Best Damn Race… Safety Harbor, FL… 2/1-2/2/2020

Big weekend at Safety Harbor Best Damn Race on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday started off with rain, winds and slippery roads.  That did not stop progressive runners from doing great damage at the race.  Leading the way were RJ Dorazil (last year’s champion) in 2nd place followed by Joe Borg who was 3rd overall.  Next came David Osterweil who set a new PR.  Right behind him the eventual female winner Jaime Duran in a big PR.  Just over 40 min. brought in Mark Stutzman on the come back trail to racing.  Next it was Jen Eggleston who finished 3rd overall female (and would have won the masters title but no double dipping), while Tara Sallam followed Jen in a big PR.  Leslie Beauchamp finished strong just ahead of tough man Chuck Talley who ran 47 min. at age 62.   Ali Swank choose to do the challenge of all three races and was just ahead of Brian McNulty who continued to improve with yet a second PR in 3 weeks.   Karen Branch making her comback from injuries continued to show improvement.
In the 5K Aimee Epps ran a strong 20 min. 5K while Ali finshed pretty good for a second race of the day.

Sunday brought cool temps and good conditions for the newly redesigned course.
I managed to grab the Grandmaster Title with a solid effort.  A few of our ladies (Laura Jansik and Madhavi Othuluru) just doing some pace work made it look very easy and simple as they prepare for the bigger races that are coming in the new future.  Ali Swank capped her challenge with a solid half effort.

2 RJ Dorazil
32:52 5:18 2 5:17 40 84.3
3. Joe Borg
33:47 5:27 3 5:26 39 81.5
8 David Osterweil
38:16 6:10 8 6:10 42 73.6 1 M 40-44
9 Jaime Duran
38:28 6:12 9 6:11 34 79.2 1 F Overall
14 Mark Stutzman
40:53 6:36 14 6:35 42 68.9 2 M 40-44
16 Jen Eggleston
41:27 6:41 16 6:40 40 75.3 3 F Overall
21 Tara Sallam
41:37 6:43 21 6:42 34 73.2 2 F 30-34
27 Nate Leighton
42:42 6:53 27 6:52 39 64.4 5 M 35-39
56 Leslie Beauchamp
46:47 7:33 56 7:32 41 67.2 1 F 40-44
57 Chuck Talley
47:02 7:35 57 7:34 62 71.0 2 M 60-64
137 Ali Swank
50:57 8:13 137 8:12 26 59.5 3 F 25-29
357?? Brian McNulty
57:44. 9:19
1062 Karen Branch
1:17:01 12:25 48 43.5 122 F 45-49

5K
22 Aimee Epps
20:27.2 6:35 27 72.2 2 F Overall
136 Ali Swank
25:42.1 8:16 26 57.5 2 F 25-29

Half Marathon
Overall: 11 Dror Vaknin
2.8 miles: 18:45 6:40 23
15K: 1:00:58 6:33 16
Finish: 1:24:39 6:27 11 52 78.3 1 M Grand M

Overall: 102 Laura Sgroi Jansik
2.8 miles: 23:18 8:18 151
15K: 1:15:48 8:08 125
Finish: 1:45:12 8:01 53 73.1 1 F 50-54

Overall: 133 Ali Swank
2.8 miles: 22:48 8:07 118
15K: 1:15:29 8:06 122
Finish: 1:48:00 8:15 26 60.4 6 F 25-29

Overall: 173 Madhavi Othuluru
2.8 miles: 24:20 8:40 201
15K: 1:19:55 8:35 186
Finish: 1:55:55 8::33 38 59.6 12 F 35-39