Wednesday, March 30, 2016

James and Davis race well at Run For Joy

On Saturday morning, 26 March 2016, the rains came to Niceville, Florida, but so did 178 athletes, all of whom finished the second annual Run For Joy 5K. Jack James was the fastest of those who came out in a Panhandle rainstorm, winning the 3.1-mile race in 18:34. Julia Davis was the women's champ, placing tenth overall in 22:45.


The top master runner in the race was Baker, Florida's Bob Walker, who finished runner-up in 19:41. The next three places went to the three Brainerds of the Liza Jackson Prep cross country team--Dillan Brainerd (21:07), Zachary Brainerd (21:08), and Alexander Brainerd (21:39).


Jack James won the race by over a minute, but Julia Davis didn't have that kind of a lead in the women's competition. Just four seconds behind Davis at 22:49 was Kelsey Luckett, the women's runner-up and eleventh overall. Catherine Davis, third in the women's standings, wasn't much further back, thirteenth overall in 22:58. Jeannette Destafaney was the top woman master runner and sixth female finisher, 24th overall in 26:19.


Stacey and Trae Wiggins hosted the first Run For Joy in 2015 to honor their late daughter, Rebecca Joy. The 2016 race raised $13,500 for Ronald McDonald House.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Run For Joy 5K
  1. 18:34 ~ Jack James (M, 26)
  2. 19:41 ~ Bob Walker (M, 44)
  3. 21:07 ~ Dillan Brainerd (M, 12)
  4. 21:08 ~ Zach Brainerd (M, 10)
  5. 21:39 ~ AJ Brainerd (M, 10)
  6. 21:52 ~ Mike Superman Million (M, 61)
  7. 22:03 ~ Durin Tompkins (M, 36)
  8. 22:24 ~ Jason Thiry (M, 37)
  9. 22:45 ~ Eric Davis (M, 54)
  10. 22:56 ~ Kyle Davis (M, 19)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Run For Joy 5K
  1. 22:45 ~ Julia Davis (F, 17)
  2. 22:49 ~ Kelsey Luckett (F, 18)
  3. 22:58 ~ Catherine Davis (F, 17)
  4. 24:20 ~ Jamie Pinto (F, 35)
  5. 26:06 ~ Jenifer Tomasello (F, 35)
  6. 26:19 ~ Jeannette Destafaney (F, 60)
  7. 26:24 ~ Amy Wusterburth (F, 35)
  8. 26:46 ~ Kelsey Gabrysz (F, 10)
  9. 27:37 ~ Elizabeth Morbitzer (F, 29)
  10. 27:43 ~ Heidi Blalock (F, 44)

Name of race
DateMenWomenFinishers
4 April 201518:56, Jose Reyna22:17, Sherry Borsos301
26 March 201618:34, Jack James22:45, Julia Davis178

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