Starting from Del Oro Park in Clearwater and traversing the scenic, shaded Ream Wilson Trail, the Ace of Diamonds 5K had more than 450 participants for Sunday's race.
County residents weren't able to capture the men's or women's overall championship, but a number of local runners were top performers.
Clearwater's Michael Farrell was the fastest Pinellas County resident overall. Farrell, 33, crossed the finish line in 18 minutes, 17 seconds to capture second place in the men's race. Farrell was just five seconds behind race champion Pedro Meraz of Wesley Chapel.
Dan Bergeson, 46 of Oldsmar, cracked the top three after running 18:34 and placing third.
In the women's race, Laurie Wisotsky of Largo was the top local runner among female participants. Wisotsky, 40, came in third after clocking in at 22:06.
Marlise Davidson-Fiedler, 25 of Port Richey, was the women's champion with a time of 21:22.
A number of Pinellas runners placed first in their age group. Division winners were: (F10-14) Kennady Jones, Seminole, 25:37; (M15-19) Austin Lewis, Oldsmar, 20:18; (F15-19) Kayla Hewel, Clearwater, 24:35; (M20-24) Andy Lopez, Palm Harbor, 22:53; (M30-34) Farrell; (F30-34) Tiffani Nielsen, Clearwater, 22:26; (M35-39) Duane Rollick, St. Petersburg, 19:35; (F35-39) Joette Gdovin-Bergeson, Oldsmar, 24:16; (M40-44) Thomas Bassano, Palm Harbor, 21:08; (F40-44) Wisotsky; (M45-49) Bergeson; (F45-49) Andrea Fortunato, Largo, 24:32; (M50-54) Craig Hutchison, St. Petersburg, 22:20; (F60-64) Stephanie Bessette, Dunedin, 29:22; (M65-69) Duncan Cameron, Palm Harbor, 21:51; (F65-69) Millie Hamilton, Redington Beach, 28:45; (M70-74) Chuck Keating, Clearwater, 23:26; (F racewalker 54 and under) Lynn Lewis, Largo, 34:37; (F racewalker 55 and over) Sue Rivelli, Palm Harbor, 43:24.
A few local residents just missed topping their age group. Finishing second in their division were: (F9 and under) Erika Meya, Clearwater, 31:08; (F10-14) Amanda Elsey, Clearwater, 26:07; (M15-19) Andrew Elsey, Clearwater, 20:23; (F25-29) Jennifer Senior, St. Petersburg, 24:52; (M30-34) Greg Schaeffer, Clearwater, 19:07; (F30-34) Caitlin Constantine, Clearwater, 23:31; (M35-39) Marielo Pinho, St. Petersburg, 20:56; (M40-44) Scott Hacking, Clearwater, 21:14; (F50-54) Teresa Howard, Largo, 25:36; (M55-59) Jim Hunt, Dunedin, 22:54; (F55-59) Mary Stewart-Wong, Safety Harbor, 26:06; (F60-64) Pam Dameron, Tarpon Springs, 38:46; (M65-69) Gar Flisek, Tarpon Springs, 22:55; (F racewalker 54 and under) Sharon Haley, Clearwater, 36:28.
The Ace of Diamonds 5K was the first race in the Aces are Wild running series, which features three more competitions in 2011.
The Ace of Clubs 10K and 5K will be held Sept. 11. The Ace of Hearts 15K and 5K is set for Oct. 6. The final race in the series, the Blue Moon half-marathon and 5K, is slated for Nov. 6.
SUMMER SUNRISE WATERMELON SERIES: Treasure Island's Hunter McCann broke into the top 10 at race No. 4 in the 16th annual Summer Sunrise Watermelon 5K Series on Saturday.
McCann, 14, was seventh overall after clocking in at 17 minutes and 14 seconds.
In the men's 11- to 14-year-old age division, which had 30 participants, McCann was first by 34 seconds after beating Tampa's Daniel Dean to the finish line. McCann scored a measure of revenge after losing a head-to-head battle three weeks ago at the Beat the Heat 5K in Thonotosassa. In that race, Dean edged McCann by a second to win the overall championship.
The heavily attended Lakeland race had 760 finishers.