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Scenic Clearwater Halfathon has more than 500 finishers

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.

.upcoming events


• Oldsmar running club, various distances, 300 East State St., Oldsmar, 727-420-4666

• Tarpon Springs track workout, Tarpon Springs High, 5:30 a.m., (813) 690-8989

• Tarpon Springs swim, 5:30 p.m., Total Fitness Health Club, (727) 938-8552

• Progressive Training track workout, Wednesdays 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., University of Tampa track, (813) 846-5021,


• Tarpon Springs swim, 7 a.m., Total Fitness, (727) 938-8552


• Run with the Nuns 5K and 1-miler, 8:15 a.m., War Veterans Park, St. Petersburg, (727) 322-2293

• Dick Batchelor Run for Children 5K (7:15 a.m.) and fun run (8:45 a.m.), Universal Orlando, (407) 896-1160

• Kumquat Festival 5K, 8 a.m., Dade City. Info: (352) 424-1694

• Tarpon Springs ride and run., 7:30 a.m., Total Fitness, (727) 937-6049

• WFYRC group runs: 13m at 6 a.m., Clearwater City Hall, (727) 421-7323; 5m at 7 a.m., Chesnut Park, Palm Harbor, (727) 644-7702,

• Pinellas Peddlers ride, East Mease parking lot, Dunedin. Saturday: 20m, Sunday: open/fast, (813) 736-4432

• Stanley Ride, 7:30 a.m., Seffner Elementary, novices and up, minimum 23m at 12 mph, breakfast in Plant City, (813) 684-3505,

• Gaither Workout, 7:15 a.m., behind Lifestyle Fitness at Mapledale/Dale Mabry, Tampa. Experienced cyclists only (shortest route 32m), (813) 238-2464,


• Florida Challenge half-marathon and 5K trail runs, 8 a.m., Alafia River State Park, or (813) 232-5200

• Tarpon Springs run, 7 a.m., flag pole at Fred Howard Park, (727) 937-6049


• Tarpon Springs swim, 5:30 p.m., Total Fitness Health Club, (727) 938-8552

Feb. 5

• Fishhawk Ranch 10K and 5K, 8 a.m., Lithia, (813) 685-7500

• Crusader Gallop 5K, 8 a.m., Del Oro Park, Clearwater, (727) 461-1200

• Fight for Air stair climb, 42 floors, Jacksonville, or (904) 520-7123

• Trever Miller's Mob 5K (8 a.m.) and 1-miler (8:30 a.m.), Isle of Capri Park, Treasure Island, or (727) 430-9398

Feb. 6

• Dade City half-marathon (8 a.m.), 5K (8:15 a.m.) and fun run (9:45 a.m.), or (407) 599-0568

Feb. 12

• Chinsegut Run and Fun Walk 5K, 8:30 a.m., Brooksville, (352) 764-6722

• Suncoast Classic 10K and 5K, 8 a.m., Baywalk, St. Petersburg, or (727) 865-4297

• Hero 5K, 7:30 a.m., J.B. Starkey Park, New Port Richey, (813) 358-3550

• Dances with Dirt races (13.1, 26.2, 10K, 50m, 50K and 50-mile relay), 5:30 a.m., Withlacoochee River Park, Dade City, or (734) 929-9027

Feb. 13

• Chilly Willy Duathlon, 8 a.m., run 5K/bike 10m/run 5K, Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg, or (813) 874-7223

• Flatwoods Ramble 10-miler and 5K, 8 a.m., Flatwoods Park, Tampa, or (813) 232-5200

Feb. 19

• Belleair Sunset 5K, 5:30 p.m., 901 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Belleair, or (727) 518-3728

• Bolt Run 5-mile, 5K and 1-mile family fun race, 7 a.m., St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, or (813) 301-6855

Feb. 26

• Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K (7 a.m.) and 5K (9:30 a.m.), 5K walk and stroller start (9:50 a.m.), downtown Tampa, (813) 254-7866 or

• Fit at Fifty Bike races, 25 or 50 miles (two loops), 8 a.m., (727) 409-5676 or

Feb. 27

• Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon (6 a.m.) and 8K (9 a.m.), downtown Tampa, (813) 254-7866 or

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