Saturday, November 26, 2011

Martinez and Martin go whole hog at Swine Time

Michael MartinezTallahassee master runner Michael Martinez outraced Bainbridge High School cross-country runner Tae Ross, 17:55 to 18:40, winning the 2011 Swine Time 5K in Climax Georgia on November 26--the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Bainbridge schoolteacher Dana Martin was the first female finisher, placing 23rd overall in 24:30. A few steps back, women's runner-up Jessica Wynn posted a 24:34.

Dana MartinIt takes some courage to schedule a race the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Most runners are going to have run one of the huge "Turkey Trot" or other Thanksgiving races on Thursday. The "Saturday After" race director can't expect much in the way of participation. The Thursday races take most of the athletes, and the Saturday races get the leftovers. Nevertheless, Climax, Georgia bravely (or stubbornly) keeps staging the Swine Time 5K on that post-Thanksgiving Saturday year after year.

Of course, any meal you make of Thanksgiving leftovers includes some of the food you had on Thanksgiving. Similarly, the top four runners in the Swine Time 5K had faced each other on Thanksgiving Day in the Tallahassee Turkey Trot 5K.

Tae RossAt Swine Time, the runners negotiated a 3.1-mile out and back course that started and finished on New Street at the Swine Time festival grounds. Before the first kilometer was over the runners had left the residential streets for a dirt road past the cotton fields, and Tae Ross was leading with Michael Martinez dogging his heels. Early in the second kilometer the race turned north and back onto pavement on Salem Church Road. Tae Ross was still in front, resisting all of Martinez's attempt to take over pacesetting. Behind them, Greg Waddell had moved into third and Phillip Wilbourn was settled in fourth.

Tae Ross and Michael Martinez
After the halfway turnaround, Martinez was finally able to pass Ross, breaking away on the long uphill return on Salem Church Road. Martinez steadily pulled away, going on to win by about 200 meters in 17:55. Ross was second in 18:40, while Waddell hung on to third in 19:13 and Wilbourn fourth in 20:23.

When Dana Martin passed Teresa Odom during the second mile to take over the lead in the women's competition, Jessica Wynn was three places and twenty seconds behind. During the second half of the race, though, Wynn came on, closing to within four seconds of Martin. But Martin clung to that four second lead, beating out Wynn for the top women's spot 24:30 to 24:34. Odom finished 34th overall in 25:21 as the third woman and first woman master.

There were 113 finishers in the race, an annual fixture of the southwest Georgia running scene. The Swine Time 5K is held in conjunction with Climax's annual Swine Time Festival, a celebration of everything porcine.

Top Ten Men, 2011 Swine Time 5K
  1. Greg Waddell17:55 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 45) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 18:40 ~ Tae Ross (M, 17) Bainbridge, GA
  3. 19:13 ~ Greg Waddell (M, 45) Bainbridge, GA
  4. 20:23 ~ Phiilip Wilbourn (M, 32) Blakely, GA
  5. 21:45 ~ Austin Kelly (M, 27) Havana, FL
  6. 21:52 ~ Bennett Enfinger (M, 14) Bainbridge, GA
  7. 21:53 ~ Matthew Green (M, 13) Donalsonville, GA
  8. 22:03 ~ Stuart Beauchamp (M, 22) Bainbridge, GA
  9. 22:18 ~ David Beauchamp (M, 20-29) Hoboken, NJ
  10. 22:28 ~ Noah St. John (M, 30-39) Durham, NC

Jessica WynnTop Ten Women, 2011 Swine Time 5K
  1. 24:30 ~ Dana Martin (F, 38) Bainbridge, GA
  2. 24:34 ~ Jessica Wynn (F, 32) Bainbridge, GA
  3. 25:21 ~ Teresa Odom (F, 46) Bainbridge, GA
  4. 26:53 ~ Anda Ariail (F, 30-39) Orlando, FL
  5. 27:03 ~ Linda Wann (F, 50-59) Bainbridge, GA
  6. 27:20 ~ Chelsey Beauchamp (F, 20-29) Atlanta, GA
  7. 27:29 ~ Morgan Lane (F, 14-19) Bainbridge, GA
  8. 27:53 ~ Julie Genavar (F, 20-29) Bainbridge, GA
  9. 28:30 ~ Marie Mosley (F, 30-39) Tampa, FL
  10. 28:32 ~ Shannon Angle (F, 30-39) Climax, GA



  1. Hey, Herb, it was Austin Kelly, not Austin Holly. As his mother, I would appreciate it if someone would make a correction on his name. And by the way, if he trained, bet he would come in first. Thanks, Vicky Kelly

  2. As someone whose name has been misspelled "Willis" about as often as it was correctly spelled "Wills," I am more than happy to make the change to "Kelly!"

    Training isn't just the most important thing in distance running, it's everything.


  3. Hey herb, its Austin Kelly. Thanks for the correction! I've been running for the last 8 years just not regularly. This was my first race and I really enjoyed it. Placing fifth overall and first for my age just made it all the better. Looking forward to the next one! Ak

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  5. What can I say? I've been a Joe Crine fan since 1977 when he covered the first Pine Run.