Tuesday, April 14, 2015

McAllister and Daily master the Draggin' in Torreya

Draggin' Tail RunnersIn a recent issue of Georgia's Great Places, a magazine published by the Friends of Georgia State Parks, an article about photography in state parks included some advice from Ranger Randell Meeks. One of his tips is:

Take your time. Hike slowly and pay attention to your surroundings. Oftentimes snakes, flowers, and insects are right right there but we pass by them without noticing.

In Florida's Torreya State Park on Saturday, 11 April 2015, 68 athletes had no use for Ranger Meeks' words. They weren't shutterbugs, though; they were the participants in the eighth annual Draggin' Tail Ultra Trail Challenge, featuring a 50K and a 25K race up and down the Apalachicola River bluffs. Charn McAllister won the 50K event, covering the rugged 31 miles in 4:54:04. Some of his competition might consider handing him a camera before the next race. In winning the race, McAllister unseated the Trail Challenge's seven-time defending champion and record holder, Vince Molosky. Until this year Molosky had not only never lost the 50K Trail Challenge, no one but Molosky had ever won it. This time around, though, Molosky was runner-up in 5:16:14. Andy Roberts was the fastest master runner in the 50K, placing third overall in 5:38:12.


Ashley Daily topped the women's standings, placing seventh overall in 6:15:07. Daily had also won the women's title at the 2013 Challenge, where she set the women's event record of 5:47:48. Sandra Garrett was the first woman master and second female finisher in the 50K, coming in 12th overall in 7:36:10. On an unseasonably warm and humid day, 18 ultrarunners finished the long race.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Torreya Draggin' Tail 50K
  1. 4:54:04 ~ Charn McAllister (M, 32)
  2. 5:16:14 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 35)
  3. 5:38:12 ~ Andy Roberts (M, 48)
  4. 5:38:55 ~ Elliott Smith (M, 33)
  5. 6:03:42 ~ Steven Speakman (M, 42)
  6. 6:10:50 ~ Keith Gates (M, 33)
  7. 6:47:07 ~ Luis Barrios (M, 50)
  8. 6:53:48 ~ Andrew Barrett (M, 24)
  9. 7:13:20 ~ Dana Stetson (M, 58)
  10. 7:18:08 ~ Steven Specht (M, 32)

Top Six Women, 2015 Torreya Draggin' Tail 50K
  1. 6:15:07 ~ Ashley Daily (F, 28)
  2. 7:36:10 ~ Sandra Garrett (F, 41)
  3. 7:40:34 ~ Heather Davenport (F, 48)
  4. 7:57:42 ~ Lydia Miles (F, 42)
  5. 9:02:57 ~ Letha Cruthirds (F, 61)
  6. 9:16:31 ~ Mary Holley (F, 55)

Eric Godin won the 25K at the Draggin' Tail Trail Challenge, running 2:18:40. Not far behind Godin at 2:19:19 was the first master runner in the short race, Jon Mason. Master runner Kristen Bowers was the first female finisher, placing 10th overall in 3:03:15.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Torreya Draggin' Tail 25K
  1. 2:18:40 ~ Eric Godin (M, 31)
  2. 2:19:19 ~ Jon Mason (M, 41)
  3. 2:28:31 ~ Mark Jones (M, )
  4. 2:39:27 ~ Hal Fravel (M, 34)
  5. 2:48:50 ~ Jimbo Smart (M, 45)
  6. 2:52:12 ~ Steven Romo (M, 22)
  7. 2:55:04 ~ Landon Jones (M, 30)
  8. 2:55:59 ~ Michael Kennett (M, 41)
  9. 2:58:34 ~ Michael McAdams (M, )
  10. 3:08:11 ~ Matt Pollard (M, 37)

Top Ten Women, 2015 Torreya Draggin' Tail 25K
  1. 3:03:15 ~ Kristen Bowers (F, 40)
  2. 3:23:27 ~ Megan Federico (F, 32)
  3. 3:23:30 ~ Amelia Crooms (F, 25)
  4. 3:38:36 ~ Heather York (F, 37)
  5. 3:39:26 ~ Cathy Tibbetts (F, 60)
  6. 3:43:40 ~ Jo Lena Bryan (F, 43)
  7. 3:44:32 ~ Amy Wood (F, )
  8. 3:45:38 ~ Sue Cottrill (F, 52)
  9. 3:52:42 ~ Lynn Masimore (F, 37)
  10. 3:54:30 ~ Alison Hand (F, 41)

Winners of Torreya State Park's Draggin' Tail Ultra Trail Challenge, 2008 - 2015
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
19 April 200850K5:52:53, Vince Molosky7:21:59, Casey Rodgers12
25K2:34:59, Brian Corbin2:49:16, Lisa Purul25
23 May 200950K5:10:06, Vince Molosky6:38:20, Shana Ryberg15
25K2:28:40, Michael Kennett3:02:57, Kirsten Baggett20
10 April 201050K4:59:06, Vince Molosky6:42:39, Chrissy Coutts17
25K2:19:29, Mike McConnell3:10:30, Kate McCabe23
9 April 201150K4:44:35, Vince Molosky6:27:34, Chrissy Coutts11
25K2:26:59, Paul Brannon2:44:03, Ashley Daily33
7 April 201250K4:53:55, Vince Molosky6:09:44, Chrissy Coutts15
25K2:15:43, Camilo Ordonez2:45:07, Kate Chunka41
6 April 201350K4:40:06, Vince Molosky5:47:48, Ashley Dailey19
25K2:18:46, Michael Kennett2:58:15, Melissa Hooke38
5 April 201450K4:45:02, Vince Molosky6:05:30, Kathleen Baker20
25K2:32:41, Joel Piotrowski3:00:30, Amanda Hudson48
11 April 201550K4:54:04, Charn McAllister6:15:07, Ashley Daily18
25K2:18:40, Eric Godin3:03:15, Kristen Bowers50


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