Thursday, April 12, 2018

Molosky and Mathis win through 50K of river bluffs and rain showers at Draggin' Tail

It isn't the case that weather never affects the Draggin' Trail Ultra Trail Challenge. Why, as recently as 2009, the race had to be delayed for a month because of wet conditions. Of course, those wet conditions were that the Apalachicola River had risen out of its banks, covering a great deal of Florida's Torreya State Park, its trails, and the race course with several fathoms of floodwaters. For anything less severe, the race has always gone on as scheduled.

So the eleventh annual Draggin' Tail Ultra Challenge, the 50K as well as the 25K, went on as scheduled on Saturday morning, 7 April 2018, even though the forecast called for heavy rains and high winds. Tallahassee, Florida's Vince Molosky won the 50K for the ninth time in eleven years, running 5:13:30. Verity Mathis of Gainesville, Florida was the first woman in the 50K, pacing fourth overall in 6:47:05.

Despite the warnings of meteorologists, the rain didn't really start in earnest till after 11:00 AM, by which time the race was well under way and Molosky was nearly finished. In the history of the Draggin' Tail Ultra Challenge, Molosky is one of the few runners to have finished the in under five hours; at the 2018 race he was the only athlete to run it in less than six hours. Kenneth Hart took second place in the 50K, running 6:05.28. Jason Seitz was the first master runner and third overall in 6:46:22.

Heather Davenport was the first woman master and second female finisher, eighth overall in 7:24:59. Master runner Paula Lunt was third in the women's standings and tenth overall in 7:43:04.

Fourteen athletes finished the 2018 Torreya Draggin' Tail Ultra Trail Challenge 50K.

Top Five Men, 2018 Torreya Draggin' Tail 50K
  1. 5:13:30, Vince Molosky (M, 38)
  2. 6:05:28, Kenneth Hart (M, 29)
  3. 6:46:22, Jason Seitz (M, 45)
  4. 6:47:46, Patrick Bateman (M, 30)
  5. 6:49:24, Jay Lund (M, 47)

Top Five Women, 2018 Torreya Draggin' Tail 50K
  1. 6:47:05, Verity Mathis (F, 39)
  2. 7:24:59, Heather Davenport (F, 51)
  3. 7:43:04, Paula Lunt (F, 52)
  4. 8:05:50, Amy Guevara (F, 33)
  5. 8:12:25, Edna Reed (F, 43)

Elliot Smith of Tallahassee took first in the 25K, covering the fifteen-plus miles of Torreya trails in 2:32:14. Matthew Rowan of Quincy, Florida was the top master runner in the 25K, finishing runner-up in 2:39:12. Ken Thrasher, the first master runner in the 2017 Draggin' Tail 25K, placed third in the shorter race in 2018, running 2:48:27.

Tallahassee master runner Monica Judd won the women's title in the 25K for the second year in a row, finishing eighth overall in 3:05:17. Judy Alexander, another Tallahassee master runner, took second in the women's standings and eleventh overall in 3:11:21. Lacey Randolph was the third woman and seventeenth overall in 3:27:24.

56 athletes finished the 2018 Torreya Draggin' Tail Ultra Trail Challenge 25K.

Top Ten Men, 2018 Torreya Draggin' Tail 25K
  1. 2:32:14, Elliot Smith (M, 35)
  2. 2:39:12, Matthew Rowan (M, 49)
  3. 2:48:27, Ken Thrasher (M, 52)
  4. 2:56:13, Regis Smeltz (M, 44)
  5. 2:58:05, Michael Kennett (M, 44)
  6. 2:58:49, Ronald Hall (M, 53)
  7. 3:04:23, Will Spivey (M, 38)
  8. 3:05:18, Erik Anderson (M, 35)
  9. 3:11:08, Greg Skinner (M, 47)
  10. 3:14:49, Joe Patton (M, 52)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Torreya Draggin' Tail 25K
  1. 3:05:17, Monica Judd (F, 43)
  2. 3:11:21, Judy Alexander (F, 56)
  3. 3:27:24, Lacey Randolph (F, 29)
  4. 3:28:30, Marien Dimacali (F, 56)
  5. 3:44:58, Rebecca Bourdreaux (F, 45)
  6. 3:44:59, Renee Tavakoli (F, 35)
  7. 3:45:16, Iris Smeltz (F, 41)
  8. 3:46:47, Carla Elliot (F, 56)
  9. 4:00:54, Adrianne Simmons (F, 37)
  10. NTA, Celina Hale (F, 37)

Winners of Torreya State Park's Draggin' Tail Ultra Trail Challenge, 2008 - 2018
19 April 200850K5:52:53, Vince Molosky7:21:59, Casey Rodgers12
25K2:34:59, Brian Corbin2:49:16, Lisa Purul25
23 May 200950K5:10:06, Vince Molosky6:38:20, Shana Ryberg15
25K2:28:40, Michael Kennett3:02:57, Kirsten Baggett20
10 April 201050K4:59:06, Vince Molosky6:42:39, Chrissy Coutts17
25K2:19:29, Mike McConnell3:10:30, Kate McCabe23
9 April 201150K4:44:35, Vince Molosky6:27:34, Chrissy Coutts11
25K2:26:59, Paul Brannon2:44:03, Ashley Daily33
7 April 201250K4:53:55, Vince Molosky6:09:44, Chrissy Coutts15
25K2:15:43, Camilo Ordonez2:45:07, Kate Chunka41
6 April 201350K4:40:06, Vince Molosky5:47:48, Ashley Daily19
25K2:18:46, Michael Kennett2:58:15, Melissa Hooke38
5 April 201450K4:45:02, Vince Molosky6:05:30, Kathleen Baker20
25K2:32:41, Joel Piotrowski3:00:30, Amanda Hudson48
11 April 201550K4:54:04, Charn McAllister6:15:07, Ashley Daily18
25K2:18:40, Eric Godin3:03:15, Kristen Bowers50
2 April 201650K4:57:01, Vince Molosky6:42:20, Juanita Chalmers24
25K2:36:48, Andy Roberts2:59:43, Lydia Miles55
8 April 201750K4:29:36, Jonathan Clinthorne5:16:34, Ashley Daily20
25K2:08:22, Eric Godin2:48:52, Monica Judd63
7 April 201850K5:13:30, Vince Molosky6:47:05, Verity Mathis14
25K2:32:14, Elliot Smith3:05:17, Monica Judd56


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