But the name stuck. And the race returned on 25 February 2017, so here I am writing about the second annual Gopher-A-Run 5K.
The race was held outside Marianna in Florida Caverns State Park, a beautiful venue, however you feel about the name of the event. Tallahassee runner Zack Scharlepp won the 3.1-mile event, running 19:42. Mark McCarra was the top master runner and overall runner-up in 21:54. Ezra Caynor took third in 22:50, and master runner Jimmy Sims was fourth overall in 23:13.
Danielle Johnson of Marianna won the women's title in 27:16, placing eighth overall. Chandra Hanson was the first woman master and second female finisher, ninth overall in 27:46. Master runner Mandy Grover was third in the women's standings and fourteenth overall in 30:47, while Rachel Scharlepp was the fourth woman and fifteenth overall in 30:56.
51 athletes finished Golson Elementary School's 2017 Gopher-A-Run 5K.
Top Ten Men, 2017 Gopher-A-Run 5K
- 19:42.0, Zack Scharlepp (M, 34)
- 21:53.8, Mark McCarra (M, 51)
- 22:49.4, Ezra Caynor (M, 31)
- 23:12.9, Jimmy Sims (M, 62)
- 26:14.4, Lance Culbreath (M, 47)
- 26:51.8, Ricky Leff (M, 46)
- 27:14.4, Jonathan Farris (M, 39)
- 28:48.8, Stanley Owens (M, 61)
- 30:06.8, Ryan Grover (M, 13)
- 30:15.6, Crushall Swilley (M, 66)
Top Ten Women, 2017 Gopher-A-Run 5K
- 27:15.9, Danielle Johnson (F, 34)
- 27:45.7, Chandra Hanson (F, 49)
- 30:46.8, Mandy Grover (F, 42)
- 30:55.8, Rachel Scharlepp (F, 34)
- 31:07.8, Ashley Johnson (F, 34)
- 31:17.1, Stephanie Culbreath (F, 32)
- 32:46.2, Rachel Matthews (F, 43)
- 32:59.4, Amanda Hinson (F, 35)
- 32:59.4, Eva Marie Stafford (F, 10)
- 33:07.9, Rebecca Dilmore (F, 32)
- Complete results of Golson Elementary School's 2017 Gopher-A-Run 5K
- Find well-named races in the region on the Trouble Afoot! racing calendar