Sunday, March 30, 2014

No creeping or crawling for Hammond and Gibbs at the Fire Ant 5K

Flat FlameFinishing more than half a kilometer ahead of the next runner, Jared Hammond won Turner County's annual Fire Ant Festival 5K on Saturday morning, 29 March 2014, in Ashburn, Georgia. The Bonaire, Georgia, athlete ran the 3.1-mile race in 18:38. Albany, Georgia, master runner Bruce Austin was runner-up in 21:02. Ashburn schoolboy Mauricio Cervantes took third in 22:28, and Juan Carlos Tryo was fourth in 22:33.


Cordele's Amelia Gibbs won the women's title, coming in fifth overall in 23:21. Allison Cauthen of Bonaire, Georgia, finished second in the women's standing for the second year in a row; this year she was seventh overall in 24:33. The 2013 Fire Ant 5K women's champ, Adrienne Worley of Cordele, was 2014's third woman finisher, placing 11th overall in 25:45. Tifton's Gina Purvis was the first woman master. The fourth woman finisher, Purvis was 14th overall in 26:45.


Somehow this year's Fire Ant 5K was the fifth Saturday in March rather than the traditional fourth Saturday. I would depend on the 2015 race returning to the fourth Saturday, though. After all in 2015 there won't be a fifth Saturday in March. So look for Georgia's next race celebrating crawling, biting pests on 28 March 2015.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Turner County (Georgia) Fire Ant Festival 5K
  1. 18:38 ~ Jared Hammond (M, 33) Bonaire, GA
  2. 21:02 ~ Bruce Austin (M, 44) Albany, GA
  3. 22:28 ~ Mauricio Cervantes (M, 14) Ashburn, GA
  4. 22:33 ~ Juan Carlos Tryo (M, 39)
  5. 23:36 ~ Tony Whiddon (M, 48) Kennesaw, GA
  6. 24:39 ~ Mitchell Gibbs (M, 35) Cordele, GA
  7. 24:51 ~ Ubaldo Martinez (M, 38) Ashburn, GA
  8. 25:34 ~ Luis Martinez (M, 11) Ashburn, GA
  9. 26:27 ~ Grayson Watson (M, 16) Ashburn, GA
  10. 26:38 ~ Billy Griner (M, 44) Albany, GA

Top Ten Women, 2014 Turner County (Georgia) Fire Ant Festival 5K
  1. 23:21 ~ Amelia Gibbs (F, 36) Cordele, GA
  2. 24:33 ~ Allison Cauthen (F, 25) Bonaire, GA
  3. 25:45 ~ Adrienne Worley (F, 33) Cordele, GA
  4. 26:45 ~ Gina Purvis (F, 55) Tifton, GA
  5. 27:34 ~ Dale Lawson (F, 47) Cordele, GA
  6. 29:08 ~ Lee Taylor (F, 17) Ashburn, GA
  7. 29:43 ~ Susan Hutchinson (F, 62) Poulan, GA
  8. 30:23 ~ Sonya Benson (F, 41) TyTy, GA
  9. 31:55 ~ Ashley Cobb (F, 26) Fitzgerald, GA
  10. 32:14 ~ Michasia Harris (F, 22) Tifton, GA

Turner County Fire Ant Festival 5K winners, 2003-2013
DateMenWomenFinishers
24 March 2001
23 March 2002
22 March 200316:37, David Coody, Jr21:52, Kara Clark
27 March 200418:23, Kerry Underwood27:26, Stephanie Langley
26 March 200517:22, Robert Feldman20:20, Brooke Withers60
25 March 200617:52, Ryan McDaniel21:22, Rue Chitwood50
24 March 200716:01, David Marley20:08, Elizabeth Lambert76
22 March 200816:47, David Marley19:45, Brittney Skiles106
28 March 200918:15, Nathan Norton22:56, Amy Bartholomew63
27 March 201017:54, Daniel Chevez21:53, Susan Breeding91
26 March 201117:52, Robert Smith20:46, Ashley Duncan97
24 March 201218:09, Benjamin James Weston23:37, Jeanette MacDonald141
23 March 201319:02, Robert Bledsoe25:24, Adrienne Worley80
29 March 201418:38, Jared Hammond23:21, Amelia Gibbs47


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