Monday, August 5, 2019

Sizzler 5K wins are a day at the beach for Tallahassee couple Gary Droze and Vicky Droze

By 7:00 PM, most people are wrapping up their day at the beach. They're headed home, or getting dinner, or taking one last walk along the surf. But at 7:00 PM on Saturday, 3 August 2019, the biggest part of the day at the beach was just getting under way for nearly a hundred athletes on Saint George Island, Florida. They were running the 22nd annual Sizzler 5K, 3.1 miles on the barrier island bordering Apalachicola Bay. Master runner Gary Droze went 18:19 to win the race, while Vicky Droze was the first woman in the race, tenth overall in 22:39.


It wasn't Gary Droze's first time running the Sizzler, The Tallahassee Community College cross-country coach had won the race in both 1998 and 2000. Chance Logan, winner of the 2018 Sizzler, took the runner-up spot with a 19:11. Donalsonville, Georgia master runner Myles Gibson placed third in 19:27.


On the women's side, master runner Vicky Droze found herself in a tight race for the top spot. Her husband, Gary, had won the men's competition by more than 200 meters, but Vicky Droze was only a few steps ahead of Kaley Ford in the fight for the women's title. Nevertheless, Droze prevailed, running 22:39 to Ford's 22:42. Tallahassee master runner Paula O'Neill was third in the women's standings, coming in seventeenth overall in 24:44.


96 athletes finished the 2019 Sizzler 5K. Gulf Winds Track Club of Tallahasee, Florida chip-timed the race. The Sizzler was a fundraiser for the Elder Care Community Council of Franklin County.


Top Ten Men, 2019 St. George Island Sizzler 5K
  1. 18:19, Gary Droze (M, 58)
  2. 19:11, Chance Logan (M, 22)
  3. 19:27, Myles Gibson (M, 53)
  4. 20:27, Philip Sura (M, 49)
  5. 20:39, Jason Timbert (M, 43)
  6. 22:19, Tad David (M, 50)
  7. 22:26, Mark Nichols (M, 45)
  8. 22:34, Richard Fernandez (M, 41)
  9. 22:37, William Gray (M, 16)
  10. 22:47, Dan Fortunas (M, 58)

Top Ten Women, 2019 St. George Island Sizzler 5K
  1. 22:39, Vicky Droze (F, 44)
  2. 22:42, Kaley Ford (F, 25)
  3. 24:44, Paula O'Neill (F, 58)
  4. 25:48, Samantha Fortunas (F, 28)
  5. 27:14, Jennifer Pence (F, 35)
  6. 27:31, Mia Varner (F, 21)
  7. 27:32, Lynn Varner (F, 54)
  8. 27:40, Nancy Juneau (F, 59)
  9. 27:50, Julia Sura (F, 47)
  10. 28:08, Cheryl Moore (F, 52)

St. George Island Sizzler 5K Champions, 1997 - 2019
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
3 August 201818:19, Gary Droze22:39, Vicky Droze96
The 1997 race was called the Summer Island 5K.


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