The eleventh-annual race started and finished in the parking lot of the church. Vince Molosky, who had won the race in 2007 and 2010, set the early pace. Donalsonville, Georgia master runner Myles Gibson was right on his heels. Somewhat farther back, Nate Kaiser followed them patiently.
"I was just taking it easy," said Kaiser.
It wasn't easy enough for Gibson, who fell off the pace somewhere during the second kilometer. After three kilometers Molosky similarly started to fade.
"Just after the second mile he seemed to slow down," said Kaiser. "We went around a corner and then I was in the lead. He was there and then he wasn't."
Kaiser pushed for home, building up a lead of more than 300 meters on the way to his 34:18 win. Master runner Bryan Koon overtook Molosky to finish runner-up in 35:30. Molosky ended the race third in 35:46, just ahead of the 35:55 posted by fourth-place finisher Zach DeVeau.
Alyson Churchill has a varied racing resume that includes 5K road races, two-mile cross country runs, and trail races of up to five miles. The day before the Thomasville Road Baptist Church Road Race, she had won a 1600-meter and a 3200-meter track race. Churchill had never raced anything as long as a 10K before, though.
"We've been training at the Greenway," explained Churchill. "I've been running longer distances so I thought I'd try it in a race."
"I liked it a lot," she concluded.
There's nothing not to like about winning, and Churchill won the female division handily, finishing nearly 300 meters ahead of the next woman. Only two other women have run faster than Churchill's 40:16 in the eleven-year history of the race--Lisa Johnson (40:04) and two-time winner Sheryl Rosen (38:40).
Anna Busby was second to Churchill in the women's standings, coming in 24th overall in 41:25. Jillian Heddaeus and Brittney Barnes were the next two women in the race, 35th overall in 43:50 and 38th overall in 44:26. Angela Dempsey was the top woman master and eighth female finisher, 54th overall in 47:16.
Top Ten Men, 2016 Thomasville Road Baptist Church 10K
- 34:17.54 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 36)
- 35:29.32 ~ Bryan Koon (M, 44)
- 35:45.77 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 36)
- 35:54.75 ~ Zach Deveau (M, 28)
- 36:03.60 ~ Charlie Johnson (M, 36)
- 37:21.62 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 38)
- 37:43.52 ~ Ryan Truchelut (M, 30)
- 37:53.82 ~ Brad Argentine (M, 31)
- 38:00.31 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 49)
- 38:16.26 ~ Geb Kiros (M, 49)
Top Ten Women, 2016 Thomasville Road Baptist Church 10K
- 40:15.32 ~ Alyson Churchill (F, 13)
- 41:25.00 ~ Anna Busby (F, 25)
- 43:49.37 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 32)
- 44:25.59 ~ Brittney Barnes (F, 28)
- 45:40.84 ~ Meredith Argentine (F, 30)
- 46:18.89 ~ Katie Sack (F, 24)
- 46:22.34 ~ Emma Spencer (F, 35)
- 47:15.34 ~ Angela Dempsey (F, 47)
- 47:33.25 ~ Laura Reina (F, 51)
- 47:45.85 ~ Tsige Tadesse (F, 43)
Leading from start to finish, master runner Mickey Moore won the 5K race that was run concurrently with the 10K, running 18:25. However, Moore was so far ahead that the runners trailing him couldn't see him. Most if not all of them missed a critical turn and ended up running farther than the posted distance, closer to six kilometers than to five. Aaron Taylor was one of the unfortunates, finishing runner-up in 24:57. Megan Churchill took the women's title, coming in seventh overall in 27:17. Her younger sister, Paige Churchill, was second in the women's standings and eighth overall in 27:26. Sharon Crews was the first woman master and fourth female finisher, seventeenth overall in 29:16.
250 athletes finished the 10K and 254 the 5K. Tallahassee, Florida's Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed both races.
