Saturday, October 31, 2015

Rabun and Heddaeus win Boston, Southern-style

Drew Rabun"Where are all the fast Tallahassee people?" asked Ryan Kelly.


Any present were behind him, because Kelly was leading the 36th annual Boston Mini Marathon--13.1 miles on the old highway between the Georgia villages of Boston and Dixie on Saturday morning, 31 October 2015. Instead of athletes from Tallahassee, Florida, though, Kelly should have been concerned about a Savannah, Georgia, runner, Drew Rabun.


On the way from Boston to the halfway turnaround near Dixie, Rabun had trailed Kelly, the Valdosta High cross country coach, sometimes by up to 50 meters. It was a different story on the return trip. Shortly after the turnaround Rabun overtook Kelly then marched away from him. Rabun made it to the finish line back in Boston in 1:19:52, winning the half marathon by well over 800 meters. Kelly was second in 1:23:16. Tallahassee master runner Tony Guillen placed third in 1:23:45.


Ryan KellyRabun has run a faster half marathon back home in Savannah, a 1:15. His current training plans didn't call for him to go after a personal record at Boston, though.


"I've got a marathon about four weeks out," said Rabun. "Today I planned to go out with whatever pace the field set, then pick it up the second half."


It was a winning plan for Rabun, who has parents in nearby Thomasville. In spite of his connections to the area, it was his first Boston Mini.


For Tallahassee's Jillian Heddaeus, the 2015 race was her second run at Boston. In 2014 she had finished third in the women's standings, running 1:34:37. A year later she won the women's competition, coming in 18th overall in 1:36:11.


"It was hard," said Heddaeus. "It was hard. It started getting hot out there on the way back after the sun came out."


Jillian Heddaeus"I got a little anxious at the turnaround and ran a little harder than I should on the way back," continued Heddaeus. "I think I ran the second half faster. That's what you're supposed to do, right?"


Maybe or maybe not, but it's hard to argue with winning tactics.


Melissa Luke was the second female finisher, placing 35th overall in 1:43:51. Tallahassee master runner Nancy Stedman took third in the women's standings, 42nd overall in 1:44:47.


The race started at 8:00 AM, so that most of the runners still had plenty of the morning left to visit the crafts stalls, sample the wares of the food vendors, watch the parade, just admire the town of Boston, or other plans.


"I want to get home in time to take a nap before the Bulldogs game comes on," said one athlete.


It may be Boston, but it's still Georgia.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Boston (mini) Marathon
  1. 1:19:50 ~ Drew Rabun (M, 35) Savannah, GA(3Tony Guillen
  2. 1:23:15 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 36) Lake Park, GA
  3. 1:23:44 ~ Tony Guillen (M, 46) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 1:25:53 ~ Jaxon Hohensee (M, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 1:26:22 ~ David Burnett (M, 39) Valdosta, GA
  6. 1:26:49 ~ Patrick Whitehead (M, 29) Albany, GA
  7. 1:28:37 ~ Derek Bovard (M, 29) Atlanta, GA
  8. 1:29:30 ~ Sean McConnell (M, 44) Adel, GA
  9. 1:30:15 ~ Greg Waddell (M, 49) Bainbridge, GA
  10. 1:32:29 ~ Arnoldo De Jesus (M, 29) Albany, GA

Top Ten Women, 2015 Boston (mini) Marathon
  1. 1:36:10 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 32) Tallahassee, FLNancy Stedman
  2. 1:43:50 ~ Melissa Luke (F, 34) Tifton, GA
  3. 1:44:46 ~ Nancy Stedman (F, 53) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 1:45:00 ~ Beverly Johnson (F, 37) Thomasville, GA
  5. 1:45:07 ~ Shannon Perla (F, 41) Tifton, GA
  6. 1:46:58 ~ Sarah Dugas (F, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 1:47:34 ~ Sarah Craig (F, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 1:50:49 ~ April Bentley (F, 41) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 1:53:23 ~ Crystal Duglas (F, 39) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 1:53:38 ~ Sarah Monbarren (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL

Boston (mini) Marathon Champions, 1979 - 2015
DateMenWomen
31 October 201579:50, Drew Rabun96:10, Jillian Heddaeus
25 October 201472:20, Chris Lake85:15, Katie Sherron
26 October 201371:17, Stanley Linton80:42, Sheryl Rosen
27 October 201273:46, Chris Lake83:27, Sheryl Rosen
29 October 201169:29, Kevin Sullivan82:10, Sheryl Rosen
30 October 201075:13, Vince Molosky86:59, Lisa Johnson
31 October 200979:49, Vince Molosky87:10, Sheryl Rosen
25 October 200881:50, Myles Gibson86:19, Sheryl Rosen
27 October 200776:18, John Seppala87:35, Sheryl Rosen
28 October 200681:18, Michael Martinez82:49, Sheryl Rosen
29 October 200581:11, Myles Gibson96:32, Jennifer Kilinski
30 October 200483:55, David Yon91:57, Jane Johnson
25 October 200376:20, Myles Gibson97:52, Lisa Whitworth
26 October 200284:38, Mike Posey92:41, Carrie Weyant
27 October 200182:36, Steven Walker95:24, Carrie Weyant
28 October 200075:28, Art Remillard83:20, Sarah Docter-Williams
30 October 199978:22, Corey Cherr95:28, Julie Carico
31 October 199880:25, Rusty Jones97:01, Peggy Simpson
25 October 199781:21, Rusty Jones82:55, Michelle LeFleur
26 October 199676:26, Jeff Nielsen86:12, Carrie Weyant
28 October 199578:21, Paul Hough91:01, Katherine Perez
29 October 199472:42, Paul Hough92:34, Diane Turchick
30 October 199375:33, Paul Hough86:09, Carrie Weyant
31 October 199277:45, Steve Carney86:05, Carrie Hunnicutt
26 October 1991

27 October 199079:33, Brian Murphy86:44, Donna Miller
28 October 198971:23, Alex Walmsley93:10, Mary Jean Yon
29 October 198874:22, T. C. Carroll1:41:54, Nancy Widener
1987no race heldno race held
8 November 1986

11 November 198567:30, Herb Wills88:06, Patti Sudduth
27 October 198474:21, Scott HinkleDot Skofronick
29 October 198370:25, Noel Shuman87:01, Patti Sudduth
30 October 198267:48, Noel Shuman91:41, Donna Murdock
31 October 198169:57, Gary Slayton88:56, Lt. Vickie Monroe
25 October 198071:49, Gary Slayton96:03, Judy Taylor
27 October 197970:52, Bruce Carpenter1:47:13, Robin Anderson
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