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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Beauchamp and Genovar repeat at Swine Time

Evan BeauchampEvan Beauchamp lives in Smyrna, but he is a son of Bainbridge, Georgia. He's also a marathon runner. As a marathoner, he spent much of November running long distances. On Nov. 7 he ran 2:45:46 in the Savannah Rock and Roll Marathon, finishing seventh and qualifying for the Boston Marathon. On Nov. 27 was in Tallahassee for the Turkey Trot, but he ran a little farther than the prescribed 15K.


"Me and a guy I was running with went about half a mile off course," explained Beauchamp.


The regulation 9.3 miles just wasn't far enough for a marathoner. Even with the detour, Beauchamp finished tenth in 57:17. Two days later Beauchamp was back on the roads, this time in Climax, Georgia, just east of his old home town of Bainbridge. He was there for the annual Climax Swine Time 5K. It may have only been 3.1 miles, but Beauchamp won the race for the second year in a row, running 17:40.


Dre BanksThe race started at 8:30 AM near the Swine Time Fairgrounds in Climax. Justin Nunamaker was the early leader, but Atlanta West Stride's Evan Beauchamp was right with him. After half a mile the runners were out of town, headed north on the Salem Church Road. On that quiet stretch of highway, Beauchamp ran away from Nunamaker. When the athletes turned around at the halfway point, starting the return to the fairgrounds, Beauchamp was already 100 meters ahead of Nunamaker. Beauchamp continued to widen the gap on the way back to the finish line. Meanwhile, University of West Georgia cross-country runner Dre Banks was starting to close on Nunamaker.


When Beauchamp crossed the finish line first in 17:40, Banks was just a few steps behind Nunamaker with a little more than 200 meters left to race. Banks stepped on the gas after the final turn with less than 100 meters to go. His kick was enough to give him second place over Nunamaker, 18:34 to 18:37. Former Swine Time champion Greg Waddell was the fastest master runner in the field, placing sixth in 21:30.


Julie GenovarThe women's competition also had a repeat winner as 2013 champion Julie Genovar of Bainbridge returned to run 23:48, placing 14th overall and taking the women's title. Genovar led the women's field from the start, finishing nearly 200 meters ahead of runner up Chelsey Beauchamp's 24:39. Paige Hildebrand was third in the women's standings with a 25:37. Sandra Canada of Woodville, Florida, was the first woman master in the race and fourth woman overall, running 26:10.


The Swine Time 5K isn’t an enormous race, but it draws more than its share of out-of-town runners. With so much of the world being outside of Climax, Georgia, this shouldn’t be surprising. You can make a similar argument for the hills on the course.



Chelsey Beauchamp“I didn’t think Climax would be so hilly,” remarked a couple of visiting runners.


However, Climax purportedly got it name from being the highest point on the railroad between Savannah and the Chattahoochee River. If you start at a height, the only place to go is down, as Swine Time 5K runners notice on their outbound trek on Salem Church Road. When you turn around to return, it’s time to climb back up to the highest point on the railroad.


In spite of the hills, runners have been coming to Climax for decades, attempting to win bottles of cane syrup. The syrup shows no sign of giving out, and neither does the race.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Swine Time 5K
  1. 17:40 ~ Evan Beauchamp (M, 26) Smyrna, GAPerry Waddell
  2. 18:34 ~ Dre Banks (M, 18) Bainbridge, GA
  3. 18:37 ~ Justin Nunamaker (M, 15) Redington Beach, FL
  4. 21:09 ~ Perry Waddell (M, 17) Bainbridge, GA
  5. 21:12 ~ Joe White (M, 34) Canton, GA
  6. 21:30 ~ Greg Waddell (M, 48) Bainbridge, GA
  7. 21:30 ~ Noah St. John (M, 34) Durham, NC
  8. 21:54 ~ Michael Cipeiano
  9. 21:59 ~ Michael Kennett (M, 41) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 22:55 ~ Jay Herring (M, 56) Jacksonville, FL

Top Ten Women, 2014 Swine Time 5K
  1. 23:48 ~ Julie Genovar (F, 29) Bainbridge, GASandra Canada
  2. 24:39 ~ Chelsey Beauchamp (F, 24) Smyrna, GA
  3. 25:37 ~ Paige Hildebrand
  4. 26:10 ~ Sandra Canada (F, 52) Woodville, FL
  5. 27:12 ~ Anda Lucia Ariail (F, 40) Orlando, FL
  6. 27:16 ~ Rachel White
  7. 27:50 ~ Caitlin Shephard
  8. 28:02 ~ Linda Wann
  9. 28:22 ~ Cheyenne Brooks
  10. 28:23 ~ Dorinda Cox
  11. 28:30 ~ Sandy Baker

Recent winners of the Climax, Georgia, Swine Time 5K
DateMenWomen
28 November 1981(10K)
29 November 1986(10K, rainy)
28 November 1987(10K, cloudy)
28 November 1992(5K)
25 November 200017:43, Greg Waddell22:55, Judy Alexander
26 November 2005
25 November 2006
24 November 2007
29 November 200817:27, Caleb Alte22:46, Mandi O'Mara
28 November 200918:11, Isaiah DouglasMcRae Mayfield
27 November 201019:15, Caleb Alte28:26, Annie Beauchamp Gargasz
26 November 201117:55, Michael Martinez24:30, Dana Martin
24 November 201217:04, Chase Harris20:21, Dionis Gauvin
30 November 201319:54, Evan Beauchamp23:36, Julie Genovar
29 November 201417:40, Evan Beauchamp23:48, Julie Genovar


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Friday, November 28, 2014

Kelly wins as Miller sets record at Valdosta's Turkey Day 5K

Wild TurkeysIt's an athletic tradition that prior to the feasts of our national day of gluttony, Thanksgiving Day, everyone goes out and runs a race. After all, there is no better way to prepare for the consumption of several thousand calories than by burning a few hundred. Some of these events take place days before the fourth Thursday of November, but others take place that morning--such as the Valdosta, Georgia, Thanksgiving Day 5K.


Valdosta's sixth annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race got going early on a cool Thursday morning, 27 November 2014. After finishing second to Brandon Hough in the 2013 run, Ryan Kelly of Lake Park, Georgia, was back for another try. Paring 40 seconds off his previous year's performance, Kelly ran 17:14 to win the 2014 race. Seconds later David Jones was across the finish line in 17:23, taking second. Just five days earlier, Jones had finished his sophomore year cross-country season, racing for Valdosta State in the NCAA Division II South Regional in Huntsville, Alabama. Jaden Long of West Point, New York, was third in 18:26.


Just a few meters behind Long and repeating as the fourth-place finisher was the first woman finisher, Erin Miller. Miller, from Columbia, South Carolina, not only won the women's title for the second year straight, but she also clobbered the women's course record that she had set in 2013, running 18:28. It may very well be the fastest 5K ever run by a woman in the streets of Valdosta, eclipsing even the 18:32 that Melissa Daugherty posted at the St. John School 5K in 2005. Neither race is run on a certified course, though, so bickering over course length can now begin.


