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Big margins of victory prevalent in Law Day 5K

ELITE RACE, ELITE COMPANY: St. Petersburg’s Christa Benton, far left, lines up for the elite women’s start for Monday’s Boston Marathon. Benton finished in 2:48:41, the top local woman.

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ELITE RACE, ELITE COMPANY: St. Petersburg’s Christa Benton, far left, lines up for the elite women’s start for Monday’s Boston Marathon. Benton finished in 2:48:41, the top local woman.

Scott Brane of Belleair Bluffs crossed the finish line well ahead of the rest of the field to win the Law Day 5K, sponsored by the St. Petersburg Law Association, Saturday at Crescent Lake Park.

Brane, 37, ran 17:14 to claim victory. Andrew Crabb, 24, of St. Petersburg came in second in 18:34. Adam Brown, 27, of Gulfport was right behind in 18:51.

Connie Mendoza, 41, of Madeira Beach completed the course in 21 minutes flat to easily claim the women's championship. Mendoza held more than a three minute lead at the end.

Second on the women's side went to St. Petersburg 24-year-old Yova Borovska, who ran 24:26. Anje Brane, 41, of Belleair Bluffs was third in 25:48.

Local age group winners were: (M9 and under) Takuma Walter, St. Petersburg, 24:37; (M10-14) Hunter McCann, Treasure Island, 19:05; (M20-24) Crabb; (F20-24) Borovska; (M25-29) Brown; (F25-29) Emily McDonough, Pinellas Park, 27:16; (M30-34) James Strouse, Clearwater, 20:00; (F30-34) Lyndy Jennings, St. Petersburg, 34:59; (M35-39) Matt Conigliaro, St. Petersburg, 22:46; (M40-44) Steve Williams, Largo, 19:42; (F40-44) Brane; (M45-49) Alastair Baillie, St. Petersburg, 19:45; (M50-54) Darren Harris, St. Petersburg, 22:39; (F50-54) Sally Smith, Largo, 27:46; (M55-59) Jack Helinger, St. Petersburg, 24:43; (F55-59) Wendy Burgasser, St. Petersburg, 26:07; (F60-64) Patricia Hoffman, Palm Harbor, 29:06.

BOSTON MARATHON: Jim Burrows, 48, of Clearwater was the top local finisher at Monday's Boston Marathon. Burrows, running at a pace of 6 minutes, 21 seconds a mile, completed the 26.2-mile race in 2:46:23. He was the 363rd racer to cross the finish line and the fourth from Florida.

The first female finisher locally was Christa Benton, 26 of St. Petersburg, who ran 2:48:41 to come in 33rd place. She was fifth among Floridians.

Joseph Burgasser, 71 of St. Petersburg, placed first in the men's 70-74 year old age division with a time of 3:24:19.

Other Pinellas residents who completed the Boston Marathon in less than four hours were: Rod Henning, Clearwater, 2:50:59 (seventh in Florida); Albert Wieringa, St. Petersburg, 3:10:45 (seventh among all 60- to 64-year-old entrants); Andrew Horne, St. Petersburg, 3:11:29; Amy McClenathan, St. Petersburg, 3:23:18 (15th in 50-54 year old age division); Jonathan Dunford, St. Petersburg, 3:26:59; Vincent Vercamen, Dunedin, 3:31:23; Paul Morrison, Pinellas Park, 3:32:30; Steve Whitmore, Clearwater, 3:33:33; Patti Spence, Belleair, 3:37:03; Janine Bowman, St. Petersburg, 3:41:54; Noel Wells, St. Petersburg, 3:44:25; Jennifer Laplante, St. Petersburg, 3:45:57; Suzanne Holland, St. Petersburg, 3:50:25; Sissi Hethershaw, Palm Harbor, 3:54:42; Craig Hutchison, St. Petersburg, 3:55:12; Dee Anna Farnell, Belleair, 3:58:01.

RACE FOR THE CURE 10K: Running at a pace of 5:47 per mile, St. Petersburg 36-year-old Andrew Chandler easily cruised to win Saturday's Cypress Gardens Race for the Cure 10K in Winter Haven in 35:52.

Chandler finished more than a minute ahead of second place Eddie Nesmith (37:06) of Winter Haven.

EARTH DAY 12K: Kevin Howell, 37, of Clearwater placed in the top 10 at the Earth Day 12K, Saturday in Clermont.

Howell finished seventh on the men's side and eighth overall after completing the nearly 7.5-mile course in 54:27.

Howell was second among males in the 35-39 age division.

Another Clearwater resident, Katie Killian, 28, completed the race in 1:07:11 and placed third among women 25-29.

STAND UP PADDLEBOARD: The Gulf Coast Stand Up Paddleboard Championship, presented by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, is May 22 off of Madeira Beach.

There will be two competitions. An elite division race features a nine-mile circuit around Treasure Island and $2,500 in cash prizes. The open division competition, a 3.5-mile course off of Madeira Beach, offers more than $2,000 in cash prizes.

In the days leading up to the race, Hawaiian big wave surfer and stand up paddleboard expert Dave Kalama will hold a four-day adventure camp for stand up paddleboarders.

Kalama Kamp Florida, held May 17-20 along the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area beaches, will immerse participants — limited to 15 — with tips on outrigger canoes, stand up paddling, fitness classes and spa treatments.

For more information on the race or Kalama Kamp Florida, visit or contact Stand Up Fitness at (727) 902-4294.

Bryan Burns can be reached at

Fast facts

Upcoming events


• Progressive Training Team, track workout, 6:30 p.m., University of Tampa track. Contact Dror Vaknin (813) 846-5021,


• Gaither workout (for experienced bikers), 7:45 a.m., behind Lifestyle Family Fitness in Northdale, Tampa. Contact Richard Johnson (813) 238-2464,

• Marathon Training, various group runs, 5:30 a.m., Downtown YMCA, Tampa. Contact Fred Vasconi (813) 222-1334,

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

• Pinellas Peddlers Ride, E. Mease parking lot, Dunedin. Call (813) 736-4432.

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

• RunVie 12-week group training, all levels, 8 a.m., Upper Tampa Bay Trail Waters. Call Joette or Dan Bergeson (813) 854-2426,,

• Blue Ribbon 5K Kids Against Child Abuse, 7:30 a.m. at Walsingham Park, Largo. Contact Kerri Pedersen, (72) 544-3900 x168.

• Meek and Mighty Triathlon, Ages 7-10, 11+, St. Petersburg. Swim 100/200 yds., Bike 3.6/5.4m, Run .5/1m. Call (727) 820 7791.

• DeSoto 5K Run, Bradenton. Call (941) 782-7023


• St. Anthony's Triathlon, St. Petersburg. Swim 1.5K, Bike 40m, Run 10K. Call (727) 820-7791.

April 30

• HCPA Run for Shelter, Ybor City, 5K. Call (813) 874 7223

May 1

• May Classic 5K, Hyde Park, Tampa. Call (813) 874-7223

May 2

• Dare to go Bare, 5K and 2.5K Walk, Lake Como, Lutz. Call (813) 949-1810

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