Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Avenger and Willingham in a cloud of...gnats

One of Georgia's more unusual small-town festivals is Camilla's annual Gnat Days Festival. The idea of Gnat Days was unique enough to attract the attention of the late Georgia humor columnist, Lewis Grizzard. If you read Grizzard's column about the fourth annual Gnat Days, though, it's clear that he never attended the festival. I also suspect that he never even set foot in Camilla.


Now, I have been to Camilla, and if nothing else I can't drive to Albany without stopping at the Camilla Burger King. I confess that I haven't been to Gnat Days. Nor have I run in the Gnat Days 5K, but I'm a great admirer of the race, or any road race that has been around for more than a couple of decades.


Over 130 athletes did more than admire the race, and ran the 24th annual Gnat Days 5K on Friday evening, 6 May 2011. Valdosta's Masked Avenger was the fastest of the lot, running 17:36 for the win. 2007 and 2008 Gnat Days 5K champion Todd Smoot of Valdosta was the runner-up and top master in 18:07. Camilla's Jenna Willingham, the 2007 GISA state mile champion in her days at Westwood Schools (c/o 2008), won the women's title in 23:53. Just a few steps back, Bainbridge runner and Grace Christian Academy coach Julie Harris posted a 23:58 to finish as the second woman and the first woman master.


