But if anyone wasn't put off by the hills, it was Tallahassee master runner Mickey Moore. Moore, the president of the Southern Scholarship Foundation, won the second annual race in 18:44, leading from start to finish. Nor was the topography a problem for Kayla Wilson. A Florida State University student and an emergency room tech at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Wilson took the women's title, placing fourth overall in 21:55.
Coming out of Miccosukee Hills with a kilometer to go, Kyle Harris and Chase Harris had moved into second and third, but Mickey Moore was even farther ahead. That story didn't change on the way to the finish line--Moore won the race by nearly 300 meters, running 18:54. Kyle Harris was second in 19:51.09, and Chase Harris third in 19:52.00.
Layla Thompson was second in the women's standings, placing ninth overall in 24:20. Immediately behind Thompson, Deborah Congdon was the top woman master and third female finisher, tenth overall in 24:35.
Just a little over a year ago, Wilson had been running on the Gainesville High cross country team. For her, this race was a stepping-stone to upcoming efforts.
"I'm racing the Five Points Half Marathon in Gainesville next month," said Wilson. "5K races are not my thing."
Their thing or not, 182 athletes finished the second annual TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K. The race series continues throughout the year with the TMH For Life Challenge Spring 5K on 30 April 2016, a summer 5K on 23 July 2016, and a fall 5K on 22 October 2016.
Top Ten Men, 2016 TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K
- 18:44 ~ Mickey Moore (M, 45)
- 19:52 ~ Kyle Harris (M, 21)
- 19:52 ~ Chase Harris (M, 18)
- 22:11 ~ Brian Corbin (M, 48)
- 22:37 ~ Donald Kunish (M, 40)
- 23:45 ~ Ed De Kloet (M, 48)
- 23:47 ~ Bradley Stewart (M, 32)
- 24:48 ~ Jon Shiver (M, 28)
- 24:52 ~ Douglas Gorton (M, 57)
- 25:07 ~ Chris Eaton (M, 44)
Top Ten Women, 2016 TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K
- 21:55 ~ Kayla Wilson (F, 18)
- 24:20 ~ Layla Thompson (F, 10)
- 24:35 ~ Deborah Congdon (F, 41)
- 25:59 ~ Jeanna Prisco (F, 19)
- 26:28 ~ Emma Yale (F, 18)
- 26:32 ~ Hallie Kritsas (F, 23)
- 26:43 ~ Nazarae Rodriguez (F, 25)
- 28:06 ~ Julie Harris (F, 50)
- 28:11 ~ Lindsay Ancheta (F, 31)
- 28:14 ~ Katie Bieneman (F, 28)
|TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K winners, 2015 - 2016|
|3 January 2015||18:40, Ryan Truchelut||19:42, Sheryl Rosen||142|
|9 January 2016||18:44, Mickey Moore||21:55, Kayla Wilson||182|
- Complete results of the 2016 TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K at gulfwinds.org
- More photos of the 2016 TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K
- 2015 story, “Truchelut and Rosen hit hard on the TMH hills”
- Upcoming races with big hills and small in the Tallahassee region on the Trouble Afoot! calendar