Saturday, December 13, 2014

A half marathon of Red Hills for Ordonez and Thompson in the Red Nose Run

Camilo OrdonezFor the Thomasville, Georgia, Junior Service League, 13 December 2014 was their fourth annual Red Nose Run. For the event, it was the third time that a half marathon was contested. For the half marathon, it was the second time that the distance was a correct 13.1-miles. And for Tallahassee athlete Camilo Ordonez it was his first Red Nose Run win, as well as the first women's title for Thomasville's Melissa Thompson.


The race started on Saturday morning next to Thomas University. For a little over a mile the runners headed west on Pinetree Boulevard, led by Melissa Thompson and Andrew Caruana, a cross-country runner from Pine Grove Middle School in Valdosta, Georgia. After the race turned south onto the Magnolia Road, Thompson and Caruana were overtaken by Camilo Ordonez and Juan Ordonez of Tallahassee, Florida. Ordonez and Ordonez ran side by side till the fourth mile, when Camilo Ordonez pulled ahead. Juan Ordonez held second, a few steps ahead of Melissa Thompson.


Melissa ThompsonThe course was out-and-back, taking the athletes miles south of Thomasville on Magnolia Road and then on the Metcalf Road before turning around for the return trip. The route went through the pine uplands of the Red Hills, soils washed down from the Appalachian Mountains and then sculpted into small replicas of those mountains by creeks and streams. Racing up and down those slopes, Camilo Ordonez broke the race open, leaving the rest of the field far behind. Meanwhile Melissa Thompson and Juan Ordonez dueled for the runner-up spot.


Camilo Ordonez had a lead of over half a mile When he crossed the finish line back at Thomas University with a winning time of 1:30:46. Melissa Thompson pulled ahead of Juan Ordonez to finish second overall, winning the women's division in 1:34:15. Juan Ordonez was the first master runner, third overall in 1:34:42. Tallahassee's Shannon Colavecchio outkicked Valdosta's Alison Thornhill for fourth place overall, 98:23 to 98:30. Kristi Wilhelm of Thomasville was the top woman master, the fifth woman and 14th overall in 1:48:44.


47 runners finished the half marathon.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Red Nose Run Half Marathon
  1. 1:30:45.3 ~ Camilo Ordonez (M, 35) Tallahassee, FLJuan Ordonez
  2. 1:34:41.8 ~ Juan Ordonez (M, 40) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 1:39:20.3 ~ Duane Joiner (M, 38) Ochlocknee, GA
  4. 1:42:16.8 ~ Gareth Pyle (M, 35) Thomasville, GA
  5. 1:42:46.2 ~ Rob Sheridan (M, 54) Valdosta, GA
  6. 1:44:52.4 ~ Ashley Moore (M, 34) Valdosta, GA
  7. 1:45:06.3 ~ Logan Turnmire (M, 19) Fitzgerald, GA
  8. 1:46:05.7 ~ Marty Hufstetler (M, 57) Cairo, GA
  9. 1:47:15.9 ~ Lance Parker (M, 33) Thomasville, GA
  10. 1:49:57.7 ~ Andrew Caruana (M, 11) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2014 Red Nose Run Half Marathon
  1. 1:34:15.0 ~ Melissa Thompson (F, 30) Thomasville, GAShannon Colavecchio
  2. 1:38:22.7 ~ Shannon Colavecchio (F, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 1:38:29.2 ~ Alison Thornhill (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  4. 1:46:00.6 ~ Cassie Mills (F, 28) Thomasville, GA
  5. 1:48:43.3 ~ Kristi Wilhelm (F, 44) Thomasville, GA
  6. 1:52:05.0 ~ Dylan Snowden (F, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 1:56:31.1 ~ Melody Gunter (F, 51) Thomasville, GA
  8. 1:59:19.9 ~ Jennifer Bendewish (F, 35) Cairo, GA
  9. 1:59:57.5 ~ Lauren Davis (F, 36) Thomasville, GA
  10. 2:02:48.0 ~ Jo Curry (F, 48) Tallahassee, FL

Ten minutes after the half-marathoners left Thomas University, the 5K started from the same spot. Tallahassee's Charlie Lang won the shorter race for the third year in a row, running 19:33. Chuck Lang of Tallahassee was the fastest master in the field, finishing runner-up in 19:50. Lori Richardson of Thomasville took top woman's honors, placing twelfth overall in 22:58. Nancy Herring of Thomasville was the first woman master, 17th overall in 23:50. 160 athletes finished the 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Red Nose Run 5K
  1. 19:32.3 ~ Charlie Lang (M, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 19:49.7 ~ Chuck Lang (M, 49) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 19:51.8 ~ Carson Locke (M, 13) Valdosta, GA
  4. 19:54.5 ~ Chad Johnson (M, 44) Thomasville, GA
  5. 20:02.2 ~ Austin Lambert (M, 17) Colquitt, GA
  6. 20:27.5 ~ Jay McDuffie (M, 14) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 21:02.7 ~ Jameson Filston (M, 16) Thomasville, GA
  8. 21:07.6 ~ Colin McDuffie (M, 17) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 21:21.4 ~ Jason Jacobs (M, 39) Thomasville, GA
  10. 22:34.9 ~ Matthew Lewis (M, 10) Thomasville, GA

Top Ten Women, 2014 Red Nose Run 5K
  1. 22:57.7 ~ Lori Richardson (F, 28) Thomasville, GA
  2. 23:26.7 ~ Angela Cipriani (F, 15) Thomasville, GA
  3. 23:37.4 ~ Caroline Filston (F, 16) Thomasville, GA
  4. 23:49.9 ~ Nancy Herring (F, 59) Thomasville, GA
  5. 24:16.9 ~ Anna James (F, 11) Thomasville, GA
  6. 24:43.9 ~ Emmy Kyllonen (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 25:28.2 ~ Stephanie Kunkel (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 25:36.2 ~ Kayla Shoup (F, 14) Boston, GA
  9. 25:37.4 ~ Lizz Harrington (F, 22) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 25:38.0 ~ Kelsie Shoup (F, 14) Boston, GA

Thomasville, Georgia JSL Red Nose Run winners, 2011 - 2014
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
10 December 20115K17:08, Stephen Robbins19:56, Angelina Horne272
15 December 2012Half Marathon73:51, Charlie Johnson83:05, Sarah Batt96
5K21:04, Charlie Lang23:41, Lindsey Poole349
14 December 2013Half Marathon83:18, Ryan Kelly93:22, Sarah Batt74
5K20:38, Charlie Lang23:05, Angela Cipriani237
13 December 2014Half Marathon90:46, Camilo Ordonez94:15, Melissa Thompson47
5K19:33, Charlie Lang22:58, Lori Richardson160
The 5K was the sole race contested in 2011.
In 2012 the half marathon course was cut short.
In 2012 - 2014 the 5K was run on USATF certified course GA12116WC.
In 2013 and 2014 the half marathon was run on USATF certified course GA12117WC


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