Top Ten Men, 2016 Thomasville Road Baptist Church 5K
- 18:24.56 ~ Mickey Moore (M, 46)
- 24:56.79 ~ Aaron Taylor (M, 22)
- 26:55.73 ~ Mario Carrasco (M, 21)
- 27:00.20 ~ Roy Mack Crews (M, 52)
- 27:05.28 ~ Filippo Aldrovandi Reina (M, 11)
- 27:09.51 ~ Tyler Pearce (M, 33)
- 28:23.56 ~ Brad Taylor (M, 38)
- 28:35.20 ~ Quinn Carrasquilla (M, 10)
- 28:39.40 ~ Avery Coffin (M, 9)
- 28:41.46 ~ Duel Yearty (M, 12)
Top Ten Women, 2016 Thomasville Road Baptist Church 5K
- 27:16.80 ~ Megan Churchill (F, 13)
- 27:25.81 ~ Paige Churchill (F, 11)
- 28:03.80 ~ Hunter Goldsmith (F, 20)
- 29:15.76 ~ Sharon Crews (F, 48)
- 30:49.31 ~ Allison Wunderland (F, 47)
- 30:58.29 ~ Dawn Gamache (F, 40)
- 31:23.90 ~ Patti Patterson (F, 10)
- 32:34.77 ~ Laura Varble (F, 35)
- 33:06.21 ~ Lisa Starling (F, 50)
- 33:10.66 ~ Paige Campbell (F, 12)
|Winners of the Thomasville Road Baptist Church Road Race, 2006 - 2016|
|4 March 2006||10K||35:29, Chris Holland||46:39, Debbie LaMarche||143|
|5K||No 5K race held|
|3 March 2007||10K||35:09, Vince Molosky||41:43, Seeley Lovett||132|
|5K||20:22, Tim Unger||26:36, Carly Thomas||160|
|8 March 2008||10K||36:08, Daniel Crane||43:33, Katrina Unglaub||127|
|5K||19:22, Steven Banister||22:07, Carly Thomas||200|
|7 March 2009||10K||34:14, David Altmaier||41:38, Kelsey Scheitlin||252|
|5K||19:38, Trevor Touchton||20:43, Shannon Coates||233|
|6 March 2010||10K||34:51, Vince Molosky||39:03, Sheryl Rosen||136|
|5K||20:13, Jordan Merrick||18:39, Amy Hines||175|
|5 March 2011||10K||No 10K race held|
|5K||15:48, Kevin Sullivan||20:23, Micah Adriani||301|
|3 March 2012||10K||34:22, Chris Lake||44:10, Mary Anne Grayson||139|
|5K||19:09, Chase Harris||24:52, Katherine Resavage||184|
|2 March 2013||10K||34:00, Stanley Linton||38:40, Sheryl Rosen||249|
|5K||16:46, John Keenan||23:09, Sheri Poskanzer||255|
|1 March 2014||10K||34:13, Eric Larson||41:23, Katie Sherron||184|
|5K||19:02, Paul Guyas||23:54, Julie Clark||223|
|7 March 2015||10K||34:08, Chris Lake||42:02, Katie Sherron||195|
|5K||18:38, Eric Godin||22:17, Mary Anne Grayson||236|
|5 March 2016||10K||34:18, Nate Kaiser||40:16, Alyson Churchill||256|
|5K||18:25, Mickey Moore||27:17, Megan Churchill||260|
- Complete results of the 2016 Thomasville Road Baptist Church 10K at gulfwinds.org
- More photos of the 2016 Thomasville Road Baptist Church 10K
- Part 1: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10107309753641953.1073742172.5215641&l=c28b6ca70a
- Part 2: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10107312960874633.1073742173.5215641&l=a6b0df715e
- Fred Deckert's photos of the 2016 Thomasville Road Baptist Church 10K
[ COMING SOON! PLEASE CHECK BACK! ]
- 2015 story, “Lake and Sherron each get a second TRBC 10K title”
- 2014 story, “Get to the church on time? No problem for Larson and Sherron”
- 2013 story, “Record times trump temperatures at TRBC 10K”
- 2012 story, “Lake and Grayson take 2012 Thomasville Road 10K titles”
- 2011 story, “Sullivan and Adriani triumph on Thomasville Road”
- 2010 story, “10K wins for Molosky and Rosen”
- USATF certification map of the TRBC 10K course (FL14018EBM)
- USATF certification map of the TRBC 5K course (FL09125EBM)
- Upcoming races from both sectarian and secular organizations on the Trouble Afoot! schedule