Wherever you do spot the Tallahassee master runner though, he's sure to be near the front. In the first ten months of 2015, Martinez logged wins in Blountstown, Live Oak, Bainbridge, and even his hometown, Tallahassee. On 10 October 2015 Martinez was on the Gulf Coast, logging a second place finish in the Apalachicola, Florida, Brat' Trot 5K. Exactly one week later on another Saturday morning, he was far inland in Quitman, Georgia, home of the annual Brooks County Skillet Festival. There, Martinez won the Cast Iron 5K, running 18:17. Thomasville, Georgia, distance runner Beverly Hamilton was the top woman in the race, placing fifth overall in 22:25.
Directly behind Martinez, Thomasville master runner Chad Johnson took second in 20:35. At 21:56, third place went to another master runner, Rob Sheridan of Valdosta, Georgia.
Valdosta, Georgia, athlete Debbie Green was the first woman master and the second female finisher, coming in eighth overall in 22:54. Twelve-year-old Brenna Clark of Valdosta was third in the women's standings, placing ninth overall in 23:04.
74 athletes finished the fifth annual Cast Iron 5K. Timing and finish line services were provided by A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia.
Top Ten Men, 2015 Cast Iron 5K
- 18:16.3 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 49) Tallahassee, FL
- 20:34.3 ~ Chad Johnson (M, 44) Thomasville, GA
- 21:55.6 ~ Rob Sheridan (M, 54) Valdosta, GA
- 22:00.1 ~ Billy Taylor (M, 66) Valdosta, GA
- 22:34.5 ~ Rob McGhin (M, 35) Valdosta, GA
- 22:50.0 ~ Jacob Dukes (M, 15) Quitman, GA
- 23:05.9 ~ Darren McCall (M, 32) Valdosta, GA
- 23:58.7 ~ Russ Henry (M, 45) Valdosta, GA
- 24:08.8 ~ Rodney Elam (M, 52) Valdosta, GA
- 24:32.4 ~ Bob Moon (M, 60) Valdosta, GA
Top Ten Women, 2015 Cast Iron 5K
- 22:24.7 ~ Beverly Hamilton (F, 37) Thomasville, GA
- 22:53.8 ~ Debbie Green (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
- 23:03.5 ~ Brenna Clark (F, 12) Valdosta, GA
- 23:23.7 ~ Amber Elam (F, 26) Montgomery, AL
- 25:13.3 ~ Jessie Wortman (F, 12) Dixie, GA
- 25:18.8 ~ Leanna Pledger (F, 29) Quitman, GA
- 25:29.0 ~ Pollyanna Bass (F, 43) Pavo, GA
- 26:18.6 ~ Lauren Bewley (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
- 28:10.3 ~ Jessie Burton (F, 34) Barney, GA
- 29:14.6 ~ Lexi Metts (F, 12) Hahira, GA
|Cast Iron 5K winners, 2011 - 2015|
|17 September 2011||17:51, Masked Avenger||22:08, Gretchen Bielmyer||101|
|15 September 2012||18:30, Masked Avenger||24:22, Rebecca Meindl||55|
|19 October 2013||20:48, Gareth Pyle||22:18, Makenzee Page||86|
|18 October 2014||20:16, Gareth Pyle||21:36, Elizabeth Smith||59|
|17 October 2015||18:17, Michael Martinez||22:25, Beverly Hamilton||74|
|The historic predecessor of the Cast Iron 5K was an 8K race|
that was held annually in Quitman from 2007 to 2010.
- Complete results of the 2015 Quitman, Georgia, Cast Iron 5K, courtesy of A Course/Line, LLC
- 2014 story, “Pyle, Smith prove no flash-in-the-pan at Skillet Festival's Cast Iron 5K”
- 2011 story, “Avenger and Bielmyer show their mettle at Cast-Iron Man 5K”
- Find more ferrous races on the Trouble Afoot! racing calendar