Saturday, January 5, 2013

Repeat wins for Linton and Showman at Bowlegs 5K

There isn't really a road-racing season. When all you need to stage an event is an open stretch of pavement and a couple of athletes willing to compete, it doesn't make any sense to get tied down by the calendar. So Gulf Winds Track Club's 29th annual Bowlegs 5K Run For Scholarship wasn't the first race of any season in Tallahassee, but it was the first race of 2013. Over a hundred runners lined up on Pottsdamer Street at 9:00 am on Saturday morning, 5 January 2013 to take advantage of the New Year of racing.

By the end of the first kilometer Stanley Linton, the defending champion, and Vince Molosky, the 2011 Bowlegs 5K champion, were setting the pace for the rest of the field. A few strides back, Peter Wood and Javier Zamparelli stalked the leaders. Behind Wood and Zamparelli, Maclay School coach Gary Droze and Bainbridge High distance runner Chase Harris ran side by side. During the second kilometer, Linton broke away from Molosky, opening up a five-second gap. Peter Wood continued to run in third, but Chase Harris dropped Gary Droze to move into fourth. Zamparelli faded, falling into sixth behind Droze.

Linton continued to steadily pull away, ultimately winning the race by nearly 200 meters with a 16:12. It was the fastest Bowlegs 5K since 2000, when Aaron Scheer ran 15:49. Molosky finished runner-up in 16:47. Chase Harris closed with Peter Wood to force a kickers duel for third place; Wood prevailed narrowly, 17:03 to 17:04. Gary Droze was the fastest master runner, finishing fifth overall in 17:28.

The Bowlegs 5K defending women's champion, Katie Showman, lost no time getting out front, leading the women's field through the first kilometer. Kristine Cox trailed, followed by Nancy Stedman, Kate Chunka, and Christina Greene. Over the next kilometer Showman continued to pull away, while Cox held on to second. Meanwhile, Chunka and Greene overtook Stedman. Never challenged, Showman cruised home in 20:19, successfully defending her title and finishing 14th overall. Cox was the women's runner-up, placing 18th overall in 21:36. Chunka and Greene spent much of the race fighting for third, but in final few hundred meters Chunka pulled away to beat Greene to the finish line, 21:58 to 22:03. 24th overall in 22:32, Nancy Stedman was the fifth woman finisher, and for the third year in a row the top woman master.

110 athletes finished the race, which raises money for the scholarship program of the Faculty and Friends Club of Florida State University.

Top Ten Males, GWTC's 2013 Bowlegs 5K
  1. 16:12 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 19) Crawfordville, FL
  2. 16:47 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 17:03 ~ Peter Wood (M, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 17:04 ~ Chase Harris (M, 15) Bainbridge, GA
  5. 17:28 ~ Gary Droze (M, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 18:07 ~ Javier Zamparelli (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 18:19 ~ Adam Wallenfelsz (M, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 18:23 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 19:47 ~ Duane Evans (M, 45) Crawfordville, FL
  10. 19:50 ~ Caleb Harris (M, 11) Bainbridge, GA

Top Ten Females, GWTC's 2013 Bowlegs 5K
  1. 20:19 ~ Katie Showman (F, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 21:36 ~ Kristine Cox (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 21:58 ~ Kate Chunka (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 22:03 ~ Christina Greene (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 22:32 ~ Nancy Stedman (F, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 22:58 ~ Sandy Holt (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 23:00 ~ Paula O' Neill (F, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 23:22 ~ Alison Thumm (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 23:31 ~ Julie Clark (F, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 24:22 ~ Fran Mclean (F, 55) Tallahassee, FL

Billy Bowlegs 5K, 1985-2013
16 FEB 198516:44, Scott Hinkle18:48, Darien Andreu153
15 FEB 198616:12, Rick Miller20:00, Janice Hochstein150
7 FEB 198715:54, Randy Jordan20:00, Sarah Patterson186
13 FEB 198816:05, Rick Miller20:02, Janice Hochstein220
4 FEB 198915:44, Rick Miller20:02, Barbara Balzer165
10 FEB 199017:28, Felton Wright19:30, Paula Johnson112
16 FEB 199116:15, Bill Crooks20:37, Tina Davies67
15 FEB 199215:51, Mike Macinko18:37, Paula Johnson81
20 FEB 199315:33, Gary Droze19:33, Carrie Hunnicutt143
19 FEB 199416:02, Phillip Healy22:18, Chateau Mangaroo83
18 FEB 199515:41, Reid Montini18:09, Jane Johnson158
17 FEB 199616:12, Tim Simpkins19:33, Janice Hochstein77
15 FEB 199715:45, Gary Droze18:20, Jane Johnson163
14 FEB 199816:23, Damian Wilson17:47, Sarah Docter-Williams104
13 FEB 199915:57, Robert Pautenius16:54, Breeda Dennehy-Willis77
12 FEB 200015:49, Aaron Scheer20:42, Laurel Slyck83
10 FEB 200116:48, Gary Droze18:18, Sarah Docter-Williams
9 FEB 200216:20, Thomas Kunish20:20, Allison Eagen77
8 FEB 200316:56, Paul Orfield21:15, Fran McLean76
21 FEB 200417:06 Adam David Churchill18:21, Breeda Dennehy-Willis82
15 JAN 200517:42, Art Remillard18:10, Sarah Docter-Williams72
14 JAN 200616:43, Shawn Patterson19:22, Stephanie Liles152
20 JAN 200717:37, Matt Mizereck19:02, Sheryl Rosen109
19 JAN 200816:32, Tripp Southerland21:39, Carly Thomas121
10 JAN 200917:59, Tim Unger20:09, Micah Adriani117
9 JAN 201017:21, Stephen Cox21:01, Lauren Switzer84
8 JAN 201116:38, Vince Molosky19:26, Sheryl Rosen204
7 JAN 201217:10, Stanley Linton19:27, Katie Showman166
5 JAN 201316:12, Stanley Linton20:19, Katie Showman110



  1. An 11-year-old ran 19:50? Let us know if investors are being sought for that young fella's Olympic/pro career.

  2. There was a similar discussion here after Caleb won the 6K at GWTC's 2011 Flash 12K. 19:50 isn't exactly exceptional for Caleb, though; he ran 19:12 this past November in the 5K at GWTC's 2012 Tallahassee Turkey Trot.


  3. well done Herb. Enjoyed reading.

  4. Thanks, Cole. See you on the roads!