Monday, May 4, 2015

Marino and Castor make a trip to the Winner's Circle at the Julep Jog

2015 Julep Jog 5KIf you're going to have a 5K road race the same day as the Kentucky Derby, why not give a nod to the Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports by calling your event the Julep Jog? Well, that's exactly what the folks at Valwood School in Hahira, Georgia, did for their race on Saturday morning, 2 May 2015.


Valdosta, Georgia, athlete James Marino won that inaugural Julep Jog 5K in 19:33. Second place went to David Burnett of Valdosta in 20:08, while thirteen-year-old Casey Weldon of Lake Park, Georgia, was third in 23:54. Valdosta's Eric Castor was the fastest master runner in the race, placing fifth overall in 24:26.


Valwood cross-country runner Madeline Castor was the first female finisher in the Julep Jog 5K. The sixth-grader ran 24:17, coming in fourth overall. Another Valwood cross-country runner, sixth-grader Brenna Clark, was second in the female standings, finishing eighth overall in 25:12. Angela Burnett was third on the women's side, ninth overall in 26:06. Cathy Helms was the fourth female finisher and the first woman master runner; Helms was eleventh overall in 27:37.


36 athletes finished the 2015 Julep Jog 5K, with another 53 completing a one-mile fun run. The Julep Jog was the first event in Valwood School's 43rd annual "Derby Day" fundraiser.


Oh, and the most exciting two minutes in sports was the 1972 Olympic final in the men's 800-meter run. The Kentucky Derby doesn't even come close.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Julep Jog 5K
  1. 19:32.54 ~ James Marino (M, 36) Valdosta, GA
  2. 20:07.54 ~ David Burnett (M, 30) Valdosta, GA
  3. 23:53.59 ~ Casey Weldon (M, 13) Lake Park, GA
  4. 24:25.84 ~ Eric Castor (M, 41) Valdosta, GA
  5. 24:28.00 ~ Jack Helms (M, 17)
  6. 24:32.54 ~ Bobby Stephenson (M, 36)
  7. 27:28.22 ~ Jim Tunison (M, 53)
  8. 29:10.55 ~ Ethan Burnett (M, 7)
  9. 30:07.29 ~ Luke Register (M, 8)
  10. 30:09.85 ~ Ben Register (M, 33)

Top Ten Women, 2015 Julep Jog 5K
  1. 24:16.17 ~ Madeline Castor (F, 12)
  2. 25:11.58 ~ Brenna Clark (F, 12)
  3. 26:05.23 ~ Angela Burnett (F, 30)
  4. 27:36.79 ~ Cathy Helms (F, 54)
  5. 27:44.66 ~ Ashley Fielding (F, 37)
  6. 28:22.03 ~ Tori Holmes (F, 39)
  7. 29:11.61 ~ Mary MacIllges (F, 11)
  8. 29:11.86 ~ Emily Clifton (F, 13)
  9. 29:44.66 ~ Emma Burnett (F, 8)
  10. 29:52.24 ~ Anne Harvey Shaw (F, 34)

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