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Grand Prix 5K Run, Walk and Wheelathon ends with speedy finish

Marc Dannis, 33 of St. Petersburg, took the checkered flag at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K Run, Walk and Wheelathon on Friday.

Dannis' time of 16:18 was more than a minute faster than his nearest competitor, Justin Mikolay, 30 of St. Petersburg, who was second on the men's side in 17:33.

Other locals placing in the men's top 10: Trey Howell, St. Petersburg, 18:05 (fourth); Hunter McCann, Treasure Island, 18:25 (fifth); David Meri, St. Petersburg, 18:41 (sixth); Jason Ratliff, St. Petersburg, 18:47 (seventh); John Macedo, Clearwater, 18:49 (eighth) and Matt Gironda, St. Petersburg, 19:11 (ninth).

Leslie Beauchamp, 31 of St. Petersburg, won the women's competition, also cruising to the finish line well ahead of the field in 19 minutes.

Savannah Dearden, 16 of St. Petersburg, took the women's silver medal, running 20:03 to finish second.

Locals in the top 10 on the women's side: Amy Keener, Clearwater, 21:09 (fifth); Jeanne Townsend, St. Petersburg, 21:15 (seventh); Connie Mendoza, Madeira Beach, 21:39 (eighth); Keara McGraw, St. Petersburg, 21:42 (ninth); Chris Simpson, St. Petersburg, 21:54 (10th).

BEACH TO BAYOU 5K: Roger Lara, 51 of Tarpon Springs, was the fastest local competitor at the Beach to Bayou 5K in Tarpon Springs on Saturday.

Lara came to the line in 18:10 to win the male masters championship. He was second overall.

Hunter McCann, 13 of Treasure Island, was a third-place finisher in the men's open division, running 19:13.

Ruth Lara, 49 of Tarpon Springs, ran 22:19 to win the female masters championship.

She was joined on the winner's stand by 19-year-old Tarpon Springs resident Kailand Cosgrove, who was second in the female open division in 20:18, and 35-year-old Clearwater resident Colleen McLaughlin, who was third at 21:35.

Local age group winners include: (F14 and under) Lyndsey Bender, Tarpon Springs, 22:48; (F15-19) Christine Pope, Tarpon Springs, 24:31; (F20-24) Melanie Lewis, Palm Harbor, 24:03; (F25-29) Alex Maxwell, St. Petersburg, 22:09; (F35-39) Dawn Sterns, Palm Harbor, 22:11; (F40-44) Yvonne Bryant, Tarpon Springs, 22:52; (F50-54) Noora Alidina, Tarpon Springs, 24:14; (F55-59) Patricia Hoffman, Palm Harbor, 27:05; (F60-64) Evelyn Arenella, Tarpon Springs, 25:30; (F70-74) Anne Aloise, Tarpon Springs, 37:13; (F75 and over) Tanya Taylor, Tarpon Springs, 27:21; (M14 and under) Kylar Barrett, Dunedin, 22:31; (M15-19) Alex Nicholson, Tarpon Springs, 23:15; (M30-34) Chad Lane, Dunedin, 19:49; (M35-39) Patrick Swere, Tarpon Springs, 20:18; (M40-44) Ken O'Day, Palm Harbor, 18:53; (M50-54) Mike Woods, Tarpon Springs, 23:18; (M55-59) Steven Cooper, St. Petersburg, 23:08; (M65-69) Duncan Cameron, Palm Harbor, 20:49; (M70-74) Clem McGrath, Tarpon Springs, 25:17; (M75 and over) Bob Ries, Tarpon Springs, 38:34.

TWILIGHT 5K: Hank Campbell, 30 of St. Petersburg, motored to the finish line in 15:46 to win the Fit2Run Twilight 5K in Bradenton on Friday.

Campbell won by one second, edging Cape Coral's John Biffar.

Kristen Proach, 25 of Largo, was the female champion, crossing the line in 18:18 to win by a wide margin.

Phil Edelen, 50 of Redington Shores, was the male grandmaster champion after running 18:57.

Rosalyn Randall, 60 of Oldsmar, was the top participant in the female 60-64-year-old age division with her time of 27:43.

GEORGIA MARATHON: Clearwater resident Sean Gallagher hustled across a challenging, hilly course at the ING Georgia Marathon in Atlanta on March 21 to complete the 26.2-mile race in a blistering time of 2:58:47.

The 27-year-old Gallagher, the highest finishing county resident, was 17th overall.

James Russell III, 41 of Oldsmar, came across the line in 3:26:58 to place 133rd overall.

Leslie Stallings, 47 of Oldsmar, was fourth in her age division (45-49) with a time of 3:49:28.

In the half-marathon, Andrea Kubinova, 31 of St. Petersburg, was the top runner locally at 1:50:44, 72nd for her age group (30-34).

ST. PETE MASTERS: The St. Pete Masters Swim Team hosted its 40th annual Short Course Yards Championship Meet at North Shore Pool on March 19-21 and defeated 22 other clubs to claim the team championship.

The 47-member St. Pete Masters squad dominated the event with 2,024 points. Second-place Sarasota YMCA Sharks had 912 points.

Seven St. Pete Masters swimmers were the high point winners from their age group: Elaine Bromwich (65-69), Ted Bradley (25-29), Adrienne Forkois (30-34), JoAnn Harrelson (50-54), Paul Scoville (50-54), Sarah Swoch (18-24) and Paula Texel (35-39).

Second-place high point winners were: Timothy Beck (18-24), Ron Collins (45-49), Tiffany Felton (18-24), Eric Herman (35-39), Lisa Ross (55-59), Carl Selles (60-64), Bill Specht (50-54) and Michael Torsney (75-79).

RACE FOR SIGHT 5K: Chris Kullman, 45 of Clearwater, was an age group winner at the ninth annual Race for Sight 5K in Tampa on Saturday, taking the male 45-year-old division in 20:21.

Dan McClenathan, 58 of St. Petersburg, won the male 55-59 age division in 22:41, and Herb Townsend, 71 of Treasure Island, won the male 70-74 group with a time of 24:19. Carol Montgomery, 75 of Treasure Island, was the female 75 and over winner after running 43:43.

fast facts


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


• Fit2Run's Spud2Stud Couch to 5K training program. Call (813) 873-2786.


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

• Hare Racing Experience, 5K and 1 mile, 8 a.m., USF campus, Tampa. Call Tom Orth (813) 870-3414, ext. 5.

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

• Run for Lungs 5K, 8 a.m., Al Lopez Park, Tampa. Call (813) 374-2117.

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

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

April 10

• Harvey's Festival of States, 5K, 8 a.m., Downtown St. Petersburg. Call (727) 821-9888 or visit

• Iron Girl, 15K and 5K, 8 a.m., Pier 60, Clearwater. Visit or e-mail

• Laraway Memorial, Super Gopher, 5K and 1-mile fun run, 7:30 a.m., Hudson. Call (727) 243-0359, (352) 346-6705,

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Grand Prix 5K Run, Walk and Wheelathon ends with speedy finish 03/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 4:39pm]
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