Monday, June 3, 2019

Myles Gibson and Brittney Barnes win one under the lights at Run 2-1-1

“I haven’t seen this kind of cheering section since the time I ran the Boston Marathon,” said Myles Gibson. “The band, and all the people.”

Myles Gibson

There was a brass band at the sixth annual Run 2-1-1 5K on Saturday evening, 1 June 2019. And there might not have been as many people cheering in Tallahassee, Florida as in Boston, but they were vocal. They were also definitely cheering when Gibson finished, because the Donalsonville, Georgia master runner won the race, covering the 3.1 miles in 18:56. There were cheers as well for the first woman in the race, Brittney Barnes of Tallahassee, who placed fifth overall in 20:29.

Since 2014 and the first Run 2-1-1, the event organizers at 2-1-1 Big Bend haven’t been shy about changing the race. In 2015 they added a 10K. In 2017 they changed the season of the event, going from a winter race to a June race. In 2018 they dropped the 10K and moved from Southwood to Railroad Square. And in 2019, after five years of morning running, the Run 2-1-1 5K became a night race, with a start scheduled for 8:30 PM.

Bobby Duggleby

The change of time worked out well for Myles Gibson, who works as a crop inspector. In the popular imagination, farmers work from sunup to sundown. That may or may not be the case, but it seems like those are the hours for crop inspectors during growing season.

“I worked today and got home in just enough time to walk the dog and drive over here for the race,” said Gibson.

Paul Guyas

The race started a few minutes after 8:30, with Bobby Duggleby leading the field east along FAMU Way on the Capital Cascades Trail, toward the lights of the Cascade Park Bridge. Paul Guyas was next after Duggleby, with Gibson following. After overtaking Guyas, Gibson thought he could make a race of it if he could just stay close to Duggleby. He did.

“I passed him with just under a mile to go,” said Gibson.

Gibson finished up the last mile to win in 18:56, while Duggleby took second in 19:28. Guyas held off Tristan LaNasa for third, 19:53 to 19:54.

Brittney Barnes

Brittney Barnes led the women’s field early in the race, but incoming high school frosh Maya Tang was right with her. Jamila Allen was a few steps back.

“Maya started out with me but after the first mile she was gone,” said Barnes. “I heard Jamila behind me around two miles.”

Jamila Allen

Neither caught Barnes while she ran home in 20:29 for the women's title. Allen overtook Tang to place second in the women's standings and eighth overall in 21:01. Tang was the third woman and tenth overall in 22:31. The top woman master was Kelly El-Urfali of Crawfordville, Florida, the seventh female finisher and 32nd overall in 25:09.

The change to a sundown race didn’t discourage athletes from running. 159 athletes finished the 2019 Run 2-1-1 5K, more than in any previous year. Five Star NTP of Dawsonville, Georgia timed the race.

Maya Tang

Top Ten Men, 2019 2-1-1 Big Bend 5K
  1. 18:56, Myles Gibson (M, 52) Donalsonville, GA
  2. 19:28, Robert Duggleby III (M, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 19:53, Paul Guyas (M, 41) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 19:54, Tristan LaNasa (M, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 20:35, Gavin Dunn (M, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 20:54, Brent Moody (M, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 21:54, Matt Hohmeister (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 22:31, Gabriel Boyd (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 23:01, Robbie Robinson (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 23:03, Joshua Barber (M, 36) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, 2019 2-1-1 Big Bend 5K
  1. 20:29, Brittney Barnes (F, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 21:01, Jamila Allen (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 22:31, Maya Tang (F, 14) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 24:13, Brittany Bevis (F, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 24:20, Adrienne Capeless (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 24:50, Helena Reid (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 25:09, Kelley Elurfali (F, 55) Crawfordville, FL
  8. 25:35, Martha Guyas (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 26:13, Wendy Rude (F, 44) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 26:26, Holly O'Toole (F, 42) Tallahassee, FL

Run 2-1-1 Big Bend winners, 2014 - 2019
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
1 June 20195K18:56, Myles Gibson20:29, Brittney Barnes159


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