Sunday, October 18, 2015

No rust on Martinez or Hamilton at the Cast Iron 5K

Skillet Festival BannersMichael Martinez isn't at every road race in the region. It just seems that way.


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
  1. 18:16.3 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 49) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 20:34.3 ~ Chad Johnson (M, 44) Thomasville, GA
  3. 21:55.6 ~ Rob Sheridan (M, 54) Valdosta, GA
  4. 22:00.1 ~ Billy Taylor (M, 66) Valdosta, GA
  5. 22:34.5 ~ Rob McGhin (M, 35) Valdosta, GA
  6. 22:50.0 ~ Jacob Dukes (M, 15) Quitman, GA
  7. 23:05.9 ~ Darren McCall (M, 32) Valdosta, GA
  8. 23:58.7 ~ Russ Henry (M, 45) Valdosta, GA
  9. 24:08.8 ~ Rodney Elam (M, 52) Valdosta, GA
  10. 24:32.4 ~ Bob Moon (M, 60) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2015 Cast Iron 5K
  1. 22:24.7 ~ Beverly Hamilton (F, 37) Thomasville, GA
  2. 22:53.8 ~ Debbie Green (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
  3. 23:03.5 ~ Brenna Clark (F, 12) Valdosta, GA
  4. 23:23.7 ~ Amber Elam (F, 26) Montgomery, AL
  5. 25:13.3 ~ Jessie Wortman (F, 12) Dixie, GA
  6. 25:18.8 ~ Leanna Pledger (F, 29) Quitman, GA
  7. 25:29.0 ~ Pollyanna Bass (F, 43) Pavo, GA
  8. 26:18.6 ~ Lauren Bewley (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  9. 28:10.3 ~ Jessie Burton (F, 34) Barney, GA
  10. 29:14.6 ~ Lexi Metts (F, 12) Hahira, GA

Cast Iron 5K winners, 2011 - 2015
DateMenWomenFinishers
17 September 201117:51, Masked Avenger22:08, Gretchen Bielmyer101
15 September 201218:30, Masked Avenger24:22, Rebecca Meindl55
19 October 201320:48, Gareth Pyle22:18, Makenzee Page86
18 October 201420:16, Gareth Pyle21:36, Elizabeth Smith59
17 October 201518:17, Michael Martinez22:25, Beverly Hamilton74
The historic predecessor of the Cast Iron 5K was an 8K race
that was held annually in Quitman from 2007 to 2010.


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