Results, 24th annual Gnat Days 5K
  1. 17:36 Masked Avenger (M, 32) Valdosta, GA
  2. 18:07 Todd Smoot (M, 49) Valdosta, GA
  3. 19:52 Michael McGahee (M, 33) Camilla, GA
  4. 20:03 Caleb Harris (M, 10) Bainbridge, GA
  5. 20:15 Mitchell Sinyard (M, 50) Hawkinsville, GA
  6. 20:37 Darren Jones (M, 46) Baconton, GA
  7. 20:44 Nicholas King (M, 23) Leesburg, GA
  8. 20:50 Phillip Wilbourn (M, 31) Blakely, GA
  9. 21:00 Brandon Butler (M, 14) Camilla, GA
  10. 21:08 Chad Johnson (M, 40) Thomasville, GA
  11. 21:18 Christopher Martin (M, 32) Tifton, GA
  12. 21:46 Cody Carden (M, 16) Meigs, GA
  13. 22:33 Eric Woods (M, 43) Hawkinsville, GA
  14. 23:18 Reid Ford (M, 12) Camilla, GA
  15. 23:45 Tyler Harris (M, 11) Camilla, GA
  16. 23:45 Max Waters (M, 9) Camilla, GA
  17. 23:46 Tony Sheffield (M, 40) Cairo, GA
  18. 23:53 Jenna Willingham (F, 21) Camilla, GA
  19. 23:53 Thomas Ganas (M, 22) Tifton, GA
  20. 23:58 Julie Harris (F, 45) Bainbridge, GA
  21. 24:15 Patricia Woods (F, 40) Hawkinsville, GA
  22. 24:17 Kurt Anthony (M, 45) Albany, GA
  23. 24:18 Robbie Tabb (M, 36) Albany, GA
  24. 24:35 Josh Reams (M, 35) Pelham, GA
  25. 24:37 Walt Cochran (M, 9) Baconton, GA
  26. 24:39 Adam Kimmel (M, 17) Camilla, GA
  27. 24:47 Jake Williams (M, 25) Leesburg, GA
  28. 25:00 Chance Holt (M, 24) Ochlocknee, GA
  29. 25:04 Dru Ford (M, 13) Camilla, GA
  30. 25:42 Riley Ford (F, 16) Camilla, GA
  31. 25:52 Mark Glass (M, 11) Camilla, GA
  32. 25:58 Morgan Singleton (F, 13) Pelham, GA
  33. 26:00 Erik Lee (M, 38) Camilla, GA
  34. 26:04 Eddie Parramore (M, 64) Camilla, GA
  35. 26:28 Fran Sheffield (F, 36) Cairo, GA
  36. 26:38 Phillip Cochran (M, 27) Camilla, GA
  37. 26:38 John Daniels (M, 10) Camilla, GA
  38. 26:43 John Rakestraw (M, 74) Tallahassee, FL
  39. 26:54 Bryan Sexton (M, 34) Camilla, GA
  40. 27:02 Stacey Mcgarr (F, 39) Cordele, GA
  41. 27:04 Morgan Godwin (F, 12) Camilla, GA
  42. 27:16 William P. Richardson (M, 37) Leesburg, GA
  43. 27:16 Zachary Kite (M, 12) Sylvester, GA
  44. 27:28 Susan Glass (F, 40) Camilla, GA
  45. 27:33 Lori Normi (F, 30) Camilla, GA
  46. 27:35 Charlie Parramore (M, 39) Valdosta, GA
  47. 27:37 Chip Champion (M, 38) Tifton, GA
  48. 28:12 Emory Bostick (F, 14) Camilla, GA
  49. 28:14 Joy Knop (F, 39) Cairo, GA
  50. 28:20 Scott Cochran (M, 39) Baconton, GA
  51. 28:30 Scott Sapp (M, 32) Albany, GA
  52. 28:32 Kalynn Tomlinson (F, 24) Leesburg, GA
  53. 28:38 Luke Hall (M, 11) Panama City Beach, FL
  54. 28:41 Michelle Trammell (F, 40) Albany, GA
  55. 28:42 Bob Hodges (M, 62) Pelham, GA
  56. 28:45 Michelle Godwin (F, 32) Pelham, GA
  57. 28:49 Shelley Holt (F, 24) Ochlocknee, GA
  58. 28:52 Jessica Godwin (F, 23) Camilla, GA
  59. 29:28 Cindy Carlson (F, 47) Dawson, GA
  60. 29:32 Monica Henderson (F, 33) Leesburg, GA
  61. 29:39 Sharanda Hurst (F, 29) Camilla, GA
  62. 29:42 Shea Fears (F, 38) Leesburg, GA
  63. 29:46 Trey Godwin (M, 43) Pelham, GA
  64. 29:47 Randy Chew (M, 61) Pelham, GA
  65. 29:50 Sanjay Patel (M, 16) Camilla, GA
  66. 29:58 Kenny Mcdonald (M, 46) Valdosta, GA
  67. 30:03 Brad Hurst (M, 31) Camilla, GA
  68. 30:11 Anna Holton (F, 26) Camilla, GA
  69. 30:44 Jennifer Bendewish-Mosley (F, 32) Pelham, GA
  70. 31:19 Senique Cannon (F, 28) Newton, GA
  71. 31:19 Laurie Anthony (F, 40) Albany, GA
