Two high school cross country runners battled for second, with Valdosta High sophomore Quin McGlamery beating out Science Hill High frosh Thomas Seeley 18:30 to 18:41. Just nineteen days earlier, McGlamery had been part of his team's 24th-place showing in Georgia's class 6A State Meet, while Seeley scored on Science Hill's fourth-place squad in the Tennessee class 3A State Meet. High school athletes grabbed seven of the top ten places in the race, but the top master runner in the Thanksgiving 5K took one of the three remaining spots--Valdosta's Rick Mazurkiewicz was ninth overall in 19:34. It was Mazurkiewicz's second year in a row as the fastest master runner in the race.
Fort White High sophomore Sheridan Plasencia was second in the women's standings, finishing 24th overall in 22:58. Plasencia came from just over the state line in Fort White, Florida, but the third female finisher traveled all the way from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to race--fourteen-year-old Sally Hubner placed 26th overall in 23:18. Martha Mazurkiewicz narrowly edged out Debbie Green for top woman master honors, 23:45 to 23:48. Mazurkiewicz was 33rd overall and sixth in the women's standings; Green was 34th overall and the seventh woman.
No one came close to John Seppala's 2009 record of 16:39 or Erin Miller's 2014 women's record of 18:28, but there was a record number of finishers in the race. 203 athletes finished the 2015 Valdosta Thanksgiving 5K, the first time since the race's inception that more than 200 crossed the finish line.
Top Ten Men, 2015 Valdosta Thanksgiving Day 5K
- 18:21.8 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 36) Lake Park, GA
- 18:29.4 ~ Quin McGlamery (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
- 18:40.2 ~ Thomas Seeley (M, 15) Johnson City, TN
- 18:54.1 ~ Colin Prinsloo (M, 27) Hahira, GA
- 18:58.4 ~ Nick Rosatti (M, 18) Hahira, GA
- 19:15.8 ~ Davis Stewart (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
- 19:30.8 ~ Jackson Green (M, 18) Valdosta, GA
- 19:31.3 ~ Andrew Elam (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
- 19:33.6 ~ Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 48) Valdosta, GA
- 19:35.7 ~ Tyler Seeley (M, 13) Johnson City, TN
Top Ten Women, 2015 Valdosta Thanksgiving Day 5K
- 22:13.0 ~ Amber Elam (F, 26) Valdosta, GA
- 22:57.3 ~ Sheridan Plasencia (F, 16) Fort White, FL
- 23:17.3 ~ Sally Hubner (F, 14) Tulsa, OK
- 23:35.9 ~ Brianna Prinsloo (F, 28) Hahira, GA
- 23:37.1 ~ Erica Meade Levy (F, 29) Washington, DC
- 23:45.0 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 47) Valdosta, GA
- 23:48.0 ~ Debbie Green (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
- 23:53.2 ~ Kelly Davis (F, 26) Valdosta, GA
- 24:31.8 ~ Taryn Seeley (F, 12) Johnson City, TN
- 25:14.7 ~ Karen Sunarc (F, 41) Suwanee, GA
|Valdosta, Georgia, Thanksgiving Day 5K winners, 2009 - 2015|
|26 November 2009||16:39, John Seppala||19:20, Ashley McGee||118|
|25 November 2010||17:48, Masked Avenger||21:31, Gretchen Bielmyer||191|
|24 November 2011||17:42, Nathan Norton||22:01, Gretchen Bielmyer||146|
|22 November 2012||17:45, Masked Avenger||21:10, Angela Bruhl||115|
|28 November 2013||16:55, Brandon Hough||19:03, Erin Miller||101|
|27 November 2014||17:14, Ryan Kelly||18:28, Erin Miller||103|
|26 November 2015||18:22, Ryan Kelly||22:13, Amber Elam||203|
- Complete results of the Valdosta's 2015 Thanksgiving Day 5K
- 2014 story, “Kelly wins as Miller sets record at Valdosta's Turkey Day 5K”
- 2013 story, "Hough and Miller fly to Thanksgiving Day wins in Valdosta"
- 2011 story, "A speedy Thanksgiving morning in Valdosta for Norton and Bielmyer"
- 2010 story, "Avenger, Bielmyer run to Thanksgiving Day wins in Valdosta"
- Find a future holiday race on the Trouble Afoot! calendar