Saturday, January 30, 2016

Guyas and Chunka prove the swiftest Trailblazers

DeSoto Trail Elementary School's fourth annual Trailblazer Run For LiteracyRacing through the hilly north side of Tallahassee, Florida, Paul Guyas won DeSoto Trail Elementary School's fourth annual Trailblazer 5K Run For Literacy on Saturday morning, 30 January 2016. Guyas covered the 3.1-mile course in 18:35, finishing more than 400 meters ahead of the next runner. Kate Chunka was the top woman in the race, placing thirteenth overall in 22:15.


Behind Guyas, David Welling and T J Devlieger were in a close race for second, with Welling prevailing 20:18 to 20:22. Placing third, Devlieger was the top master runner in the race.


Layla Thompson and Ella Grace Hodges, each eleven years old, took the next two spots in the women's standings after Chunka. Thompson was 22nd overall in 24:21 and Hodges placed 24th overall in 24:27. Birgit Maier-Katkin was the top woman master and the fourth female finisher in the Trailblazer 5K, coming in 33rd overall in 24:57.


The 2016 Trailblazer 5K was run on a USATF-certified course that started and finished at DeSoto Trail Elementary School. 179 athletes finished the 5K, with another 140 completing a timed one-mile fun run. Chip timing for the Trailblazer Run For Literacy was provided by Gulf Winds Track Club of Tallahassee, Florida.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Trailblazer 5K
  1. 18:35 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 38)
  2. 20:18 ~ David Welling (M, 31)
  3. 20:22 ~ T J Devlieger (M, 53)
  4. 20:37 ~ Chris Stanley (M, 38)
  5. 20:39 ~ A J Hodges (M, 14)
  6. 20:47 ~ Hawthorne Hay (M, 13)
  7. 20:56 ~ Erik Andersen (M, 33)
  8. 21:02 ~ Nathan Rhodes (M, 37)
  9. 21:04 ~ Dan Manausa (M, 46)
  10. 21:13 ~ James Duggan (M, 11)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Trailblazer 5K
  1. 22:15 ~ Kate Chunka (F, 32)
  2. 24:21 ~ Layla Thompson (F, 11)
  3. 24:27 ~ Ella Grace Hodges (F, 11)
  4. 24:57 ~ Birgit Maier-Katkin (F, 53)
  5. 26:20 ~ Hallie Kristas (F, 23)
  6. 26:32 ~ Heather Conn (F, 44)
  7. 26:35 ~ Kristen Knapp (F, 45)
  8. 26:36 ~ Mishel Garcia (F, 28)
  9. 27:15 ~ Sophia Harris (F, 10)
  10. 27:55 ~ Emily Webster (F, 36)

DeSoto Trail Elementary School Trailblazer 5K winners, 2013 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
23 February 201318:53, Tad David23:53, Elizabeth Squires123
11 January 201420:05, Thomas Konrad25:17, Debbie Peters100
31 January 201516:54, Jack Redwing19:39, Katie Sherron278
30 January 201618:35, Paul Guyas22:15, Kate Chunka179


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