April 12, 2014

Goodwin takes title in Run at the Mill female division

Cohutta resident and Northwest Whitfield graduate Dee Goodwin doesn’t run many road races anymore.

But she made an exception for the fourth-annual Run for God-Run at the Mill half marathon — and that decision led her to a first-place finish.

Goodwin, 46, was the overall female winner in the half marathon with a time of 1 hour, 35 minutes, 3 seconds. Jereme Whiting, 26, of Ringgold, won the male division in 1:22. The Run at the Mill is the first race of the annual Run for God series.

Goodwin, a four-time All-Southern Conference runner at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and winner of the conference’s individual 10K champion, is a member of the UTC Hall of Fame. She is currently the Coahulla Creek girls cross country coach but said “the older I get, the harder it is to win.”

In her third year running the race, she finally crossed the finish line before all other females.

“There was a girl right behind me the whole race who was 30 or 31 years old,” Goodwin said. “I passed her at mile 2 but didn’t lose her.

“I do a lot of running by myself, and I was just trying to keep a 7:15 mile. I didn’t think I’d win today. I thought the younger crowd would win. It turned out it was good enough to win.”

Goodwin said she usually restricts herself to trail races and runs but made an exception to support the Run for God series and Mitchell Hollis, the founder of the races.

“I keep telling Mitchell not to let non-local people run,” she joked, “but he won’t listen.”

Eric Whittington, 47, of Ringgold, won the male masters division in 1:33.28. Rhonda Gage, 56, of Chattanooga, won the female masters division in 1:52.28.

In the 10K race, Dean Thompson, 48, of Cohutta, won the overall male title in 35:40.1. Brittany Aikens, 21, of Braselton, won the overall female title in 41:02. Jeff Houston, 54, of Rocky Face, won the male masters division in 50:31.9. Wendy Houston, 48, of Rocky Fave, won the female masters title in 46:48.7.

In the 5K race, Sadoth Fraire, 18, of Dalton, won the overall male title in 17:31.6. Kate Roberts, 13, of Dalton, finished as the first female in 21:06.3. Don Wright, 52, of Dalton won the male masters division in 20:43.1. Missy Ford, 46, of Athens, Tenn., won the female masters division in 22:07.1.

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