  72. 31:25 Connor Carr (M, 9) Camilla, GA
  73. 31:26 Vicki Davis (F, 42) Camilla, GA
  74. 31:30 Nancy Sadler (F, 56) Albany, GA
  75. 31:51 Ivy Foister (F, 16) Baconton, GA
  76. 32:21 Rachel Hinesley (F, 21) Camilla, GA
  77. 32:21 Julie Reams (F, 31) Pelham, GA
  78. 32:55 Michael Lawson (M, 20) Moultrie, GA
  79. 33:04 Bennett Adams (M, 60) Pelham, GA
  80. 33:18 Rodney Holt (M, 51) Ochlocknee, GA
  81. 33:29 Cindy Bostick (F, 43) Camilla, GA
  82. 33:33 Holland Lee (F, 9) Camilla, GA
  83. 34:26 Taylor Singleton (F, 17) Camilla, GA
  84. 34:28 Melissa Cochran (F, 36) Baconton, GA
  85. 34:29 Jane Krier (F, 49) Thomasville, GA
  86. 34:55 Ann Lamb (F, 55) Camilla, GA
  87. 35:12 Beverly Holt (F, 51) Ochlocknee, GA
  88. 35:27 Janet Sexton (F, 31) Camilla, GA
  89. 35:30 Elizabeth Parramore (F, 21) Coolidge, GA
  90. 35:42 Allison Kelley (F, 30) Newton, GA
  91. 35:56 Deborah Mcdonald (F, 53) Valdosta, GA
  92. 36:23 James Baldwin (M, 65) Macon, GA
  93. 36:39 Frances Pearson (F, 26) Albany, GA
  94. 36:42 Steve Sadler (M, 59) Albany, GA
  95. 37:08 Frank Vann (M, 9) Baconton, GA
  96. 37:07 Hilliary Jones (F, 18) Baconton, GA
  97. 37:28 Stephanie Jones (F, 15) Baconton, GA
  98. 37:30 Stephanie Knight (F, 23) Leesburg, GA
  99. 37:31 Camila Santiago (F, 23) Albany, GA
  100. 37:31 Benny Roy Edwards (M, 46) Bainbridge, GA
  101. 37:31 Kade Godwin (M, 8) Pelham, GA
  102. 37:33 Amelia Cook (F, 42) Sylvester, GA
  103. 37:35 Paige Huey (F, 36) Camilla, GA
  104. 37:48 Jean Louise Krier (F, 49) Thomasville, GA
  105. 38:15 Hannah Glass (F, 6) Camilla, GA
  106. 38:33 Elizabeth Glass (F, 11) Camilla, GA
  107. 38:52 Maddie Thorpe (F, 12) Camilla, GA
  108. 39:26 Jennifer Mccarthy (F, 33) Pelham, GA
  109. 39:27 Holly Phillips (F, 31) Sale City, GA
  110. 39:56 Angela Kite (F, 42) Sylvester, GA
  111. 39:56 Maston Collins (M, 8) Pelham, GA
  112. 39:56 (No Finish Card)
  113. 42:29 Camilla Greene (F, 10) Camilla, GA
  114. 42:33 Ellie Daughtry (F, 44) Coolidge, GA
  115. 42:42 Sydney Singleton (F, 10) Pelham, GA
  116. 42:47 Aly Godwin (F, 9) Camilla, GA
  117. 43:03 Lori Bentley (F, 9) Camilla, GA
  118. 43:05 Brenda Wall (F, 59) Leesburg, GA
  119. 43:08 Cathy D. Jones (F, 53) Camilla, GA
  120. 43:54 Catherine Lewis (F, 19) Camilla, GA
  121. 44:47 Ridge Baggett (M, 8) Camilla, GA
  122. 44:48 Caleb Braxton (M, 8) Camilla, GA
  123. 46:13 Gege Baggett (F, 38) Whigham, GA
  124. 46:23 (No Finish Card)
  125. 46:36 (No Finish Card)
  126. 46:38 Mary Duggan (F, 58) Camilla, GA
  127. 46:39 Melanie Hendley (F, 55) Camilla, GA
  128. 53:51 Denise Cochran (F, 52) Camilla, GA
  129. 58:31 Cathy Jones (F, 47) Baconton, GA
  130. 58:33 Sue Adams (F, 65) Camilla, GA
  131. 63:00 Renee Brazeale (F, 52) Camilla, GA
  132. 64:00 Tekla Sellars (F, 42) Baconton, GA
  133. 66:00 (No Finish Card)
  134. 66:00 (No Finish Card)

Gnat Days 5K Champions, 2005 - 2011
Date
Men
Women
6 May 2011
17:35 Masked Avenger
23:53 Jenna Willingham
30 April 2010
17:36 Kyle Harris
19:59 Mary Anne Grayson
1 May 2009
17:39 Nathan Norton
19:51 Mary Anne Grayson
2 May 2008
18:12 Todd Smoot
22:35 Diane Johnson
4 May 2007
16:59 Todd Smoot
22:49 Diane Johnson
5 May 2006
17:27 Clint Watkins
22:02 Lori Rawlings
7 May 2005
17:06 Dr. Robert Feldman
21:12 Debbie Wittmer



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