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St. Petersburg runner places fifth at second annual Florida Beach Half-Marathon in Tierra Verde

st. petersburg runner places fifth

St. Petersburg's Andrew Chandler was the first local competitor to complete the second annual Florida Beach Half-Marathon in Tierra Verde on Sunday.

Chandler, 37, took fifth place overall. He finished the race in one hour, 17 minutes and seven seconds. He was the champion of the men's 35- to 39-year-old age division.

Other age group winners from Pinellas County included: (F master) Madeleine Zolfo, Treasure Island, 1:32:10; (M grandmaster) Dennis Byron, Palm Harbor, 1:25:02; (F grandmaster) Pila Cadena, St. Petersburg, 1:43:27; (F15-19) Amani Morcos, Clearwater, 2:00:27; (M20-24) Kellen Leja, Oldsmar, 1:33:17; (M30-34) Trey Howell, St. Petersburg, 1:19:33; (F30-34) Lisa Williams, Largo, 1:31:48; (M40-44) Michael Lisman, Palm Harbor, 1:23:07; (M50-54) Victor Yeager, Dunedin, 1:31:04; (F65-69) Millie Hamilton, Redington Beach, 2:02:39; (M70 and over) Herb Townsend, Treasure Island, 1:47:09.

Anthony Calingo of Tampa was the overall winner in 1:13:46. The women's champion was Sara Petrick of Apollo Beach in 1:19:20.

The race had 666 total participants.

In the 5K race, Lee and Christa Stephens pulled the husband-and-wife double. Both runners crossed the finish line in 18:09 to win their respective championships.

Lee Stephens was the men's winner by 15 seconds. Christa Stephens came across the finish line four minutes and 19 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

Local age group winners were: (F master) Mary Hanlon, St. Petersburg, 25:19; (F grandmaster) Carol Jean Vosburgh, Treasure Island, 27:00; (M14 and under) Kylar Barrett, Dunedin, 21:09; (F25-29) Karina Gardano, St. Petersburg, 23:39; (F30-34) Tanya Taylor, Clearwater, 24:44; (M45-49) Charles Novak, St. Petersburg, 28:37; (F45-49) Aminta Owen, St. Petersburg, 28:55; (F50-54) Carol Dates, St. Petersburg, 30:39; (M55-59) Bira Conrado, Largo, 22:50; (M65-69) James Ladig, Clearwater, 22:39; (F65-69) Bonnie Theall, Dunedin, 29:47; (F70 and over) Dede Buckley, St. Pete Beach, 33:04.

The 5K had 321 finishers.


St. Petersburg resident Bryan Prushinski survived the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13-mile run at the Gator Half-Iron Triathlon in Sarasota on Sunday and was able to pick up a medal for his efforts.

Prushinski, 42, won the men's 40-44 division in a time of four hours, 43 minutes and two seconds. He finished more than eight minutes ahead of his nearest competitor.

At the Gator International Distance Triathlon, which featured a 1.5-mile swim, 40K bike and 10K run, a handful of Pinellas County triathletes were age group winners.

John Cornish of Palm Harbor won the men's 50-54 group in 2:30:46. Seminole's Gary Bonacorsi was the top runner in the men's 60-64 group after running 2:56:50. Lewis Bennett of Clearwater Beach claimed first place in the men's 65-69 group in 2:48:09. Mark Parish of Clearwater took the men's 70-74 group title in a time of 3:26:37. Cheryl Forgang, 47 of Safety Harbor, was the women's master's champion after clocking in at 2:55:01. Erin Westberg, 33 of Clearwater, was the top Athena runner after crossing the finish line in 3:01:55.


A pair of local triathletes were age group winners at the East Pasco YMCA Spring Sprint Triathlon in Zephyr­hills on Saturday.

Brian Morris of Seminole completed the 300-yard swim, 11-mile bike and 3.1-mile run in one hour, seven minutes and 44 seconds to take first place in the men's 55-59 group.

William Steinberg, 70 of St. Petersburg, was the winner of the men's 70-74 group with a time of 1:23:38.


Tyler Lewis claimed the race championship at the Shamrock'N Run 5K in Largo on Friday, March 11. The race had 372 finishers.

Lewis, 16 of Largo, broke the tape in 16:55 to win by 21 seconds.

Treasure Island's Hunter McCann was third overall in 17:53. He was also the champion of the 11-14 division.

Kristen Proach, 26 of Clearwater, was the women's winner by nearly two minutes, crossing the finish line in 18:08.

Lisa Williams, 32 of Largo, came in second in the women's race in 20 minutes and was the top runner in the women's 30-34 division.

Local runners who won their age group were: (M master) Steve Williams, Largo, 19:35; (F grandmaster) Pamela Stine, St. Petersburg, 25:04; (M10 and under) Coleman Inglima, Clearwater, 23:08; (F10 and under) Ava Sykes, Largo, 24:40; (F11-14) Fatima Abu-Rumman, Belleair Bluffs, 23:47; (M15-19) Brandon Anderson, Seminole, 18:06; (F15-19) Shayna Hartmann, Clearwater, 25:02; (F20-24) Michaela Bridges, St. Petersburg, 27:57; (M35-39) Bill Lynch, Largo, 19:30; (F40-44) Molly Rohrer, Palm Harbor, 24:02; (F45-49) Maureen O'Sullivan, Palm Harbor, 24:13; (M50-54) Ward Edwards, Largo, 21:49; (F50-54) Julide Burak, Seminole, 25:24; (F60-64) Bobbe Masem, Seminole, 29:36; (M65-69) James Ladig, Clearwater, 22:55; (F65-69) Millie Hamilton, Redington Beach, 28:41; (M70-74) John Verel, Clearwater, 36:13; (F70-74) Mimi Fournier, Clearwater, 44:44; (M75-79) Don Hammond, Indian Rocks, 31:29.

.upcoming events


• Oldsmar running club, various distances, 300 E 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,


•Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K, 6:15 p.m., Vinoy Park,

• Robinson's Preserve 5K, 6:30 p.m., Manatee, or (941) 358-5100

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


• Downtown Criterium bike races, 10:30 a.m.-6:50 p.m., downtown Tampa. Men's, women's and age group races throughout the day. Pro races at 6:50 p.m.,

• Cycling out Autism, 8 a.m., 25/50 mile rides, Starkey Park, New Port Richey,

• Fight for Air stair climb, 42 floors, