Saturday, February 14, 2015

In ice cream temperatures, Tamer and Rosen win the 5K Cookie Run

Remy TamerAfter 3.1 miles of close competition Remy Tamer finished just ahead of Stephen Cox, 15:40 to 15:46, to win the 22nd annual Run For The Cookies 5K. Gary Droze was the top master in the Tallahassee, Florida, race, placing sixth overall in 17:28. Sheryl Rosen captured the women's crown, finishing 11th overall covering the course around the Tallahassee Community College Campus in 18:04. Angela Dempsey was the first master woman, coming in 30th overall in 22:02. 332 athletes finished the Saturday morning, 14 February 2014, event.


"That was awesome!" said Tamer. "I'm so glad I had someone to run with."


"I was cheering for him even though he was beating me," said Cox. "I knew he was pulling me to a faster time."


"We went into the race knowing that we were going to help each other out today," explained Tamer. "We didn't really have a plan, but we knew we'd work together on the first mile. We worked together on the second mile, and the third was every man for himself."


Stephen CoxRace plans have to be flexible, though. As soon as the race started, Trevor Sununu dashed into the lead. Sununu had won the Tulip Trot 5K two weeks earlier, and it looked like he was trying to win the Run For The Cookies in the first 50 meters. Tamer, a middle-distance specialist in his days at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, was concerned.


"I asked Stephen, 'Are we going fast enough?'" recalled Tamer.


Sununu was still setting the pace half a mile into the run, but by then Cox and Tamer had all but closed the gap. Before the end of the first mile Sununu was in third watching Cox and Tamer open a lead. True to plan, Tamer took off with just over a mile to go, getting a lead on Cox. It was never a big lead, though. Tamer ran hard to stay ahead; Cox ran hard to catch up. Fast times came out of the struggle, as Tamer raced home with the win in 15:40 and Cox took second in 15:46. Behind them with half a mile to go, Maclay School distance runners Clay Milford and James McClure overtook Sununu then raced for home. Milford took third in 17:06 and McClure was fourth in 17:11. Sununu placed fifth in 17:17. Milford and McClure's coach at Maclay, master runner Gary Droze, followed Sununu home in sixth at 17:28.


Sheryl Rosen"I was hoping to break 18 minutes," said women's champion Sheryl Rosen. "I had a good first mile, but I locked up during the second mile."


Her competition probably didn't notice. Winning the Cookie Run for the second time, Rosen finished the race in 18:04, very close to her 18:00 goal and nearly two minutes ahead of the next woman in the race. Unlike Cox and Tamer, Rosen wasn't ever pushed by a rival.


"I got to run with some of the guys," said Rosen.


Renee Cox was runner-up on the women's side, coming in 20th overall in 20:03, an improvement on her 20:16 at the previous year's race. Montford Middle School cross-country runner Caitlyn Wilkey was third in the women's standings, placing 22nd overall in 20:21. Alyson Churchill of Swift Creek Middle School was right behind her, 23rd in 20:24. The fifth woman finisher was Vicky Droze, 26th overall in 21:15. The sixth woman and fastest female master was Angela Dempsey, 30th overall in 22:02.


Following the Run For The Cookies, Sheryl Rosen has plans for a change of training.


Renee Cox"I was focusing on speed," said Rosen. "Now I'm going to focus on distance going into the Gate River Run 15K in Jacksonville."


While Rosen is moving on to longer distances on the roads, Remy Tamer is going to stay at 5K, but on the track. His next race will be the 5000-meters at the UNC-Wilmington Alumni Meet on 14 March 2015. It will be a bittersweet homecoming because this will be UNCW's last track meet--the school dropped track and field as a sport. After that Tamer would like to race closer to home at the FSU Relays on 28 March 2015, again in the 5000 meters.


"Unless I run the 1500," added Tamer.


Once a miler, always a miler. Miler or long-distance man, though, athletics is looking bright for Tamer right now.


"This is the longest I've been healthy since college," he said.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Run For The Cookies 5K
  1. 15:40 ~ Remy Tamer (M, 25)Clay Milford and James McClure
  2. 15:46 ~ Stephen Cox (M, 31)
  3. 17:06 ~ Clay Milford (M, 15)
  4. 17:11 ~ James McClure (M, 15)
  5. 17:17 ~ Trevor Sununu (M, 19)
  6. 17:28 ~ Gary Droze (M, 53)
  7. 17:43 ~ Adam Greenstein (M, 23)
  8. 17:52 ~ Rik Pool (M, 20)
  9. 17:52 ~ Sean Hudson (M, 44)
  10. 17:54 ~ Eric Godin (M, 30)

Top Ten Women, 2015 Run For The Cookies 5K
  1. 18:04 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 30)Caitlyn Wilkey and Alyson Churchill
  2. 20:03 ~ Renee Cox (F, 27)
  3. 20:21 ~ Caitlin Wilkey (F, 13)
  4. 20:24 ~ Alyson Churchill (F, 12)
  5. 21:15 ~ Vicky Droze (F, 39)
  6. 22:02 ~ Angela Dempsey (F, 46)
  7. 22:26 ~ Megan Churchill (F, 12)
  8. 22:53 ~ Sara Rulten (F, 17)
  9. 23:40 ~ Martha Bademan (F, 30)
  10. 23:54 ~ Hope Hoffman (F, 34)

Run For The Cookies 5K champions, 1994 - 2015
DateMenWomenFinishers
19 February 199416:12 ~ Gary Droze-118:51 ~ Carrie Weyant-185
25 February 199515:42 ~ Gary Droze-218:15 ~ Jane Johnson186
24 February 199616:08 ~ Gary Droze-319:57 ~ Chateau Mangaroo175
22 February 199715:17 ~ Gary Droze-419:02 ~ Carrie Weyant-2150
28 February 199815:38 ~ Jason Ritter17:29 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-1207
27 February 199916:17 ~ David Ogletree17:38 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-2258
26 February 200016:23 ~ Robert Pautienus17:53 ~ Kim Winn294
24 February 200115:59 ~ Kevin Danahy17:30 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-3231
23 February 200215:25 ~ Lee Willis-116:18 ~ Breeda Dennehy-Willis-1248
15 February 200315:49 ~ Lee Willis-216:30 ~ Breeda Dennehy-Willis-2152
14 February 200417:07 ~ Timothy Bolton18:06 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-493
12 February 200516:23 ~ Justin Jacobs17:43 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-5258
11 February 200616:49 ~ Kyle Larson19:04 ~ Stephanie Liles-1156
10 February 200715:53 ~ Judson Cake19:06 ~ Zika Rea386
9 February 200816:45 ~ Tripp Southerland19:35 ~ Stephanie Liles-2411
7 February 200916:16 ~ Chris Lake-118:40 ~ Audrey Hand550
13 February 201016:27 ~ Chris Lake-218:11 ~ Amy Hines-1432
12 February 201115:50 ~ Kevin Sullivan19:02 ~ Sheryl Rosen-1431
11 February 201216:07 ~ Alex Smyth17:36 ~ Amy Hines-2685
9 February 201316:00 ~ Stanley Linton-117:43 ~ Chelsi Woodruff602
8 February 201415:24 ~ Stanley Linton-217:54 ~ Carly Thomas369
14 February 201515:40 ~ Remy Tamer18:04 ~ Sheryl Rosen-2332
The Run For The Cookies was held at Tallahassee Mall from 1994 to 1996,
and at Tallahassee Community College from 1997 to the present.
A big thank-you to Mark Priddy for his help in completing this summary.


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