Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sullivan and Rosen tumble records at Tall Timbers

Kevin SullivanKevin Sullivan of Capital City Runners took the lead during the twelfth kilometer of Gulf Winds Track Club's 2011 Pine Run at Tall Timbers 20K, then ran in to a course-record win of 73:15. At 74:12, 2009 Pine Run champion Jay Wallace was runner-up and top master in the 8 October 2011 race. 2009 women's champion Sheryl Rosen picked up her second title running a new women's course record of 84:02. Defending women's champ Jane Johnson was the top woman master, putting up a 91:19.

Kevin Sullivan and Vince MoloskyThe race started on Henry Beadel Road, a long gallery of live oaks in the Tall Timbers Research Station. As the runners headed off Beadel Road and into the forest Pine Run defending champion Vince Molosky was ahead, with Jay Wallace and three-time Canadian Olympian Kevin Sullivan close behind. Molosky continued to lead through the first half of the race, but after eleven kilometers Sullivan was only three seconds back, although Wallace had fallen 25 seconds behind. At thirteen kilometers Sullivan had pulled even with Molosky, while Wallace still trailed. Then Sullivan made his move. At sixteen kilometers, just before the first of two major uphills, Sullivan had broken contact and was racing for home with a lead of nearly 40 seconds. Meanwhile, Wallace had closed to within six seconds of a fading Molosky. Sullivan widened the gap over the final four kilometers, ultimately winning with a 73:15 course record. Just under a minute back in 74:12, Wallace finished second. Molosky clung to third with a 75:18.

Sheryl RosenThere were no such second half dramatics in the women's competition. Sheryl Rosen left Henry Beadel Drive a few seconds ahead of Katie Showman, and then spent the rest of the race building up a 900-meter lead. By sixteen kilometers and the base of the first of the final two hills, Gog and Magog, Rosen was leading comfortably and would go on to win to break her own 2009 course record by over two minutes, winning in 84:02. Likewise, Showman, Seeley Gutierrez, and Adriana Piekarewicz had settled into second, third, and fourth by four kilometers to go, and would finish in those places in 88:07, 89:28, and 90:38. Master runner Jane Johnson moved up from sixth to fifth on the final hills, running 91:19.
Katie Showman

180 runners finished the race, the fourth Pine Run 20K at the Tall Timbers Research Station. It was perhaps the first year that no one reported getting lost during the race, a testament to improved course marking. "Out there you knew where you were going," said Deborah Ansley, a runner from Cairo, Georgia. "It was obvious."

Top Ten Men, 2011 GWTC Pine Run at Tall Timbers 20K
  1. Jay Wallace1:13:15 ~ Kevin Sullivan (M, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 1:14:12 ~ Jay Wallace (M, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 1:15:18 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 1:20:29 ~ Tony Guillen (M, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 1:20:52 ~ Jack McDermott (M, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 1:22:04 ~ Eric Godin (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 1:22:36 ~ Cory Gerbrandt (M, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 1:23:23 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 45) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 1:25:16 ~ Andrew Smyth (M, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 1:25:37 ~ Cole Tessier (M, 28) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, 2011 GWTC Pine Run at Tall Timbers 20K
  1. Jane Johnson1:24:02 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 1:28:07 ~ Katie Showman (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 1:29:28 ~ Seeley Gutierrez (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 1:30:38 ~ Adriana Piekarewicz (F, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 1:31:19 ~ Jane Johnson (F, 52) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 1:32:12 ~ Kelly Stevens (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 1:32:40 ~ Micah Adriani (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 1:34:56 ~ Brandi Campbell (F, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 1:38:43 ~ Olivia Yinger (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 1:42:50 ~ Ashley Daily (F, 24) Tallahassee, FL

Champions of GWTC's Pine Run at Tall Timbers 20K, 2008-2011
11 October 2008
77:45 Vince Molosky
87:32 Kati Gosnell
2 October 2009
75:22 Jay Wallace
86:21 Sheryl Rosen
9 October 2010
73:39 Vince Molosky
90:21 Jane Johnson
8 October 2011
73:15 Kevin Sullivan
84:02 Sheryl Rosen



  1. Glad Gordon kept the course the same. I've enjoyed it each year. It's a crying shame its not a Grand Prix event next year too. Great race recap Herb.

  2. Thanks, Cole!

    If you really want the course to remain unchanged, I recommend telling Gordon Cherr, the race director. Otherwise, all he is going to hear from are the folks agitating for fewer hills and more pavement.

    I don't think that Grand Prix status is going to make or break the Pine Run at Tall Timbers, altho' it might be wounded if there was a Grand Prix race the same day (which would be an idiotic thing for the GWTC awards committee to do to a GWTC race). If you want to see the 20K grow, talk it up with potential participants--e.g., at the Boston Mini Marathon, the Dragon Tail 18-Mile Mile Challenge, the GWTC Ten-Mile Challenge, the GWTC 30K, etc. Those long-distance races and the Pine Run at Tall Timbers appeal to the same segment of runners.


  3. Yes - I mentioned to Gordon it was great course as I was finishing. Despite almost dying on my first attempt in 2009, I've enjoyed the challenge each year.

    Fortunately there is no GWTC Grand Prix race that conflicts with Pine Run - at least for 2012.

    But that doesn't mean there isn't a Grand Prix marathon followed by a GP 5k 6 days later. That's always a good challenge!