Valdosta's Rick Mazurkiewicz was the fastest master in the race, placing ninth overall in 19:53. Melanie Ellis of Valdosta was the first woman master and women's runner-up, finishing 19th overall in 22:20. 103 athletes finished the 3.1-mile race.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Valdosta Thanksgiving Day 5K
  1. 17:13.4 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 35) Lake Park, GA
  2. 17:22.3 ~ David Jones (M, 19) Valdosta, GA
  3. 18:25.4 ~ Jaden Long (M, 18) West Point, NY
  4. 19:06.2 ~ DeShon Taylor (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  5. 19:29.6 ~ Quin McGlamery (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  6. 19:33.1 ~ James Marino (M, 36) Valdosta, GA
  7. 19:42.3 ~ Jonathan Miller (M, 27) Valdosta, GA
  8. 19:52.9 ~ Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 47) Valdosta, GA
  9. 20:16.6 ~ Randall Rathmann (M, 45) Valdosta, GA
  10. 20:22.0 ~ Jeremy Storey (M, 41) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2014 Valdosta Thanksgiving Day 5K
  1. 18:27.7 ~ Erin Miller (F, 38) Columbia, SC
  2. 22:19.8 ~ Melanie Ellis (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
  3. 23:02.0 ~ Amber Elam (F, 25) Valdosta, GA
  4. 23:47.0 ~ Zoey Storey (F, 16) Valdosta, GA
  5. 23:52.1 ~ Nancy Elam (F, 51) Valdosta, GA
  6. 23:56.8 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 46) Valdosta, GA
  7. 24:22.2 ~ Heather Kelly (F, 36) Lake Park, GA
  8. 24:36.3 ~ Margaret Montague (F, 32) Atlanta, GA
  9. 24:53.1 ~ Melanie Tucciavone (F, 29) Valdosta, GA
  10. 25:39.1 ~ Debbie Green (F, 48) Valdosta, GA

Valdosta, Georgia, Thanksgiving Day 5K winners, 2009 - 2014
DateMenWomenFinishers
26 November 200916:39, John Seppala19:20, Ashley McGee118
25 November 201017:48, Masked Avenger21:31, Gretchen Bielmyer191
24 November 201117:42, Nathan Norton22:01, Gretchen Bielmyer146
22 November 201217:45, Masked Avenger21:10, Angela Bruhl115
28 November 201316:55, Brandon Hough19:03, Erin Miller101
27 November 201417:14, Ryan Kelly18:28, Erin Miller103


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lake and Rosen back on top at Turkey Trot

Chris LakeLast year, Chris Lake’s five-year winning streak at the Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K ended with a third-place finish. On Thursday morning, 27 November 2014, he was a Turkey Trot champion once again, winning the 9.3-mile race through Southwood in 49:37.


“I was trying to beat my time from two years ago,” said Lake.


He did. It was Lake’s fastest time yet at the Turkey Trot, and the fastest winning time in the race since 1995 when Jessie Close ran 49:12. Lake ran most of the race alone, leading nearly wire-to-wire and finishing almost half a mile ahead of the next runner. Stephen Cox placed second in 52:11 with Roger Schmidt taking third in 52:38 and Nate Kaiser fourth in 53:32. Seattle, Washington, distance runner Chris Fendrich was the fastest master runner in the race, placing fifth overall in 54:33.


Sheryl Rosen“The women’s competition was excellent this year,” said Tallahassee lawyer Sheryl Rosen. “Seeley, Allison, Adriana, and Lauren were all up there.”


Excelling most was Rosen, who won her third straight Turkey Trot 15K women’s title, and her sixth since 2006. She didn’t come into the race with a lot of confidence, though.


“I’ve been injured and I haven’t raced for a year,” explained Rosen. “My leg still isn’t 100%. I started off conservative, about 6:45 per mile. Then I slowly inched my way up.”


Adriana PiekarewiczHalfway through the race, Adriana Piekarewicz had just overtaken Mary Masterton to take the lead in the women’s field. Farther back, Lauren Poulos and Seeley Lovett chased the leaders followed by Sheryl Rosen and Allison Eagen. Over the final miles, Poulos moved up into the lead. Rosen was moving as well.


“I got up to Lauren Poulos at eight miles,” said Rosen. After that, “We traded the lead for about a mile. We were neck and neck down the hill.”

That was the final downhill on Merchants Row Boulevard toward the finish line on Esplanade Way. On that slope, Rosen broke away to take the lead for the final time, going on to win in 60:19. Poulos was the women's runner-up in 60:52. Adriana Piekarewicz was third in the women's standings at 61:03, while 2010 women's winner Allison Eagen followed in fourth at 62:33. Early leader Mary Masterton was the fifth woman finisher, running 62:41. Stephanie Liles-Weyant of Tallahassee was the top woman master, running 66:36.


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K
  1. 49:37 ~ Chris Lake (M, 27) Tallahassee, FLStephen Cox and Nate Kaiser
  2. 52:11 ~ Stephen Cox (M, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 52:39 ~ Roger Schmidt (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 53:32 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 54:33 ~ Chris Fendrich (M, 45) Seattle, WA
  6. 55:36 ~ Charlie Johnson (M, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 56:41 ~ Bryce Van Dam (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 57:01 ~ Kyle Harris (M, 20) Bainbridge, GA
  9. 57:19 ~ James McClure (M, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 57:17 ~ Evan Beauchamp (M, 26) Smyrna, GA

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K
  1. 60:19 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 30) Tallahassee, FLSeeley Gutierrez and Lauren Poulos
  2. 60:52 ~ Lauren Poulos (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 61:02 ~ Adriana Piekarewicz (F, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 62:41 ~ Allison Eagen (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 62:45 ~ Mary Masterton (F, 28) Orlando, FL
  6. 63:24 ~ Seeley Gutierrez (F, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 64:46 ~ Cristina Bilder (F, 27) Plugerville, TX
  8. 66:36 ~ Stephanie Liles-Weyant (F, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 66:36 ~ Melissa Thompson (F, 30) Thomasville, GA
  10. 66:51 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 31) Tallahassee, FL

Nearly 500 runners finished the 2014 Turkey Trot 15K, but more than 4500 additional athletes were simultaneously competing in the 10K and the 5K. David Thornton, a cross-country runner for Darton State College in Albany, Georgia, won the 10K in 34:49, finishing more than half a mile ahead of the next runner in the race. Tallahassee master runner Marci Gray led the women’s field from start to finish to take the women’s title with a 40:50.


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 10K
  1. 34:49 ~ David Thornton (M, 21) Albany, GADavid Thornton
  2. 39:02 ~ Patrick Dawson (M, 23) St. Petersburg Beach, FL
  3. 39:06 ~ Arnoldo De Jesus (M, 28) Albany, GA
  4. 39:27 ~ Terance Keenan (M, 50) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 39:31 ~ Jon Nash (M, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 39:31 ~ Jason Venema (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 39:52 ~ Caleb Carmichael (M, 30) Pensacola, FL
  8. 40:03 ~ Daniel Volya (M, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 40:03 ~ Jon Mason (M, 40) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 41:16 ~ Alex Brickler (M, 29) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 10K
  1. 40:50 ~ Marci Gray (F, 40) Tallahassee, FLMarci Gray
  2. 43:29 ~ Kristin Sweeney (F, 20) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 43:29 ~ Ellen Sweeney (F, 19) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 44:53 ~ Lauren Huckaba (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 47:50 ~ Sara Lane (F, 20) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 47:50 ~ Rachel Givens (F, 20) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 48:29 ~ Sandy Holt (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 49:41 ~ Kim Likens (F, 46) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 49:21 ~ Savannah Sutherland (F, 17) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 49:16 ~ Laura Reina (F, 50) Tallahassee, FL

In the 5K, last year's Turkey Trot 15K winner, Joshua Seitz, found himself in a fight for the lead with Remy Tamer and Arnoldo De Jesus. Seitz, a volunteer assistant coach for the FSU cross country team, pulled away late in the race to win the 3.1-mile event in 15:51. Tamer was second in 15:57 and De Jesus third in 16:00. Swift Creek Middle School cross-country runner Alyson Churchill edged Maclay’s Lindsay James for the top spot in the women’s standings, 20:59 to 21:01.


