Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Roe and Morse take titles in Titletown 5K

Titletown Track ClubTwo athletes ran neck and neck down the final stretch of the 3.1-mile road race, leading a field of 89. At the finish line, Lowndes High freshman Chance Roe eked out a 17:42 to 17:43 win over Valdosta State University freshman Nathinael Wondimu. It was Valdosta's inaugural Titletown 5K on Saturday morning, 27 April 2013. A good 200 meters behind Roe and Wondimu, Ryan Winkel, a teammate of Wondimu on the VSU cross-country team, finished third in 18:27. Another VSU Blazer, Carlos Ponce, was fourth in 18:33. Matthew Baun of St. John Catholic School was fifth in 19:08, and Valdosta High School's Milo Mirate was sixth at 21:19. Eighth place went to the fastest master in the race, Michael Baun of Valdosta, who ran 21:19.


Preceding the elder Baun across the finish line was ten-year-old Kelsey Morse, the top female in the 2013 Titletown 5K. Placing seventh overall in 21:27, Morse led a sweep of the first three female spots in the race by members of Valdosta's Viking Runners Club. Eryn Wilkely (9th, 22:24) of the Vikings was the second female finisher, and the Vikings' Mackenzie Morse (11th, 22:36) was the third. After the Viking assault on the finish line, Valdosta's Alice Smoot came in 15th overall in 22:55, the fourth female finisher and first master woman.


Proceeds of the Titletown Track Club 5K went to benefit the cross-country programs of Valdosta Middle School. Valdosta MS cross-country coach Ryan Kelly directed the race.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Titletown 5K
  1. 17:41.6 ~ Chance Roe (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  2. 17:42.8 ~ Nathinael Wondimu (M, 19) Valdosta, GA
  3. 18:26.5 ~ Ryan Winkel (M, 21) Valdosta, GA
  4. 18:32.7 ~ Carlos Ponce (M, 18) Valdosta, GA
  5. 19:07.6 ~ Matthew Baun (M, 13) Valdosta, GA
  6. 21:18.6 ~ Milo Mirate (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  7. 22:17.1 ~ Michael Baun (M, 56) Valdosta, GA
  8. 22:31.1 ~ Jerrod Morse (M, 39) Valdosta, GA
  9. 22:35.5 ~ Andy Gibbs (M, 35) Valdosta, GA
  10. 22:37.2 ~ Rob McGhin (M, 33) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Females, 2013 Titletown 5K
  1. 21:26.3 ~ Kelsey Morse (F, 10) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:23.7 ~ Eryn Wilkey (F, 10) Valdosta, GA
  3. 22:35.1 ~ Mackenzie Morse (F, 13) Valdosta, GA
  4. 22:54.6 ~ Alice Smoot (F, 56) Valdosta, GA
  5. 22:57.7 ~ Melissa Roe (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  6. 23:05.0 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 45) Valdosta, GA
  7. 23:32.4 ~ Debbie Green (F, 47) Valdosta, GA
  8. 23:46.6 ~ Makenzee Page (F, 13) Ray City, GA
  9. 23:51.7 ~ Sylvia Ellis (F, 43) Valdosta, GA
  10. 25:48.2 ~ Lauren Pate (F, 32) Tifton, GA

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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
DateMenWomen
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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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tallahassee runs for Boston

5.2 at 5 for BostonSome said there were a thousand runners, others said it was closer to 1,500. What was certain, though, was that there were many hundreds on the streets of Tallahassee's Southwood community. There were more athletes than those streets would ever see outside of Thanksgiving Day and the annual Tallahassee Turkey Trot. They were there on Sunday afternoon, 21 April 2013, to show their solidarity with the victims of the Boston bombings of April 15, the runners of the Boston Marathon, the people of Boston, and the citizens of the United States. They were there to run 5.2 miles.


5.2 at 5 for BostonIt was an odd distance. When the bombs went off in Boston, Massachusetts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street, the area became a crime scene. Additionally, no one knew that there weren't more bombs in the area. So even though there were still runners on the course, the finish line was shut down. No one was allowed to enter the area. More than 17,000 runners had finished the 117th annual race, but over 5,000 were stopped short of the finish line. Many were halted at the 21-mile mark--5.2 miles from their goal.


5.2 at 5 for BostonBack in Tallahassee on the evening following the marathon, Shannon Colavecchio of Badass Fitness thought that one way that local athletes could express their feelings about the bombings was to do a 5.2-mile run--the distance from the finish line that so many marathoners had been forced to end their run. Without much experience in producing a running event, Colavecchio and her friends decided to go ahead with the idea. No more than a few dozen friends and acquaintances were going to show up, right? They picked a course, decided that the run would be at 5:00 PM on Sunday, and posted the event on Facebook. 5.2 miles at 5:00 PM; 5.2 at 5 for Boston.


5.2 at 5 for BostonAlmost immediately, hundreds of people RSVPed their event on Facebook. To put that in frightening perspective, fewer than 500 sent RSVPed the aforementioned Turkey Trot on Facebook in 2012, an event that was attended by 6,000 participants.


Clearly people liked the idea. Just as clearly, the run was going to be too big for the parking and streets around Badass Fitness.


The run was moved to Southwood. The local running community including some members of Gulf Winds Track Club rallied around Badass Fitness's leadership, and somehow the event happened. Not quite six days after Colavecchio came up with the idea, over a thousand were gathering on Esplanade Way to run 5.2 at 5 for Boston.


