Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Burke and Claussen win the Run For The Cookies in Lynn Haven

Girl ScoutsFor many years the Boston Athletic Association served a cup of beef stew to the finishers of its fabled marathon. The race started in Hopkinton about lunchtime, and the stew was 26.2 miles away at the finish line in Boston, so I imagine that people worked up an appetite by the time they were served.


I'm sure that the Girl Scouts of America could cook a stew to rival that of the Boston Athletic Association, but the scouts are already famous for their cookies. So when the Girl Scouts put on a five-kilometer race in Lynn Haven, Florida, they weren't serving stew, they were handing out cookies. Every runner received a box of Girl Scout cookies. You didn't even have to finish the 3.1-mile race; as long as you were entered, you got your cookies.


Daniel Burke certainly did finish the run, though. At Lynn Haven's Sheffield Park, Burke won the Girl Scouts' sixth annual Run For The Cookies 5K on Saturday morning, 4 March 2017, running 22:52. Declan Douchins finished in the runner-up spot with a 24:18. John Hunter was the first master runner in the race, placing third overall in 24:39.


Eleven-year-old Rory Claussen took the women's title, placing fourth overall in 24:45. Shelle McDonald was second in the women's standings and seventh overall in 25:47, while Rebecca Eckles was third woman and eleventh overall in 26:53. Lisa Tatem was the first woman master and fourth female finisher, twelfth overall in 27:30.


109 athletes finished the 2017 Run For The Cookies 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Run For The Cookies 5K
  1. 22:52, Daniel Burke (M, Overall)
  2. 24:18, Declan Houchins (M, 11 – 14)
  3. 24:39, John Hunter (M, Master)
  4. 25:03, Rian Polis (M, 30 – 34)
  5. 25:32, Chris Westlake (M, 40 – 44)
  6. 25:52, J Scott Taylor (M, 50 – 54)
  7. 26:15, Drew Lucas (M, 30 – 34)
  8. 26:18, Cody Smith (M, 25 – 29)
  9. 28:11, Spencer Claussen (M, 11 – 14)
  10. 28:21, Robert Girvin (M, 50 – 54)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Run For The Cookies 5K
  1. 24:45, Rory Claussen (F, Overall)
  2. 25:47, Shelle McDonald (F, 35 – 39)
  3. 26:53, Rebecca Eckles (F, 30 – 34)
  4. 27:30, Lisa Tatem (F, Master)
  5. 27:41, Kendal Coreil (F, 11 – 14)
  6. 27:59, Michele Chesnut (F, 35 – 39)
  7. 28:00, Rebecca DeBell (F, 50 – 54)
  8. 28:34, Andrea Ceeley (F, 15 – 19)
  9. 29:08, Kelly Vance (F, 25 – 29)
  10. 29:23, Kathy Duncan (F, 40 – 44)

Lynn Haven, Florida Run For The Cookies winners, 2012 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
10 March 2012
9 March 2013
8 March 201421:55, Nicholas Lewis23:57, Mayra Hernandez54
7 March 2015
5 March 201621:43, Gavin Zillyette24:26, Jennifer Bleakley106
4 March 201722:52, Daniel Burke24:45, Rory Claussen109


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