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 5K
  1. 15:52 ~ Joshua Seitz (M, 25) Tallahassee, FLJoshua Seitz
  2. 15:57 ~ Remy Tamer (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 16:01 ~ Bill Clift (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 17:11 ~ Paul Lagno (M, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 17:29 ~ Taylor Buzzard (M, 20) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 17:32 ~ Bryce Cole (M, 16) Crawfordville, FL
  7. 17:48 ~ Ryan Truchelut (M, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 17:51 ~ Danny Moore (M, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 17:59 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 48) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 17:59 ~ Mickey Moore (M, 44) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 5K
  1. 20:59 ~ Alyson Churchill (F, 12) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 21:01 ~ Lindsay James (F, 11) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 21:08 ~ Heather Streeval (F, 40) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 21:57 ~ Paula O'Neill (F, 53) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 22:03 ~ Katherine Resavage (F, 13) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 24:11 ~ Morgan Phillips (F, 18) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 24:26 ~ Rebekah Hudson (F, 19) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 22:22 ~ Julia Rose Travis (F, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 22:33 ~ Marisa Ashley (F, 12) Panama City Beach, FL
  10. 22:47 ~ Emma Travis (F, 16) Tallahassee, FL

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Molosky still owns the Draggin' Tail Challenge

If there was a "Dragon Master" at the 20th annual Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Challenge, it would have to be Vince Molosky. Running 1:55:23, the Tallahassee distance runner won the race for the sixth year in a row on Saturday morning, 22 November 2014. By now Molosky has quite a collection of the dragon-effigy awards that go to the winners of the event. Other athletes have won the race, but that was so long ago that it's getting hard to remember them. The most recent champion before Molosky began his one-man dragon dynasty was Tallahassee master runner Jack McDermott. McDermott took the Draggin' Tail Challenge titles in 2005, 2006, and 2008, but in 2014 he ran 2:04:22 and finished second to Molosky.


Tallahassee realtor Nancy Stedman was the first woman as well as the first woman master in the 18-mile race, placing 14th overall in 2:35.39. Master runner Karen Meadows was second in the women's standings, finishing 18th overall in 2:41:51. Birgit Maier-Katkin edged Theresa Sullivan for the third women's spot, 2:53:04 to 2:53:05; the two runners were 23rd and 24th overall.


43 athletes finished the 18-mile out-and-back course through Sunny Hills, Florida, confronting bad pavement, lonely roads, and "sand mountain." Twelve relay teams also covered the course, and another 21 athletes completed the Draggin' Tail 5K fun run.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Challenge
  1. 1:55:23 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 35)
  2. 2:04:22 ~ Jack McDermott (M, 45)
  3. 2:20:33 ~ Mark Tombrink (M, 27)
  4. 2:22:04 ~ Cory Gardner (M, 28)
  5. 2:23:32 ~ Michael MacMullin (M, 54)
  6. 2:25:11 ~ Matt Pollard (M, 36)
  7. 2:26:39 ~ Eric Dueno (M, 46)
  8. 2:27:38 ~ Felix Chen (M, 31)
  9. 2:28:24 ~ Michael Kennett (M, 41)
  10. 2:29:43 ~ Jay Silvanima (M, 54)

Top Ten Women, 2014 Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Challenge
  1. 2:35:39 ~ Nancy Stedman (F, 52)
  2. 2:41:51 ~ Karen Meadows (F, 50)
  3. 2:53:04 ~ Birgit Maier-Katkin (F, 52)
  4. 2:53:05 ~ Theresa Sullivan (F, 54)
  5. 3:02:17 ~ Trish Sasser (F, 48)
  6. 3:06:02 ~ Kim Allan (F, 44)
  7. 3:07:56 ~ Diem Presley (F, 40)
  8. 3:07:58 ~ Susan Clancy (F, 34)
  9. 3:12:30 ~ Lynn Landis (F, 50)
  10. 3:19:24 ~ Lucy Holland (F, 47)

2014 Draggin' Tail 3 x 6-Mile Relay
  1. 2:17:40 ~ Bonifay
  2. 2:31:35 ~ Hearn Dogs
  3. 2:33:03 ~ AOC 4
  4. 2:43:22 ~ AOC 2
  5. 2:49:18 ~ AOC 3
  6. 2:53:44 ~ Trane
  7. 2:55:38 ~ Run for God
  8. 2:57:33 ~ AOC 1
  9. 3:04:40 ~ Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Society
  10. 3:09:51 ~ Holmes County
  11. 3:32:41 ~ Soul Sisters
  12. 3:35:59 ~ Tortoise

Recent Draggin' Tail Challenge winners, 2000 - 2014
DateMenWomen
22 November 20141:55:23, Vince Molosky2:35:39, Nancy Stedman
23 November 20131:56:52, Vince Molosky2:20:45, Jacquelyne Blackburn
17 November 20121:47:47, Vince Molosky2:27:38, Amy Mann
19 November 20111:48:35, Vince Molosky2:25:55, Michelle Patterson
18 November 20101:52:43, Vince Molosky2:06:10, Hadley Nyquist
21 November 20091:51:31, Vince Molosky2:07:43, Hadley Nyquist
22 November 20081:55:32, Jack McDermott2:20:45, Dana Black
17 November 20072:00:32, Michael Martinez2:21:27, Dana Black
18 November 20061:55:39, Jack McDermott2:23:50, Melinda Fountain
19 November 20051:55:19, Jack McDermott2:18:19, Lisa Purul
20 November 20041:59:57, Nathan Tarver2:31:57, Gloria Ramirez
22 November 20031:50:25, Mike Lilly2:20:08, Julie Clark
23 November 20021:46:42, Jessie Blanton1:57:44, Valerie Connaghton
17 November 20011:56:34, Rick Melendez2:30:11, Cheryl Lanke
18 November 20001:57:43, Alan Swigler2:14:38, Laurel Slyck



21 November 19981:49:22, Terry Williams2:23:48, Janet Register
1997Brian Corbin



25 November 1995

If anyone has the missing winners from 1995 to 1999, I would 
really,really like to include those names and times here! ~ HW


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Friday, November 21, 2014

State Championship Titles of Tallahassee & Leon County High School Cross-Country Teams, 1947-2014

High school cross country isn't that old as an organized sport in Florida. The first FHSAA state championship in cross country wasn't held until 1947. In 1969, over two decades later, a Tallahassee school first brought home a state cross country title. Since then Leon County boys (and starting in the 1970s, girls) have won numerous team and individual titles at the state cross country meet. The 2014 championships were held right in Tallahassee at Leon County's Apalachee Regional Park, home to the FHSAA state cross country final since 2012. Capital City athletes didn't leave empty handed.