The top runners were handed awards, but racing wasn't the focus of the afternoon. If it had been, I would have written something like this:
Albert Reed

Albert Reed took the lead at the two-mile mark and never relinquished it, going on to win the 5.2-mile Run for Boston in 31:56. Florida State University women's track coach Karen Harvey was the first female finisher, placing fourth overall in 32:27.

5.2 at 5 for BostonThere were certainly folks running fast at Southwood, and there were people out there who were racing. That wasn't important, though. Sure, Karen Harvey was the first woman finisher. But it was more telling that she was out at Southwood only minutes after getting off a flight at Tallahassee Regional Airport. Everyone at Southwood was out there because they needed to express how they felt about Boston. Back in New England, Neil Diamond and James Taylor had the same need. They're singers, so they sang. The people at Southwood were runners, so they ran.


After a little over an hour the runners cleared the streets of Southwood. The event raised around $15,000 for the Boston Red Cross and One Fund Boston.


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

24 April 2013 Tallahassee 100-Mile Race Calendar

This is the Tallahassee vicinity road-race schedule for 24 April 2013. If that's more than a week ago, the latest schedule is always available via this link:


This is a listing of upcoming races within 100 miles of Tallahassee, Florida, roughly the region in the map below. If a race isn't listed, I probably haven't heard of it, so post a comment and let me know about it.
Map
27 APRIL 2013
  • Rose36th annual Rose City Run 10K and one-mile kids' run. 8:00 am ET 10K / 9:30 am ET one mile. North Broad Street and Monroe Street, Thomasville, GA. USATF certified course GA92011WN (10K). 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Entry form. 2013 Rose City Run tabloid. rcr@ymcathomasville.org or 229-226-9878.
  • 4th annual Salmonole 5K. 8:00am ET. Integration Statue on Woodward Plaza, Florida State University, 117 North Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida 32306. 2010 story. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Nish Krishnamurthy, nk08d@my.fsu.edu
  • 2nd annual Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Run 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET one mile/8:30am ET 10K and 5K. Southwood Capital Office Complex, Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida. 2012 story. Kathy Anderson, kanderson@rmhctallahassee.org or 850-222-0056x23.
  • Titletown Track Club 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Valdosta Middle School, 110 Burton Avenue, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. Ryan Kelly, rkelly@gocats.org or 229-333-8555.
  • Superhero 5K Trail Run and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT 5K / 9:00 AM CT one mile. Westgate Park Tennis Center, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. Entry form and flyer. Pam Miles , 334-671-1966.
  • Doggie Dash 5K and one mile fun run. 9:00 AM ET. Willie J Williams Middle School Stadium parking lot, 904 4th Street SE, Moultrie, Georgia.Online registration at active.com.
  • 2nd Annual Race for Enrichment 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Bethlehem Community Center, 712 SW Bethlehem Avenue, Fort White, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
28 APRIL 2013
  • Food Dash 5K. 9:00 AM ET. Sandels Building, 120 Convocation Way, Tallahassee, Florida 32303. Event web page. Event page on Facebook. Race flyer. Rachel Mohler, rmohler@fightinghunger.org or 772-643-3670.
3 MAY 2013
  • 26th annual Gnat Days 5K. 7:00 PM ET. Courthouse Square, Camilla, Georgia. 2012 story. 2011 story. Entry form and flyer. Jennifer Burnum, jennifer@camillageorgia.com or 229-336-5255.
  • Bearcat Extravaganza 5K and one-mile fun run. 7:00 PM ET. Bainbridge High School, 1 Bearcat Boulevard, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819. Entry form and flyer. Jennifer Oldaker, joldaker@dcboe.com
4 MAY 2013
  • 12th annual Tallahassee Tails and Trails 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET. Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center, 1125 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer.
  • Run 4 Mercy 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Southwood Town Center, Merchants Row Boulevard at Four Oaks Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web site. RFM2012@mercyministries.com
  • 28th annual Bay County Race Judicata 5K. 8:00 AM CT. Bay County Courthouse, 300 E. 4th Street, Panama City, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
  • Dothan Fire Department “Fit to Fight” 10K / 5K. 8:00 AM CT. Dothan Fire Department Station #1, 600 Columbia Highway, Dothan, AL 36301. Entry form and flyer. Chief Shan Ash, snash@dothan.org or 334-615-4555.
  • F.A.M. Festival 5K Run For Haven Hospice. 9:00 AM ET. 778 NE Lake DeSoto Circle, Lake City, Florida. Online registration at active.com. Stephanie Brod 352-271-4665.
  • University Academy Run the Runway 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT. Old Panama City Airport, 1415 Airport Road, Panama City, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
  • Hornet Hustle 5K. 8:30 AM ET. Brewer Lake Youth Center, Day, Florida. Event page on Facebook. Matt Swain, 209-0241.
11 MAY 2013
  • Marzuq Shrine's 10th annual Mothers Day 5K. 8:00 am ET. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Keiff Lindsey, romanroch@hotmail.com or 850-212-2926.
  • Ft. Rucker Army Ten-Mile Run-Off and 5 x Two-Mile Relay. 7:00 AM CT. Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility, Bldg 4605 Andrews Avenue, Fort Rucker, Alabama, 36362. 334-255-3794.
