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Runners show improvement in night races

FORD IRONMAN 70.3 FLORIDA: Spencer Smith of Palm Harbor, here at a triathlon in July 2007, was third at Saturday’s event.


FORD IRONMAN 70.3 FLORIDA: Spencer Smith of Palm Harbor, here at a triathlon in July 2007, was third at Saturday’s event.

Runners often wonder whether it's better to work out in the morning or evening. If you go by the results from the weekend's road races, evening runners seem have an edge.

Rikki Hacker, 30, of Kansas City, Mo., won the Pace for Prevention 5K Run at the Lowry Park Zoo on Saturday morning, finishing with a 5 minute, 26 second pace in 16:51, more than a full minute ahead of the second-place runner, Lee Rietsma of Tampa.

But less than 12 hours later, Rietsma charged back and took more than 10 seconds off his morning mile split of 5:46 in the Secret Service Run in downtown Tampa. However, his 17:20 finish wasn't good enough for first place. Hacker also turned in a faster time — 16:40 — and took home the win.

They weren't the only runners pulling double duty. Tampa's Terri Rejimbal, 39, the winning woman at Lowry Park, also tied her shoes again for the evening race. She finished second behind Jacki Wachtel, but turned in a time that was 41 seconds faster than her morning performance.

More results

Gilbert Vazquez, 16, of Tampa finished third in the Pace for Prevention 5K, followed by Tampa's Mauricio Bautista-Martinez, 32, and New Port Richey's Tyler Camacho, 16.

Some of the area's top young runners turned in fine races. Brandon's Zach Scott, 14, finished seventh overall in 19:23, and Sean Daugherty, 15, of Bradenton was 10th overall in 19:30.

In the women's ranks, 14-year-old Kailey Genrich of Spring Hill finished second, followed by Tampa's Christin Martinguno, 27, St. Petersburg's Keara McGraw, 25, and Largo's Marlise Davidson, 22.

In the Secret Service 5K, third place went to Gary Robinson Jr., 25, of Valrico. He was followed by Tampa's Oscar Orozco, 20, and Lakeland's Alexander Foss, 16.

In the women's ranks, third place went to Tampa's Liz Singleton, 46. She was followed by Tampa's Kristin Freeman, 34, and Land O'Lakes' Leandra Mikos, 19.

• The 10th annual Dunedin Hog Hustle was Saturday. Gabriel Ramos, 17, of Largo finished first in 16:56, followed by Clearwater's Tobias Probst, 18, and Tampa's Donald Bly, 33

For the women, first place went to Dunedin's Calley Masson, 34. She was followed by Clearwater's Stephanie Rancich, 19, and St. Petersburg's Jennifer Laplante, 34.

• At Saturday's Seminole Stampede 10K/5K at Walsingham Park in Largo, Brian Rogers was the long-course winner in 35:43. Christa Benton, the second-place finisher and winning woman, turned in a time of 36:24.

In the 5K, Clayton Hofstra won in 17:36. The fastest woman was Kathleen Robinson, who finished in 24:07.


Triathletes from Great Britain dominated the Ford Ironman 70.3 Florida, held at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando on Saturday, with Paul Amey taking the men's title and Leanda Cave the women's.

Amey, who lives in the San Diego area, took the lead on the bike and held off the competition with a 1:17:18 half-marathon time for his first win at this distance. Brazilian Santiago Ascenco finished second in 3:56:33, followed by British expatriate Spencer Smith, who now lives in Palm Harbor, in 3:59:04.

• On May 10, three members of the TriLewis team finished the grueling Gulf Coast Triathlon in Panama City. Tampa's Barbara Winer, Clearwater's Chrissy Blondin and New Port Richey's Ken Martinez hammered out the long-course race, which consisted of a 1.2-mile rough water swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run along the coastal roads.

It was Winer and Blondin's first time at this distance. On May 4, Paul Kimmel of Palm Harbor finished fourth in his age group at the Gator Half Ironman Tri in Sarasota.


Steve Allbritton of Palm Harbor won the 50-yard freestyle in the men's 50-54 age group in 22.20 seconds at the YMCA National Masters Championships at the Fort Lauderdale Swimming Hall of Fame last weekend.

Competing for the national champ Sarasota Y Sharks, Allbritton was second in the 50 butterfly (25.5), third in the 50 backstroke (29.0) and fourth in the 100 individual medley (1:00.8). He was also on four winning relay teams.

Nordic walking

The Walk in the Park class of the North Pinellas branch of the YMCA of the Suncoast meets Saturday mornings (weather permitting) at John Chesnut Sr. Park, Shelter No. 1. The group meets at 8:45 a.m., and the walk starts promptly at 9. It is open to all ages and abilities. Equipment and instruction is provided.

On Saturday, representatives from Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure will join the walk to share information about Nordic walking poles and different walking techniques. This is free and open to the public.

Terry Tomalin can be reached at, or by calling (727) 893-8808. Send your swimming, biking, running, triathlon and adventure racing information to and click on the "Submit info" link.


Upcoming events


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

• Marathon training, various group runs, 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

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


• Progressive Training Team, track workouts, 6:30 p.m., Coleman Elementary, Tampa. Contact Dror Vaknin at (813) 846-5021 or

May 30

• The Grow Financial 5K, 7 p.m., 9927 Delaney Lane Drive, Tampa. Visit

May 31

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

June 1

• Mad Dog Triathlon, swim half-mile, bike 15 miles, run 3.1 miles, 7 a.m., Madeira Beach. Call (727) 825-1271 or visit www.madbeach

Please send any information on upcoming events to

Runners show improvement in night races 05/20/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 4:30am]
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