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First marathon a success for twins

A strong contingent of local runners traveled to Jacksonville on Dec. 21 for the 20th annual running of the city's marathon.

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The Pinellas pack was led by the brothers Benjamin, twin 20-year-old Kenneth City runners competing in their first marathon.

Brian Benjamin placed 30th overall with a time of 3:00:46; Mark Benjamin placed 34th with a time of 3:03:30.

Other top local finishers included: James Duncan, 37 of Largo, 3:15:05; Sean Connolly, 37 of St. Petersburg, 3:52:43; David Shiner, 37 of St. Petersburg, 4:09:09; Bob Magnan, 45 of St. Petersburg, 4:16:52; Samantha Goresh, 27 of St. Petersburg, 4:26:51; John Derosa, 41 of St. Pete Beach, 4:39:13; Krista Eyler, 29 of St. Petersburg, 4:39:15; Kenneth Klinker, 47 of Dunedin, 4:41:57; Carolyn Sironen, 43 of St. Petersburg, 4:42:01; Jack Lee, 52 of St. Petersburg, 5:06:57; Jamie Annese, 27 of Clearwater, 5:36:20.

Bowl Fan

The inaugural St. Petersburg Bowl Fan 5K also drew an impressive crowd. Kathy Frailing, 41 of Belleair, won the women's division in 19:32. She was followed by Brittany Whitelock, 24 of St. Petersburg, in 20:14.

Other top female finishers included: (masters champion) Denise Skinner, 52 of St. Petersburg, 21:02; (10-14) Mary Margaret Mason, 13 of Safety Harbor, 23:26; (15-19) Tess Huttenlocker, 15 of Gulfport, 22:17; (25-29) Alexis Martin, 26 of Largo, 22:52; (30-34) Lisa Williams, 30 of Largo, 20:47; (35-39) Jennifer Laplante, 35 of St. Petersburg, 21:02; (40-44) Pamela McCann, 42 of St. Pete Beach, 23:40; (45-49) Patricia Farese, 46 of St. Petersburg, 22:53; (50-54) Debra Donald, 50 of St. Petersburg, 21:53; (55-59) Anna Knowles, 58 of St. Petersburg, 25:19; (65-69) Annette Frisch, 68 of St. Petersburg, 25:18; (70-74) Dede Buckley, 70 of St. Pete Beach, 31:35.

In the men's ranks, the masters champion was Anders Heidemann, 48 of Belleair, 19:30. Other top age group finishers included: (9 and younger) Zane Holmes, 6 of St. Petersburg, 32:31; (10-14) Sam Chandler, 13 of St. Petersburg, 18:21; (15-19) Michael Homme, 19 of Seminole, 18:11; (20-24) Jonathan Cleary, 20 of St. Petersburg, 18:14; (25-29) Jaeson Clayborn, 25 of St. Petersburg, 19:27; (30-34) David Ambush, 30 of St. Petersburg, 19:17; (35-39) David Meri, 35 of St. Petersburg, 19:16; (40-44) Paul Graus, 44 of St. Petersburg, 19:57; (50-54) Casey Chandler, 50 of St. Petersburg, 19:38; (55-59) Patrick Schultz, 57 of St. Petersburg, 22:28; (65-69) Duncan Cameron, 66 of Palm Harbor, 20:10; (70-74) Joseph Burgasser, 70 of St. Petersburg, 20:34.

MADD Dash

This Tampa 5K drew 168 runners, including a strong contingent from Pinellas County on Saturday.

Local female top age group finishers included: (10-14) Alex Eaton, 13 of St. Petersburg, 20:15; (40-44) Pamela McCann, 42 of Treasure Island, 24:03; (45-49) Kathy Robinson, 49 of Pinellas Park, 25:22.

Local male top age group finishers included: (20-24) Chris Corcoran, 23 of Seminole, 16:09; (35-39) Scott Brane, 36 of Belleair Bluffs, 17:24; (45-49) Victor Yeager, 48 of Dunedin, 18:03.

Brandon Half

St. Petersburg runner Melanie Peters was one of more than 300 runners who turned out this month for the Colonial Bank Brandon Half-Marathon and 5K in Brandon. The 25-year-old Peters, a consistent top finisher on the local road racing circuit, covered the 13.1-mile course in 1:23:32, finishing eighth overall.

Other top local women finishers included: (20-24) Erin O'Connor, 23 of St. Petersburg, 1:41:22; (55-59) Rosalyn Randall, 58 of Oldsmar, 1:55:35; (60-64) Bonnie Theall, 63 of Dunedin, 2:17:50.

In the men's division, 12-year-old Hunter McCann of Treasure Island finished first in the 14 and under age group with a time of 1:58:36.

Etc.

Shannon Glenn, 16 of Seminole, finished first in the 15- to 19-year-old age group with a time of 27:57 at the 16th Annual Run with the Stars 5K in St. Petersburg on Dec. 6.

Send your swimming, biking, running, triathlon and adventure racing information to Terry Tomalin at Tomalin@sptimes.com. You can also reach him at (727) 893-8808.

First marathon a success for twins 12/30/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:30am]
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