Another beautiful night for racing in the street. 209 runners finished and course records tumbled.
The Men's Race was a classic duel as two 25-
The women's race was a battle also, with hometown girl Tristin Milliken defending her title as Queen Of The Road, placing 7th overall, and shattering her course record by 17 seconds. The KWHS senior had a strong challenge from 29-
Team 19 easily won the Male Team race, scoring a near-
Cheetah Girls -
Street Meat copped the crown for the Mixed Gender team. Kristin Chester's 10th place finish led the squad, with Andy Winckler and Melvin Shaffer providing the solid depth. Their 44-
Again, big thanks to Sir Peter for including us in the big CRIC shindig, Dennis for rallying his army of marshals, KWPD for the escort, Smokin' Tuna Saloon for the venue and victuals, KWSR for the help and hardware, SoMo Foot & Ankle for the support, and especially to the ladies from Local Awards for running that mega-
Hope to see you all again in 2015!
That was dang cool, huh? Stridin' down Duval on a gorgeous night, with a KWPD escort, and people cheering all along the sidewalk. Pretty sweet. We had 171 finishers, some fast, some not-
Many thanks to Sir Peter Anderson for including us in the Conch Republic Independence Celebration! I'll take the blame for the misunderstanding about the start, but you know what we ran? Exactly 5000 feet.
As far as I'm concerned, we had the World Championship 5000-
[For you conversion freaks, we ran 0.947 of a mile. Multiply your time by 1.056 to get your "true mile" time. For instance, 4:41.2 = 281.2 seconds. That times 1.056 = 296.9 seconds, or 4:56.9]
[Converted times for all runners have now been posted.]
Huge thanks to the KWSR folks, especially for their finish line mastery, and to Dennis for rallying the volunteer army.
Also, big big props to Smokin' Tuna Saloon! Bevs and food were outstanding!
We have a few bumps to smooth out -
Thanks, one and all, for running or volunteering or hosting. I hope you enjoyed.
If you won any division, group, or category, you are now, officially, a Duval Street Mile Record Holder...
Two runaway trains rolled down Duval to capture impressive individual wins, while the team title was elementary.
Key West Firefighter Keith Durden blasted out from the start with a strong and calculated pace. By 200 yards, it was man against clock. His official time (which took some time to deduce) of 4:19.3 smashed the course record by 13.7 seconds, and is believed to be the fastest mile (or 1600 meters) ever run in Monroe County.
The women’s race was just as competitive. Eighth Grader Nicole Matysik absoultely crushed the female Course Record by 19.5 seconds with her powerful 5:14.5. The long-
The Masters’ crowns went to Key Westers Tim Faucette and Katie Leigh. Katie’s 6-
The big youth story was in the Team Competition. The Miles Masters – and old-
Another fine race. A splendid time was had by all. As Peter would have said, “We had fun.”
It was a splendid night for racing in the street. Defending champ Keith Durden threw down the gauntlet early and left the other 141 runners in his prodigious wake. His winning time of 4:28.69 is the second fastest ever on the course, trailing only his own 2015 course record. Teammate and KWHS senior Jerry Burgess took runner-
The women’s race was a burner, though. Eighth Grader Lou Navarro made a push in the 3rd quarter to overtake early leader Chelsea Stamy and then held off a charging Kelly Maatta by just three ticks of the clock, 6:05 to 6:08. Kelly bettered her 2015 time by a second-
Get Big – KWHS freshmen Jason Block (3rd) and Scout Graft (10th), and soph Viren Alwani (6th) – were the team winners with just 19 points. The SFUWO guys took 2nd with 34.
The race itself went great. The post-
After a 10, a 4 and a 2, Jerry Burgess finally got his 1. It wasn’t his fastest Duval Mile, but it probably was his most satisfying. Overtaking early leaders Dante Harper, Ryan Schult and Patrick Matysik with a power move at 1K, Jerry opened up a winning gap by Caroline Street and held off a late-
For the women, Chelsea Stamy clocked 6:12.24, chopped 11 seconds off her 2016 time, and moved from third to first for her first Queen Of The Road crown. Her team, the KW24HR Ladies, with Brenda Huebscher and Kelly Jones, scored just 70 points and won by 176.
The Mixed Team Champs were SitStayNPlayDogPark. A couple of Ohioans – Wade and Allison Rice – joined forces with Key Wester Curt Lemon to finish as the #2 team overall, with 57 points.
With 169 finishers, the race had its largest field since DSM2 in 2014 (209). Big Thanks to KWPD for keeping our starting area clear and leading the way for us. Thanks also to Theme Runs for the crisp registration and results, to all who lent a hand, and most of all, to all who ran. Hope to see you on 4/26/18!