Monday, October 6, 2014

Can't stop Cox at the "Stop the Violence" 5K

Renee Cox5 October 2014 was the first Sunday in October, and just like 2013 the first Sunday in October was the date that Refuge House brought the "Stop The Violence" 5K to Tallahassee's Southwood neighborhood. Renee Cox won the second annual race, covering the 3.1-mile course in 20:39. Cox was one of nine women to place in the top ten overall; the only man to break into the top ten was Tallahassee master runner Bill McGuire. McGuire finished runner-up in 21:17. Fran McLean was the first woman master, coming in sixth overall in 25:38.

The 2014 "Stop The Violence" 5K occupied the same spot on the calendar and the same neighborhood as the previous year, but the course had changed. Moving from the Town Center, the new route started and finished on Grove Park Drive near the Southwood Golf Club. A few hundred meters into the race, when the runners turned off of Grove Park and onto Mulberry Park Boulevard, Renee Cox was already in the lead, with Hope Hoffman in second. Bill McGuire overtook Hoffman before the end of the first kilometer on Four Oaks Boulevard, but Cox was already nearly half a minute ahead and continuing to pull away. Cox's biggest worry at that point was being able to follow the course.

"I'm not used to being the very first runner," Cox said. "My vision is pretty bad and I couldn't really see the arrows. I was kind of hoping I'd have someone to chase."

Cox stayed on course, though, and it was up to the other runners to do the chasing. She was first back to the Golf Club, winning the race in 20:39--a new record for the event. McGuire was second in 21:17, and Hoffman took third in 24:32.

Top Ten Women, 2014 Stop The Violence 5K
  1. 20:38.24 ~ Renee Cox (F, 27) Tallahassee, FLHope Hoffman
  2. 24:31.92 ~ Hope Hoffman (F, 33)
  3. 24:51.00 ~ Kristin Mejia (F, 37)
  4. 25:22.63 ~ Isabel Anderson (F, 35)
  5. 25:37.10 ~ Fran McLean (F, 57)
  6. 25:49.79 ~ Kimberly Anderson (F, 27)
  7. 25:51.13 ~ Cindi Goodson (F, 50)
  8. 26:31.44 ~ Juli DeGrummond (F, 45)
  9. 26:40.74 ~ Pennie Douglas (F, 34)
  10. 27:13.30 ~ Toma Wilkerson (F, 45)

Top Ten Men, 2014 Stop The Violence 5K
  1. 21:16.35 ~ Bill McGuire (M, 67) Tallahassee, FLBill McGuire
  2. 27:06.76 ~ Rob Williamson (M, 60)
  3. 27:22.54 ~ Eberhard Roeder (M, 46)
  4. 27:56.39 ~ Steve Schale (M, 40)

Refuge House's Stop The Violence 5K winners, 2013-2014
6 October 201320:56, Mike Burns25:05, Sandra Canada115
5 October 201421:17, Bill McGuire20:39, Renee Cox
The 2013 "Stop The Violence" 5K was run on USATF certified course #FL10091EBM.


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