That's just a theory, and you don't have to believe it. But if Wakulla Springs ever hosts an open-water swim, I suggest you make sure the park's alligator population hasn't been suffering from starvation before you dive in.
Whatever the reason, more than 250 athletes were at the park on Saturday morning, 17 May 2014, for the eighth annual Wakulla Springs 5K. After a few children ran through the sanctuary
Aside from the drone of the deer flies and the whine of the mosquitoes, that is.
Lake crossed the finish line with a lead of more than 200 meters, winning the race in 16:38 and breaking Stanley Linton's course record of 16:39. DeVeau was runner-up in 17:24. Half a minute later a mob arrived. Master runner Michael Martinez outkicked Peter Kaus and Bryce Cole for third. Martinez and Kaus were both clocked at 18:01 while Cole, a rising sophomore at Wakulla High, posted an 18:02. Not far behind Cole were Martinez's rivals for the top master spot, Carl Nordhielm and Geb Kiros, finishing sixth in 18:06 and seventh in 18:08.
Katie Sherron was back for her second run in the Wakulla Springs 5K after finishing second in the women's standings to course-record holder Seeley Gutierrez in 2011. 2014 was Sherron's year in the sanctuary, though. Placing 25th overall in 20:07, Sherron won the Wakulla Springs 5K women's title. A minute behind her, Renee Cox finished runner-up on the women's side, 34th overall in 21:07. Wakulla High graduating seniors Margaret Wiedeman (47th, 22:04) and Kayla Webbe (50th, 22:20) were third and fourth in the women's division. Mary Vancore (53rd, 22:33) was the fifth woman finisher and first woman master.
252 athletes finished the race, a benefit for the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park. The sanctuary gates closed again. No runner will hear the hum of the hungry insects there till May of 2015.
[ Photos in this article are by Fred Deckert ]
Top Ten Men, 2014 Wakulla Springs 5K
- 16:38 ~ Chris Lake (M, 26)
- 17:24 ~ Zach Deveau (M, 26)
- 18:01 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 48)
- 18:01 ~ Peter Kaus (M, 30)
- 18:02 ~ Bryce Cole (M, 15)
- 18:06 ~ Carl Nordhielm (M, 51)
- 18:08 ~ Geb Kiros (M, 47)
- 18:16 ~ Reikan Lin (M, 24)
- 18:21 ~ Eric Godin (M, 30)
- 18:24 ~ Ryan Truchelut (M, 28)
Top Ten Women, 2014 Wakulla Springs 5K
- 20:07 ~ Katie Sherron (F, 32)
- 21:07 ~ Renee Cox (F, 26)
- 22:04 ~ Margaret Wiedeman (F, 18)
- 22:20 ~ Kayla Webbe (F, 17)
- 22:33 ~ Mary Vancore (F, 50)
- 22:48 ~ Connie Lewis (F, 15)
- 23:24 ~ Kory Skrob (F, 43)
- 23:27 ~ Nancy Stedman (F, 52)
- 23:33 ~ Julie Clark (F, 52)
- 24:00 ~ Jennifer Shafer (F, 46)
|Wakulla Springs 5K Champions, 2007-2014|
|19 May 2007||19:09, Miles Gibson||22:16, Olivia Swedberg||204|
|17 May 2008||17:42, Jay Wallace||23:29, Sydney Nutting||216|
|16 May 2009||17:20, Tyler Price||21:49, Roxanne Hughes||223|
|15 May 2010||17:56, Justin Dickieson||20:03, Kati Gosnell||355|
|21 May 2011||16:59, Vince Molosky||19:29, Seeley Gutierrez||326|
|19 May 2012||16:49, Vince Molosky||21:53, Angela Wable||256|
|18 May 2013||16:39, Stanley Linton||20:19, Kate Harrison||199|
|17 May 2014||16:38, Chris Lake||20:07, Katie Sherron||252|
- Complete results of the 2014 Friends of Wakulla Springs 5K at gulfwinds.org
- Fred Deckert's photos of the 2014 Friends of Wakulla Springs 5K
- 2013 story, "Linton and Molosky renew their duel at Wakulla Springs"
- 2012 story, "Molosky makes it two at the sixth annual Wakulla Springs 5K"
- 2011 story, "Molosky and Gutierrez break records at Wakulla Springs"
- 2010 story, "Sand and 'Skeeters at the Sanctuary of Wakulla Springs"
- Find your next race in the Tallahassee region on the Trouble Afoot! calendar