Monday, October 17, 2016

Kelly and Smith forge wins at the Cast Iron 5K

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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
  1. 18:36.9 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 37) Lake Park, GA
  2. 18:51.6 ~ Dan Butzin (M, 31) Valdosta, GA
  3. 20:14.3 ~ Chad Johnson (M, 45) Thomasville, GA
  4. 20:22.0 ~ Rob McGhin (M, 36) Valdosta, GA
  5. 22:05.7 ~ Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 49) Valdosta, GA
  6. 22:43.8 ~ John T Hall (M, 46) Tifton, GA
  7. 23:57.0 ~ Gareth Pyle (M, 37) Thomasville, GA
  8. 24:01.8 ~ Billy Taylor (M, 67) Valdosta, GA
  9. 24:03.8 ~ Jim Dawkins (M, 51) Valdosta, GA
  10. 24:44.0 ~ Dusty Dorminey (M, 42) Lake Park, GA

Top Ten Women, 2016 Cast Iron 5K
  1. 21:32.4 ~ Elizabeth Smith (F, 38) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:35.9 ~ Kelly Davis (F, 27) Valdosta, GA
  3. 23:47.4 ~ Brandy Van Jura (F, 37) Hahira, GA
  4. 24:07.9 ~ Beverly Johnson (F, 38) Thomasville, GA
  5. 24:23.7 ~ Traci Newton (F, 40) Saint Simons Island, GA
  6. 24:39.5 ~ Lauren Bewley (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  7. 24:56.1 ~ Pollyanna Bass (F, 44) Pavo, GA
  8. 27:08.4 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  9. 28:17.7 ~ Lisa Graves (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
  10. 28:44.9 ~ Jessica Burton (F, 35)

Cast Iron 5K winners, 2011 - 2016
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
15 October 201618:37, Ryan Kelly21:33, Elizabeth Smith68
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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