Sunday, February 26, 2017

Godwin and Van Jura go the distance in the Hospice Half

For the sixth time since 2011, Dasher was the place to be in South Georgia for distance runners looking to race 13.1 miles on country roads. It was Saturday morning, 25 February 2017; it was the Hospice Half Marathon; it was Ariel Godwin of Valdosta, Georgia winning the race in 1:35:07. Hahira, Georgia's Brandy Van Jura took the women's title, placing seventh overall in 1:50:45. 56 athletes finished the half marathon.


A little over half a minute behind the winner, James Tracy of Valdosta finished runner-up in 1:35:42. The fastest master runner in the half marathon was Chad Bergren of Lakeview, Oregon, placing third overall in 1:4:24. Valdosta's Dan Butzin was fourth overall in 1:48:51.


Kendall Okuma was second in the women's standings and eighth overall in 1:55:01. Moultrie, Georgia's Whitney Pilgrim was the third woman and eleventh overall in 2:01:57. Valdosta athlete Rhonda Barrett was the first woman master and fourth female finisher, placing twelfth overall in 2:04:04.


A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the 2017 Hospice Half Marathon and provided finish line services.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Hospice Half Marathon
  1. 1:35:07, Ariel Godwin (M, 36) Valdosta, GA
  2. 1:35:42, James Tracy (M, 35) Valdosta, GA
  3. 1:47:24, Chad Bergren (M, 40) Lakeview, OR
  4. 1:48:51, Dan Butzin (M, 31) Valdosta, GA
  5. 1:49:25, Richard Kingrey (M, 35) Valdosta, GA
  6. 1:50:17, Michael Dueitt (M, 48) Blountstown, FL
  7. 1:58:20, Douglas Swords (M, 37) Hahira, GA
  8. 2:01:37, Bob Moon (M, 62) Valdosta, GA
  9. 2:04:07, Frank Ryan (M, 48) Hahira, GA
  10. 2:06:50, Christopher Hetrick (M, 38) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 Hospice Half Marathon
  1. 1:50:45, Brandy Van Jura (F, 37) Hahira, GA
  2. 1:55:01, Kendall Okuma (F, 25) Valdosta, GA
  3. 2:01:57, Whitney Pilgrim (F, 28) Moultrie, GA
  4. 2:04:04, Rhonda Barrett (F, 45) Valdosta, GA
  5. 2:06:37, Katie Walden (F, 50) Hahira, GA
  6. 2:07:27, Dianna Vallely (F, 53) Valdosta, GA
  7. 2:09:14, Cindy Reese (F, 58) Macon, GA
  8. 2:10:23, Melissa Cardwell (F, 35) Moultrie, GA
  9. 2:12:18, Vanessa Spry (F, 31) Valdosta, GA
  10. 2:12:32, Chevy Newham (F, 35) Valdosta, GA

Hospice Half Marathon champions, 2011 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
19 February 20111:25:36, Masked Avenger1:43:03, Brandi Faircloth72
17 February 20121:23:09, Stan Darsh1:37:58, Amy Sharon76
16 February 20131:20:45, Ryan Kelly1:32:23, Beth Sweeny107
15 February 20141:21:44, Ryan Kelly1:30:28, Beth Sweeny84
27 February 20161:17:14, Roger Schmidt1:32:31, Anna Busby56
25 February 20171:35:07, Ariel Godwin1:50:45, Brandy Van Jura56
The race was not held in 2015.


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