Monday, December 10, 2018

Joel Rich and Shana Ryberg Pearsons take the Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic 50 Mile

“You couldn’t ask for better weather,” declared Gary Griffin. “Cool but not cold, overcast, and no wind.”


Griffin wasn’t talking about weather for going to the beach, but optimum conditions for long-distance running. That Saturday morning, Dec. 8, he was in the middle of some very long-distance running, the fifty-kilometer race in Gulf Winds Track Club’s 38th annual Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic. Of the athletes running in Wakulla Springs State Park that morning, Griffin wasn’t the only one with good things to say about the conditions, but you had to give his comments some weight. It was his 22nd finish at the Ultra, and he had also directed the event for several years. This year, the 69-year-old master runner placed ninth in the 50K, completing the 31-mile run in 5:08:08.

Joel Rich

If performance is any indication, Joel Rich didn't have any problems with the conditions, either. The Gainesville, Florida master runner won the 50-mile, the longest race at the Classic. The course for the 50-mile race is just over eight laps around a ten-kilometer loop, and Rich slowed slightly during his final two laps, but still averaged under eight minutes for each of the 50 miles. He was also still widening his lead on the competition--when Rich finished the 50 miles, the next runner had only just passed the 46-mile mark.

Shana Ryberg Pearsons

Rich had some company for the first half of the race, running the first four laps with another Gainesville master runner, Patrick Gallagher. But Gallagher faded on the fifth lap, leaving Rich to finish the race on his own. While Rich went on to win the 50 miler, Gallagher dropped out after 50 kilometers.


Jack McDermott of Tallahassee, the 2007 winner of the 50-mile, took second in 7:24:24. Shana Ryberg Pearsons, a master runner from Aiken, South Carolina, was the first woman in the race, placing third overall in 7:32:59. 2015 TUDC 50-mile champ Mark Tombrink was fourth in 7:53:08, just ahead of the 7:53:20 posted by fifth-place finisher Ettore Aldrovandi--practically a photo finish in a race of that length.

Thomas Dever

There were only two runners on the course moving faster than Joel Rich, and both of them were in shorter races. Thomas Dever was one of those two. A 61-year-old master runner from Panama City Beach, Dever won the 50-kilometer race for the second year in a row, posting a winning time of 3:39.50. Darcy Brinkmann of Tallahassee had to scoot a little faster at the end of the 50K to break five hours, but she did--running 4:58:58, Brinkmann was the first woman in the race and fifth overall.

Darcy Brinkmann

Jay Silvanima and Nancy Stedman had taken over the Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic in 2014, but they decided that 2018 would be their last year as race directors. Their valedictory gift to the event was the addition of a marathon-length race. Elvis Maradzike took first in the 26.2-miler, running 3:14.23. Tallahassee master runner Laura Reina was the top woman in the race as well as the overall runner-up at 3:35:18.

Elvis Maradzike

It took more than ten hours for the last runner to cross the finish line. He was the fourteenth runner in the 50 miler, while another 54 athletes had finished the 50K. Twenty completed the marathon. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed the races.


2018 Tallahassee Ultradistance Classic 50 Mile
  1. 6:37:22, Joel Rich (M, 49) Gainesville, FL
  2. 7:24:24, Jack McDermott (M, 49) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 7:32:59, Shana Ryberg Pearsons (F, 43) Aiken, SC
  4. 7:53:08, Mark Tombrink (M, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 7:53:20, Ettore Aldrovandi (M, 57) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 8:44:33, Jason Seitz (M, 46) Gainesville, FL
  7. 8:47:42, Scott Ward (M, 51) Panama City Beach, FL
  8. 8:57:21, Jonathan Mays (M, 44) Gainesville, FL
  9. 9:09:47, Tatiana Orozco (F, 32) Gainesville, FL
  10. 9:17:32, Stephen Beaupre (M, 53) Panama City Beach, FL
  11. 9:39:02, Juli Aistars (F, 60) Palatine, IL
  12. 9:56:46, Heather Malloy (F, 50) Tallahassee, FL
  13. 9:59:31, Le Gibson (M, 49) Winder, GA
  14. 10:13:58, Thomas Carney (M, 59) Tallahassee, FL

