Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Mark Tombrink wins the Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic 50 mile

Charlie Johnson"What's up with this?" said Charlie Johnson. "This isn't like a marathon. It's five miles farther!"


That's a fair description of a 50K run, like the 50K Johnson was in the middle of on Saturday morning, 12 December 2015. He was in the last few minutes of that race, finishing up the fifth and final lap around a ten-kilometer loop at Wakulla Springs State Park, south of Tallahassee, Florida. When it was over Johnson had won the 35th annual Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic 50K in 3:25:21, completing the 31-mile event nearly four miles ahead of the next runner. Compared to that margin, the race for second place looks like a dead heat. Tallahassee athlete Charn McAllister took that runner-up spot in 3:53:45, just a quarter mile ahead of third-place finisher Jack McDermott. McDermott, also from Tallahassee, was the top master runner in the 50K, finishing in 3:55:46. McDermott was the defending champion in the race and had also won it in 2008. Johnson, on the other hand, had never run the Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic before, although he had been one of the many volunteers that work to produce the race.


Laura McDermottTallahassee schoolteacher Laura McDermott took the women's title in the 50K, finishing seventh overall in 4:28:51. Placing sixteenth overall in 5:08:36, Kelly Garland edged Tsige Tadesse for top woman master and second female finisher. Tadesse was seventeenth in 5:08:44.


The 50K wasn't the only race at the 2015 Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic, nor was it the longest. While Charlie Johnson was leading the field through the 50K, a smaller group of athletes was attempting the 50-mile race, eight laps around the ten-kilometer loop. Gainesville, Florida's Ferit Toska had won the longer race each of the last three years and was looking to make it four in a row. He made a good start of it, leading through the first half of the race. While Toska worked to defend his title, Tallahassee runner Mark Tombrink labored in second. Tombrink was eventually joined by Trevor Sununu, a second-year student at Florida State University.


Trevor caught me about the third lap," said Tombrink. "We ran together for a few laps, but it was the sixth lap when I got away from him."


Trevor Sununu, Mark TombrinkAs Tombrink and Sununu dueled, Ferit Toska was running into trouble. The races had started at 7:00 AM, but as the miles added up so did the hours. The morning ended, the afternoon started, and it became clear that this was an unseasonably warm December day. Several runners left the race with leg cramps. Toska was one of them.


"I saw Ferit stopped with one leg up," recalled Tombrink. "I thought there was a good chance I could catch him."


Toska never finished the 50-mile. Tombrink did. Wearing a long-sleeved black shirt in spite of the conditions, he won the race in 6:50:50. Tombrink had finished the 50-miler each of the two previous years, but this was by far his fastest run. Orlando's Tyler Booth was second in 7:30:40, and master runner Rich Flint of Astatula, Florida, was third in 8:04:31. Trevor Sununu finished the 50-mile fourth in 8:04:31. Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, master runner Holly Bohensky was the top woman, placing fifth overall in 8:29:05.


2015 Tallahassee Ultradistance Classic 50 Mile
  1. 6:50:50 ~ Mark Tombrink (M, 28) Tallahassee, FLHolly Bohensky
  2. 7:30:40 ~ Tyler Booth (M, 22) Orlando, FL
  3. 7:50:41 ~ Rich Flint (M, 55) Astatula, FL
  4. 8:04:31 ~ Trevor Sununu (M, 20) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 8:29:05 ~ Holly Bohensky (F, 41) Hummelstown, PA
  6. 8:41:16 ~ Zackery Scharlepp (M, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 8:49:46 ~ Jimmy Sauls (M, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 8:53:19 ~ Emma Spencer (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 8:55:56 ~ Joel Piotrowski (M, 46) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 9:04:03 ~ George Maxwell (M, 65) Indialantic, FL
  11. 9:41:03 ~ Juli Aistars (F, 57) Palatine, IL
  12. 9:53:38 ~ Patrick Garner (M, 39) Albany, GA

