Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Butzin and Bruhl take Smoothie King crowns

2015 Smoothie King 5KThe 15th annual Azalea Festival 5K not only saw a new pair of champions, but also a new name. The 14 March 2015 edition of the race was the Smoothie King 5K, with Dan Butzin taking the men's crown in 19:22 and Angela Bruhl the women's crown in 22:12. 52 athletes finished the 3.1-mile race in Valdosta, Georgia.


Butzin won by a comfortable margin over runner-up Colin Prinsloo that Saturday morning, 19:22 to 19:41. The women's competition was somewhat closer, with Bruhl finishing third overall in 22:12, just ahead of Valdosta master runner Alice Smoot, who was fourth overall in 22:24. Smoot was a past winner of the race, having won the women's title in 2011. Valdosta's Billy Taylor was the first male master runner in the race, coming in sixth overall in 23:10.


The name of the race might have been new, but as in past years the 2015 Smoothie King 5K was produced by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority. Finish line and timing services were provided by A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Smoothie King 5K
  1. 19:21.3 ~ Dan Butzin (M, 29) Valdosta
  2. 19:40.5 ~ Colin Prinsloo (M, 29) Hahira
  3. 23:09.1 ~ Billy Talyor (M, 66) Valdosta
  4. 24:02.8 ~ James Tracy (M, 33) Valdosta
  5. 24:28.7 ~ Jason Greene (M, 32) Lakeland
  6. 24:48.2 ~ Rodney Elam (M, 51) Valdosta
  7. 24:54.5 ~ Doug Swords (M, 35) Valdosta
  8. 26:43.1 ~ Michael Guilmette (M, 52) Lake Park
  9. 27:11.3 ~ Cliff Baker (M, 41) Valdosta
  10. 27:15.9 ~ William Edwards (M, 28) Valdosta

Top Ten Women, 2015 Smoothie King 5K
  1. 22:11.1 ~ Angela Bruhl (F, 31) Valdosta
  2. 22:23.2 ~ Alice Smoot (F, 57) Valdosta
  3. 23:29.9 ~ Amber Elam (F, 25) Valdosta
  4. 24:09.6 ~ Nancy Elam (F, 51) Valdosta
  5. 25:34.8 ~ Kirsten Wetherbee (F, 56) Valdosta
  6. 26:23.8 ~ Jade Evans (F, 24) Valdosta
  7. 28:53.2 ~ Amy Bradshaw (F, 25) Valdosta
  8. 29:09.2 ~ Janis Lee (F, 60) Hahira
  9. 29:35.4 ~ Barbara Bradshaw (F, 56) Lawrenceville
  10. 30:38.8 ~ Amy Reese (F, 40) Valdosta

Valdosta Azalea Festival 5K champions, 2001 - 2015
DateMenWomenFinishers
17 March 2001
16 March 2002
15 March 2003
13 March 2004
12 March 2005
11 March 200616:51 ~ Andrew Minnicks20:34 ~ Susan Fischer123
10 March 200717:17 ~ Todd Smoot19:33 ~ Melissa Daugherty152
15 March 200816:56 ~ John Seppala21:46 ~ Brandi Faircloth143
14 March 200918:16 ~ Chris Gaither20:40 ~ Mary Anne Grayson155
13 March 201016:46 ~ Brandon Skiles20:54 ~ Brandi Faircloth126
12 March 201117:39 ~ James Marino20:39 ~ Alice Smoot131
10 March 201220:33 ~ Toby Wilkey22:10 ~ Christie Kingsbury109
 9 March 201316:17 ~ Jesse Prince20:10 ~ Danielle Jarnagin125
 8 March 201418:21 ~ Ryan Kelly25:02 ~ Lauren Bewley67
14 March 201519:22 ~ Dan Butzin22:12 ~ Angela Bruhl52


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