Dietrich, McDermott take Run 2-1-1 5K titles
The fifth annual Run 2-1-1 5K on Saturday morning, was Kurt Dietrich’s fourth 5-kilometer race in Tallahassee since early May.
When it was over, Dietrich had his fourth 5K win since early May. Dietrich was first across the finish line in Railroad Square Art Park, running 18:26. Laura McDermott was the first woman in the 3.1-mile race, placing sixth overall in 22:01.
2-1-1 Big Bend, a non-profit mental health hotline, has held the Run 2-1-1 each year since 2014. The early races were in SouthWood, but in 2018 the organization moved the race to Railroad Square, with a course that took in the Capital Cascades Trail and Cascades Park. Close to 100 athletes showed up to race at the new venue.
“There were lots of turns, especially in Cascades Park,” said McDermott, the women’s winner. “But it was well marked. I had no trouble following the course. I always knew where to go.”
Other runners commented on the scenery along the route – the landscaping along the Cascades Trail/FAMU Way corridor, Lake Anita, and the Cascades Park Bridge. Two years earlier, at the ribbon cutting for that section of the Cascades Trail, Mayor Andrew Gillum had declared, “This is what an All-American city looks like.”
Dietrich didn’t dawdle to look around during the Run 2-1-1, though. Just minutes into the race he was well ahead of the field. Enijah Thomas, a rising seventh- grader on the Fairview Middle School cross-country team, trailed Dietrich in second.
Chris Myrick overtook Thomas in Cascades Park, early in the second mile of the race, but no one was catching Dietrich. His winning 18:26 put him nearly a quarter mile ahead of the next runner. Myrick took second in 19:59, and Carson McGinn was third in 21:43. Enijah Thomas held off Michael Kennett to take fourth, both runners clocked in 22:00. Kennett was the first master runner in the race.
At 22:01, a step or two behind Kennett, McDermott took the women's title. Monica Toth was the women's runnerup and eighth overall in 22:50. Jasmin McClellan was third in the women's standings, placing 11th overall in 23:55. Wendy Rude was the top woman master and fourth female finisher, 15th overall in 24:50.
Ninety eight athletes finished the 2018 Run 2-1-1 5K. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed the race.
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