The Zoe Foundation Summer Sizzler 5K wasn't choreographed, but it did feature a symmetrical finish as the top three male finishers were followed by the top three female finishers. And the women, in perhaps an effort to establish gender superiority, added a fourth consecutive runner for good measure.
Samuel Berendsen, 19, led the field of 142 with a time of 17:28. That was 32 seconds ahead of second-place Stephen Gonzales, 29. Fellow 29-year-old Cody Knowles took third in 18:31.
Pacing the aforementioned female quartet was Ashlee Romani, 27, who finished in 19:59. Elle Ellender, 31, was second in 20:27, and Lindsay Platky, 28, placed third in 20:39. Julie Brown, yet another 29-year-old, was fourth among the women and seventh overall with a time of 20:42. No word on whether she's a downtown runner.
William Berendsen, 49, captured the masters title in 22:15. Tina Nelson, 40, prevailed on the women's side with a time of 24:05.
The race, held July 12 on Wilmington Island, benefits the Zoe Foundation, which helps ease the financial burden of funeral and burial costs for Georgia families who have lost infants.
In the Georgia Association of Water Professionals 5K, held July 21 on Hutchinson Island, Brian Dooley, 34, made the biggest splash, prevailing over the field of 65 in a time of 20:08. Finishing a close second was Roger Wilhelm, 35, in 20:11. Jason Bodwell, 38, was third in 20:33.
Becky Cummings, 36, placed first among the women and eighth overall in 24:19. Val Oshield, 39, took second in 25:35, and Tyler Richard rounded out the top three in 25:37.
Mak Yari, 54, was first among the masters and fifth overall with a time of 21:17. Jennifer Brandon, 40, paced the female masters with a time of 26:49.