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Recovered from accident, cyclist and his wife to ride across country

Kip Vosburgh, shown here in a wheelchair in September due to an accident, will participate in an America by Bicycle trip starting June 1.

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Kip Vosburgh, shown here in a wheelchair in September due to an accident, will participate in an America by Bicycle trip starting June 1.

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.

Swimming

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. John Doolittle (35-39) and Judy Humbarger (55-59) won six and nine events, respectively. Eric Herman (35-39) won five events, Tim Kennedy (50-54) finished first in three events and Bill Specht (45-49) won five events.

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).

Water polo

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, which the Thunder won 8-4.

Thunder captain Jamie Danishment and Duncan Broyd will head to Perth, Australia, for the World Master's Championships.

Forerunners roundup

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. He finished fourth at the March 16 Bay to Bay 5K in 16:44, well under the Canadian age group (55-59) record.

• Debra Donald 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. Five hours later, she lined up for the Main Street Mile in New Port Richey and ran a 6:30, good for first in masters and sixth overall.

Ali Crabb, 18 — 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.

More running

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.

Half-marathon deal

The first 100 who sign up for the Dec. 14 Florida Gulf Beaches Halfathon get a discounted rate of $30. For information, go to floridahalf.com.

>>FAST FACTS

Upcoming events

Saturday

• Ryka Iron Girl, 8 a.m., 7:30 a.m., Women's 10K run and 5K run/walk, Coachman Park, Clearwater. For more info, visit www.IronGirl.com or call (727) 942-4767 x231

• Rally to Remember, 13.1, 10K and 5K, run or bike, 8:15 a.m., Jay. B. Starkey Park, New Port Richey. Contact John Greco, (888) 496-8004

• Family Fun Pancake Run, 9 a.m., Safety Harbor. For more info, call (727) 724-1530

Sunday

• Run for the Matzahs, 5K run/walk, 8 a.m., 1100 8th Ave. SW in Largo. For more info, call (727) 588-0100 or visit www.active.com.

April 12

• Escape from Fort Desoto Triathlon, 7:30 p.m., ½ mile swim, 10 mile bike, 5K run. For more info, call (813) 874-7223 or visit www.escapefromftdesoto.com.

• Croom Quest, 8 a.m., Off-Road Triathlon, Nobleton Canoe Outpost, Withlacoochee State Forest, Nobleton. For more info, call (727) 579-3813 or visit www.wecefar.com.

• Harvey's Festival Run, 8:30 a.m., 5K, Straub Park. For more info, call (703) 937-1769 or e-mail Marilyn.Littlejohn@RaymondJames.com

• Race for Sight, 5K, 7:30 a.m., Centennial Park, Tampa. For more info, call (813) 289-1200 x256.

• Temple Terrace Road Race, 10K and 5K, 7:30 a.m., Recreation Center, Temple Terrace. Contact Scott Andrews, (813) 989-7180.

• Beach to Bayou, 5K, 8 a.m., Tarpon Springs. Contact Dean Cosgrove, (727) 409-3435 or (727)943-3651

• Festival of States, 5K and 1 mile, 8 a.m., Downtown St. Pete. Contact Mary Littlejohn at (727) 567-1018.

Recovered from accident, cyclist and his wife to ride across country 04/01/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:14am]
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