The race was a fundraiser for the Valdosta State University cross-country program, and the race was dominated by Blazer cross-country runners. Both Morning and Childers run for the Blazers, as do third-place finisher Mikey Perona and fourth-place finisher Connor Dalrymple. Perona's time was 16:04 while Dalrymple, the 2016 winner of the race, ran 16:32. In all, six of the top ten finishers were Valdosta State harriers.
The sixth of those was Tyra Holloway, repeating as the top woman in the race. Holloway ran even faster than she did in 2016, lowering the women's record at the Blazin' Love 5K from 19:36 to 18:47. Valdosta State cross-country runner Meghan McShea was second in the women's standings and eleventh overall in 19:06. Elizabeth Smith of Valdosta, Georgia was the third woman and sixteenth overall in 20:42. Valdosta's Anne Price (18th, 21:18) and Coffee County middle school cross-country runner Gracie Woods (19th, 21:31) were fourth and fifth on the women's side.
Hahira, Georgia athlete Wesley Heruska was the first master runner across the finish line and twentieth overall in 21:40. Debbie Green of Valdosta was the top woman master and sixth female finisher, 21st overall in 21:43.
A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia timed the second annual Blazin' Love 5K.
Top Ten Men, 2017 Blazin' Love 5K
- 15:52.2, Jaison Morning (M, 19) Cartersville, GA
- 15:55.5, Gavin Childers (M, 18) Hoschton, GA
- 16:03.5, Mikey Perona (M, 20) Woodstock, GA
- 16:31.8, Connor Dalrymple (M, 20) Stockbridge, GA
- 17:42.8, Jesse Prince (M, 25) Athens, GA
- 17:51.8, Casey Claborn (M, 29) Winchester, VA
- 18:04.5, Andrew Elam (M, 18) Valdosta, GA
- 18:05.9, Tyler Temples (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
- 18:41.7, Cameron Watson (M, 14) Douglas, GA
- 19:35.5, John Lewis (M, 36) Naylor, GA
Top Ten Women, 2017 Blazin' Love Cross Country 5K
- 18:47.0, Tyra Holloway (F, 20) Kennesaw, GA
- 19:05.4, Meghan McShea (F, 19) Lisle, IL
- 20:41.9, Elizabeth Smith (F, 38) Valdosta, GA
- 21:17.2, Anne Price (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
- 21:30.3, Gracie Woods (F, 14) Broxton, GA
- 21:42.9, Debbie Green (F, 50) Valdosta, GA
- 21:59.2, Jacinda Miller (F, 20) Washington, DC
- 22:07.7, Laney Tomberlin (F, 19) Valdosta, GA
- 22:29.1, Brandy Van Jura (F, 37) Hahira, GA
- 22:38.1, Pollyanna Bass (F, 44) Pavo, GA
|Blazin' Love 5K winners, 2016 - 2017|
|13 February 2016||15:39, Connor Dalrymple||19:36, Tyra Holloway||123|
|11 February 2017||15:53, Jaison Morning||18:47, Tyra Holloway||134|
- Complete results of the 2017 Blazin' Love 5K courtesy of A Course/Line, LLC
- 2016 story, “Dalrymple goes 15:39 in Valdosta”
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