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Sixth is best River Run finish

St. Petersburg resident Brittany Hicks had the best finish of any Pinellas County runner at the Spring Engineering RAP River Run in New Port Richey on Saturday. The race had 934 finishers.

Hicks, 20, was sixth overall in the women's 5K race. She crossed the finish line in 21:44, about 31/2 minutes behind women's champion Kari Grippo (18:06). Hicks was also the top runner in the women's 20- to 24-year-old age group.

Carol Bancroft, 51 of Safety Harbor, came across the line right behind Hicks in seventh place. Bancroft's time was 22:08. She was the women's grandmaster's champion.

Christina Simpson, 49 of St. Petersburg, slipped into the top 10 with her time of 22:27. She was ninth in the women's race.

Among local men's runners competing in the Spring Engineering RAP River Run 5K Zack Startimore was first across the finish line. Startimore, 30 of Oldsmar, completed the 5K race in 19:32 and was 20th overall.

The overall race championship went to Wesley Chapel's Ryan Pulsifer, who finished in 16:51 for the win.

James Hummel, 50 of Tarpon Springs, ran 19:58 to take the men's 50-54 group first-place prize.

Duncan Cameron, 68 of Palm Harbor, won the men's 65-69 group by more than two minutes after crossing the finish line in 21:24.

In the 1-mile competition, Gabrielle Jenkins was the top local finisher on the women's side. Jenkins, 10 of St. Petersburg, had a time of 9:11 to come in fourth place.

Allyson Schmeiser, 8 of Palm Harbor, was right behind Jenkins in 9:12 to take fifth in the mile run, which was won by Justin Lawrence (men's, 6:51) and Keanu Gerald (women's, 7:41).

OLDSMAR TAPHOUSE 5K: The husband and wife team of Lee and Christa Stephens won titles at Friday's Oldsmar Taphouse 5K.

Lee Stephens was the overall champion in Oldsmar, breaking the tape in 16:28. Stephens finished 15 seconds ahead of the pack.

Christa Stephens was the women's champion after crossing the finish line in 18:57, 18 seconds in front of her nearest competitor.

Andrew Chandler, 37 of St. Petersburg, cracked the top five in the men's race. Chandler was third in a time of 16:46.

Leslie Beauchamp, 32 of St. Petersburg, claimed fifth place in the women's race after running 20:27.

Also finishing in the top 10 were: (men's eighth place) Shane Deeley, Clearwater, 17:29; (men's ninth place) Zach Hoge, St. Pete Beach, 17:42; (women's sixth place) Jennifer Sullivan, Safety Harbor, 20:39; (women's seventh place) Kathy Frailing, Largo, 20:52; (women's tenth place) Christine Kiernan-Ortiz, St. Petersburg, 21:16.

GIRLS ON THE RUN: The Girls on the Run of Southern Tampa Bay will offer the Girls on the Run program to Pinellas and Pasco counties starting in the fall.

The Girls on the Run 12-week after-school program is designed for girls in third through eighth grade to learn self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. The program focuses on building self-esteem and encourages a positive physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Participants train to take part in a noncompetitive 5K race that culminates the workouts and training sessions. For more information visit girlsontherun.org.

FIRST-TIMERS CLINIC: For anybody interested in completing a triathlon but unsure of the strategy and training involved, the Morton Plant Mease Triathlon is offering a First-Timers Clinic taught by Matt Hess, Jennifer Hutchison, Doug Kugley and Lee Stephens, experienced triathletes, on Tuesday at Sand Key Park.

The quartet will take first-timers and athletes through bike and run course strategy, transition and give triathlon tips.

The clinic will meet at the first bathhouse on Sand Key Park's North Beach. Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m., and the clinic begins at 6.

To sign up in advance, call (727) 825-1521 or e-mail mimi.chavin@baycare.org. The sixth annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon in Clearwater is scheduled for June 26.

.FAST FACTS

Upcoming events

Today

• Oldsmar running club, various distances, 6 p.m., 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, coachdror@aol.com

Friday

• Sunsets at Pier 60 5K Series No. 2, 7 p.m., clearwaterbeachrun.com

• Picnic Island Adventure Run No. 2, 3.6 miles off road, 6:45 p.m., tamparaces.com or (813) 232-5200

Saturday

• 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, wfyrc.com

• 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, tbfreewheelers.com

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

Sunday

• I Love Father's Day 5K, 8 a.m., Chesnut Park, Palm Harbor, premierracinginstitute.com

• Tri If You Dare Kids Triathlon, 7 a.m., ages 5-15, Magnum Rec Complex, Seminole, myseminole.com or active.com

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

• 13-mile loop, 6 a.m., Clearwater City Hall. Call Mac at (727) 515-1374

Monday

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

• Temple Terrace YMCA adult swim program, Monday-Thursday, various times. $45/month, (813) 506-6623

Tuesday

• Clearwater High track workout, 5 a.m., Skip Rogers, (727) 442-5838

June 24

• St. Pete Beach Summer 5K Series No. 1, 7 p.m., Sirata Beach Resort, sprr.org

June 25

• Steinbrenner Warrior 5K and 1-miler, 8 a.m., Lutz, (813)792-5131

June 26

• Morton Plant Mease Triathlon (S: one-third mile, B: 13 miles, R: 3.1 miles), 6:45 a.m., Sand Key Park, Clearwater Beach, mpmtriathlon.org

July 3

• Independence Day 5K, 8 a.m., Lutz, getactivetampa.com

July 3-4

• Kiwanis Mease Midnight Run (1-miler 11 p.m., 5K 11:25 p.m., 10K midnight), Causeway Plaza, Dunedin, kiwanismidnightrun.com

July 15

• Sunsets at Pier 60 5K Series No. 3, 7 p.m., clearwaterbeachrun.com

• Picnic Island Adventure Run No. 3, 3.6 miles off road, 6:45 p.m., Tampa, tamparaces.com or (813) 232-5200

July 17

• Run thru Hell trail 5K, 8 a.m., Al Lopez Park, Tampa, (813) 874-7223 or getactivetampa.com

July 23

• Top Gun Jr. Triathlon, various age-group distances, 7 a.m., Fort De Soto Park, (813) 874-7223

• Siesta Key Triathlon & Duathlon, 7 a.m., siestabeachtriathlon.com

• Highlander Obstacle Mud Adventure Run (3 or 6 miles), 10 a.m., Bartow, rockonadventures.com

Sixth is best River Run finish 06/14/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 4:30am]
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