Saturday, November 10, 2012

Schmidt and Showman dump their competition in the Trash Dash

Roger SchmidtRacing over grass, gravel, dirt, blacktop, and a buried motherlode of two decades of household trash, Roger Schmidt came out on top of a field of 98 runners at Tallahassee's second annual Trash Dash 5K. Part of  America Recycles Day observances at the old Leon County landfill, the race was held in Apalachee Regional Park and the adjacent landfill on Saturday morning, 10 November 2012. Schmidt ran 17:52 for the 3.1-mile course, finishing almost 300 meters ahead of runner-up Duane Evans. Evans was the top master runner in the race, beating out third-place runner Michael Savage for that honor, 19:29 to 19:42. Mike LaBossiere placed fourth in 20:14.


Dr. Katie ShowmanFSU Economics professor D. Katie Showman was the fastest woman in the race, finishing fifth overall in 20:33. 100 meters behind Showman, Meaghan Feletti ran 20:59 to claim the women's runner-up position. The fifth woman across the line, Sandra Canada, edged out Julie Clark 24:57 to 25:13 for the top woman master spot.


Back for a second year--recycled, if you will--the Trash Dash 5K was run on a new course in 2012. This year's route was closer to the correct distance than 2011's short course, but it still included a unique tour of the landfill area while adding a mile of running in Apalacheee Regional Park. No one had compliments for the gravel road on the first half mile of the race, but it did add to the variety of surfaces. The course change apparently didn't hurt attendance; although it was still a small race, the 2012 field of nearly 100 runners was significantly larger than the group that finished the first Trash Dash in 2011.


Top Ten Men, 2012 Trash DashDuane Evans
  1. 17:52 ~ Roger Schmidt (M, 21)
  2. 19:29 ~ Duane Evans (M, 45)
  3. 19:42 ~ Michael Savage (M, 55)
  4. 20:14 ~ Mike La Bossiere (M, 46)
  5. 21:12 ~ Mark McCerra (M, 47)
  6. 21:20 ~ Kevin Brumfield (M, 40)
  7. 21:32 ~ Andrew Hart (M, 23)
  8. 21:44 ~ Mike Jaynes (M, 45)
  9. 23:23 ~ Alex Stowers (M, 17)
  10. 23:25 ~ Bill McGuire (M, 65)


Top Ten Women, 2012 Trash DashMeaghan Feletti
  1. 20:33 ~ Katie Showman (F, 31)
  2. 20:59 ~ Meaghan Feletti (F, 20)
  3. 24:45 ~ Sheri Nilles (F, 32)
  4. 24:53 ~ Rose Laughlin (F, 20)
  5. 24:57 ~ Sandra Canada (F, 50)
  6. 25:13 ~ Julie Clark (F, 51)
  7. 25:25 ~ Jamie Schindewolf (F, 22)
  8. 25:49 ~ Amanda Nedelec (F, 28)
  9. 26:04 ~ Fran McLean (F, 55)
  10. 26:07 ~ Lisa Bohl (F, 53)

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