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  • RUNNING

    Ray races to third Britt Woods Firehouse Run title

  • JACKSONVILLE — Suzanne Ray claimed her third title Saturday during the 11th annual Britt Woods Firehouse Run with a four-minute advantage in the handicapped event.
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  • JACKSONVILLE — Suzanne Ray claimed her third title Saturday during the 11th annual Britt Woods Firehouse Run with a four-minute advantage in the handicapped event.
    The 60-year-old Ray finished with a handicapped time of 54 minutes, 24.6 seconds after covering the course in an actual time that was two minutes faster. Her time was just ahead of 64-year-old Sandi Whittle (48:49.33 handicapped and actual) and 14-year-old TJ Hooks (49:41.22 handicapped, 42:41.22 actual).
    The Britt Woods event has a unique format modeled after the Dipsea Run in Mill Valley, Calif. The race handicaps runners by age and gender. The race begins with a staggered start near the upper parking lot of the Britt Festival grounds — young boys and girls and older men and women start 22 minutes before men in the scratch division (ages 19-30). There is about a one-minute interval between each of the 22 different classifications.
    The race features four major hills, with about a four-mile first loop followed by a two-mile tract to the finish.
    Race director and former winner Doug Naversen has said in the past that the handicap factor in the event is used as an equalizer but typically favors the older and younger runners.
    A record 116 runners completed the race, which has a course record of 40:51 set by Bob Julian of Ashland in 2010. Julian, 44, finished fourth on Saturday with a 59:43.11 handicapped outing and 40:43.11 actual time.
    The fastest actual time to cover the course belonged to 25-year-old John Buel, who was the only runner to cover the course in under 40 minutes (38:56.4) but had a handicapped time of 1 hour and 56.4 seconds to finish eighth overall.
    Britt Woods Firehouse Run
    Top 50 Results
    Place, Name, Age, Handicapped time, Actual time
    1. Suzanne Ray, 60, 54:24:06, 52:24:06; 2. Sandi Whittle, 64, 58:49.33, 58:49:33; 3. TJ Hooks, 14, 59:41.22, 42:41.22; 4. Bob Julian, 44, 59:43:11, 40:43:11; 5. Ally Manley, 19, 59:49:66, 45:49:66; 6. Jim Clover, 70, 1:00:30.8, 59:30.8; 7. Kent Gutches, 53, 1:00:35.9, 45:35.9; 8. John Buel, 25, 1:00:56.4, 38:56.4; 9. Kierra Huggins, 30, 1:01:18.1, 47:18.1; 10. Melyssa Glatte, 43, 1:01:34.15, 49:34.15; 11. Maggie Donovan, 36, 1:02:18.9, 48:18.9; 12. Joe Griffen, 52, 1:02:56.9, 47:56.9; 13. Elijah Cunningham, 20, 1:02:59.3, 40:59.3; 14. Charles Hodge, 61, 1:03:15.9, 54:15.9; 15. August Moncek, 61, 1:03:19.18, 54:19.18; 16. Adam Seibert, 42, 1:03:52.17, 44:52.17; 17. Seth Weintraub, 72, 1:04:22.7, 1:04:22.7; 18. Janelle Ralph, 30, 1:04:42.5, 50:42.5; 19. Javonna Marroquin, 34, 1:04:47.9, 50:47.9; 20. Grif Wilder, 50, 1:05:22.25, 52:22.25; 21. Mike McClain, 67, 1:05:36.7, 1:01:36.7; 22. Jilinda Franklin, 21, 1:05:40.8, 51:40.8; 23. Steve Buxton, 64, 1:06:39.31, 1:00:39.31; 24. Lathan Brinkley, 69, 1:06:49.8, 1:04:49.80; 25. Michelle Travis, 15, 1:07:01.03, 55:01.03.
    26. Chuck Whiteley, 54, 1:07:16.58, 53:16.58; 27. Michael Gullo, 32, 1:07:40.24, 46:40.24; 28. Chad Gutches, 34, 1:07:46.48, 46:46.48; 29. Art Kruger, 76, 1:08:29.4, 1:08:29.40; 30. Katie Broom, 33, 1:09:05.11, 55:05.11; 31. Nathan Broom, 34, 1:09:05.58, 48:05.58; 32. Patrick Matthewes, 51, 1:09:07.08, 46:07.08; 33. Steve Goldman, 65, 1:09:07.65, 1:03:07.65; 34. Robin Baker, 54, 1:09:09.10, 1:02:09:10; 35. Lorelei Phillips, 42, 1:09:10.79, 57:10.79; 36. Mike Watson, 55, 1:09:12.50, 55:12.50; 37. Jason Jantzer, 47, 1:09:19.8, 51:19.8; 38. Mike Davis, 53, 1:09:44.05, 54:44.05; 39. Mary Abrams, 59, 1:09:57.00, 58:57.00; 40. Chris Huggins, 36, 1:09:57.9, 48:57.9; 41. Chuck Janes, 42, 1:10:04.00, 51:04.00; 42. Jake Lowe, 16, 1:10:08.1, 51:08.1; 43. Connie Filipek, 42, 1:10:08.8, 58:08.8; 44. Courtney Coker, 19, 1:10:13.2, 56:13.2; 45. Michael Clark, 59, 1:10:15.7, 59:15.7; 46. Elena Meyer, 48, 1:10:50.4, 1:00:50.4; 47. Nancy Higgins, 47, 1:11:04.00, 1:01:04.00; 48. Steve Lorenz, 48, 1:11:13.2, 54:13.2; 49. Sidney Rambo, 38, 1:11:15.8, 57:15.8; 50. Karen Cooper, 45, 1:11:31.8, 1:01:31.8.
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