Saturday, November 29, 2014

McPherson and Lichner are Dothan's paramount pilgrim pursuers

PilgrimsAmericans rush out of their homes on the day after Thanksgiving, and it's widely accepted that this is to take advantage of all the great "Black Friday" sales. The prices aren't that great, though, and going to the store on that day is like going sightseeing in Dante's Inferno. I think people are just willing to go anywhere to escape a house that has been reeking of turkey for a day or more.


By Saturday the need for fresh air has become even more desperate. Fortunately for the folks of Dothan, Alabama, they don't have to go to the mall to get out of the house that day. They can head over to Westgate Park and do the Pilgrim Chase 5K Trail Run.


Adam McPherson came up from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, for the 29 November 2014 edition of the annual run. Just seven days after he had raced the Timberlake Half Marathon, McPherson won the Pilgrim Chase, covering the 3.1-mile course around Westgate Park in 18:41. Dothan's Julio Garcia was runner-up in 20:02. Dothan master runner Dale Thomas placed third in 20:34.


Master runner Val Lichner of Bonifay, Florida, was the women's champion, running 23:07 for seventh overall. Aurianna Peart, formerly a distance runner at Weber High in Pleasant View, Utah, was the women's runner-up, finishing tenth overall in 23:46. Sydney Jeffcoat picked up some experience racing Westgate Park earlier in the fall while competing as an eighth grader on the Houston Academy cross-country team; she used that experience to take third in the women's standings at the Pilgrim Chase, finishing 11th overall in 23:50.


97 athletes finished the Dothan Runners'2014 Pilgrim Chase 5K Trail Run.


Top Ten Men, Dothan Runners' 2014 Pilgrim Chase 5K
  1. 18:41 ~ Adam McPherson (M, 31) Fort Walton Beach, FL
  2. 20:02 ~ Julio Garcia (M, 36) Dothan, AL
  3. 20:34 ~ Dale Thomas (M, 51) Dothan, AL
  4. 20:43 ~ Lee Meroney (M, 24) Asheville, NC
  5. 20:58 ~ Mark McCarra (M, 49) Grand Ridge, FL
  6. 23:04 ~ Joe Pignataro (M, 34) Madison, AL
  7. 23:24 ~ Key Warren (M, 39) Martinez, GA
  8. 23:36 ~ Alberto Elorduy (M, 16) Dothan, AL
  9. 23:55 ~ Paul Kleintop (M, 55) Amelia, OH
  10. 24:09 ~ Kevin Chaney (M, 43) Madison, AL

Top Ten Women, Dothan Runners' 2014 Pilgrim Chase 5K
  1. 23:07 ~ Val Lichner (F, 55) Bonifay, FL
  2. 23:46 ~ Aurianna Peart (F, 19) Fort Benning, GA
  3. 23:50 ~ Sydney Jeffcoat (F, 13) Dothan, AL
  4. 24:00 ~ CJ Parrish (F, 34) Dothan, AL
  5. 25:30 ~ Tabatha Murdock (F, 29) Enterprise, AL
  6. 25:34 ~ Lisa Warren (F, 39) Martinez, GA
  7. 25:47 ~ Erin McCambridge (F, 34) DeRidder, LA
  8. 25:53 ~ Amanda Harrell (F, 24) Enterprise, AL
  9. 26:14 ~ Beverly Lovelady (F, 43) Auburn, AL
  10. 26:17 ~ Lori Westphal (F, 44) Sandy Springs, GA

Recent winners, Dothan Runners' Pilgrim Chase 5K Trail Run
DateMenWomenFinishers
22 November 2003
20 November 2004
26 November 200519:44, Gabe Mitchell22:57, Lou Ellen Jayroe
25 November 200617:36, Aubrey Darnell22:43, Lou Ellen Jayroe
24 November 2007
29 November 200819:01, Myles Gibson24:11, Lou Ellen Jayroe54
28 November 2009
27 November 201016:24, Christopher Hough24:10, Emily Anne Latta73
26 November 201117:47, Sean Kent20:02, Ashlee Romani112
24 November 201217:10, David Seymour22:50, Kayla Fox127
30 November 201317:14, Austin Fox19:27, In-Mi Matsunaga96
29 November 201418:41, Adam McPherson23:07, Val Lichner97


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