Sunday, July 13, 2014

Kelly and Page rise to the occasion at Bun Run

Bun RunFinishing more than 700 meters ahead of the next runner, Ryan Kelly won the fifth annual 5K Break Bread Bun Run on Saturday morning, 12 July 2014. Kelly not only scored his second straight win at the event, the Lake Park, Georgia, athlete also scored a modest payday, picking up $100 for breaking the event record. His time for the 3.1-mile run through the Wood Valley neighborhood of Valdosta, Georgia, was 18:19, bettering the 18:21 run by Mark McLeod at the 2012 Bun Run.

Valdosta's Greg George finished runner-up in the race at 20:11. Rick Mazurkiewicz of Valdosta was the third finisher and top master in the field, running 20:39. Recent Valdosta Middle School alumnus Quin McGlamery took fourth with a 21:19.

Right behind McGlamery at 21:20, Makenzee Page finished atop the women's standings, placing fifth overall. Mary Alice Smoot, an incoming freshman at the University of Tampa, was second on the women's side, coming in seventh overall in 22:47. Melanie Ellis of Valdosta was the third woman in the race and the first woman master, 11th overall in 23:27.

49 athletes finished the race, which was contested over a new course through Wood Valley. The consensus was that the new route was no less hilly than the previous one. Wood Valley is located on the verge of the Withlacoochee River, a bit of geography that helps to explain why it is one of the hilliest neighborhoods in Valdosta. Area runner aren't afraid of a challenge, though, and have shown up since 2010 during the hottest month of the year to tackle the slopes of Wood Valley. The Break Bread Bun Run is staged by First Presbyterian Church of Valdosta, with proceeds going to benefit Valdosta's Break Bread Together program, which provides one meal a day (five days a week) to area senior citizens who are low income, who are home-bound and who, without caregivers, are unable to prepare meals for themselves.

Top Ten Men, 2013 Break Bread Bun Run 5K
  1. 18:18.9 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 35) Lake Park, GA
  2. 20:11.0 ~ Greg George (M, 26) Valdosta, GA
  3. 20:38.2 ~ Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 47) Valdosta, GA
  4. 21:18.8 ~ Quin McGlamery (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  5. 21:43.7 ~ Rob McGhin (M, 34) Valdosta, GA
  6. 22:50.8 ~ Wesley Heruska (M, 38) Hahira, GA
  7. 23:01.0 ~ Keith Madsen (M, 28) Valdosta, GA
  8. 23:01.8 ~ Ken Smith (M, 49) Valdosta, GA
  9. 23:29.7 ~ Jeff Fountain (M, 50) Alexandria, VA
  10. 25:20.5 ~ Darren McCall (M, 31) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2013 Break Bread Bun Run 5K
  1. 21:19.1 ~ Makenzee Page (F, 14) Ray City, GA
  2. 22:46.6 ~ Mary Alice Smoot (F, 18) Valdosta, GA
  3. 23:26.3 ~ Melanie Ellis (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
  4. 23:31.3 ~ Debbie Green (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  5. 25:58.7 ~ Nancy Elam (F, 51) Valdosta, GA
  6. 26:01.6 ~ Heather Kelly (F, 36) Lake Park, GA
  7. 26:12.4 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 46) Valdosta, GA
  8. 27:19.8 ~ Cassey Fullard (F, 13) Alma, GA
  9. 28:06.7 ~ Breanna Madsen (F, 26) Valdosta, GA
  10. 29:07.8 ~ Beth Ford (F, 45) Valdosta, GA

Break Bread Bun Run 5K champions, 2010-2014
24 July 201018:28, Scott Gardner24:16, Nicole Kump49
23 July 201118:47, Masked Avenger23:07, Minerva Arreguin78
21 July 201218:21, Mark McLeod21:11, Alice Smoot56
20 July 201318:54, Ryan Kelly22:30, Alison Peters71
12 July 201418:19, Ryan Kelly21:20, Makenzee Page49


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