Sunday, June 3, 2018

Kurt Dietrich and Laura McDermott take first at Run 2-1-1

The fifth annual Run 2-1-1 5K on Saturday morning, 2 June 2018, was Kurt Dietrich’s fourth five-kilometer race in Tallahassee since early May. When it was over, Dietrich had his fourth 5K win since early May. Dietrich was first across the finish line in Railroad Square Art Park, running 18:26. Laura McDermott was the first woman in the 3.1-mile race, placing sixth overall in 22:01.

Kurt Dietrich

2-1-1 Big Bend, a non-profit mental health hotline, has held the Run 2-1-1 each year since 2014. The early races were in Southwood, but in 2018 the organization moved the race to Railroad Square, with a course that took in the Capital Cascades Trail and Cascades Park. Close to a hundred athletes showed up to race at the new venue.


“There were lots of turns, especially in Cascades Park,” said McDermott, the women’s winner. “But it was well marked. I had no trouble following the course. I always knew where to go.”

Laura McDermott

Other runners commented on the scenery along the route--the landscaping along the Cascades Trail/FAMU Way corridor, Lake Anita, and the Cascades Park Bridge. Two years earlier, at the ribbon cutting for that section of the Cascades Trail, Mayor Andrew Gillum had declared, “This is what an All-American city looks like.”


Kurt Dietrich didn’t dawdle to look around during the Run 2-1-1, though. Just minutes into the race he was well ahead of the field. Enijah Thomas, a rising seventh-grader on the Fairview Middle School cross-country team, trailed Dietrich in second. Chris Myrick overtook Thomas in Cascades Park, early in the second mile of the race, but no one was catching Dietrich. His winning 18:26 put him nearly a quarter mile ahead of the next runner. Myrick took second in 19:59, and Carson McGinn was third in 21:43. Enijah Thomas held off Michael Kennett to take fourth, both runners clocked in 22:00. Kennett was the first master runner in the race.

Chris Myrick & Enijah Thomas

At 22:01, a step or two behind Kennett, McDermott took the women's title. Monica Toth was the women's runner-up and eighth overall in 22:50. Jasmin McClellan was third in the women's standings, placing eleventh overall in 23:55. Wendy Rude was the top woman master and fourth female finisher, fifteenth overall in 24:50.


98 athletes finished the 2018 Run 2-1-1 5K. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed the race.

Monica Toth

Top Ten Men, 2018 2-1-1 Big Bend 5K
  1. 18:26, Kurt Dietrich (M, 26)
  2. 19:59, Chris Myrick (M, 25)
  3. 21:43, Carson McGinn (M, 24)
  4. 22:00, Enijah Thomas (M, 11)
  5. 22:00, Michael Kennett (M, 44)
  6. 22:06, Matt Hohmeister (M, 37)
  7. 23:26, Kevin Gonzalez (M, 27)
  8. 23:29, Ed Dekloet (M, 51)
  9. 24:07, T J Morton (M, 38)
  10. 24:21, Mike Dearth (M, 32)

Top Ten Women, 2018 2-1-1 Big Bend 5K
  1. 22:01, Laura McDermott (F, 38)
  2. 22:50, Monica Toth (F, 29)
  3. 23:55, Jasmin McClellan (F, 29)
  4. 24:50, Wendy Rude (F, 43)
  5. 25:33, Jennie Merchant (F, 26)
  6. 26:33, Kelly Booten (F, 57)
  7. 26:41, Kelley El-Urfali (F, 54)
  8. 27:02, Debbie Peters (F, 57)
  9. 27:33, Ashlyn Portero (F, 29)
  10. 27:53, Kimberly Martinez (F, 23)

Run 2-1-1 Big Bend winners, 2014 - 2018
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
29 January 20145K16:55, Justin Martin18:44, Emily Ness99
31 January 201510K48:07, Isabel Anderson50:18, Craig Asselin33
5K20:53, Mike Weyant19:33, Stephanie Liles-Weyant65
13 February 201610K38:14, Myles Gibson47:21, Emma Spencer66
5K21:42, Michael Weyant21:31, Jillian Heddaeus80
3 June 201710K41:16, Paul Guyas43:27, Kat Sack41
5K19:42, Scott Wallace22:50, Kristin Halley48
2 June 20185K18:26, Kurt Dietrich22:01, Laura McDermott98


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