It wasn’t his first race this year, but it was Martin Novak’s first time to run in the Rodeo Run 5K held in conjunction with the Destin Fishing Rodeo.



Novak was the first out of a field of 173 runners to finish the Rodeo Run in 17 minutes and 58 seconds Sunday morning at Clement Taylor Park.



“I started slow,” said the 31-year-old, who lives in Fort Walton Beach.



He added it was a little windy on the first half of the race.



“It was a little easier on the way back,” Novak said. “Then I tried to speed it up the last kilometer.”



He crossed the line 30 seconds in front of Steven Garrett who was second across the line at 18:28.



Novak, who is a member of the Northwest Florida Track Club, said he’s run about 30 races since January. Nevertheless, he said that’s a few too many.



“I’m going to try to manage that better next year. Maybe just try two a month.”



He did enjoy Sunday’s Rodeo Run, however.



“It was a nice, flat and well marked. And it’s beautiful here in this park,” Novak said.



Not only was it Novak’s first time to run in the Rodeo Run, but Miss Destin’s Callie Kaltz as well.



“This was my first anything,” said the Fort Walton Beach High senior.



“In the beginning people kept passing me. I thought I was going to be last,” she said. “But then on the way back I started passing a few people.”



Kaltz managed to finish about midway of the pack, at 37:25, and third in her age group. And she is already talking about possibly running next year.



“I want to beat my time,” she said.



RODEO RUN RESULTS
Overall male: Martin Novak, 17:58.
Overall female: Donna Harris, 21:58.
Overall male masters: Michael Radford, 20:00.
Overall female masters: Lin Rehak, 23:48.
Grand masters male: Mike O’Brien, 21:14.
Grand masters female: Judy Lenderman, 24:23
 



Top three in the various age groups
0-9: Conley Byers, 30:48, first; Michael Ganet, second.
10-14 male: Patrick Hughes, 20:10, first; Jacob Boling, second; Tyler McCormick, third.
10-14 female: Delany Cookman, 28:31, first; Rebekah Sook, second; and Brooke O’Keefe, third.
15-19 female: Georgiana Sook, 28:21 first; Kataring Etling, second; and Callie Kaltz, third.
20-24 male: Justin Cupple, 21:00, first; Daniel Knick, second; and Mason Meyer, third.
20-24 female: Jacklynn Standord, 25:33, first; Danna Lynch, second; and Sam McGee, third.
25-29 male: Steven Garret, 18:28, first; Lukas Novak, second; and Meade Tabata, third.
25-29 female: Amy Richardson, 24:09, first; Sara Ellenburg, second; and Sara Rivera, third.
30-34 male: Mike Moritz, 25:20, first; Craig Hilton, second; and Colby Fox, third.
30-34 female: Ila Reeder, 28:55, first; Heather Swedenhjelm, second; and Crystal Ayers, third.
35-39 male: Dave Olmstead, 24:07, first; Josh Waggener, second; and Joe Thibodeau, third.
35-39 female: Lisa Copper, 22:42, first; Teresa Irby, second; Keisha Sprinkles, third.
40-44 male: Alex George, 20:10, first; Will McCormick, second; and Craig Jagoe, third.
40-44 female: Simona Faroni, 23:57, first; Tammi Cox, second; and Lucy Hegall, third.
45-49 male: Jeff Harris, 20:26; first; Mike Cox, second; and Paul Robert, third.
45-49 female: Joni Foster, 25:45, first; Beverly Phillips, second; and Velina Sweatt, third.
50-54 male: Don McClintic, 23:29, first; James Watson, second; and Eugene Gruber, third.
50-54 female: Debbie Larue, 29:38, first; Lena Hennesey, second; and Maria Przybylski, third.
55-59 male: Daniel Schenke, 23:34, first; Mark Hodges, second; Bill Locke, third.
55-59 female: Kay Biggers, 26:33, first; Wendy Moen, second; and Pam Kendall, third.
60-64 male: Galyn Moen, 32:40, first; and George Schrelver, second.
65-69 male: John Kendall, 34:18, first.
70-74 male: Bob Miller, 31:30, first.
 



WALKERS
Overall male: Ken Smalewich, 33:35.
Overall female: Tracy Jill Watson, 42:49.
0-39 male: Heath Grinder, 47:02.
0-39 female: Julie Moran, 45:31.
40-59 female: Ange Barr, 45:35.
 



