Linton himself was that man, sporting Gulf Winds Track Club orange and black during the Capital City Kiwanis' 34th annual race. He was also easy enough to spot because he was far ahead of everyone else, winning the 4 July 2016 race in 16:06. Brittney Barnes won the women's title, placing 26th overall in 20:35. 399 athletes finished the 3.1-mile race.
The Firecracker 5K started on Suwannee Street in Cascades Park at 8:00 AM, just a few minutes after the last of 69 people had finished the one-mile. Conditions were not optimum.
"The dew point was 77 degrees when I got up this morning," said Ryan Truchelut. "There's not much you can do when it's like that."
In other words, typical weather for North Florida in July. You were expecting frost?
Shrugging off the heat, Linton dashed out to a 30-meter lead in the first 300 meters. That margin only widened as the race progressed. By the time Linton darted past the Edison and over the finish line on Suwannee Street, he was nearly 400 meters ahead of the next runner. Linton's winning time of 16:06 wasn't the 15:45 he had been aiming for, but it was the fastest 5K run on any Cascades Park course.
While Linton ran against the clock, Darton State College psychology professor Patrick Whitehead was running a more cautious race.
"I wasn't sure where I was in terms of fitness," said Whitehead. "So I started off conservatively."
Buried in the pack early in the race, Whitehead worked his way up through the field. He never made any ground on Linton, but eventually overtook Geb Kiros and Travet Witherspoon to move into second. Whitehead held the runner-up position all the way to the finsh line, crossing in 17:28. Witherspoon, a Clayton State University cross country runner, ran down Geb Kiros on the homestretch to take third in 18:03. Kiros was the top master runner in the race and fourth overall in 18:04. Maclay School cross country runner Jake Mazziotta was fifth in 18:08.
Brittney Barnes had finished runner-up in the women's standings of the 2015 Firecracker 5K, but she wasn't settling for second best in 2016. Shortly after the start, Barnes grabbed the lead in the women's field and never relinquished it, taking the women's title in 20:35. Jillian Heddaeus was second in the women's division, placing 35th overall in 21:56. Kenya Rich was the first woman master and third female finisher, coming in 43rd overall in 22:46.
Capital City Kiwanis inherited the Firecracker 5K from the Greensboro Kiwanis, who had conducted the race in their town from 1983 to 2012. After a year in Phipps Park, the race moved to Cascades Park in 2014, where it has been ever since. There have been slight course adjustments each year, but the Firecracker 5K seems to have found a home in Cascades Park. Look for it there again on Tuesday morning, 4 July 2017. Don't expect frost.
Top Ten Men, 2016 Capital City Kiwanis Firecracker 5K
- 16:06 ~ Stan Linton (M, 22)
- 17:28 ~ Patrick Whitehead (M, 30)
- 18:03 ~ Travet Witherspoon (M, 18)
- 18:04 ~ Geb Kiros (M, 49)
- 18:08 ~ Jake Mazziotta (M, 18)
- 18:11 ~ Mickey Moore (M, 46)
- 18:11 ~ Jay Wallace (M, 52)
- 18:24 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 38)
- 18:28 ~ Christopher O'Kelley (M, 23)
- 18:29 ~ Ryan Truchelut (M, 30)
Top Ten Women, 2016 Capital City Kiwanis Firecracker 5K
- 20:35 ~ Brittney Barnes (F, 28)
- 21:56 ~ Jillian Haddaeus (F, 33)
- 22:46 ~ Kenya Rich (F, 43)
- 22:56 ~ Jenny Snyder (F, 26)
- 23:18 ~ Kellie Hays (F, 20)
- 23:23 ~ Vaishali Desai (F, 29)
- 24:02 ~ Katie Sack (F, 24)
- 24:03 ~ Shelly Herman (F, 67)
- 24:07 ~ Megan Churchill (F, 14)
- 24:08 ~ Laura Reina (F, 51)
|Recent winners of the Firecracker 5000m|
|4 July 2016||16:06, Stanley Linton||20:35, Brittney Barnes||399|
|4 July 2015||17:00, Michael Potter||19:23, Alyson Churchill||370|
|4 July 2014||17:06, Joseph Garcia||18:58, Katie Slater||431|
|4 July 2013||18:22, Roger Schmidt||20:53, Katie Showman|
|4 July 2012||16:14, Stanley Linton||22:36, Nancy Stedman|
|4 July 2011||17:20, Joel Piotrowski||21:35, Stephanie Stout|
|3 July 2010||18:45, Cliff Skelton||22:29, Nancy Stedman|
|4 July 2009||16:46, Daniel Lee||19:26, Emily Ness|
|4 July 2008|
|4 July 2007||18:05, Tony Guillen||21:51, Julie Clark|
|4 July 2006||17:40, James Cook||20:03, Julia Vola|
|4 July 2005||16:44, Jeff Dubias||20:30, Heather Bailey|
|3 July 2004||15:48, Caleb Carmichael||18:39, Kara Newell|
|4 July 2003|
|4 July 2002||16:57, Jason Fulghum||22:07, Janice Hochstein|
|4 July 2001||17:22, Paul Hoover||17:53, Sarah Docter-Williams|
|4 July 2000||15:57, Gary Droze||18:10, Sarah Docter-Williams|
|4 July 1999||16:37, Tim Simpkins||17:56, Sarah Docter-Williams|
|4 July 1998||16:05, Damian Wilson||17:35, Sarah Docter-Williams|
|4 July 1997|
|4 July 1996||15:45, Gary Droze||19:13, Carrie Weyant|
|4 July 1994||16:07, Gary Droze||18:19, Lisa Herman|
|4 July 1990||16:55, Bill Crooks||19:10, Vikki Saga|
|4 July 1989||16:47, Paul Hoover||20:27, Mae Cleveland|
|4 July 1988||17:02, Paul Hoover|
|From 1983 to 2012 the Firecracker 5000 was run in Gadsden County from|
Sycamore to Greensboro.
In 2013 the Firecracker 5000 was run in Tallahassee on trails in Phipps
In 2014 the Firecracker 5000 was run in Tallahassee from Cascades Park
on USATF Certified Course FL14067EBM.
In 2015 the Firecracker 5000 was run in Tallahassee from Cascades Park
on USATF Certified Course FL15071EBM.
In 2016 the Firecracker 5000 was run in Tallahassee from Cascades Park
on USATF Certified Course FL14149EBM.
- Complete results of the 2016 Capital City Kiwanis Firecracker 5K at gulfwinds.org
- More photos of the 2016 Capital City Kiwanis Firecracker 5K
- Part 1: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10107863245564703.1073742203.5215641&l=f135332239
- Part 2: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10107865376703883.1073742204.5215641&l=5b440a178c
- Fred Deckert's photos of the 2016 Capital City Kiwanis Firecracker 5K
- 2015 story, “Potter and Churchill have a blast at the Firecracker 5K”
- 2014 story, “Firecracker victories for Garcia and Slater”
- 2013 story, “Capital City Kiwanis brings the Firecracker 5000 to Tallahassee”
- 2012 story, “Out with a bang, the final Firecracker 5K”
- 2011 story, “Banging good runs for Piotrowski and Stout at Firecracker 5000”
- 2010 story, “Skelton and Stedman win at Greensboro”
- USATF course certification map for the 2016 Capital City Kiwanis Firecracker 5K
- Find more classic races in the region on the Trouble Afoot! calendar