Jesup, Georgia, master runner Roberto Bonilla won Valdosta's seventh Independence Day 5K on Saturday morning, 4 July 2015, running a fast 16:36 and finishing nearly 100 meters ahead of his nearest challenger. Another master runner--Joseph Carnegie III of Ocala, Florida--took the runner-up spot with a 17:05. Two Lowndes High distance runner battled for third, with rising senior Chance Roe edging out rising junior Kaleb Wolfenden 17:20 to 17:22. Fifth went to Valdosta High sophomore Matthew Baun in 17:36. Lowndes High rising sophomore Elijah Boyd outfought Valdosta State University distance runner Josh Hall for sixth, 17:57 to 17:59.
Valdosta master runner Debbie Green took the women's title, crossing the finish line with a 350-meter lead over the rest of the women's field. Green was 21st overall with a time of 22:26. Amber Elam of Valdosta was second in the women's standings, coming in 25th overall in 24:09. Valdosta master runner Martha Mazurkiewicz captured the third women's spot, placing 26th overall in 24:27. Josie Mazurkiewicz, who performed the National Anthem before the race started, was the fourth female finisher, 36th overall in 25:19.
128 athletes finished the 2015 Valdosta Independence Day 5K. The race was produced, timed, and scored by A Course / Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia.
Top Ten Men, 2015 Valdosta Independence Day 5K
- 16:35.8 ~ Roberto Bonilla, Jr (M, 41) Jesup, GA
- 17:04.8 ~ Joseph Carnegie, III (M, 49) Ocala, FL
- 17:19.4 ~ Chance Roe (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
- 17:21.6 ~ Kaleb Wolfenden (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
- 17:36.0 ~ Matthew Baun (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
- 17:56.9 ~ Elijah Boyd (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
- 17:58.5 ~ Josh Hall (M, 21) Valdosta, GA
- 18:00.9 ~ Dan Butzin (M, 30) Valdosta, GA
- 18:18.0 ~ Quin McGlamery (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
- 18:38.0 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 36) Lake Park, GA
Top Ten Females, 2015 Valdosta Independence Day 5K
- 22:25.2 ~ Debbie Green (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
- 24:08.9 ~ Amber Elam (F, 26) Valdosta, GA
- 24:27.0 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 47) Valdosta, GA
- 25:18.7 ~ Josie Mazurkiewicz (F, 19) Valdosta, GA
- 25:19.9 ~ Erin Murphy (F, 34) Oxford, AL
- 26:30.3 ~ Nancy Elam (F, 52) Valdosta, GA
- 26:41.2 ~ Lauren Bewley (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
- 26:48.4 ~ Jordanne Cary (F, 25) Milledgeville, GA
- 27:02.9 ~ Michelle Iturralde (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
- 27:35.3 ~ Ashli Southern (F, 26) Ray City, GA
|Champions of the Valdosta Independence Day 5K, 2009 - 2015|
|4 July 2006*||32:33, Dave Bernacki||35:28, Susan Fischer||144|
|4 July 2007*||28:16, John Seppala||37:47, Beth DeLoach||181|
|4 July 2008*||28:42, John Seppala||33:15, Kelly Fleming||193|
|4 July 2009||16:38, Alan McGough||20:32, Ashley McGee||228|
|4 July 2010||16:32, Chris Rice||20:26, Angelina Horne||215|
|4 July 2011||16:15, Jeff Powers||20:16, Jordanne Helton||123|
|4 July 2012||16:57, Chris Rice||20:18, Christine Shattles||192|
|4 July 2013||17:28, Wright Calhoun||20:13, Mary Alice Smoot||163|
|4 July 2014||17:38, Chance Roe||21:04, Makenzee Page||124|
|4 July 2015||16:36, Roberto Bonilla, Jr||22:26, Debbie Green||128|
|* The predecessor of the Valdosta Independence Day 5K was the|
Baytree 8K, run in the streets of Valdosta on Independence Day
from 2006 to 2008.
- Complete results of Valdosta's 2015 Independence Day 5K
- More Independence Day 2015 racing coverage on Trouble Afoot!
- Dothan AL: troubleafoot.blogspot.com/2015/07/dothan-firecracker-2015.html
- Gainesville FL: http://troubleafoot.blogspot.com/2015/07/ftc-melon-2015.html
- Jay FL: http://troubleafoot.blogspot.com/2015/07/jay-freedom-2015.html
- Panama City Beach FL: http://troubleafoot.blogspot.com/2015/07/pcb-firecracker-2015.html
- St George Island FL: http://troubleafoot.blogspot.com/2015/07/spritzer-2015.html
- Tallahassee FL: http://troubleafoot.blogspot.com/2015/07/firecracker-2015.html
- 2013 story, "Calhoun wins and Smoot sets record on Independence Day in Valdosta"
- 2012 story, "Rice and Shattles celebrate America's birthday with Valdosta 5K wins"
- 2011 story, "Powers and Helton make the records fall in Valdosta"
- 2010 story, "2010 story, "Rice and Horne rock the Fourth in Valdosta"
- Find a race to run on the next patriotic holiday using the Trouble Afoot! calendar