Sunday, August 25, 2013

Rogers and Houppert win for Team RWB at Life Is A Beach 5K

Westgate Park Trail, Dothan, AlabamaSaturday, 17 August 2013, wasn't a good day for the trail's in Dothan's Westgate Park. Two inches of rain fell on the city that day, enough to turn any trail into a muddy strip. At 8:00 AM, when the Dothan Runners' Life Is A Beach 5K was scheduled to start, an inch of rain had already fallen and the storm raged on. The race was postponed.


It was of course entirely coincidence that this was the thirteenth annual Life Is A Beach 5K.


Team RWB Fort RuckerBefore accepting this as an example of the Curse of Thirteen, or evidence that Life is a Beach, let's keep in mind that the race was only postponed, not canceled. A week later, on 24 August 2013, 81 athletes were in Westgate Park for the rescheduled 5K. Quite a few were there representing Team RWB of Fort Rucker, and the fastest of that contingent was the race winner, Cliff Rogers. Rogers covered the 3.1-mile cross-country course around the park in 20:26, finishing 80 meters ahead of the runner-up, Wes Cantrell. Cantrell was the fastest master runner in the race, posting a 20:45.


The women's competition turned into a race between two Team RWB runners, with Brooke Houppert ultimately triumphing over Carmel Cammack, 22:29 to 22:47. Houppert and Cammack placed ninth and thirteenth overall. Alford, Florida's Jill Wofsey was the first female master, coming in 29th overall in 26:31, the eighth woman finisher.


The Dothan Runners Club returns to Westgate Park on 7 September 2013, this time not to run cross-country in the morning but to race the roads in the evening at the 28th annual Critter Run 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2013 Life Is A Beach 5K
  1. 20:26 ~ Cliff Rogers (M, 31) Midland City, AL
  2. 20:45 ~ Wes Cantrell (M, 45) Dothan, AL
  3. 20:53 ~ Joe Ferguson (M, 38)
  4. 21:16 ~ Jason Teitloff (M, 32)
  5. 21:18 ~ Brooks Newell (M, 27)
  6. 21:25 ~ Al Goudzwaard (M, 57)
  7. 21:36 ~ Nicholas Lewis (M, 28)
  8. 22:22 ~ Jay Wrenn (M, 49)
  9. 22:37 ~ Bret Sosebee (M, 30)
  10. 22:38 ~ Charles Uptain (M, 37)

Top Ten Women, 2013 Life Is A Beach 5K
  1. 22:29 ~ Brooke Houppert (F, 35)
  2. 22:47 ~ Carmel Cammack (F, 30)
  3. 24:23 ~ Anna Bergmark (F, 32)
  4. 26:08 ~ Eden Keene (F, 31)
  5. 26:15 ~ CJ Parrish (F, 33)
  6. 26:17 ~ Kelly Strange (F, 32)
  7. 26:24 ~ Kellie Andrasko (F, 28)
  8. 26:31 ~ Jill Wofsey (F, 50)
  9. 26:34 ~ Carly Davis (F, 30)
  10. 26:44 ~ Katie Newton (F, 25)

Dothan Runners' Life is a Beach 5K Trail Run Champions
DateMenWomenFinishers
11 August 200118:18, Matt Parker24:09, Piper Stockman68
18 August 200218:55, Shawn Latshaw22:05, Teresa Lafleur75
16 August 200318:04, Myles Gibson21:09, Sandy Ebanks71
14 August 200417:24, Nicholas Ireland23:18, Ali Keith74
13 August 200520:42, Dale Thomas24:40, Nancy Hein60
12 August 200618:15, Gabe Mitchell25:45, Cassie Logan72
11 August 200718:39, Myles Gibson24:18, Amelia Carter86
16 August 200817:54, Ryan Overstreet23:20, Lou Ellen Jayroe71
15 August 200920:37, Brian Hickey23:00, Kristina Bennett62
21 August 201017:52, Nicholas Ireland21:50, Katrina Bokenfohr113
27 August 201118:57, Sean Kent17:55, Casey McDermott82
25 August 201218:26, Sean Kent24:23, Val Lichner119
24 August 201320:26, Cliff Rogers22:29, Brooke Hoopert81


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