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Gilpin Wins Moccasin Bend Classic 10K
Posted: Monday, October 08, 2018
Gilpin Wins Moccasin Bend Classic 10K
By John Hunt
The two 10K races on the Chattanooga Track Club schedule considered the hardest and the easiest have been contested the past two Saturday mornings and the same guy won both of them.
Former UTC standout John Gilpin won last week’s Raccoon Mountain 10K in 34:39 for the second straight year. Seven days later, he ran more than a minute faster as he averaged 5:23 per mile in winning with a time of 33 minutes, 21 seconds.
Paul Archambault was a distant runner-up in 35:51 while Ryan McGinnis was third in 36:14.
Meredith Vanveen, a 33-year-old speedster from Vero Beach, Fla., was the women’s winner as she averaged 7:09 per mile in posting a time of 44:21, which was 11th overall.
Andrea May was second in 46:31, which was 14th overall, while Brann Fink was third in 48:05.
Diego Guzman was a run-away winner in the 5K as he finished the 3.1-mile event in 16 minutes, 17 seconds. James Mason, who was second in the Raccoon Mountain 5K last Saturday, was second again in 18:51.
Laryssa Martinovich was the female overall winner in the 5K with a time of 21:03 while Maria Studholme was second in 24:12.
Gilpin hasn’t been running as much as in years past, but his work as a full-time physical therapist probably has a lot to do with that. Despite that fact, he’s pointing toward the Chickamauga Battlefield Half-Marathon on Nov. 10 where he’s the defending champion for that race.
He proved again on Saturday that he’s more than capable of running fast, regardless of the distance.
“It was fun, but I just wanted to get out hard in hopes of breaking 33, which is a tough challenge. I had a couple of pretty good miles, but it’s hard to focus on running that fast when you’re by yourself,” Gilpin said, admitting that he was all alone within the first quarter-mile of the start.
“I really had a good run at Raccoon Mountain last week, but I was really tired on Monday and Tuesday. I did eight miles yesterday and felt ready to run. I would have liked to have run faster, but I’m still happy,” he expressed.
Archambault is a Chattanoogan who moved away for a few years before coming back home earlier this year. He had run this race back in 2012, so he was familiar with the out-and-back route that’s flatter than your mother’s kitchen table.
His personal record for this distance is 35:45 and he was hoping to break that on Saturday, but higher humidity prevented that from happening.
“I knew it would be warm long before we started, so I knew it would be tough to get a PR,” he explained before going for a few cooldown miles.
“I was hoping to be around 35:30, but I’m not disappointed. I had a good run and just tried to hold my pace for the last couple of miles,” he added.
Archambault will be with Gilpin at the Chickamauga Half “with hopes of going under 1:20,” he concluded.
McGinnis was second to Gilpin in last week’s Raccoon Mountain race. He finished a place further back, but he had his best 10K time ever, so he was more than pleased.
“I knew that John was long-gone from the start, but I ran my personal best by a minute. I was able to hold my pace at the end and I was happy about that, but this is my last fast run before the Chickamauga Marathon. I was hoping it might be a little cooler, but it is what it is,” the 36-year-old McGinnis nodded.
Kristin Singh is a 30-year-old nurse anesthetist at Erlanger who just started running about four months ago. She’s a big-time rock climber, but has cut back on that a bit since getting serious about running.
Saturday was her first 10K.
“We’ve been training all summer, so we knew it would be hot today. I really didn’t have a time goal, but I’m glad it was flat. It was a beautiful run, but I still haven’t learned how to pace myself.
“I never felt like I was dying, so I probably could have run a little bit faster,” she said after finishing 28th overall and seventh among the ladies with a time of 51:23, which is an average pace of 8:18.
Proceeds from the race benefit the Johnson Mental Health Center’s PATH program, which stands for Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness.
Ken Curran and Emily Bell were the defending champions for this race, but neither were present on Saturday.
The next track club event will be yet another 10K when the Signal Mountain Pie Run is held on October 20.
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