Saturday, November 17, 2018

Many trailed Duane Evans and Madison Sims at the Trail Life 5K

2018 Trail Life 5KBecause of Hurricane Michael, autumn of 2018 was a season of canceled races in the Florida panhandle, and even as far east as Tallahassee. Saturday morning, 17 November 2018, saw a return to the normal in the Tallahassee-area racing calendar. Normal, of course, is ridiculously crowded. There were no fewer than three road races within a short drive of Tallahassee that morning. In the spirit of rebirth after the storm, each was a first-year race. One of those was the inaugural Trail Life 5K, south of Tallahassee in Crawfordville, Florida. Master runner Duane Evans won the 3.1-mile race, covering the distance in 19:50. Madison Sims, a sixth-grader at Fort Braden School, was the first woman in the race, placing third overall in 23:59.


Ten-year-old Grayson Stevens took the runner-up spot in the 5K with a 23:51. Master runner Michael Martin was third in the men's standings and fifth overall in 26:40.


Nancy Johnson was the first woman master and second female finisher, fourth overall in 25:45. Liliana Lewis, a sixth-grader at Wakulla Middle School, placed third on the women's side and sixth overall in 26:52.


The Trail Life 5K was the opening event of Trail Life Crawfordville's second annual Fall Festival. Trail Life Crawfordville is Troop FL-2327 of Trail Life USA, with describes itself as "a Christian Outdoor Adventure, Character, and Leadership Program for boys and young men. Trail Life Crawfordville is serious enough about their 5K to get the course USATF-certified (course number FL18042TY) and to hire professional timing for the race (Miles and Minutes, LLLC, of Tallahassee). 21 athletes finished the first year event on the streets of Crawfordville.


Top Five Men, 2018 Crawfordville Trail Life 5K
  1. 19:49.57, Dwayne Evans (M, 51)
  2. 23:50.59, Grayson Stevens (M, 10)
  3. 26:39.54, Michael Martin (M, 42)
  4. 27:38.63, Andrew Gordon (M, 27)
  5. 29:05.89, Casey Hutto (M, 64)

Top Five Women, 2018 Crawfordville Trail Life 5K
  1. 23:58.04, Madison Sims (F, 11)
  2. 25:44.10, Nancy Johnson (F, 44)
  3. 26:51.62, Liliana Lewis (F, 12)
  4. 27:27.86, Amaliya McCalley (F, 17)
  5. 29:59.60, Elizabeth Stevens (F, 39)

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