  • End of Watch 10K/5K Honoring All Fallen Officers. 8:00 AM CT. Poplar Head Park, Dothan, Alabama. Sgt. Will Glover, wnglover@dothan.org or 334-615-3640.
  • Taunton Family Festival 5K. 8:00 AM CT. Taunton Family Home, 200 Taunton Family Road, Wewahitchka, Florida. Online registration at active.com. Dan Walsh, 850-443-2880.
  • 2nd annual Malone May 5K. 8:30 AM ET. Johnny Williams Memorial Park, 5474 11th Street, Malone, Florida 32445. Event page on Facebook. malone5kruns@yahoo.com
  • Lakeside School Tech Trot 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT one mile / 8:25 AM CT 10K / 8:35 AM CT 5K. The Lakeside School, 1020 Lake Drive, Eufaula, Alabama 36027. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. 334-687-5748.
18 MAY 2013
  • 2nd annual Steve Ellis 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Dick Howser Baseball Stadium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. 2011 story. Event page on Facebook. Event web site.  Entry form and flyer. mail@ellis5k.com
  • 7th annual Run for Wakulla Springs 5K Trail Run and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET one mile / 8:30 AM ET 5K. Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, Florida 32327. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RaceIt.com. Ron and Cynthia Christen, 850-926-7834 or 850-567-0500.
  • 7th annual Missionette 5K / 10K Extraordinary Run. 8:00 am ET. Family Worship Center of Cairo, 1400 South Broad Street, Cairo, GA 39828. Event page on Facebook. USATF certified course GA09001WC (10K) and GA09002WC (5K). 2010 story. Katina Stewart 229-378-0970.
  • 2nd annual Catfish Crawl 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT. 2012 story. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. Ben Hall, firechief@blountstownfire.org or 850-674-4988.
  • Brian Dowling Memorial 5K Trail Run. 8:00 AM CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. Event entry form. Larry Dykes, 334-792-6021.
  • Road Kill 5K. 8:00am ET. Reed Bingham State Park, 542 Reed Bingham Road, Adel, Georgia 31620. 2012 story. USATF certified course GA11076WC. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUp.com.
  • Hearts for Military Heroes Armed Forces Day 5K. 8:00 AM CT. Frank Brown Park, 16200 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
  • Chances For Children 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Columbia County Courthouse, Hernando Street, Lake City, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
25 MAY 2013
  • 3rd annual Fight For Air 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Southwood, Tallahassee, Florida. 2011 story. Event page on Facebook. Event web site.
  • "Go for the Green!" Decatur County 4-H 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. Spring Hill Tree Farm, 795 Woodhull Road, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819. Entry form and flyer. Ash Bailey, eabailey@uga.edu or 229-248-3033.
27 MAY 2013
  • USA Flag5th annual Valdosta Memorial Day 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Valdosta Early College Academy, 1605 Azalea Drive, Valdosta, Georgia. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUpcom. A Course/Line, LLC, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455.
  • USA FlagCordele Kiwanis Memorial Day 8K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 7:53 AM ET 8K / 8:02 AM ET one mile / 9:08 5K. Crisp County Recreation Department, 1205 North 5th St. Extension, Cordele, Georgia 31015. Entry form and flyer. ranreb@planttel.net or bennywade@hughes.net
  • USA Flag7th annual Bainbridge Memorial Day 5K Night Race. 7:00 PM ET. Bainbridge Middle School tennis courts, Miluli Avenue at South Boulevard Drive, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Lisa Enfinger lenfinger@dcboe.com or Greg Waddell gregw4@bellsouth.net
1 JUNE 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 16th annual Potluck Bash 4-Mile Run. 6:00 pm ET. Forestmeadows Athletic Center, 4750 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Event page on Facebook. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. David Yon, david@radeylaw.com or 850-425-6671.
  • 7th annual Loop The Lake 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 8:20 AM ET one mile. Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club, 2459-H US Highway 280 West, Cordele, Georgia 31015. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. race@loopthelake.com or 229-894-2607.
2 JUNE 2013
  • Tallahassee Youth Triathlon Series Splash and Dash. 8:00am ET. Morcom Aquatic Center, Potsdamer Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Mike Weyant, weyantm@comcast.net or 850-241-6591.
6 JUNE 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #1 (40m, 100m, 200m, 800m, two mile). 6:45 PM ET. Maclay School track, 3737 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
8 JUNE 2013
  • 3rd annual Leon High School Volleyball Pride Stride 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. Leon High School, 550 East Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32303. Entry form and flyer. Angie Strickland, leonvolleyball@gmail.com or 850-443-1000.
  • 3rd annual Run 4 tHe Revolution 5K and Clover Trot Fun Run. 7:30AM ET 5K / 8:30AM ET one-mile. Lake Park Elementary School, 604 W. Marion Avenue, Lake Park, Georgia 31636. 2012 story. Galen A. Mirate, gmirate@gmx.com or 229-561-0747.
13 JUNE 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #2 (40m, 100m, 400m, one mile, 5000m). 6:45 PM ET. Maclay School track, 3737 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
15 JUNE 2013