Sukhi Khosla
In the final event of a morning of championship races, Leon senior Sukhi Khosla won the class 3A boys race in 15:01.8, the fastest time of the day on the 5K course at ARPXC. It was Khosla's second state cross country win and the ninth for Leon--putting the school in the FHSAA record book for the most individual championships. Repeating is no small feat--since the state meet was established in 1947, only 29 boys have tallied two wins. An even more elite group of five boys won three times. Three of the double winners have come from Tallahassee--Ray Carter (1988, 1989) of Leon, Patrick Swain (2008, 2009) of Maclay, and now Sukhi Khosla (2013, 2014) of Leon. The Capital City also produced one of the triple winners--Matt Mizereck (2007, 2008, 2009) of Leon.


The same race put a Tallahassee team into the record books, as the Chiles Timberwolves took the class 3A boys' team title--the school's fourth. seniors Avery Bartlett (3rd, 15:31.8), Allan Hernandez (7th, 15:39.1), Tyson Murray (8th, 15:43.4), and Jared Grigas (24th, 16:05.8) combined with with junior Austin Dodson (27th, 16:08.2) to put up a winning score of 64 points for the Timberwolves, with back-up by seniors Thomas Blaine (32nd, 16:15.5) and Austin Runtschke (78th, 16:56.2).

2014 Chiles High boys' cross country team
Tallahassee dominance in the 3A boys race continued as the Leon boys, led by Khosla, placed second in the team standings with 77 points. In addition to Khosla, seniors Scott Hunter (4th, 15:33.6), Kyle Buchholz (21st, 16:01.9), and Wil Luca (22nd, 16:04.0), together with sophomore Matt Cashin (39th, 16:22.9) scored for the Lions. Senior Maxx Marshall (41st, 16:23.1) and junior Adam Wallenfelsz (92nd, 17:11.3) also competed for Leon.


Leon County was also represented in the class 3A girls race, as Chiles scored 147 points to place fifth. Chiles junior Emma Tucker put together the right race at the right time, running 18:44.2 to place third in the state final. Junior Alex Wallace (12th, 19:03.4), frosh Ana Wallace (31st, 19:35.5), junior Juliana Krueger (44th, 19:56.0), frosh Erin Phelps (90th, 20:50.3), sophomore Jianni McDole (116th, 21:31.5), and frosh Cynthia Patterson (154th, 22:59.9) also contributed to the Chiles cause.


Tallahassee Maclay was fourth in the class 1A girls team standings, scoring 158 points. Sophomore Caroline Willis broke into the top ten for the Marauders, placing ninth in 19:20.9. Sophomore Molly McCann (30th, 20:06.9), sixth-grader Lindsay James (41st, 20:25), eight-grader Kenzie Mazziotta (44th, 20:39.0), frosh Jainey Coates (52nd, 20:58.9), frosh Ann Elise Desotell (53rd, 21:00.5), and junior Katie Whitworth filled out the rest of Maclay's squad in the championship race.


Emma TuckerMaclay was also represented in the class 1A boys race, where the Marauders scored 208 points to take fifth. Junior George Gwynn (25th, 17:05.1), sophomore Jake Mazziotta (29th, 17:11.1), frosh James McClure (42nd, 17:36.7), junior Daniel Becker (80th, 18:18.9), frosh Daniel Sweeney (103rd, 18:44.8), junior George Escobar (133rd, 19:23.0), and eighth-grader Clay Milford (145th, 19:37.6) competed for Maclay.


Some of Tallahassee's neighbors also made it to the State Finals. The Blountstown Tigers and the Aucilla Christian Warriors both raced in class 1A boys competition. Blountstown was scored 505 points to place 22nd with senior Thomas Howell (77th, 18:17.4), sophomore Tyreek Sumner (98th, 18:41.2), frosh Jesse Boyd (110th, 18:50.2), sophomore Alfredo Puente (160th, 20:05.9), frosh Weston Schrock (161st, 20:06.8), frosh Will Price (162nd, 20:08.4), and sophomore Mark Wilson (170th, 20:26.4). It was the third year in a row at the State Championships for the Tigers. For Aucilla Christian, it was their second straight trip to the State Meet. This time, the Warriors placed 24th with 555 points earned by the running of sophomore Gatlin Nennstiel (45th, 17:39.0), senior Carson Nennstiel (142nd, 19:35.6), sophomore Nick Arceneaux (149th, 19:44.9), sophomore Traynor Barker (158th, 20:03), seventh-grader Dawson Bishop (159th, 20:04.8), sophomore Chaz Hamilton (169th, 20:25.9), and junior Taylor Nugent (180th, 21:26.8).


Caleb Wiedeman and Alan PearsonThe Aucilla Christian girls made it to State for the fifth year in a row in class 1A, placing 25th and scoring 723 points. Racing for the Warriors were frosh Camryn Grant (124th, 22:54.5), sixth-grader Olivia Walton (152nd, 23:52.2), sixth-grader Anna Leigh Trest (157th, 24:06.5), junior Sarah Tharpe (167th, 24:55.6), seventh-grader Abby Reams (168th, 25:00.4), eighth-grader Grace Beshears (175th, 25:57.9), and eighth-grader Hanna Searcy (177th, 26:14.8).


In class 2A, Wakulla made a return appearance in both the boys race and the girls race. Haleigh Martin (16th, 19:40.5), Constance Lewis (109th, 21:56.0), Juliana Prestia (114th, 22:04.9), Lydia Wiedeman (130th, 22:18.2), Emily Lawrence (166th, 23:52.3), Alyssa McIver (174th, 25:19.9), and Jeanna Prisco (175th, 25:58.0) scored 474 points for the War Eagles in the class 2A girls race, placing 20th. The Wakulla boys placed 22nd in the class 2A race on the strength of 514 points scored by the team of sophomore Bryce Cole (72nd, 17:26.4), senior Lane Williams (104th, 17:53.5), sophomore James Story (142nd, 18:30.9), frosh Dylan Peebles (144th, 18:31.4), senior Travis Parks (155th, 18:38.5), frosh Caleb Wiedeman (157th, 18:39.8), and senior Alan Pearson (163rd, 18:51.0).


Because of the winning performances of the Chiles boys and Leon's Sukhi Khosla, I have to update the list of titles won by local teams. Thank you, guys; thank you too much. And congratulations.




CHILES HIGH SCHOOLTimberwolves

Team Titles

Boys:
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2003
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2005
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2006
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2014

Girls:
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2008
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2009
FHSAA 3A State Champions, 2010


Individual Titles

Boys:
2003, Alex Miletich, 3A State Champion

Girls:
2009, Carly Thomas, 3A State Champion
2012, Rachel Givens, 3A State Champion



GODBY HIGH SCHOOL

Individual Titles

Boys:
2007, Joe Franklin, 2A State Champion





LEON HIGH SCHOOL

Team Titles

Boys:
FHSAA 2A State Champions 1969
FHSAA 3A State Champions 2007
FHSAA 3A State Champions 2008
FHSAA 3A State Champions 2009

Girls:
FHSAA 3A State Champions 1977
FHSAA 3A State Champions 1978
FHSAA 3A State Champions 1986
FHSAA 3A State Champions 1987
FHSAA 3A State Champions 1988


Individual Titles:

Boys:
1976 Herb Wills, 4A State Champion
1986 Doug Dickinson, 3A State Champion
1988 Ray Carter, 3A State Champion
1989 Ray Carter, 3A State Champion
2007 Matt Mizereck, 3A State Champion
2008 Matt Mizereck, 3A State Champion
2009 Matt Mizereck, 3A State Champion
2013 Sukhi Khosla, 3A State Champion
2014 Sukhi Khosla, 3A State Champion