2015 Tallahassee Ultradistance Classic 50K
  1. 3:25:21 ~ Charlie Johnson (M, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 3:53:45 ~ Charn McAllister (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 3:55:47 ~ Jack McDermott (M, 46) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 4:07:39 ~ Ferit Toska (M, 36) Gainesville, FL *
  5. 4:18:15 ~ David Horn (M, 42) Jacksonville, FLCharn McAllister
  6. 4:19:04 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 4:28:51 ~ Laura McDermott (F, 36) Talahassee, FL
  8. 4:35:24 ~ Travis Parks (M, 19) Crawfordville, FL
  9. 4:37:14 ~ Ettore Aldrovandi (M, 54) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 4:54:51 ~ Timothy Fraser (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  11. 4:56:05 ~ Gary Griffin (M, 66) Tallahassee, FL
  12. 4:57:59 ~ George Lockhart (M, 53) Sugar Hill, GA
  13. 5:02:04 ~ Dylan Lennon (M, 25) Gainesville, FL
  14. 5:07:08 ~ Buddy Levins (M, 62) Tallahassee, FL
  15. 5:08:05 ~ David Knauf (M, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  16. 5:08:36 ~ Kelly Garland (F, 44) Tallahassee, FL
  17. 5:08:44 ~ Tsige Tadesse (F, 43) Tallahassee, FL
  18. 5:27:08 ~ Joseph Berrones (M, 29) Sunrise, FL *
  19. 5:27:40 ~ Bill Hillison (M, 71) Tallahassee, FL
  20. 5:28:15 ~ Gina Tran (F, 45) Tallahassee, FL
  21. 5:27:10 ~ Amy Costa (F, 51) Jacksonville, FL *
  22. 5:29:06 ~ Bud Fennema (M, 60) Tallahassee, FL
  23. 5:33:00 ~ Lauren Herzog (F, 28) Sunrise, FL
  24. 5:38:34 ~ Thomas Carney (M, 56) Tallahassee, FL
  25. 5:39:56 ~ Philip Sura (M, 45) Tallahassee, FL
    Jack McDermott
  26. 5:43:53 ~ Sam Ornelas (M, 40) Tallahassee, FL
  27. 5:52:46 ~ Matt Minno (M, 56) Tallahassee, FL
  28. 5:53:40 ~ Jeff Picker (M, 53) Tallahassee, FL
  29. 5:57:29 ~ Worth Corn (M, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  30. 5:58:16 ~ Lorna Castellanos (F, 55) Miami, FL
  31. 6:03:36 ~ Sonya Dudley (F, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  32. 6:05:34 ~ Vince Lanh (M, 54) Tallahassee, FL *
  33. 6:10:09 ~ Patrick Bateman (M, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  34. 6:10:35 ~ Jessica Donnelly (F, 26) Charleston AFB, SC
  35. 6:11:54 ~ Duane Evans (M, 48) Crawfordville, FL
  36. 6:15:52 ~ Chassidy Stanley (F, 40) Suwanee, GA
  37. 6:16:29 ~ Jeeheon Ryu (M, 46) Tallahassee, FL
  38. 6:19:27 ~ Bekah Rundall (F, 33) Lemoyne, PA
  39. 6:23:18 ~ Leigh Ceci (F, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  40. 8:23:18 ~ Beth Miller (F, 51) Mobile, AL
  41. 6:24:34 ~ Rachel Scharlepp (F, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  42. 6:28:48 ~ Keith Kettrey (M, 59) Nolensville, TN *
  43. 6:29:10 ~ Ludmila De Faria (F, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  44. 6:30:11 ~ Keith Berry (M, 59) Tallahassee, FL *
  45. 6:33:10 ~ Caroline Noble (F, 50) Tallahassee, FL
  46. 6:33:36 ~ Maria Matheu (F, 36) Tallahassee, FL *Kelly Garland
  47. 6:35:57 ~ Carlos Zapata (M, 70) Tallahassee, FL
  48. 6:36:14 ~ Becky Bush (F, 46) Tallahassee, FL
  49. 6:36:22 ~ Milagros Lockhart (F, 50) Sugar Hill, GA
  50. 6:36:47 ~ Heather Fuselier (F, 39) Tallahassee, FL
  51. 6:38:02 ~ Mark Fuller (M, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  52. 6:44:07 ~ Ithel Jones (M, 61) Tallahassee, FL
  53. 6:45:03 ~ Kathleen Wheeler (F, 54) Saint Petersburg, FL
  54. 6:47:57 ~ Donald Vanoteghem (M, 61) Leesburg, GA
  55. 6:53:55 ~ Heather Duey (F, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  56. 7:06:21 ~ Deborah Ansley (F, 59) Cairo, GA
  57. 7:13:58 ~ Mike Johnson (M, 43) Daphne, AL
  58. 7:15:42 ~ Vicki Sue Merry (F, 58) Cantonment, FL
  59. 7:17:25 ~ Arthur (Buddy) Crosby (M, 63) Gordon, AL
  60. 7:28:21 ~ Scott Kish (M, 42) Lake City, FL
  61. 7:35:45 ~ Cheryl Urbas (F, 41) Tallahassee, FL
  62. 7:38:44 ~ Michelle Costello (F, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  63. 7:46:01 ~ Marsha White (F, 68) Tallahassee, FL
  64. 8:10:07 ~ Morris Davis (M, 59) Havana, FL
  65. 8:25:41 ~ Heather Shoemaker (F, 30) Tucker, GA
  66. 8:29:38 ~ Mellody Hughes (F, 52) Defuniak Springs, FL
  67. 8:49:35 ~ Carol Earles (F, 46) Ravenden Springs, AR
  68. 8:49:35 ~ Teal Clark (F, 48) Jonesboro, AR
  69. 9:16:38 ~ Chris Gohlke (M, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  70. 9:45:16 ~ Deborah Ingram (F, 61) Gainesville, FL
* indicates an athlete who completed 50K before dropping out of the 50 mile


Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic winners, 1980 - 2015
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
13 December 198050 Mile6:27:05, Dave SheffieldNo female finishers9
9 January 1982100 km8:57:57, John HesselbartNo female finishers2
50 Mile5:39:43, Kenneth Lord8:15:45, Rosemary Desloge9
11 December 198250 Mile5:14:40, Frank Bozanich10:47:54, Lydi Pallares16
50 km2:51:53, Barney Klecker3:56:13, Kathe Brookover18
10 December 1983100 km7:31:01, Rick Alderfer10:34:29, Melissa Uchitelle21
50 km2:53:45, Barney Klecker3:13:51, Janis Klecker48
15 December 1984100 km7:19:53, Steve Warshawer9:43:03, Vicki Johnson18
50 km3:25:29, John Cantwell3:53:05, Donna Miller40
14 December 1985100 Mile14:57:26, Ray Krolewicz15:12:54, Sandra Kiddy2
100 km7:29:05, Richard Westbrook10:58:31, Joan Baker16
50 km3:21:04, Ron L. Crawford4:15:13, Mae Cleveland42
13 December 1986100 km7:47:00, Steve WarshawerNo female finishers12
50 km3:09:25, Mark Dorion4:19:28, Mae Cleveland54
12 December 1987100 km8:19:20, Richard Schick9:02:52, Sue Ellen Trapp15
50 km3:06:52, John Devine4:19:23, Mary Hanudel38
10 December 1988100 km7:58:03, Richard Schick11:55:07, Pam Duke24
50 km3:21:46, Tom Burr4:06:39, Shelley Tyler60
9 December 1989100 km7:21:20, Rick ClarkNo female finishers13
50 km3:24:30, Joe Burgasser3:44:21 28, Paula Johnson37
1990No Race Held
14 December 1991100 km9:01:14, Gordy HawkinsNo female finishers4
50 km3:40:25, Thomas Buchanan3:57:11, Paula Johnson14
12 December 1992100 km9:09:00, Gordy HawkinsNo female finishers4
50 km3:43:38, Bill Hillison11:27:08, Peggy Lanier9
11 December 199350 Mile6:22:08, Richard Schick8:59:19, Peggy Lanier12
50 km3:44:12, Bill Hillison5:22:17, Delia Brewster12
10 December 199450 Mile6:55:40, Gordy HawkinsNo female finishers11
50 km2:54:11, John Viltanen3:50:00, Paula Johnson31
9 December 199550 Mile7:19:35, Gordy HawkinsNo female finishers5
50 km3:36:48, David Yon3:57:21, Carrie Weyant21
14 December 199680 km6:54:01, Ray KrolewiczNo female finishers8
50 km3:42:29, Bill Hillison4:04:17, Paula Johnson16
13 December 199750 Mile7:33:37, Gordy Hawkins9:03:46, Kathleen Wheeler9
50 km3:54:00, Bill Hillison4:10:55, Kari Larsen14
