"That's when your mind plays tricks on you," said Martinez. "You start thinking, even if you do catch him, he's gonna have a kick."
But Martinez has a kick himself, as Dustin Reynolds found out a week later at the fourth annual Frosty 5K on Saturday afternoon, 5 December 2015. Martinez edged Reynolds, a Seminole County High cross country runner, 17:27 to 17:29, to win the 3.1-mile race through Georgia's Seminole State Park.
In another close finish, Nick Batchelor was third in 18:57 and Ann Centner fourth in 18:58. 18:58 was fast enough to earn Centner the women's title. Seminole County Middle School cross country runner Macy Williams was second in the women's standings, finishing tenth overall in 22:49. Meg Houston was the third female finisher, eleventh overall in 24:04.
80 athletes finished the 2015 Frosty 5K, part of Seminole State Park's annual Tour of Lights Festival. The race was sponsored by the Friends of Seminole State Park.
Top Ten Men, 2015 Frosty 5K
- 17:26.1 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 49) Tallahassee, FL
- 17:28.6 ~ Dustin Reynolds (M, 16) Brinson, GA
- 18:56.9 ~ Nicholas Batchelor (M, 16) Donalsonville, GA
- 19:02.5 ~ Lane Odom (M, 16) Donalsonville, GA
- 20:17.6 ~ Garrett Taylor (M, 13) Donalsonville, GA
- 21:26.5 ~ Aubrey Johnson (M, 15) Donalsonville, GA
- 21:44.2 ~ Zayne Widner (M, 14) Jakin, GA
- 22:08.6 ~ Nick Porter (M, 14) Donalsonville, GA
- 24:57.6 ~ Jeff Braswell (M, )
- 25:05.1 ~ Jay Palmer (M, )
Top Ten Women, 2015 Frosty 5K
- 18:57.9 ~ Ann Centner (F, 24) Blakely, GA
- 22:48.5 ~ Macy Williams (F, 13) Iron City, GA
- 24:03.1 ~ Meg Houston (F, 11)
- 24:31.9 ~ Jamie Witter (F, )
- 25:42.7 ~ Stephanie Odom (F, )
- 25:55.1 ~ Melissa Potter (F, 35) Hosford, FL
- 27:08.4 ~ Nicole Touchton (F, 34) Donalsonville, GA
- 28:27.8 ~ Steffey Vines (F, 51) Donalsonville, GA
- 28:54.1 ~ Amanda Moulton (F, 41) Donalsonville, GA
- 29:04.7 ~ Macy Batchelor (F, 12) Donalsonville, GA
- Complete results of the 2015 Frosty 5K
- Photos of the 2015 Frosty 5K
- Seminole State Park
- Find an upcoming race in a nearby state park on the Trouble Afoot! racing calendar