Brian Scott, a 40-year-old from Clearwater, ran a 36:19 to win the American Running Company's Ace of Clubs 10K in Dunedin on Sunday. The first woman across the finish line was Debra Donald, a 50-year-old from St. Petersburg, in 47:20.
Local male age group winners included: (Masters) Keith Sawayda, 45 of Clearwater, 37:33; (15-19) Brad May, 19 of Dunedin, 44:27; (20-24) Albert Moreno, 22 of Dunedin, 38:15; (30-34) Lee Ritsma, 30 of Dunedin, 36:28; (40-44) Charles Roose, 43 of Dunedin, 41:50; (45-49) James Hummel, 47 of Dunedin, 41:54; (60-64) Gary Flasek, 63 of Dunedin, 59:55; (65-69) Duncan Cameron, 65 of Palm Harbor, 43:47.
Local female age group winners included: (Masters) Tina Vorneder, 40 of Dunedin, 51:14; (25-29) Joanna Rosse, 27 of Clearwater, 49:40; (30-34) Ann Yarnell, 31 of Dunedin, 50:54; (35-39) Heather Ellison, 37 of Dunedin, 52:23; (45-49) Jocelyn Zinner, 45 of Dunedin, 53:30; (50-54) Noor Aldina, 51 of Clearwater, 51:34; (55-59) Rosalyn Randall, 58 of Dunedin, 53:53; (60-64) Millie Hamilton, 64 of Dunedin, 57:27; (65-69) Annette Frisch, 67 of St. Petersburg, 56:46.
Youth Triathlon Series
Sarah Sykes, a 13-year-old from Largo, won her age group with a 23:33 at the fifth race of the Youth Tri Series in Palm Harbor on Sept. 7. Other top local finishers included Jordan Snodgrass, 14 of Largo, 34:06 and Patricia Corsetti, 15 of Seminole, 30:15.
Younger triathletes race a shorter distance. Winners included Kaci Anderson, 5 of Largo, 10:58; Emerson Quilty, 6 of St. Petersburg, 8:35; Grace Rose, 10 of Oldsmar, 16:10; and Annika Smith, 11 of Clearwater, 25:51.
Among the boys, 11-year-old Kyle Snodgrass of Seminole won his age group with a time of 23:59. Other winners included Kyle Deschenes, 12 of Largo, 24:16; Cody Sandford, 13 of Clearwater, 19:23; Philip Malecot, 15 of Seminole, 19:47.
In the younger ranks, 6-year-old Asher Rovin of St. Petersburg won his age group with a time of 8:20. Other winners included Kyle McDonald, 8 of Palm Harbor, 15:28 and Zack Quilty, 10 of St. Petersburg, 14:11.
Next up: The season finale on Saturday, Oct. 4 in East Lake Woodlands. To register online, go to www.active.com.
Local adventure racers Kip and Jessica Koelsch of St. Petersburg recently finished first in the mixed tandem division of the 100-mile Colorado River 100 canoe and kayak race in Texas.
The race followed the Colorado River from Bastrop to Columbus and took racers through sections of calm flatwater, sweeping swift currents and small rapids.
The pair, founders of the West Central Florida Adventure Racers, took the lead just after the start and never looked back, completing the course in 13 hours and 52 minutes.
After paddling next to a men's tandem for the last 10 miles (and determining they were also an out-of-state team), the two boats made a "gentlemen's agreement" to sprint from the last bridge to the finish line, a distance of about 500 meters, to determine who would win the first out-of-state finishers award.
The husband and wife team jumped out to a half-boat-length lead, but with about 50 meters to go went over a huge rock and lost the lead by about 6 inches.
"There was no way I was going to lose that after 100 miles," Kip said. "So we cranked it back up, managed to surge ahead and won by about 2 feet. The people on the shore were cheering."
Next up for the Koelsches: the Trinidad Coast to Coast race in October.
Jim Larson, a 72-year-old from Clearwater, won his age group (70-74) by seven minutes in a what was supposed to be a sprint triathlon in Williamsburg, Va., on Sept. 7.
But due to heavy rains of Tropical Storm Hanna, the triathlon had to be turned into a duathlon (2K run, 20K bike, 5K run) when the James River swelled with debris.
Larson has been competing in triathlons since the 1980s, winning the state age group title and representing Florida in national finals in 1985. He gave up the swim and bike for a while to focus on running as a National Class runner in my 50s, setting personal bests and several Florida state records, which were later broken by a young whippersnapper named Joe Burgasser, three years his junior.