Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ainsworth wins in a record run at Dothan's SACF Half Marathon

Southeast Alabama Community Foundation Half MarathonNo one needed finish line photography to pick the winner of the fifth annual Southeast Alabama Community Foundation Half Marathon on Saturday morning, 30 January 2016. Avery Ainsworth finished the 13.1-mile race through the streets of Dothan, Alabama almost a mile ahead of second place, posting a winning time of 1:15:50. The Montgomery, Alabama distance runner's time was a new course record for the SACF Half Marathon, crushing the previous record of 1:20:28 set by Sean Kent in 2013.


After Ainsworth crossed the finish line at Flowers Hospital he had more than five minutes before the next runner arrived to get a drink, change his shoes, or whatever other post-race activity he had in mind. When that next runner did arrive, it was Dothan's Austin Fox, second in 1:21:15. Myles Gibson of Donalsonville, Georgia was the top master in the half marathon, finishing third overall in 1:23:50.


Fran New won the women's title, running the half marathon in 1:40:56 and finishing thirteenth overall. Tan Winfield was the women's runner up, placing twentieth overall in 1:46:44, and Jessica Ludwig was third in the women's standings, 26th overall in 1:48:47. For the second year in a row Kathy Gannon was the top woman master in the SACF Half Marathon. This time around Gannon was the sixth female finisher, 29th overall in 1:49:57.


120 athletes finished the 2016 Southeast Alabama Community Foundation Half Marathon, with another 166 finishing the associated SACF 5K. About Time Events, LLC, of Prattville, Alabama provided chip timing and race management for the event.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Southeast Alabama Community Foundation Half Marathon
  1. 1:15:49.48 ~ Avery Ainsworth (M, 36)
  2. 1:21:14.21 ~ Austin Fox (M, 20-29)
  3. 1:23:49.88 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 40-49)
  4. 1:30:27.72 ~ Charles Asouzu (M, 13-19)
  5. 1:33:53.42 ~ Cowdery Merrill (M, 30-39)
  6. 1:34:46.66 ~ Devon Dye (M, 13-19)
  7. 1:36:15.72 ~ Richie Fernandez (M, 30-39)
  8. 1:37:37.91 ~ Jonathan Jennings (M, 30-39)
  9. 1:37:45.25 ~ Justin Jones (M, 30-39)
  10. 1:39:24.60 ~ Jason Stojka (M, 30-39)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Southeast Alabama Community Foundation Half Marathon
  1. 1:40:55.27 ~ Fran New (F)
  2. 1:46:43.98 ~ Tan Winfield (F, 20-29)
  3. 1:48:46.80 ~ Jessica Ludwig (F, 30-39)
  4. 1:49:02.97 ~ Jaylee Brendel (F, 30-39)
  5. 1:49:31.89 ~ Eden Keene (F, 30-39)
  6. 1:49:56.87 ~ Kathy Gannon (F, 50-59)
  7. 1:54:24.54 ~ Sarah Timberlake (F, 40-49)
  8. 1:54:24.72 ~ Lisa Locklier (F, 50-59)
  9. 1:54:37.96 ~ Kelsey Bernard (F, 20-29)
  10. 1:55:20.61 ~ Amanda Collins (F, 40-49)

Dothan, Alabama SACF Half Marathon winners, 2012 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
18 February 20121:21:02, Sean Kent1:42:05, Ashley Maddox184
9 February 20131:21:51, Hunter Potts1:34:54, Amberly Glitz97
1 February 20141:20:28, Sean Kent1:37:53, Amberly Glitz96
7 February 20151:27:02, Dan Enos1:35:59, Aleasha Liddle108
30 January 20161:15:50, Avery Ainsworth1:40:56, Fran New120


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