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Newlyweds take titles at Picnic Island Adventure Run in Tampa

Lee Stephens, 29 of St. Petersburg, and Christa Stephens, 26 of St. Petersburg, claimed championships at Friday's Picnic Island Adventure Run in Tampa, just six days after the two were married.

Lee Stephens was the overall winner after completing the 3.6-mile off-road course in 22:48. Christa Stephens, formerly Christa Benton, won the women's competition by nearly four minutes after crossing the finish line in 24:20.

County age group winners included: (M masters) Jeff Essers, Largo, 26:52; (M25-29) Jacob Garvin, St. Petersburg, 24:56; (M30-34) Marc Dannis, St. Petersburg, 23:15; (F50-54) Pila Cadena, St. Petersburg, 32:05.

RAP RIVER RUN: Debra Donald, 52 of St. Petersburg, was the female grandmaster champion at Saturday's Rap River Run at Sims Park in New Port Richey.

Donald's time in the 5K was 21:55. She placed seventh among female runners.

Yvonne Bryant, 44 of Clearwater, claimed the female masters championship and finished behind Donald in eighth place with a time of 22:07.

Michael Weiss, 47 of Oldsmar, was the male masters champion after crossing the finish line in 17:58.

Age group winners from Pinellas: (M40-44) Steven Williams, Largo, 19:44; (M55-59) Joe Costas, Seminole, 21:50; (F55-59) Cindy Miller, Oldsmar, 24:20; (M65-69) Duncan Cameron, Palm Harbor, 20:59.

OLDSMAR TAPHOUSE 5K: Spencer Smith, 37 of Palm Harbor, was the fastest county runner at the Oldsmar Taphouse 5K on Friday.

Smith completed the 3.2-mile loop through the streets of Oldsmar in 16:40 to claim third overall.

Jacksonville's Nate Holden was the overall winner in 16:10.

Jennifer Sullivan, 45 of Safety Harbor, was a top-10 finisher on the women's side, crossing the line in 20:17 for third place. Jen Douse, 25 of Clearwater Beach, also placed in the top 10 locally. Her time of 20:41 was good for sixth place.

Cassie McWilliams, 43 of Tampa, ran 18:21 to win the female championship.

DUNEDIN TRIATHLON: Palm Harbor resident Cassie McWilliam was the top female competitor at the Dunedin Triathlon on Sunday, June 6.

McWilliam, 43, completed the quarter-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 3.1-mile run in one hour. She edged Tarpon Springs' Celia Dubey for the title. Dubey, 38, finished in 1:05:42.

Clearwater resident Cody Sandford, 14, was a few seconds off the winning pace in the men's competition.

Sandford completed the triathlon in 56:58 to earn a second-place finish.

Jon Noland, 35 of Tampa, was the overall winner in 56:31.

Vince Tenaglia, 26 of Clearwater, placed fourth in 57:47, and Shane Deeley, 16 of Clearwater, ran 1:03:22 to come in fifth.

Age group winners from Pinellas: (M1-14) John-Gerard Farese, St. Petersburg, 1:02:46; (M15-19) Mateo Vargas, Treasure Island, 1:03:46; (M25-29) Matt Shanklin, St. Petersburg, 1:04:54; (M35-39) Chris Pyhel, Tierra Verde, 58:13; (M40-44) Ken O'Day, Palm Harbor, 59:43; (M55-59) Ronald Murawsky, Clearwater, 1:02:02; (M60-64) Gary Bonacorsi, Seminole, 1:13:00; (M65-69) Richard Cooper, Tarpon Springs, 1:39:41; (M75-79) Richard Pease, Tarpon Springs, 2:03:28; (M Clydesdale 40-99) Ron Wordon, Palm Harbor, 1:06:08; (F1-14) Sarah Sykes, Largo, 1:16:11; (F15-19) Angelica Compton, Clearwater, 1:11:57; (F20-24) Lindsey Pikos, Tarpon Springs, 1:11:05; (F30-34) Nicole Dufala, Clearwater, 1:13:25; (F40-44) Nola Johnson, Tarpon Springs, 1:07:46; (F45-49) Jennifer Sullivan, Safety Harbor, 1:06:57; (F60-64) Rosalyn Randall, Oldsmar, 1:27:02; (F65-69) Cathy Dehann, Seminole, 1:39:19; (F Athena 40-99) Heather Kizzie, Dunedin, 1:20:05.

MINNEAPOLIS MARATHON: Chris Pedersen, 52 of St. Petersburg, finished 70th out of 1,123 runners at the Team Ortho Minneapolis Marathon on Sunday, June 6.

Pedersen's time of 3:28:04 was good for second overall in the men's 50-54 division. It also qualifies him for the Boston Marathon.

HALF-MARATHON ZWOLLE: Albert Wieringa, 63 of St. Petersburg, won his age group at the Half-Marathon Zwolle in the Netherlands on Saturday.

Wieringa was the top runner in the male 60-64 division after completing the 13.1-mile race in one hour, 30 minutes. He was 157th overall.

KIDS TRIATHLON CLINICS: Celia Dubey, a five-time USA Triathlon All-American, will be offering instruction and coaching to younger triathletes eager to learn more about the sport during three clinics this summer.

The Total Fitness Health Club & Spa in Tarpon Springs will host the next clinic from 8 a.m. to noon July 12-16.

The Clearwater Sailing Center will host two clinics. The first is July 26-30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Another will be held Aug. 9-13, also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost for the weeklong clinic is $199 per child or $349 for a family with two children. For more information or to register, call (727) 938-8551.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are needed to assist with the more than 1,000 participants expected to compete in the fifth annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon at Clearwater's Sand Key Park on Sunday, June 27.

Volunteers are needed for the following: athlete check-in, body marking, water station, course marshal and finish line. All volunteers receive a race T-shirt along with access to food and beverages.

To volunteer, contact Felicia Leonard at [email protected]

upcoming events


• Progressive Training Team, track workouts, 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., University of Tampa track. Contact Dror Vaknin (813) 846-5021, [email protected]


• Sunset at Pier 60 5K Beach Series No. 2, 7 p.m., Clearwater Beach. Call (727) 442-5838.


• Melon Run, 5K, Monticello. Call (229) 510-9512.

• Heartland Kids Triathlon, Sebring. Visit or call (863) 402-3162.


• Father's Day 5K, 8 a.m. (kids race at 8:45), Chesnut Park, Palm Harbor. Call (727) 736-8232.

• Heartland Triathlon, Sebring. Visit or call (863) 402-3162.

• West Florida "Y" Runners Club group runs: 13 miles at 6 a.m., City Hall Plaza in Clearwater. Call Kathleen (727) 421-7323; 5 miles at 7 a.m., John Chesnut Park, Palm Harbor. Call Michael (727) 644-7702 or visit

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

• Stanley Ride, 7:30 a.m., Seffner Elementary, novices and up, minimum 23m round-trip at 12 mph. Contact (813) 684-3505, [email protected]

•Stanley Breakfast Ride, 7:45 a.m., Seffner Elementary. Contact (813) 684-3503, [email protected],

• Pinellas Peddlers Ride, East Mease parking lot, Dunedin. Call (813) 736-4432.

• RunVie 12-week group training, distances vary, 8 a.m., various locations. Contact (813) 854-2426, [email protected] or visit

• West Florida Y Runners Club, 13 miles at 6 a.m., City Hall, Clearwater. Call (727) 515-1374.

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Newlyweds take titles at Picnic Island Adventure Run in Tampa 06/15/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 5:29pm]
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