Another Southland Academy athlete, Chris Shattles, was the first female in the race. Shattles' 20:18 was the second fastest time for a female runner in the four-year history of the Independence Day 5K, missing Jordanne Helton's course record by just two seconds. Behind Shattles, Valdosta's Alice Smoot was the female runner up and the first female master, running 21:00. Alison Peters of Valdosta's Lowndes High School clocked 21:18 to finish as the third female.
192 athletes finished the race, the latest event in Valdosta's Grand Prix series. The next Valdosta Grand Prix race will be the Barnes 100 Years 5K on Saturday, 14 July 2012.
Top Ten Males, 2012 Valdosta Independence Day 5K
- 16:56.7 ~ Christopher Rice (M, 23) Valdosta, GA
- 17:31.2 ~ Wright Calhoun (M, 14) Americus, GA
- 17:55.8 ~ Nathan Norton (M, 20) Americus, GA
- 18:14.6 ~ David Burnett (M, 36) Valdosta, GA
- 18:22.0 ~ Masked Avenger (M, 33) Valdosta, GA
- 18:39.8 ~ Tyler Thurman (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
- 18:59.0 ~ Aaron Williams (M, 27) Valdosta, GA
- 19:11.2 ~ Bret Wagenhorst (M, 49) Tifton, GA
- 19:33.5 ~ Colin Prinsloo (M, 26) Valdosta, GA
- 19:37.8 ~ Caleb Coil (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
Top Ten Females, 2012 Valdosta Independence Day 5K
- 20:17.4 Christine Shattles (F, 14) Americus, GA
- 21:00.0 Alice Smoot (F, 55) Valdosta, GA
- 21:18.0 Alison Peters (F, 16) Valdosta, GA
- 21:59.3 Jo Ann Fort (F, 51) Glencoe, AL
- 22:28.9 Libby Smith (F, 41) Nashivlle, GA
- 22:40.2 Lauren Strike (F, 32) Ray City, GA
- 22:46.1 Elizabeth Rosatu (F, 27) Valdosta, GA
- 22:56.0 april scruggs (F, 43) Valdosta, GA
- 23:05.1 Maggie Laine Powell (F, 17) Hahira, GA
- 23:08.5 Melissa Roe (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
|Champions of the Valdosta Independence Day 5K, 2009-2012|
|4 July 2009||16:38 Alan McGough||20:32 Ashley McGee|
|4 July 2010||16:32 Chris Rice||20:26 Angelina Horne|
|4 July 2011||16:15 Jeff Powers||20:16 Jordanne Helton|
|4 July 2012||16:57 Chris Rice||20:18 Christine Shattles|
|The predecessor of the Valdosta Independence Day 5K was the|
Baytree 8K, run in the streets of Valdosta on Independence Day
from 2006 to 2008.
- Complete results of Valdosta's 2012 Independence Day 5K
- Tom Durham's photos of Valdosta's 2012 Independence Day 5K
- 2011 story, "Powers and Helton make the records fall in Valdosta"
- 2010 story, "2010 story, "Rice and Horne rock the Fourth in Valdosta"
- Find a race to run on the next patriotic holiday using the Trouble Afoot! calendar