Sunday, April 30, 2017

Halley and Sherron handle the hills at Nene Fest

2017 Nene Fest 5KDuring the 1950s, as part of the great suburban boom in the United States following World War II, on the east side of Tallahassee, Florida the farmland of Indianhead Plantation became the housing development Indianhead Acres. Uniquely and notably, the streets in Indianhead Acres all were given Muscogean names, so instead of an assortment of roads, ways, avenues, trails, and boulevards the neighborhood is full of "nenes"--the word for trails. Mail in Indianhead goes to addresses on Ostin Nene, Chowkeebin Nene, Hokolin Nene, and several other "nenes." This is celebrated in the name of the homeowner association's annual neighborhood festival--Nene Fest.

Not so uniquely but still notably, Indianhead Acres is hilly. The neighborhood is sited on the slopes that cradle Indianhead Creek so that unless you're following the stream, you're probably going up or down. This topography is the source of much frustration to athletes competing in the annual neighborhood festival's road race, the Nene Fest 5K.

On Saturday morning, 29 April 1960, Tallahassee runner Jim Halley ran 17:57 on the hilly "nenes" to win the fourth annual Nene Fest 5K. Florida State University economics professor Katie Sherron took the women's title, running 21:39 and placing sixth overall while shepherding a baby stroller up and down the slopes of Indianhead.

For the third year in a row, Florida A & M University biostatistics professor Geb Kiros was the fastest master runner in the race, placing second overall in 18:30. It was also Kiros' third straight year as the Nene Fest 5K runner-up. Kurt Dietrich took third, running 19:02. Tallahassee master runner Mike Peymann was fourth overall in 19:30.

Alyssa Bertinelli was second in the women's standings and eighth overall in 23:32. Alese Autore was the third woman and ninth overall in 23:55. Lisa Homan was the top woman master and fourth female finisher, coming in eleventh overall in 24:23.

88 athletes finished the 2017 Nene Fest 5K. The event raised over $4000 for the music program of Hartsfield Elementary School.

Top Ten Men, 2017 Nene Fest 5K
  1. 17:57, Jim Halley (M, 37)
  2. 18:30, Geb Kiros (M, 50)
  3. 19:02, Kurt Dietrich (M, 25)
  4. 19:30, Mike Peymann (M, 54)
  5. 20:36, John Schwenkler (M, 35)
  6. 22:25, Michael Kennett (M, 42)
  7. 23:59, David Simison (M, 34)
  8. 25:40, Kevin Malfa (M, 33)
  9. 26:17, Darren Seymour (M, 46)
  10. 26:52, Daniel Ashton (M, 41)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Nene Fest 5K
  1. 21:39, Katie Sherron (F, 35)
  2. 23:32, Alyssa Bertinelli (F, 25)
  3. 23:55, Alese Autore (F, 39)
  4. 24:23, Lisa Homan (F, 46)
  5. 25:56, Julie Clark (F, 55)
  6. 26:28, Sonya Dudley (F, 48)
  7. 26:30, Patricia Roberson (F, 45)
  8. 26:57, Darcy Brinkmann (F, 36)
  9. 27:44, Catherine Murray (F, 44)
  10. 27:50, Sarah Simison (F, 30)

Nene Fest 5K winners, 2014 - 2017
3 May 201418:24, Reikan Lin22:02, Paula O' Neill
9 May 201515:49, Chris Lake22:28, Paula O'Neill84
30 April 201616:26, Matt Mizereck23:36, Laura Reina86
29 April 201717:57, Jim Halley21:39, Katie Sherron88


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