Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Close and Wittmer run away with Joyce's Jog

Joyce's Jog 5KTallahassee distance running icon Jessie Close ran 16:53 to win the fourth annual Joyce's Jog 5K in Donalsonville, Georgia on Saturday, 16 October 2010. Close, a two-time winner of the Joyce's Jog, was also the fastest master in the race. Stephen Robbins of Cairo was the runner-up, finishing about half a kilometer back in 19:05. The top woman in the race was defending champion Debbie Wittmer, a master runner from Blakely, Georgia. Wittmer placed fifth overall in 22:14, the fastest time ever by a woman at the Joyce's Jog. Misti Middleton of Colquitt, Georgia was the second woman across the finish line, running 25:26 for ninth overall. 59 athletes finished the race.

The Joyce's Jog is conducted as a benefit for breast cancer research in the memory of Joyce Payne Henley. Since it was established in 2007 the race has always been held in conjunction with the Donalsonville - Seminole County Harvest Festival.

Joyce's Jog 5K Champions, 2007-2010
20 October 2007Myles Gibson (18:50)Deborah Ansley (26:18)
18 October 2008Jessie Close (16:33)Erika Pemberton (23:15)
17 October 2009Alex Close (18:20)Debbie Wittmer (22:20)
16 October 2010Jessie Close (16:53)
Debbie Wittmer (22:14)


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