Sunday, July 5, 2015

Bonilla and Green keep 'em flying in Valdosta

USA Flags2015 marked the tenth straight year of Independence Day racing in the streets of Valdosta, Georgia. The first three years, 2006 through 2008, the morning of July 4 was the occasion for the Baytree 8K, reminiscent of the slightly longer and somewhat larger Peachtree 10K in Atlanta. Starting on 4 July 2009 the Baytree 8K was replaced by the Valdosta 5K, which athletes have raced annually ever since.


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
  1. 16:35.8 ~ Roberto Bonilla, Jr (M, 41) Jesup, GA
  2. 17:04.8 ~ Joseph Carnegie, III (M, 49) Ocala, FL
  3. 17:19.4 ~ Chance Roe (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  4. 17:21.6 ~ Kaleb Wolfenden (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  5. 17:36.0 ~ Matthew Baun (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  6. 17:56.9 ~ Elijah Boyd (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  7. 17:58.5 ~ Josh Hall (M, 21) Valdosta, GA
  8. 18:00.9 ~ Dan Butzin (M, 30) Valdosta, GA
  9. 18:18.0 ~ Quin McGlamery (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  10. 18:38.0 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 36) Lake Park, GA

Top Ten Females, 2015 Valdosta Independence Day 5K
  1. 22:25.2 ~ Debbie Green (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
  2. 24:08.9 ~ Amber Elam (F, 26) Valdosta, GA
  3. 24:27.0 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 47) Valdosta, GA
  4. 25:18.7 ~ Josie Mazurkiewicz (F, 19) Valdosta, GA
  5. 25:19.9 ~ Erin Murphy (F, 34) Oxford, AL
  6. 26:30.3 ~ Nancy Elam (F, 52) Valdosta, GA
  7. 26:41.2 ~ Lauren Bewley (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  8. 26:48.4 ~ Jordanne Cary (F, 25) Milledgeville, GA
  9. 27:02.9 ~ Michelle Iturralde (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
  10. 27:35.3 ~ Ashli Southern (F, 26) Ray City, GA

Champions of the Valdosta Independence Day 5K, 2009 - 2015
DateMenWomenFinishers
4 July 2006*32:33, Dave Bernacki35:28, Susan Fischer144
4 July 2007*28:16, John Seppala37:47, Beth DeLoach181
4 July 2008*28:42, John Seppala33:15, Kelly Fleming193
4 July 200916:38, Alan McGough20:32, Ashley McGee228
4 July 201016:32, Chris Rice20:26, Angelina Horne215
4 July 201116:15, Jeff Powers20:16, Jordanne Helton123
4 July 201216:57, Chris Rice20:18, Christine Shattles192
4 July 201317:28, Wright Calhoun20:13, Mary Alice Smoot163
4 July 201417:38, Chance Roe21:04, Makenzee Page124
4 July 201516:36, Roberto Bonilla, Jr22:26, Debbie Green128
* 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.


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