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Miles for Moffitt draws runners of all ages

More than 3,000 runners, walkers and cancer survivors turned out Saturday for the Miles for Moffitt 5K and 1-mile fun run at the USF Sun Dome.

Austin Richmond, a 22-year-old from Clewiston, took top honors in 15:17.9. He was followed by two 28-year-olds, St. Petersburg's Hank Campbell and Crystal Beach's Troy Hull, both in 15:45.

Melanie Peters, a 24-year-old from St. Petersburg, was the first female finisher in 17:18.8. She was followed by Jacki Wachtel, 28 of Port Richey, in 17:55 and Gainesville's Lisa Vaill, 45, in 18:25.8.

Among the male cancer survivors, Lakeland's Mark Dobersch, 40, was the fastest in 17:53. Kevin Herrholtz, 29 of Tampa, was second (20:37.5) and Lyle Jacon, 45 of Lutz, third (20:40.1). Among female cancer survivors, Calley Masson, a 34-year-old from Dunedin, finished first in 19:49.6 followed by Heather Boggini, 38 of St. Petersburg (23:08.8), and Beth Wonicker-Cook, 41 of Palm Harbor (23:49.2).

Miles for Moffitt also had some outstanding young runners compete. Zachary Scott, 14 of Brandon, turned in a 19:09.5. St. Petersburg's Kyle Groh, 13, finished in 20:14.1 and Tampa's James Berndt, 14, logged a 21:35.8. Marisa Petrick, 14 of Apollo Beach, finished in 23:14.4, followed by Janna Edwards, 14 of Brandon, in 23:36.4 and Taylor Tippett, 13 of Tampa, in 23:59.8.

In the master's ranks, Dror Vaknin, 40 of Tampa, took the title with a 16:45.2. Madeleine Zolfo, 43 of Treasure Island, was the fastest master's woman in 19:44.5.

Other notable seniors included Frank Helfrich, 70, Tampa, 30:31.1; Emery Jewell Jr., 82, Tampa, 31:50.3; Michelle Juristo, 73, Tampa, 39:53.8; Norma Dore, 72, St. Petersburg, 58:38.6.

Mother's Day Run

Tyler Greathouse (17:36), a 16-year-old from Palm Harbor, won the I Love "Mothers" Day run in Palm Harbor on Sunday. Other top finishers included Seminole's Charlie Anshadt, Pinellas Park's Juan Cortes, Largo's Scott Brane and Palm Harbor's Dennis Byron.

Helen Lavoie (21:38), 51 of Holiday, was the fastest woman. She was followed by Clearwater's Terri Doheny, St. Petersburg's Amy Keener, Treasure Island's Kristin Chambers and Safety Harbor's Carol Bancroft.

Traveling runners

Hudson's Keith Balsley, 46, made Pasco County proud on Saturday when he won the Clydesdale division at the 29th Annual Mayfaire Classic 5K Road Race in Lakeland with a time of 21:21. Balsley had a pace of 6:53.

• Mickie Flinner, a 73-year-old from Crystal Beach, just returned from Oklahoma City where she completed the OKC Memorial Marathon to honor those who died in the bombing of the federal building there in April, 1995.

The weather was far from perfect — the temperature was in the 40s, winds steady at 30-40 mph and raining — but Flinner finished 5:53, the first in her age group. It was her 11th marathon since she stared running them in 2002.

"There's not so much competition out there when you're my age," she said.

Youth Triathlons

Want to get your kids ready for the fastest-growing Olympic sport? The St. Pete Stingrays Youth Triathlon Team, geared toward children ages 6-14, meets every Wednesday and Friday from 4-5 p.m.

Joanne Holmes and Karen Quilty are both USAT-certified coaches, as well as avid triathletes. For information, contact Quilty at karenquilty@tampabay.rr.com.

Terry Tomalin can be reached at tomalin@sptimes.com, or by calling (727) 893-8808. Send your swimming, biking, running, triathlon and adventure racing information to community.tampabay.com and click on the "Submit info" link.

>>FAST FACTS

Upcoming events

Saturday

• City of Dunedin annual certified Hog Hustle 5K Road Race, 8 a.m., Knology Park, Dunedin. Contact Chris Hoban at 812-4537.

• Gaither workout (for experienced bikers), 7:45 a.m., behind Gaither High School. Contact Richard Johnson at (813) 238-2464 or visit www.tbfreewheelers.com.

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

• Secret Service, 5K, 8 a.m., St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa. Contact Erin Gifford at (813) 227-2380.

• Seminole Stampede, 5K, 10K, and 1-mile run or walk, 7:30 a.m., Walshingham Park, 12620 102nd Ave, Largo. Contact Doc Kinsey at (727) 392-3245 or visit www.seminolestampede.com

• Stanley Breakfast Ride, 7:45 a.m., Seffner Elementary, 109 Cactus Road, Seffner. Contact Terry Farrell (813)684-3503 or terry@farrellpiano.com, or visit www.tbfreewheelers.com

• State Criterium Weekend, bike race, Lakeland. Visit www.floridacycling.com

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

May 20

• Progressive Training Team, track work outs, 6:30 p.m., Coleman Elementary, Tampa. Contact Dror Vaknin at (813) 846-5021, coachdror@aol.com

Please send any information on upcoming events to leclark@sptimes.com.

Miles for Moffitt draws runners of all ages 05/13/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 4:21pm]
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