Monday, February 27, 2017

Kiros and Terry take the Trailblazer

Saturday, 23 February 2013, was the date of DeSoto Trail Elementary School's first annual Trailblazer 5K Run For Literacy. It rained just enough that morning for the streets to be wet during the race. Tad David was there. He won the race.


Saturday, 25 February 2017, was the date of DeSoto Trail Elementary School's fifth annual Trailblazer 5K Run For Literacy. It rained just enough that morning for the streets to be wet during the race. Tad David was there. But this time, so was Florida A & M University Biostatistics professor Geb Kiros, and Kiros won the race in 18:33. Alyssa Terry was the women's champ, placing eighth overall in 22:01.

Geb Kiros
Geb Kiros

The race started from the Tallahassee, Florida school at 8:30 AM. The runners charged into the neighborhood next to the school, with Geb Kiros leading that charge. By the end of the first mile Kiros was over half a minute ahead of the next runner, Gary Johnston. Tad David was a few more steps back. A light rain spattered the runners.


"The fresh asphalt with some rain in the second mile certainly had an effect," commented Kiros.


Nevertheless Kiros continued to pull away from the field, going on to an 18:33 win. Tad David overtook Gary Johnston during the final mile to take second in 20:18, while Johnston was third in 20:35.

Tad David
Tad David

Kiros had run the Trailblazer 5K before in 2015; this was his second time competing in the event. For Alyssa Terry, though, it was her first Trailblazer 5K.


"I moved here a year-and-a-half ago," explained Terry. "This is my second year of running Gulf Winds Track Club events. I never know where I'm running in these races."


Lack of familiarity with the area was no handicap to Terry in the Trailblazer 5K. She finished about 600 meters ahead of the next woman in the race.


"I thought it would be a nice course to run," Terry said about her decision to race the Trailblazer. "It was a nice course. I ran my PR today."

Alyssa Terry
Alyssa Terry

Loranne Ausley was the first woman master and second female finisher in the race, coming in 25th overall in 24:57. Master runner Heather Conn was third in the women's standings and 27th overall in 25:04.


212 athletes finished the 2017 Trailblazer 5K. After the race, another 137 finished a one-mile fun run. Proceeds of the race go to support the media center at DeSoto Trail Elementary School. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed the race.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Trailblazer 5K
  1. 18:33, Geb Kiros (M, 50)
  2. 20:18, Tad David (M, 48)
  3. 20:35, Gary Johnston (M, 42)
  4. 20:42, T J Devlieger (M, 54)
  5. 21:47, Kevin Brumfield (M, 45)
  6. 21:50, Rich Heitmeyer (M, 36)
  7. 21:57, Davis McNeeley (M, 11)
  8. 22:16, Eric Stupski (M, 28)
  9. 22:36, Garth Connelly (M, 53)
  10. 22:57, Nathan Streety (M, 9)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Trailblazer 5K
  1. 22:01, Alyssa Terry (F, 23)
  2. 24:57, Loranne Ausley (F, 53)
  3. 25:04, Heather Conn (F, 45)
  4. 25:39, Ella Hodges (F, 12)
  5. 25:44, Fran McLean (F, 59)
  6. 25:48, Darcy Brinkmann (F, 36)
  7. 27:50, Emily Webster (F, 37)
  8. 28:39, Jenn Powell (F, 35)
  9. 28:39, Kyrsten Gennah (F, 10)
  10. 29:13, Liliana Broadway (F, 20)

DeSoto Trail Elementary School Trailblazer 5K winners, 2013 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
23 February 201318:53, Tad David23:53, Elizabeth Squires123
11 January 201420:05, Thomas Konrad25:17, Debbie Peters100
31 January 201516:54, Jack Redwing19:39, Katie Sherron278
30 January 201618:35, Paul Guyas22:15, Kate Chunka179
25 February 201718:33, Geb Kiros22:01, Alyssa Terry212


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