Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Chris Zablocki and Tamara Kozulina each add another "W" to their Tallahassee Marathon tally

Chris Zablocki took first in the Tallahassee Marathon in 2013. Tamara Kozulina was the first woman in 2008. Both runners were back in Tallahassee, Florida on Sunday morning, 3 February 2019, when Zablocki won the 45th annual Tallahassee Marathon, going 2:34:41. Kozulina was the first woman in the race for the fourth year in a row, placing fourteenth overall in 3:04:00. 155 athletes finished the 26.2-mile race.

Chris Zablocki
Chris Zablocki

When Zablocki and Kozulina logged their first Tallahassee Marathon victories, the race had started at Florida State University, running down to Woodville before turning around and returning to campus. Since then the course had changed, and the 2019 Marathon started downtown in front of the Leon County Courthouse. Marathon morning was foggy. Behind the starting line the upper floors of the Capitol were obscured by the mist. The Old Capitol, closer and not as tall, was still visible, the backdrop for the 7:30 AM start.

Tamara Kozulina
Tamara Kozulina

Zablocki was a New Englander at the time of his 2013 visit to Tallahassee, but he had managed to do some impressive racing in the South, including wins at the 2014 Jacksonville Marathon, the 2015 Albany Marathon, and the 2016 Albany Marathon. A second Tallahassee title had eluded him, though. In the 2015 Tallahassee Marathon he had finished runner-up, 300 meters behind Mark Chepses.

No one was that close to Zablocki in 2019. Now based in Chicago, eight kilometers into the Marathon he was already 400 meters ahead. By halfway, that margin was 1500 meters. Zablocki slowed during the second half and his lead narrowed slightly, but he was never challenged on his way to the finish line on West Madison Street in College Town, where he arrived in a winning 2:34:41. Austin Whitelaw ran a strong second half to take second in 2:39:34. Charlie Johnson, runner-up in the 2018 Tallahassee Marathon, placed third in 2:41:31. Columbia, South Carolina athlete Orinthal Striggles edged Ian Brown of Americus, Georgia for top master runner honors in the marathon, 2:54:18 to 2:54:28. Striggles and Brown were seventh and eighth overall.

Austin Whitelaw
Austin Whitelaw

While Zablocki was wrapping up his second Tallahassee Marathon win, Tamara Kozulina was working on her fifth title in the race and her fourth in a row--a streak that started in the 2016 race. Kozulina kept that streak alive and then some. A marathon is just over 42 kilometers long, and the Clermont master runner finished just over four kilometers ahead of the next woman in the race. 3:04:00 wasn't her fastest Tallahassee Marathon, but it didn't have to be. San Ramon, California master runner Jennifer Bayliss was second in the women's standings, placing 22nd overall in 3:23:48. Alyssa Terry of Tallahassee took third in the women's standings and and 25th overall in 3:31:01.

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2019 Tallahassee Marathon
  1. 2:34:41, Christopher Zablocki (M, 30) Chicago, IL
  2. 2:39:34, Austin Whitelaw (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 2:41:31, Charlie Johnson (M, 39) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 2:51:28, Chris Jones (M, 25) Warner Robins, GA
  5. 2:52:36, Chris O'Kelley (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 2:52:36, Charlie Kline (M, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 2:54:18, Orinthal Striggles (M, 43) Columbia, SC
  8. 2:54:28, Ian Brown (M, 53) Americus, GA
  9. 2:58:36, James Buchanan (M, 37) Niceville, FL
  10. 2:58:37, Stephen Stiegel (M, 39) Elon, NC

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2019 Tallahassee Marathon
  1. 3:04:00, Tamara Kozulina (F, 43) Clermont, FL
  2. 3:23:48, Jennifer Bayliss (F, 48) San Ramon, CA
  3. 3:31:01, Alyssa Terry (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 3:37:48, Caroline May Poor (F, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 3:38:33, Laura McDermott (F, 39) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 3:39:42, Sarah Miller (F, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 3:40:59, Cecilia Bouaichi (F, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 3:49:59, Amy McClenathan (F, 59) Saint Petersburg, FL
  9. 3:52:23, Laura Segrera (F, 40) Saint Petersburg, FL
  10. 3:52:52, Jenny Early (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL

In the Half-Marathon race, Gainesville, Florida athlete Sergey Zyrianov led at eight kilometers, but Will Christian was on his trail. Lieutenant Commander Christian had been in Tallahassee with the All-Navy Cross-Country Team, competing in the 2019 USATF Cross-Country National Championship. Less than 24 hours after posting a 31:02 in a ten-kilometer cross-country race at Apalachee Regional Park, Christian was on the streets of Tallahassee chasing Zyrianov. Christian caught the Gainesville runner, leaving him over 400 meters behind as he raced to a 67:47 win. Zyrianov took second in 69:09, and Ryan Barrow of Thiboxaux, Louisiana was third in 78:54. David Graf of Tallahassee, Florida was the fastest master runner in the half marathon, placing fourth overall in 79:49.

Will Christian
Will Christian

As a Colquitt High senior, Elizabeth Funderburk had raced the 2018 Tallahassee Half-Marathon, running 88:56 and coming in third in the women's division. As a Florida State frosh taking a redshirt season in indoor track, Funderburk was back in 2019 with visions of running 80:00 and moving up to first. Another Georgia native, Ann Centner, also had ambitions of winning the women's title. Centner, a Ph.D. candidate in nutrition science at Florida State, had a personal best of 85:02 from the 2018 Albany Snickers Half Marathon. Based on past performance, you'd give the edge to Centner.

