

Boston (mini) Marathon Champions, 1980-2011
Date
MenWomen
29 October 201169:29 Kevin Sullivan
82:10 Sheryl Rosen
30 October 2010
75:13 Vince Molosky
86:59 Lisa Johnson
31 October 2009
79:49 Vince Molosky87:10 Sheryl Rosen
25 October 2008
81:50 Myles Gibson86:19 Sheryl Rosen
27 October 2007
76:18 John Seppala
87:35 Sheryl Rosen
28 October 2006
81:18 Michael Martinez
82:49 Sheryl Rosen
29 October 2005
81:11 Myles Gibson
96:32 Jennifer Kilinski
30 October 2004
83:55 David Yon
91:57 Jane Johnson
25 October 2003
76:20 Myles Gibson
97:52 Lisa Whitworth
26 October 2002
84:38 Mike Posey
92:41 Carrie Weyant
27 October 2001
82:36 Steven Walker
95:24 Carrie Weyant
28 October 2000
75:28 Art Remillard
83:20 Sarah Docter-Williams
30 October 1999
78:22 Corey Cherr
95:28 Julie Carico
31 October 1998
80:25 Rusty Jones
97:01 Peggy Simpson
1997


1996


28 October 1995
78:21 Paul Hough91:01 Katherine Perez
29 October 1994
72:42 Paul Hough92:34 Diane Turchick
30 October 1993
75:33 Paul Hough86:09 Carrie Weyant
31 October 1992
77:45 Steve Carney86:05 Carrie Hunnicutt
26 October 1991


27 October 1990
79:33 Brian Murphy86:44 Donna Miller
28 October 1989
71:23 Alex Walmsley93:10 Mary Jean Yon
29 October 1988
74:22 T. C. Carroll1:41:54 Nancy Widener
1987


8 November 1986


11 November 1985
67:30 Herb Wills
88:06 Patti Sudduth
27 October 1984


1983


1982
67:48 Noel Shuman

31 October 1981
69:57 Gary Slayton
88:56 Lt. Vickie Monroe
1980Gary Slayton

27 October 197971:40 Bruce Carpenter

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