2018 Tallahassee Ultradistance Classic 50 Km
  1. 3:39:50, Thomas Dever (M, 61) Panama City Beach, FL
  2. 4:12:48, Patrick Gallagher (M, 43) Gainesville, FL
  3. 4:43:46, Juan Hincapie Casti (M, 28) Gainesville, FL
  4. 4:47:43, Addison Hendricks (M, 20) Pensacola, FL
  5. 4:59:58, Darcy Brinkmann (F, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 5:02:20, Howard Helbein (M, 48) Oakland Park, FL
  7. 5:04:47, Bill Willard (M, 48) Oviedo, FL
  8. 5:04:47, Michael Vaughn (M, 49) Oviedo, FL
  9. 5:08:08, Gary Griffin (M, 69) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 5:08:41, Lisa Homann (F, 48) Tallahassee, FL
  11. 5:10:04, Chris Stanley (M, 40) Tallahassee, FL
  12. 5:17:37, Jackie Nance (F, 41) Elizabethtown, NC
  13. 5:18:35, John Showalter (M, 59) Tallahassee, FL
  14. 5:22:59, Melissa Hooke (F, 40) Crawfordville, FL
  15. 5:28:29, Denis McCarthy (M, 59) Saint Louis, MO
  16. 5:29:10, Matt Minno (M, 59) Tallahassee, FL
  17. 5:35:20, Bud Fennema (M, 63) Tallahassee, FL
  18. 5:40:08, Jana Madara (F, 55) Fort Myers, FL
  19. 5:49:17, Lorna Castellanos (F, 58) Miami, FL
  20. 5:49:29, Worth Corn (M, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  21. 6:06:26, Dennis Hafford (M, 47) Decatur, GA
  22. 6:15:43, David Oppenheimer (M, 58) Gainesville, FL
  23. 6:16:49, Jessica Vanvalkenburgh (F, 35) Stuart, FL
  24. 6:21:52, Jeff Picker (M, 56) Tallahassee, FL
  25. 6:23:13, John Wyche (M, 55) Minnetonka, MN
  26. 6:23:31, Jairan Duke (F, 43) Gulf Breeze, FL
  27. 6:23:43, Steven Wilson (M, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  28. 6:27:33, Isabel Gonzalez-Jetti (F, 69) Coral Gables, FL
  29. 6:35:00, Wally Hesseltine (M, 75) Lafayette, CA
  30. 6:36:20, Sara Jablonowski (F, 39) Somerville, AL
  31. 6:45:46, Keith Haskins (M, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  32. 6:49:29, Marcel Tampied (M, 49) Miami, FL
  33. 6:49:29, Leonardo Toglia (M, 59) Miami, FL
  34. 6:52:46, Kathleen Wheeler (F, 57) Saint Petersburg, FL
  35. 6:55:37, William Hillison (M, 74) Tallahassee, FL
  36. 6:59:55, Beth Miller (F, 54) Mobile, AL
  37. 6:59:55, Leigh Ceci (F, 54) Tallahassee, FL
  38. 7:09:30, Trixie Smith (M, 39) Crawfordville, FL
  39. 7:11:20, Keith Berry (M, 62) Tallahassee, FL
  40. 7:20:44, George Maxwell (M, 68) Indialantic, FL
  41. 7:35:52, Elizabeth Kamerick (F, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  42. 7:44:26, Joanny Rodriguez (F, 31) Davie, FL
  43. 7:44:27, Vicki Sue Merry (F, 61) Cantonment, FL
  44. 8:03:37, Dana Stetson (M, 62) Tallahassee, FL
  45. 8:19:19, Sarah Shuler (F, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  46. 8:19:19, Fran Bridges (F, 58) Tallahassee, FL
  47. 8:19:19, Thomas Biance (M, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  48. 8:26:56, Bradford Johnson (M, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  49. 8:26:56, Bryan Howard (M, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  50. 8:27:23, Robin Elyse Bennett (F, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  51. 8:30:50, Mellody Hughes (F, 55) Defuniak Springs, FL
  52. 8:35:20, Kimberly Davis (F, 30) Baton Rouge, LA
  53. 8:35:21, Elena Branzaru (F, 50) Baton Rouge, LA
  54. 9:02:54, Carey Clarkson (F, 51) Pensacola, FL
Laura Reina

