Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Dan Butzin regains the throne at the Smoothie King 5K

2017 Smoothie King 5KValdosta, Georgia is known as the Azalea City. Native deciduous azalea bushes grown in the woods around the city. In the city itself, people have planted an Asian evergreen variety of azalea. When both kinds of azalea are blooming, you know it's about time for the Smoothie King 5K.


The flowers were certainly out on Saturday morning, 10 March 2018, when Valdosta triathlete Dan Butzin won the eighteenth annual Smoothie King race, covering the 3.1-mile course in 20:22. Krystina Pastrana of Valdosta was the top woman, placing seventh overall in 26:49.


Butzin crossed the finish line more than 300 meters ahead of the next runner, notching his third Smoothie King win in four years--he was second in the 2017 race. Lake Park, Georgia's Dylan Guilmette, who had finished fourth in the 2016 Smoothie King 5K, moved up to second in the 2018 race, running 22:49. Kevin Goldman of Valdosta took third in 22:56. Valdosta's Harrison Whitman was the fastest master runner in the race, placing fourth overall in 23:12.


Just 30 meters behind Pastrana, Meshea Hardeman of Valdosta was the runner-up, coming in eighth overall in 26:59. Thirteen-year-old Valdosta runner Victoria Garcia took third in the women's standings and eleventh overall in 27:54. Delleese Collins of Valdosta was the first woman master and seventh female finisher, seventeenth overall in 28:58.


40 athletes finished the 2018 Smoothie King 5K. The race was hosted by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority, and A Course/Line, LLC of Valdosta timed the race and provided finish line services.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Smoothie King 5K
  1. 20:21.8, Dan Butzin (M, 32) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:48.4, Dylan Guilmette (M, 21) Lake Park, GA
  3. 22:55.5, Kevin Goldman (M, 26) Valdosta, GA
  4. 23:13.9, Harrison Whitman (M, 49) Valdosta, GA
  5. 23:35.7, Karl Brown (M, 42) Valdosta, GA
  6. 26:19.3, Chris Hetrick (M, 39) Valdosta, GA
  7. 27:00.8, William Garcia (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  8. 27:07.1, Christopher Smith (M, 33) Valdosta, GA
  9. 27:58.1, Michael Guilmette (M, 55) Lake Park, GA
  10. 28:52.9, Tracy Weeks (M, 45) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2018 Smoothie King 5K
  1. 26:48.5, Krystina Pastrana (F, 24) Valdosta, GA
  2. 26:59.0, Meshea Hardeman (F, 28) Valdosta, GA
  3. 27:53.1, Victoria Garcia (F, 13) Valdosta, GA
  4. 28:09.1, Amy Bradshaw (F, 28) Valdosta, GA
  5. 28:42.3, Brittany Gibbs (F, 26) Moultrie, GA
  6. 28:56.4, Brynda Surkin (F, 21) Ray City, GA
  7. 28:57.2, Delleese Collins (F, 40) Valdosta, GA
  8. 29:01.9, Courtney Wilcox (F, 31) Valdosta, GA
  9. 30:46.5, Barbara Bradshaw (F, 59) Lawrenceville, GA
  10. 31:33.6, Karina Amundson (F, 48) Valdosta, GA

Valdosta Azalea Festival 5K champions, 2001 - 2018
DateMenWomenFinishers
17 March 2001
16 March 2002
15 March 2003
13 March 2004
12 March 2005
11 March 200616:51, Andrew Minnicks20:34, Susan Fischer123
10 March 200717:17, Todd Smoot19:33, Melissa Daugherty152
15 March 200816:56, John Seppala21:46, Brandi Faircloth143
14 March 200918:16, Chris Gaither20:40, Mary Anne Grayson155
13 March 201016:46, Brandon Skiles20:54, Brandi Faircloth126
12 March 201117:39, James Marino20:39, Alice Smoot131
10 March 201220:33, Toby Wilkey22:10, Christie Kingsbury109
9 March 201316:17, Jesse Prince20:10, Danielle Jarnagin125
8 March 201418:21, Ryan Kelly25:02, Lauren Bewley67
14 March 201519:22, Dan Butzin22:12, Angela Bruhl52
12 March 201619:15, Dan Butzin22:07, Alice Smoot52
11 March 201719:36, Gene Davila19:51, Anna Busby53
10 March 201820:22, Dan Butzin26:49, Krystina Pastrana40


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