Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Avenger and Pinkerton win a bloomin' 5K

Call it central south Georgia. Call it south central Georgia. Or the south end of Georgia's I-75 corridor. Or the Greater Valdosta Area. Call the region what you will, On Saturday morning, 2 June 2012, the attention of the region's distance runners was once again focused on Adel, Georgia, just two weeks after the Road Kill 5K near Adel. This time it was for the 2012 Adel Daylily Festival 5K. And just like at that earlier race, Valdosta's Masked Avenger came out on top, clocking an 18:33 5K to top a field of 74 finishers. The Avenger had also won Adel's 2011 Daylily 5K. Sean McConnell of Adel finished runner-up in 19:08, trailing by about 150 meters. Anticipating her junior year cross-country season at Lowndes High School, Jacki Pinkerton won the women's division, placing sixth overall in 21:54. If the race had been on a regulation 400-meter track, Pinkerton would have come close to lapping her nearest challenger, Valdosta's Melissa Roe. Roe took the runner-up spot among the women, finishing 11th overall in 23:38.

The race was held in conjunction with Adel's annual Daylily Festival. Don't confuse this with the annual Daylily Festival in Gray, Georgia, which also includes a Daylily Dash 5K. Adding to the confusion, both festivals were held the same weekend. Up until this year, though, Adel used the unique "Adelily" name for their events. Perhaps the decision to drop that brand should be reconsidered. But a pair of Daylily races is a tame problem compared to the proliferation of Turkey Trots and Watermelon Runs on the athletic calendar.

Top Ten Men, 2012 Adelily 5K
  1. 18:32.3 ~ Masked Avenger (M, 25-36) Valdosta, GA
  2. 19:08.0 ~ Sean McConnell (M, 37-44) Adel, GA
  3. 20:26.9 ~ Chance Roe (M, 0-18) Valdosta, GA
  4. 21:11.9 ~ John Wayne Wilcox (M, 0-18) Adel, GA
  5. 21:41.7 ~ Cody Pezent (M, 0-18) Adel, GA
  6. 22:42.1 ~ Jonathan McDaniel (M, 25-36) Adel, GA
  7. 23:11.7 ~ Toby Wilkey (M, 0-18) Valdosta, GA
  8. 23:25.5 ~ Tim Youngblood (M, 37-44) Tifton, GA
  9. 23:36.6 ~ Terry Speicher (M, 0-18) Adel, GA
  10. 24:01.4 ~ Jack Helms (M, 0-18) Homerville, GA

Top Ten Women, 2012 Adelily 5K
  1. 21:53.2 ~ Jacki Pinkerton (F, 0-18) Valdosta, GA
  2. 23:37.2 ~ Melissa Roe (F, 25-36) Valdosta, GA
  3. 23:59.8 ~ Eryn Wilkey (F, 0-18) Valdosta, GA
  4. 24:51.1 ~ Laney Tomberlin (F, 0-18) Valdosta, GA
  5. 25:41.8 ~ Amanda Leviton (F, 37-44) Valdosta, GA
  6. 25:43.0 ~ Aubrey Suddarth (F, 0-18) Valdosta, GA
  7. 26:19.2 ~ Angela Pezent (F, 37-44) Adel, GA
  8. 26:24.6 ~ Cathy Helms (F, 45-55) Homerville, GA
  9. 27:02.3 ~ Brittany Mixon (F, 0-18) Sparks, GA
  10. 27:14.2 ~ Marlee Futch (F, 0-18) Adel, GA

Adel Daylily Festival 5K champions, 2010-2012
5 June 201018:58, John Seppala25:34, Becky Thompson
4 June 201118:18, Masked Avenger21:28, Alice Smoot
2 June 201218:33, Masked Avenger21:54, Jacki Pinkerton
Prior to the first 5K race in 2010, there was a 10K Blossom Trot in 2009.



  1. Herb, What kind of age group system are they using? Are there advantages to it?
    Great work as always.

  2. For a smaller race, five-year age groups are overkill. If you start at 9 and under and work your way up to 70 and over, that's 14 male age divisions and 14 female age divisions. Go one deep in each of those, add overall and masters awards, and that's 32 awards.

    That said, I don't know where the Adelily folks came up with the particular breakdown that they used.