The sixth annual Cast Iron 5K was part of that Quitman, Georgia festival on 15 October 2016. Ryan Kelly won the Saturday morning race, covering the 3.1-miles through the streets of Quitman in 18:37. Elizabeth Smith of Valdosta, Georgia took the women's title, placing fifth overall in 21:33.
It was the first Saturday in some time that Kelly was able to race. Most Saturdays during the autumn of 2016 the Lake Park, Georgia athlete was busy coaching the Valdosta High cross-country team. This weekend, though, Kelly was free to travel to Quitman for another duel with his rival on the South Georgia roads, Valdosta runner Dan Butzin. Butzin was second in the Cast Iron 5K, running 18:52. Thomasville, Georgia's Chad Johnson was the fastest master runner in the race and third overall in 20:15.
On the women's side, it was the second Cast Iron 5K win for Elizabeth Smith; she had also won the race in 2014. Kelly Davis of Valdosta, Georgia was second in the women's standings and seventh overall in 21:33. Hahira, Georgia athlete Brandy Van Jura was the third woman and ninth overall in 23:48. The previous year's women's champion, Beverly Johnson of Thomasville, was fourth in the women's competition, finishing thirteenth overall in 24:08. Traci Newton from Saint Simons Island, Georgia was the top woman master and fifth female finisher, fourteenth overall in 24:24.
68 athletes finished the 2016 Cast Iron 5K. Timing and finish line services were provided by A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia.
Top Ten Men, 2016 Cast Iron 5K
- 18:36.9 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 37) Lake Park, GA
- 18:51.6 ~ Dan Butzin (M, 31) Valdosta, GA
- 20:14.3 ~ Chad Johnson (M, 45) Thomasville, GA
- 20:22.0 ~ Rob McGhin (M, 36) Valdosta, GA
- 22:05.7 ~ Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 49) Valdosta, GA
- 22:43.8 ~ John T Hall (M, 46) Tifton, GA
- 23:57.0 ~ Gareth Pyle (M, 37) Thomasville, GA
- 24:01.8 ~ Billy Taylor (M, 67) Valdosta, GA
- 24:03.8 ~ Jim Dawkins (M, 51) Valdosta, GA
- 24:44.0 ~ Dusty Dorminey (M, 42) Lake Park, GA
Top Ten Women, 2016 Cast Iron 5K
- 21:32.4 ~ Elizabeth Smith (F, 38) Valdosta, GA
- 22:35.9 ~ Kelly Davis (F, 27) Valdosta, GA
- 23:47.4 ~ Brandy Van Jura (F, 37) Hahira, GA
- 24:07.9 ~ Beverly Johnson (F, 38) Thomasville, GA
- 24:23.7 ~ Traci Newton (F, 40) Saint Simons Island, GA
- 24:39.5 ~ Lauren Bewley (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
- 24:56.1 ~ Pollyanna Bass (F, 44) Pavo, GA
- 27:08.4 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
- 28:17.7 ~ Lisa Graves (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
- 28:44.9 ~ Jessica Burton (F, 35)
|Cast Iron 5K winners, 2011 - 2016|
|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|
|15 October 2016||18:37, Ryan Kelly||21:33, Elizabeth Smith||68|
|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 2016 Quitman, Georgia, Cast Iron 5K, courtesy of A Course/Line, LLC
- 2015 story, “No rust on Martinez or Hamilton at the Cast Iron 5K”
- 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