Tuesday, January 9, 2018

David Marley and Jessica Ridley race to Red Nose Run victory

On a chill Saturday morning, 6 January 2018, 719 athletes raced the twelfth annual Red Nose Run Half Marathon in Columbus, Georgia. There was another half marathon that same morning, about 400 miles away in Disney World. Both the Red Nose and the Walt Disney World half marathons offered runners chip timing and USATF-certified courses. Whatever comparisons you draw between the two events, though, there was one big difference. The Red Nose Run had free entry.


The fastest athlete enjoying the economic advantages of the Columbus race was David Marley. Marley covered the 13.1-mile course along the Chattahoochee Riverwalk Trail in 1:09:53. winning the race for the fourth time in six years, and coming within a second of the Red Nose Run record of 1:09:52. Marley himself set that record in the 2013 race. Jessica Ridley collected the women's title, placing twentieth overall in 1:30:08.


Austin Kidd, a sophomore cross-country runner at Columbus State University, ran 1:14:24 for the runner-up spot. Yuri Force was third overall in 1:18:36, just ahead of Jason Veclotch, fourth overall in 1:18:53. Fourteenth overall in 1:25:51, Jon Knoedler was the first master runner in the half marathon.


Euleen Josiah-Tanner was the top woman master and second female finisher, 21st overall in 1:30:54. Columbus State frosh cross-country runner Alli Hay edged Amy Morton for third in the women's standings, 1:32:04 to 1:32:08. Hay and Morton were 27th and 28th overall.


The Columbus Road Runners have hosted the Red Nose Run annually since 2007. The race started out as an informal and untimed marathon and half marathon with no entry fee. By 2009 the club had certified the half-marathon course and begun timing the runs; after 2010 the marathon was dropped from the program. There have been several course changes since then, but one thing has remained constant--no entry fee. Any athlete who feels truly uncomfortable about not paying for a race has the option of buying a Red Nose Run T-shirt.


Lightning Sports Racing, Inc., of Columbus timed the 2018 Red Nose Run Half Marathon.


Top Ten Women, 2018 Columbus, Georgia Red Nose Run Half Marathon
  1. 1:09:52.97, David Marley (M, 31)
  2. 1:14:23.75, Austin Kidd (M, 19)
  3. 1:18:35.06, Yuri Force (M, 34)
  4. 1:18:52.90, Jason Veclotch (M, 29)
  5. 1:20:09.26, Tyler Blackburn (M, 23)
  6. 1:20:49.90, Matt Triick (M, 34)
  7. 1:22:01.51, Noah Churchwell (M, 19)
  8. 1:22:32.00, Roger Hagues (M, 33)
  9. 1:23:49.08, Wright Calhoun (M, 19)
  10. 1:24:33.60, Da'Rel Patterson (M, 34)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Columbus, Georgia Red Nose Run Half Marathon
  1. 1:30:07.43, Jessica Ridley (F, 25)
  2. 1:30:53.16, Euleen Josiah-Tanner (F, 43)
  3. 1:32:03.65, Alli Hay (F, 18)
  4. 1:32:07.24, Amy Morton (F, 38)
  5. 1:32:36.78, Tracy Cermak (F, 36)
  6. 1:36:25.24, Alexandra Trigg (F, 12)
  7. 1:37:22.19, Samantha Levin (F, 29)
  8. 1:38:10.67, Meggie Meyer (F, 30)
  9. 1:38:24.40, Celia Mindel (F, 27)
  10. 1:39:06.72, Lauren Keister (F, 27)

Columbus, Georgia Red Nose Run winners, 2007 - 2018
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
2007Marathon
Half Marathon
5 January 2008Marathon
Half Marathon
10 January 2009Marathon2:44:18, Roger Hagues3:53:07, Monika Bubacz11
Half Marathon1:19:13, Martin Anders1:41:08, Carolee Fuller88
9 January 2010Marathon3:16:28, John Nevels4:16:21, Corinna Stitt27
Half Marathon1:31:49, Roger Hagues1:36:57, Brienna Riedy186
8 January 2011Half Marathon1:12:25, Andrew Dixon1:29:49, Janeth Alder218
7 January 2012Half Marathon1:14:59, Roger Hagues1:33:31, Beth Wiggins333
5 January 2013Half Marathon1:09:52, David Marley1:28:18, Heather May508
4 January 2014Half Marathon1:13:08, Tim Nelson1:30:27, Erika Utter665
3 January 2015Half Marathon1:10:23, David Marley1:27:47, Euleen Josiah-Tanner800
9 January 2016Half Marathon1:12:56, David Marley1:19:53, Lauren Philbrook1125
7 January 2017Half Marathon1:17:06, Cody Mallachok1:30:56, Euleen Josiah-Tanner464
6 January 2018Half Marathon1:09:53, David Marley1:30:08, Jessica Ridley719


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