Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Sizzler 5K is a day at the beach for Logan and Leitman

The twentieth annual Sizzler 5K, run in 2017, was announced as the finale for the series. But one year later the race was back for an encore. Shawn Logan starred in the curtain call, winning the 21st annual race by 150 meters with a 19:06. Melanie Leitman of Tallahassee, Florida took the women's title, placing thirteenth overall in 22:14.


Logan had finished runner-up in the 2018 Sizzler; he also had a ninth-place finish in the 2014 race. Duane Evans was the top master runner and overall runner-up in the race, going 19:43. Master runner Philip Sura took third overall in 20:04. Jon Durham, a cross-country runner at Deerfield-Windsor School, was fourth with a 20:27.


Half a minute behind Leitman, Annabella Farabaugh was the women's runner-up, placing fifteenth overall in 22:44. Kelcie Winter was third in the women's standings and nineteenth overall in 23:56. Paula O'Neill was the top woman master and fourth female finisher, twentieth overall in 24:23.


The 2018 Sizzler 5K had a new course, with both starting line and finish line convenient to Doc Myer’s Island Pub and Sports Bar, headquarters for race-day registration and the site of the post-race party. 97 athletes finished the 5K. Gulf Winds Track Club of Tallahassee, Florida chip-timed the race. Proceeds of the event benefit The Elder Care Community Council of Franklin County.


Top Ten Men, 2018 St. George Island Sizzler 5K
  1. 19:06, Shawn Logan (M, 21)
  2. 19:43, Duane Evans (M, 51)
  3. 20:04, Philip Sura (M, 48)
  4. 20:27, Jon Durham (M, 15)
  5. 20:37, Joel Piotrowski (M, 48)
  6. 20:49, Eric Math (M, 23)
  7. 20:52, Richard Fernandez (M, 40)
  8. 20:55, Courtland Buntin (M, 19)
  9. 21:10, Tad David (M, 49)
  10. 21:50, Noah Deem (M, 11)

Top Ten Women, 2018 St. George Island Sizzler 5K
  1. 22:14, Melanie Leitman (F, 34)
  2. 22:44, Annabella Farabaugh (F, 20)
  3. 23:56, Kelcie Winters (F, 21)
  4. 24:23, Paula O'Neill (F, 57)
  5. 25:07, Lynn Varner (F, 53)
  6. 25:16, Melissa Zapata (F, 39)
  7. 25:37, Chloe Schaub (F, 25)
  8. 25:49, Jennie Merchant (F, 26)
  9. 26:10, Kayla Winters (F, 16)
  10. 26:36, Samantha De Mersseman (F, 39)

St. George Island Sizzler 5K Champions, 1997 - 2018
DateMenWomenFinishers
21 June 199717:36, Tim Unger21:40, Julie Clark34
13 June 199816:09, Gary Droze22:53, Donna Finney69
12 June 199917:05, Tim Unger19:24, Summer Calder61
10 June 200016:07, Gary Droze21:18, Julie Clark34
2001No race held
15 June 200215:46, Lee Willis18:43, Luanne Coulter53
21 June 200316:44, Caleb Carmichael20:45, Jane Johnson95
12 June 200416:42, Caleb Carmichael19:48, Kara Newell77
18 June 200516:02, Alex Miletich20:53, Angela Dempsey142
24 June 200617:24, Robert Beazley18:39, Kara Newell169
23 June 200717:02, Jasen Fulghum20:41, Jane Johnson106
28 June 200816:44, Tripp Southerland19:11, Stephanie Liles175
27 June 200916:53, John Robida19:47, Kelsey Scheitlin214
26 June 201019:06, Carl Nordhielm22:06, Nancy Stedman147
25 June 201117:06, Brandon Hough22:44, Nicole Reichenbach218
11 August 201216:25, Vince Molosky21:58, Polina Bondarenko280
10 August 201316:16, Caleb Carmichael20:28, Renee Cox318
9 August 201418:02, Carl Nordhielm20:25, Polina Bondarenko222
8 August 201517:05, Roger Schmidt18:53, Katie Fackler181
6 August 201615:10, Mark Leininger16:59, Dylan Hassett145
5 August 201717:46, Ryan Slyter20:21, Kat Sack148
4 August 201819:06, Shawn Logan22:14, Melanie Leitman97
The 1997 race was called the Summer Island 5K.


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