Island’s Sizzler attracts record crowd

Vince Molosky wins the Sizzler

Vince Molosky wins the Sizzler

Published: Friday, August 17, 2012 at 09:30 AM.

As odd as it sounds, with this year’s St. George Island Sizzler, it paid to be later rather than earlier.

After organizers decided to move the race from its traditional place on the calendar in late June, and put it in August, they found out last Saturday that they had a record field, of more than 275 runners in the 5K, and another 30 in the one-mile Fun Run.

So now, it looks like race organizer Hobson Fulmer is looking to have the race moved to August, when rooms on the island are more easily obtainable, and visitors like the idea of a summer-ending respite by the sea.

With balmy weather and a gentle breeze, this year’s field of 278 set a blistering pace.

Stanley Linton, an 18-year-old Wakulla High School graduate, had boasted on Facebook that he would break the course record, set by Lee L. Willis a few years back.

Linton, now at Florida State, ended up running a 16:36, far better than the times in recent years, under blistering hot skies.

“It’s not a personal best, but it’s a pretty good time for this race,” he said.

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