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Local scene ready to get in gear again

Wes Reynolds brought home a fourth-place finish in last month’s 10K.

Wes Reynolds brought home a fourth-place finish in last month’s 10K.

It has been a slow couple of weeks on the local fitness scene, with many runners, swimmers and triathletes visiting relatives for the holidays. But the season should pick up later this month with some major road races, including the St. Pete Beach Classic on Jan. 17.

'Say No' again

Last month's 20th annual Say No to Drugs Holiday Classic 10K saw some strong performances from Pinellas runners.

The top finishers included 18-year-old Wes Reynolds of St. Petersburg (fourth), 31-year-old Matt Thomas of Tierra Verde (fifth), 24-year-old Christa Benton of St. Petersburg (seventh) and 25-year-old Melanie Peters of St. Petersburg (eighth), and the field also included outstanding age group performances.

Top local female age group finishers in the 10K included: (15-19) Penny Markuske, 17 of Largo, 46:17; (25-29) Whitney Lasseter, 29 of Palm Harbor, 50:07; (40-44) Sharon Beltran del Rio, 41 of Clearwater, 45:07; (45-49) Jennifer Martindale, 45 of Tarpon Springs, 47:07; (50-54) Terri Doheny, 50 of Clearwater, 46:18; (60-64) Claire Clark, 64 of Seminole, 1:02:30; (70-74) Carol Montgomery, 73 of Treasure Island, 1:15:17.

Top local male age group finishers included: (14-under) 41:57 Tyler Lewis, 14 of Largo, 41:57; (65-69) Nelson Porteous, 65 of Largo, 52:49; (70-74) Herb Townsend, 70 of Treasure Island, 47:58; (75-79) Larry Yost, 78 of Treasure Island, 1:01:52.

In the 5K, Ray Friedman, 33 of Odessa, was the overall winner with a time of 16:15. Other top male finishers included: (9-10) Kobee Alsop, 9 of Clearwater, 22:14; (11-12) Elijah Moravick, 11 of Largo, 25:51; (13-14) Zachary Maciolek, 14 of Clearwater, 18:59; (15-19) Gabe Ramos, 18 of Largo, 17:36; (30-34) Jerry Cox, 30 of St. Petersburg, 19:43; (35-39) Scott Brane, 36 of Belleair Bluffs, 17:42; (40-44) 18:58 Mike Lisman, 41 of Palm Harbor, 18:58; (45-49) Bobby DeSantis, 48 of Clearwater, 18:33; (65-69) Dave Gibson, 66 of Clearwater Beach, 20:58; (75-79) Paul McPartland, 77 of St. Petersburg, 37:28; (80-over) 48:28 Carl Hammen, 85 of St. Petersburg, 48:28.

Among the women, Patti Gasky, 47 of Clearwater, took the master's title with a time of 21:14. Other age group winners included: (8-under) Alyssa Kazmierski, 8 of Seminole, 28:38; (9-10) Grace Rose, 10 of Oldsmar, 26:24; (13-14) Savannah Broome, 13 of Treasure Island, 22:03; (15-19) Jody Odom, 15 of Pinellas Park, 19:48; (25-29) Christine Kiernan-Ortiz, 26 of St. Petersburg, 22:35; (40-44) Connie Mendoza, 40 of Madeira Beach, 21:24; (30-34) 24:29 Marita Mowry, 33 of Dunedin, 24:29; (45-49) Julide Burak, 47 of Seminole, 24:29; (50-54) Jeannie Silbert, 54 of Largo, 24:32; (55-59) Karen Alexeev, 56 of Gulfport, 25:39; (60-64) Carole Torreano, 60 of Largo, 30:32; (80-over) Jackie Yost, 80 of Treasure Island, 54:31.

Local runners romp

A challenging course at the eighth annual Manatee River Run, a 5-mile state championship on Dec. 27, didn't slow a pack of Pinellas Runners.

The Bradenton Runners Club promotes and directs this annual event, which includes 2 miles of cross-country running on the winding dirt paths of Emerson Point Park, which juts into the Gulf of Mexico on the western tip of Palmetto.

The runners were led by St. Petersburg residents Wes Reynolds, who finished fourth overall among the men, and Ali Crabb, second among the women.

Local age group winners included Denise Skinner, 52, masters (40-plus), 34:31, Debra Donald, 50, grand masters (50-plus), 36:06, Wendy Burgasser, 55, 40:50, Bonnie Theall, 63, 46:55, Albert Wieringa, 62, 32:28, senior masters (60-plus), Joe Burgasser, 70, 33:08, veteran masters (70-plus) and Duncan Cameron, 65, M65.

The Kesty family of St. Petersburg was the unofficial family champion with five members competing: Ken (54), Cynthia (54), Katie (20), Kendra (19) and Chelsea (15).

Florida Marathon

Jim Patton, 68 of Seminole, ran the Florida Marathon in Clermont on Dec. 27 finishing in 5:47:26 and second in his age group (65-69). Other runners included Anthony Ivey, 33 of St. Petersburg, who finished second in his age group (30-34) with a time of 4:06:49.

Do you have running, swimming, biking, triathlon or adventure racing news? Send it to Terry Tomalin at or call (727) 893-8808. You can also submit news online at

upcoming events


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


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

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

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

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

Jan. 17

• Eighth annual Bolt Run, 5M, 5K and 1 mile, 7 a.m., St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. Contact Kelvin Woodson: (813) 301-6832;

• Fishhawk Road Race, 10K and 5K, 8 a.m., Fishhawk, Lithia. Call (813) 685-7500.

• St. Pete Beach Classic, 10K/5K run and walk, Sirata Beach Resort. Call (727) 367-7223 or visit

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

Jan. 18

• Fourth annual Clearwater Halfathon, 5K, 7 a.m., Coachman Park, Clearwater. Call (727) 347-4440 or e-mail

Local scene ready to get in gear again 01/06/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 8, 2009 7:27pm]
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