On Saturday morning, 25 October 2014, the cows got to see Chris Lake winning the Boston Mini for the second time, running the half marathon in 72:20. The cattle also witnessed FAMU biostatistics professor Geb Kiros taking top master honors, placing fourth overall in 79:39. FSU economics professor Katie Sherron won the women's title, finishing tenth overall in 85:15. The fastest woman master was Marci Gray.
The air was cool at 8:05 AM when the race started from downtown Boston. The sky was clear, though, promising that temperatures would be going up quickly. The top runners seemed determined to be done before it got too warm, setting a stiff early pace. After half a mile the race passed out of the Boston city limits, heading east into the rising sun toward Dixie. Vince Molosky, the Boston Mini champ in 2009 and 2010, led the field out of Boston, with Chris Lake half a step behind. Lake, a medical student at the University of Florida, had won the race in 2012, but hadn't been able to run in 2013.
"I didn't run it last year because I was on rotation in Gainesville and couldn't make it," he explained.
Lake was back in 2014, though, and determined to pick up a second Boston Mini title. During the third mile he pulled ahead of Molosky. Roger Schmidt of Capital City Runners and Geb Kiros followed half a minute back. During the next three miles Schmidt dropped Kiros, overtaking Molosky just past the five-mile mark. Lake was far ahead, running alone.
He stayed alone, all the way to the turnaround on the out-and-back course, and all the way back to the finish line in Boston. Lake won the race by over a quarter of a mile in 72:20, much faster than his 73:46 winning time in the 2012 Mini. Schmidt was second in 74:01, and Molosky third in 78:26. Valdosta High School cross-country coach Ryan Kelly caught Kiros during the last half mile then moved ahead to take fourth in 79:20. Kiros took fifth in 79:30. The FAMU professor was happy with the time.
"I ran a PR by almost five minutes," said Kiros. "My goal was to break 1:20:00 and I did."
Katie Sherron had run the Boston Mini in 2012, finishing second in the women's standings behind Sheryl Rosen. In 2014 Sherron was back but Rosen wasn't. Sherron started the race like this was her year, leading the women out of Boston. By the turnaround, she was more than four minutes ahead of the next woman. The gap widened even more on the way back to Boston. Sherron had a lead of over a mile and a quarter when she crossed the finish line in 85:15, taking the 2014 Boston Mini women's title. Behind Sherron, Kendall Andrews and Jillian Heddaeus had never been far apart during the race, and they were still close at the finish. Andrews took the women's runner-up spot though, finishing 22nd overall in 94:23. Heddaeus was third in the women's standings, placing 24th overall in 94:37. Less than a minute behind Heddaeus, Marci Gray was the fourth woman finisher and first woman master, coming in 27th overall in 95:31.
The Boston Mini hasn't changed much in 35 runnings. It's a different generation of cows along the course than those who witnessed the first race in 1979, but the route itself is the same. The pavement may very well be the same as well. The Dixie Road hasn't been repaved in years, and the cracks in the blacktop have become wide enough that the grass growing in them needs to be mowed.
"It was like running on tiles," Roger Schmidt described it.
I wouldn't fear for the future of the race. Boston loves its Mini Marathon, the centerpiece of a festival that includes a parade and beauty queens. The "Welcome To Boston" sign carries a notice of the date of the race, "The Last Saturday In October." In 2015 that would be October 31. I'd be shocked if there wasn't a 36th annual Boston Mini that day. The cows would miss it, too.