Girls:
1979 Rosemary Desloge, 3A State Champion
1988 Jessica Scafidi, 3A State Champion
1989 Jessica Scafidi, 3A State Champion
1990 Jessica Scafidi, 3A State Champion



LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL

Individual Titles

Girls:
1991 Kathy Ward, 4A State Champion
1992 Kathy Ward, 4A State Champion




MACLAY SCHOOL

Team Titles

Boys:
FHSAA 2A State Champions, 1998
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 1999
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2000
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2001
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2002


Girls:
FHSAA 2A State Champions, 1997
FHSAA 2A State Champions, 1998
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 1999
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2001
FHSAA 1A State Champions, 2005


Individual Titles

Boys:
2002, Ryan Deak, 1A State Champion
2008, Patrick Swain, 1A State Champion
2009, Patrick Swain, 1A State Champion



NORTH FLORIDA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Individual Titles

Boys:
1989, Robert Boyd, 1A State Champion







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#1248

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Victory at VetFest for Greenstein and Sherron

Gary Galvez"That was a tough course," Adam Greenstein said after Tallahassee's fourth annual VetFest 5K. "Especially the hill on Monroe Street."


His view was shared by many of the runners in the 11 November 2014 race, but Greenstein weathered the hills of downtown Tallahassee better than any other athlete, posting a winning time of 17:44.


The 3.1-mile event started on Park Avenue just west of Gadsden Street at 8:30 AM on Tuesday morning. Once given the command to "Go!", he field plunged downhill, heading east to Franklin Boulevard. Gary Galvez of Capital City Runners led the race south on Franklin toward Cascades Park. Greenstein was several steps behind in second. For him, it wasn't a typical position.


"I usually go out fast and then crash," explained Greenstein. "So this time I tried to run controlled on the first mile."


Adam GreensteinBefore that first mile was over, Greenstein had caught up with Galvez in Cascades Park. After leaving the park, Greenstein took control of the race.


"On the hill up Lafayette Street I started to pull away," he said.


Before Greenstein was done pulling away, he had a lead of well over 300 meters. He crossed the finish line on Gadsden Street near College Avenue first in 17:44. His race plan had worked.


"I think I ran an even pace," said Greenstein. "I usually lead the first mile but not the last mile. This time I tried to do it the other way around."


Galvez hung on to finish second in 18:58.

Katie Sherron
Third place overall went to the first woman in the race, Katie Sherron. Only eleven days into November, it was already Sherron's third women's win of the month. Her earlier victories had come in two cross-country races at Apalachee Regional Park, including the Trash Dash 5K only three days before VetFest. At the Veterans Day event Sherron had to contend with the VetFest 5K defending women's champion, Renee Cox. Cox set the pace early for the ladies, but Sherron was never far behind. Halfway through the race she attacked.


"At about a mile and a half there was a little downhill," recalled Sherron. "I like to make a move on the downhill."


Renee CoxSherron broke away, going on to win by nearly 200 meters with a 19:05. Cox was the women's runner up, placing sixth overall in 19:51. Shannon Colavecchio was third in the women's standings, coming in 13th overall in 21:03. Swift Creek Middle School cross-country runners Alyson Churchill and Megan Churchill were the next two finishers in the women's division, 14th in 21:06 and 18th in 21:31.


Mark McCaslin was the fastest master runner in the race, finishing eighth overall in 20:23. Paula O'Neill was the first woman master, 20th overall in 21:57.


For quite some time, the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day was the only holiday race in Tallahassee. In 2013 Capital City Kiwanis brought the Firecracker 5K to the city's Independence Day schedule, and the VetFest 5K has been part of Tallahassee's Veterans Day since 2011. The race is alive and well--191 athletes finished this year's VetFest 5K, the most in the four-year history of the race. Expect to see it on the streets of Tallahassee again on 11 November 2015.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Tallahassee VetFest 5K
  1. 17:44 ~ Adam Greenstein (M, 27)Jim Halley
  2. 18:58 ~ Gary Galvez (M, 27)
  3. 19:09 ~ Jim Halley (M, 35)
  4. 19:19 ~ Camilo Ordoñez (M, 35)
  5. 19:57 ~ Charlie Lang (M, 16)
  6. 20:23 ~ Mark McCaslin (M, 45)
  7. 20:32 ~ Michael Kennett (M, 41)
  8. 20:41 ~ Roly Torres (M, 25)
  9. 20:46 ~ Chuck Lang (M, 49)
  10. 20:55 ~ Juan Ordoñez (M, 40)

Top Ten Women, 2014 Tallahassee VetFest 5K
  1. 19:05 ~ Katie Sherron (F, 33)Shannon Colavecchio
  2. 19:51 ~ Renee Cox (F, 27)
  3. 21:03 ~ Shannon Colavecchio (F, 37)
  4. 21:06 ~ Alyson Churchill (F, 12)
  5. 21:31 ~ Megan Churchill (F, 12)
  6. 21:57 ~ Sarah White (F, 21)
  7. 21:57 ~ Paula O'Neill (F, 53)
  8. 23:39 ~ Isabel Anderson (F, 35)
  9. 23:43 ~ Mercedes Puig (F, 30)
  10. 24:45 ~ Ami Wheeler (F, 41)

Tallahassee VetFest 5K winners, 2011-2013
DateMenWomenFinishers
14 November 201116:20, Alex Smyth22:50, Sandy Holt169
12 November 201219:12, James Taylor21:34, Kelly Brennan112
11 November 201315:57, Chris Rego20:01, Renee Cox147
11 November 201417:45, Adam Greenstein19:06, Katie Sherron191


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#1246

12 November 2014 Tallahassee 100-Mile Race Calendar

This is the Tallahassee vicinity road-race schedule for 12 November 2014. If that's more than a week ago, the latest schedule is always available via this link:


