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Rain, lightning forces cancellation of triathlon

Ali Crabb, who runs for the Gators, was the top female at the second race of the St. Pete Beach Summer 5K series.

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Ali Crabb, who runs for the Gators, was the top female at the second race of the St. Pete Beach Summer 5K series.

Thunderstorms dampened the plans of the 850 athletes who signed up for Sunday's Morton Plant Mease Triathlon at Sand Key Park.

Organizers canceled the race due to heavy rain and lighting. The triathlon had attracted some world-class competitors. Race officials said they plan to contact the entrants about rescheduling. Athletes may go to for more information.

More triathlon

Several members of the St. Pete Mad Dogs Triathlon Club traveled up to Providence, R.I., over the weekend to race in the inaugural Rhode Island Ironman 70.3 Triathlon.

Steve Mandel of Tampa placed third in his division, and Kathy Frailing of Belleair was fourth in her age group.

The Mad Dogs, the largest triathlon club in the country, welcomes newcomers to the sport. For more information, go to

Thirteen-year-old Sarah Sykes is getting a jump on the competition. The Largo resident was the fastest girl in the 14- to 15-year-old age group in the Tri if You Dare Triathlon in Seminole on June 30. It was her fourth year participating in the event, and she finished in 24:40.

Beach run

The second installment of the St. Pete Beach Summer 5K Series drew 152 runners Friday, and this time the rain didn't ruin the show.

Seventeen-year-old Wes Reynolds of St. Petersburg turned in the fastest time in 17:35. The top female was Ali Crabb, 18, of St. Petersburg in 18:57.

Local male age-group winners included: Justin Nunamaker, 8, Redington Beach, 30:38 (9 and under); Cameron Wheeler, 14, St. Petersburg, 21:03 (10-14); Mark Benjamin, 19, Kenneth City, 18:41 (15-19); Jaeson Clayborn, 24, St. Petersburg, 22:01 (20-24); Randy Legault, 26, St. Petersburg, 21:34 (25-29); Lee Fictum, 32, Pinellas Park, 20:24 (30-34); Jim Hummel, 47, Tarpon Springs, 22:21 (45-49); Peter McCampbell, 52, St. Petersburg, 25:16 (50-54); Grant Fashbaugh, 56, St. Pete Beach, 27:23 (55-59); David Doherty, 64, Seminole, 24:47 (60-64), and Pete Gligor, 67, Tarpon Springs, 23:36 (65-69).

Female winners included: Evan Hill, 14, St. Petersburg, 34:34 (10-14); Penny Markuske, 17, Seminole, 24:00 (15-19); Joanna Rosse, 27, Clearwater, 27:05 (25-29); Monica Kile, 30, St. Petersburg, 26:34 (30-34); Deb Leverenz-Crawford, 37, St. Petersburg, 26:31 (35-39); Amy McClenathan, 48, St. Petersburg, 22:50 (45-49); Deb Robinson, 50, St. Petersburg, 29:26 (50-54); Sharon Andrews, 63, Tarpon Springs, 44:25 (60-64), and Annette Frisch, 67, St. Petersburg, 29:32 (65-69).

Take the First Step

The third race in another summer series on the other side of the bay July 9 also attracted some local runners. Omar Fonseca, 35, of Tampa was the fastest in a field of 61 in 20:56. Madeira Beach's Gordy Hawkins, 59, finished 16th overall in 33:16.

Other notable finishes included Thom Holloway, 60, of Seminole in 37:27; Andy Cowing, 54, of Redington Beach in 38:29; Desiree Dorrie, 23, of Palm Harbor in 29:26; Phoy Holt, 33, of St. Petersburg in 31:02, and Heather Ludtke, 25, of Clearwater in 38:15.

Midnight Run

Al Moreno, a 21-year-old Dunedin resident, turned in a hot time to win the mile race at the Dunedin Midnight Run on July 3. Moreno's 4:52 mile was an event record. Moreno, who placed second in his age group in the 10K (38:34), is training for a 50K in Brooksville in the fall.


The Northwest Dizzy Dean 14-under team defeated the Panhandle Panthers 5-3 at the Dizzy Dean state tournament in Gulf Breeze. Another site and team were listed in Sunday's Times.

Do you have running, swimming, biking, triathlon or adventure racing news? Send it to Terry Tomalin at or call (727) 893-8808. You can also submit news online at


This week's events


• Hit the Trails XC Race No. 2, 5K, 7 p.m., Fishhawk Ranch, Lithia. Call (813) 681-6141 or visit

• Sunset at the Pier Series No. 2, 5K, 7 p.m., The Pier, Clearwater Beach. Contact Michael Weiss at (727) 644-7702 or


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

• Marathon training, 5:30 a.m., Downtown YMCA, Tampa. Contact Fred Vasconi at (813) 222-1334 or

• Stanley Breakfast Ride, 7:45 a.m., Seffner Elementary, 109 Cactus Road, Seffner. Contact Terry Farrell at (813)684-3503 or, or visit

• Take the First Step, Summer Series No. 3, 5K, 6 p.m., Al Lopez Park, Tampa. Call Lynn Gray at (813) 453-7885 or (813) 398-2217.

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


• Take the First Step, Summer Series No. 4, 5K, 6 p.m., Al Lopez Park, Tampa. Call Lynn Gray at (813) 453-7885 or (813) 398-2217.

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