Lake hadn't won Gulf Winds Track Club's Pine Run 20K, though. When he started running cross country at Chiles High School in 2003, the Pine Run had been held at International Paper's Southlands Experimental Forest near Bainbridge, Georgia, each October since 1977. By the time he graduated Chiles in 2007 International Paper had announced that it was selling off Southlands, ending 30 years of Pine Runs. When Gordon Cherr revived the Pine Run at Tall Timbers Research Station in 2008, Lake was in his second year of studies at Florida State University.
On Saturday morning, 11 October 2014, Chris Lake finally got to test himself at the Pine Run. He made the grade. Lake ran 72:10, finishing the 20K race over 1600 meters ahead of the next runner. Lake's time was the fastest in the Pine Run's seven years at Tall Timbers, eclipsing even the 73:15 run by three-time Canadian Olympian Kevin Sullivan in the 2011 race.
Three-time Pine Run champion Vince Molosky finished second behind Lake in 78:41. Another Pine Run veteran, Eric Godin, was third in 86:15. Joel Piotrowski was the first master runner in the race, placing fourth overall in 87:08. It was his seventh Pine Run in the last seven years.
Master runner Elspeth Turner took the women's title, crossing the finish line just behind Piotrowski, fifth overall in 87:09. Like Lake, Turner hadn't run the Pine Run before, but marked her debut with a win. It was no wonder, though. Originally from the United Kingdom, Turner had been a standout distance runner at the University of Alabama, making the NCAA All American women's cross-country team in 1987 and setting a number of school records. Her school record in the women's 10,000 meters of 33:05.43, set in 1988, still stands.
Allison Palmer finished runner-up in the women's standings, 20th overall in 96:48. Jillian Heddaeus was the third woman across the finish line, 27th overall in 99:08.
164 athletes finished Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Pine Run 20K at Tall Timbers.
[ All of the photos used in this report are the work of Fred Deckert. ]
Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Pine Run 20K
- 1:12:10 ~ Chris Lake (M, 27)
- 1:18:41 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 35)
- 1:26:15 ~ Eric Godin (M, 30)
- 1:27:08 ~ Joel Piotrowski (M, 45)
- 1:27:53 ~ Mike Peymann (M, 52)
- 1:28:25 ~ Peter Kaus (M, 30)
- 1:29:17 ~ Mark Tombrink (M, 26)
- 1:29:27 ~ Duane Evans (M, 47)
- 1:30:33 ~ Philip Sura (M, 44)
- 1:31:31 ~ Brian Molen (M, 38)
Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Pine Run 20K
- 1:27:09 ~ Elspeth Turner (F, 49)
- 1:36:48 ~ Allison Palmer (F, 28)
- 1:39:08 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 31)
- 1:40:58 ~ Jessie Kircher (F, 20)
- 1:41:47 ~ Chelsey Palmer (F, 26)
- 1:42:32 ~ Lindsey Toole (F, 19)
- 1:43:32 ~ Christienne Coutts (F, 43)
- 1:43:52 ~ Nancy Stedman (F, 52)
- 1:45:14 ~ Nikky Manausa (F, 33)
- 1:46:23 ~ Blair Bodenmiller (F, 27)
|Champions of Gulf Winds Track Club's Pine Run 20K, 1977 - 2014|
|15 October 1977||67:19 ~ Herb Wills||86:21 ~ Rosemary Desloge||124|
|14 October 1978||69:30 ~ Jim Eastman||81:21 ~ Janice Gage||167|
|13 October 1979||71:28 ~ Louis Floyd||86:29 ~ Laura Ledbetter||144|
|11 October 1980||71:57 ~ Kirk Fechter||98:20 ~ Michelle Jernigan||134|
