Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Davila and Busby are the new royalty at the Smoothie King 5K

2017 Smoothie King 5KDan Butzin began his reign as the Valdosta, Georgia Smoothie King 5K champion in 2015, winning the fifteenth annual race in 19:22. He retained his crown in 2016 with a 19:15 victory. But at the seventeenth annual event on Saturday morning, 11 March 2017, Valdosta runner Gene Davila unseated Butzin, ruling the Smoothie King 5K field with a winning 19:36. Anna Busby took the women's title in 19:51, placing second overall. Busby's time was the fastest time recorded by a woman in the race since 2007, when Melissa Daugherty went 19:33.


Butzin was second in the men's standings, finishing third overall in 20:25. Justin Naylor of Hahira, Georgia was the fastest master runner in the race, coming in fourth overall in 22:35. Carlisle, Pennsylvania master runner Mark West took fifth in 23:04.


Pollyanna Bass of Pavo, Georgia was the first woman master and second female finisher, placing sixth overall in 23:10. Vanessa Spry of Valdosta was third in the women's standings and eighth overall in 24:12.


53 athletes finished the 2017 Smoothie King 5K, while another 14 completed a one-mile fun run. Hosted by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority, the event was known as the Azalea Festival 5K from 2001 to 2014 before gaining a title sponsor in 2015. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the 2017 races and provided finish line services.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Smoothie King 5K
  1. 19:35.8, Gene Davila (M, 32) Valdosta, GA
  2. 20:25.0, Dan Butzin (M, 31) Valdosta, GA
  3. 22:34.7, Justin Naylor (M, 43) Hahira, GA
  4. 23:03.4, Mark Weston (M, 59) Carlisle, PA
  5. 23:29.8, Reginald Zandonade (M, 44) Valdosta, GA
  6. 25:00.4, Will Hanson (M, 59) Valdosta, GA
  7. 25:16.8, Tristan Steele (M, 27) Hahira, GA
  8. 25:23.6, Michael Guilmette (M, 54) Lake Park, GA
  9. 26:23.1, Cliff Gower (M, 58) Hahira, GA
  10. 27:22.7, Jonathan Asbell (M, 48) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 Smoothie King 5K
  1. 19:51.0, Anna Busby (F, 26) Valdosta, GA
  2. 23:09.4, Pollyanna Bass (F, 44) Pavo, GA
  3. 24:11.3, Vanessa Spry (F, 32) Valdosta, GA
  4. 26:14.8, Chevy Newham (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  5. 27:10.4, Victoria Harlow (F, 30) Valdosta, GA
  6. 27:26.4, Heather Jones (F, 40) Valdosta, GA
  7. 28:10.5, Courtney Wilcox (F, 30) Valdosta, GA
  8. 28:43.3, Delleese Collins (F, 39) Valdosta, GA
  9. 30:50.2, Christine Johnson (F, 42) Valdosta, GA
  10. 31:42.2, Deserea Ellis (F, 40) Hahira, GA

Valdosta Azalea Festival 5K champions, 2001 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
17 March 2001
16 March 2002
15 March 2003
13 March 2004
12 March 2005
11 March 200616:51, Andrew Minnicks20:34, Susan Fischer123
10 March 200717:17, Todd Smoot19:33, Melissa Daugherty152
15 March 200816:56, John Seppala21:46, Brandi Faircloth143
14 March 200918:16, Chris Gaither20:40, Mary Anne Grayson155
13 March 201016:46, Brandon Skiles20:54, Brandi Faircloth126
12 March 201117:39, James Marino20:39, Alice Smoot131
10 March 201220:33, Toby Wilkey22:10, Christie Kingsbury109
9 March 201316:17, Jesse Prince20:10, Danielle Jarnagin125
8 March 201418:21, Ryan Kelly25:02, Lauren Bewley67
14 March 201519:22, Dan Butzin22:12, Angela Bruhl52
12 March 201619:15, Dan Butzin22:07, Alice Smoot52
11 March 201719:36, Gene Davila19:51, Anna Busby53


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