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March 7, 2013

Ryan Kelly wins Elks Aidmore 5K

VALDOSTA — Ryan Kelly of Lake Park won the 2013 More Aid for Elks Aidmore 5K road race last Saturday.

Kelly finished the five-kilometer race in 18:21 on a cold morning in Valdosta. He crossed the finish line more than one minute ahead of his closest competitor.

Tyler Thurman, a 17-year-old from Valdosta, finished second, with a time of 19:23.

Rick Mazurkiewicz of Valdosta finished third, crossing the finish line in 20:38. He was also the master’s winner. His wife, Martha, was the female winner. She finished fifth overall with a time of 23:08.

Debbie Green of Valdosta was the female master’s winner. She was ninth overall, with a time of 24:22.

Four of the top eight finishers were 17 or younger. Thurman was second. Joshua Brewer, a 14-year-old from Tifton, finished fourth, crossing the finish line in 23:01. Thirteen-year-old Makenzee Page of Ray City was sixth, with a time of 23:47. Duane Baron, a 13-year-old from Conyers, took eighth, finishing in 24:10.

Audrey Williams of Valdosta was seventh, running the race in 24:09. Bob Bowen of Nashville finished 10th (26:36).

Thurman, Page, Williams, Bowen, Beth Ford of Valdosta, Dr. Norman Case of Valdosta, Ronnie Metts of Hahira, Amy Burton of Valdosta and Laroy Whitlock of Quitm

an (who finished one spot ahead of his twin brother Laron) won their age groups.

The 5K was held to raise money for the Elks Aidmore Children's Home and the local Elks Aidmore Therapeutic Foster Care program.

According to its website, “Elks Aidmore, Inc. addresses the needs of youth and families in crisis. Our mission is to provide youth and families in crisis with the necessary skills and resources to help heal their hearts, restore their hopes and rebuild their lives.”

Elks Aidmore has provided services to Georgia’s children for over 80 years. It is a non-profit, tax exempt organization, and all money raised from Saturday’s 5K is going directly to Elks Aidmore. The organization opened an office in Valdosta earlier this year to provide services for local youth and their families.

For more information on Elks Aidmore, visit its website,, or call its Valdosta office at (229) 244-3020.

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