Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sullivan and Adriani won't bog down on the Swamp Forest Trail

Gulf Winds Track Club Summer Trail SeriesThe Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department apparently didn't consult with a marketing expert when they were naming the hiking trails in Phipps Park. "Redbug Trail" suggests an unpleasant infestation of arthropods. "Swamp Forest Trail" evokes images of an impenetrable morass of leeches and water mossasins. The pictures that "Coon Bottom Loop" brings to mind aren't any more inviting.

The names are what they are, though, and Bobby York chose the Swamp Forest Trail as the venue for the second race in Gulf Winds Track Club's 2013 Summer Trail Series.

Despite the name, 124 runners, right under the limit, showed on Saturday morning, July 13, for the Swamp Forest Trail 4-1/2 mile run. Kevin Sullivan of Capital City Runners was there. Sullivan has run cross country at the NCAA championships and the world championships, and he was also the winner of the first race in the trail series, the Cadillac Trail Run on June 22. The outcome was no different on the Swamp Forest Trail as Sullivan ran to a 30:19 win. Charn McAllister finished runner-up for the second time in the series, but he had to outrace Bryce Van Dam to do it, 30:38 to 30:39. Bing Xu was the fastest master runner on the trail, finishing tenth overall in 34:12.

Stephanie Liles-Weyant had won the women's title at the first race in the series, but Micah Adriani was in the field at the second race. Adriani ran 34:12 in the Swamp Forest Trail Run, good for ninth overall and finishing as the first female. Liles-Weyant was the second woman finisher and first woman master, 15th overall in 36:15.

The third trail series race is the Magnolia Trail Run in Tom Brown Park on Saturday, 27 July 2013. Don’t be fooled by that name, either; the Magnolia Trail is rugged. The fourth and final race in the series will be back in Phipps Park on the Red Bug Trail. I can’t attest to the accuracy of that trail’s name, but I would bring the insect repellent just in case.

Top Ten Men, 2013 Summer Trail Series Run #2 (Swamp Forest 4.5 mile)
  1. Kevin Sullivan30:18.21 ~ Kevin Sullivan (M, 39)
  2. 30:37.34 ~ Charn McAllister (M, 30)
  3. 30:38.83 ~ Bryce Van Dam (M, 26)
  4. 31:15.53 ~ C J Decker (M, 30)
  5. 32:24.27 ~ Douglas Bell (M, 44)
  6. 32:53.20 ~ Tony Guillen (M, 44)
  7. 32:56.03 ~ Brian Molen (M, 37)
  8. 34:10.84 ~ Camilo Ordonez (M, 34)
  9. 34:11.76 ~ Bing Xu (M, 45)
  10. 34:12.24 ~ Jason Graham (M, 33)

Top Ten Women, 2013 Summer Trail Series Run #2 (Swamp Forest 4.5 mile)
    Micah Adriani, Katie Showman
  1. 34:11.38 ~ Micah Adriani (F, 35)
  2. 36:14.32 ~ Stephanie Liles-Weyant (F, 41)
  3. 38:55.72 ~ Melissa Hooke (F, 35)
  4. 40:04.59 ~ Lori Richardson (F, 27)
  5. 40:59.68 ~ Carla McDonald (F, 35)
  6. 41:39.87 ~ Martha Bademan (F, 29)
  7. 42:41.02 ~ Michelle McAllister (F, 30)
  8. 43:03.16 ~ Michelle Perry (F, 28)
  9. 43:09.30 ~ Beverly Hamilton (F, 35)
  10. 44:24.56 ~ Amanda Brown (F, 26)


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