Friday, July 10, 2015

Holguin and Garcia star in Panama City Beach's Firecracker 5K

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot road races have become a cliché of athletics. If you're looking for a town without a Turkey Trot, start by looking for a town without a November road race.


If any event name is going to give "Turkey Trot" a run for the money, it's "Firecracker." Every since the Revolution, Independence Day has been a traditional date for athletic events. A good number of them are named "Firecracker." There's more than one Firecracker 5K, Firecracker 10K, and Firecracker 10-Mile. I don't know of a Firecracker Marathon but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that one exists. Panama City Beach, Florida, entered the Firecracker club on Saturday morning, 4 July 2015, with its inaugural Firecracker 5K in Frank Brown Park.


Gabe Holguin, a former trackman at Bay High and at Winthrop University, won Panama City Beach's first Firecracker 5K, running 16:45. Mitchell Shelton was runner-up in 17:04 and Brian Vincent took third in 18:36. Panama City Beach triathlete and master runner David Shearon was fourth in 18:48. Claudia Garcia was the first female finisher, 11th overall in 21:47. Tracie Hough was second in the women's standings, 16th overall in 23:21.


The Panama City Beach Firecracker 5K was organized by Road Race Consultants, LLC.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Panama City Beach 5K
  1. 16:45 ~ Gabe Holguin
  2. 17:04 ~ Mitchell Shelton
  3. 18:36 ~ Brian Vincent
  4. 18:48 ~ David Shearon
  5. 19:20 ~ Mason Bennett
  6. 19:21 ~ Jack Bishop
  7. 19:23 ~ Trevor Berry
  8. 19:47 ~ Tyler Berry
  9. 20:17 ~ Patrick Riggins
  10. 20:40 ~ Bill Staniewicz

Top Ten Women, 2015 Panama City Beach 5K
  1. 21:47 ~ Claudia Garcia
  2. 23:21 ~ Tracie Hough
  3. 23:35 ~ Ashley Awbrey
  4. 25:30 ~ Danielle Raszler
  5. 26:06 ~ Missy Smith
  6. 26:31 ~ Denise James
  7. 26:40 ~ Corrine Ingram
  8. 26:57 ~ Lindsay Adams
  9. 27:15 ~ Sarah Hall
  10. 27:32 ~ Maria Renteria

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