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Clearwater's Proach outdistances the field in Belleair Sunset 5K

Belleair Sunset 5K

Racing through the streets of Belleair on one of the county's most picturesque courses, Kristen Proach of Clearwater was the overall champion at Saturday's Belleair Sunset 5K.

Proach, 26, clocked in at 17:47 to win by 16 seconds.

Kathy Frailing, 43 of Largo, was second to Proach in the women's race after crossing the line in 19:13. Proach was the female masters champion.

Daniel Jewett, 17 of Largo, was the top local runner in the men's race, placing second in 18:25. Vince Tenaglia, 27 of Clearwater Beach, came in third (18:28).

Tampa's Don Donchess was the men's champion in 18:03.

Local age group winners included: (M master) Bill Cottrell, Belleair, 18:58; (M9 and under) Kip Ciampini, Clearwater, 27:52; (M10-14) Collin Thomas, Largo, 21:49; (F10-14) Fatima Abu-Rumman, Belleair Bluffs, 22:01; (M15-19) Jewett; (M20-24) Austin Curmack, St. Petersburg, 18:33; (M25-29) Tenaglia; (F25-29) Bethany Mutchler, Clearwater, 26:58; (M30-34) Tim Shaver, Palm Harbor, 22:11; (F30-34) Shannon Bostwick, Belleair, 24:38; (M35-39) Eric Thomas, Largo, 21:17; (F35-39) Amy Heflin, Clearwater, 23:39; (M40-44) Steve Williams, Largo, 19:33; (F40-44) Kristin Woodward, Largo, 22:52; (M45-49) John Matter, Palm Harbor, 19:57; (F45-49) Andrea Fortunato, Largo, 24:14; (M50-54) Dan Chechele, St. Petersburg, 19:18; (F60-64) Peg McAvaddy, Seminole, 31:30; (M65-69) James Ladig, Clearwater, 22:26; (F65-69) Brenda Hatala, Clearwater, 32:13; (M70 and over) Jim Callan, Palm Harbor, 28:29; (F70 and over) Mary Grace Ritter, Clearwater, 44:16.


Nola Johnson of Clearwater traveled to Gainesville over the weekend to participate in the Five Points of Life Marathon, earning third place in the female masters division.

It took Johnson three hours, 45 minutes and 45 seconds to complete the 26.2-mile race. She was the 16th female to cross the finish and came in 54th among all racers.

Betsy Clement of Dunedin was the fastest runner in her age group. Clement grabbed first place in the female 55-59 age group by about 18 minutes after finishing the marathon in 5:05:32.


Hunter McCann, Yvonne Bryant and Barb Cote were the only locals to claim age group victories at the highly competitive Bolt 5K in downtown Tampa.

McCann, 14 of Treasure Island, was the men's 11-14-year-old champion by more than two minutes when he crossed the finish in 18:30.

Bryant, 44 of Clearwater, was more than a minute faster than her nearest competitor to claim the female 40-44 age group in 21:59.

Cote, 59 of Palm Harbor, was the champion of the women's 55-59 age group with a time of 26:34, winning by nearly two and a half minutes.

James Osborne of Lutz was the overall champion in 16:12. Jennarae Downs of Tampa was the female winner in 19:45.


Bob Beach of St. Pete Masters swimming received all-star recognition by U.S. Masters Swimming after scoring more points in national championship meets than anyone in his age group.

Nine St. Pete Masters swimmers — Beach, Chris Burke, Zsolt Gaspar, Jessica Knapp, Sara Kwon, Carl Selles, Bill Specht, Sandy Steer and Mike Torsney — won All-American individual honors from after placing first in a national championship event in their age group.

Earning All-American relay honors were Burke, Selles, Dawn Clark, Kern Davis, Pat Marzulli, Alegra Reich, Sarah Swoch and Paula Texel.


Melanie Peters claimed first place in the 10K competition at the Flatwoods Ramble in Thonotosassa on Feb. 13. Peters, 27 of St. Petersburg, crossed the finish in one hour, 11 minutes and four seconds to win by more than three minutes. Timm Bischoff, 18 of Clearwater, was the top local male runner in the 10K. Bischoff placed third after running 1:09:19 and was first in the men's 15-19 year old age group. Tampa's Oscar Orozco was the overall winner with a time of 1:02:37.

The following local runners claimed age group championships: (M30-34) Kyle Buck, Clearwater, 1:09:39; (M40-44) Eric O'Brien, St. Petersburg, 1:22:21; (F40-44) May-Li Cuypers, Largo, 1:18:03; (F50-54) Reva Moeller, Treasure Island, 1:24:06.

One-hundred forty-four racers completed the 10K.

In the Flatwoods Ramble 5K, Tanya Taylor of Clearwater claimed third place in the women's race after running 26:04. Taylor, 31, also won the women's 30-34 year old age group.

