The third weekend of April 2015 was scheduled to be a busy one for distance running in Tallahassee. There were two events slated for Saturday, the FSU Autism 5K and the Red Shoe Run 5K/10K, with two more on the agenda for Sunday, the “Book It!” 5K and the Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K. With so many events to pick from, I asked “Book It!” 5K champ Chandler Yap how he had chosen where to race.
"I didn't know there were any other races in town," said Yap. "I'm part of the Honors Medical Student Society that puts on the race. We're raising money for books for children in Nicaragua."
Yap is in his first year of studying exercise science at Florida State, but a year ago he was a distance runner at Ocala Vanguard High School. Just before the 800-meter mark of the “Book It!” 5K Yap had taken over the lead, closely trailed by Joseph Means. By the halfway point of the race Yap had opened a big gap on Means. Florida A & M University philosophy professor Mike LaBossiere was running in sixth, but starting to move up. During the second half of the race Yap's lead grew to half a kilometer while he ran home to a 20:11 win. Means was second in 22:22, while master runner LaBossiere picked up three places to finish third in 23:19.
Danielle Zemola was only fifth in the women's field after the first kilometer of the five-kilometer race. She didn't stay in fifth, though. During the next four kilometers, Zemola picked off the four runners ahead of her then built up a lead of 200 meters on her way to a 26:15 and the women's title. Adrienne Johnston had been the seventh woman in the race at the 1K mark; she finished second in the women's standings, placing 11th overall in 27:29. At 28:08, master runner Lyssa Oberkreser was the third female finisher.
Top Ten Men, 2015 “Book It!” 5K
- 20:10.77 ~ Chandler Yap
- 22:21.54 ~ Joseph Means
- 23:18.34 ~ Mike LaBossiere
- 23:37.21 ~ Brian Bowden
- 23:49.44 ~ Arian Rastgou
- 24:29.21 ~ Danny Lootens
- 26:06.48 ~ Derek Quesada
- 26:06.88 ~ Noah Nethery
- 26:11.88 ~ Josh Stacy
- 27:45.24 ~ Jack Koon
Top Ten Women, 2015 “Book It!” 5K
- 26:14.98 ~ Danielle Zemola
- 27:28.51 ~ Adrienne Johnston
- 28:07.31 ~ Lyssa Oberkreser
- 29:01.28 ~ Cecilia McMillan
- 29:01.28 ~ Timea Zabo
- 29:05.14 ~ Robin Landy
- 29:05.34 ~ Laura Hedrick
- 29:29.48 ~ Nadia Akhiyat
- 29:45.41 ~ Paige Breshike
- 30:32.54 ~ Taylor Foor
|“Book It!” 5K winners, 2014 - 2015|
|27 April 2014||19:00, Adam Greenstein||21:05, Paula O'Neill||39|
|19 April 2015||20:11, Chandler Yap||26:15, Danielle Zemola||49|
- Complete results of the 2015 “Book It!” 5K
- More photos of the 2015 “Book It!” 5K
- Fred Deckert's photos of the 2015 “Book It!” 5K
- Find your next race in the Tallahassee region on the Trouble Afoot! race calendar