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St. Petersburg runner bests field by 25 seconds

St. Petersburg's Nat Glackin finished ahead of 568 runners Saturday at the Sixth Annual Lowry Park Zoo Run in Tampa. Glackin, 25, finished in 16:54, 25 seconds faster than his nearest competitor.

Other Pinellas runners in the top 10 included Jim Hummel, 47 of Tarpon Springs, in fifth with a time of 19:20 and Charles Mendes, 30 of Pinellas Park, eighth with a time of 19:47.

Pinellas women also delivered some top performances. Sam Goresh, 27 of St. Petersburg, finished fifth in the women's field with a time of 23:31.

Rounding out the top were sisters Elizabeth Mason, 14 of Clearwater, 24:28, ninth overall and Mary Margaret Mason, 12, 24:33, 10th.

Other top finishers included: Daniele Cadwell, 26 of St. Petersburg, 24:43, 12th place; Christina Saylor, 32 of St. Petersburg, 24:45, 13th; Christine Kiernan-Ditiz, 26 of St. Petersburg, 24:47, 14th; Amy Robinson, 37 of Seminole, 24:52, 15th. Male age group winners included in 70 and over, Ilhan Bilgutay, 71 of Clearwater Beach, 25:01.

More East of the Bay

South Pasadena's Eric Sager finished third out of 325 runners at the fourth annual Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Ranch Run in Temple Terrace on Saturday.

The 36-year-old covered the 5K course in 18:24. Rounding out the top 10 was David Meri, 37 of St. Petersburg, who finished seventh, with a time of 18:56.

Local male age group winners included: (14 and under) Hunter McCann, 11 of Treasure Island, 20:58 and in (70 and over) Ben Fudge, 73 of St. Pete Beach, 28:25.

Christine Moorby, 38 of South Pasadena, finished sixth in the women's field with a time of 22:41.

Local age group winners included: (45-49) Pam Greene, 46 of Tierra Verde, 25:58 and in (20-24) Desiree Dorrie, 23 of Palm Harbor, 28.44. Dorrie is the daughter of Ric Dorrie, a well-known fixture on the local race scene who scores the local races for Florida Road Race Management, www.floridaroadrace.com.

Traveling runners

Albert Wieringa, 62 of St. Petersburg, finished first in his age group (60-64) at the Miracle Miles 15K in Orlando on Saturday. Wieringa, of the St. Pete Forerunners, finished 47th overall (the first over 50) in a field of 1,106 finishers with a time of 1:01:45.

One Mile Runner

David O'Meara, the One Mile Runner, successfully completed the Fifth Avenue Mile, on Sept. 21 in New York City in 4:51, accomplishing his incredible feat of 20 1-mile races — in 20 weeks — in 20 cities throughout North America. O'Meara ran the first mile of the series in Tarpon Springs 20 weeks ago.

Tri Kids

Several Pinellas County youths traveled to Orlando for the Athletes for a Cure Tri and Kids Duathlon at Fort Wilderness in Disney.

In the duathlon, the 5- to 7-year-olds ran a half-mile, rode 3 miles then ran another half-mile. Kennedy Kleber of Palm Harbor was first among the 6-year-old girls with a time of 31:28, and Conor Burkart of St. Petersburg was the fastest 7-year-old boy in 23:16.

The 8- to 14-year-olds ran 1 mile, biked 6 miles and ran 1 mile. Winners included Bailey Holz, 11 of St. Petersburg, 41:59; Courtney Smith, 12 of St. Petersburg, 36:21; Shannon Coleman, 13 of Palm Harbor, 1:06:04:5 and Carly Kleber, 13 of Palm Harbor, placed second with a time of 1:06:04:6; Megan Wordon, 14 of Palm Harbor, 43:34.

Athletes for a Cure held an Olympic Distance Triathlon the same day on a course similar to the Ironman 70.3.

Age group winners included: (14-19) Delaney Owen, 16 of Clearwater, 2:43:56 and (55-59) Rosalyn Russell, 59 of Oldsmar, 3:05:11.

Catherine Kleber, 44 of Palm Harbor, won the Athena Division in 3:06:35 and Ron Wordon, 46 of Palm Harbor, took second in the Clydesdale Division with a 2:45:19.

Do you have running, swimming, biking, triathlon or adventure racing news? Send it to Terry Tomalin at Ttomalin@sptimes.com or call (727) 893-8808. You can also submit news online at community.tampabay.com.

>>FAST FACTS

Upcoming events

Saturday

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

• Marathon training, various group runs, 5:30 a.m., Downtown YMCA, Tampa. Contact Fred Vasconi at (813) 222-1334 or xelint@aol.com.

• Stanley breakfast ride, 7:45 a.m., Seffner Elementary, 109 Cactus Road, Seffner. Contact Terry Farrell at (813) 684-3503 or terry@farrellpiano.com or visit www.tbfreewheelers.com.

• Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg. Call 1-877-506-6972, (727) 734-7832 or visit www.komensuncoast.org.

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

Tuesday

• Progressive training team, track workouts, 6:30 p.m., Coleman Elementary, Tampa. Contact Dror Vaknin (813) 846-5021 or coachdror@aol.com.

Oct. 11

John Holmes 50K Trail Run and 16-mile Fun Run, Hosted by WeCeFAR, 7 a.m., Withlacoochee State Forest, Brooksville. Contact Jim Bodoh (813) 884-1862 or CTR@tampabay.rr.com.

• Police Memorial Run, 5K, 8 a.m., Lykes Gas Light Park, Tampa. Call Jim Furguson (813) 309-0496.

Oct. 12

Ace of Hearts, 15K and 5K, 7:30 a.m., Del Oro Park, Clearwater. Call (727) 736-8232 or visit www.active.com.

Oct. 14

Aces of Diamonds, 4.4-miler, 10K, 15K, half-marathon, 7:30 a.m., Del Oro Park, Clearwater. Contact (727) 736-8232.

Please send any information on upcoming events to leclark@sptimes.com.

St. Petersburg runner bests field by 25 seconds 09/30/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 4:30am]
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