This is a listing of upcoming races within 100 miles of Tallahassee, Florida, roughly the region in the map below. If a race isn't listed, I probably haven't heard of it, so post a comment and let me know about it.
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15 NOVEMBER 2014
  • Hoofing It For Habitat 5K. 8:30 AM ET. Centerville Conservation Community, Conservation Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. USATF certified course FL11064EBM. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Nancy Stedman, realtornancy@comcast.net
  • Pelham Wildlife Run 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00 AM ET 5K / 10:00 AM ET one mile. Camp Charis, 3574 Spence Rd, Pelham, Georgia 31779. Entry form and flyer.
  • 4th annual Run For Your Lungs 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:30 AM ET 5K / 9:45 AM ET one mile. Lake Blackshear Retreat, 2459-H US Highway 280 West, Cordele, Georgia. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. info@runforyourlungs.org or Shelia Knight 229-881-7046 or Shellie Gay 229-894-5884.
21 NOVEMBER 2014
  • Tifton Junior Women's Club Glow Run 5K and one-mile fun run. 6:00 PM ET one mile / 6:45 PM ET 5K. Northside Baptist Church, 4605 Murray Avenue, Tifton, Georgia 31794. Online registration at active.com. Tifton Junior Woman's Club, emilym.carr@gmail.com or 205-807-2911.
22 NOVEMBER 2014
  • 20th annual Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Run, Relay, and 5K. 8:00 AM CT. St Theresa's Catholic Church, 2056 Sunny Hills Boulevard, Sunny Hills, Florida. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Marty Kirkland 850-265-8439 or Joe Edgecombe joeruns@yahoo.com or 850-763-5005.
  • 2nd annual Jackson Hospital Turkey Trot 5K and one-mile fun run. Jackson Hospital, 4250 Hospital Drive, Marianna, Florida 32446. Entry form and flyer. Rex Torbett 850-718-2525 or Eric Miller 850-718-2843.
  • Turkey Trot 10K and 5K. 9:00 AM CT. Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility, Bldg 4605 Andrews Avenue, Fort Rucker, Alabama, 36362. 334-255-0308.
  • 4th annual Wild Hog Jog 5-Mile and 5K. 9:00 AM CT. Gulf Coast State College, 5230 West Highway 98, Panama City, Florida. Event web page. Online registration at active.com. Kris Retherford, krisreth@gmail.com or 850-527-2861.
27 NOVEMBER 2014
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 39th annual Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K / 10K / 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. State Office Satellite Complex at SouthWood, Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event page on Facebook. Event web site. David Yon, david@radeylaw.com or 850-425-6671 or 850-668-2236.
  • Valdosta Thanksgiving Day 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Valdosta Early College Academy, Azalea Drive and College Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2013 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. A Course/Line, LLC, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455.
  • 3rd annual 30A Thanksgiving 10K and one-mile fun run. 7:30 AM CT. 34 North Barrett Square, Rosemary Beach, Florida. USATF certified 10K course #FL12097EBM. Event page on Facebook. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. Hammer Down Multisport, craig@hammerdownmultisport.com or 850-259-1788.
29 NOVEMBER 2014
  • Swine Time 5K. 8:30 AM ET. Swine Time Fairgrounds, New Street, Climax Georgia. 2013 story. 2011 story. Swine Time Run profile on Facebook. Online registration at active.com. Paul Fryer, pfryer1@gmail.com or 229-246-8560 or Chip Ariail, dariail@dcboe.com or 229-243-9120.
  • Pilgrim Chase Trail Run 5K. 9:00 AM CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or 334-792-6021.
6 DECEMBER 2014
  • Gulf Winds Track Club Ten-Mile Challenge and Five-Mile Road Race. 8:00 AM ET. Hawks Rise Elementary School, 205 Meadow Ridge Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32312-1565. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified courses FL10078EBM (ten mile) and FL10077EBM (five mile). Event web page. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Lisa or Eric Johnson, 10MileChallenge@gmail.com
  • 6th annual Run for the Redfish Half-Marathon / 5K / one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT. Pier Park, Margaritaville, 16230 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach 32413. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web site. Online registration at active.com.
13 DECEMBER 2014
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 33rd annual Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic 50K/50M. 7:00 AM ET. Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, Florida. 2013 story, 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course FL08072EBM. Event web site. Gary Griffin, runlong@nettally.com
  • 4th annual Thomasville JSL Red Nose Run Half Marathon and 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Thomas University, Pinetree Boulevard and Millpond Road, Thomasville, Georgia 31792. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. USATF course number GA12116WC (5K). USATF course number GA12117WC (half marathon).
  • Jingle Bell Jog 5K. 5:00 PM ET. Earle May Boat Basin, 100 Boat Basin Circle, Bainbridge, Georgia 39817. 229-248-2010.
  • Mistletoe 5K. 9:00 AM CT. Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Facility, 5900 Skychief Street, Fort Rucker, Alabama 36362. 334-255-2296.
20 DECEMBER 2014
  • Gulf Wind Track Club's fourth annual Tannenbaum Trail 6K Cross Country Run. 9:00 AM ET. Apalachee Regional Park Trail, 7550 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Online registration at active.com. Herb Wills, hwills@gmail.com
27 DECEMBER 2014
  • Last Gasp 5K Trail Run. 9:00 AM CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or 334-792-6021.
31 DECEMBER 2014
  • 3rd annual Valdosta New Year's Eve 5K. 9:00 PM ET. Lowndes High School, 1606 Norman Drive, Valdosta Georgia, 31601. 2013 story. 2012 story. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. A Course/Line, LLC, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455.
3 JANUARY 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 2nd annual Swamp Forest Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, and Quarter Marathon. 8:00 AM ET. Elinor Klapp Phipps Park, Miller Landing Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Bobby York, byorkjr@msn.com or 850-443-6795.
  • 11th annual Kiwanis River Run 10K / 5K. 9:00 AM ET. Earle May Boat Basin, 100 Boat Basin Circle, Bainbridge, Georgia 39817. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 10K is on USATF certified course GA05001WC. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. Paul Fryer, pfryer1@gmail.com or 229-246-8560.
9 JANUARY 2015
  • Jingle Bell Spring All-Comers Track Meet (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m). 6:00 PM ET. Franklin County High School Track, 1250 US Highway 98, Eastpoint, Florida 32328. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RaceIt.com. Kati‐Morgan Hathcock, khathcock@franklin.k12.fl.us.
10 JANUARY 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 31st annual Bowlegs 5K Run for Scholarship. 9:00 AM ET. FAMU / FSU College of Engineering, 2525 Pottsdamer Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32310-6046. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course #FL12001EBM. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Larry Giunipero, lgiunip@cob.fsu.edu or 850-878-5569, or Bill Hillison, bhillis@garnet.acns.fsu.edu or 850-893-4557.
17 JANUARY 2015
  • 38th annual Gulf Winds Track Club 30K / 15K. 8:00 AM ET. The Retreat at Bradley's Pond, 9002 Bradley Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. 2008 story. USATF certified courses FL06013DL (30K) and FL06014DL (15K). Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Jerry/Jackie McDaniel, jackiemcdaniel1@gmail.com or 850-591-0081.
  • 3rd annual School of Arts and Sciences Dragon Dash 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00 AM ET 5K / 10:30 AM ET one mile. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2014 story. Entry form and flyer. Kate Taluga, talugak@leonschools.net or 850-386-6566
24 JANUARY 2015
  • Red Fox6th annual Red Fox Trot 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 9:00 AM ET one mile. Roberts Elementary School, 5777 Pimlico Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Event web page. Event page on Facebook. redfoxtrot5K@gmail.com
  • 6th annual FSU Medical Response Unit 5K. 9:00 AM ET. Integration Statue on Woodward Plaza, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. 2014 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story.
