Sat, Nov 04, 2017
MOBILE -- Derrick Rodgers of Fairhope captured his second Senior Bowl Charity Run on Saturday, outdistancing the competition by more than four minutes in downtown Mobile on Saturday. Of course, it helps a little when the five-time defending champ and seven-time overall champ misses the race.
"I'm happy to win it , said Rodgers, who last won the race in 2014, also when Brigham missed the race."It was kind of unexpected."
Rodgers, 31, jumped out to an early lead on this year's field and never looked back.
"There were a couple of guys I wasn't sure if they were going to (run) with me or not," Rodgers said. "Once we got out there it was pretty clear I was going to be by myself, which is okay with me. I ran a 33:16, so that's about as hard as I wanted to push it today."
"It might have been a bit more painful if (Brigham) was here, because I would have been trying to keep up with him. I was pretty beat from the start."
Rodgers time of 33:16 was only 49 seconds slower than Brigham's finish last year. He finished more than four minutes ahead of Mobile's Drew Roberts, 15, who finished in 37:17. Brennan Barlow of Biloxi finished third (37:45). Donnelly Howard of Mobile finished second (40:34) while Jessica Jones of Dauphin Island was third (42:08).
Daphne's Sam Gardner was the top female finisher, finishing in 39:19. It was her second win in the Senior Bowl Charity Run.
"I love racing in Mobile. I feel like it's my hometown," she said. "Everybody is out supporting in their yards along the way. It just really makes you feel good when you're out there working to have someone acknowledge and encourage you along the way.
Douglas Sabo, 16, of Spanish Fort won the 5K in 18:25 while LaJuan Black of Mobile was the top female finisher (22:22).