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Midnight Run lights up holiday


Dunedin hosted the 32nd annual Kiwanis Morton Plant Mease Midnight Run over the July 4 holiday weekend.

Christa Stephens was the women's 10K champion. The 27-year-old St. Petersburg resident crossed the finish line in 39 minutes, 58 seconds for the victory.

Clearwater's Sean Gallagher had the fastest time locally on the men's side. Gallagher, 29, ran 35:37 to place third overall and was the top runner in the 25- to 29-year-old age group.

Tampa's Mark Parrish was the men's champion in 33:18.

Pinellas racers who won their age group were: (M13 and under) Joseph Sook, Dunedin, 56:17; (F14-16) Jessica Atkinson, Indian Rocks Beach, 53:55; (M16-17) Tyler Lewis, Largo, 37:16; (F17-19) Rachel Zeron, Oldsmar, 47:44; (F30-34) Whit Lasseter, Palm Harbor, 47:08; (M45-49) Keith Batten, Clearwater, 37:26; (F50-54) Terri Doheny, Clearwater, 46:45; (F55-59) Terry Repp, Palm Harbor, 53:41; (M65-69) Duncan Cameron, Palm Harbor, 46:35; (M70 and over) Jim Patton, Seminole, 1:15:50.

The 10K had 495 finishers.

In the 5K, which had 989 finishers, Katherine McMeekin of Palm Harbor claimed the women's championship. McMeekin, 20, won with a time of 19:36.

Lisa Williams, 32 of Largo, earned a place in the top three and an age group win (30-34) after running 20:09.

Seminole's Jacob Hudak, who came across the finish line in 17:31, was the top local runner on the men's side and the winner of the 16-17 group.

Hudak trailed only Riverview's P.J. Orgass, who was the overall champion in 16:55.

Local age group winners were: (M9 and under) Coleman Inglima, Clearwater, 22:09; (M12-13) Parker Lewis, Largo, 23:15; (M14-15) Hunter McCann, Treasure Island, 17:59; (F14-15) Brianna Paczinski, Clearwater, 21:03; (F16-17) Rachel Hayduke, Seminole, 21:10; (M18-19) Timm Bischoff, Clearwater, 19:34; (F18-19) Alicia Aldridge, Palm Harbor, 23:11; (F20-24) Paige Schmidt, Clearwater, 21:00; (M35-39) Joe Palmer, Palm Harbor, 18:51; (M40-44) Bret Jardine, Palm Harbor, 19:21; (M45-49) Dan Bergeson, Oldsmar, 18:50; (F50-54) Kathleen Robinson, Pinellas Park, 22:43; (F55-59) Jane Siebels, Palm Harbor, 29:48; (M60-64) Dick Christensen, Clearwater, 20:22; (M65-69) James Ladig, Clearwater, 24:51; (F65-69) Jeannette Hill, Palm Harbor, 43:05; (M70 and over) Tod Berken, Safety Harbor, 28:46; (F70 and over) Renee Verel, Clearwater, 45:43.

LUTZ INDEPENDENCE DAY RUN: St. Petersburg's Ali Crabb was the women's champion at the Lutz Independence Day Run 5K.

Crabb, whose time was 17:38, clocked in more than two minutes faster than the rest of the field.

The race had 464 finishers.

On the men's side, Andrew Chandler of St. Petersburg earned a second-place finish after crossing in 16:39. He trailed Tampa's Oscar Orozco by just six seconds. Orozco (16:33) was the overall champion.

The following local runners were tops in their age group: (M15-19) Sam Chandler, St. Petersburg, 16:45; (F25-29) Sarah Huebner, Clearwater, 24:55; (M35-39) Andrew Chandler; (F45-49) Yvonne Bryant, Clearwater, 22:06; (M50-54) Jim Hummel, Tarpon Springs, 20:00; (M60-64) Albert Wieringa, St. Petersburg, 20:04; (F60-64) Linda Schumacher, Palm Harbor, 35:31; (M65-69) Gar Flisek, Tarpon Springs, 23:02; (F65-69) Millie Hamilton, Redington Beach, 27:34.

