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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.

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.


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.


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 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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