  • 35th annual Melon Run 5K. 8:15am ET. Old Jefferson County High School gym, Monticello, Florida. 2012 story. 2011 story. story. 2010 story. USATF certified course #FL06044DL. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. Jessica Corley, jessicacorley@gmail.com or 850-519-2158.
20 JUNE 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #3 (40m, 100m, 200m, 800m, two mile). 6:45 PM ET. Maclay School track, 3737 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
27 JUNE 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #4 (40m, 100m, 400m, one mile, 5000m). 6:45 PM ET. Maclay School track, 3737 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
29 JUNE 2013
4 JULY 2013
  • Tallahassee Independence Day 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Location TBD. Cole Tessier, cdt1983@gmail.com
  • 5th annual Valdosta Independence Day 5K. 7:15 AM ET. 3200 North Ashley Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. A Course/Line, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455.
6 JULY 2013
  • 2nd annual Iota Tau Alpha Run For The Tape 8K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:15 AM. J. R. Alford Greenway, 2500 South Pedrick Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Roger Schmidt, rjs09c@my.fsu.edu or 727-644-5526.
11 JULY 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #5 (40m, 100m, 200m, 800m, two mile). 6:45 PM ET. Maclay School track, 3737 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
13 JULY 2013
  • 5th annual Barnes 5K. 7:30 am ET. Barnes Drug Store Downtown, 200 South Patterson Street Valdosta, Georgia 31601. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story.
14 JULY 2013
  • Tallahassee Youth Triathlon Series #2. 8:00am ET. Morcom Aquatic Center, Potsdamer Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Mike Weyant, weyantm@comcast.net or 850-241-6591.
18 JULY 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #6 (40m, 100m, 400m, one mile, 5000m). 6:45 PM ET. Maclay School track, 3737 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
20 JULY 2013
  • Tallahassee's not-quite-annual Devil Take The Hindmost Run. 7:00pm ET. Mike Long Track, Florida State University, Chieftain Way and Spirit Way, Tallahassee, Florida. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2004 story. hwills@gmail.com
  • 4th annual Break Bread Bun Run 5K. 7:30am ET. Valdosta YMCA, 2424 Gornto Road, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story.
25 JULY 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #7 (40m, 100m, 200m, 800m, two mile). 6:45 PM ET. Maclay School track, 3737 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
27 JULY 2013
  • Tasty Tiger Trot 5K Trail Run. 8:00 AM CT. Westgate Park Trail, Dothan, Alabama. Mike or Carolyn Houston, 334-797-3668 or 334-797-5641.
1 AUGUST 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club / Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Summer Track Series Meet #8 (Events TBD). 6:45 PM ET. Maclay School track, 3737 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
3 AUGUST 2013
  • Possum Trot 5K. 7:30am CT. Wausau, Florida. 2011 story. Frank or Carol Kreis, 850-773-2030.
10 AUGUST 2013
  • 15th annual Summer Sizzler 5K and one-mile fun run. 7:00 pm ET (1 mile), 7:30 pm ET (5K). St. George Island, Florida. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. USATF certifed course #FL99035DL. Event web site. Hobson Fulmer, hobson@fairpoint.net or 850-927-2510.
17 AUGUST 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 16th annual Breakfast On The Track One Mile Run. 7:45 am ET. Maclay School track, 3737 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, Florida. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Bonnie Wright, bonniedwright@gmail.com or 850-386-3500.
24 AUGUST 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's Miller Landing Madness 8K/5K/3K. 8:00 am ET. Elinor Klapp Phipps Park, Miller Landing Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019.
  • 4th annual Leesburg Long Run For Children 10.5K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 7:00 AM ET 5K / 8:00 AM ET 10.5K / 8:10 AM ET one mile. Lee County Chamber of Commerce, 100 Starksville Avenue North, Leesburg, Georgia 31763. Event web site. Entry form and flyer. pamndonv@bellsouth.net or 229-759-1970.
31 AUGUST 2013
  • 2nd annual Terry Massa Memorial 5K. 8:30 AM ET. Piney Z Lodge, 950 Piney Z Plantation Rd, Tallahassee, Florida. 2012 story. Course map. Melba Jacobs, jacobsm@leonschools.net or specialolympics.leon@gmail.com
1 SEPTEMBER 2013
  • Tallahassee Youth Triathlon Series #3. 8:00 AM ET. Morcom Aquatic Center, Potsdamer Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Mike Weyant, weyantm@comcast.net or 850-241-6591.
2 SEPTEMBER 2013
  • 5th annual Valdosta Labor Day 5K and 1500m fun run. 8:00am ET. 3200 North Ashley Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2011 story. 2010 story. Online registration at runsignup.com.
7 SEPTEMBER 2013
  • 4th annual Partnership Cancer Fund 5K and one-mile walk. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 8:45 AM ET one mile. McKey Park, Burton Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2011 story. 2010 story. john.sparks@lcpfh.org
14 SEPTEMBER 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 32nd annual Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Optimist Park, East Indianhead Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. USATF certified course #FL00022DL. Entry form and flyer. Lisa Unger, ungertl@juno.com or 850-562-2901.