ST. PETE ROAD RUNNERS: Dr. Matt Fontain, director and head clinician of Tri-Core Performance Therapy, will be the guest speaker at the St. Pete Road Runners' monthly meeting Thursday.

Fontain focuses on conservative sports medicine and rehabilitation and has treated many professional, collegiate and high school athletes. In addition, he has worked with some major-league baseball teams who make their spring training homes in the Tampa Bay area.

The St. Pete Road Runners meet in the Hospice Administration Building on First Avenue S and 31st Street in St. Petersburg. Meetings are open to the general public.

.upcoming eventS


• Oldsmar running club, various distances, 6 p.m., 300 E State St., Oldsmar, (727) 420-4666

• Tarpon Springs track workout, Tarpon Springs High, 5:30 a.m., (813) 690-8989

• Tarpon Springs swim, 5:30 p.m., Total Fitness Health Club, (727) 938-8552

• Progressive Training track workout, Wednesdays 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., University of Tampa track, (813) 846-5021,


• Sunsets at Pier 60 5K Series No. 3, 7 p.m.,

• Picnic Island Adventure Run No. 3, 3.6 miles off-road, 6:45 p.m., Tampa, or (813) 232-5200

• Tarpon Springs swim, 7 a.m., Total Fitness, (727) 938-8552


• Tarpon Springs ride and run., 7:30 a.m., Total Fitness, (727) 937-6049

• WFYRC group runs: 13m at 6 a.m., Clearwater City Hall, (727) 421-7323; 5m at 7 a.m., Chesnut Park, Palm Harbor (727) 644-7702,

• Pinellas Peddlers ride, East Mease parking lot, Dunedin. Saturday: 20m, Sunday: open/fast, (813) 736-4432

• Stanley Ride, 7:30 a.m., Seffner Elementary, novices and up, minimum 23m at 12 mph, breakfast in Plant City, (813) 684-3505,

• Gaither Workout, 7:15 a.m., behind Lifestyle Fitness at Mapledale/Dale Mabry, Tampa. Experienced cyclists only (shortest route 32m), (813) 238-2464,


• Run thru Hell trail 5K, 8 a.m., Al Lopez Park, Tampa, (813) 874-7223 or

•Tarpon Springs run, 7 a.m., flag pole at Fred Howard Park, (727) 937-6049

• 13-mile loop, 6 a.m., Clearwater City Hall. Mac, (727) 515-1374


• Tarpon Springs swim, 5:30 p.m., Total Fitness Health Club, (727) 938-8552

• Temple Terrace YMCA adult swim program, Monday-Thursday, various times. $45/month, (813) 506-6623


• Clearwater High track workout, 5 a.m., Skip Rogers, (727) 442-5838

July 23

• Top Gun Jr. Triathlon, various age groups, 7:30 a.m., Fort De Soto Park. USAT coaches will hold clinic at 7 a.m., (813) 874-7223

• Nature Coast Twilight Triathlon (.25m/10m/3m), 7:30 p.m., Fort Island Gulf Beach Park, Crystal River,

• Siesta Key Triathlon & Duathlon, 7 a.m.,

• Highlander Obstacle Mud Adventure Run (3 or 6 miles), 10 a.m., Bartow,

• Hemingway Days 5K Sunset Run, 7 p.m., Key West,

July 29

• St. Pete Beach Summer 5K Series No. 2, 7 p.m., Sirata Beach Resort, or (727) 360-9213

July 30

• Top Gun Triathlon, (.25/10/3.1), 7 a.m., Fort De Soto Park, (813) 874-7223

• Port to Park Summer Series 5K, 7:30 a.m., Port Richey Water Front Park, Next race: Aug. 20.

Aug. 12

• Sunsets at Pier 60 5K Series No. 4, 7 p.m.,

Aug. 13

• Central Florida Triathlon No. 4 (440yd/10m/3m), 7:45 a.m., Clermont,

Aug. 14

• All Out Run Walk or Crawl 5K, 7:30 a.m., Lake Park, Lutz, or (813) 956-8767

Aug. 20

• Battle at Fort De Soto Triathlon (.25/10m/3m), 7 a.m.,

• Port to Park Summer Series 5K, 7:30 a.m., Port Richey Water Front Park,

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