Joining Andrew Elam in the youth brigade was runner-up Dylan Rogers, another Lowndes High junior, who ran 17:04. A third Lowndes High junior, Chance Roe, placed third in 17:32. The wave of youngsters was interrupted by Valdosta High coach Ryan Kelly, who took fourth in 17:38. It was a brief interruption, though, as Lowndes High senior Nathan Crews followed in fifth at 18:33, Lowndes High junior Daniel Swilley placed sixth in 18:52, and Valdosta High frosh Quin McGlamery came in seventh at 19:55. Only after all those prep athletes had crossed the line did the first master runners appear--in eight and ninth place, race director Todd Smoot edged Rick Mazurkiewicz for the top master spot, 20:03 to 20:10.
There was a new course record of 20:52 to ring in on the women's side, but no new record holder and no new champion. Instead, 2013 winner Makenzee Page lowered her own record by more than a minute and a half while finishing on top of the New Year's Eve 5K women's standings for the second year in a row. Page placed tenth overall. Women's runner-up Melanie Ellis was the first woman master in the race, finishing 13th overall in 22:32.
69 athletes finished the third annual Valdosta, Georgia, New Year's Eve 5K.
Top Ten Men, Valdosta's 2014 New Year's Eve 5K
- 16:58.1 ~ Andrew Elam (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
- 17:03.4 ~ Dylan Rogers (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
- 17:32.0 ~ Chance Roe (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
- 17:37.7 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 36) Lake Park, GA
- 18:32.6 ~ Nathan Crews (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
- 18:51.5 ~ Daniel Swilley (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
- 19:55.0 ~ Quin McGlamery (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
- 20:02.5 ~ Todd Smoot (M, 52) Valdosta, GA
- 20:09.1 ~ Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 47) Valdosta, GA
- 21:11.6 ~ Milo Mirate (M, 19) Valdosta, GA
Top Ten Women, Valdosta's 2014 New Year's Eve 5K
- 20:51.8 ~ Makenzee Page (F, 15) Ray City, GA
- 22:31.5 ~ Melanie Ellis (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
- 22:39.7 ~ Amber Elam (F, 25) Birmingham, AL
- 22:50.2 ~ Debbie Green (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
- 23:53.2 ~ Brandi Al-Taher (F, 38) Valdosta, GA
- 24:18.1 ~ Melissa Roe (F, 36) Valdosta, GA
- 24:31.9 ~ Destiny Roe (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
- 24:53.6 ~ Joi Jones (F, 19) Valdosta, GA
- 24:59.7 ~ Nancy Elam (F, 51) Valdosta, GA
- 25:02.7 ~ Lauren Bewley (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
|Valdosta, Georgia, New Year's Eve 5K winners, 2012 - 2014|
|31 December 2012||17:58, Mark McLeod||24:56, Martha Mazurkiewicz||50|
|31 December 2013||18:04, Ryan Kelly||22:30, Makenzee Page||75|
|31 December 2014||16:59, Andrew Elam||20:52, Makenzee Page||69|
- Complete results of Valdosta's 2014 New Year's Eve 5K (Courtesy of A Course/Line, LLC)
- 2013 story, "Kelly and Page headline a New Year's Runnin' Eve in Valdosta"
- 2012 story, "In Valdosta, McLeod and Mazurkiewicz ring out the old year with new wins"
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Ring Out, Wild Bells"
- Find upcoming races in the region during the new year using the Trouble Afoot! calendar