On July 6, Kip Vosburgh and 12 other cyclists were injured in a bike accident. Vosburgh spent two weeks in a hospital and another three months in a wheelchair.
But Vosburgh couldn't stay out of the saddle for long. This inspiration to the cycling community is riding again and is training for a cross-country trip with his wife, Carol Jean, also an accomplished cyclist.
On June 1, the Vosburghs will be part of an America by Bicycle group that leaves San Francisco to ride for 52 days some 3,836 miles to Portsmouth, N.H. The Vosburghs plan to ride about 80 miles a day.
Follow their progress online at www.crazyguyonabike.com/kipcarol.
Last weekend, the St. Pete Masters hosted its 38th annual short course yards championship meet. More than 230 swimmers from 42 teams competed.
St. Pete Masters swimmers dominated. Charlotte Petersen (40-44) won all 12 of her events, and she was on two winning relay teams. John Doolittle (35-39) and Judy Humbarger (55-59) won six and nine events, respectively. Genoa Fedyszyn (25-29) finished second in four events and won two, Eric Herman (35-39) won five events, Ron Collins (45-49) won twice and finished second in three events, Tim Kennedy (50-54) finished first in three events, and Sandy Steer (65-69) took second in four events and won one.
Bill Specht (45-49) won five events, and Peter Betzer (65-69) and John Cox (70-74) each won three events. Pam Geiger (55-59) won three events and finished second in three others.
Former Olympian Burwell “Bumpy" Jones, swimming for the Sarasota YMCA Sharks, set four national records in the men's 75-79 age group: 1,000-yard freestyle (13:25.53), 1,650 freestyle (22:13.03), 100 backstroke (1:13.99) and 200 individual medley (2:48.07).
Florida Mavericks swimmer Jean Troy set three national records in the women's 80-84 age group: 500 freestyle (8:26.37), 1,000 freestyle (17:20.18) and 1,650 freestyle (28:54.13).
The St. Petersburg Thunder won its first tournament when the team took part in last weekend's Spring in the Swamp tournament at the University of Florida.
The Thunder played single round-robin matches against FSU (7-5), UF-B (12-4) and Orlando (10-7), followed by the championship against the host UF-A team. In a defensive battle between the goalies, the Thunder won 8-4.
This was the first tournament for the team since its start in October. The Thunder practices three times a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. and Sunday from 11-1p.m.
Thunder captain Jamie Danishment and Duncan Broyd will head to Perth, Australia, for the World Master's Championships. The Thunder will host the inaugural Cinco de Mayo International Men's Open tournament on May 2-4 at the North Shore Pool. Teams from Toronto, Atlanta, Washington, Puerto Rico and Miami are expected.
Michael Coyne, a 57-year-old Forerunners member wintering in St. Petersburg from Canada, became the oldest runner to win a major local race with his time of 1:01:35 at Sunday's Max Bayne 10-mile run at Fort Desoto Park. Coyne also finished fourth overall at the March 16 Bay-to-Bay 5K in 16:44, well under the Canadian age group (55-59) record.
• Debra Donald, another Forerunners member, started the master's (40+) division domination of the local weekend races with her winning time of 22:10 in the women's division at Saturday's Run for Innocence 5K at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. Five hours later, Donald lined up for the Main Street Mile in New Port Richey and ran a 6:30, good for first in masters and sixth overall.
• Another Forerunner in the news, 18-year-old Ali Crabb — last year's Class 3A high school 2-mile champion, Lakewood High valedictorian and Times' athlete of the year — started her first Division I track season at the University of Florida. She ran her first 5,000-meter race at Florida State on March 16. Crabb ran a 17:16, averaging 5:33 per mile.
"To put that into perspective, no Tampa Bay area woman has run that fast in a local road 5K in the past five years," Forerunners founder Joe Burgasser said.
In the women's division of the Max Bayne 10-mile race, 40-year-old Leslie Sanderson of Ontario came in first (1:05:44), followed by Rachel Winter, 36, of St. Pete Beach in 1:06:36.
• The Baras family celebrated running the 30th Napa Valley Marathon and 5K on March 2. St. Petersburg's Dr. David Baras and daughters Jacqueline and Lauren ran the marathon. David Baras finished in 4 hours, 8 minutes. Jacqueline finished in 3:55, and Lauren in 4:35. Mary Jo Baras, David's wife, ran the 5K with her future son-in-law, Sammy Shreibati.
Runners can get a real bargain by signing up for the Dec. 14 Florida Gulf Beaches Holiday Halfathon. The first 100 who sign up get a discounted rate of $30.
This race is growing in popularity. In 2005, 650 signed up. In 2006, 861 people ran the scenic route. In 2007, more than 1,100 turned out for the run. For information, go to floridahalf.com.
Terry Tomalin can be reached at (727) 893-8808 or [email protected]