Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Athens High JROTC Jingle Bell Jog Results

The Athens High JROTC Jingle Bell Jog was Saturday, Dec. 1 at Athens High School. This was the 3rd annual running. This race is a very fast and flat 5k that takes place mostly on the crushed gravel track and asphalt greenway at Athens High. There were 141 finishers Saturday, which is a record for this race. The weather was great for racing!

Tate Carden was the overall winner in 17:52. Julia Clark was the overall female winner in 20:37. Jeff Hager was the masters winner in 19:57. Whitney Hollingsworth was the female masters winner in 21:43.

Overall results.
Age Group results.
Team results.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Canebrake Turkey Trot 5k

There is a new 5k in Athens this year at Canebrake Club, the 2012 Canebrake Turkey Trot 5k. The race is at Canebrake Club, south of Highway 72 on Lindsay Lane, on Saturday, November 17, at 7:00 AM. For more information, visit the Canebrake Club website, or visit the website for the race.

I've heard, but can't yet confirm, that the race will be run on the back 9 of the golf course. It should be a unique race! The back 9 holes of that golf course are simply beautiful.

The price increases to $25 on October 17, so get those registrations in this week! Download a registration form at this link. Or go to the official event website and click on "Registration Form". For more information, contact Nora Williams at

Saturday, September 15, 2012

2012 Duck and Run Results

The results are in for the 2012 Duck and Run 5k! What a great day for running! We had beautiful weather and a very good turn out for this year's race.

The front was very competitive with George Heeschen taking the overall win in 16:42. Second and third place were both close behind with Rob Youngren coming in second in 16:44 and Tyrone Harris coming in third in 16:48. What an exciting race! The masters winner was George DeWitt in 17:35. All of the top 10 were under 19 minutes. It was fast out front today!

The female overall winner was Kristy Ulrich in 20:40. The female masters winner was Kristi Anderson in 22:24.

Special thanks to Mark Humphries for generating these results.

Overall Results in PDF Format.

Age Group Results in PDF Format.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

2012 Registration Open!

Registration for the 2012 Duck and Run 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run is now open! The 5k will be Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 8:00 AM. The Fun Run will begin at 9:00 AM.

Packet Pickup and late registration will be Friday, September 14, 2012, at the KALB office from 3:00 to 7:00 PM and Saturday, September 15, 2012 beginning at 6:45 AM. Early registration (postmarked or online before September 8, 2012) is $15 and late registration is $20.

You can download the registration form here or you can register online at

We want to extend a special thanks to this years sponsors. We'll be posting more about our sponsors here as well.

Fleet Feet Sports in Huntsville
McClary Ford
Limestone Drug
Dub's Burgers
Eddy J.  Burks, CPA
Limestone Bay Trading Company
Wilmer & Lee, PA
Athens Limestone Hospital
Quiznos in Athens
Bruegger's Bagels in Madison

Come join us for a great day of food, fun and fitness!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Greenhaw Finishes Lean Horse 100 Miler

One hundred miles. Yes. That is correct. One-zero-zero. That's roughly the distance from Athens to Birmingham or from Athens to Nashville. One hundred miles on foot? I think a little perspective is in order here to help the average runner to understand this accomplishment. I don't think it's possible to help a non-runner to understand this.

Lanier Greenhaw at the Finish of the Lean Horse Hundred

Most sane runners consider a run of 8-12 miles to be a long run. If you're training for a local 5k or a 10k, that's a reasonable long run. If you're a really crazy runner and you want to conquer the typical runner bucket-list item of finishing a marathon, then you'll bump that up to 20 or 22 miles. A 20 or 22 miler will take most runners anywhere from 3 to 4 hours to finish. So, you wake up early on Saturday, start running at 6:00 AM, and you're back home by 10:00 AM with most of the day ahead of you. I'm not saying that a 20 mile run is no big deal. It is a big deal. Most people never even think about running that far and have no real idea of what that kind of run will do to your body. It's difficult. Very difficult.

So, this morning, I woke up at 4:50 AM to do my scheduled 17 mile run. That's a long run by most any standard. I was very tired at the end, which is normal. The thought of running even three more miles was very unappealing to me. When Lanier Greenhaw only had 17 miles to go, he had already run 83 miles! He did my long run for today more than five times over!

