It was Saturday morning, 27 February 2016, and Guyas had just one kilometer to go in the Bainbridge, Georgia Kiwanis Club's twelfth annual River Run 10K. In spite of his best efforts he was twenty seconds behind Myles Gibson, stuck in second place. It was the same story at the finish line, with Gibson crossing the finish line first in 37:27 and Guyas following in 37:48. Tallahassee, Florida master runner Nancy Stedman took the women's title in 48:31, placing sixth overall.
It was a race that almost didn't happen. The River Run had originally been scheduled for 9 January 2016, but that week the Flint River had crested at more than five feet above flood stage. All indications were that most of the course through Earle May Boat Basin Park would still be underwater on race day. The Bainbridge Kiwanis rescheduled the River Run for 27 February 2016 with the hope that the river would cooperate.
The Flint was back in its banks when the runners set out on the new date. Donalsonville, Georgia's Myles Gibson took the pace out hard.
"He was out like a shot," said Paul Guyas, a Tallahassee athlete.
At the mile mark Gibson was half a minute ahead of the next runner, Guyas. Guyas was determined not to give up any more ground to Gibson, and actually gained a bit over the next two miles. At the halfway point, Gibson noticed him.
"I saw him back there when we came out of the woods," said Gibson. "I knew I really had to start working then."
It was a tough second half. Guyas wouldn't give up the chase, Gibson wouldn't give up an inch. Guyas' 37:48 was his best 10K time ever, but it didn't get him any closer to Gibson's winning 37:27. John Hemanes was a distant third, running 44:46.
For Gibson, it was a faster time than the 38:14 he had run two weeks earlier to win the Run 2-1-1 10K in Tallahassee. He would like to go faster still.
"I ran 32 races last year," said Gibson. "I'm not going to do that many this year. I'd rather run one 10K under 37:00 than four slower ones."
Even so, Gibson had his eye on the Thomasville Road Baptist Church 10K in Tallahassee the following Saturday, 5 March 2016. When the racing bug bites you, you tend to stay bitten.
In the women's standings, Nancy Stedman's winning 48:31 gave her a lead of more than 700 meters over the runner-up for the ladies, Darla Castoro. Castoro ran 52:16, placing tenth overall. Carla Elliott was the third female finisher, coming in twelfth overall in 53:05.
Top Ten Men, 2016 Bainbridge Kiwanis River Run 10K
- 37:27 ~ Myles Gibson
- 37:48 ~ Paul Guyas
- 44:46 ~ John Hemanes
- 46:51 ~ Mark Tombrink
- 46:57 ~ Jay Silvanima
- 50:11 ~ Dale Nash
- 50:46 ~ David Braswell
- 51:22 ~ Worth Corn
- 52:39 ~ Chris Eaton
- 55:55 ~ Patrick Etheridge
Top Ten Women, 2016 Bainbridge Kiwanis River Run 10K
- 48:31 ~ Nancy Stedman
- 52:16 ~ Darla Castoro
- 53:05 ~ Carla Elliott
- 54:40 ~ Suzanne Angell
- 55:41 ~ Rhonda Wells
- 56:12 ~ Edna Reed
- 56:46 ~ Nicole Touchton
- 57:13 ~ Jennifer Tappen
- 58:35 ~ Julie Harris
- 63:26 ~ Anita King
Rik Pool won the River Run's 5K race, held concurrently with the 10K. Pool, a former member of the Bishop Moore High cross country team, ran the 3.1-mile course in 19:00. Bainbridge High frosh Caleb Harris took second in 19:21. Al Whatley of Cairo, Georgia was the top master runner in the shorter race, placing third overall in 20:48. Tallahassee master runner Paula O'Neill was the top woman in the 5K, finishing sixth overall in 23:51.
39 athletes finished the 10K, with another 34 completing the 5K.
Top Ten Men, 2016 Bainbridge Kiwanis River Run 5K
- 19:00 ~ Rik Pool
- 19:21 ~ Caleb Harris
- 20:48 ~ Al Whatley
- 21:56 ~ Ian Maltz
- 23:10 ~ Bib #12
- 26:31 ~ Andy Smith
- 26:50 ~ Donald Bowling
- 27:53 ~ Jay Cain
- 32:23 ~ Justin Downing
- 34:14 ~ Justin Ketterer
Top Ten Women, 2016 Bainbridge Kiwanis River Run 5K
- 23:51 ~ Paula O'Neill
- 27:52 ~ Lindsay Stern
- 28:05 ~ Rosa Martinez-Vazquez
- 29:52 ~ Kay Cooper
- 30:23 ~ Nancy Henry
- 30:33 ~ Jackie Cauble
- 30:33 ~ Crystal Sunday
- 32:31 ~ Brittany Moore
- 33:27 ~ Lysa White
- 33:46 ~ Shelia Cain
|Bainbridge Kiwanis River Run winners, 2005 - 2016|
|8 January 2005||10K||J P Chesser||Shana Martin||33|
|5K||Nathan Norton||Debbie Wittmer||30|
|7 January 2006||10K||35:59, Michael Douma||43:11, Allison Eagen||35|
|5K||19:38, Gabe Mitchell||23:42, Shana Martin||39|
|6 January 2007||10K||35:49, Jay Wallace||45:39, Fran McLean||89|
|5K||19:59, Steve Baxter||23:39, Shana Martin||30|
|5 January 2008||10K||35:13, David Marky||47:50, Lou Ellen Jayroe||36|
|5K||18:15, Nathan Norton||19:28, Jana Stolting||32|
|3 January 2009||10K||35:50, Jessie Close||47:44, Kirsten Baggett||34|
|5K||18:40, Nathan Norton||23:45, Erika Pemberton||63|
|2 January 2010||10K||37:45, Joel Piotrowski||51:20, Jessica Monk||42|
|5K||19:27, Devin Ferrell||23:35, Helen Jean Thompson||54|
|8 January 2011||10K||33:55, Rick Jennings||49:15, Jessica Monk||32|
|5K||19:21, Davey Reynolds||26:28, Carolyn Houston||30|
|21 January 2012||10K||35:11, Cody Mallchok||45:33, Angelina Horne||57|
|5K||17:20, Luis Navarro||23:30, Amber Braswell||43|
|19 January 2013||10K||37:18, Myles Gibson||46:07, Juanita Chalmers||62|
|5K||17:14, Chase Harris||19:00, Sheryl Rosen||47|
|4 January 2014||10K||35:43, Kyle Harris||41:51, Elena Oslund||50|
|5K||17:26, Chase Harris||20:11, Paige Braswell||35|
|3 January 2015||10K||39:28, Kyle Harris||52:00, Kaitlin Jackson||29|
|5K||19:29, Arnoldo DeJesus||24:22, Kristi Johnson||34|
|27 February 2016||10K||37:27, Myles Gibson||48:31, Nancy Stedman||39|
|5K||19:00, Rik Pool||23:51, Paula O'Neill||34|
- Complete results of the 2016 Bainbridge Kiwanis River Run 10K at gulfwinds.org
- More photos of the 2016 Bainbridge Kiwanis River Run 10K
- 2015 story, “Harris and Jackson sail to victory in the River Run 10K”
- 2014 story, “Harris and Oslund were rollin' on the river”
- 2013 story, “Gibson, Chalmers rout rivals in River Run 10K”
- 2012 story, “Fast on the Flint, Mallchok and Horne win River Run 10K”
- 2011 story, “Jennings and Monk are the rapidest River Runners in Bainbridge”
- USATF course certification map (GA11101WC) for the Bainbridge Kiwanis River Run 10K
- Find your next race in the Tallahassee region using the Trouble Afoot! calendar