2018 Tallahassee Ultradistance Classic Marathon
  1. 3:14:23, Elvis Maradzike (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 3:35:18, Laura Reina (F, 54) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 3:50:42, Lisa Rutledge (F, 57) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 4:08:09, Anne Carroll (F, 52) Riviera Beach, FL
  5. 4:11:46, Jessica Carey-Webb (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 4:14:48, Kirk Kimler (M, 56) Watercolor, FL
  7. 4:15:33, Irma Robinson (F, 56) Tamarac, FL
  8. 4:16:33, Sarah Dugas (F, 40) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 4:26:15, Doug Carrell (M, 58) Salt Lake City, UT
  10. 4:27:49, Lourena Maxwell (F, 44) Tallahassee, FL
  11. 4:37:29, Shannon Trem (F, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  12. 5:19:27, Michelle Butler (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  13. 5:57:43, John Harmon (M, 55) Live Oak, FL
  14. 6:17:13, Vicky Verano (F, 54) Tallahassee, FL
  15. 6:20:22, Donald Vanoteghem (M, 64) Leesburg, GA
  16. 6:24:35, Deanna Eller (F, 22) Tallahassee, FL
  17. 6:24:41, Gina Mitchell (F, 39) Fort Myers, FL
  18. 6:39:50, Marsha White (F, 71) Tallahassee, FL
  19. 6:46:49, Phil Min (M, 63) Mt. Olive, AL
  20. 8:45:25, Deborah Ingram (F, 64) Gainesville, FL