12 December 199850 Mile6:28:19, David Allison9:22:57, Peggy Lanier13
50 km3:44:58, Scott Ludwig3:46:25, Jane Johnson36
11 December 199950 Mile5:57:32, Michael Peck6:38:02, Nancy Drach20
50 km3:49:06, Bill Hillison4:51:00, Kathleen Daumer9
9 December 200050 Mile8:06:14, Gary Griffin7:07:11, Nancy Drach8
50 km3:52:44, Dave Drach4:29:56, Kristen Hooper15
8 December 200150 Mile7:35:27, Dana Stetson7:41:24, Linda Mason8
50 km3:35:11, Tim Lee3:57:03, Kelly Murzynsky26
14 December 200250 Mile6:54:21, Pete HendricksonNo female finishers8
50 km3:51:46, Bill Hillison4:30:57, Sandy Powell30
13 December 200350 Mile7:11:53, Fred Johnson9:56:26, Kathleen Wheeler15
50 km3:51:58, Bill Hillison7:11:58, Susan Boardman15
11 December 200450 Mile5:24:45, Chad Ricklefs8:41:40, Ann Burke11
50 km3:50:10, Bill Hillison4:03:10, Kelly Murzynsky21
10 December 200550 Mile7:41:53, Mitsuhito Tsuchida7:23:14, Linda Mason9
50 km3:55:07, Fred Johnson4:38:07, Joan Messick25
9 December 200650 Mile7:17:49, Blaine Broadbridge7:30:37, Amy Costa12
50 km3:18:55, Colin Deasy4:43:14, Susan Lance18
8 December 200750 Mile6:41:23, Jack McDermott7:21:47, Amy Costa13
50 km3:30:25, Thierry Asselin4:44:39, Olivia Swedberg29
13 December 200850 Mile6:48:14, Dann Fisher8:50:31, Ann Burke17
50 km3:36:01, Jack McDermott4:52:44, Kirsten Baggett33
12 December 200950 Mile6:48:43, Dann Fisher7:58:10, Susan Lance7
50 km3:43:22, Jon Williams4:05:40, Jane Johnson53
11 December 201050 Mile6:26:07, Dann Fisher7:33:52, Amy Costa15
50 km3:28:17, Cameron Wheeler3:39:53, Allison Eagen48
10 December 201150 Mile6:18:45, Sung Ho Choi7:39:09, Amy Costa17
50 km3:39:47, Pete Kaplan4:14:19, Kristien Cox66
8 December 201250 Mile6:34:53, Ferit Toska8:16:09, Chrissy Coutts18
50 km3:44:50, John Robida4:09:08, Ruth Levy66
14 December 201350 Mile6:45:12, Ferit Toska7:03:01, Madeleine Zolfo14
50 km3:41:28, Daniel Nix4:19:43, Katie Sherron66
13 December 201450 Mile6:52:08, Ferit Toska7:17:59, Madeleine Zolfo11
50 km3:52:56, Jack McDermott4:45:54, Jennifer Shafer59
12 December 201550 Mile6:50:50, Mark Tombrink8:29:05, Holly Bohensky12
50 km3:25:21, Charlie Johnson4:28:51, Laura McDermott70


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