Josh Carson, a Smyrna native and Campbell High graduate who now lives in Atlanta, was the first to cross the finish line of the 5K race at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, in a time of 16 minutes, 2.20 seconds.
The 26-year-old Carson, who ran cross country at West Georgia and Shorter, finished the race a safe distance ahead from the rest of the pack. The runner-up, George Darden of, didn’t finish until more than 30 seconds later with a time of 16:32.60.
While the men’s race had a different winner, the women’s champion stayed the same.
Jill Horst of Rome won the Polar Bear Run for a fourth-straight year with a time of 18:49.48.
Though Horst won again, she didn’t fare as well as she did a year ago, when she finished in 18:08.
An estimated 1,500 runners participated in the Polar Bear, which also included a 2K race and the cub run and dash for children ages 5 and under.
The 5K began its 3.1-mile route on Johnson Ferry Road, at the front of the church, and looped around Lower Roswell and Woodlawn roads before finishing in the back parking lot of the church.
Chuck Jones was the male masters winner with a time of 18:00.50, which was good enough for a tie for fifth overall. Tina Klein clinched the female masters division in 22:47.10
Jonathan Gambrell, a 22-year-old resident of Kennesaw and an assistant coach at Allatoona, was third overall in 17:26.80.
Mark Castleberry (17:33.80), Jonathan Bair (18:00.50), Eddie Ferguson (18:07.90) and Jeremy Frizzell (18:11.00) followed.
Unlike Carson, the 34-year-old Horst had a challenger in winning her fourth straight title. Dara Steele-Belkin wasn’t far behind Horst, finishing second among female runners in 18:53.70
Beth Old was third (19:08.50) among the women, followed by Laura Gold (19:13.80) and Katarina Dubcova (19:48.20).