"I'm aiming for the Philadelphia Marathon on November 20," said Piekarewicz.
"Jacksonville, in December," said Eagen.
|Allison Eagen & Adriana Piekarewicz|
On Saturday morning, 17 September 2016, though, the two marathoners looked more like middle distance runners as they raced the Tallahassee, Florida streets of Indianhead Acres at the front of Gulf Winds Track Club's 35th annual Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K. When the 3.1-mile race was over, Piekarewicz had pulled away during the second half to win in 18:38.
The 5K started at 8:00 AM near Optimist Park, heading north on Indianhead Drive. That is, the women started at 8:00 AM. Although men do compete at the Women's Distance Festival, the women start first in their own wave while the men wait for the second wave at 8:05 AM. Brittney Barnes, women's champ at the Sickle Cell 5K a week earlier, dashed out to an early lead. Neither Allison Eagen nor Adriana Piekarewicz were letting Barnes get away though.
"We passed her at about half a mile," said Eagen. "We were by ourselves after that."
Eagen set the pace till the halfway point, then Piekarewicz took over. By the end of the second mile she had broken contact and was able to race home unchallenged.
"It was good!" said Piekarewicz, an alumna of the distance running programs at Maclay School and Florida State University. "The first part Allison was out fast. It was nice to have her to pace off of early. I'm in marathon shape now so I didn't know that I could keep up in a 5K."
Piekarewicz handled the shorter race just fine, returning to Optimist Park and the finish line first in 18:38. Eagen was second in 19:13. Sheryl Rosen, the Tallahassee women's Distance Festival champion in 2006 and 2007, was third in 19:37, while early leader Barnes was fourth in 19:49. Laura Reina edged Krista Killius for the top woman master runner spot, 23:29 to 23:30. Reina and Killius were thirteenth and fourteenth overall in the women's standings.
Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2016 Women's Distance Festival
- 18:38 ~ Adriana Piekarewicz (F, 28)
- 19:13 ~ Allison Eagen (F, 37)
- 19:37 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 32)
- 19:49 ~ Brittney Barnes (F, 28)
- 21:21 ~ Katie Sack (F, 24)
- 21:30 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 33)
- 22:49 ~ Mia Wiederkehr (F, 18)
- 22:53 ~ Nikky Manausa (F, 35)
- 23:10 ~ Christine Plutschack (F, 27)
- 23:13 ~ Alyssa Terry (F, 23)
Five minutes after the women left, the men got their turn on the street. If anyone looked determined to catch the ladies, it was Stan Linton. A United States Navy Ensign and a former Florida State University distance runner, Linton was out fast. Trevor Sununu was closest to Linton.
"I didn't ever really run with Stan," said Sununu. "I was close for about a quarter mile. After a mile he was out of sight."
No one in the men's field saw Linton again till after the race, which he won in 15:29. It was the fastest time at the Women's Distance Festival in five years, including 2013 when Linton won in 15:58. Behind Linton, though, a race was brewing. While Sununu was struggling to catch a glimpse of the leader, Jay Wallace had moved up to challenge Sununu for second.
"He caught up to me the last mile and made me work for it," said Sununu. "I'm not much of a sprinter so I had to really work to stay ahead of him."
Sununu had just enough speed to stay a few steps ahead of Wallace, taking second 18:04 to 18:05. Finishing third, Wallace was the first master runner in the race. Jim Halley was not far back in fourth, running 18:11.
|Jay Wallace, Trevor Sununu|
Linton may not be headed to the Philadelphia Marathon, but he has plans for long-distance racing in the fall.
"I'm training for the Boston Mini," said Linton, referring to the 13.1-mile race in Boston, Georgia on 28 October 2016. "And I'm running the Pine Run 20K. That will be the next hard effort."
Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2016 Women's Distance Festival
- 15:29 ~ Stan Linton (M, 22)
- 18:04 ~ Trevor Sununu (M, 20)
- 18:05 ~ Jay Wallace (M, 52)
- 18:11 ~ Jim Halley (M, 37)
- 18:19 ~ Eric Godin (M, 32)
- 18:35 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 38)
- 18:52 ~ Zack Scharlepp (M, 33)
- 19:11 ~ Mike Peymann (M, 54)
- 19:53 ~ Philip Sura (M, 46)
- 20:05 ~ Joel Piotrowski (M, 47)
|Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K Champions, 1982 - 2016|
|24 July 1982||20:14, Cheryl Jennings||No Boys Allowed|
|23 July 1983||18:33, Barbara Balzer||No Boys Allowed|
|21 July 1984||18:11, Barbara Balzer||No Boys Allowed|
|20 July 1985||19:11, Barbara Balzer||15:24, Herb Wills|
|19 July 1986||18:20, Janice Hochstein||16:32, Rick Miller|
|18 July 1987||18:54, Janice Hochstein||15:47, Rick Miller|
|16 July 1988||17:58, Michele Farrell||15:09, Jessie Close|
|15 July 1989||17:20, Sue Addison||15:09, Jessie Close|
|14 July 1990||18:50, Janice Hochstein||15:38, Gary Droze|
|13 July 1991||18:51, Angie Crook||15:18, Gary Droze|
|11 July 1992||17:36, Paula Johnson||15:09, Gary Droze|
|17 July 1993||18:00, Lynda Nilges||15:45, Steve Wilcox|
|1 October 1994||18:06, Jane Johnson||15:46, Andy Palmer|
|7 October 1995||17:47, Jane Johnson||15:40, Gary Droze|
|5 October 1996||18:41, Tracy Pepoon||16:34, Tim Simpkins|
|4 October 1997||17:13, Sarah Docter-Williams||16:20, Tim Simpkins|
|3 October 1998||18:02, Sarah Docter-Williams||16:36, Tim Simpkins|
|2 October 1999||17:31, Sarah Docter-Williams||15:37, Lee Willis|
|7 October 2000||19:18, Kingsley Broughton||16:26, Art Remillard|
|6 October 2001||19:13, Kate Remillard||18:06, Reid Vannoy|
|2 November 2002||20:27, Mari Leitner||16:33, Nate Timm|
|1 November 2003||18:52, Kara Newell||17:39, Justin Dickieson|
|6 November 2004||18:09, Sarah Docter-Williams||17:24, Art Remillard|
|5 November 2005||21:38, Lydia Veal||18:16, Jimmy Graham|
|7 October 2006||18:36, Sheryl Rosen||17:55, Tim Unger|
|15 September 2007||19:02, Sheryl Rosen||17:04, Jay Wallace|
|20 September 2008||18:52, Lisa Johnson||17:29, David Altmaier|
|19 September 2009||19:00, Kelsey Scheitlin||16:34, John Robida|
|18 September 2010||18:39, Lisa Johnson||16:34, Vince Molosky|
|17 September 2011||17:11, Jackie Drouin||15:00, Kevin Sullivan|
|15 September 2012||17:06, Georgia Peel||16:03, Chris Rego|
|14 September 2013||16:51, Kayleigh Tyerman||15:58, Stanley Linton|
|20 September 2014||20:45, Anna Busby||16:45, Roger Schmidt|
|19 September 2015||18:53, Katie Sherron||17:08, Zach DeVeau|
|17 September 2016||18:38, Adriana Piekarewicz||15:29, Stan Linton|
- Complete results of the 2016 Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K at gulfwinds.org
- More photos of GWTC's 2016 Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K
- Fred Deckert's photos of GWTC's 2016 Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K
- 2015 story, “Sherron victorious at the 34th annual Women's Distance Festival 5K”
- 2014 story, “Anna Busby gets a Women's Distance Fest win in the Indianhead hills”
- 2013 story, "Tyerman lowers Women's Distance Festival 5K record to 16:51"
- 2012 story, "Georgia Peel runs 17:06 at Women's Distance Festival 5K"
- 2011 story, "Drouin runs a record 17:11 at Women's Distance Fest 5K"
- 2010 story, "Lisa Johnson wins big at the Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival"
- 2009 story, "Scheitlin, Robida Take Tallahassee Women's Distance Fest Titles"
- USATF course certification map for the 2016 Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K
- Upcoming races within a 100-mile drive of Tallahassee, Florida's running capital