Friday, May 12, 2017

A sunshiny day for Grant and Mixon at the Sunshine 5K

The fourth annual Sunshine 5K was run near Cordele, Georgia in Georgia Veterans State Park on Saturday morning, 6 May 2017. It's not overstating anything to say that Josh Grant won the race by, well, a lot. When the 26-year-old athlete from Arabi, Georgia finished the full five kilometers in 16:42, only two other runners had managed to make as far as four kilometers. In the women's competition, Caitlin Mixon of Vienna, Georgia wasn't quite that far ahead, but she was still successful in defending her 2016 women's title, finishing as the first woman and sixth overall in 24:44.


After Josh Grant, the next runners were the Omega, Georgia duo of Lorenzo Gomez, Jr., and Lorenzo Gomez. Lorenzo Gomez, Jr., finished runner-up in 20:27, while Lorenzo Gomez was the top master runner and third overall in 20:50.


Luisa Pineda of Tifton, Georgia was second to Caitlin Mixon in the women's standings and seventh overall in 25:44. Christina Jones grabbed the third women's spot, placing ninth overall in 27:21.


44 athletes finished the 2017 Sunshine 5K. The Sunshine 5K and fun run are hosted by Reflections Hospice as a fundraiser for the hospice's Camp Sunshine.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Sunshine 5K
  1. 16:41.6, Josh Grant (M, 26) Arabi, GA
  2. 20:26.2, Lorenzo Gomez, Jr. (M, 30) Omega, GA
  3. 20:49.2, Lorenzo Gomez (M, 52) Omega, GA
  4. 23:17.2, Hunter Hudson (M, 18) Vienna, GA
  5. 23:49.6, Bucky Thompson (M, 34) Byromville, GA
  6. 27:17.4, Brian McDowell (M, 39) Cordele, GA
  7. 29:55.8, Marc Turner (M, 45) Cordele, GA
  8. 31:05.0, Michael Burkett (M, 62) Elko, GA
  9. 31:16.2, Mathew Raper (M, 25) Vienna, GA
  10. 35:18.3, Christopher Paul, Sr. (M, 43) Cordele, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 Sunshine 5K
  1. 24:43.3, Catlin Mixon (F, 28) Vienna, GA
  2. 25:43.5, Luisa A. Pineda (F, 29) Tifton, GA
  3. 27:20.7, Christina Jones (F, 35) Leesburg, GA
  4. 29:04.0, Alicia Hair (F, 26) Vienna, GA
  5. 31:34.5, Jennifer Ban (F, 34) Sylvester, GA
  6. 33:15.4, Rachel Martin (F, 36) Tifton, GA
  7. 34:41.1, Lisa Coleman (F, 53) Cordele, GA
  8. 36:35.0, Stacy Pencenka (F, 34) Leesburg, GA
  9. 38:28.0, Haley Maxwell (F, 30) Leesburg, GA
  10. 38:32.0, Littney Turner (F, 17) Cordele, GA

Sunshine 5K winners, 2014 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
17 May 2014
2 May 201521:06, Travis Kelly23:34, Brooke Marshall52
7 May 201619:45, Ricky Prosser23:17, Caitlin Mixon48
6 May 201716:42, Josh Grant24:44, Catlin Mixon44


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