Monday, May 25, 2015

Kelly and Green deserve decoration at Valdosta's Memorial Day 5K

American FlagsSince 2009 the athletes of Valdosta, Georgia, have celebrated Memorial Day with a 5K road race. On a warm Monday morning, 25 May 2015, 73 runners turned out for the seventh-year, 3.1-mile celebration. Lake Park's Ryan Kelly, the Valdosta High cross country coach, won the race in 17:54. In a tight 18:08 to 18:10 race for second, Valdosta High frosh cross-country runner Quin McGlamery got the runner-up spot over Dan Butzin. Brian Rohrbach was fourth in 18:20, while Valdosta's Rick Mazurkiewicz was the top master runner in the race, placing fifth overall in 19:35.


Kelly had also won the 2013 Valdosta Memorial Day 5K. Likewise, Valdosta master runner Debbie Green had won the women's title in 2013, and took it again in the 2015 race, coming in twelfth overall in 22:44. Melanie Ellis of Valdosta finished second in the women's standings, placing 17th overall in 23:58. Ali Thornhill (17th, 23:58) was the third female finisher and Nancy Elam (19th, 24:11) the fourth. Highland Christian Academy distance runner Alden Lisse (22nd, 25:01) took the fifth women's spot.


One thing about annual Memorial Day races is that there is never any mystery as to the date of next year's race. Valdosta's Memorial Day 5K is no exception. Mark your calendar for its return on Monday, 30 May 2016.


Top Ten Men, Valdosta's 2015 Memorial Day 5K
  1. 17:53.2 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 36) Lake Park, GA
  2. 18:07.8 ~ Quin McGlamery (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  3. 18:09.4 ~ Dan Butzin (M, 30) Valdosta, GA
  4. 18:19.4 ~ Brian Rohrbach (M, 38) Valdosta, GA
  5. 19:34.7 ~ Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 48) Valdosta, GA
  6. 20:54.5 ~ Randy Rathmann (M, 45) Valdosta, GA
  7. 21:19.2 ~ Dylan Guilmette (M, 19) Lake Park, GA
  8. 22:11.6 ~ Rob McGhin (M, 35) Valdosta, GA
  9. 22:15.8 ~ Case Gregory (M, 11) Norman Park, GA
  10. 22:22.0 ~ Wesley Heruska (M, 39) Hahira, GA

Top Ten Women, Valdosta's 2015 Memorial Day 5K
  1. 22:43.7 ~ Debbie Green (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
  2. 23:19.6 ~ Melanie Ellis (F, 42) Valdosta, GA
  3. 23:57.6 ~ Ali Thornhill (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  4. 24:10.9 ~ Nancy Elam (F, 51) Valdosta, GA
  5. 25:00.6 ~ Alden Lisse (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  6. 25:13.8 ~ Josie Mazurkiewicz (F, 19) Valdosta, GA
  7. 25:15.7 ~ Lauren Bewley (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  8. 25:21.6 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 47) Valdosta, GA
  9. 25:36.1 ~ Amy Edwards (F, 28) Lakeland, GA
  10. 25:42.7 ~ Mary Lisse (F, 45) Valdosta, GA

Valdosta Memorial Day 5K Champions, 2009 - 2015
DateMenWomenFinishers
25 May 200916:34, Chris Rice20:47, Ashley McGee86
31 May 201016:50, Chris Rice21:38, Jordan Helton79
30 May 201117:10, Chris Rice21:06, Alice Smoot102
28 May 201218:33, Masked Avenger21:38, Alison Peters53
27 May 201318:05, Ryan Kelly23:21, Debbie Green87
26 May 201417:26, Dylan Rogers22:01, Makenzee Page92
25 May 201517:54, Ryan Kelly22:44, Debbie Green73


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