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.
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.
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