So the race went on, and by the 7:00 PM starting time the only tropical conditions were a few puddles in the streets. Before the runners reached the end of the first mile of the 3.1-mile race, Crawfordville’s Stanley Linton was out front, with Stephen Robbins of Cairo not far behind. It was looking like a renewal of their duel in the 2011 race, where Linton and Robbins had taken first and second. By the halfway point of this year’s race, though, the duel was all but over, with Linton having a commanding lead. He went on to win in 16:17, with Robbins finishing runner-up in 17:08. Donalsonville’s Myles Gibson was the third finisher and the first master, running 18:21.
The women’s defending champion, Paula O’Neill of Tallahassee, was trailing after a mile of racing, but during the middle of the race she passed her rivals one by one until she was leading the women’s field. While O’Neill was moving up, though, so was Tiffany Roddenberry. With less than a quarter mile to go, O’Neill and Roddenberry were running side by side going around the last turn on the course. Roddenberry prevailed in the end, 21:46 to 21:52, and the Memorial Day race had a new women’s champion plus a new women’s record. O’Neill was still the fastest woman master in the race, finishing 16 seconds ahead of third woman and second master Debbie Wittmer.
70 athletes finished the 2012 5K Night Run. Expect it back on the calendar on Memorial Day 2013. Beryl won't be there next time, though.
Top Ten Men, 2012 Memorial Day 5K Night Run
- 16:16.18 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 18) Crawfordville, FL
- 17:07.25 ~ Stephen Robbins (M, 15) Cairo, GA
- 18:20.73 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 45) Donalsonville, GA
- 18:40.48 ~ Tae Ross (M, 17) Bainbridge, GA
- 18:53.71 ~ Michael Kennett (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL
- 19:12.95 ~ Travis Parks (M, 16)
- 19:13.55 ~ Phillip Wilbourn (M, 32) Blakely, GA
- 19:28.41 ~ Adam Carr (M, 22) Crawfordville, FL
- 19:36.92 ~ Duane Evans (M, 44) Crawfordville, FL
- 19:44.30 ~ Bennett Enfinger (M, 14) Bainbridge, GA
Top Ten Women, 2012 Memorial Day 5K Night Run
- 21:45.19 ~ Tiffany Roddenberry (F, 27)
- 21:51.03 ~ Paula O'Neill (F, 50) Tallahassee, FL
- 22:07.22 ~ Debbie Wittmer (F, 49)
- 23:42.14 ~ Julia Rose Travis (F, 14)
- 23:58.96 ~ Paige Braswell (F, 16)
- 26:04.88 ~ Emma Travis (F, 14)
|Bainbridge Memorial Day 5K Night Run|
|28 May 2007|
|26 May 2008||18:36, Caleb Bergon||23:05, Rachel Willis|
|25 May 2009||16:11, Tyler Price||23:16, Erica Pemberton|
|31 May 2010||17:35, Gabriel Leitz||23:12, Perra Harrell|
|30 May 2011||17:06, Stanley Linton||22:02, Paula O'Neill|
|28 May 2012||16:17, Stanley Linton||21:46, Tiffany Roddenberry|
- Complete results of the 2012 Bainbridge Memorial Day 5K Night Race
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- More photos of the 2012 Bainbridge Memorial Day 5K Night Race
- 2011 story, "Linton and O'Neill fleet in the streets of Bainbridge"
- 2010 story, "Leitz and Harrell rule the night in Bainbridge"
- 2009 story, "The Price is Right--Tyler Price's 16:11 wins the Memorial Day 5K"
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