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Bad weather can't deter runners from Eckerd College Triton 5K

Melanie Peters, 25, was the female overall winner.

Melanie Peters, 25, was the female overall winner.

More than 300 runners didn't let a little nasty weather slow them down Saturday morning at the Eckerd College Triton 5K Run in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg's James Lantz and Melanie Peters were the overall winners. Lants, a 21-year-old, clocked in at 17:30. Peters, 25, ran an 18:42.

Local male age group winners included: (14 and under) Blake Bryant, 11 of St. Petersburg, 21:04; (15-19) Buka Harris, 17 of St. Petersburg, 17:55; (25-29) Andrew Horne, 27 of South Pasadena, 18:32; (30-34) Jason Ballard, 33 of St. Petersburg, 21:24; (35-39) Eric Sager, 36 of South Pasadena, 18:51; (40-44) Bob Thacker, 43 of Clearwater, 19:57; (45-49) Chris Simpson, 47 of St. Petersburg, 22:34; and (70 and over) Joe Burgasser, 70 of St. Petersburg, 20:14.

Local female age group winners included: (14 and under) Mary Margaret Mason, 13 of Clearwater, 23:54; (15-19) Elizabeth Vander Clute, 19 of St. Petersburg, 21:37; (25-29) Sam Goresh, 27 of St. Petersburg, 24:22; (30-34) Jennifer Cubito, 34 of Clearwater, 25:10; (35-39) Christina Chabrier, 36 of St. Petersburg, 22:23; (40-44) Connie Mendoza, 40 of St. Petersburg, 21:17; (50-54) Debra Donald, 50 of St. Petersburg, 22:19; (55-59) Wendy Burgasser, 55 of St. Petersburg, 23:50; (65-69) Ginger Herring, 66 of St. Petersburg, 31:04; and (70 and over) Dede Buckley, 70 of St. Pete Beach, 33:50.

Ragnar Relay

A team from the St. Pete Road Runners finished in the top 20 at this weekend's Ragnar Relay, a 191-mile road race from Clearwater to Daytona Beach. The team led by Pinellas County's Sunny L'Heureux finished in 29:13:33. The six men and six women included L'Heureux, Jim Barbour, Eric Ogden, Virginia Edmonds, Kevin Codel, Sarah Johnston, Tracy Kiser, Lorna Michael, Ernie Glode, Gilbert Dolores, MaryAnn Renfroww and Joe Law.

Tom Bassano, a 38-year-old ultra-marathoner from Dunedin, tried to run the distance by himself. Last spring, Bassano, the father of three, ran from San Diego to Daytona Beach in 48 days to raise money for a local children's charity.

But on this run, luck was not with him. Bassano had to drop out at Mile Marker 99.

"It was really hot out there during the day," he said. "I kept drinking water but I felt like I was going to burst. I had some major stomach issues. But I'll learn from this year and try again next fall."

Across the bay

Pinellas County runners dominated the Richard's Run for Life in Tampa on Nov. 7. St. Petersburg's Brian Sullivan was the fastest in a field of 1,197. The 23-year-old finished the 5K in 16:16. Missie Minerath, 25 of Clearwater, was the fastest female with a time of 19:16.

Local female age group winners included: (14 and under) Courtney Smith, 12 of St. Petersburg, 24:55; (50-54) Debra Donald, 50 of St. Petersburg; 21:17; and (55-59) Wendy Burgasser, 55 of St. Petersburg, 22:18.

Local male age group winners included: (45-49) Victor Yeager, 48 of Dunedin, 17:44; (60-64) Jim Keppeler, 60 of Clearwater, 19:50; (65-69) Duncan Cameron, 65 of Palm Harbor, 20:23; and (70 and over) Joe Burgasser, 70 of St. Petersburg, 19:32.

Traveling triathletes

Donald DeBaker of Safety Harbor traveled to the Panama City Ironman on Nov. 1, completing the 140-mile course in 15:20:44. DeBaker, who works for All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, raised $1,000 for the Janus Charity Challenge benefiting auto immune system disease. He completed the 2.4-mile swim in 1:16, the 112-mile bike in 7:13 and the 26.2-mile run in 6:30.

TriLewis Classic

The TriLewis Club of Mid Pinellas County will hold its Fifth Annual TriLewis Team Classic on Sunday, Dec. 7, at Fort DeSoto Park. In this year's race, two-person teams will run three legs ranging from 2 to 4 miles each. On each leg, teams will have to find check points based on clues and compass bearings they pick up along the way. The goal is to make it to as many checkpoints as possible during the time limit. The field is limited to 50 teams. For information, go to


This run-bike-run event will come to San Antonio on Dec. 6. The first male and female finishers to complete the 8K run, 52.8K bike and 8K run will each win a $5,000 purse. Top age groupers can qualify for the 2009 Powerman World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland. For information, go to

Terry Tomalin can be reached at

upcoming events


• Gaither workout (for experienced bikers), 7:45 a.m., behind Gaither High. Call Richard Johnson (813) 238-2464 or visit

• Marathon training, various group runs, 5:30 a.m., Downtown YMCA, Tampa. Call Fred Vasconi (813) 222-1334 or visit

• Stanley Breakfast Ride, 7:45 a.m., Seffner Elementary, 109 Cactus Road, Seffner. Contact Terry Farrell (813)684-3503 or or visit

• West Florida "Y" Runners Club, 6 a.m. at City Hall Plaza in Clearwater, 7 a.m. at John Chesnut Park in Palm Harbor. Call Michael Weiss (727) 644-7702 or visit


The X-Country Marathon, 30K, half-marathon and 5K, Alfa River State Park, Tampa. Call (813) 232-5200 or visit

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