Tallahassee Ultra-Distance Classic winners, 1980 - 2018
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
13 December 198050 Mile6:27:05, Dave SheffieldNo female finishers9
9 January 1982100 km8:57:57, John HesselbartNo female finishers2
50 Mile5:39:43, Kenneth Lord8:15:45, Rosemary Desloge9
11 December 198250 Mile5:14:40, Frank Bozanich10:47:54, Lydi Pallares16
50 km2:51:53, Barney Klecker3:56:13, Kathe Brookover18
10 December 1983100 km7:31:01, Rick Alderfer10:34:29, Melissa Uchitelle21
50 km2:53:45, Barney Klecker3:13:51, Janis Klecker48
15 December 1984100 km7:19:53, Steve Warshawer9:43:03, Vicki Johnson18
50 km3:25:29, John Cantwell3:53:05, Donna Miller40
14 December 1985100 Mile14:57:26, Ray Krolewicz15:12:54, Sandra Kiddy2
100 km7:29:05, Richard Westbrook10:58:31, Joan Baker16
50 km3:21:04, Ron L. Crawford4:15:13, Mae Cleveland42
13 December 1986100 km7:47:00, Steve WarshawerNo female finishers12
50 km3:09:25, Mark Dorion4:19:28, Mae Cleveland54
12 December 1987100 km8:19:20, Richard Schick9:02:52, Sue Ellen Trapp15
50 km3:06:52, John Devine4:19:23, Mary Hanudel38
10 December 1988100 km7:58:03, Richard Schick11:55:07, Pam Duke24
50 km3:21:46, Tom Burr4:06:39, Shelley Tyler60
9 December 1989100 km7:21:20, Rick ClarkNo female finishers13
50 km3:24:30, Joe Burgasser3:44:21 28, Paula Johnson37
1990No Race Held
14 December 1991100 km9:01:14, Gordy HawkinsNo female finishers4
50 km3:40:25, Thomas Buchanan3:57:11, Paula Johnson14
12 December 1992100 km9:09:00, Gordy HawkinsNo female finishers4
50 km3:43:38, Bill Hillison11:27:08, Peggy Lanier9
11 December 199350 Mile6:22:08, Richard Schick8:59:19, Peggy Lanier12
50 km3:44:12, Bill Hillison5:22:17, Delia Brewster12
10 December 199450 Mile6:55:40, Gordy HawkinsNo female finishers11
50 km2:54:11, John Viltanen3:50:00, Paula Johnson31
9 December 199550 Mile7:19:35, Gordy HawkinsNo female finishers5
50 km3:36:48, David Yon3:57:21, Carrie Weyant21
14 December 199680 km6:54:01, Ray KrolewiczNo female finishers8
50 km3:42:29, Bill Hillison4:04:17, Paula Johnson16
13 December 199750 Mile7:33:37, Gordy Hawkins9:03:46, Kathleen Wheeler9
50 km3:54:00, Bill Hillison4:10:55, Kari Larsen14
12 December 199850 Mile6:28:19, David Allison9:22:57, Peggy Lanier13
50 km3:44:58, Scott Ludwig3:46:25, Jane Johnson36
11 December 199950 Mile5:57:32, Michael Peck6:38:02, Nancy Drach20
50 km3:49:06, Bill Hillison4:51:00, Kathleen Daumer9
9 December 200050 Mile8:06:14, Gary Griffin7:07:11, Nancy Drach8
50 km3:52:44, Dave Drach4:29:56, Kristen Hooper15
8 December 200150 Mile7:35:27, Dana Stetson7:41:24, Linda Mason8
50 km3:35:11, Tim Lee3:57:03, Kelly Murzynsky26
14 December 200250 Mile6:54:21, Pete HendricksonNo female finishers8
50 km3:51:46, Bill Hillison4:30:57, Sandy Powell30
13 December 200350 Mile7:11:53, Fred Johnson9:56:26, Kathleen Wheeler15
50 km3:51:58, Bill Hillison7:11:58, Susan Boardman15
11 December 200450 Mile5:24:45, Chad Ricklefs8:41:40, Ann Burke11
50 km3:50:10, Bill Hillison4:03:10, Kelly Murzynsky21
10 December 200550 Mile7:41:53, Mitsuhito Tsuchida7:23:14, Linda Mason9
50 km3:55:07, Fred Johnson4:38:07, Joan Messick25
9 December 200650 Mile7:17:49, Blaine Broadbridge7:30:37, Amy Costa12
50 km3:18:55, Colin Deasy4:43:14, Susan Lance18
8 December 200750 Mile6:41:23, Jack McDermott7:21:47, Amy Costa13
50 km3:30:25, Thierry Asselin4:44:39, Olivia Swedberg29
13 December 200850 Mile6:48:14, Dann Fisher8:50:31, Ann Burke17
50 km3:36:01, Jack McDermott4:52:44, Kirsten Baggett33
12 December 200950 Mile6:48:43, Dann Fisher7:58:10, Susan Lance7
50 km3:43:22, Jon Williams4:05:40, Jane Johnson53
11 December 201050 Mile6:26:07, Dann Fisher7:33:52, Amy Costa15
50 km3:28:17, Cameron Wheeler3:39:53, Allison Eagen48
10 December 201150 Mile6:18:45, Sung Ho Choi7:39:09, Amy Costa17
50 km3:39:47, Pete Kaplan4:14:19, Kristien Cox66
8 December 201250 Mile6:34:53, Ferit Toska8:16:09, Chrissy Coutts18
50 km3:44:50, John Robida4:09:08, Ruth Levy66
14 December 201350 Mile6:45:12, Ferit Toska7:03:01, Madeleine Zolfo14
50 km3:41:28, Daniel Nix4:19:43, Katie Sherron66
13 December 201450 Mile6:52:08, Ferit Toska7:17:59, Madeleine Zolfo11
50 km3:52:56, Jack McDermott4:45:54, Jennifer Shafer59
12 December 201550 Mile6:50:50, Mark Tombrink8:29:05, Holly Bohensky12
50 km3:25:21, Charlie Johnson4:28:51, Laura McDermott70
10 December 201650 Mile5:52:57, Gary Gellin7:38:20, Sheryl Rosen9
50 km3:50:17, Dan Nix4:39:55, Emma Spencer41
9 December 201750 Mile7:28:37, Peter Strickland8:01:14, Jamie Cooper12
50 km3:38:23, Thomas Dever4:15:24, Kat Sack45
8 December 201850 Mile6:37:22, Joel Rich7:32:59, Shana Ryberg Pearsons15
50 km3:39:50, Thomas Dever4:59:58, Darcy Brinkmann54
Marathon3:14:23, Elvis Maradzike3:35:18, Laura Reina20


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