Saturday, July 9, 2016

A rout at Red Bug for Baur and Gorman

Climbing hills, crossing streams, and negotiating more than four miles of winding trails, Dan Baur won the Red Bug Trail Race, the third event in Gulf Winds Track Club's Summer Trail Series, running 33:14. Katie Gorman was the first woman in the race, placing fourth overall in 35:04. 130 athletes completed the race, held on Saturday morning, 9 July 2016, north of Tallahassee, Florida in Phipps Park.

The race started on a field at Forestmeadows Athletic Center, with the runners staring south toward a narrow opening into the woods. Just after entering the woods everyone had to turn left onto an even narrower path, one with only room for one person at a time. All this was in the first 100 meters of the race. It made for an interesting start.

Dan Baur
Dan Baur

"I expected that, but it was a real dogfight," said Paul Guyas, who placed second in the race. "I don't know how fast we ran that first 50 meters, but it was faster than race pace."

Some twenty seconds after the race was under way, Guyas was the fourth runner to squeeze onto the single-track. During the next two kilometers he overtook Greg Bargo and Geb Kiros, moving into second. No one caught Dan Baur, though. His pursuers occasionally glimpsed him through the trees, but Baur was unchallenged on his way to a 33:14 win. Guyas ran 33:41 for the runner-up spot. Eric Godin--winner of the second Summer Trail Series race, the Oak Hammock Trail Race--was third in 34:17. Geb Kiros was the fastest master runner that morning, placing fifth overall in 35:29.

Paul Guyas
Paul Guyas

Baur had been first to the turn at the start of the race, and in the women's field Katie Gorman was the first to the turn. Gorman, a James Madison University alumna, Gorman led the rest of the way, picking up her third win of the 2016 Summer Trail Series. Running 35:04 to the 36:40 posted by women's runner-up Meg Ogle, it was also Gorman's widest margin of victory so far in the series. Cairo, Georgia physician Zita Magloire was third in the women's standings, placing twentieth overall in 40:42. Magloire had been a standout distance runner at Tallahassee Chiles High before going on to run for Mississippi State University. Monica Judd was the first woman master and fourth female finisher, coming in 23rd overall in 42:17.

So far Baur has only made it to two of the three events in the Summer Trail Series. A doctoral student in exercise physiology at Florida State University, Baur is busy writing a dissertation and can't always make it to the races. However, he plans to be away from his research long enough to run the fourth and final race in the Series, the Cadillac Trail Race in Tom Brown Park on 30 July 2016.

Katie Gorman
Katie Gorman

"We really like the Cadillac Trail," said Baur. "It's right near our house."

Katie Gorman is also looking toward the Series finale.

"I'll be there," said Gorman. "Unless I get terribly out of shape before then."

In just three weeks, that doesn't seem likely.

Meg Ogle
Meg Ogle

Eric GodinTop Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2016 Red Bug Trail 4½-Mile Race
  1. 33:14 ~ Dan Baur (M, 30)
  2. 33:41 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 38)
  3. 34:17 ~ Eric Godin (M, 32)
  4. 35:29 ~ Geb Kiros (M, 49)
  5. 35:39 ~ Greg Bargo (M, 33)
  6. 37:12 ~ Jeremy Fowler (M, 28)
  7. 37:20 ~ Brian Molen (M, 40)
  8. 37:56 ~ Mark Sobczak (M, 38)
  9. 38:27 ~ James Wilkinson (M, 33)
  10. 38:34 ~ David Huggins (M, 24)

Zita MagloireTop Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2016 Red Bug Trail 4½-Mile Race
  1. 35:04 ~ Katie Gorman (F, 24)
  2. 36:40 ~ Meg Ogle (F, 25)
  3. 40:42 ~ Zita Magloire (F, 31)
  4. 42:17 ~ Monica Judd (F, 42)
  5. 42:54 ~ Brook Pace (F, 37)
  6. 43:16 ~ Vaishali Desai (F, 29)
  7. 43:31 ~ Melanie Leitman (F, 32)
  8. 44:39 ~ Martha Guyas (F, 32)
  9. 45:33 ~ Alyssa Terry (F, 22)
  10. 45:37 ~ Kelly Garland (F, 45)


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