2015 Fastest Roo taken to the next level
The original Fastest Roo Jeff “Peeps” Persson, repeat Fastest Roo Evan “Colonel” Ling and 2014 champion Daniell “Whippet” Leipply were challenged by Tim “Squirrel” Fulwider, Gilberto “Speedy Gonzales” Ortiz, Duane “Jr. Frosty” Mathes, Cliff “Nugget” Cosnahan and Alex “Spanish Inquisition” Benjamin at the Zoo Run Run 5k on January 24, 2015. This was the largest field ever for Fastest Roo. In addition, Bridget Galvin reestablished the “Blue Flyer” tradition by being a female Nashville Kangaroo who completed the 2015 Zoo Run Run 5k.
Fulwider and Leipply had youth on their side, but Ling had experience. “They may be leaner, fitter, faster and more determined, but I know the course,” said Ling, “One wrong turn and you’re face to face with a tiger or an elephant. I’ve even seen runners distracted by meerkats.”
Reigning champion Leipply seemed pleased at the interest in the 2015 Fastest Roo. Although silent on his planned strategy for the race, he threw down the gauntlet, stating “I will gladly take on all challengers.”
However, it was Fulwider who started quickly and continued to build his lead throughout the 3.1 mile course, smashing previous Fastest Roo records to finish in 20:50.7. Despite fulfilling Ling’s prediction of being distracted by both elephants and meerkats, Fulwider set the bar at a new level, and the annual Fastest Roo competition will never be the same.
Jeff “Peeps” Persson, 2008 Fastest Roo in 25:10
Evan “Colonel” Ling, 2009 Fastest Roo in 24:35
Evan “Colonel” Ling, 2010 Fastest Roo in 23:30
Matt “Wheats” Wheatley, 2011 Fastest Roo in 26:00
Clint Milner, 2012 Fastest Roo in 22:36
Clint Milner, 2013 Fastest Roo in 23:20
Daniell “Whippet” Leipply, 2014 Fastest Roo in 25:41
Tim “Squirrel” Fulwider, 2015 Fastest Roo in 20:51
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