Saturday, January 28, 2017

Ainsworth repeats and Reynolds wins at the SACF Half Marathon

Southeast Alabama Community Foundation Half MarathonOn a frosty Saturday morning, 28 January 2017, Avery Ainsworth won Dothan's sixth annual Southeast Alabama Community Foundation Half Marathon, first in a field of 104 finishers. It was not only the second year in a row that Ainsworth had won the 13.1-mile race, it was also the second straight year that the Montgomery, Alabama athlete set a new course record. Ainsworth traversed the course in 1:14:50, trimming exactly one minute off the mark he established in 2016. Jae Reynolds of Anadalusia, Alabama took the women's title, placing overall in 1:39:20.


Behind Ainsworth's record-setting 1:14:50, Richard Ford was second in 1:26:18. Alex Swanson placed third in 1:32:13, and Enterprise High sophomore cross-country runner Josh Crawford grabbed fourth with a 1:34:44.


Edna Keene was the women's runner-up, placing tenth overall in 1:43:40. Kathy Gannon was the top master and third female finisher in the half marathon, placing eleventh overall in 1:44:15.


David Anderson was the first male master and fourteenth overall in 1:45:40.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Southeast Alabama Community Foundation Half Marathon
  1. 1:14:49.476, Avery Ainsworth (M, 38)
  2. 1:26:17.476, Richard Ford (M, 24)
  3. 1:32:12.471, Alex Swanson (M, 23)
  4. 1:34:43.920, Josh Crawford (M, 16)
  5. 1:38:02.049, Jeremy Andrews (M, 30)
  6. 1:39:07.221, Eric Bernard (M, 37)
  7. 1:40:02.787, Casey Masters (M, 35)
  8. 1:42:33.275, Thomas Newell (M, 30)
  9. 1:45:31.458, Michael Brooks (M, 26)
  10. 1:45:39.396, David Anderson (M, )

Top Ten Women, 2017 Southeast Alabama Community Foundation Half Marathon
  1. 1:39:19.032, Jae Reynolds (F, 33)
  2. 1:43:39.750, Edna Keene (F, 34)
  3. 1:44:14.397, Kathy Gannon (F, 52)
  4. 1:44:43.814, Dana Cody (F, )
  5. 1:48:55.495, Kelley Unsicker (F, 42)
  6. 1:52:02.998, Sarah Timberlake (F, 41)
  7. 1:52:37.117, Iris George (F, 31)
  8. 1:54:48.394, Sarah Walker (F, 38)
  9. 1:54:58.103, Kimberly Barcelona (F, 44)
  10. 1:56:45.166, Laura Tamburin (F, 44)

Dothan, Alabama SACF Half Marathon winners, 2012 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
18 February 20121:21:02, Sean Kent1:42:05, Ashley Maddox184
9 February 20131:21:51, Hunter Potts1:34:54, Amberly Glitz97
1 February 20141:20:28, Sean Kent1:37:53, Amberly Glitz96
7 February 20151:27:02, Dan Enos1:35:59, Aleasha Liddle108
30 January 20161:15:50, Avery Ainsworth1:40:56, Fran New120
28 January 20171:14:50, Avery Ainsworth1:39:20, Jae Reynolds104


Another 101 athletes finished a 5K race contested during the half marathon. Tanner Norman, a junior on the Early County High cross-country team, won the 3.1-mile event, running 18:20. Fawad Safi was second in 18:31, and Houston Academy sophomore Chris Tamburin placed third in 20:05.


Jackie Birge was the first woman in the shorter race, and seventh overall in 22:00. Dothan master runner Carolyn Houston was the second female finisher and twelfth overall in 23:22. In a match of two more master runners, Mary Lise Patterson edged Loretta Shapiro for third, 24:39 to 24:45. Patterson and Shapiro finished eighteenth and nineteenth overall.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Southeast Alabama Community Foundation 5K
  1. 18:19.098, Tanner Norman (M, 17)
  2. 18:30.785, Fawad Safi (M, 28)
  3. 20:04.788, Chris Tamburin (M, 16)
  4. 20:20.180, Michael Shaw (M, 38)
  5. 20:54.882, Terry Hodge (M, 32)
  6. 21:45.049, Eli Butler (M, 9)
  7. 22:17.123, Blake Mills (M, 32)
  8. 22:28.548, Andrew Tamburin (M, 16)
  9. 22:45.926, Scott Bowers (M, 40)
  10. 22:59.252, Richard Siracusano (M, 28)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Southeast Alabama Community Foundation 5K
  1. 21:59.486, Jackie Birge (F, 28)
  2. 23:21.939, Carolyn Houston (F, 44)
  3. 24:38.719, Mary Lise Patterson (F, 58)
  4. 24:44.876, Loretta Shapiro (F, 43)
  5. 25:41.375, Katie Ercen (F, 29)
  6. 25:51.667, Dawn Cleveland (F, 46)
  7. 26:09.090, Jo Johnson (F, 28)
  8. 27:23.140, Betsy Liddon (F, 39)
  9. 27:55.546, Andrea Forehand (F, 36)
  10. 28:06.156, Samantha Braswell (F, 28)

About Time Events, LLC, of Prattville, Alabama provided chip timing and race management for the event.


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