By: Brian Elder
This past weekend the Twilight Criterium brought their weekend festivities. Along with the bike races that pack the streets of Athens in the evening, the morning was kicked off with the annual Twilight 5k which has seen some incredibly fast times. Each year the top 15 male and female finishers in the morning 5k compete in a 2 loop mile race on the streets of downtown Athens, GA. This year the race lived up to the hype as some incredible competition showed up for the 5k and $1,000 mile.
The morning was wet as runners arrived at Creature Comforts Brewery for the start line of the race. Runners crammed underneath their outdoor tent and struggled with the internal debate of choosing between warming up and getting soaked or staying dry under the tent.
The overall winner was Silas Too from Rome, GA with a time of 15:50 while the women's winner, Sonja Friend-Uhl from Brentwood, TN finished in 16:57. The top three male finishers all finished under 16 minutes and after these guys cross the line the competition was tight for the top 15 mile spots. Fleet Feet Athens Competitive Team had a great showing and placed 4 men in the top 15 spots and 7 in the top 20 all under 17 minutes. The women's race was more spread out as Friend-Uhl pulled away from the competition and created nearly a minute gap between the second and third place finishers Stella Christoforou and Sydney Marshall.
In the mile race it was much of the same story as Friend-Uhl won the women's mile in a time of 4:46 and Silas Too took the men's top prize in 4:06,
After the race the rain began to die down and runners were able to enjoy some great post-race snacks with coffee provided by Jittery Joes along with bananas and bagels from Independent Bakery. If you are looking for a race that is guaranteed to be a fast course with good competition to pull you to a PR then this is a race you should train for each year in Athens.
Brian Elder is a learner, amateur explorer, and runner that is going to run until it takes him somewhere. He is a graduate from the University of Georgia where he studied English and Religion. After running competitively on trails and roads, he fuels with an appetite so big you would swear it’s competitive. Follow Brian on Instagram.