Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tasty Mothers Day wins for DeVeau and Sherron

Zach DeVeau, Katie SherronBack in the heyday of amateur athletics, the term "pothunter" was thrown around as an insult. A pothunter was a low creature, one who searched out races where he could win a particularly shiny prize. The pothunter wasn't looking for glory or a competitive test, he was just looking for an event where he could win and carry off some bauble--a clock, a watch, a silver cup. I'm not sure what the old amateurs would make of the present-day folks who choose races for the "bling" of a finisher's medal. I am sure, though, that I don't care what the old amateur would think. The British amateur "ideal" was designed to perpetuate a class system that most Americans would reject. We're not even that comfortable with our own class system.

The old amateurs might be a bit more tolerant of an athlete who ran for cake, though. After all, even the youngsters in Tom Brown's Schooldays openly admitted that they were running for ale. The cream of British youth could race after brewed beverages without acquiring the taint of professionalism. Why not baked goods?

For the Tallahassee, Florida, athlete anxious to race for cake, since 2004 there has been the Marzuq Shrine Temple's annual Mothers Day 5K in Maclay Gardens State Park, where the awards are always sweet, tasty, and come from an oven. Zach DeVeau won this year's edition of the race on Saturday morning, 9 May 2015, taking the cake with a 17:44. Sean Hudson outkicked Michael Martinez for second place and the top master runner's spot, 18:14 to 18:15. Peter Kaus was fourth in 18:41.

Florida State economics professor Katie Sherron won the women's title, fifth across the finish line in 19:57. It was Sherron's second Mother's Day 5K win; she had previously taken the women's title in 2013. The race for second in the women's standings was a duel between two past champions, 2014 title-holder Renee Cox and the 2011 winner Alese Autore. Autore came out ahead of Cox in that showdown, 20:43 to 20:46. Debbie Peters was the top woman master and sixth female finisher in the race, placing 19th overall in 26:04.

As always the winners at the Marzuq Mothers Day 5K were awarded a home baked cake. If you're a fast runner with a sweet tooth, put the Mothers Day 5K on your calendar. It's always the Saturday before Mothers Day, which will be 7 May 2016 next year. And if someone tries to call you a pothunter because of it, well, they just don't know much about baking, do they?

Top Ten Men, 2015 Marzuq Mothers Day 5K
  1. 17:44 ~ Zach DeVeau (M, 27)Michael Martinez, Sean Hudson
  2. 18:14 ~ Sean Hudson (M, 44)
  3. 18:15 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 49)
  4. 18:41 ~ Peter Kaus (M, 31)
  5. 20:16 ~ Caleb Cole (M, 28)
  6. 21:09 ~ Jim Martin (M, 53)
  7. 21:31 ~ Bob Asztalos (M, 56)
  8. 22:26 ~ Mark Tombrink (M, 27)
  9. 22:44 ~ Mike La Bossiere (M, 49)
  10. 22:56 ~ Buddy Levins (M, 61)

Top Ten Women, 2015 Marzuq Mothers Day 5K
  1. 19:57 ~ Katie Sherron (F, 33)Alese Autore, Renee Cox
  2. 20:43 ~ Alese Autore (F, 37)
  3. 20:46 ~ Renee Cox (F, 27)
  4. 24:28 ~ Kate Krizner (F, 11)
  5. 24:38 ~ Jenny Early (F, 31)
  6. 26:04 ~ Debbie Peters (F, 54)
  7. 26:14 ~ Lisa Starling (F, 49)
  8. 26:20 ~ Francee Laywell (F, 53)
  9. 26:51 ~ Beverly Touchton (F, 50)
  10. 27:21 ~ Kristen Knapp (F, 44)

Marzuq Shriners' Mother's Day 5K Champions, 2004-2014
8 May 200419:42, Scott Ruplinger25:33, Penny Isom
7 May 2005??
13 May 200618:27, David Yon19:27, Laura Hempel
12 May 200718:03, Martin Sykut19:04, Lisa Johnson
10 May 200819:30, James Dexter20:19, Sheryl Rosen
9 May 200918:13, Myles Gibson22:41, Angela Dempsey
8 May 201019:10, Mickey Moore22:29, Fran McLean
7 May 201118:33, Stephen Robbins20:36, Micah Adriani
12 May 201216:08, Kevin Sullivan17:53, Sheryl Rosen
11 May 201317:22, Vince Molosky19:49, Katie Showman
10 May 201417:13, Vince Molosky20:40, Renee Cox
9 May 201517:44, Zach DeVeau19:57, Katie Sherron
Any leads on the 2005 results would be deeply appreciated. Contact me!


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