The St. Pete Road Runners held the first in a series of three 5K races Friday on St. Pete Beach.
Zach Hoge, 17, had the fastest time among local competitors. Hoge, a St. Pete Beach resident, completed the 5K in 19:24 to place second. Tampa's Shane Stroup was the overall winner, crossing the line in a blistering 17:05.
In the women's competition, Madeira Beach's Connie Mendoza placed second after finishing in 22:42. Tampa's Terri Rejimbal (19:58) was the women's champion.
Age group winners included: (M10-14) Blake Arnold, Pinellas Park, 19:43; (F10-14) Fallon Arnold, Pinellas Park, 30:42; (M15-19) Hoge; (F15-19) Savannah Dearden, St. Petersburg, 22:51; (F20-24) Yova Borovska, St. Petersburg, 25:43; (M25-29) Chris Winkelman, St. Petersburg, 25:00; (F25-29) Melissa Smith, Oldsmar, 24:34; (F30-34) Samantha Nevins, St. Petersburg, 24:48; (M35-39) Jim Burgasser, St. Petersburg, 20:47; (F35-39) Rachel Winter, St. Pete Beach, 22:57; (M40-44) Steve Williams, Largo, 22:18; (F45-49) Teresa Oberst, Seminole, 26:06; (F50-54) Deb Robinson, St. Petersburg, 26:31; (M55-59) Al Jezukaitis, St. Pete Beach, 29:21; (F55-59) Debbie Kazor, St. Petersburg, 30:36; (M60-64) Albert Wieringa, St. Petersburg, 21:20; (F60-64) Jeanie Fowler, St. Petersburg, 38:47; (F65-69) Annette Frisch, St. Petersburg, 29:00; (M70-74) Joe Burgasser, St. Petersburg, 22:13; (M75 and over) Carl Hammen, St. Petersburg, 50:26; and (F75 and over) Jackie Yost, Treasure Island, 55:52.
The final two races in the St. Pete Beach summer series are July 31 and Aug. 28.
TRI IF YOU DARE RESULTS: The City of Seminole Recreation Division hosted the fifth annual Tri if you Dare kids triathlon Sunday. Part of the Youth Triathlon series, the event was open to children ages 5 to 15.
Participants ages 11 to 15 were asked to run 1.2 miles, bike 3.9 miles and swim 150 yards. Placing first among 13- to 15-year-old girls was Largo's Sarah Sykes with a time of 22:58. The 13-15 boys winner was John-Gerard Farese of St. Petersburg (19:45). Among 11-12 girls, Largo's Rebecca Kiggins (27:20) was first. Among 11-12 boys, Trey Smith of St. Petersburg (24:05) had the best time.
Seven to 10-year-old competitors ran .6 miles, biked 2.6 miles and swam 100 yards. Alyssa Wolf had the best finish among girls ages 9-10. Wolf, of Tierra Verde, completed the triathlon in 17:45. In the 7-8 boys age group, St. Petersburg's Jared Kanstoroom took top honors after crossing the finish in 17:43.
Five- and 6-year-old competitors ran .25 miles, biked 1 mile and swam 25 yards. Largo's Kaci Anderson finished in 12:18 to claim first among the girls. St. Pete Beach's Gregory Glascock (11:02) was the top boys finisher.
UPCOMING CLINIC: Triathletes looking to improve their time can take part in a swimming technique and/or running conditioning and endurance clinic on St. Pete Beach from July 13-23. The clinic is open to adults and children from 5 to 7 p.m. daily. Participants can sign up for one hour or both. To register or for more information, call the St. Pete Beach Pool at (727) 363-9264.
LOCAL TRIATHLON CHOSEN AS JUNIOR QUALIFIER: The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon, which is July 12 and begins from Sand Key Park in Clearwater, has been selected as the 2009 USAT Florida Region Junior Championship. The race will give elite junior athletes, ages 15 to 19, an opportunity to compete alongside elite competitors while allowing the USA Triathlon organization the chance to identify future Olympians. About 50 junior elite triathletes are expected to compete in the race, which will be used as a qualifier for the 2009 International Triathlon Union Sprint Distance World Championship.
Some of the elite athletes already registered include five-time Ironman champion Heather Gollnick, 2009 Gasparilla Marathon winner Nina Craft and Palm Harbor's Spencer Smith, a three-time World Triathlon champion and two-time Ironman champion.
The course begins with a one-third-mile open swim in the Gulf of Mexico off Sand Key Park, continues with a 13-mile bike through downtown Clearwater and Belleair and culminates with a 3.1-mile run through Sand Key Park.
Proceeds from the triathlon will help fund the purchase of an infant simulator for advanced training of emergency care workers.
The entry fee is $70 per individual and $85 per relay team, and participants can register online at www.mpmtriathlon.org. Online signup closes July 8, and no registration will be offered the day of the race.