  • 32nd annual Sickle Cell Foundation of the Big Bend 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:10am ET one mile / 8:30am ET 5K. Jake Gaither Park, 801 Tanner Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32305. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course #FL12057EBM. Event web site. jill@sicklecellfoundation.org or 850-222-2355.
  • Princess Macy 5K8:00 AM CT 5K. Westgate Park Tennis Center, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303.
21 SEPTEMBER 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's Salute to Prefontaine 5K Cross-Country Run. 8:30am ET. Silver Lake Recreation Area of the Apalachicola National Forest, Silver Lake Road, Tallahassee, Florida. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Jeff Nielsen, dobieman@comcast.net or 850-459-8859.
  • Race of the South 10K / 5K / one-mile fun run. 7:30 AM ET 10K and 5K, 9:00 AM ET one mile. Moultrie YMCA, 601 26th Avenue Southeast, Moultrie, Georgia 31768. 2012 story. 2010 story. Event web page. Leslie Peretti, leslieymca@hotmail.com or 229-985-1154.
28 SEPTEMBER 2013
  • 3rd annual Run for Lawson Cross Country 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET one mile. Holy Comforter Episcopal School, 2001 Fleischmann Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32308. 2012 story. 2011 story. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Cathy Mayfield, emc4223@aol.com
  • 3rd annual Get-A-Mammy 5K. 8:00 AM ET. McKey Park, 112 Burton Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2012 story. 2011 story
  • Run For The Renascence 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT. Frank Brown Park, 16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, Florida. Online registration at active.com
  • Hispanic Heritage Gate-To-Gate 4.2-Mile Run. 9:00 AM CT. 3rd Avenue and Raider Street parking lot, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Fortenberry-Colton PFF at 255-3794.
5 OCTOBER 2013
  • 6th annual Robin Lotane Memorial Red Cross Hurricane Run 5K. 8:00 am ET. Tallahassee Red Cross, 1115 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Bob Lotane, 850-545-9446, or Debara Jump, debara.jump@tallyredcross.org or 850-402-5612.
  • Hahira Honeybee Festival 5K. 8:00 am ET. Hahira Community Center, 216 Randall Street, Hahira, Georgia 31632. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. Entry form. honeybeefestival@yahoo.com or 229-794-3274 or 229-794-9777.
  • Riverfront Run 5K. 8:30am ET. Broad Avenue next to Hilton Garden Inn, 101 S Front Street, Albany, Georgia 31701. Event page on Facebook. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. info@riverfrontrun.com or (229) 436-8191.
12 OCTOBER 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's Pine Run at Tall Timbers 20K. 7:30 am ET. Tall Timbers Research Station, 13093 Henry Beadel Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Chuck and Jana Davis, cdaviscycle@gmail.com
19 OCTOBER 2013
  • Cast Iron 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Citizens National Bank Parking Lot, 100 East Stephens Street, Quitman, Georgia 31643. 2011 story.
  • 7th annual Joyce's Jog 5K and one-mile fun run. 7:30 AM ET one mile / 8:00 AM ET 5K. Ponder Enterprises, 208 East Third Street (corner of Hwy 84 and Hwy 91), Donalsonville, Georgia. 2010 story. Event web site. Steffy Vines, info@joycesjog.com or 229-524-1234.
25 OCTOBER 2013
  • PumpkinheadYMCA Trick or Trot 5K Night Race and one-mile fun run. 6:00 PM ET one mile / 6:30 PM ET 5K. YMCA at Southwood, 3196 Merchants Row Boulevard suite 200, Tallahassee, Florida. 2012 story. 2011 story. Entry form and flyer. Tasha Everette, teverette@capitalregionymca.org
26 OCTOBER 2013
  • 34th annual Boston Mini-Marathon. 8:00 am ET. Commercial Bank, 124 West Jefferson Street, Boston, GA 31626. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Brad Johnson, bradjohnson@bankcb.com or 229-498-8500 (day) / 229-226-4679 (evening).
  • Spooky 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00AM CT. Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center, Building 4605 Andrews Avenue, Fort Rucker, Alabama. 334-255-0308.
11 NOVEMBER 2013
  • USA Flag3rd annual Allen Beal Memorial Veterans' Day 5K. 8:30 AM ET. Vietnam War Memorial, South Calhoun Street at Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida. 2012 story. 2011 story.
23 NOVEMBER 2013
  • 19th annual Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Run, Relay, and 5K. 8:00 am CT. St Theresa's Catholic Church, 2056 Sunny Hills Boulevard, Sunny Hills, Florida. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story.  Marty Kirkland 850-265-8439 or Joe Edgecombe joeruns@yahoo.com or 850-763-5005.
  • Turkey Trot 10K and 5K. 9:00 AM CT. Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility, Bldg 4605 Andrews Avenue, Fort Rucker, Alabama, 36362. 334-255-2296.
28 NOVEMBER 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 38th annual Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K / 10K / 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 am ET. State Office Satellite Complex at SouthWood, Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, FL. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site. David Yon, david@radeylaw.com or 850-425-6671 or 850-668-2236
  • Valdosta Thanksgiving Day 5K. 8:00am ET. Valdosta Early College Academy, Azalea Drive and College Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2011 story. 2010 story. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. A Course/Line, LLC, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455.
.30 NOVEMBER 2013
  • Swine Time 5K. 8:30am ET. Swine Time Fairgrounds, New Street, Climax Georgia. 2011 story. Paul Fryer, pfryer1@gmail.com or 229-246-8560 or Chip Ariail, dariail@dcboe.com or 229-243-9120.
