It was Foghorn Leghorn who said “something just don’t add up.” In the case of the Critz Tybee Run Fest, however, five ultimately did add up to one, a marathon, that is.
It was definitely a running experience worth crowing about.
The inaugural event featured five races over two days totaling a marathon distance – 26.2 miles.
Brian Knapp, 28, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., won the “marathon” with a cumulative time of 2:33:41, nearly 17 minutes ahead of Raymond Kuderka, 27, of Savannah (2:50:40). James Brennan, 32, of Alexandria, Va., was third in 2:56:41.
Two seconds separated the top two women over 26.2 miles. Sarah Batt, 47, of Savannah, nipped Molly Freeman, 35, of Decatur, Ga., in a time of 3:05:46. Sarah Drilling, 29, of Bluffton, S.C., placed third in 3:16:35.
The festival kicked off with the North Beach Bar & Grill 5K Feb. 3. Tom Koelsenrugter, 18, paced the field in a time of 15:04, 24 seconds faster than 22-year-old Johnny Sutherland. Knapp placed third in 16:41.
Coco Novack, 20, was the top female finisher, in 17:51. Aubrey Morris, 24, finished second in 18:30, and Terri-Marie Mahoney, 41, was third in 19:20.
Eric Allers, 41, ran an 18:18 to win the male masters division, and Angela Shiver, 41, paced the women with t a time of 22:12.
The races resumed the next day with the Sundae Cafe 10K. Cesar Fernandez, 27, of Savannah, paced the 717 runners with a time of 33:01. Knapp took second in 34:52, and Jeff Ford, 23, of Hilton Head Island, came in third at 35:19.
Hannah Lieberman, 19, of Savannah, proved she could run with the guys by finishing sixth overall and first among the women, with a time of 36:53, some five and half minutes ahead of second-place Batt (42:27). Samanatha Smith, 22, of Florence, S.C., was third in 43:32.
Glenn Gibney, 50, of Savannah, was the top masters, in 37:08, and Sandy Burks, 51, of Beaufort, S.C., led the women with a time of 50:11.
Next upon the racing docket was the Critz Half Marathon. Chris Mayer, 23, of Dacula, Ga., prevailed in a time of 1:15:37, averaging 5:47 miles over the 13.1-mile course. Patrick Cooley, 23, of Savannah, placed second in a time of 1:16:23, and Stephen Mayer, 21, of Dacula, took third in 1:16:43.
Meg O’Boyle, 19, of Savannah, took top honors on the women’s side in 1:25:58, more than 3 minutes ahead of Katie McClay, 24, of Atlanta (1:29). Jennifer Eberman, 37, of Toronto, rounded out the top three in 1:29:31.
Todd Liscomb, 40, of Atlanta, won the masters title in a time of 1:21:19. Sarah Batt paced the women in 1:37:20.
Three-hundred sixty runners repaired to a softer surface for the Lighthouse Pizza 2.8-Mile Beach Run. Knapp took top honors in a time of 15:31. Kuderka was second in 17:03, and Doug Nilsen, 29, of Savannah finished third in 17:41.
Freeman nosed Batt by 1 second to win on the women’s side in a time of 18:49. Drilling placed third in 20:35.
Stephen Dobson, 51, of Thurmont, Md., won the masters title in a time of 18:42, while Laura Salman, 49, of Evans, Ga., led the women in 22:51.
Capping off the running fest was the YMCA 1-Mile race, featuring 256 runners. Harry Harrison, 21, broke the tape in 4:45, 17 seconds ahead of another 21-year-old, Dillan Brinlee. Glenn Carroll, 26, was third in 5:20.
Alicia Millman, 19, ran a 6:17 to pace the women, 17 seconds ahead of 57-year-old Mary Richards. Freeman placed third in 6:48.
Winning the masters titles were Allers (5:31) and Batt (6:51).