Monday, May 8, 2017

Godin and Sherron prevail on the trail at Tails & Trails

Call it two out of three for Eric Godin. Godin has won the half marathon in two of the last three years at the Animal Shelter Foundation's annual Tails and Trails, his most recent win coming on Saturday morning, 6 May 2017. In that 13.1 mile effort, Godin posted a winning time of 1:27:34. That same morning, Katie Sherron ran her own record to two out of two, winning the women's title in the half marathon for the second year in a row by placing tenth overall in 1:36.48.

Eric Godin
Eric Godin

The Tallahassee, Florida Tails and Trails has been around since 2002, but the program only included 5K and 10K races plus a one-mile fun run till 2015, the year the half marathon was added. 13.1-miles long, the half marathon course went cross country through three separate parks--Tom Brown Park, Lafayette Heritage Park, and the Alford Greenway. There were views of Upper Lake Lafayette from the tops of steep bluffs, a jaunt across the Piney Z Lake dam, and a trip over the Canopy Walkway Bridge. After that the runners got to turn around and see it all again on their way back to the animal shelter where the race had started. Unlike previous years, the half marathon started before the 10K and 5K.


"The weather was perfect," said Godin. "Starting half an hour earlier was nice."


Master runner Mike Peymann took the early lead. Godin was in the pursuit group.

Mike Peymann
Mike Peymann

"There was a group of us going out," recalled Godin. "Zach DeVeau, Jon Manry, and I ran together for about two miles. Mike was about a hundred yards ahead of us going into Alford."


Only Godin succeeded in overtaking Peymann.


"I caught him right after we got out of the woods at Alford," said Godin.


Godin spent the rest of the race opening a 300-meter gap on Peymann. At the animal shelter, Godin was first across the finish line in 1:27:34, with Peymann second in 1:29:03. Zach DeVeau took third in 1:30:16, and Jon Manry was fourth in 1:31:19.

Katie Sherron
Katie Sherron

The women's competition was closer. For much of the race it was very close indeed for the first two women.


"I was with Katie Sherron till nine-and-a-half miles," said Katie Sack. "Then she looked back, saw me, and took off."


In the remaining six kilometers Sherron built up a lead of over 100 meters on Sack en route to a 1:36:48 win. Sack was the women's runner-up and fourteenth overall in 1:37:22. Jillian Heddaeus was third in the women's standings and fifteenth overall in 1:40:32. Nancy Stedman was the top woman master and eighth female finisher, 33rd overall in 1:52:59.

Katie Sack
Katie Sack

Top Ten Men, 2016 “Tails and Trails” Half Marathon
  1. 1:27:34, Eric Godin (M, 33)
  2. 1:29:03, Michael Peymann (M, 54)
  3. 1:30:16, Zach DeVeau (M, 29)
  4. 1:31:19, Jonathan Manry (M, 38)
  5. 1:33:31, Paul Guyas (M, 39)
  6. 1:34:03, Travis Parks (M, 21)
  7. 1:36:02, Matthew Phillips (M, 22)
  8. 1:36:19, Tad David (M, 48)
  9. 1:36:34, Scott Benson (M, 38)
  10. 1:36:53, Dalton Langford (M, 22)

Top Ten Women, 2016 “Tails and Trails” Half Marathon
  1. 1:36:48, Katie Sherron (F, 35)
  2. 1:37:22, Katie Sack (F, 25)
  3. 1:40:32, Jillian Heddaeus (F, 34)
  4. 1:47:51, Loren Knobbe (F, 21)
  5. 1:48:15, Michelle Hadden (F, 28)
  6. 1:50:47, Laura McDermott (F, 37)
  7. 1:50:52, Emma Spencer (F, 36)
  8. 1:52:59, Nancy Stedman (F, 55)
  9. 1:55:56, Mary Jane Hayden (F, 37)
  10. 1:56:10, Katherine Lee (F, 20)

Chris O'Kelley, Matt Cashin
Matt Cashin and Chris O'Kelley

At 8:30 AM, 30 minutes after the half marathoners had started their run, the 10K and and the 5K got under way. The 10K quickly developed into a duel between Leon High senior Matthew Cashin and Lincoln High alumnus Chris O'Kelley. For over half the race O'Kelley and Cashin were never more than a few steps apart as they left the rest of the field far behind. Cashin had won the Tails and Trails 10K in 2014 and 2015, but this time O'Kelley left him behind during the closing kilometers of the race. O'Kelley was first in 38:54 with Cashin runner-up in 39:56. Bobby Duggleby placed third in 41:02. Joel Piotrowski was the fastest master runner in the 10K, finishing fifth overall in 44:54.


Tallahassee lawyer Sheryl Rosen won the Tails & Trails 10K women's title in 2009 and she added a second win in 2017, finishing first in the women's standings and fourth overall in 44:40. Alyssa Terry was the women's runner-up and seventh overall in 49:16. Monica Judd was the first woman master and third female finisher, placing ninth overall in 50:34.

