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Pier 60 series wraps up for season

The final race in the Sunsets at Pier 60 5K series was run under typical sweltering summer conditions Friday evening along Clearwater Beach. The race had 311 runners finishers.

Kenneth City's Mark Benjamin outlasted the heat and the rest of the field to claim the overall championship.

Benjamin, 22, broke the tape in 16 minutes, 37 seconds to win by 20 seconds.

Karsen Callahan, 34 of St. Petersburg, followed closely behind Benjamin and crossed the finish line in second place.

St. Petersburg's Christa Stephens was the top local women's runner after coming in second. Stephens, 27, needed just 19:15 to complete the race.

Lisa Williams, 32 of Largo, was third in 20:40.

Hudson resident Kari Grippo, 15, was the women's champion, beating Stephens by 10 seconds.

Local runners dominated the age group awards. Winning their division were: (F10 and under) Annabella Mowry, Dunedin, 26:25; (M11-12) Jared McFadden, Seminole, 23:31; (F11-12) Julia Siegel, Tarpon Springs, 24:38; (M13-14) Hunter McCann, Treasure Island, 17:53; (M15-19) Tyler Lewis, Largo, 17:48; (F15-19) Kacy Seynders, Palm Harbor, 21:07; (M25-29) Chad Siple, Clearwater, 19:07; (M30-34) Lee Stephens, St. Petersburg, 19:15; (F30-34) Whit Lasseter, Palm Harbor, 22:48; (M35-39) Joe Palmer, Palm Harbor, 19:47; (F40-44) Dawn Sterns, Palm Harbor, 23:18; (M45-49) Keith Sawayda, Clearwater, 19:41; (F50-54) Carol Bancroft, Safety Harbor, 23:44; (M55-59) Ron Murawsky, Clearwater, 21:36; (F55-59) Karen Alexeev, Gulfport, 27:18; (M65-69) Duncan Cameron, Palm Harbor, 23:26; (F65-69) Millie Hamilton, Redington Beach, 29:54; (M70-74) Mark Parish, Clearwater, 29:45; (F70-74) Terri Sullivan, Tarpon Springs, 38:58.

The fourth race signaled the conclusion of the Sunsets at Pier 60 summer 5K series. Karsen Callahan, who won two races and was second in two others, was the overall men's series champion. Callahan had 76 points to outdistance Keith Sawayda and Ron Murawsky (56 points each).

Lisa Williams was the women's series champion with 70 points. She had a win, a second-place finish and two third-place finishes.

Carol Bancroft and Oviedo's Courtney Wagner tied for second behind Williams at 56 points.

Local age group series champions were: (F10 and under) Annabella Mowry; (F11-12) Julia Siegel; (M13-14) Parker Lewis, Largo; (M15-19) Tyler Lewis; (F15-19) Kacy Seynders; (F20-24) Kristen Lemire, Dunedin; (F25-29) Rachel Selkregg, Clearwater; (M30-34) Brian Holmes, Clearwater; (F35-39) Heather Ellison, Clearwater (M40-44) Jimmy Nicholson, Clearwater; (F40-44) Dawn Sterns; (M45-49) Daryl Mullholand, Clearwater; (F45-49) Donna Nesslar, Largo; (M50-54) Ward Edwards, Largo; (F50-54) Julide Burak, Seminole; (M55-59) Dan McClenathan, St. Pete Beach; (F55-59) Karen Alexeev; (M60-64) Jon Feltham, Clearwater; (M65-69) Duncan Cameron; (F65-69) Millie Hamilton; (F70-74) Terri Sullivan; (M75 and over) Jack Gough, Clearwater.

In order to be eligible for a series win, runners had to complete three of the four races.

BEAT THE HEAT 5K: Treasure Island's Hunter McCann narrowly missed out on the overall championship at the Beat the Heat 5K in Thonotosassa on Aug. 6. McCann, 14, was nudged at the line by Tampa 13-year-old Daniel Dean.

Dean's winning time was 16:56. McCann was one second.

McCann also took second in the 1-mile run after clocking in at five minutes, 30 seconds.

Brandon's Ryan Chadderton won that competition in 5:18.

CENTRAL FLORIDA TRIATHLON SERIES: St. Petersburg triathlete John-Gerard Farese placed 10th overall on Saturday at race No. 4 of the 26th annual Central Florida Triathlon Series in Clermont.

Racing on a course that consisted of a 440-yard swim, 10-mile bike and 3-mile run, Farese finished in 56 minutes, 31 seconds, about five minutes off the winning pace.

Farese, 16, was the top runner in the men's 15- to 19-year-old age division.

Largo's Sarah Sykes was fifth among all female participants. Sykes, 16, crossed the finish line in 1:04:51. She was second among triathletes in the women's 15-19 group.

Caroline Condon, 15 of St. Petersburg, also had a strong showing, placing eighth in the women's race and third in the women's 15-19 group after finishing in 1:04:57.

Oscar David Preciado Bo of Medellin, Colombia, was the overall champion in 51:06. Clermont resident Ciara Hopkins, 14, won the women's race in 1:01:02.



• 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,


• Hit the Trails Cross Country Classic 5K, 7 p.m., Fishhawk Fellowship Church, Lithia,

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


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

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

• 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,


• Ace of Diamonds 5K, 7:30 a.m., Del Oro Park, Clearwater,

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

• 13-mile loop, 6 a.m., Clearwater City Hall. Call Mac at (727) 515-1374 for more information.


• 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 per month, (813) 506-6623


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

Aug. 26

• St. Pete Beach Summer 5K Series No. 3, 7 p.m., Sirata Beach Resort,

Aug. 27

• Team Hope 5K for Huntington's Disease, 8 a.m., St. Petersburg Pier,

• Cotee Man Triathlon (150yds/9m/3.1m), 7:30 a.m., New Port Richey Recreation Center,

Sept. 3

River of Life's Run 4 Life 5K, 8 a.m., Riverview High School,

Sept. 10

• Morton Plant Mease Prostate Cancer Awareness 5K, 7:30 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater,

• Tarpon Springs Triathlon (.25/10.5/3.1), 7:30 a.m., Fred Howard Park,

Sept. 11

• Hillsborough County Sheriff's Ranch 5K, 8 a.m., Temple Terrace Elementary,

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