Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Intestinal fortitude on display at the Gut Run

Gut RunFor 2013, Digestive Health Specialists of Dothan, Alabama added a 10K to their second annual Gut Run. The original 5K option was still there, but now there was also a longer, 6.2-mile choice--which is a lot of trail running. The NCAA men's cross-country championship is contested at ten kilometers, but most of the races preceding the 10K championship are shorter, 8K or less. It takes a lot of, well, guts to run 10K on trails.


Those figurative guts are not what where the name of the Gut Run comes from, though. The Gut Run is about the actual anatomical gut, and the race is held to promote awareness of colorectal cancer while raising money for the American Cancer Society. My friend at Fight Colorectal Cancer would be interested.


Moving from non-profits to athletics, on Saturday, 16 March 2013, two dozen runners took advantage of the opportunity to race two loops around the Larry and Rona Dykes Trail in Dothan's Westgate Park. Donalsonville, Georgia master runner Myles Gibson was easily the fastest of that field, completing the course in 40:46. Following Gibson across the finish line almost five minutes later was the runner-up and first female, Abby Rogers of Dothan. Rogers's time for the 10K was 45:22. The third finisher and second-place male was Joe Hwang of Madison, Alabama, who ran 45:57. Just behind Hwang, in a duel of Dothan master runners, Daryl Shapiro held off Dave Geraci for fourth place, 46:07 to 46:11.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Gut Run 10K
  1. 40:46 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 40-49) Donalsonville, GA
  2. 45:57 ~ Joe Hwang (M, 20-29) Madison, AL
  3. 46:07 ~ Daryl Shapiro (M, 40-49) Dothan, AL
  4. 46:11 ~ Dave Geraci (M, 40-49) Dothan, AL
  5. 47:14 ~ Matt Stanley (M, 30-39) Dothan, AL
  6. 54:29 ~ Raymond Garcia (M, 30-39) Fort Rucker, AL
  7. 55:45 ~ Jeremy Whitaker (M, 30-39) Slocomb, AL
  8. 56:53 ~ Guy Woodall (M, 30-39) Dothan, AL
  9. 57:14 ~ Chris Scribner (M, 30-39) Cottonwood, AL
  10. 58:28 ~ Joshua Stevens (M, 0-19) Ozark, AL

Top Nine Females, 2013 Gut Run 10K
  1. 45:22 ~ Abby Rogers (F, 20-29) Dothan, AL
  2. 48:11 ~ Brie Cornell (F, 30-39) Dothan, AL
  3. 54:29 ~ Stephanie Krabbe (F, 20-29) Enterprise, AL
  4. 55:48 ~ Susie Merritt (F, 40-49) Slocomb, AL
  5. 56:55 ~ Loretta Shapiro (F, 30-39)
  6. 57:43 ~ Valerie Thompson (F, 40-49) Dothan, AL
  7. 58:39 ~ Ashley Kirkland (F, 30-39) Dothan, AL
  8. 59:29 ~ Olga Porter (F, 50-59) Eufaula, AL
  9. 61:29 ~ Melissa Justice (F, 40-49) Hartford, AL

94 athletes decided that once around Westgate Park was enough running for a Saturday morning and competed in the 5K. Dothan master runner Dale Thomas put up a 21:26 to win the shorter race. Nine-year-old Liana Shapiro took first female honors, finishing seventh overall in 25:09.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Gut Run 5K
  1. 21:26 ~ Dale Thomas (M, 40-49) Dothan, AL
  2. 22:53 ~ Jeffrey Whitehurst (M, 40-49) Dothan, AL
  3. 23:00 ~ Rusty Hughes (M, 30-39) Birmingham, AL
  4. 23:57 ~ Travis Rutland (M, 30-39) US
  5. 24:26 ~ Chase Woodham (M, 20-29) Dothan, AL
  6. 25:09 ~ Ricky Chilton (M, 40-49) Webb
  7. 25:39 ~ Brett Parker (M, 30-39) Gulf Breeze, FL
  8. 26:22 ~ Jonathan Mueller (M, 40-49) Headland, AL
  9. 26:38 ~ Scuba Hickey (M, 40-49) Dothan, AL
  10. 26:48 ~ Brannon Payne (M, 30-39) Dothan, AL

Top Ten Females, 2013 Gut Run 5K
  1. 25:09 ~ Liana Shapiro (F, 0-19) Dothan, AL
  2. 28:19 ~ Melissa Sexton (F, 40-49) Dothan, AL
  3. 28:26 ~ Valarie Sewell (F, 30-39) Dothan, AL
  4. 28:37 ~ Tiffany Guckenberg (F, 30-39) Dothan, AL
  5. 29:14 ~ Sharla Godwin (F, 30-39) Dothan, AL
  6. 30:05 ~ Nichole Hand (F, 40-49) US
  7. 30:20 ~ Jaime Sharp (F, 30-39) Dothan, AL
  8. 30:21 ~ Dana Whitehurst (F, 40-49) Dothan, AL
  9. 31:29 ~ Elizabeth Lee (F, 20-29) Dothan, AL
  10. 31:35 ~ Kim Atwell (F, 30-39) Dothan, AL

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