7 DECEMBER 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club Ten-Mile Challenge / Five-Mile Run. 8:00 am ET. Hawks Rise Elementary School, 205 Meadow Ridge Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32312-1565. USATF certified courses FL10078EBM (ten mile) and FL10077EBM (five mile). 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. Lisa or Eric Johnson, 10MileChallenge@gmail.com
  • Fifth annual Run for the Redfish Half-Marathon / 5K / one-mile fun run. 8:00am CT. Pier Park, Margaritaville, 16230 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach 32413. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story.  Event web site.
14 DECEMBER 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 32nd annual Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic 50K/50M. 7:00 am ET. Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, Florida. USATF certified course FL08072EBM. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web site. Gary Griffin, runlong@nettally.com
  • Mistletoe 5K. 9:00 AM CT. Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Facility, 5900 Skychief Street, Fort Rucker, Alabama 36362. 334-255-2296.
21 DECEMBER 2013
  • Gulf Wind Track Club's third annual Tannenbaum Trail 6K Cross Country Run. 9:00AM ET. Apalachee Regional Park Trail, 7550 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida. 2012 story. 2011 story. Brian Corbin, brirun@comcast.net, or Herb Wills, hwills@gmail.com
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18 JANUARY 2014
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 30th annual Bowlegs 5K Run for Scholarship. 9:00am ET. FAMU / FSU College of Engineering, 2525 Pottsdamer Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32310-6046. USATF certified course #FL95008DL. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Larry Giunipero, lgiunip@cob.fsu.edu or 850-878-5569, or Bill Hillison, bhillis@garnet.acns.fsu.edu or 850-893-4557.
25 JANUARY 2014
  • PigThe 32nd annual Hog Wild Run 15K and 5K. 2:00pm CT. The Depot Off Main, 120 Museum Avenue, Dothan, Alabama 36303. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 15K course map. Event web page. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or 334-792-6021.
2 FEBRUARY 2014
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 40th annual Tallahassee Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:30 am ET. Mike Long Track, Florida State University, Chieftain Way at Spirit Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web site. Tallahasseemarathon@gmail.com
8 FEBRUARY 2014
  • Samoa21st annual Run For The Cookies 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30AM ET one mile / 9:00AM ET 5K. Tallahassee Community College Lifetime Sports Center, 444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32304. 2013 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified 5K course FL08011EBM.  Dr. Jeanne O'Kon, okonj@tcc.fl.edu or 850-894-2019.
15 FEBRUARY 2014
1 MARCH 2014
  • 9th annual Thomasville Road Baptist Church 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:00AM ET one mile / 8:30am ET 10K and 5K. Thomasville Road Baptist Church, 3131 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course FL09035EBM (10K). USATF certified course FL09036EBM (5K). Michael Kennett, mtkyuma@yahoo.com
  • 8th annual Albany Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:00 am ET. Veteran's Park, 112 North Front Street, Albany, GA 31701. USATF certified course GA07003WC (Marathon), GA07002WC (half-Marathon). 2013 story. 2011 story. Event web site. info@albanymarathon.com or 229-317-4760.
8 MARCH 2014
  • Shamrock26th annual Shamrock Scurry 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00AM ET one mile / 8:30AM ET 5K.Killearn United Methodist Church, 2800 Shamrock South, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. USATF certified course #FL10021EBM. Course map. Connie Clark, rclarke54@comcast.net or 850-933-2429.
  • 36th annual Winston Howell 10,000 Meter Road Race. 9:00am CT. National Guard Armory, Highway 52 and 167, Hartford, AL 36344. 2013 story. 2011 story. USATF certified course #AL96005JD. Event web site. Cary Hatcher at cary.hatcher@gmail.com or 334-588-2343; Mike Kinman at mikek@fnbhartford.com or 334-684-9818.
22 MARCH 2014
  • Fire Ant Festival 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. Turner County Special Services School, College Avenue and Gilmore Street, Ashburn, Georgia 31714. 2013 story. 2011 story. Festival website. Jonathan Perry, 5krun@cisturnerconnection.org or 229-567-9320.
29 MARCH 2014
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 39th annual Springtime 10K, Publix 5K and Target 1-Miler. 7:45am ET one-mile / 8:10am ET 10K and 5K. Leon County Courthouse, 301 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site.
12 APRIL 2014
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 40th annual Palace Saloon 5K. 8:00 AM ET. James Messer Fields Park, Jackson Bluff Road and Dupree Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304. USATF certified course FL13028EBM. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Mike Burns, michaelaburns@yahoo.com
26 APRIL 2014
  • Rose37th annual Rose City Run 10K and one-mile kids' run. 8:00 AM ET 10K / 9:30 am ET one mile. North Broad Street and Monroe Street, Thomasville, GA. USATF certified course GA92011WN (10K). 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web site. rcr@ymcathomasville.org or 229-226-9878.
2 MAY 2014
  • 27th annual Gnat Days 5K. 7:00 PM ET. Courthouse Square, Camilla, Georgia. 2012 story. 2011 story. Jennifer Burnum, jennifer@camillageorgia.com or 229-336-5255.



