Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Vince Molosky returns to the top at Torreya

2016 Draggin' Tail Ultra ChallengeTallahassee, Florida athlete Vince Molosky won the first seven Draggin' Tail Ultra Trail Challenges, each annual 50K race from 2008 to 2014. That streak ended in 2015 when Charn McAllister took the title, and Molosky had to settle for second best. On 2 April 2016, though, Molosky returned yet again to the trails of Florida's Torreya State Park and won the ninth annual Draggin' Tail 50K, running 4:57:01. While Molosky was earning his eighth championship, Juanita Chalmers was winning the women's division for the first time. Chalmers ran the race in 6:42:20, placing sixth overall.


Conditions were troubling in the hours before the race as a severe storm passed through. The Draggin' Tail Ultra Trail Challenge isn't totally immune to the weather. The 2009 race had to be postponed when a particularly wet spring caused the Apalachicola River to rise out of its banks, flooding many of the trails. A little bit a rain may never have hurt anyone, but it's hard to run on a course that's several fathoms underwater. But by the Saturday morning of the 2016 Draggin' Tail the storm was gone. Wet trails had been added to the Challenge, but the race went on.


Behind Molosky, Patrick Gallagher was the top master in the 50K, placing second overall in 5:14:40. Greg Bargo was third overall in 5:17:44, and 2015 champ Charn McAllister was fourth in 6:13:04.


Caroline Thomas was runner-up in the women's standings, coming in eighth overall in 6:50:40. Danielle Zemola edged Chrissy Coutts 7:16:43 to 7:16:44 for the third woman's spot, Zemola finishing eleventh overall and Coutts twelfth. Coutts was also the top woman master in the race.


24 athletes finished the 50K at the 2016 Draggin' Tail Ultra Challenge.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Torreya Draggin' Tail 50K
  1. 4:57:01 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 37)
  2. 5:14:40 ~ Patrick Gallagher (M, 40)
  3. 5:17:44 ~ Greg Bargo (M, 33)
  4. 6:13:04 ~ Charn McAllister (M, 33)
  5. 6:19:07 ~ Herb Kieklak (M, 36)
  6. 6:44:44 ~ Corey Gardner (M, 29)
  7. 7:00:25 ~ Gary Johnson (M, 41)
  8. 7:08:02 ~ Michael Woods (M, 38)
  9. 7:30:28 ~ Aaron Kronick (M, 32)
  10. 8:24:39 ~ Dana Stetson (M, 59)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Torreya Draggin' Tail 50K
  1. 6:42:20 ~ Juanita Chalmers (F, 33)
  2. 6:50:40 ~ Caroline Thomas (F, 30)
  3. 7:16:43 ~ Danielle Zemola (F, 37)
  4. 7:16:44 ~ Chrissy Coutts (F, 44)
  5. 8:29:27 ~ Andrea Nelson (F, 44)
  6. 8:29:57 ~ Soledad Rodriguez (F, 45)
  7. 8:45:45 ~ Laura Flores (F, 40)
  8. 8:45:45 ~ Lisa Causey (F, 57)
  9. 8:45:46 ~ Debbie Tossas (F, 53)
  10. 9:11:47 ~ Letha Cruthirds (F, 62)

If 31 miles of running up and down the bluffs of the Apalachicola River on wet hiking trails was too much for you, there was always the Draggin' Tail 25K--the same, but only half as much of it. Tallahassee master runner Andy Roberts won the "short" race. Lydia Miles--a Wewahitchka, Florida master runner--took the women's title in 2:59:43, placing fifth overall. 55 athletes finished the 25K, the most ever in Draggin' Tail history.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Torreya Draggin' Tail 25K
  1. 2:36:48 ~ Andy Roberts (M, 49)
  2. 2:44:52 ~ Mark Jones (M, 41)
  3. 2:51:27 ~ Ken Thrasher (M, 50)
  4. 2:58:26 ~ Michael Kennett (M, 42)
  5. 3:05:53 ~ Jeff Bryan (M, 48)
  6. 3:06:59 ~ Michael Wiser (M, 51)
  7. 3:13:40 ~ Scott Barloga (M, 47)
  8. 3:23:15 ~ Patrick Bateman (M, 28)
  9. 3:34:58 ~ Nathaniel Russell (M, 31)
  10. 3:35:39 ~ Glen Smith (M, 52)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Torreya Draggin' Tail 25K
  1. 2:59:43 ~ Lydia Miles (F, 43)
  2. 3:23:11 ~ Norma McPherson (F, 33)
  3. 3:24:57 ~ Paula Lunt (F, 50)
  4. 3:35:05 ~ Edna Reed (F, 41)
  5. 3:38:18 ~ Megan Federico (F, 32)
  6. 3:42:46 ~ Cathy Tibbetts (F, 61)
  7. 3:51:48 ~ Carla Elliott (F, 54)
  8. 3:53:04 ~ Faith Stoutamire (F, 40)
  9. 3:57:10 ~ Lori Bufka (F, 54)
  10. 3:57:34 ~ Lynn Masimore (F, 37)

Winners of Torreya State Park's Draggin' Tail Ultra Trail Challenge, 2008 - 2016
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
19 April 200850K5:52:53, Vince Molosky7:21:59, Casey Rodgers12
25K2:34:59, Brian Corbin2:49:16, Lisa Purul25
23 May 200950K5:10:06, Vince Molosky6:38:20, Shana Ryberg15
25K2:28:40, Michael Kennett3:02:57, Kirsten Baggett20
10 April 201050K4:59:06, Vince Molosky6:42:39, Chrissy Coutts17
25K2:19:29, Mike McConnell3:10:30, Kate McCabe23
9 April 201150K4:44:35, Vince Molosky6:27:34, Chrissy Coutts11
25K2:26:59, Paul Brannon2:44:03, Ashley Daily33
7 April 201250K4:53:55, Vince Molosky6:09:44, Chrissy Coutts15
25K2:15:43, Camilo Ordonez2:45:07, Kate Chunka41
6 April 201350K4:40:06, Vince Molosky5:47:48, Ashley Dailey19
25K2:18:46, Michael Kennett2:58:15, Melissa Hooke38
5 April 201450K4:45:02, Vince Molosky6:05:30, Kathleen Baker20
25K2:32:41, Joel Piotrowski3:00:30, Amanda Hudson48
11 April 201550K4:54:04, Charn McAllister6:15:07, Ashley Daily18
25K2:18:40, Eric Godin3:03:15, Kristen Bowers50
2 April 201650K4:57:01, Vince Molosky6:42:20, Juanita Chalmers24
25K2:36:48, Andy Roberts2:59:43, Lydia Miles55


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