About 700 meters into the Education For Life 5K, Mickey Moore moved into the lead. The Tallahassee master runner is closely connected to the race; Moore is president of the Southern Scholarship Foundation, which puts on the Education For Life 5K each year. If you didn't know this, though, you might have guessed it from the cheering sections of scholarship house residents, each of which seemed to know Moore by name.
"Go, Mickey!" "Run, Mickey!"
By the two-kilometer mark, Moore's lead looked insurmountable. Roberts Elementary schoolteacher Lisa Johnson, the women's leader, had moved into second behind Moore. Closely tailing Johnson, former Orlando Olympia High School distance runner Justin Zagra held third, while Aaron Taylor and Gary Galvez fought for fourth further back.
With a kilometer to go, Mickey Moore and Lisa Johnson still held the first two spots. Aaron Taylor had moved up to third, leaving Michael LaBossiere, Gary Galvez, and Micah Adriani to contest fourth. Zagra, fading, had slipped to seventh.
Mickey Moore had run the Education For Life 5K twice before, placing second in 2010 and third in 2012. This was his first time winning the race, though, as he crossed the finish line first in 18:12. Lisa Johnson took the women's title, coming in second overall and setting an Education For Life women's record of 19:26. Aaron Taylor was third in 19:38, with Michael LaBossiere fourth in 19:42, and Gary Galvez fifth in 19:48. Micah Adriani was the women's runner-up, sixth overall in 19:50. Third in the women's standings, Megan Giovanniello charged home to steal seventh from Justin Zagra, both runners clocked in 20:20. Giovanniello previously raced in Tallahassee on 9 November 2013, when she ran for Cape Coral's Baker High at the FHSAA State Cross-Country Finals.
Tallahassee's Paula O'Neill was the fastest female master in the race, coming in 13th overall in 22:13. 161 athletes finished the 2014 Education For Life 5K.
Top Ten Men, 2014 Education For Life 5K
- 18:12 ~ Mickey Moore (M, 44)
- 19:38 ~ Aaron Taylor (M, 20)
- 19:42 ~ Mike LaBossiere (M, 47)
- 19:48 ~ Gary E. Galvez (M, 26)
- 20:20 ~ Justin Zagra (M, 18)
- 20:27 ~ Jonathan Pendleton (M, 20)
- 20:29 ~ Andrew Pendleton (M, 21)
- 20:38 ~ Kyle Shaw (M, 33)
- 21:12 ~ Dan Manausa (M, 44)
- 22:33 ~ William Carter (M, 49)
Top Ten Women, 2014 Education For Life 5K
- 19:26 ~ Lisa Johnson (F, 32)
- 19:50 ~ Micah Adriani (F, 36)
- 20:20 ~ Megan Giovanniello (F, 14)
- 22:13 ~ Paula O'Neill (F, 52)
- 22:40 ~ Moriah Campbell (F, 22)
- 22:44 ~ Lily Ciaramitaro (F, 15)
- 23:01 ~ DeEdgra Williams (F, 37)
- 23:17 ~ Katerina Dobkowski (F, 12)
- 23:19 ~ Bonnie Joyce (F, 21)
- 23:28 ~ Sarah Dugas (F, 35)
|Education For Life 5K champions, 2010-2014|
|24 April 2010||18:18, Brian Corbin||21:01, Maegan McCarthy||203|
|10 April 2011||19:17, Ben Wenger||21:57, Allison Williams||122|
|21 April 2012||18:05, Aaron DeSena||21:32, Sarah Collie||180|
|23 March 2013||17:16, Tim Wenger||21:46, Andrea Psimer||175|
|22 March 2014||18:12, Mickey Moore||19:26, Lisa Johnson||161|
- Complete results of the 2014 Education For Life 5K at gulfwinds.org
- More photos of the 2014 Education For Life 5K
- Fred Deckert's photos of the 2014 Education For Life 5K
- 2013 story, "Wenger, Psimer speed through FSU to win Education For Life 5K"
- 2012 story, "DeSena and Collie teach 180 runners a lesson at Education For Life 5K"
- 2011 story, "Winger and Williams wallop the field at Education For Life 5K"
- 2010 story, "Kudos for Corbin and McCarthy at 'Education For Life' 5K"
- Upcoming races in the Tallahassee region, with and without cheerleaders