Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Akbar in the Lion's Den

Florida State University distance runner Mark Akbar, notorious in the annals of Tallahassee distance running for his 2011 Devil Take The Hindmost victory, captured his second straight Bridge of Lions 5K title on Saturday morning, 27 July 2013. Akbar's time in the 29th annual St. Augustine race was 16:11, putting him comfortably ahead of the runner up, St. Augustine's Justin Taylor (16:27). Danny Flanderson of Jacksonville was the third of three runners who cracked 17:00 in the 3.1-mile run, clocking 16:44.


Kim Pawelek Brantly never ran the Devil Take The Hindmost, but she does deserve some notoriety in Tallahassee for having posted a 34:31.15 for 10,000 meters on FSU's Mike Long Track back in 1998. Brantly wasn't running quite that quickly at the 2013 Bridge of Lions, but she did run quickly enough to win her third women's title at the race, coming in 10th overall with an 18:26. The next two women across the finish line were Mallory Kennedy (12th, 18:39) of Daytona Beach and Megan Tramaglini (16th, 18:59) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Another Florida State University distance runner, Tallahassee's Carly Thomas, placed fourth in the women's standings, finishing 18th overall in 19:13.


820 athletes finished the 29th annual Bridge of Lions 5K.


Top Ten Males, 29th annual Bridge of Lions 5K, St. Augustine, Florida
  1. 16:10.1 ~ Marc Akbar (M, 21) Palm Coast, FL
  2. 16:26.8 ~ Justin Taylor (M, 27) St. Augustine, FL
  3. 16:43.7 ~ Danny Flanderson (M, 17) Jacksonville, FL
  4. 17:48.4 ~ David Martinson (M, 37) Jacksonville, FL
  5. 17:56.6 ~ Sean Nagorny (M, 33) Jacksonville, FL
  6. 17:57.0 ~ Joseph Fichera (M, 18) Raynham, MA
  7. 17:59.4 ~ Ben Waller (M, 16) Ocala, FL
  8. 18:16.8 ~ Michael Beaman (M, 31) St. Augustine, FL
  9. 18:21.1 ~ Brett Smith (M, 28) St. Augustine, FL
  10. 18:26.7 ~ Verino Ruggiero (M, 20) Greenville, TN

Top Ten Females, 29th annual Bridge of Lions 5K, St. Augustine, Florida
  1. 18:25.8 ~ Kim Pawelek Brantly (F, 39) St. Augustine, FL
  2. 18:38.6 ~ Mallory Kennedy (F, 30) Daytona Beach, FL
  3. 18:58.2 ~ Megan Tramaglini (F, 23) Pittsburgh, PA
  4. 19:12.6 ~ Carly Thomas (F, 19) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 19:38.5 ~ Carley Glasser (F, 26) Jacksonville, FL
  6. 20:51.8 ~ Sue O'Malley (F, 53) Port Orange, FL
  7. 21:03.3 ~ Ashlyn Bickwermert (F, 24) St. Augustine, FL
  8. 21:11.0 ~ Daria Trifonova (F, 28) St. Augustine, FL
  9. 21:40.2 ~ Michelle McCullough (F, 34) Ponte Vedra, FL
  10. 21:40.4 ~ Simone Frauenfelder (F, 17) St. Augustine, FL

Bridge of Lions 5K champions, 1997-2013
DateMenWomenFinishers
18 July 198714:55, Ron Borsheim18:03, Tawny Kern
20 July 199615:34, Mark Donahue17:16, Kim Pawelek995
19 July 199715:18, Gary Droze16:56, Kim Pawelek958
18 July 199815:41, Reo Rorem19:04, Kelly Wild1113
17 July 199915:52, Ted Devos16:28, Kim Pawelek1151
15 July 200016:12, Randy Hollinger20:27, Erin Neville958
21 July 200116:15, Lee Yaracas19:00, Karin Glenn
20 July 200216:20, Joseph Zepherinus18:32, Karin Glenn490
19 July 200317:24, Keith Brantly19:22, Karin Glenn503
17 July 200415:51, Justin Taylor17:46, Luanne Coulter439
16 July 200516:15, Justin Taylor20:01, Amanda Hahn228
15 July 200616:19, Justin Taylor19:29, Michelle Krueger216
21 July 200715:45, Justin Taylor20:48, Christine Marcano387
19 July 200816:27, Mike Hensley20:04, Sue O'Malley433
18 July 200916:22, Todd Neville19:44, Julie Mayfield431
17 July 201016:07, Ryan Albertson20:33, Sue O'Malley506
16 July 201117:22, Joe Matuszczak18:29, Courtney Cooper731
21 July 201216:24, Marc Akbar18:23, Michelle Krueger713
27 July 201316:11, Marc Akbar18:26, Kim Pawelek Brantly820


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