more than 500 take part in scenic clearwater run
Lee Stephens claimed victory at one of the more scenic courses on the local running circuit.
Stephens ran one hour, 15 minutes and 43 seconds Sunday to capture the championship at the sixth annual Clearwater Halfathon, a course that features two ascents over Clearwater Memorial Bridge and Clearwater Pass Bridge as it winds from Coachman Park to Clearwater Beach and Sand Key Park before returning. The race had 532 finishers.
Stephens, 30 of St. Petersburg, won by 11 seconds.
Andrew Chandler, 37 of St. Petersburg, placed second.
Trey Howell, 31 of St. Petersburg, was third in 1:18:52.
Briana Whaley ran at a pace of six minutes, 15 seconds per mile to win the women's championship rather comfortably in a time of 1:21:49.
Whaley, 32 of Clearwater, was seventh overall.
Christa Stephens, 26 of St. Petersburg, ran 1:23:03 to come in second. Kristen Proach, 26 of Clearwater, finished a couple minutes behind Stephens to take third in 1:25:11.
Anders Heidemann, 50 of Largo, was the grandmaster champion. Heidemann, who ran 1:27:11, was 19th overall.
Terri Doheny, 52 of Clearwater, was the women's grandmaster champion. Doheny's time was 1:38:24.
Kathy Frailing was 20th overall and finished as the top runner in the women's masters division. Frailing, 43 of Largo, clocked in at 1:27:21.
Age group winners among Pinellas County runners were: (M15-19) Zachary Heller, Seminole, 1:28:43; (F15-19) Savannah Dearden, St. Petersburg, 1:26:43; (F25-29) Jaime Winchester, St. Petersburg, 1:35:53; (F30-34) Lisa Williams, Largo, 1:28:49; (M40-44) Jeff Essers, Largo, 1:26:41; (M55-59) Steven Byrne, St. Petersburg, 1:42:04; (F55-59) Clare Kelley, St. Petersburg, 1:56:16; (F60-64) Kelli Rolfe, Clearwater, 1:49:28; (M70 and over) Roger Little, St. Petersburg, 1:45:11.
St. Petersburg's Nat Glackin won Sunday's Clearwater Five-Miler after cruising to the finish line in 28:35.
Glackin, 28, won by 53 seconds over Tampa's Joshua Carroll (29:28).
Tampa's Terri Rejimbal was the women's champion in 32:28.
Yvonne Bryant, 44 of Clearwater, was the women's masters winner by eight seconds after running 38:07.
Kathleen Robinson, 51 of Pinellas Park, completed the 5-mile race in 40:05 to take the women's grandmaster title.
Local age group winners at the Five-Miler were: (M14 and under) Kylar Barrett, Dunedin, 42:46; (M15-19) Alfredo Kiernan, St. Petersburg, 34:43; (M25-29) Kevin Scibbe, Largo, 37:06; (F25-29) Danielle Bell, Dunedin, 44:01; (F30-34) Holly Graziadio, Oldsmar, 43:24; (F35-39) Dawn Sterns, Palm Harbor, 37:58; (M40-44) John James, St. Petersburg, 40:17; (F45-49) Kim Thomas, Safety Harbor, 41:53; (M50-54) Andy Swenson, Safety Harbor, 42:47; (F50-54) Denise Abramo, Palm Harbor, 46:02; (F60-64) Stephanie Bessette, Dunedin, 51:11; (M65-69) James Ladig, Clearwater, 39:24; (F70 and over) Carol Montgomery, Treasure Island, 1:15:35.
The Five-Miler had 207 finishers.
Ringling Bridge Run
Albert Wieringa was the male senior grandmaster champion at the eighth annual New Balance Ringling Bridge Run, a 4-mile course over the Ringling Causeway in Sarasota on Saturday.
Wieringa, 64 of St. Petersburg, had a chip time of 25 minutes, 58 seconds to win the title. He was 54th overall.
Hunter McCann, 14, had the fastest time among local participants. McCann, a resident of Treasure Island, was second in the men's 13- to 15-year-old age division after crossing the finish line in 24:49. He was 28th overall.
Gene Wong was fifth in the men's 35 to 39 group after running 25:26. Wong, 36 of Clearwater, was 38th overall.
Richard Lambert, 17 of St. Petersburg, clocked in at 25:35 and placed eighth in the men's 16 to 19 group. Lambert finished in the top 50 after coming in 43rd place.
The Ringling Bridge Run, which was won by Australia's Andrew Letherby in 19:44 at a blistering pace of four minutes, 56 seconds per mile, had 2,053 finishers.
Heather Butcher of North Port was the women's champion in 24:09.