Saturday, October 22, 2011

Altmaier and Johnson take the 2011 Sundberg 5K

David AltmaierDavid Altmaier was the first to finish Tallahassee's 13th annual Sundberg Memorial 5K, running 17:05 for the 3.1-mile race through Maclay Gardens State Park on Saturday, 22 October 2011. Runner-up and fastest master finisher Carl Nordhielm finished nearly 200 meters behind Altmaier in 17:47. The first female finisher was Tallahassee schoolteacher Lisa Johnson, who placed sixth overall in 18:49, just eleven seconds shy of the women's record for the Sundberg 5K. For the third year in a row, defending champion Nancy Stedman was the first woman master, this time placing 30th overall in 22:22.

2011 Sundberg 5KOver the years there has been a proliferation of races on the Maclay Gardens course. This year alone, in addition to the Sundberg 5K, the Marzuq Shrine Mothers Day 5K was run in Maclay, as was the Fallen Heroes 5K and the running portion of the Red Hills Triathlon. The Halloween Hustle 5K is scheduled in the Gardens just seven days after the Sundberg on October 29. The Sundberg, though, is senior to all those races, having been run in Maclay since 1999--far enough back that the course had to be changed when the park entrance was re-aligned several years ago. And the race memorializes Alan C. Sundberg, who worked at Maclay Gardens State Park. Maclay is more than just a convenient venue for the Sundberg 5K.

Carl NordhielmAs always, the race started in the Lake Hall recreation area. Altmaier dashed away from the lake ahead of the field, chased by Raa Middle School cross-country runners Evan Francis and James Dodson. A kilometer into the race, though, Francis and Dodson had fallen back. Master runners Carl Nordhielm, Tony Guillen, and Myles Gibson were leading the pursuit of Altmaier. Nordhielm and Guillen dropped Gibson on the trail section in the middle of the race. With a kilometer to go they were no threat to Altmaier but there were still master honors to fight over. While Altmaier went on to a 17:05 win, Nordhielm pulled away from Guillen to take the master title, 17:47 to 18:02. Gibson held on to fourth, holding off Cole Tessier 18:40 to 18:47.

Lisa JohnsonLisa Johnson led the women from wire to wire, running eleven seconds faster than her winning time seven days earlier in the Conley Yellow Jacket Swarm 5K. Women's runner-up Brandi Campbell was almost 400 meters back in 20:21. 2011 Sickle Cell 5K champion Tiffany Barz was the third woman finisher, placing 23rd in 21:09. After winning the women's division in 2010, Nancy Stedman was the fourth woman finisher in 22:22, and had to be content with finishing as the first woman master for the third straight year.

184 athlete finished the 2011 Sundberg 5K. The race benefits the Florida Skin Cancer Foundation.

Top Ten Men, 2011 Sundberg Memorial 5K
  1. Myles Gibson17:05 ~ David Altmaier (M, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 17:47 ~ Carl Nordhielm (M, 49) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 18:02 ~ Tony Guillen (M, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 18:40 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 45) Donalsonville, GA
  5. 18:47 ~ Cole Tessier (M, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 19:23 ~ Steve Griffin (M, 28)
  7. 19:27 ~ Juan OrdoƱez (M, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 19:29 ~ Mike LaBossiere (M, 45) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 19:38 ~ Evan Francis (M, 14) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 19:40 ~ Zach Weston (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL

Brandi CampbellTop Ten Women, 2011 Sundberg Memorial 5K
  1. 18:49 ~ Lisa Johnson (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 20:21 ~ Brandi Campbell (F, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 21:09 ~ Tiffany Barz (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 22:22 ~ Nancy Stedman (F, 49) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 22:57 ~ Abby Griffin (F, 28)
  6. 24:03 ~ Dolly Ubriani (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 24:32 ~ Mary Gorham-Rowan (F, 45)
  8. 24:40 ~ Stephanie Lievense (F, 21)
  9. 24:50 ~ Sandra Canada (F, 48) Woodville, FL
  10. 25:26 ~ Marena Benoit (F, 12)

Alan C. Sundberg Memorial 5K Champions, 1999 - 2011
23 October 1999
Dwayne Maddron (18:12)
Betty Lewis (21:33)

27 October 2001
Wade Brett (16:21)
Angela Dempsey (20:45)
19 October 2002
Mike LaBossiere (19:40)
Angela Dempsey (20:54)
25 October 2003
Matt Ertl (18:12)
Seeley Lovett (19:53)
30 October 2004
Shawn Patterson (16:18)
Seeley Lovett (20:11)
29 October 2005
Jay Wallace (17:03)
Allison Eagen (20:01)
28 October 2006
Gary Droze (17:11)
Christina Woytalewicz (18:38)
27 October 2007
Joe Franklin (16:21)
Seeley Lovett (19:11)
25 October 2008
Chris Lake (16:02)
Angela Dempsey (21:22)
24 October 2009
Steve Mucchetti (16:57)
Kara Taylor (18:38)
23 October 2010
Jay Smith (20:02)
Nancy Stedman (22:13)
22 October 2011
David Altmaier (17:05)
Lisa Johnson (18:49)


1 comment:

  1. Could the conditions have been any better? I don't think so. Great recap Herb enjoyed reading how the race unfolded as well as the races within the race; if that makes any sense.