Sunday, February 10, 2013

Linton and Woodruff prove to be tough cookies

Stanley LintonThe Run For The Cookies 5K has been around long enough to have lost track of its age. The entry forms, flyers, and posters proclaimed that this was the 21st annual race, but there have only been 20 Cookie Runs, including the first in 1994. Gary Droze won that inaugural event, outpacing modest field of 85 runners in a 3.1-mile run from Tallahassee Mall. Since then the race has moved to Tallahassee Community College, swelled to over 600 runners, and inspired a series of races. In addition to Tallahassee's Run For The Cookies, the Girls Scouts of the Florida Panhandle also raise funds at 5K races in Pensacola and Panama City. One thing hasn't changed over the years: each person who enters the race gets a box of girl scout cookies. The success of the Run For The Cookies shows that When it comes to girl scout cookies, not everyone is content to wait for a girl scout to ring their doorbell. More than a few folks are willing to run a few miles for the goods.


Chris RegoWhether for cookies or competition, more than 600 athletes showed up at the starting line behind Tallahassee Community College on Saturday morning, 9 February 2013, for the 20th annual Run For The Cookies. Once the race started, Chris Rego quickly got a few steps ahead of the horde. Rego led through the mile mark, where his closest follower were Florida State freshman Stanley Linton, Lincoln High distance runner Trevor Touchton, and Bainbridge High athlete Chase Harris. Early in the second mile, Linton surged past Rego and into the lead. Linton pulled steadily away after that, and reached the finish line in 16:00 with the win. Rego was runner-up in 16:18. Touchton took third in 16:53, with Harris fourth in 17:00. Tallahassee's Jay Wallace was the fastest master in the Run For The Cookies, taking fifth overall in 17:36.


Chelsi Woodruff
Early in the race, Chiles alumna Carly Thomas and her fellow Florida State student Chelsi Woodruff got away from the rest of the women's field, but couldn't seem to get away from each other. At the mile mark and again at the two-mile mark, Thomas and Woodruff were running virtually side by side. Late in the third mile, though, Woodruff got a few steps ahead of Thomas then built that into a winning lead. Woodruff took the women's title, placing seventh overall in 17:42. Thomas was 11th overall in 17:54, taking the second women's spot. Another half a minute back, Tallahassee lawyer Sheryl Rosen was the third woman finisher, 15th overall in 18:25. Rosen was the Run For The Cookies 5K women's champion in the 2011 race.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Run For The Cookies 5K
    Trevor Touchton
  1. 16:00 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 19) Crawfordville, FL
  2. 16:18 ~ Chris Rego (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 16:53 ~ Trevor Touchton (M, 17) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 17:00 ~ Chase Harris (M, 16) Bainbridge, GA
  5. 17:36 ~ Jay Wallace (M, 48) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 17:41 ~ Bryce Van Dam (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 17:43 ~ Aaron Smith (M, 16) Crawfordville, FL
  8. 17:44 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 17:49 ~ Gabriel Albaladejo (M, 21)
  10. 18:07 ~ Peter Kaus (M, 28) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Females, 2013 Run For The Cookies 5K
    Sheryl Rosen
  1. 17:42 ~ Chelsi Woodruff (F, 21)
  2. 17:54 ~ Carly Thomas (F, 18) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 18:25 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 18:33 ~ Katherine McMeekin (F, 22) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 18:44 ~ Teresa Ristow (F, 19) Melbourne, FL
  6. 18:51 ~ Kailand Cosgrove (F, 22) Tarpon Springs, FL
  7. 19:05 ~ Erika Charlassier (F, 22)
  8. 19:07 ~ Shelby Salimone (F, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 19:23 ~ Lauren Gelzinis (F, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 19:24 ~ Alicia York (F, 26) Tallahassee, FL

Run For The Cookies 5K champions, 1994-2013
DateMalesFemalesFinishers
19 FEB 199416:12 ~ Gary Droze-118:51 ~ Carrie Weyant-185
25 FEB 199515:42 ~ Gary Droze-218:15 ~ Jane Johnson186
24 FEB 199616:08 ~ Gary Droze-319:57 ~ Chateau Mangaroo175
22 FEB 199715:17 ~ Gary Droze-419:02 ~ Carrie Weyant-2150
28 FEB 199815:38 ~ Jason Ritter17:29 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-1207
27 FEB 199916:17 ~ David Ogletree17:38 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-2258
26 FEB 200016:23 ~ Robert Pautienus17:53 ~ Kim Winn294
24 FEB 200115:59 ~ Kevin Danahy17:30 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-3231
23 FEB 200215:25 ~ Lee Willis-116:18 ~ Breeda Dennehy-Willis-1248
15 FEB 200315:49 ~ Lee Willis-216:30 - Breeda Dennehy-Willis-2152
14 FEB 200417:07 ~ Timothy Bolton18:06 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-493
12 FEB 200516:23 ~ Justin Jacobs17:43 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-5258
11 FEB 200616:49 ~ Kyle Larson19:04 ~ Stephanie Liles-1156
10 FEB 200715:53 ~ Judson Cake19:06 ~ Zika Rea386
9 FEB 200816:45 ~ Tripp Southerland19:35 ~ Stephanie Liles-2411
7 FEB 200916:16 ~ Chris Lake-118:40 ~ Audrey Hand550
13 FEB 201016:27 ~ Chris Lake-218:11 ~ Amy Hines-1432
12 FEB 201115:50 ~ Kevin Sullivan19:02 ~ Sheryl Rosen431
11 FEB 201216:07 ~ Alex Smyth17:36 ~ Amy Hines-2685
9 FEB 201316:00 ~ Stanley Linton17:43 ~ Chelsi Woodruff602
The Run For The Cookies was held at Tallahassee Mall from 1994 to 1996,
and at Tallahassee Community College from 1997 to the present.
A big thank-you to Mark Priddy for his help in completing this
 summary.


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