2018-01-31 / Other News

Crowdis Run kicks off Early County Bicentennial


Crowdis brothers attending the awards ceremony at last week’s Dr. James H. Crowdis 5K race were, from left, Robert, David, Johnny and Richard. Crowdis brothers attending the awards ceremony at last week’s Dr. James H. Crowdis 5K race were, from left, Robert, David, Johnny and Richard. The 2018 Dr. James H. Crowdis Run and Walk Saturday was a race of extremes. Eighty years separated the youngest finisher, five-year-old Wyatt Durden of Leesburg, and Blakely’s Pat Carmichael, who is 85 and still running strong.

And the weather, which plummeted to 21 degrees just two days earlier, rose to the low 40’s by race time, ideal weather for the participants. When the event ended the temperature was 20 degrees higher and participants were lounging in the sunshine.

As the kickoff event for the Early County Bicentennial, runners and walkers wore commemorative race bibs – all with the number 200 and the awards ceremony was kicked off with a slide show historical presentation.

Albany’s Patrick Whitehead (35:59) won the 10K event for the second straight year while Blakely’s Ann Centner (41:32) won the women’s overall title.

In the 5K race, Allen Flores of Northview High School was the top finisher in 19:20 and Carolyn Houston (24:17), also of Dothan, was the overall women’s winner.

The fastest masters runners (over 40) in the 5K were Stephanie Odom (25:59) of Colquitt and Dale Thomas (21:16) of Dothan. In the 10K the top masters were Myles Gibson (39:55) of Donalsonville and Karen Wilson (51:23) of Dothan.

Winning the 5K grandmasters’ (over 50) trophies were Cathy Jones of Thomasville (26:11) and Mark McCarra (21:46) of Alford, Fla., and in the 10K the winners were Nina Korges (54:42) of Enterprise and 71-year-old Jim Tully (50:10) of Lamont, Fla.

The senior grandmasters’ (over 60) awards in the 5K went to Dale Nash (24:47) of Dothan and Mary Brosnan (28:16) who came from New Brunswick, Canada. The 10K male grandmasters winner was Rozeallan Smith in 59:53.

The super grandmasters (over 70) winners in the 5K were Jean Parrish of Dothan in 44:54 and Blakely’s Billy Smith in 33:51. There were none in the 10K.

Overall walk winners in the 5K were Nathan Warner of Enterprise in 38:52 and Sarah Duchaine of Morris, Ga., in 39:53. Overall winners in the 10K were Larry Perry (1:15:14) of Pensacola and Debbie Thomson (1:28:33) of Dothan.

Presenting awards to the winners were three of Dr. Crowdis’ sons – Richard, David and Johnny. Dr. Crowdis’ oldest son, Robert, was also in attendance.

There were 105 entries and 97 finishers in the races.

Sponsors of the event were Bank of Early, Grist Oil Company, The 4th Out Sports Grill, Piggly Wiggly, and LifeBrite Community Hospital. Event organizers also wish to thank the First United Methodist Church, Early County Sheriff ’s Department, Blakely Fitness Center, the Early County Museum, the Early County Bicentennial Committee, and the many volunteers who assisted.

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