I still don't think that gives this accomplishment proper perspective, but it's the best that I can do. A typical 100 miler will take about 24 hours to finish. Just imagine running for 24 hours straight. Many people struggle to jog for 24 minutes!

Lanier Greenhaw finished the Lean Horse Hundred in Hot Springs, South Dakota, this morning at about 6:46 AM CDT. This is an out and back 100 mile race on a trail mostly parallel with US Highway 385 in South Dakota. Greenhaw's finishing time was 24:46. That's 24 hours and 46 minutes. To the best of my knowledge, Greenhaw is the first Limestone County resident to accomplish this feat. (If you know of someone else, please notify me.)

Stop by Dubs Burgers and congratulate the owner on this amazing accomplishment! Congratulations Lanier!
Greenhaw is all smiles at about the 60 mile point.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Chick Fil A 5k

The Chick Fil A 5k took place yesterday & had a total of 312 finishers. The weather was great & it was another successful race. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped to make this happen! Instead of pulling out the Limestone County finishers for this race, I will just provide a link to the race results. Click here for the race results.

Congratulations to all the finishers!

Double Helix 5k

The inaugural Double Helix 5k was held this past Tuesday at Hudson Alpha in Research Park at 5:30. This race was pretty unique in the fact it was on a weekday after work. This was a very well put together race as well. This race was part of the Healthy Huntsville initiative so there were plenty of fruit to be had afterwards (and pizza). All finishers received a medal and medals were also awarded to the award winners. The course was also unique in that the last 3/4 miles was on a loop of the helix track behind Hudson Alpha which brought a different challenge. If you didn't do this race this year, I recommend you check it out next year!

Now on to the results!
Virginia Breland won the 60-69 female age group, Eric Patterson won the male 30-39 age group, & Chris Ramsden won the 20-29 age group.

Here are the finishers from Limestone County:
1 18:31 39 Eric Patterson - Athens
2 19:07 28 Chris Ramsden - Athens
3 23:58 29 Jeffrey Wilson - Athens
4 25:59 37 Ben Hutton - Athens
5 29:22 50F Sherry Adams - Athens
6 31:21 26F Janell Hill - Athens
7 35:07 30F Laura Cary - Athens
8 38:26 48F Teresa Wallis - Ardmore
9 38:27 9 Mason Wallis - Ardmore
10 39:26 54 Richard Brown - Athens
11 39:49 20F Holly Roberts - Athens
12 39:50 21F Cassie Rogers - Athens
13 52:08 63F Virginia Breland - Athens

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

NoBo for Chick Fil A 5k!

There is a great opportunity for Athens runners to run their first 5k. Fleet Feet is offering a No Boundaries program to encourage new runners to participate in their first 5k. This program is designed to take you from the couch to participating in your first 5k. There are no pre-requisites. You do not have to be fit already to participate in this program.

Do you have a new year's resolution that you may have already slacked on? This is a great opportunity to get encouragement and advice from experienced runners to meet your goals! Learn more about the No Boundaries program here.

The graduation of this program will the the Chick Fil A 5k in Athens on April 14, 2012. You can sign up for this program here.

Download this flyer for more information.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Recover From the Holidays 50k

The Recover from the Holidays 50k is takes place every New Year's Eve in Huntsville at the John Hunt Cross Country Running Park in Huntsville. New Year's Eve 2011 marked the 17th annual running of the event. The race is always New Year's Eve, no matter the day of the week. This year, it fell on a Saturday.

The Huntsville Cross Country course is a 3 mile loop (really, it's more like a 1.5 mile out and back) on dirt trails with one significant hill. The course has a 1 mile and a 2 mile turnaround point. The RFH 50k does a 1 mile loop followed by 10 repeats of the 3 mile loop for 31 miles total. This year saw a record number of entrants and finishers, with 147 registrants and 81 finishers.

2011 RFH 50k Finisher's Award

The results are both at the RFH 50k website and the HTC Website. The overall winner was 47 year old local ultra running legend DeWayne Satterfield of Huntsville in 3:50:59, sporting a dress shirt and a tie for the whole run! The female winner was Tammy Tribett of Manassas, VA, in 4:25:30.

Limestone County finishers are listed below. Congratulations to Andy Davidson and Melissa Oppman for completing their first ultra-marathon at RFH 50k.

  1. Eric Patterson, Athens, 4:14:45
  2. Andy Davidson, Athens, 4:36:59
  3. Melissa Oppman, Athens, 6:53:10