Thursday, December 20, 2012

Red Nose course comes up short, but not Charlie Johnson

When planning their second annual Red Nose Run, the Thomasville, Georgia Junior Service League did just about everything right. In addition to bringing back the 5K from 2011, they added a half marathon, currently one of the hottest distances on the racing circuit. To make sure that runners would have meaningful performances in the race, they had the half-marathon course USATF certified, assuring that it was an accurate 13.1 miles long. For good measure, the 5K course was also certified.


But on the morning of the race, Saturday, 15 December 2012, the plans fell short when the competitors were turned around early on the out-and-back half-marathon course, failing to run far enough south on Metcalf Road. The course was accurate, but the athletes didn't run the course.


As one of the disappointed runners put it, "I ran a twelve-mile half marathon this morning."


However abbreviated, the long event at Red Nose Run was still a race, and Tallahassee triathlete Charlie Johnson won that race, clocking a 73:51 for whatever the distance was. At 75:14, Drew Rabun of Savannah followed Johnson over the line in the runner-up position, while Tallahassee's Eric Godin was third in 77:21. Fourth place and the top master spot went to Derek Larson of Columbus, Georgia in 80:56. Savannah, Georgia runner Sarah Batt was the first woman as well as the first woman master, placing ninth overall in 83:05. 96 athletes completed the abbreviated half marathon.


Top Ten Males, Half Marathon
  1. 1:13:51 ~ Charlie Johnson (M, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 1:15:14 ~ Drew Rabun (M, 32) Savannah, GA
  3. 1:17:21 ~ Eric Godin (M, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 1:20:56 ~ Derek Larson (M, 42) Columbus, GA
  5. 1:22:00 ~ Tae Ross (M, 18) Bainbridge, GA
  6. 1:22:22 ~ Doyle Wallace (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  7. 1:22:25 ~ Tyler Thurman (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  8. 1:23:01 ~ Michael Kennett (M, 39) Tallahassee , FL
  9. 1:26:09 ~ Chuck Lang (M, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 1:33:17 ~ Chad Johnson (M, 42) Thomasville, GA

Top Ten Females, Half Marathon
  1. 1:23:05 ~ Sarah Batt (F, 47) Savannah, GA
  2. 1:24:57 ~ Melissa Thompson (F, 28) Thomasville, GA
  3. 1:30:11 ~ Ashley Daily (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 1:31:30 ~ Mary Anne Grayson (F, 46) Thomasville, GA
  5. 1:33:19 ~ Lori Richardson (F, 26) Thomasville, GA
  6. 1:36:01 ~ Tiffany Nunnally (F, 33) Thomasville, GA
  7. 1:37:30 ~ Kristi Wilhelm (F, 42) Thomasville, GA
  8. 1:43:55 ~ Christy Cherry (F, 35) Moultrie, GA
  9. 1:44:49 ~ Kristen Baird (F, 23) Savannah, GA
  10. 1:45:22 ~ Theresa Sullivan (F, 52) Panama City, FL

No wrong turns marred the 5K. In a battle of high school distance runners, Leon HS freshman Charlie Lang edged out Thomas County Central HS sophomore Terrence Smith for the win, 21:04 to 21:08. Valdosta master runner Rick Mazurkiewicz was third in 21:11. Another high school distance runner, Maclay School sophomore Lindsey Poole, was the first female finisher in the 5K, running 23:41. At 23:58 Thomasville's Nancy Herring was the first female master and second female finisher. 349 runners finished the 2012 Red Nose Run 5K, up from 272 in the 2011 race.


Top Ten Males, 5K
  1. 21:04 ~ Charlie Lang (M, 14) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 21:08 ~ Terrance Smith (M, 15) Thomasville, GA
  3. 21:11 ~ Rick Mazurkiwicz (M, 45) Valdosta, GA
  4. 21:52 ~ Anthony Terrou (M, 24) Thomasville, GA
  5. 21:54 ~ Todd Hanseon (M, 34) Thomasville, GA
  6. 22:29 ~ Ryan Owen (M, 13) Thomasville, GA
  7. 22:31 ~ Sam Spears (M, 32) Phenix City, AL
  8. 22:43 ~ Bret Owens (M, 43) Boston, GA
  9. 22:53 ~ Chris Holt (M, 31) Thomasville, GA
  10. 22:58 ~ Darryl Davidson (M, 16) Thomasville, GA

Top Ten Females, 5K
  1. 23:41 ~ Lindsey Poole (F, 16) Tallahassee , FL
  2. 23:58 ~ Nancy Herring (F, 57) Thomasville, GA
  3. 24:02 ~ Ellen Stauffer (F, 21) Thomasville, GA
  4. 24:50 ~ Cassie Mills (F, 26) Thomasville, GA
  5. 25:22 ~ Krissy Hurst (F, 36) Monticello, FL
  6. 25:29 ~ Beverly Hamilton (F, 34) Thomasville, GA
  7. 25:29 ~ Kayley Tudor (F, 16) Thomasville, GA
  8. 25:50 ~ Leigh Stauffer (F, 18) Thomasville, GA
  9. 25:52 ~ Kelly Garland (F, 41) Tallahassee , FL
  10. 26:13 ~ Taylor Shiver (F, 28) Thomasville, GA

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