Top Ten Men, 2014 Boston (mini) Marathon
- 1:12:19.3 ~ Chris Lake (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:14:00.1 ~ Roger Schmidt (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:18:25.4 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 35) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:19:19.3 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 35) Valdosta, GA
- 1:19:39.0 ~ Geb Kiros (M, 48) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:21:13.5 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 37) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:21:21.9 ~ Jack McDermott (M, 45) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:22:15.3 ~ Sean Hudson (M, 44) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:23:46.7 ~ Kevin Chin Shue (M, 22) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:25:50.3 ~ Mike Peyman (M, 52) Tallahassee, FL
Top Ten Women, 2014 Boston (mini) Marathon
- 1:25:14.6 ~ Katie Sherron (F, 33) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:34:22.8 ~ Kendall Andrews (F, 22) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:34:36.2 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 31) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:35:30.5 ~ Marci Gray (F, 40) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:39:52.5 ~ Laura McDermott (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:43:29.9 ~ Katie Clark (F, 40) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:46:01 ~ Kory Skrob (F, 44) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:45:03.4 ~ Melanie Ellis (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
- 1:47:02.4 ~ Mary Jane Hayden (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
- 1:48:02.7 ~ Amanda Hudson (F, 37) Tallahassee, FL
|Boston (mini) Marathon Champions, 1979 - 2014|
|25 October 2014||72:20, Chris Lake||85:15, Katie Sherron|
|26 October 2013||71:17, Stanley Linton||80:42, Sheryl Rosen|
|27 October 2012||73:46, Chris Lake||83:27, Sheryl Rosen|
|29 October 2011||69:29, Kevin Sullivan||82:10, Sheryl Rosen|
|30 October 2010||75:13, Vince Molosky||86:59, Lisa Johnson|
|31 October 2009||79:49, Vince Molosky||87:10, Sheryl Rosen|
|25 October 2008||81:50, Myles Gibson||86:19, Sheryl Rosen|
|27 October 2007||76:18, John Seppala||87:35, Sheryl Rosen|
|28 October 2006||81:18, Michael Martinez||82:49, Sheryl Rosen|
|29 October 2005||81:11, Myles Gibson||96:32, Jennifer Kilinski|
|30 October 2004||83:55, David Yon||91:57, Jane Johnson|
|25 October 2003||76:20, Myles Gibson||97:52, Lisa Whitworth|
|26 October 2002||84:38, Mike Posey||92:41, Carrie Weyant|
|27 October 2001||82:36, Steven Walker||95:24, Carrie Weyant|
|28 October 2000||75:28, Art Remillard||83:20, Sarah Docter-Williams|
|30 October 1999||78:22, Corey Cherr||95:28, Julie Carico|
|31 October 1998||80:25, Rusty Jones||97:01, Peggy Simpson|
|25 October 1997||81:21, Rusty Jones||82:55, Michelle LeFleur|
|26 October 1996||76:26, Jeff Nielsen||86:12, Carrie Weyant|
|28 October 1995||78:21, Paul Hough||91:01, Katherine Perez|
|29 October 1994||72:42, Paul Hough||92:34, Diane Turchick|
|30 October 1993||75:33, Paul Hough||86:09, Carrie Weyant|
|31 October 1992||77:45, Steve Carney||86:05, Carrie Hunnicutt|
|26 October 1991|
|27 October 1990||79:33, Brian Murphy||86:44, Donna Miller|
|28 October 1989||71:23, Alex Walmsley||93:10, Mary Jean Yon|
|29 October 1988||74:22, T. C. Carroll||1:41:54, Nancy Widener|
|1987||no race held||no race held|
|8 November 1986|
|11 November 1985||67:30, Herb Wills||88:06, Patti Sudduth|
|27 October 1984||74:21, Scott Hinkle||Dot Skofronick|
|29 October 1983||70:25, Noel Shuman||87:01, Patti Sudduth|
|30 October 1982||67:48, Noel Shuman||91:41, Donna Murdock|
|31 October 1981||69:57, Gary Slayton||88:56, Lt. Vickie Monroe|
|25 October 1980||71:49, Gary Slayton||96:03, Judy Taylor|
|27 October 1979||70:52, Bruce Carpenter||1:47:13, Robin Anderson|
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- Complete results of the 2014 Boston (mini) Marathon
- More pictures of the 2014 Boston (mini) Marathon
- 2013 story, "Linton and Rosen are Boston (mini) Strong"
- 2012 story, "First Boston win for Chris Lake; sixth for Sheryl Rosen"
- 2011 story, "Sullivan and Rosen smokin' at the Boston Mini"
- 2010 story, "Molosky makes it two-in-a-row at the Boston Mini"
- 2009 story, "Another Boston Mini Win For Rosen"
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