Monday, August 11, 2014

Cushing and Winkler are super even if the Moon isn't

Several sources have annointed the full Moon of 10 August 2014 as a supermoon. This means that the Moon is full near the time that it is also closest to Earth (perigee). Closest is relative, though, the Moon will still be 221,765 miles away. The supermoon will not cause earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, skunky beer, or other natural disasters. It has been shown, though, that the supermoon causes athletes to race around during the night in Kolomoki Mounds State Park, near Blakely, Georgia. This was demonstrated conclusively on Saturday, 9 August 2014, at the Kolomoki Mounds Super Moon Run 5K.


The fastest of the moonstruck runners was Eli Cushing, a distance specialist at Early County High. Cushing ran 22:57 for the 3.1-mile road race, finishing nine seconds ahead of the 23:06 posted by runner-up and top master Rich Cellino. Close behind Cellino was Early County High junior Caleb Brown, third overall in 23:10. Early County frosh Brandon Womble took fourth in 23:16, and Early County junior Will Winkler was fifth in 23:33. Cushing, Brown, Womble, and Winkler could all be running in Kolomoki Mounds State Park again this fall, but off pavement and in the daylight for the Early County Bulldogs cross-country team.


Blakely master runner Margaret Winkler repeated as the women's champ in the 5K Moon Run, finishing seventh overall in 24:08. 11-year-old Meg Houston was also a returning runner from the 2013 race; in the 2014 Moon Run Houston ran 28:15 to finish 16th overall and runner-up in the women's standings. Kristen Hudgins took third on the women's side, 19th overall in 28:59.


71 athletes finished the 2014 Kolomoki Mounds Super Moon Run 5K, and another 42 completed an earlier one-mile fun run.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Kolomoki Mounds Super Moon Run 5K
  1. 22:57 ~ Eli Cushing (M, 15)
  2. 23:06 ~ Rich Cellino (M, 43)
  3. 23:10 ~ Caleb Brown (M, 16)
  4. 23:16 ~ Brandon Womble (M, 14)
  5. 23:33 ~ Will Winkler (M, 16)
  6. 23:45 ~ John Bacon (M, 66)
  7. 25:02 ~ Jay Winkler (M, 40)
  8. 25:13 ~ Kevin Naramore (M, 30)
  9. 25:44 ~ Rand McDonald (M, 12)
  10. 25:54 ~ Andrew Smith (M, 12)

Top Ten Women, 2014 Kolomoki Mounds Super Moon Run 5K
  1. 24:08 ~ Margaret Winkler (F, 40)
  2. 28:15 ~ Meg Houston (F, 11)
  3. 28:59 ~ Kristen Hudgins (F, 31)
  4. 29:12 ~ Ginger Cushing (F, 40)
  5. 29:35 ~ Brandi Deal (F, 37)
  6. 29:47 ~ Carlye Alderman (F, 22)
  7. 29:49 ~ Davia Allen (F, 12)
  8. 29:55 ~ Shannon Angle (F, 41)
  9. 31:00 ~ Wendy Powell (F, 48)
  10. 31:26 ~ Debbie Wittmer (F, 51)

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