The race started on the Tallahassee Community College Campus at 9:00 AM, following an earlier one-mile fun run. After the initial scramble, FSU student Trevor Sununu was out front, setting the pace for the field. Sununu was a flamboyant leader with his long hair streaming behind him and wearing a single arm warmer. Sununu's closest pursuers were a group of four athletes--Florida A & M University distance runners Thomas Howell and Jeremy Fritz, Maclay cross country runner Clay Milford, and Maclay track coach Gary Droze. By the three kilometer mark the group had dropped Droze, but the remaining three runners still had Sununu in their sights. During the next kilometer Fritz had also dropped back. Meanwhile Milford was ready to make a move on Sununu.
"That was the plan, to get him near the end," said Milford. "I remembered that in last year's race he didn't have much of a kick."
Milford got him. With less than a kilometer left the Maclay runner took the lead and started to open a gap on Sununu. With 200 meters left, as Milford drove toward the finish line, Howell overtook Sununu.
"I knew Clay was behind me but I wasn't as aware of Howell," said Sununu. "He got me right before the end."
Milford took first in 17:15, while Howell edged Sununu for second, 17:21 to 17:24. Droze was the top master runner in the race, placing fourth overall in 17:37. Fritz ended the race fifth in 17:41.
Alexandra Midgett made sure that the women's competition had none of the drama of the men's race. Paced by Andrew Smith, Midgett led the women's field from start to finish.
"I just wanted to break 19:00," said Midgett.
She did, taking the top woman's spot in 18:53. Annie Kennedy, another Lady Seminole cross country runner, was runner-up on the women's side, coming in eleventh overall in 19:25. Caitlin Wilkey, an eighth-grader on the Montford cross country team, was third in the women's standings, twentieth overall in 20:22. Tallahassee lawyer Sheryl Rosen, the defending women's champ in the Run For The Cookies 5K, was the fourth woman finisher this time around, 22nd overall in 20:42. Paula O'Neill was the first woman master and ninth female finisher, 37th overall in 22:57.
Every finisher received a box of Girl Scout cookies, and the overall, master, and age-group winners left with multiple boxes. Cookies aren't the only reason this race has persisted for 23 years, but they haven't hurt the cause, either.
Top Ten Men, 2016 Run For The Cookies 5K
- 17:15 ~ Clayburn Milford (M, 16)
- 17:21 ~ Thomas Howell (M, 19)
- 17:24 ~ Trevor Sununu (M, 20)
- 17:37 ~ Gary Droze (M, 54)
- 17:41 ~ Jeremy Fritz (M, 18)
- 17:55 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 38)
- 18:40 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 50)
- 18:53 ~ Andrew Smith (M, 21)
- 19:16 ~ Gannon Hundley (M, 17)
- 19:29 ~ Scott Minert (M, 47)
Top Ten Women, 2016 Run For The Cookies 5K
- 18:53 ~ Alexandra Midgett (F, 21)
- 19:25 ~ Anne Kennedy (F, 19)
- 20:22 ~ Caitlin Wilkey (F, 14)
- 20:42 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 31)
- 20:53 ~ Hollis Bartlett (F, 21)
- 21:35 ~ Kathleen Whitworth (F, 18)
- 22:05 ~ Melissa Zyla (F, 18)
- 22:13 ~ Katie Sack (F, 24)
- 22:57 ~ Paula O'Neill (F, 54)
- 23:00 ~ Grace Kennedy (F, 27)
|Run For The Cookies 5K champions, 1994 - 2016|
|19 February 1994||16:12 ~ Gary Droze-1||18:51 ~ Carrie Weyant-1||85|
|25 February 1995||15:42 ~ Gary Droze-2||18:15 ~ Jane Johnson||186|
|24 February 1996||16:08 ~ Gary Droze-3||19:57 ~ Chateau Mangaroo||175|
|22 February 1997||15:17 ~ Gary Droze-4||19:02 ~ Carrie Weyant-2||150|
|28 February 1998||15:38 ~ Jason Ritter||17:29 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-1||207|
|27 February 1999||16:17 ~ David Ogletree||17:38 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-2||258|
|26 February 2000||16:23 ~ Robert Pautienus||17:53 ~ Kim Winn||294|
|24 February 2001||15:59 ~ Kevin Danahy||17:30 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-3||231|
|23 February 2002||15:25 ~ Lee Willis-1||16:18 ~ Breeda Dennehy-Willis-1||248|
|15 February 2003||15:49 ~ Lee Willis-2||16:30 ~ Breeda Dennehy-Willis-2||152|
|14 February 2004||17:07 ~ Timothy Bolton||18:06 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-4||93|
|12 February 2005||16:23 ~ Justin Jacobs||17:43 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams-5||258|
|11 February 2006||16:49 ~ Kyle Larson||19:04 ~ Stephanie Liles-1||156|
|10 February 2007||15:53 ~ Judson Cake||19:06 ~ Zika Rea||386|
|9 February 2008||16:45 ~ Tripp Southerland||19:35 ~ Stephanie Liles-2||411|
|7 February 2009||16:16 ~ Chris Lake-1||18:40 ~ Audrey Hand||550|
|13 February 2010||16:27 ~ Chris Lake-2||18:11 ~ Amy Hines-1||432|
|12 February 2011||15:50 ~ Kevin Sullivan||19:02 ~ Sheryl Rosen-1||431|
|11 February 2012||16:07 ~ Alex Smyth||17:36 ~ Amy Hines-2||685|
|9 February 2013||16:00 ~ Stanley Linton-1||17:43 ~ Chelsi Woodruff||602|
|8 February 2014||15:24 ~ Stanley Linton-2||17:54 ~ Carly Thomas||369|
|14 February 2015||15:40 ~ Remy Tamer||18:04 ~ Sheryl Rosen-2||332|
|13 February 2016||17:15 ~ Clayburn Milford||18:53 ~ Alexandra Midgett||342|
|The Run For The Cookies was held at Tallahassee Mall from 1994 to 1996,|
and at Tallahassee Community College from 1997 to the present.
A big thank-you to Mark Priddy for his help in completing this summary.
- Complete results of the 2016 “Run For The Cookies” 5K at gulfwinds.org
- More photos of the 2016 “Run For The Cookies” 5K
- Fred Deckert's photos of the 2016 “Run For The Cookies”
- “Run For The Cookies” 5K USATF course certification map (FL14006EBM)
- 2015 story, “In ice cream temperatures, Tamer and Rosen win the 5K Cookie Run”
- 2014 story, “Linton and Thomas take the cake at Run For The Cookies”
- 2013 story, “Linton and Woodruff prove to be tough cookies”
- 2011 story, "Sheryl Rosen wins by a thin mint, Kevin Sullivan by a bakery”
- 2010 story: “It's Lake and Hines for all the cookies!”
- “Run for the cookies, but look out for those Samoas”
- Find your next race in the Tallahassee region on the Trouble Afoot! race calendar