Elizabeth Funderburk, Ann Centner
Elizabeth Funderburk & Ann Centner

Funderburk, however, was giving nothing to Centner. At eight kilometers the two were racing together, leading the women's field. During the next few kilometers, Funderburk broke away, and with seven kilometers to go she was a little over 30 meters ahead of Centner. Funderburk stretched out that lead to nearly 300 meters on the way to College Town, where she crossed the finish line in 80:00, the first woman and fifth overall in the half marathon. Centner finished runner-up on the women's side and seventh overall in 81:00. Lyubov Denisova of Gainesville, Florida was the first woman master and third female finisher in the half marathon, eighth overall in 84:18.

Elizabeth Funderburk
Elizabeth Funderburk

813 athletes finished the 2019 Tallahassee Half-Marathon. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed both races, with help from RaceSmith of Saint Augustine, Florida.

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2019 Tallahassee Half-Marathon
  1. 1:07:47, Will Christian (M, 35) Chesapeake, VA
  2. 1:09:09, Sergey Zyrianov (M, 34) Gainesville, FL
  3. 1:18:54, Ryan Barrow (M, 31) Thibodaux, LA
  4. 1:19:49, David Graf (M, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 1:20:44, Michael Rhodes (M, 50) Perry, FL
  6. 1:24:24, Michael Niezgoda (M, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 1:25:32, Blake Scott (M, 49) Orlando, FL
  8. 1:25:56, Tony Guillen (M, 50) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 1:27:59, Bobby Duggleby (M, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 1:29:10, Peter Kaus (M, 34) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2019 Tallahassee Half-Marathon
  1. 1:20:00, Elizabeth Funderburk (F, 19) Moultrie, GA
  2. 1:21:00, Ann Centner (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 1:24:18, Lyubov Denisova (F, 47) Gainesville, FL
  4. 1:28:33, Lucy Baird (F, 19) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 1:28:58, Blair Bodenmiller (F, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 1:34:55, Elisha Boggs (F, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 1:36:28, Brittney Barnes (F, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 1:37:13, Melissa Thompson (F, 34) Thomasville, FL
  9. 1:38:35, Carrie Murphy (F, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 1:38:53, Corinne Porcher (F, 49) Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee Marathon winners, 1975 - 2019
8 March 19753:00:07, John Hargreaves2
25 April 19762:58:00, John Hargreaves7
19772:35:59, Tim Simpkins3:38:59, Betty Ely22
19782:39:00, Tim Simpkins3:45:00, Donna Glotzbach19
24 February 19792:45:37, Steve Figard3:03:16, Shirley Silsby54
2 February 19802:35:32, Steve Figard3:30:33, Victoria Myers71
7 February 19812:37:39, Jim Dickson3:49:48, Linda Abele41
13 February 19822:28:11, Chris Lingle3:14:31, Marianne Crawford95
12 February 19832:23:55, Mike Patterson3:15:06, Christy Orthmann81
11 February 19842:35:00, Rick Miller3:11:34, Donna Glotzbach49
9 February 19852:41:50, Felton Wright3:17:09, Debbie Moore44
23 February 19862:40:57, Felton Wright3:37:35, Joyce Hodges44
19872:40:09, Scott Hinkle3:14:57, Laura Meighan72
19882:31:39, Tom Swiersz3:19:54, Lana Hayden49
19892:38:28, TC Carroll3:07:13, Paula Johnson93
19902:28:43, Jessie Close3:02:18, Claudia Kasen107
19912:44:41, Steve Carney2:56:10, Paula Johnson118
19922:28:41, Jessie Close3:04:52, Paula Johnson115
19932:27:20, Louis Floyd2:56:22, Fran Fidler83
19942:32:27, Louis Floyd3:22:21, Lori Karison133
19952:43:45, Paul Hough3:10:56, Paula Johnson124
19962:43:24, William Flynn3:29:44, Krista Prentice70
19972:50:45, Daniel Widener3:33:22, Dee Farnell111
18 January 19982:29:02, Bryon Law3:09:08, Carrie Weyant73
17 January 19992:56:17, Tom Minor3:13:51, Martha Vidal80
16 January 20002:46:53, Michael Peck3:16:13, Melissa Knechtel51
17 January 20012:57:24, David Yon3:36:01, Carrie Weyant86
20 January 20023:02:32, Ronnie Godwin & Felton Wright3:21:17, Carrie Weyant
14 December 20032:50:32, Michael Western3:34:48, Kathy Pike38
15 February 20042:55:19, Jack McDermott3:18:18, Kim Bruce75
20 February 20052:43:38, Jeff Dobias3:24:24, Lisa Purul129
19 February 20062:51:58, Michael Douma3:32:11, Teresa Lafleur79
4 February 20072:28:15, Judson Cake2:46:09, Valerie Gortmaker168
3 February 20082:24:01, Scot Mullins3:03:38, Tamara Kozulina209
1 February 20092:20:29, George Towett2:45:05, Nina Kraft203
7 February 20102:26:49, James Kiptoo3:16:05, Beth Moras233
6 February 20112:28:38, Esteban Vanegas2:43:32, Karen Harvey234
5 February 20122:27:23, Solomon Kandie2:40:06, Leah Thorvilson270
3 February 20132:23:26, Chris Zablocki2:52:49, Nina Kraft307
2 February 20142:24:29, Bryan Morseman2:46:29, Esther Erb361
8 February 20152:19:12, Mark Chepses2:46:59, Sarah Crouch335
7 February 20162:31:34, Kennedy Kemei3:03:20, Tamara Kozulina224
5 February 20172:27:12, Bryan Morseman3:09:25, Tamara Kozulina180
4 February 20182:26:56, Bryan Morseman3:03:10, Tamara Kozulina153
3 February 20192:34:41, Christopher Zablocki3:04:00, Tamara Kozulina155


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