Monday, April 29, 2013

No stopping to smell the roses for Stanford or Rosen

Will StanfordThomasville, Georgia was founded in 1826. It's hard to believe, but the Rose City Run didn't come along till much later. The 10K road race is part of Thomasville's Rose Festival, which only dates back to the 1920s. The run wasn't added to the festival until 1978. So the latest edition of the Rose City Run, on Saturday morning, 27 April 2013, was the 36th annual.

For the 36th time in 36 years, the runners lined up on Broad Street for the start. Dr. Jim Story gave the final instructions, which have by now become traditional:

Vince Molosky"I'm going to say, 'on your marks, get set, go.' The mayor is going to fire the gun. If the gun don't fire, you go anyway."

The gun may or may not have fired, but the runners did go. Vince Molosky was fastest off the line leading the field along Broad Street and around the turn onto Smith Avenue. By the time Molosky reached the end of the first mile, though, three runners had closed with him--Chris Lake, Will Stanford, and Zac Buchholz.

Leaders after a mileBuchholz, a graduating senior at Tallahassee's Leon High School, fell back early in the second mile, leaving the race to the other three athletes. Chris Lake had won the last three Rose City Runs, but this year he was racing just 12 days after finishing the Boston Marathon. Vince Molosky was coming off an even longer run; two weeks earlier he had raced 50K in Torreya State Park, 31 miles over trails. Will Stanford had the opposite problem. He hadn't raced much since graduating from Leon High School in 2011. Rose City was only his third race of 2013.

Nevertheless, near the end of the second mile it was Will Stanford who grabbed the lead going up the hill near Cherokee Lake. He was still out front turning onto Pinetree Boulevard. Molosky dropped back. Chris Lake chased Stanford as best he could.

Will Stanford"I was eight seconds behind Will at four miles," recalled Lake. "But he just got away from me on the hills on Clay Street."

Stanford certainly did get away, stretching his margin to more than a minute over the last two miles. He was alone on Broad Street when he crossed the finish line with the win in 32:52. Lake was runner-up in 33:57, with Molosky third in 34:23. Zac Buchholz hung on to finish fourth in 35:07. David Knauf was the first master runner, finishing eighth overall in 36:59.

Sheryl RosenTallahassee lawyer Sheryl Rosen successfully defended her Rose City women's title, leading wire to wire and posting her second-best 10K time ever of 37:08, finishing ninth overall. Renee Cox held the second position in the women's competition during the early miles, but she was overtaken by Thomasville master runner Mary Anne Grayson and by Vicky Droze. Grayson was the second female finisher, placing 25th overall in 41:49. Droze was third across for the women in 42:47, with Cox fourth in 43:05.

409 athletes finished the 2013 Rose City Run 10K. Almost certainly, the Rose City Run will be back for the 37th time on 26 April 2014. Because a Thomasville without its Rose City Run is as hard to imagine as Thomasville without the Big Oak.

Top Ten Males, 2013 Rose City Run 10K
  1. 32:52 ~ Will Stanford (M, 20) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 33:57 ~ Chris Lake (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 34:23 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 35:07 ~ Zac Buchholz (M, 18) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 35:32 ~ Wil Luca (M, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 35:57 ~ Jarod Hoffman (M, 17) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 36:37 ~ Maxx Marshall (M, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 36:59 ~ David Knauf (M, 49) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 37:40 ~ Kevin Sweeny (M, 43) St. Augustine Beach, FL
  10. 37:41 ~ James Dodson (M, 15) Quincy, FL

Top Ten Females, 2013 Rose City Run 10K
    Mary Anne Grayson
  1. 37:08 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 41:49 ~ Mary Anne Grayson (F, 47) Thomasville, GA
  3. 42:47 ~ Vicky Droze (F, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 43:05 ~ Renee Cox (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 43:10 ~ Grace Lockhart (F,14) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 43:13 ~ Autumn Wable (F, 17) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 43:39 ~ Beth Sweeny (F, 29) St. Augustine Beach, FL
  8. 44:13 ~ Taylor Benton (F, 21) Thomasville, GA
  9. 44:37 ~ Cora Atkinson (F, 18) Crawfordville, FL
  10. 44:46 ~ Micah Adriani (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL

Rose City Run 10K Champions, 1978-2013
29 April 197831:25, Gary Slayton36:45, Janice Hochstein
28 April 197931:47, Mike Rasper37:49, Janice Hochstein
26 April 198031:18, George West38:14, Colleen Joiner
25 April 198130:21, Mabry McCray40:26, Nicole Batchelder
198230:33, Ernie McKee38:31, Nicole Batchelder
198330:47, Noel Shuman34:57, Darien Andreu
198433:05, Gary Slayton37:51, Barbara Balzer
27 April 198532:36, Rick Miller37:41, Barbara Balzer
26 April 198632:05, Rick Miller37:35, Janice Hochstein
198729:57, Herb Wills37:39, Karen MacHarg
198831:55, Jessie Close37:59, Karen MacHarg
198931:39, Jessie Close36:49, Karen MacHarg
199031:56, Jessie Close37:04, Karen MacHarg
199131:15, Jessie Close38:33, Vikki Saga
199233:04, Trent Smith37:48, Vikki Saga
24 April 199331:28, Gary Droze38:24, Vikki Saga
23 April 199430:19, Robin Rogers37:37, Lisa Herman
29 April 199531:52, Jessie Close35:37, Suzanne Rigg
27 Aprl 199632:18, Jessie Close39:37, Carrie Weyant
26 April 199732:29, Brian Erb36:40, Sarah Docter-Williams
25 April 199831:58, Alan Black36:07, Sarah Docter-Williams
24 April 199932:21, Alan Black37:14, Sarah Docter-Williams
29 April 200034:15, Sean Daniels35:20, Anna Pichrtova
28 April 200132:05, Paul Spangler36:22, Sarah Docter-Williams
27 April 200230:53, Alan Black39:35, Jane Johnson
26 April 200331:58, Matt Kalinski41:53, Julie Carico
25 April 200433:44, Jessie Close39:52, Kate Remillard
23 April 200533:44, Jessie Close37:08, Sarah Docter-Williams
29 April 200634:32, Jessie Close38:38, Barbara Jarnagin
28 April 200731:21, Alan Black39:02, Sheryl Rosen
26 April 200833:10, Malcolm Campbell37:40, Donna Garcia
25 April 200932:34, Nathaniel Haskins41:38, Mary Anne Grayson
24 April 201032:51, Chris Lake37:42, Amy Hines
23 April 201132:46, Chris Lake38:58, Donna Garcia
28 April 201232:51, Chris Lake36:51, Sheryl Rosen
27 April 201332:52, Will Stanford37:08, Sheryl Rosen


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