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Ironman tests locals' resolve

Matthew Reed of Boulder, Colo., left, congratulates Ironman 70.3 pro men’s winner Michael Raelert of Drage, Germany.


Matthew Reed of Boulder, Colo., left, congratulates Ironman 70.3 pro men’s winner Michael Raelert of Drage, Germany.

Palm Harbor's Dustin Bengston, 33, was the top Pinellas County triathlete over the weekend at the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater. Bengston completed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:30:56, putting him in 504th place out of 1,388 competitors.

Other local triathletes who qualified for and completed include: Robert Maue, Clearwater, 4:43:22; Jessica Koelsch, St. Petersburg, 4:44:53; Megan Swisher, Safety Harbor, 4:45:37; Sharon Beltrandelrio, Clearwater, 4:47:35; Matthew Thomas, Tierra Verde, 5:00:55; Clive Heke, St. Petersburg, 5:00:56; Bryan Prushinski, St. Petersburg, 5:01:41; David Weismantel, St. Petersburg, 5:07:26; Matthew Weidner, St. Petersburg, 5:08:14; Kevin Danielson, Oldsmar, 5:13:19; Marcos Alegre, Seminole, 5:21:58; Shannon Shearer, Largo, 5:23:06; Jonas Hedman, St. Petersburg, 5:24:17; Lewis Bennett, Largo, 5:27:11; Kasey Mueller, St. Petersburg, 5:30:04; Troy Ford, Oldsmar, 5:31:38; Frankie McDermond, Pinellas Park, 5:32:04; Charles Lohman, St. Petersburg, 5:36:35; Gail Lohman, St. Petersburg, 5:39:41; Keith Nelson, Treasure Island, 5:55:56; Kyle Moll, St. Petersburg, 5:57:30; David Schick, Clearwater, 6:16:08; Rick Wilson, Tarpon Springs, 6:21:03; John Goss, South Pasadena, 6:41:24; David Allbritton, Clearwater, 6:50:21; Louis Talarico, Belleair Beach, 7:45:55

Holiday Rotary Runs: Janelle Coffman, 26 of St. Petersburg, clipped Tampa's Lauren Leffler at the finish line to win the Holiday Rotary 10K on Saturday.

Coffman completed the 10K in 35:31, a second faster than Leffler.

The 10K local age group winners were: (M35-39) Mike Atkin, Dunedin, 35:54; (M45-49) Thomas Hoffman, Palm Harbor, 43:47; (F45-49) Amanda Catenac, Tarpon Springs, 1:00:10; (F50-54) Lisa Vanderbloemen, Clearwater, 43:47; (F55-59) Joan Hughes, Largo, 55:20; (F60-64) Bea Swere, Palm Harbor, 1:15:43; (F65-69) Louann Hatch, Palm Harbor, 1:14:32.

Kelly Richards, 25 of Clearwater, edged St. Petersburg's Amy McClenathan to win the Holiday Rotary 5K on Saturday.

Richards' time of 18:52 was 12 seconds faster than McClenathan. Lisa Williams of Largo finished third in 20:27.

Largo's Steven Williams was a third-place finisher in the men's 5K in 18:45. Holiday's Scott Llewellyn (18:14) took first.

Age group winners included: (M14 and under) Andrew Elsey, Clearwater, 20:06; (F14 and under) Mary Margaret Mason, Safety Harbor, 21:54; (F15-19) Elizabeth Mason, Safety Harbor, 22:28; (M25-29) Alex Vazquez, St. Petersburg, 19:00; (F30-34) Williams; (M40-44) Williams; (F45-49) McClenathan; (F55-59) Patricia Hoffman, Palm Harbor, 26:27; (M65-69) Duncan Cameron, Palm Harbor, 19:58; (F70 and over) Marge Coffey, St. Petersburg, 35:41.

Greater Gator Duathlon: A quartet of county runners from St. Petersburg found success in Micanopy at the Greater Gator Duathlon on Sunday.

Donald Ardell took top honors in the male 70-74 age group in a time of 54.59.7. Thomas Bell was the winner of the male 60-64 age group after crossing the finish line in 1:00:41.3. Lindsay Bell completed the race in 1:03:54.6 to take first place in the female 60-64 division. Roseann Halback was first in the 25-29 female category at 1:02:27.7.

Lake to Lake 10K: Christina Simpson, 47 of St. Petersburg, was the top racer in the female masters division and the third female finisher overall at the 33rd annual Lake to Lake 10K in Lakeland — billed as the oldest race in Polk County — last Saturday.

Simpson needed just 45:35 to complete the course.

Joe Burgasser, 71 of St. Petersburg, won the male grand masters division in a time of 43:20. James Duncan, 38 of Largo, was the fastest male in the 35-39 age group after crossing the finish line in 40:10.

Looking ahead: The inaugural Pilgrim Paddle, a relay-style paddleboard race for teams of two, will take place Saturday, Nov. 28 on Spa Beach in downtown St. Petersburg.

The competition is open to racers of all skill levels, and there are six divisions: men, women and coed in both a stand-up and prone position.

Registration is $45, $55 after Monday. Race-day registration opens at 8 a.m., and the first race (coed relay) will start at 9:15 a.m.

For more information, visit

This week: Dave McGillivray, race director for the Boston Marathon and the St. Petersburg Women's Half Marathon and 5K, will be the guest speaker Thursday at the St. Pete Road Runners general meeting.

The public is invited to attend, however, seating is limited. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Hospice Center in St. Petersburg, located at 3050 First Ave.

. fast facts


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


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

• Marathon Training, various group runs, 5:30 a.m., Downtown YMCA, Tampa. Fred Vasconi (813) 222-1334,

• Stanley Breakfast Ride, 7:45 a.m., Seffner Elementary, 109 Cactus Road, Seffner. 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. Michael Weiss (727) 644-7702,


• Women's Half-Marathon, downtown St. Petersburg. Call (727) 502-9202, ext. 300.

• X-Country Marathon, Alfia River State Park, Lithia., (813) 232-5200.

Nov. 24 and 25

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

Nov. 26

• Times Turkey Trot, 10K, 5K and 1 mile, Clearwater High School Stadium, Clearwater. Skip Rogers, (727) 442-5838.

• YMCA Tampa Gobble Run, 10K and 5K, 7:30 a.m., Al Lopez Park, Tampa. Call (813) 229-1305.

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Ironman tests locals' resolve 11/23/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 23, 2009 10:28am]
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