Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Grant crushes the field with a record-setting performance at the S'Mores 5K

98 athletes finished the fifth annual Will Run For S'Mores 5K in Albany, Georgia on Saturday morning, 16 December 2017. Josh Grant was one of them, but that wasn't obvious. A runner based in Arabi, Georgia, Grant won the race with an 800-meter lead--so far ahead that it was hard to tell that he was in the same race. His winning time, 16:21, set a new record for the event, breaking the old mark of 16:44 set by Patrick Whitehead* in the 2015 race. Sara Ostrander of Leesburg, Georgia led the women's field, placing eleventh overall in 21:41. Ostrander was also the fastest master runner in the race.


Albany athlete Arnoldo DeJesus took second, running 19:33. Ashton Donahue, a senior on the Baconton High boys' cross-country team, placed third in 19:40. Oscar Viquez was the first male master and eleventh male finisher, twelfth overall in 21:59.


Alisa Siminova finished second in the women's standings and thirteenth overall, running 22:14. In a match-up of two Lee County Middle School cross-country runners, sixth-grader Alma Ostrander edged eighth-grader Emily Phillips for third in the women's standings, 23:42 to 23:47. Ostrander and Phillips placed eighteenth and twentieth overall.


The 2017 Will Run For S'Mores 5K was hosted by Wild Side Running, an Albany running store. It's not likely that there were significant proceeds from the event, but if there were, those funds were probably spent on chocolate, marshmallows, and chocolate.


* Eschewing s'mores, Whitehead was in Helen, Georgia winning the Helen Holiday Half-Marathon.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Will Run For S'Mores 5K
  1. 16:20.6, Josh Grant (M, 20-29) Arabi, GA
  2. 19:33.0, Arnoldo DeJesus (M, 30-39)
  3. 19:39.8, Ashton Donahue (M, 15-19)
  4. 20:00.5, Ben Phillips (M, 15-19)
  5. 20:04.2, Ed Ostrander (M, 10-14)
  6. 20:13.7, Jaren Hill (M, 20-29)
  7. 20:30.5, Gregory Manning (M, 15-19)
  8. 20:42.3, Quaid Carroll (M, 20-29)
  9. 21:30.4, Walker Pinson (M, 15-19)
  10. 21:38.1, Jaquez Jones (M, 10-14)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Will Run For S'Mores 5K
  1. 21:40.1, Sara Ostrander (F, 40-49) Leesburg, GA
  2. 22:13.4, Alisa Siminova (F, 20-29)
  3. 23:41.6, Alma Ostrander (F, 10-14)
  4. 23:46.8, Emily Phillips (F, 10-14)
  5. 24:13.1, Penny Peters (F, 50-59)
  6. 24:21.2, Ramsay Miller (F, 15-19)
  7. 24:37.5, Karen Mcnally (F, 50-59)
  8. 25:00.0, Caitlin Finney (F, 10-14)
  9. 25:32.1, Lily Kate Castle (F, 10-14)
  10. 25:35.5, Gina Purvis (F, 50-59)

Will Run For S'Mores 5K winners, 2013 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
14 December 201318:53, Jack Plowden19:35, Elena Oslund85
13 December 201416:49, Patrick Whitehead19:14, Brittney Skiles132
12 December 201516:44, Patrick Whitehead23:29, Elizabeth Montgomery92
17 December 201617:03, Wright Calhoun20:08, Allison Hay68
16 December 201716:21, Josh Grant21:41, Sara Ostrander98


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