Sunday, May 8, 2016

Kelly and Sharon beat the odds at the Julep Jog

Julep Jog 5KEach spring, Louisville, Kentucky marks the first Saturday in May with a sporting event that the locals must regard highly, because they've been holding it annually since 1875. There's also an event in Hahira, Georgia each year on the first Saturday in May, although that tradition started 140 years later than the one in Kentucky. Hahira's race is the Julep Jog 5K, and the second annual iteration of that race took place on Saturday morning, 7 May 2016.


The 3.1-mile race was contested at Valwood School on a two-loop cross-country course around the campus. Lake Park, Georgia athlete Ryan Kelly won by almost 160 meters, running 18:49. Dan Butzin of Valdosta, Georgia took second in 19:26. The 2015 Julep Jog runner-up, Valdosta's David Burnett, placed third in 19:45. Matthew White of Valdosta was the fastest master runner in the race, coming in fourth overall in 20:37.


Valdosta master runner Amy Sharon took the women's title, finishing sixth overall in 22:44. Debbie Green, another Valdosta master runner, was the second in the women's standings and eighth overall in 23:51. Master runner Kelly Yates, also from Valdosta, was the third woman and tenth overall in 24:32.


The 2016 Julep Jog was part of Valwood School's 44th annual Derby Day. 51 athletes finished the 5K, while another 47 completed a one-mile fun run. A Course/Line, LLC, provided timing and finish line services for the races.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Julep Jog 5K
  1. 18:48.6 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 37) Lake Park, GA
  2. 19:25.8 ~ Dan Butzin (M, 30) Valdosta, GA
  3. 19:44.1 ~ David Burnett (M, 39) Valdosta, GA
  4. 20:36.4 ~ Matthew White (M, 40) Valdosta, GA
  5. 22:34.9 ~ Jim Simoneau (M, 34) Hahira, GA
  6. 23:32.3 ~ Bobby Stephenson (M, 29) Hahira, GA
  7. 24:12.3 ~ Ben Register (M, 34) Hahira, GA
  8. 25:03.1 ~ Nathan Smith (M, 37) Valdosta, GA
  9. 25:32.5 ~ Russ Henry (M, 45) Valdosta, GA
  10. 27:24.1 ~ Ethan Burnett (M, 8) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2015 Julep Jog 5K
  1. 22:43.5 ~ Amy Sharon (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  2. 23:50.8 ~ Debbie Green (F, 50) Valdosta, GA
  3. 24:31.8 ~ Kelly Yates (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
  4. 27:34.2 ~ Jordan Green (F, 13) Valdosta, GA
  5. 27:34.9 ~ Brenna Clark (F, 13) Valdosta, GA
  6. 27:50.1 ~ Maggie Scruggs (F, 20) Valdosta, GA
  7. 28:16.6 ~ Jolie Green (F, 13) Valdosta, GA
  8. 29:01.2 ~ Emma Burnett (F, 9) Valdosta, GA
  9. 29:16.0 ~ Megan Lightfoot (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  10. 29:18.9 ~ Emma Parrott (F, 18) Hahira, GA

Julep Jog 5K winners, 2015 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
2 May 201519:33, James Marino24:17, Madeline Castor36
7 May 201618:49, Ryan Kelly22:44, Amy Sharon51


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