Sunday, February 11, 2018

The good times keep on rolling, and so does David Shearon at the Mardi Gras 5K

2018 Mardi Gras 5KOne way to get a strand of Mardi Gras beads was to run the eighteenth annual Mardi Gras 5K in Panama City Beach, Florida on Saturday morning, 10 February 2018. If that wasn't risque enough, you could always make up a more exotic story as to how you came by the beads. You couldn't honestly say, though, that you had gotten the beads by winning the race. You couldn't, that is, if you weren't David Shearon. A Panama City Beach master runner, Shearon wom the Mardi Gras 5K in 19:02. Mariia Solomonova captured the women's crown with a 23:48 run, good for eleventh overall.


Shearon, the runner-up in the 2017 Mardi Gras 5K, had also won the race in 2014 and 2015. Nicolas Waddell, a Rutherford High cross-country runner, finished second behind Shearon in 19:57. Master runner Dan Station took third in 20:22.


Santa Isenhhour was second in the women's standings and fifteenth overall in 24:18. Master runner Kim Allan was the third female finisher and seventeenth overall in 24:34.


145 athletes finished the 2018 Mardi Gras 5K. Another 43 completed a 5K walk, and seventeen finished a one-mile fun run. Proceeds of the race went to benefit the Honor Flights program for World War II veterans.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Panama City Beach Mardi Gras 5K
  1. 19:02, David Shearon (M, Overall Male)
  2. 19:57, Nicolas Waddell (M, 11 – 14)
  3. 20:22, Dan Station (M, Master Male)
  4. 20:32, Ben Waite (M, 35 – 39)
  5. 21:00, Jason Dence (M, 40 – 44)
  6. 21:12, Kevin Kidd (M, Grandmaster)
  7. 22:24, David Griffin (M, 55 – 59)
  8. 22:54, Jake Benito (M, 20 – 24)
  9. 23:01, Michael Hipskind (M, 15 – 19)
  10. 23:10, Trevor Allan (M, 11 – 14)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Panama City Beach Mardi Gras 5K
  1. 23:48, Mariia Solomonova (F, Overall Female)
  2. 24:18, Santa Isenhour (F, 30 – 34)
  3. 24:34, Kim Allan (F, Master Female)
  4. 25:08, Debbie Chitwood (F, Grandmaster)
  5. 25:30, Ashley Olmstead (F, 25 – 29)
  6. 26:04, Petra Blevins (F, 30 – 34)
  7. 26:12, Allison Blomquist (F, 30 – 34)
  8. 26:28, Sutherlin Williams (F, 11 – 14)
  9. 26:34, Tiffany Lucas (F, 25 – 29)
  10. 26:37, Anna Painter (F, 20 – 24)

Mardi Gras 5K winners, 2001 - 2018
DateMenWomenFinishers
14 February 200417:39, Brian Goddin23:51, Karen Hutchinson96
20 January 200526:59, Robert Fudge26:16, Lori Hunt
11 February 2006
17 February 2007
21 February 200918:02, Fritz Stoppelbein22:17, Michaela Ashley177
13 February 2010
26 February 201119:12, Jeff Cassel19:18, Michaela Ashley187
11 February 201217:48, Jordan Lance20:38, Michaela Ashley265
1 March 201418:12, David Shearon21:32, Amy Mann124
14 February 201518:32, David Shearon21:22, Jessica Berschwinger172
6 February 201618:30, Charles Abbinanti23:34, Danielle Mulick140
25 February 201717:18, John Nay23:32, Kiersten Hughes178
10 February 201819:02, David Shearon23:48, Mariia Solomonova145


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