RODEO RUN FINISHERS
1 Martin Novak 17:58.625
2 Steven Garrett 18:28.311
3 Michael Radford 20:00.999
4 Patrick Hughes 20:10.225
5 Alex George 20:10.689
6 Jeff Harris 20:26.579
7 Lukas Novak 20:47.010
8 Justin Cupples 21:00.067
9 Mike O'Brien 21:14.319
10 Michael Cox 21:15.298
11 Paul Robert 21:27.333
12 Donna Harris 21:58.234
13 Daniel Knick 22:22.735
14 Jacob Boling 22:26.910
15 Mason Meyer 22:29.348
16 Will McCormick 22:31.633
17 Lisa Copper 22:42.399
18 Craig Jagoe 23:08.383
19 Stefan Halushka 23:27.297
20 Don McClintic 23:29.880
21 Teresa Irby 23:33.910
22 Daniel Schenke 23:34.636
23 Lin Rehak 23:48.836
24 Chad Watts 23:55.481
25 Simona Faroni 23:57.340
26 Dave Olmstead 24:07.583
27 Amy Richardon 24:09.235
28 Judy Lenderman 24:23.906
29 Josh Waggener 24:38.835
30 Meade Tabata 24:53.174
31 Sara Ellenburg 25:02.753
32 Brent Fitzgerald 25:09.069
33 Mark Miller 25:13.445
34 Mike Maritz 25:20.249
35 Jacklynn Stanford 25:33.226
36 Nizar Daoud 25:33.658
37 Joe Thibodeau 25:34.791
38 Danna Lynch 25:45.020
39 Joni Foster 25:45.847
40 Beverly Phillips 25:46.511
41 Sam McGee 25:52.233
42 Monty Buchanan 25:52.827
43 Keisha Sprinkles 25:53.952
44 Tammi Cox 25:54.672
45 James Watson 25:56.827
46 Dave Wintermute 25:58.627
47 Kyle Cunningham 26:04.388
48 Eugene Gruber 26:14.140
49 Craig Hylton 26:31.690
50 Robert Przybylski 26:32.409
51 Kay Biggers 26:33.769
52 Velina Sweatt 26:39.663
53 Todd Boling 26:40.688
54 Maryllyn Gilbert 26:54.623
55 Greg Larve 26:55.976
56 Estrella Ham 27:46.990
57 Morgan Atchley 27:54.585
58 Michelle Sperzel 28:05.932
59 Georgiana Sook 28:21.793
60 Ingrid Dickinson 28:23.862
61 Billie Adams 28:30.109
62 Delaney Cookman 28:31.030
63 Steve Cookman 28:32.321
64 Mitchelle Underwood 28:33.584
65 Sjon Green 28:37.284
66 Epiphany Hodge 28:37.804
67 Mark Hodges 28:44.440
68 Bill Locke 28:45.271
69 Michael Thomas 28:54.619
70 Ila Reeder 28:55.742
71 Tyler McCormick 29:07.931
72 Rebekah Sook 29:12.308
73 Bruce Sook 29:12.852
74 Heather Swedenhjelm 29:14.649
75 Anthony Dziokonski 29:17.792
76 Trey Horton 29:37.398
77 Crystal Ayers 29:38.218
78 Debbie LaRue 29:38.724
79 Christi Rountree 29:53.273
80 Stephen Reeder 29:53.912
81 Ralph Schofield 29:54.802
82 Adam Spencer 30:02.914
83 Hayley Odom 30:03.270
84 Lisa Wong 30:03.782
85 Sara Rivera 30:04.366
86 Carrie Nowka 30:15.854
87 Colby Fox 30:17.025
88 Damen Madox 30:30.317
89 Kristen Watson Keatts 30:36.824
90 Hillary McClintic 30:41.322
91 Barbie Sweat 30:45.319
92 Jeremy Sweat 30.45:981
93 Conley Byers 30:48.694
94 Mike Byers 30:50.051
95 Laurie Gilbert 30:51.428
96 Michael Garrett 30:59.869
97 Bob Miller 31:30.903
98 Kathy Adamo 31:42.781
99 Vint Atchley 32:06.705
100 Cathy Atchley 32:13.769
101 Kristen Leffel 32:26.786
102 Amberley Zamzow 32:28.258
103 Galyn Moen 32:40.731
104 Brundidge 32:51.146
105 Alicia Colas 32:59.870
106 Brooke Okeefe 33:03.183
107 Sureya Pilman 33:10.159
108 Lauren Adams 33:11.218
109 Ken Smalewich 33:35.676
110 Brandy Haley 33:46.146
111 John Kendall 34:18.842
112 Lucy Flegall 34:51.432
113 Lena Hennesey 34:52.578
114 Maria Przybylski 34:54.652
115 Katarina Etling 35:03.912
116 Jeannice Etling 35:06.337
117 Christine Cook 35:30.284
118 Megan McCormick 36:00.141
119 Jennifer McCormick 36:19.113
120 Amanda Akin 36:24.871
121 Aaron Willey 36:25.355
122 Beth Nida 36:29.154
123 Betsy Byrd 36:31.174
124 Amanda Ortega 36:36.632
125 Ashley Zimora 36:37.043
126 James Haley 36:38.293
127 Bethany Cookman 36:42.388
128 Wendy Moen 37:10.676
129 Rhonda Newton 37:19.529
130 Nikki Wallace 37:20.085
131 Callie Kaltz 37:26.699
132 Pam Kendall 37:30.089
133 Gina Whitaker 38:03.735
134 Alanda Respress 38:44.203
135 Christy Hughes 40:01.018
136 Kaylea Layman 40:17.753
138 Nicole Remele 40:31.695
139 Stacy Rudder 40:49.214
140 Kallie Meyer 41:05.903
141 Elizabeth Ruddex 41:14.146
142 Ashley Wheeler 41:16.711
143 Dee Dee Snow 41:22.493
144 Tracy Jill Watson 42:49.302
145 Katie Thrasher 42:57.913
146 Lisa Murphy 44:05.659
147 Valeria Johnson 45:09.298
148 Julie Moran 45:31.447
149 Amy Thomas 45:31.879
150 Martha Paris 45:35.340
151 Ange Barr 45:35.886
152 Elizabeth Love 45:41.188
153 Candy Williams 46:07.522
154 Cathy Kolbert 46:15.930
155 Bobbie Meyer 46:39.302
156 Deborah Moran 46:57.500
157 Susan Flesch 47:01.966
158 Heath Grider 47:02.448
159 George Schreiver 48:15.392
160 Kathryn Fitzgerald 48:25.645
161 Amy Herrington 49:18.213
162 Colette Wiley 49:35.967
163 Mary Broom 49:42.052
164 Patricia Clifton 49:43.245
165 Debbie Kotke 49:48.320
166 Yolanda Richter 49:49.435
167 Susan Kaltz 51:55.746
168 Susan Luttrell 51:56.128
169 Pat DeBogory 51:56.483
170 Joshua Willey 53:12.498
171 Holly Atwell 54:04.489
172 Andrea Reid 54:05.422
173 Emily Cox 54:06.167