Friday, November 29, 2013

Hough and Miller fly to Thanksgiving Day wins in Valdosta

Wild TurkeysValdosta, Georgia doesn't fool around with cute names like "Turkey Trot," "Pilgrim Prance," or "Dressing Dash" for their annual Thanksgiving Day road race. Quite straightforwardly, it's called the Thanksgiving Day 5K. Winning the 28 November 2013 edition of the race in 16:55, the fastest time at the event since 2009, was Brandon Hough--marathoner, Air Force Academy alumnus, and native of Panama City, Florida. Hough finished over 200 meters ahead of the runner-up, Ryan Kelly. Lake Park's Kelly ran the 3.1 miles in 17:54. Dylan Rogers of Valdosta finished third in 19:01.


Finishing right on Dylan Rogers's heels in fourth place overall, Erin Miller of Columbia, South Carolina took the women's title. Miller's time of 19:03 set a new women's record for Valdosta's Thanksgiving Day 5K, breaking Ashley McGee's 2009 mark of 19:20. Local schoolgirl Makenzee Page was second in the women's standings, placing tenth overall in 22:20.


In master runner competition, Valdosta's Tom Phillips was the first male master, outrunning Rick Mazurkiewicz 21:09 to 21:35. Phillips and Mazurkiewicz finished sixth and seventh overall. The top female master in the race was Valdosta's Debbie Green; Green was the third woman finisher, placing 13th overall in 22:36.


101 athletes finished the race. Timing and finish line services were provided by A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia.


Top Ten Men, 2013 Valdosta Thanksgiving Day 5K
  1. 16:54.8 ~ Brandon Hough (M, 23) Fairborn, OH
  2. 17:53.5 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 34) Lake Park, GA
  3. 19:00.7 ~ Dylan Rogers (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  4. 20:59.5 ~ Tom Grant (M, 36) Valdosta, GA
  5. 21:09.0 ~ Tom Phillips (M, 50) Valdosta, GA
  6. 21:35.0 ~ Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 46) Valdosta, GA
  7. 21:38.6 ~ Kyle Baxter (M, 29) Hahira, GA
  8. 21:52.1 ~ Keegan Boyd (M, 26) Valdosta, GA
  9. 22:24.8 ~ Rob Sheridan (M, 53) Valdosta, GA
  10. 22:31.4 ~ Tony Jacquez (M, 37) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2013 Valdosta Thanksgiving Day 5K
  1. 19:02.6 ~ Erin Miller (F, 37) Columbia, SC
  2. 22:19.9 ~ Makenzee Page (F, 14) Ray City, GA
  3. 22:35.2 ~ Debbie Green (F, 47) Valdosta, GA
  4. 22:40.0 ~ Ali Thornhill (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  5. 23:17.0 ~ Karen Sunarc (F, 39) Suwanee, GA
  6. 24:25.8 ~ Melanie Hall (F, 40) Tifton, GA
  7. 24:43.0 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 45) Valdosta, GA
  8. 24:46.4 ~ Candice Arnold (F, 34) Lake Park, GA
  9. 24:52.2 ~ Mackenzie Rogers (F, 9) Valdosta, GA
  10. 25:26.9 ~ Angel Godwin (F, 40) Valdosta, GA

Valdosta, Georgia, Thanksgiving Day 5K winners, 2009-2013
DateMenWomenFinishers
26 November 200916:39, John Seppala19:20, Ashley McGee118
25 November 201017:48, Masked Avenger21:31, Gretchen Bielmyer191
24 November 201117:42, Nathan Norton22:01, Gretchen Bielmyer146
22 November 201217:45, Masked Avenger21:10, Angela Bruhl115
28 November 201316:55, Brandon Hough19:03, Erin Miller101


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