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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ryan Kelly repeats at Gully Run 5K

Withlacoochee River trestleI only know one story about Clyattville, Georgia. A few years ago, a man in Madison, Florida told me that decades ago, when the railroad was still running between Clyattville and Madison, he and a buddy were driving around in the buddy's truck one Saturday night. About the time they decided that they might as well be back home in Madison, the two found themselves at the railroad crossing in Clyattville.


Putting the truck into gear, the driver turned south onto the track and started heading toward Madison. After all it was the shortest route back to town.


At the state line, the tracks crossed the Withlacoochee River. The driver advised his passenger to open the door of the truck.


"Why?"


"So if we go over into the river, you can get out of the cab."


They made it home alive so that I was able to hear the story years later. Those high-spirited lads actually outlived the railroad; the tracks were torn up long ago. Half the trestle over the Withlacoochee has fallen into the river, and what is left standing doesn't look like it will be standing much longer. On the Florida side of the river, the old rail grade has been turned into a paved trail, running from Madison to the river. If Georgia decides to pave their portion, only a bridge over the river would be needed to allow you to walk or run or bicycle from Clyattville to Madison. In Clyattville itself you could run workouts on the trail. You could even run races on it.


In the meantime, Clyattville Elementary School hosts their annual 5K Gully Run on the streets of the village. At the front of the race the second annual Gully Run on Saturday morning, 20 April 2013, repeated the results of the first. For the second year in a row, Valdosta Middle School cross-country coach Ryan Kelly outran Lowndes High distance runner Tyler Thurman for the title. This time around Kelly ran 18:00 to Thurman's 18:20. Unlike 2012, though, Thurman found himself in a fight for second place, closely challenged by Tim Komarek and Caleb Coil. Unfortunately, the three runners went off course. Maybe they were too intent on the competition. When they got back on track Komarek finished on Thurman's heels at 18:21, with Coil another few heartbeats behind at 18:23.


Ten-year-old Kelsey Morse of Valdosta's Viking Runners Club took the female title, placing eighth overall in 21:23. Eryn Wilkey (9th, 21:38), another Viking Runner, was the second female finisher. Third in the division was the first female master, Valdosta's Tammy Jo Allen (13th, 22:28).


78 athletes finished the 3.1-mile race.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Gully Run 5K
  1. 17:59.2 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 34) Lake Park, GA
  2. 18:19.3 ~ Tyler Thurman (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  3. 18:20.3 ~ Tim Komarek (M, 29) Valdosta, GA
  4. 18:22.3 ~ Caleb Coil (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  5. 19:55.3 ~ Colin Prinsloo (M, 27) Hahira, GA
  6. 20:37.4 ~ Justin Brooks (M, 20) Valdosta, GA
  7. 21:22.3 ~ Jacob Bearrentine (M, 20) Valdosta, GA
  8. 22:01.5 ~ Toby Wilkey (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  9. 22:19.3 ~ Jordan Weise (M, 20) Valdosta, GA
  10. 22:26.0 ~ Danielle Swilley (M, 14) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Females, 2013 Gully Run 5K
  1. 21:22.7 ~ Kelsey Morse (F, 10) Valdosta, GA
  2. 21:37.8 ~ Eryn Wilkey (F, 10) Valdosta, GA
  3. 22:27.2 ~ Tammy Jo Allen (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
  4. 22:52.0 ~ Mackenzie Morse (F, 13) Valdosta, GA
  5. 23:09.0 ~ Martha Mazurkiewiez (F, 45) Valdosta, GA
  6. 24:27.6 ~ Ashley Luke (F, 23) Valdosta, GA
  7. 24:42.3 ~ Jade Evans (F, 22) Valdosta, GA
  8. 24:45.2 ~ Robin Cobb (F, 55) Valdosta, GA
  9. 25:14.9 ~ Holly Stouppe (F, 29) Valdosta, GA
  10. 25:15.2 ~ Makenzee Page (F, 13) Ray City, GA

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Linton and Rosen lead a record crowd to the Palace Saloon

Stanley LintonUndeterred by forecasts of rain, the specter of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, or the rigors of 3.1-miles of running, a record crowd of athletes turned out for Gulf Winds Track Club's 39th annual Palace Saloon 5K Road Race in Tallahassee on Saturday morning, 20 April 2013. When the race was over, Stanley Linton was the latest of almost four decades of Palace Saloon 5K champions, winning a race where less than three seconds separated the first three runners. Linton's time was 15:46, his first sub 16:00 effort on the roads, although he has run faster on the track. Sheryl Rosen was the first female finisher, covering the 3.1 miles in 17:49.


Stanley LintonAs the sun came up on the morning of the race, an overnight rain had ceased. Even though the skies were still cloudy hundreds of runners were arriving at Messer Park to run the Palace Saloon 5K. The crowds reflected the fact that the race had grown in recent years, grown so much that this year the start had to be moved from Dupree Street to the wider Jackson Bluff Road. Cool air and a slight breeze did nothing to stifle that growth in 2013. By 8:00 AM a record crowd of around 1,400 athletes had gathered on the starting line. Then they were loose, thundering west toward Appleyard Drive. After a run north on Appleyard, the race turned onto Municipal, about 1200 meters into the run. Florida State University NROTC midshipman Stanley Linton was first onto Municipal, with about seven other runners right behind, including the Palace Saloon 5K defending champion, Josh Meyers. Closest to Linton, though, were Tallahassee runners Will Stanford and Peter Wood. Stanford and Wood were less than three seconds behind Linton when the runners turned south onto Dupree Street, and they were no farther back at the halfway point on Jackson Bluff Road.


Peter Wood and Will StanfordThe second half of the race was a dash east on Jackson Bluff Road to the door of the Palace Saloon. Linton continued to lead, but he couldn't get more than three seconds ahead of Wood and Stanford. Wood and Stanford continued to chase, but they couldn't draw closer than three seconds behind Linton. 800 meters from the finish, the runners crested the single hill on the course, coming into sight of the crowd waiting at the finish line. Linton was first runner they saw, then Wood and Stanford. Behind them, more athletes topped the ridge and started to race downhill toward the finish.


Jack RedwingThe race remained close, but Linton remained ahead. Sprinting across Budweiser Creek, he arrived at the Palace Saloon and the finish line, securing the win with a 15:46. A breath behind, Wood won the fight with Stanford for the runner-up spot, both runners clocked in 15:49. Another 100 meters back, Jack Redwing was fourth in 16:09. 2012 Palace winner Josh Myers ended up ninth in 16:46. Top master honors went to four-time Palace Saloon 5K champion Gary Droze; the Maclay School track coach was 25th overall in 17:26.