|10 October 1981||75:05 ~ Jeff Doherty||99:40 ~ Marianne Crawford||101|
|9 October 1982||67:00 ~ Herb Wills||97:17 ~ Kathe Brookover||106|
|22 October 1983||69:32 ~ Herb Wills||85:43 ~ Patti Sudduth||128|
|20 October 1984||72:37 ~ Kirk Fechter||89:55 ~ Donna Miller||107|
|19 October 1985||68:54 ~ Herb Wills||88:22 ~ Patti Sudduth||71|
|18 October 1986||71:20 ~ Bill Crooks||87:31 ~ Janice Gage Hochstein||146|
|17 October 1987||68:58 ~ Tom Swiersz||85:56 ~ Kay Capozzi||125|
|15 October 1988||65:36 ~ Herb Wills||82:29 ~ Paula Johnson||170|
|14 October 1989||69:46 ~ Herb Wills||89:53 ~ Jodi Waldron||139|
|13 October 1990||69:55 ~ Herb Wills||85:10 ~ Donna Miller||113|
|12 October 1991||65:43 ~ Jessie Close||88:16 ~ Mary Jean Yon||150|
|17 October 1992||66:34 ~ Gary Droze||82:17 ~ Carrie Hunnicutt||141|
|16 October 1993||75:26 ~ Paul Hoover||80:53 ~ Paula Johnson||134|
|15 October 1994||72:45 ~ Tim Simpkins||80:18 ~ Jane Johnson||147|
|14 October 1995||77:39 ~ Tim Simpkins||82:46 ~ Jane Johnson||146|
|12 October 1996||74:32 ~ Tim Simpkins||80:30 ~ Jane Johnson||172|
|11 October 1997||71:36 ~ Gary Droze||80:12 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams||156|
|10 October 1998||73:12 ~ Gary Droze||81:35 ~ Jane Johnson||125|
|9 October 1999||80:41 ~ Robert Pautienus||82:23 Sarah Docter-Williams||170|
|14 October 2000||79:28 ~ Art Remillard||82:43 ~ Jane Johnson||150|
|13 October 2001||80:57 ~ Tim Unger||84:03 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams||128|
|12 October 2002||83:37 ~ Tim Bolton||86:46 ~ Jane Johnson||137|
|11 October 2003||84:14 ~ David Yon||97:27 ~ Lisa Whitworth||79|
|9 October 2004||83:01 ~ David Guerra||91:55 ~ Jane Johnson||94|
|9 October 2005||79:41 ~ Myles Gibson||89:55 ~ Jane Johnson||136|
|14 October 2006||78:22 ~ Jay Wallace||81:31 ~ Sheryl Rosen||108|
|No race held in 2007|
|11 October 2008||77:45 ~ Vince Molosky||87:32 ~ Kati Gosnell||142|
|2 October 2009||75:22 ~ Jay Wallace||86:21 ~ Sheryl Rosen||155|
|9 October 2010||73:39 ~ Vince Molosky||90:21 ~ Jane Johnson||243|
|8 October 2011||73:15 ~ Kevin Sullivan||84:02 ~ Sheryl Rosen||180|
|13 October 2012||74:48 ~ Vince Molosky||95:05 ~ Jane Johnson||199|
|12 October 2013||74:27 ~ Stanley Linton||85:36 ~ Sheryl Rosen||171|
|11 October 2014||72:10 ~ Chris Lake||87:09 ~ Elspeth Turner||164|
|From 1977 to 2006 the race was run at International Paper's Southlands|
Experimental Forest south of Bainbridge, Georgia.
From 2008 to 2014 the race was run at Tall Timbers Research Station
at the north end of Leon County, Florida.
- Complete results of the 2014 Pine Run 20K at Tall Timbers at gulfwinds.org
- Fred Deckert's photos of the 2014 Gulf Winds Track Club Pine Run at Tall Timbers 20K
- 2013 story, "Linton and Rosen are the twin terrors of Tall Timbers in Tallahassee's Pine Run 20K"
- 2012 story, "Molosky and Johnson take titles at Tall Timbers"
- 2011 story, "Sullivan and Rosen tumble records at Tall Timbers"
- 2010 story, "Molosky and Johnson find their way to wins at Pine Run 20K"
- 2009 story, "Wallace, Rosen winners at the 2009 Pine Run"
- Beautyberry and other wildflowers on the Pine Run 20K course
- If there's another cross-country race like the Pine Run scheduled, it'll be listed here