Other local age group winners from the 5K were: (M30-34) Amory Ifill, St. Petersburg, 23:04; (F45-49) Joanne Root, Oldsmar, 29:10; (M50-54) Richard Walker, Palm Harbor, 23:34; (F50-54) Kristin Soule, Palm Harbor, 31:33; (M55-59) John Orriola, Pinellas Park, 28:47.

Jimmy Patterson of Tampa was the overall 5K champion in 20:45. Tampa's Kara Pellegrino was right behind to claim the female championship in 20:56. One hundred twenty-two runners completed the 5K.

Bryan Burns can be reached at

.upcoming events


• Oldsmar running club, various distances, 300 East State St., Oldsmar, 727-420-4666

• Tarpon Springs track workout, Tarpon Springs High, 5:30 a.m., (813) 690-8989

• Tarpon Springs swim, 5:30 p.m., Total Fitness Health Club, (727) 938-8552.

• Progressive Training track workout, Wednesdays 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., University of Tampa track, (813) 846-5021,


• Tarpon Springs swim, 7 a.m., Total Fitness, (727) 938-8552.


• Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K (7 a.m.) and 5K (9:30 a.m.), 5K walk and stroller start (9:50 a.m.), downtown Tampa. Info: (813) 254-7866 or

• Fit at Fifty Bike races, 25 or 50 miles (2 loops), 8 a.m. Info: (727) 409-5676 or

• Tarpon Springs ride and run., 7:30 a.m., Total Fitness, (727) 937-6049.

• WFYRC group runs: 13m at 6 a.m., Clearwater City Hall, (727) 421-7323; 5m at 7 a.m., Chesnut Park, Palm Harbor (727) 644-7702,

• Pinellas Peddlers ride, East Mease parking lot, Dunedin. Sat: 20m, Sun: open/fast, (813) 736-4432.

• Stanley Ride, 7:30 a.m., Seffner Elementary, novices and up, minimum 23m at 12mph, breakfast in Plant City, (813) 684-3505,

• Gaither Workout, 7:15 a.m., behind Lifestyle Fitness at Mapledale/Dale Mabry, Tampa. Experienced cyclists only (shortest route 32m), (813) 238-2464,


• Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon (6 a.m.) and 8K (9 a.m.), downtown Tampa. Info: (813) 254-7866 or

• Tarpon Springs run, 7 a.m., flag pole at Fred Howard Park, (727) 937-6049.


• Tarpon Springs swim, 5:30 p.m., Total Fitness Health Club, (727) 938-8552.

March 5

• Countryside Clover Classic 5K and 1-mile walk/run, Countryside Country Club, Clearwater. Info: or (727) 796-1333.

• Zoo Zoom 5K, 7:30 a.m., Tampa. Info: or (813) 935-8552, ext. 239.

March 6

• Orange Blossom half marathon (7 a.m.) and 5K (7:30 a.m.). Info: triflorida or (352) 394-1320.

• Xterra Trout Creek 15K and 5K trail runs, 8:30 a.m., Trout Creek Wilderness Park (NE Hillsborough County). Info:

March 12

• Armadillo 10K and 5K (8 a.m.) 1-miler (7:40), Oldsmar. Info: or

• Pasco Challenge 5K, 10K and 13.1m, 8 a.m., Starkey Park, New Port Richey. Info: or (727) 848-8888.

March 13

• Brandon Shamrock Classic 5K and 10K, 8 a.m., Sabal Park. Info: (813) 681-4279.

• Sarasota half marathon (and relay), 7 a.m. Info:

March 19

• Strawberry Classic 5K and 10K, 8 a.m., Temple Terrace. Info: (813) 843-3276.

• East Pasco YMCA Spring Sprint Triathlon, 8:30 a.m., Zephyrhills. Info: or (813) 780-9622.

March 20

• Florida Beach Halfathon & 5K, 7 a.m., Fort DeSoto Park. Info:

March 25

• Robinson's Preserve 5K, 6:30 p.m., Manatee. Info: or (941) 358-5100.

March 26

• Fight for Air stair climb, 42 floors, Tampa. Info: or (727) 347-6133.

• Great Clermont Sprint Duathlon and Triathlon, (7:30 a.m.), Trikidz race (9:30 a.m.). Info:

March 27

• Great Clermont International Triathlon and Duathlon (7:30 a.m.), short course (8:15 a.m.),

April 2

• Roar through Ybor 5K and 1-miler, 7:30 a.m., Centennial Park, Ybor City. Info: (813) 453-7885.

• Beach to Bayou 5K and 1-miler, 8 a.m., Fred Howard Park, Tarpon Springs. Info: (727) 943-3651.

Clearwater's Proach outdistances the field in Belleair Sunset 5K 02/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 3:30am]
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