Marley won the first Loop-the-Lake in 2006, then returned to take the title in each even-numbered year, setting the event record of 15:07 in 2012. 2014 was an even-numbered year, so Marley was back in Cordele, Georgia, on Saturday morning 1 June 2014 to attempt a fifth championship.
He didn't disappoint.
Marley, an Atlanta Track Club marathoner, blazed a 15:32, winning the eighth Loop-the-Lake by over 300 meters. Victor Chicas, a cross-country standout for Darton State College, was second in 16:40. 2013 Loop-the-Lake champion Wright Calhoun took third in 16:43. 2014 Gnat Days 5K winner Arnoldo De Jesus was fourth in 18:04, and Jared Hammond was fifth in 18:24. Ed Shattles was the fastest master runner in the race, taking sixth in 19:22.
Brittney Skiles didn't have as long a history at Loop-the-Lake as David Marley, but she had won the women's title at the race in 2008, setting a women's course record of 19:45. Skiles lowered that course record to 19:23 in the 2014 race, winning top women's honors at Loop-the-Lake for the second time. Skiles was seventh overall. Less than 100 meters behind Skiles was the women's runner-up, Southland Academy rising junior Chris Shattles, eighth overall in 19:45. Another Shattles, Trina Shattles, was the ninth female finisher and first woman master in the 2014 Loop-the-Lake, placing 37th overall in 24:14.
312 athletes were recorded crossing the finish line by Event Tech, the timing company for the 2014 Loop-the-Lake 5K. Despite the name of the event, the runners did not go entirely around Lake Blackshear, but still caught some beautiful views of the water as they ran through Georgia Veterans State Park.
Top Ten Men, 2014 Lake Blackshear Loop-the-Lake 5K
- 15:31.67 ~ David Marley (M, 27) Columbus, GA
- 16:39.63 ~ Victor Chicas (M, 21)
- 16:53.94 ~ Wright Calhoun (M, 16)
- 18:03.76 ~ Arnoldo De Jesus (M, 28)
- 18:23.31 ~ Jared Hammond (M, 33)
- 19:21.69 ~ Ed Shattles (M, 51)
- 19:45.35 ~ Dennis Moore (M, 45)
- 20:09.45 ~ Kurt Anthony (M, 48)
- 20:11.22 ~ Warren Juster (M, 47)
- 20:14.62 ~ Patrick Calcutt (M, 49)
Top Ten Women, 2014 Lake Blackshear Loop-the-Lake 5K
- 19:22.53 ~ Brittany Skiles (F, 25)
- 19:44.07 ~ Christine Shattles (F, 15)
- 21:42.89 ~ Paula Rogers (F, 31)
- 22:13.83 ~ Amelia Gibbs (F, 36)
- 22:15.03 ~ Jessica Childers (F, 28)
- 22:36.01 ~ Sydney Hayes (F, 14)
- 23:29.45 ~ Ashley Barrow (F, 33)
- 23:43.74 ~ Ryleigh Bell (F, 12)
- 24:13.09 ~ Trina Shattles (F, 44)
- 24:14.25 ~ Alisa Tuanina (F, 17)
- 24:15.45 ~ Madelyn Carter (F, 36)
- 24:17.90 ~ Rachel Drumm (F, 21)
|Lake Blackshear Loop-the-Lake 5K champions, 2006-2014|
|27 May 2006||16:29, David Marley||20:15, Maria Duemler|
|19 July 2008||16:20, David Marley||19:45, Brittney Skiles|
|18 July 2009||16:59.81, Marc Kushinka||21:09.71, Alecia Beck|
|26 June 2010||15:51.85, David Marley||21:23.20, Molly Smith|
|11 June 2011||17:00.58, Adam Ross||21:16.64, Beth Young|
|9 June 2012||15:06.87, David Marley||20:30.73, Chris Shattles|
|1 June 2013||16:45.49, Wright Calhoun||21:49.76, Ashlee Golden|
|31 May 2014||15:31.67, David Marley||19:22.53, Brittany Skiles|
- Complete results of the 2014 Lake Blackshear Loop-the-Lake 5K at active.com
- 2013 story, "Calhoun and Golden leg it at Loop-the-Lake"
- Loop-the-Lake 5K website
- Find a future race beside a lake, river, or ocean on the Trouble Afoot! calendar