Someday this race will know what it wants to be when it grows up.
In 2013 though it was the Kelly's race. Lake Park, Georgia husband-and-wife Ryan and Heather Kelly grabbed the overall male and female titles that Friday evening in Adel. Ryan Kelly placed first overall in 18:19. Heather Kelly was eighth in 26:03. Ryan Kelly finished about half a kilometer ahead of the runner-up, Adel master runner Sean McConnell. McConnell ran 20:34 for the 3.1 miles, finishing just ahead of the 20:39 clocked by third-place runner Liam Bickerstaff of Hahira, Georgia.
Heather Kelly's 26:03 put her about 300 meters ahead of the second female finisher, Angela Pezent of Adel. Pezent was ninth overall in 27:42.
Top Ten Males, 2013 Daylily City 5K
- 18:18.9 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 34) Lake Park, GA
- 20:33.1 ~ Sean McConnell (M, 42) Adel, GA
- 20:38.8 ~ Liam Bickerstaff (M, 17) Hahira, GA
- 20:52.4 ~ Gary Rowan (M, 25) Adel, GA
- 22:27.9 ~ Jonathan McDaniel (M, ) Adel, GA
- 24:18.1 ~ Will Gates (M, 23) Barney, GA
- 24:27.2 ~ Cody Pezent (M, 12) Adel, GA
- 27:53.5 ~ Steven Schramm (M, 40) Adel, GA
- 28:10.5 ~ Bruce Laughlin (M, 64) Ray City, GA
- 28:58.2 ~ Steve Norris (M, 41) Macon, GA
Top Eight Females, 2013 Daylily City 5K
- 26:02.5 ~ Heather Kelly (F, 34) Lake Park, GA
- 27:41.6 ~ Angela Pezent (F, 39) Adel, GA
- 31:03.5 ~ Lexi Metts (F, 9) Hahira, GA
- 36:31.9 ~ Lynn Rice (F, ) Ray City, GA
- 37:41.2 ~ Tracey Kelshaw (F, 45) Moulrie, GA
- 40:08.6 ~ Brittney McDaniel (F, 11) Adel, GA
- 40:46.4 ~ Julie McDaniel (F, 57) Adel, GA
- 42:17.5 ~ Jenny McDaniel (F, 37) Adel, GA
|Adel Daylily Festival 5K champions, 2010-2013|
|5 June 2010||18:58, John Seppala||25:34, Becky Thompson|
|4 June 2011||18:18, Masked Avenger||21:28, Alice Smoot|
|2 June 2012||18:33, Masked Avenger||21:54, Jacki Pinkerton|
|17 May 2013||18:19, Ryan Kelly||26:03, Heather Kelly|
|Prior to the first 5K race in 2010, there was a 10K Blossom Trot in 2009.|
- Complete results of the 2013 Daylily City 5K (Courtesy of A Course/Line, LLC)
- 2012 story, "Avenger and Pinkerton win a bloomin' 5K"
- 2010 story, "Seppala and Thompson win at Adel"
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