Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fox & Fox win Dothan's 2014 running finale

Westgate ParkKayla Fox's twin brother, Austin Fox, ran 17:33 to win the Dothan Runners' annual Last Gasp 5K Trail Run on Saturday morning, 27 December 2014. In the same Dothan, Alabama, race, Austin Fox's twin sister, Kayla Fox, won the women's division, placing fifth overall in 21:41.


Austin Fox had finished second to Berry College distance runner Kyle Harris in the 2013 Last Gasp, but the 2014 race was all Fox's. Running alone in the lead for most of the 3.1-mile circuit of Dothan's Westgate Park, Fox was more than 700 meters ahead of the next runner when he crossed the finish line in 17:33. Richie Fernandez took the runner-up spot in 20:27. Dale Thomas was the fastest master runner in the race, edging Rush Jones for third 20:51 to 20:56.


Kayla Fox's 21:41 was the fastest women's time at the Last Gasp since Dana Cody's 20:26 in the 2011 race, and it was fast enough to put Fox nearly 600 meters ahead of the next woman. C. J. Parrish was second in the women's standings, placing 11th overall in 24:36. Caroline Dunklin was the first woman finisher, coming in 16th overall in 26:22. The top woman master was Beverly Lovelady, fourth female and 18th overall in 26:45. And the fifth woman finisher was Chris Fox, the first female grand master and 21st overall in 27:11. Austin and Kayla are two of Chris's children.


Including all the Foxes, 62 athletes finished the 2014 Last Gasp 5K Trail Run.


Top Ten Men, Dothan Runners' 2014 Last Gasp 5K Trail Run
  1. 17:33 ~ Austin Fox (M, 26)
  2. 20:27 ~ Richie Fernandez (M, 36)
  3. 20:51 ~ Dale Thomas (M, 51)
  4. 20:56 ~ Rush Jones (M, 21)
  5. 23:12 ~ Ryan Higgins (M, 34)
  6. 23:42 ~ Xavier Clayton (M, 24)
  7. 23:59 ~ Ben McDuffie (M, 16)
  8. 24:10 ~ Preston Jones (M, 23)
  9. 24:33 ~ Jimmy Russell (M, 51)
  10. 24:51 ~ John Bacon (M, 66)

Top Ten Women, Dothan Runners' 2014 Last Gasp 5K Trail Run
  1. 21:41 ~ Kayla Fox (F, 26)
  2. 24:36 ~ CJ Parrish (F, 34)
  3. 26:22 ~ Caroline Dunklin (F, 23)
  4. 26:45 ~ Beverly Lovelady (F, 43)
  5. 27:11 ~ Chris Fox (F, 57)
  6. 30:08 ~ Donna Hovey (F, 48)
  7. 30:52 ~ Melissa Ireland (F, 33)
  8. 31:06 ~ Peyten Salvaggio (F, 10)
  9. 31:44 ~ Andre' McGinity (F, 36)
  10. 31:42 ~ Jamie McDuffie (F, 20)

Some past winners of Dothan's Last Gasp 5K Trail Run
DateMenWomenFinishers
18 December 199916:23, Matt Tillman19:57, Jennifer Hanley



20 December 2003
18 December 200419:40, Brian Hickey24:13, Nancy Hein
17 December 2005Gabe MitchellLou Ellen Jayroe
23 December 200617:35, Aubrey Darnell22:23, Sara Jackson92
22 December 2007
27 December 200820:17, Terrion Williams23:59, Daphne Cook85
26 December 2009
11 December 201020:28, Michael Brennan24:51, Julie Harris59
31 December 201117:40, Stephen Robbins20:26, Dana Cody145
29 December 201217:59, Sean Kent22:17, Jeanne Davis65
28 December 201316:56, Kyle Harris23:01, Missy Sexton68
27 December 201417:33, Austin Fox21:41, Kayla Fox62


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