  • PigThe 33rd annual Hog Wild Run 15K and 5K. 2:00 PM CT. The Depot Off Main, 120 Museum Avenue, Dothan, Alabama 36303. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 15K course map. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or 334-792-6021.
31 JANUARY 2015
  • 3rd annual Trailblazer 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET 5K / 9:30 AM ET one mile. DeSoto Trail Elementary School, 5200 Tredington Park Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2014 story. 2013 story. USATF certified course FL14085EBM. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Jennifer Hay, jennghayfl@gmail.com
  • TulipTulip Trot 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET one mile / 9:00 AM ET 5K. Cascades Park, 1001 South Gadsden Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com.
  • High Noon Trailblazer 5K. 12:00 PM CT. Westgate Park Tennis Center, 401 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. Event page on Facebook. Carolyn Houston, bchbumspcb12@yahoo.com
7 FEBRUARY 2015
  • 4th annual Southeast Alabama Community Foundation Half Marathon and 5K. 8:00 AM CT. Flowers Hospital, 4370 West Main Street, Dothan, Alabama 36305. Event page on Facebook.
8 FEBRUARY 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 41st annual Tallahassee Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:30 AM ET. Mike Long Track, Florida State University, Chieftain Way at Spirit Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web site. USATF certified marathon course #FL11125EBM. USATF certified half-marathon course #FL09001EBM. Tallahasseemarathon@gmail.com
14 FEBRUARY 2015
  • Samoa22nd annual Run For The Cookies 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET one mile / 9:00 AM ET 5K. Tallahassee Community College Lifetime Sports Center, 444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32304. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified 5K course FL14006EBM. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Dr. Jeanne O'Kon, okonj@tcc.fl.edu or 850-894-2019.
  • 5th annual Hospice Half Marathon. 8:00 AM ET. Georgia Christian School, 4359 Dasher Road, Valdosta, Georgia 31601-2101. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. Event web site. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. Elizabeth Greene, esutton621@gmail.com or 229-403-4854.
21 FEBRUARY 2015
28 FEBRUARY 2015
  • Purple Heart3rd annual Purple Heart 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 9:00 AM ET. Bainbridge State College, 2500 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, Georgia 39818. 2014 story. 2013 story. Eric Dueno eric.dueno@bainbridge.edu or 229-248-2577; Juan Gomez 229-248-2634.
7 MARCH 2015
  • 10th annual Thomasville Road Baptist Church 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET one mile / 8:30 AM ET 10K and 5K. Thomasville Road Baptist Church, 3131 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course FL09035EBM (10K). USATF certified course FL09036EBM (5K). Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Michael Kennett, mtkyuma@yahoo.com
  • 9th annual Albany Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:00 am ET. Veteran's Park, 112 North Front Street, Albany, GA 31701. USATF certified course GA07003WC (Marathon), GA07002WC (half-Marathon). 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. Event web site. info@albanymarathon.com or 229-317-4760.
  • Red Pepper Run 5K. 8:00 AM ET. The Blue Parrot, 68 West Gorrie Drive, St. George Island, Florida 32328. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. Event web site. Susan Bassett, 850-323-0092.
  • tiny tortoise7th annual Race The Tortoise 5K. 8:00 AM ET. O'Leno State Park, 410 S.E. O'Leno Park Road, High Springs, Florida 32643. 2014 story. USATF certified course FL09011EBM. Event web page. Cindy Preston, Cynthia.F.Preston@dep.state.fl.us or 386-454-0723.
  • Adel Kiwanis 5K and one-mile fun run. Memorial Stadium, 1600 Massee Post Road, Adel, Georgia 31620. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 9:00 AM ET one mile. 2014 story. 2011 story. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. liza.hendrix10@gmail.com.
8 MARCH 2015
  • 6th annual Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. 7:40 AM ET. Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch, 1813 Cecil Webb Place, Live Oak, Florida 32060. USATF certified marathon course FL10137EBM. USATF certified half-marathon course FL10028EBM. 2014 story. 2013 story. Event web page. Online registration at active.com. Chris Carusone, 941-799-7184.
14 MARCH 2015
  • Shamrock27th annual Shamrock Scurry 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00AM ET one mile / 8:30AM ET 5K.Killearn United Methodist Church, 2800 Shamrock South, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. USATF certified course #FL10021EBM. Course map. Connie Clark, rclarke54@comcast.net or 850-933-2429.
  • 37th annual Winston Howell 10,000 Meter Road Race. 9:00 AM CT. National Guard Armory, Highway 52 and 167, Hartford, AL 36344. 2013 story. 2011 story. USATF certified course #AL96005JD. Event web site. Cary Hatcher at cary.hatcher@gmail.com or 334-588-2343; Mike Kinman at mikek@fnbhartford.com or 334-684-9818.
21 MARCH 2015
  • 4th annual Bainbridge Half Marathon. 7:00 AM ET. Memorial Hospital, 1500 E. Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, Georgia. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. Andy Payne, contact@bainbridgehalfmarathon.com or 229-726-2794.
28 MARCH 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 39th annual Springtime 10K, Publix 5K and Target 1-Miler. 7:45am ET one-mile / 8:10am ET 10K and 5K. Leon County Courthouse, 301 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site.
  • Fire Ant Festival 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. Turner County Special Services School, College Avenue and Gilmore Street, Ashburn, Georgia 31714. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. Festival website. Jonathan Perry, 5krun@cisturnerconnection.org or 229-567-9320.
4 APRIL 2015
11 APRIL 2015
  • Running MugGulf Winds Track Club's 41st annual Palace Saloon 5K. 8:00 AM ET. James Messer Fields Park, Jackson Bluff Road and Dupree Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304. USATF certified course FL13028EBM. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site. Mike Burns, michaelaburns@yahoo.com
25 APRIL 2015
  • Rose37th annual Rose City Run 10K and one-mile kids' run. 8:00 AM ET 10K / 9:30 AM ET one mile. North Broad Street and Monroe Street, Thomasville, Georgia 31792. USATF certified course GA12003WC (10K). 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event page on Facebook. Event web page. rcr@ymcathomasville.org or 229-226-9878.
1 MAY 2015
  • 28th annual Gnat Days 5K. 7:00 PM ET. Courthouse Square, Camilla, Georgia. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Jennifer Burnum, jennifer@camillageorgia.com or 229-336-5255.
2 MAY 2015
  • 14th annual Tallahassee Tails and Trails 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET. Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center, 1125 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site.
9 MAY 2015
16 MAY 2015
  • Catfish4th annual BFD Catfish Crawl 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT. M and B Train Park, North Main Street and Railroad Avenue, Blountstown, Florida 32424. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. Event web page. Event page on Facebook. Ben Hall, firechief@blountstownfire.org or 850-674-4988.
  • 9th annual Run for Wakulla Springs 5K Trail Run and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET one mile / 8:30 AM ET 5K. Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, Florida 32327. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Ron and Cynthia Christen, 850-926-7834 or 850-567-0500.
23 MAY 2015
  • USA Flag30th annual Memorial Day Gate-to-Gate 4.4-Mile Run. 7:30 AM CT. Unity Park, Chinquain Drive and Eglin Boulevard, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Eglin Fitness Center, 850-883-1682 or 850-882-6223.
25 MAY 2015
  • USA Flag7th annual Valdosta Memorial Day 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Valdosta Early College Academy, 1605 Azalea Drive, Valdosta, Georgia. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. A Course/Line, LLC, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455.
  • USA Flag9th annual Bainbridge Memorial Day 5K Night Race. 7:00 PM ET. Bainbridge Middle School tennis courts, Miluli Avenue at South Boulevard Drive, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Shelly Graham shellylgraham@aol.com.
30 MAY 2015

