Saturday, May 12, 2018

Winning is a piece of cake for Kurt Dietrich and Vicky Droze at the Mother's Day 5K

In 2017, Kurt Dietrich won the sixteenth annual Tails & Trails 5K, and seven days later won the Marzuq Shrine Temple's Mother's Day 5K. In 2018 Dietrich was a repeat winner at the Tails & Trails 5K on May 5, then returned to Maclay Gardens on May 12 for a title defense at the Mother’s Day 5K. He won again, going 18:40. In the women's competition Vicky Droze took first, placing eighth overall in 23:03 and outrunning last year's winner Laura Reina. 92 athletes finished the race.

Kurt Dietrich
Kurt Dietrich

The Marzuq Shrine Temple first held their Mother's Day 5K in 2004. Every year since then you could depend on finding that race on the north side of Tallahassee in Maclay Gardens State Park on the Saturday morning before Mother's Day. It became a tradition. The awards were another tradition; cakes for the winners. The cakes disappeared in 2017, replaced with a more usual sort of prize. After a popular outcry, baked goods were back in 2018.


“Let us know what we can improve. We want to make this the best race possible,” the race director urged repeatedly. The return of the cakes confirms that the Shriners really do listen to the runners.

Paul Guyas
Paul Guyas

Cakes were back, and so were Kurt Dietrich and Laura Reina when the race started from the Lake Hall Recreation Area at 8:30 AM. Dietrich was leading right after leaving the starting line, dashing up the hill from the lake. Filippo Reina, a Deerlake Middle School eighth-grader, was right behind him. Paul Guyas, runner-up in the race in 2017, moved into third during the first half mile. By the last mile Guyas had passed Reina and was running in second. In the 2017 race, Guyas had been within striking distance of Dietrich with a mile to go. This time around, Dietrich was too far ahead to challenge.


“I expected Paul to be closer than he was,” said Dietrich.

Vicky Droze
Vicky Droze

Instead, Dietrich crossed the finish line with a lead of more than 200 meters, winning the race in 18:40. Guyas was the first master runner and overall runner-up in 19:33. Master runners Chuck Lang and Bill McNulty took the next two places, running 20:06 and 20:11. Filippo Reina was fifth in 20:19.


“It was kind of a disappointing time this week,” said Dietrich. “I’ve been tired the last few weeks so I knew it wouldn’t be as fast as last year.”


Laura Reina led the women’s field at the mile mark, with master runner Vicky Droze and Jasmin McClellan seven seconds behind. During the second mile, though, Droze left McClellan behind and caught Reina. After that it was Droze’s race. Back at Lake Hall she was the first woman across the finish line, running 23:03. Laura Reina was the women’s runner-up, ninth overall in 23:31. Jasmin McClellan held off Paula O'Neill for the third woman's spot, 24:05 to 24:08. McClellan and O'Neill were eleventh and twelfth overall.

Laura Reina
Laura Reina
After getting his second win in two consecutive Saturdays at the 2017 Mother’s Day 5K, Dietrich had followed that up with a third winning weekend in a row at the Big Bend Filipino-American Association 5K. Dietrich plans to be in Cascades Park on May 19, trying for another win in the third annual BBFAA 5K. Other runners in the area are heading south that day for the twelfth annual Wakulla Springs 5K, or west to Blountstown, Florida for the seventh annual Catfish Crawl 5K. It may be summer weather now, but that just means that summer racing has started.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Marzuq Mother's Day 5K
  1. 18:40, Kurt Dietrich (M, 26)
  2. 19:33, Paul Guyas (M, 40)
  3. 20:06, Chuck Lang (M, 52)
  4. 20:11, Bill McNulty (M, 59)
  5. 20:19, Filippo Reina (M, 13)
  6. 21:38, Giovanni Wolmers (M, 33)
  7. 23:01, Jose Jimenez (M, 30)
  8. 24:16, Steve Anders (M, 30)
  9. 24:33, Julian Strickland (M, 52)
  10. 24:44, Perry Ponder (M, 49)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Marzuq Mother's Day 5K
  1. 23:03, Vicky Droze (F, 42)
  2. 23:31, Laura Reina (F, 53)
  3. 24:05, Jasmin McClellan (F, 29)
  4. 24:08, Paula O'Neill (F, 56)
  5. 24:50, Gracie Holden (F, 28)
  6. 26:30, Gingy Sampson (F, 53)
  7. 26:39, Debbie Peters (F, 57)
  8. 26:46, Nami Imaizumi (F, 39)
  9. 27:38, Claudia Trevilla (F, 40)
  10. 27:49, Carrie Bakle (F, 49)

Marzuq Shriners' Mother's Day 5K Champions, 2004 - 2018
DateMenWomenFinishers
8 May 200419:42, Scott Ruplinger25:33, Penny Isom53
7 May 2005??
13 May 200618:27, David Yon19:27, Laura Hempel71
12 May 200718:03, Martin Sykut19:04, Lisa Johnson67
10 May 200819:30, James Dexter20:19, Sheryl Rosen114
9 May 200918:13, Myles Gibson22:41, Angela Dempsey161
8 May 201019:10, Mickey Moore22:29, Fran McLean89
7 May 201118:33, Stephen Robbins20:36, Micah Adriani172
12 May 201216:08, Kevin Sullivan17:53, Sheryl Rosen235
11 May 201317:22, Vince Molosky19:49, Katie Showman128
10 May 201417:13, Vince Molosky20:40, Renee Cox122
9 May 201517:44, Zach DeVeau19:57, Katie Sherron69
7 May 201618:09, Grady Smith26:56, Carrie Smith51
13 May 201718:14, Kurt Dietrich22:34, Laura Reina84
12 May 201818:40, Kurt Dietrich23:03, Vicky Droze92
Any leads on the 2005 results would be deeply appreciated. Contact me!


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