Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mountain Mist 2014

The 20th annual Mountain Mist 50 kilometer trail race was Saturday, January 25, at Monte Sano State Park. This is the premier trail ultra-marathon in the Southeast. It draws top runners from all over and sells out very quickly. This year's race was special for a few reasons.

  1. The field was expanded and there were 327 finishers, a record number. 
  2. Dink Taylor, the race director and ultra running legend, actually got to run the race this year. It was his first time to run Mountain Mist.
  3. The course changed this year to spread the field out before the first technical descent.
  4. Three runners were toeing the start line for the 20th time, Dewayne Satterfield, Lonnie Vogan, and Jim Call. All three finished and received a special belt buckle for their perfect attendance at Mountain Mist.
Because of the recent very cold weather, the course was frozen and very dry. The weather was cold at the start, but warmed to nearly ideal trail running temperatures during the morning. It seemed to be set up for some fast times, but it didn't end up that way. The winning time was over four hours for the first time since 2009. 

The overall winner was Scott Breeden from Bloomington, IN, in 4:03:52. The female winner was Sarah Maltby from Richmond Hill, GA, in 5:18:41. Overall results, age group results, and results with Fearn Road splits are available on the HTC website.

There were six Limestone County finishers listed below.
  1. Eric Patterson, Athens, 5:29:42
  2. Tony King, Athens, 6:03:44
  3. Matthew Davis, Athens, 6:13:08
  4. Lanier Greenhaw, Athens, 6:38:45
  5. Debi Crowley, Elkmont, 8:14:58
  6. Angie Smith, Athens, 8:36:45

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Rocket City Marathon 2013

The 2013 Rocket City Marathon was Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. This was the final running of the Rocket City Marathon with the downtown Huntsville Holiday Inn as the race headquarters. The Holiday Inn closed the day following the race and is scheduled for demolition for reuse of the property. This marks the end of an era for the Rocket City Marathon. The course has changed a few times during the 37 year history of the event, but the current course with only minor changes has been in use for many years. The Huntsville Track Club made an announcement about the new course at the pre-race dinner. Chris Welch did a nice story on the announcement and the new course on i4sports.

There was much concern about the weather leading into this race. The forecast many days in advance called for cold rain all through the race. However, the runners really caught a break with the weather. There was light rain at the start which mostly gave way to cloudy skies and temperatures in the low to mid 50s, which is nearly ideal for running.

The overall win at this race stayed local to Madison County as Josh Whitehead of Madison ran a one minute negative split 2:37:25 to take the overall win. The women's winner was Justyne Mudy of Rome, GA, with a massive nearly 4 minute negative split and an impressive 2:46:34, over 5 minutes ahead of second place. The masters winner was Matt Pulle of Nashville, TN, in 2:40:36 and the women's masters winner was Kaye Anne Starosciak of Canton, GA, in 2:58:29.

Complete detailed results are here.
http://www.huntsvilletrackclub.org/results/RCM13/Detail.txt

Several Limestone runners made a strong showing at this historic running of the 37th Rocket City Marathon. Chris Ramsden of Athens broke the very difficult 3 hour barrier with an impressive near even split race in 2:59:35. Johnny Maplesden was granted a late entry due to the cancellation of the St. Jude Memphis Marathon, and ran a personal best 3:29:41. Eric Patterson led the 3:30 pace group to a 3:29:24 finish. Jonathan and Emily Spry teamed up to lead the 3:45 pace group to a 3:44:30 finish.

Just a few photos courtesy of Gregg Gelmis of We Run Huntsville.
Chris Ramsden (Captain America) at Mile 7 (Photo by Gregg Gelmis)
Eric Patterson leading the 3:30 Pace Group at Mile 2 with Jordon Paul (left) (Photo by Gregg Gelmis)
Jonathan and Emily Spry finishing together (Photo by Gregg Gelmis)
Johnny Maplesden hanging tough at the finish (Photo by Gregg Gelmis)

Limestone County finishers are listed below.
1. 2:59:35
Chris
Ramsden
Athens
AL
2. 3:23:53
Tony
King
Athens
AL
3. 3:29:24
Eric
Patterson
Athens
AL
4. 3:29:41
Johnny
Maplesden
Athens
AL
5. 3:44:30
Emily
Spry
Elkmont
AL
6. 3:44:30
Jonathan
Spry
Elkmont
AL
7. 3:49:22
Jordan
Paul
Athens
AL
8. 4:13:02
Jimmy
Morrow
Athens
AL
9. 4:33:17
Eddy
Burks
Athens
AL
10. 5:03:10
Rex
Tucker Sr
Athens
AL
11. 5:21:20
Amy
Morrow
Athens
AL
12. 5:25:27
William
Murphy
Athens
AL

Monday, December 9, 2013

2013 AHS JROTC Jingle Bell Jog Results

Big thanks to Mark and Amy Humphries for putting on this race. Also thanks to Colonel Ballard for his work with the fine young men and women in the AHS JROTC. These people are a huge asset to our Athens community! And thanks to all the volunteers who braved the cold and wind.

The weather Saturday was very cold and windy! Thankfully, the rain held off until after the race. Congratulations to Mac Van Wagnen for the overall win in 18:08 and to Whitney Hollingsworth for the overall female win in 22:27. The masters winner was my good friend and perennial supporter of the Duck and Run 5k, Lanier Greenhaw in 22:15. Ardmore cross country coach Brenda Morrow was the female masters winner in 25:49.

The results can be viewed at this link.


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Duck and Run 5k 2013 Results

Huge thanks to our volunteers on a wet, soggy day. Running in the rain is fun. Volunteering in the rain, not so much. The volunteers rocked it out today! Great race!

Congrats to Josh Whitehead for the overall win in 15:24 and Caitlin Morris for being the fastest woman there today in 19:53. The masters winner was Max Norman in 20:42 and the women's masters winner was Jennifer Baker in 22:10.

Overall Results are in PDF format.
Age Group Results are in PDF format.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

2013 Duck and Run 5k Registration is open!

It's our 10th annual Duck and Run 5K!
Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM at 125 East Street, Athens, AL.

There is a chance of rain in the forecast, but we will run this race rain or shine! We reserve the right to cancel in the event of lightning or severe weather, but we'll run in the rain.

First 25 to register will win a free entry into our Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby on Saturday, October 5th!

This mildly challenging race will take runners through historic Athens neighborhoods and through the Courthouse Square. Prizes will be awarded, including cash prizes! T-shirts guaranteed to the first 200 registered runners. Runners and walkers are welcome!

Pre-registration is $20, late and race-day registration is $25. Fun Run registration is $10. Packet pickup on Friday, September 20th from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m at Fleet Feet Sports in Huntsviille and from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the the KALB office at 125 East Street in Athens.

Race Day Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. 5K begins at 8:00 a.m. Fun Run begins at 9:00 a.m.

Stay in town and enjoy the shops on the square or grab a bite to eat at one of the great restaurants within walking distance of the race location.

Information: www.KeepAthensLimestoneBeautiful.com
Registration link: http://www.active.com/5k-race/athens-al/kalb-duck-and-run-5k-2013
Printable Registration Form: http://www.keepathenslimestonebeautiful.com/pdf/2013%20duck%20and%20run%20brochure%20draft%20inside.pdf

You can also check out our Facebook event page. Join the event and let everyone know you're coming!