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Flash 12K-6K

Date: February 18, 2017. Location: San Marcos de Apalache State Park, St. Marks. Mark Priddy completed his 6th year as director of this event. It has grown steadily since he took over in 2010.  Good race directors rely heavily on great people like Keith Rowe to keep things running smoothly. The year before Mark's arrival, over 135 runners finished either the 6K or the 12K. His first year the numbers climbed to 229, crossed the 300 threshold in 2012 and set yet another record in 2014 with 348 (262/86) finishers. Stanley Linton's winning time of 39:39 in 2014 was the 6th fastest time ever run at the Flash. One reason for the growth in the race numbers just might be the great location for the race Mark discovered in 2011. The race start moved to San Marcos de Apalache State Park which lies at the end of the St. Marks Trail near the confluence of the St. Marks and Wakulla Rivers. The course runs through a St. Marks neighborhood before jumping on the St. Marks Rails to Trails path. Post race fun usually includes a gathering for lunch on the water at Riverside Cafe. The Flash 12K race was a Joe Dexter creation in 1989 and he directed every race until Mark took over in 2010; Nadine Dexter was there with Joe every year from 2000 until 2009. The 6K race debut was in 2009.

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