Monday, March 30, 2015

Gomez and Cauthen and the ants of Ashburn

Flat FlameIn South Georgia, the town of Ashburn holds a Fire Ant Festival 5K in March. Nearby Camilla, Georgia, hosts the Gnat Days Festival 5K each May. The region is just one event short of a nuisance insect triple crown series of races. That's something to keep in mind if you were considering celebrating Locust Days in July, or holding a Deer Fly Festival. I doubt that Enterprise, Alabama, is willing to loan its Boll Weevil Festival, but you could always ask.


The series would have to open with the Fire Ant Festival 5K, though, which is alway held on the fourth Saturday in March, except when it's run on the fifth Saturday in March. In 2015 March only had four Saturdays, so the race was on 28 March 2015. Omega, Georgia, master runner Lorenzo Gomez won the 3.1-mile run in 19:35. In the 2014 race, Leesburg master runner Bruce Austin had taken the runner-up spot and Ashburn's own Mauricio Cervantes had taken third. This year their places were reversed. Cervantes, 15, grabbed second in 20:53, nearly a minute and a half faster than he had run the year before. Austin ran 21:01 to take third.


Bonaire, Georgia, athlete Allison Cauthen had placed second in the women's standings in 2013 and again in 2014. In 2015 she ran her fastest Fire Ant Festival 5K time yet, a 23:27, and it was good enough to earn her the women's title. Carrollton, Georgia, master runner Leslie Miles was the second woman finisher, Miles placed tenth overall in 24:16. Janet Urbanski, 45, of Warner Robins, Georgia, took third in the women's standings, finishing eleventh overall in 24:39. The 2013 Fire Ant Festival 5K women's champion, Adrienne Worley, was fourth in the women's division this year, coming in 13th overall in 24:52.


52 athletes finished the 2015 Fire Ant Festival 5K. Results and timing were provided by RANREB Timing Services of Cordele, Georgia. Expect the next Fire Ant Festival 5K in Ashburn on Saturday morning, 26 March 2016. The ants aren't invited, but they always show up anyway.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Turner County (Georgia) Fire Ant Festival 5K
  1. 19:34.99 ~ Lorenzo Gomez (M, 49) Omega, GA
  2. 20:52.79 ~ Mauricio Cervantes (M, 15) Ashburn, GA
  3. 21:00.70 ~ Bruce Austin (M, 45) Leesburg, GA
  4. 21:11.90 ~ Jeff Urbanski (M, 51) Warner Robins, GA
  5. 22:04.32 ~ Lou Hartley (M, 48) Lagrange, GA
  6. 22:57.37 ~ Evan Hobbs (M, 50) Carrollton, GA
  7. 23:45.69 ~ David Slauenwhite (M, 56) Cordele, GA
  8. 24:06.17 ~ Ke'shawn Walker (M, 17) Ashburn, GA
  9. 24:49.39 ~ Shannon Dorman (M, 48) Tifton, GA
  10. 25:01.99 ~ Ethan Golden (M, 38) Sylvester, GA

Top Ten Women, 2015 Turner County (Georgia) Fire Ant Festival 5K
  1. 23:26.51 ~ Allison Cauthen (F, 26) Bonaire, GA
  2. 24:15.03 ~ Leslie Miles (F, 44) Carrollton, GA
  3. 24:38.08 ~ Janet Urbanski (F, 45) Warner Robins, GA
  4. 24:51.44 ~ Adrienne Worley (F, 34) Cordele, GA
  5. 25:24.31 ~ Rebecca Rhodes (F, 27) Abbeville, GA
  6. 26:28.70 ~ April Jowers (F, 34) Tifton, GA
  7. 26:45.47 ~ Brittany Pilkenton (F, 28) Sycamore, GA
  8. 27:28.00 ~ Gina Purvis (F, 56) Tifton, GA
  9. 28:08.69 ~ Laura Eidson (F, 26) Fitzgerald, GA
  10. 28:52.19 ~ Raeanne Watkins (F, 61) Tucker, GA

Turner County Fire Ant Festival 5K winners, 2003 - 2015
DateMenWomenFinishers
24 March 2001
23 March 2002
22 March 200316:37, David Coody, Jr21:52, Kara Clark
27 March 200418:23, Kerry Underwood27:26, Stephanie Langley
26 March 200517:22, Robert Feldman20:20, Brooke Withers60
25 March 200617:52, Ryan McDaniel21:22, Rue Chitwood50
24 March 200716:01, David Marley20:08, Elizabeth Lambert76
22 March 200816:47, David Marley19:45, Brittney Skiles106
28 March 200918:15, Nathan Norton22:56, Amy Bartholomew63
27 March 201017:54, Daniel Chevez21:53, Susan Breeding91
26 March 201117:52, Robert Smith20:46, Ashley Duncan97
24 March 201218:09, Benjamin James Weston23:37, Jeanette MacDonald141
23 March 201319:02, Robert Bledsoe25:24, Adrienne Worley80
29 March 201418:38, Jared Hammond23:21, Amelia Gibbs47
28 March 201519:35, Lorenzo Gomez23:27, Allison Cauthen52


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