Sheryl RosenSheryl Rosen first ran the Palace Saloon 5K in 2006; the 2013 race was her sixth. It was also the fastest Palace Saloon 5K yet for the Tallahassee lawyer. Finishing 36th overall, Rosen crossed the finish line in 17:49, good enough to take the Palace Saloon 5K women's title, Rosen's first. After being a few steps ahead at the mile mark, Rosen had gone on to build up a lead of about 80 meters on the women's runner-up, Katie Showman. Showman was 44th overall in 18:07. For the fifth year in a row, Thomasville's Mary Anne Grayson was the top woman master at the Palace Saloon 5K. Grayson was the seventh female finisher in the 2013 race, placing 84th overall in 19:47.
Palace Saloon 5K finishers

Long after the top finishers had left the course, a river of runners continued to flow down Jackson Bluff Road to the Palace Saloon. When the last athlete was counted, 1,390 had finished, the most that had ever made the 3.1-mile trip in the 39-year history of the Palace Saloon Road Race. Some came because of the race's reputation as the fastest 5K in town. Others came in remembrance of the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, just five days before. A few probably even came to have the traditional beer at the finish line.


Top Ten Males, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2013 Palace Saloon 5K
    Vince Molosky and Zac Buchholz
  1. 15:46 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 19) Crawfordville, FL
  2. 15:49 ~ Peter Wood (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 15:49 ~ Will Stanford (M, 20) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 16:09 ~ Jack Redwing (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 16:22 ~ Zac Buchholz (M, 18) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 16:23 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 16:27 ~ Charlie Johnson (M, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 16:41 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 16:46 ~ Josh Myers (M, 30) Jacksonville Beach, FL
  10. 16:53 ~ Joseph Garcia (M, 17) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Females, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2013 Palace Saloon 5K
    Seeley Gutierrez
  1. 17:49 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 18:07 ~ Katie Showman (F, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 18:24 ~ Seeley Gutierrez (F, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 18:56 ~ Micah Adriani (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 19:11 ~ Melissa Thompson (F, 28) Thomasville, GA
  6. 19:17 ~ Lisa Johnson (F, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 19:47 ~ Mary Anne Grayson (F, 47) Thomasville, GA
  8. 20:02 ~ Renee Cox (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 20:26 ~ Cora Atkinson (F, 18) Crawfordville, FL
  10. 20:34 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL

Champions of the Palace Saloon 5K, 1975-2013
DateMenWomen
4/20/201315:46, Stanley Linton17:49, Sheryl Rosen
4/14/201216:07, Josh Myers17:20, Lindsay Zeiler
4/16/201115:48, Chris Lake 18:24, Lindsay Zeiler
4/10/201015:45, Chris Lake 17:42, Christina Woytalewicz
4/11/200916:21, John Robida 18:11, Lisa Johnson
4/12/200815:25, Nick Sunseri 18:46, Lisa Johnson
4/14/200716:12, J. P. Cook 17:14, Breeda Willis
4/15/200616:04, Justin Cross 18:33, Stephanie Liles
4/16/200516:06, Lee Willis 16:31, Breeda Willis
4/10/200416:39, Shawn Patterson 18:29, Breeda Willis
4/12/200316:26, Martin Littlefield 19:21, Tricia Snyder
4/13/200217:22, Chris Stanley 21:03, Allison Eagen
4/14/200116:51, Art Remillard 19:05, Kate Wallace
4/15/200015:39, Paul Spangler 17:19, Anna Pichrtova
4/17/199915:45, Robert Pautienus 17:22, Sarah Docter-Williams
4/18/199816:18, Jason Carter 17:29, Sarah Docter-Williams
4/19/199715:53, Gary Droze 17:37, Sarah Docter-Williams
4/6/199615:55, Gary Droze 17:59, Jane Johnson
4/8/199516:01, Tim Simpkins 17:48, Jane Johnson
4/2/199414:56, Robin Rogers 17:51, Lisa Herman
4/3/199315:30, Andy Palmer 19:37, Carrie Hunnicutt
4/11/199215:48, Gary Droze 17:45, Paula Johnson
4/13/199115:10, Gary Droze 18:20, Vikki Saga
4/14/199014:57, David Keen 18:38, Vikki Saga
4/15/198915:23, Rick Miller 19:05, Yvonne Gsteiger
4/9/198815:30, Rick Miller 17:55, Karen MacHarg
4/11/198715:03, Jacob Hoesly 17:33, Karen MacHarg
4/12/198614:36, Paul Waldron 18:44, Paige Dempsey
3/9/198515:39, Rick Miller 17:52, Margaret Coomber
2/18/198415:32, Greg Doss 16:34, Kristy McDermott
4/16/198314:52, Rick Miller 16:38, Darien Andreu
3/20/1982??????????
3/21/198115:02, Dennis Lunne 18:16, Janice Gage
3/8/198014:59, George West 19:37, Marty Graham
3/10/197914:55, Tom Herron 17:37, Kathy Moore
1/15/1977George West?????
2/25/197814:30, George West 17:45, Laura Ledbetter
8/14/197614:37, George West 18:05, Janice Gage
11/15/197518:17, David Price 19:56, Janice Gage


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