The race started just after 8:00 AM, heading east from Midtown on Ingleside Avenue. That first kilometer on Ingleside was a roller-coaster of small hills. That wasn’t a large roller coaster, though; just carnival sized. The full scale, theme park roller coaster came in the middle of the race, with a huge descent on Crestview Avenue to Winthrop Park and a climb back up again.
Caleb Carmichael, a Florida High alumnus and the head cross-country coach at the University of West Florida, led for most of the first half of the race. While Carmichael escaped the rest of the field, though, he couldn’t shake Bill Clift. Clift, formerly a distance runner at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, met whatever pace Carmichael set along Ingleside then down Crestview. After that, Clift took over.
“He separated down by Winthrop Park, then pushed before the uphill,” recalled Carmichael. “He didn’t make any more ground after that, but he was already ahead.”
Clift stayed ahead as he pushed for home, heading back east on Beard Street. He crossed the finish line on East Fifth Avenue with a winning time of 17:39. Carmichael was second in 18:04.
Bill McNulty was the first master runner in the field, placing third in 19:48, just a fraction of a second ahead of Crawfordville master runner Duane Evans. McNulty and Evans had raced closely throughout the race, moving up through the field and shaking off an early challenge by master runner Mike Kreis. Sometimes Evans had been ahead of McNulty; sometimes McNulty had been ahead of Evans. At the Fifth Avenue finish line, though, McNulty was a step faster. Mike Kreis was fifth in 20:12.
Renee Cox, the 5K at Fifth women's champ in 2013, was on the starting line of the 2014 race. However, in the early going, it was Jillian Heddeaeus who was the pacesetter for the women's field. Heddaeus was actually third overall and running strong when the the runners turned off Ingleside to head down Crestview, a kilometer into the race. Cox was a good twenty meters back at that turn.
“I didn’t think I was going to get her,” said Cox.
Cox did overtake Heddaeus, though, just before three kilometers. Shannon Colavecchio went by Heddaeus later in the race, but Colavecchio wasn’t going to catch Cox. Cox successfully defended her women’s title, coming in seventh overall in 20:21. Colavecchio was the women’s runner-up, twelfth overall in 21:07. Heddaeus was third in the women’s standings, finishing 15th overall in 21:29. Paula O’Neill was the fourth woman finisher and first woman master, placing 19th overall in 23:36.
Nearly 150 athletes finished the race, a benefit for Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center and the Leon High School Volleyball team.
Top Ten Men, 2014 5K at Fifth
- 17:38.91 ~ Bill Clift (M, 24)
- 18:03.37 ~ Caleb Carmichael (M, 29)
- 19:47.27 ~ Bill McNulty (M, 55)
- 19:47.64 ~ Duane Evans (M, 46)
- 20:11.90 ~ Mike Kreis (M, 49)
- 20:18.63 ~ Cory Gerbrandt (M, 37)
- 20:58.29 ~ Mike LaBossiere (M, 48)
- 21:04.43 ~ Shane Varn (M, 25)
- 21:05.72 ~ James Ford (M, 13)
- 21:06.27 ~ Jeremy Kuder (M, 19)
Top Ten Women, 2014 5K at Fifth
- 20:20.28 ~ Renee Cox (F, 27)
- 21:06.82 ~ Shannon Colavecchio (F, 36)
- 21:28.97 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 31)
- 23:35.61 ~ Paula O'Neill (F,
- 23:49.30 ~ Allison Carter (F, 37)
- 24:34.39 ~ Martha Bademan (F, 29)
- 24:53.22 ~
- 24:56.82 ~ Kara Brodley (F, 11)
- 25:14.19 ~ Mercedes Puig (F, 29)
- 25:40.40 ~ Brooke Netherland (F, 17)
|5K at Fifth winners, 2012-2014|
|8 September 2012||Unknown. Do you know?|
|14 September 2013||20:10, Tom Konrad||20:38, Renee Cox||116|
|14 June 2014||17:39, Bill Clift||20:21, Renee Cox||145|
- Complete results of the 2014 5K at Fifth at gulfwinds.org
- More photos of the 2014 5K at Fifth
- Fred Deckert's photos of the 2014 5K at Fifth
- 2013 story, "Konrad and Cox go to town in Midtown"
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