Monday, October 20, 2014

Pyle, Smith prove no flash-in-the-pan at Skillet Festival's Cast Iron 5K

Skillet Festival BannersIn the Quitman, Georgia, Cast Iron 5K on Saturday morning, 18 October 2014, Thomasville, Georgia, athlete Gareth Pyle made it to the finish line only just ahead of Rose City Tri Club's Chad Johnson. But Pyle did edge out Johnson, 20:16 to 20:18, winning the race and successfully defending his 2013 title in the race. Pyle's time for the 3.1-mile course was over half-a-minute faster than his winning time the previous year. Johnson's 20:18 earned him the top master spot in the standings.


Coming in third overall at 21:36, Elizabeth Smith of Valdosta, Georgia, topped the women's standings. Alison Thornhill of Valdosta was the women's runner up, placing fifth overall in 22:19. Valdosta's Debbie Green was the first woman master, finishing sixth overall in 22:31.


Put on by the Boys And Girls Club of Valdosta, the Cast Iron 5K is part of the Brooks County Skillet Festival. The annual festival is held in Quitman, Georgia, on the third Saturday of October. Finish line and timing services were provided by A Course / Line, LLC, of Valdosta. 59 athletes finished the 2014 race.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Cast Iron 5K
  1. 20:15.2 ~ Gareth Pyle (M, 35) Thomasville, GA
  2. 20:17.2 ~ Chad Johnson (M, 43) Thomasville, GA
  3. 22:16.5 ~ Rob McGhin (M, 34) Valdosta, GA
  4. 22:56.2 ~ Rusty Jones (M, 61) Valdosta, GA
  5. 23:04.9 ~ Billy Taylor (M, 65) Valdosta, GA
  6. 23:29.5 ~ Steven Dansereau (M, 53) Lakeland, GA
  7. 24:20.1 ~ Michael Guilmette (M, 51) Lake Park, GA
  8. 25:07.1 ~ Chip Pledger (M, 27) Jefferson, GA
  9. 25:16.5 ~ Lars Leader (M, 62) Valdosta, GA
  10. 26:31.6 ~ Jonathan Falks (M, 31) Ray City, GA

Top Ten Women, 2014 Cast Iron 5K
  1. 21:35.4 ~ Elizabeth Smith (F, 36) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:18.4 ~ Alison Thornhill (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  3. 22:30.8 ~ Debbie Green (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  4. 25:04.4 ~ Heather Kelly (F, 36) Lake Park, GA
  5. 25:37.7 ~ Leanna Greene (F, 28) Lake Park, GA
  6. 26:52.4 ~ Jessie Wortman (F, 11) Quitman, GA
  7. 27:29.8 ~ Pollyanna Bass (F, 42) Pavo, GA
  8. 28:08.4 ~ Lexi Metts (F, 11) Hahira, GA
  9. 28:14.2 ~ Beth Ford (F, 46) Valdosta, GA
  10. 28:22.9 ~ Tori Holmes (F, 38) Lake Park, GA

Cast Iron 5K winners, 2011-2014
DateMenWomenFinishers
17 September 201117:51, Masked Avenger22:08, Gretchen Bielmyer101
15 September 201218:30, Masked Avenger24:22, Rebecca Meindl55
19 October 201320:48, Gareth Pyle22:18, Makenzee Page86
18 October 201420:16, Gareth Pyle21:36, Elizabeth Smith59
The historic predecessor of the Cast Iron 5K was an 8K race
that was held annually in Quitman from 2007 to 2010.


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