6 JUNE 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 18th annual Potluck Bash Cross Country Race. 6:00 PM ET. Forestmeadows Athletic Center, 4750 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. David Yon, david@radeylaw.com or 850-425-6671.
  • 3rd annual Bainbridge Spring 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Earle May Boat Basin Park, Bainbridge, Georgia. 2014 story. 2013 story. USATF certified course GA13047WC. Bainbridge Leisure Services, 229-248-2010.
  • 41st annual Billy Bowlegs 5K Night Race. 10:30 PM CT. Fort Walton Beach High School, 400 Hollywood Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547. 2014 story. USATF certified course FL13020EBM. Ed Owens, bowlegs@nwftc.com
13 JUNE 2015
  • USA Flag3rd annual Valdosta Flag Day 5K. 7:30 AM ET. American Legion Post 13, 1301 Williams Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31601. 2014 story. 2013 story. A Course/Line, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455.
20 JUNE 2015
  • Monticello Kiwanis' 37th annual Melon Run 5K. 8:15 AM ET. First United Methodist Church Family Ministry Center, 325 West Walnut Street, Monticello, Florida 32344. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. story. 2010 story. USATF certified course #FL06044DL. Jessica Corley, jessicacorley@gmail.com or 850-519-2158.
27 JUNE 2015
  • 3rd annual Wakulla County Cross Country Boosters Freedom 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, Florida 32327. 2014 story. 2013 story. Michael Atkinson, nexnbax1@comcast.net or 850‐656‐2200.
  • 37th annual Hot Trot 5K. 7:30 am CT. Washington-Holmes Technical Center, 757 Hoyt Street, Chipley, Florida 32428. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Course map. Stan Owens 850-547-2244.
  • 4th annual Anchors Away 6K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT. Gayle's Trails - Panama City Beach Conservation Park, Griffin Boulevard, Panama City Beach, Florida 32413. 2014 story. Brooke Bullard, bbullard@achkids.org or 850-763-7102.
4 JULY 2015
  • 33rd annual Firecracker 5K and one-mile fun run. 7:30 AM ET 5K. Cascades Park, 1001 South Gadsden Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Cole Tessier, cdt1983@gmail.com or 850-339-6962.
18 JULY 2015
  • 7th annual Barnes HealthCare 5K. 7:30 am ET. Barnes Drug Store Downtown, 200 South Patterson Street Valdosta, Georgia 31601. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 5k@barneshc.com or acourseline@earthlink.net
25 JULY 2015
  • Tallahassee's usually annual Devil Take The Hindmost Run. 7:00 PM ET. Mike Long Track, Florida State University, Chieftain Way and Spirit Way, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2004 story. 1992 story. Herb Wills, hwills@gmail.com
  • 4th annual Cumulative 5K (3200m + 200m + 1600m). 7:30 AM ET. Valwood School, 4380 Old US Hwy 41 North, Hahira, Georgia 31632. 2014 story. 2013 story. A Course/Line, LLC, 229-630-1455.
  • 3rd annual Tasty Tiger Trot 5k Trail Race. 8:00 AM CT. Water World, 401 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. 2014 story. 2013 story. Carolyn Houston, bchbumspcb12@yahoo.com.
1 AUGUST 2015
  • Possum Trot 5K. 7:00 AM CT. Wausau, Florida. 2013 story. 2011 story. Entry form and flyer. Frank or Carol Kreis, 850-773-2030.
  • 5th annual Walter Phelps Memorial 5K Trail Run. 8:00 AM ET. Lee County YMCA, 316 Robert B Lee Road, Leesburg, Georgia 31763. 2013 story. 2011 story. Event page on Facebook.
  • 4th annual Run to Remember 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 7:00 AM ET 10K, 5K / 7:15 AM ET one mile. Moultrie/Colquitt County Parks and Recreation Department, 4th Street SE, Moultrie, Georgia. 2014 story. sha.missions@gmail.com or 229-528-4967.
8 AUGUST 2015
  • 18th annual Summer Sizzler 5K and one-mile fun run. 5:30 PM ET one mile / 6:00 PM ET 5K. Lighthouse Park, 2 East Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island, Florida. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. USATF certifed course #FL13045EBM. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Hobson Fulmer, hobson@fairpoint.net or 850-927-2510.
15 AUGUST 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 18th annual Breakfast On The Track One Mile Run. 7:45 AM ET. Maclay School track, 3737 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Bonnie Wright, bonniedwright@gmail.com or 850-386-3500.
22 AUGUST 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's Miller Landing Madness 8K/5K/3K. 8:00 AM ET. Elinor Klapp Phipps Park, Miller Landing Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019 or Bill Lott, 850-656-1273.
7 SEPTEMBER 2015
  • 7th annual Valdosta Labor Day 5K. 7:30 AM ET. Valdosta Early College Academy, 1605 Azalea Drive, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. A Course/Line, LLC, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455.
12 SEPTEMBER 2015
  • 34th annual Sickle Cell Foundation of the Big Bend 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:10 AM ET one mile / 8:30 AM ET 5K. Jake Gaither Park, 801 Tanner Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32305. 2014 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course #FL12057EBM. Event web site. jill@sicklecellfoundation.org or 850-222-2355.
19 SEPTEMBER 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 34th annual Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K women / 8:05 AM ET 5K men / 9:00 AM ET one mile. Optimist Park, East Indianhead Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. USATF certified course #FL06045DL. Lisa Unger, unger4122@comcast.net or 850-544-4893.
26 SEPTEMBER 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 40th annual Salute to Prefontaine 5K Cross-Country Run. 8:30 AM ET. Silver Lake Recreation Area of the Apalachicola National Forest, Silver Lake Road, Tallahassee, Florida. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event page on Facebook. Doug Bell, dbell@penningtonlaw.com or 850-510-7146.
  • 7th annual Quail Trail 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Historic Pebble Hill Plantation, 1251 US Highway 319 South, Thomasville, Georgia. 2014 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. USATF certified course GA09026WC. Event web site.
3 OCTOBER 2015
  • Hahira Honeybee Festival 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Hahira Community Center, 216 Randall Street, Hahira, Georgia 31632. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. honeybeefestival@yahoo.com or 229-794-3274 or 229-794-9777.
  • Riverfront Run 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET one mile / 8:50 AM ET 5K. Albany Welcome Center, 112 North Front Street, Albany, Georgia 31701. 2013 story. Event page on Facebook. Event web site. info@riverfrontrun.com or 229-436-8191.
4 OCTOBER 2015
  • 3rd annual Stop The Violence 5K. 4:00 PM ET. Southwood Golf Club, Grove Park Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. 2014 story. 2013 story. Online registration at refugehouse.com. Refuge House, 850-922-6062.
17 OCTOBER 2015
  • Cast Iron 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Citizens National Bank Parking Lot, 100 East Stephens Street, Quitman, Georgia 31643. 2014 story. 2011 story. 229-242-0676.
  • Peanut Run 5K. 7:30 AM ET. Unity Baptist Church, 101 East Bryant Drive, Sylvester, Georgia 31791. 2014 story. Event web site. info@gapeanutfestival.org or Sylvester – Worth County Chamber of Commerce, 229-776-6657.
  • 8th annual Joyce's Jog 5K and one-mile fun run. 7:30 AM ET one mile / 8:00 AM ET 5K. Ponder Enterprises, 208 East Third Street (corner of Hwy 84 and Hwy 91), Donalsonville, Georgia. 2010 story. Event web site. Steffy Vines, info@joycesjog.com or 229-524-1234.
31 OCTOBER 2015
  • Pumpkin36th annual Boston Mini-Marathon. 8:00 AM ET. Commercial Bank, 124 West Jefferson Street, Boston, Georgia 31626. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Brad Johnson, bradjohnson@bankcb.com or 229-498-8500 (day) / 229-226-4679 (evening).
11 NOVEMBER 2015
  • USA Flag5th annual VetFest Veterans Day 5K. 8:30 AM ET. South Gadsden Street and East Park Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Event page on Facebook. Tracy Taylor, tracytulip@gmail.com or 850-567-9779.
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