Sheryl Rosen
Sheryl Rosen

Top Ten Men, 2017 “Tails and Trails” 10K
  1. 38:54, Chris O'Kelley (M, 24)
  2. 39:56, Matthew Cashin (M, 17)
  3. 41:02, Bobby Duggleby (M, 26)
  4. 44:54, Joel Piotrowski (M, 47)
  5. 45:52, Erik Andersen (M, 34)
  6. 50:27, Jerry McDaniel (M, 63)
  7. 51:58, Michael Labossiere (M, 51)
  8. 52:41, Joe Vega (M, 63)
  9. 52:44, John Davis (M, 34)
  10. 55:25, Daniel Korecky (M, 32)

Top Ten Women, 2017 “Tails and Trails” 10K
  1. 44:40, Sheryl Rosen (F, 32)
  2. 49:16, Alyssa Terry (F, 23)
  3. 50:34, Monica Judd (F, 42)
  4. 51:36, Tsige Tadesse (F, 44)
  5. 52:23, Paula O'Neill (F, 55)
  6. 53:14, Melissa Hooke (F, 38)
  7. 55:05, Marien Dimacali (F, 55)
  8. 56:11, Lauren Gale (F, 23)
  9. 56:59, Amelia Hogenson (F, 27)
  10. 57:34, Sarah Brown (F, 30)

Kurt Dietrich

Finishing nearly half a kilometer ahead of the next runner, Kurt Dietrich won the Tails & Trails 5K in 18:47. At 20:47 Tim Unger was the first master runner and the overall runner-up. Hayden Swier was third in the 3.1-mile race with a 21:01.


Christina Linton, the women's champ at the Hops and Half Shells 5K trail race just two weeks earlier, added another women's title to her collection with a 23:44 win in the Tails and Trails 5K, placing eighteenth overall in 23:44. Deerlake eighth-grader Brooke Waldal was second in the women's standings and 23rd overall in 24:27. Becky Leckinger was the top woman master and third female finisher, 30th overall in 25:01.

Christina Linton
Christina Linton

Top Ten Men, 2017 “Tails and Trails” 5K
  1. 18:47, Kurt Dietrich (M, 25)
  2. 20:47, Tim Unger (M, 57)
  3. 21:01, Hayden Swier (M, 21)
  4. 21:50, Donald Carter (M, 30)
  5. 21:56, Mitchell Michalak (M, 21)
  6. 22:03, Traywick Benton (M, 29)
  7. 22:28, Rich Heitmeyer (M, 36)
  8. 22:31, Travis Pickels (M, 29)
  9. 22:36, Chad Peddie (M, 30)
  10. 22:50, Donald Kunish (M, 41)

Top Ten Women, 2017 “Tails and Trails” 5K
  1. 23:44, Christina Linton (F, 36)
  2. 24:27, Brooke Waldal (F, 14)
  3. 25:01, Becky Leckinger (F, 53)
  4. 25:59, Teresa Roach (F, 33)
  5. 26:09, Leslie Brett (F, 26)
  6. 26:24, Jasmin McClellan (F, 28)
  7. 26:29, Skylar Brenneman (F, 12)
  8. 26:31, Leah Kiros (F, 11)
  9. 26:31, Becky Sponholtz (F, 43)
  10. 26:37, Sydney Kelly (F, 25)

It was a crowded morning at the races, with nearly 700 athletes finishing either the half marathon, the 10K, the 5K, or the one-mile. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed each of the four events.


“Tails and Trails” winners, 2002 - 2017
DateRaceMenWomenFinishers
30 March 20025K19:49, Tim Bolton23:06, Carrie Weyant179
15 March 20035K20:47, Justin Dickieson24:20, Carrie Weyant218
20 March 20045K18:56, Gary Droze23:02, Seeley Lovett221
19 March 20055K18:51, Mathew Dobson23:12, Stephanie Liles186
18 March 200610K37:46, Vince Molosky46:49, Kim Likens73
5K22:06, Roger Michaud21:48, Stephanie Liles178
5 May 200710K36:43, Vince Molosky43:54, Jana Stolting80
5K17:31, Tripp Southerland24:22, Claire Fruchtnicht250
3 May 200810K37:23, Vince Molosky41:55, Karen Geletko141
5K20:54, Jason Graham21:57, Katrina Unglaub272
2 May 200910K35:07, Vince Molosky41:34, Sheryl Rosen148
5K17:24, John Robida18:59, Kelsey Scheitlin464
1 May 201010K35:44, Vince Molosky42:38, Micah Adriani315
5K16:37, Ken Youngers22:13, Lisa Finn355
30 April 201110K36:41, Vince Molosky41:06, Heather Griffis
5K17:04, Kevin Sullivan19:41, Kelly Stevens
5 May 201210K34:52, Stanley Linton41:38, Micah Adriani246
5K18:22, Jonathan Grisiaffi23:00, Stephanie Stout494
4 May 201310K36:29, Vince Molosky46:31, Lindsey Pfau207
5K16:26, Stanley Linton19:40, Micah Adriani521
3 May 201410K37:04, Matthew Cashin46:12, Urska Dobersek211
5K16:53, Adam Wallenfelsz20:55, Sara Lane359
2 May 2015Half Marathon1:25:43, Eric Godin1:49:34, Mary Jane Hayden92
10K37:22, Matthew Cashin46:04, Brittney Barnes278
5K17:06, Roger Schmidt20:25, Alese Autore552
7 May 2016Half Marathon1:19:49, Matt Mizereck1:45:20, Katie Sherron178
10K37:45, Stanley Linton45:48, Anna Busby191
5K18:20, Peter Van Brussel20:50, Brittney Barnes562
6 May 2017Half Marathon1:27:34, Eric Godin1:36:48, Katie Sherron148
10K38:54, Chris O'Kelley44:40, Sheryl Rosen123
5K18:47, Kurt Dietrich23:44, Christina Linton395
From 2002 to 2006 the event was called the "Furry Scurry."
No 10K was held before 2006.
No Half Marathon was held prior to 2015.


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