Friday, March 8, 2013

A winning morning at the beach for Turner and Fortunas

It was a windy morning on St. George Island on 2 March 2013, but a breeze is to be expected at the annual Red Pepper 5K Run. If you could depend on fair weather on the first Saturday in March to go with the most beautiful beaches in Florida's Big Bend, then St. George Island wouldn't have to hold its Chili Cook-Off to attract thousands of visitors. Thousands did attend the 2013 St. George Island Chili Cook-Off in spite of low temperatures and gusty winds, and 145 of those attendees ran the Red Pepper 5K.


Fastest in the field was Michael D. Turner from Eastpoint, on the mainland just across the bridge from the island. Turner ran 21:59 to finish seven seconds ahead of Tallahassee master runner Dan Fortunas. Fortunas' daughter, Samantha Fortunas, was the third finisher and the first female runner, running 22:30 and successfully defending her 2012 Red Pepper 5K title.


You might not be able to depend on the weather, but you can depend on the next Red Pepper 5K being run on Saturday morning, 1 March 2014.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Red Pepper 5K Run
  1. 21:59 ~ Michael D. Turner (M, 20) Eastpoint, FL
  2. 22:06 ~ Dan Fortunas (M, 52)
  3. 22:49 ~ Chuck Pierson (M, 41)
  4. 22:58 ~ Hobson Fulmer (M, 57)
  5. 23:03 ~ Stephen Taul (M, 26)
  6. 23:12 ~ Scott Ruthstrom (M, 43)
  7. 23:29 ~ Joe Miller (M, 33)
  8. 23:41 ~ Ace Haddock (M, 43)
  9. 24:02 ~ Bo Spring (M, 36)
  10. 24:03 ~ Steve Wich (M, 42)

Top Ten Females, 2013 Red Pepper 5K Run
  1. 22:30 ~ Sam Fortunas (F, 22) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 24:07 ~ Jamie Nichols (F, 25)
  3. 25:55 ~ Marena Benoit (F, 14)
  4. 26:20 ~ Shaun Stott (F, 24)
  5. 27:51 ~ Alane Kadel (F, 43)
  6. 27:54 ~ Susan Fox (F, 62)
  7. 27:54 ~ Jill Owens (F, 56)
  8. 28:02 ~ Lisa Kamal (F, 42)
  9. 28:35 ~ Molly McKinstry (F, 46)
  10. 28:53 ~ Angie Coglann (F, 45)

Known St. George Island Red Pepper 5K Run Champions, 1992-2013
DateMenWomen
7 MAR 1992
6 MAR 1993
5 MAR 1994
4 MAR 199517:47, Jeff Doherty
2 MAR 1996
1 MAR 199717:57, Charlie Johnson20:56, Fran McLean
7 MAR 1998
6 MAR 199918:12, Mike Sims20:51, Summer Calder
4 MAR 200018:02, Michael Waitathu18:58, Jane Johnson
3 MAR 200117:10, Tim Unger17:31, Sarah Docter-Williams
2 MAR 200218:58, Jay Silvanima25:35, Camille Consolvo
1 MAR 200318:59, David Yon23:20, Jessica Stewart
6 MAR 200416:55, Tim Unger18:12, Breeda Willis
5 MAR 200517:23, Charlie Johnson20:42, Annette Ryerson
4 MAR 200617:40, Charlie Johnson24:05, Meghan Kennedy
3 MAR 200717:44, Charlie Johnson16:41, Tera Moody
1 MAR 200817:23, Vince Molosky21:47, Meghan Kennedy
7 MAR 200919:59, Hobson Fulmer25:25, Kelsey Kilinski
6 MAR 201018:23, David Shearon23:44, Kristen Merill
5 MAR 201118:00, David Shearon22:27, Meghan Kennedy
3 MAR 201219:42, Bryan Harrington22:17, Sam Fortunas
2 MAR 201321:59, Michael D. Turner22:30, Sam Fortunas


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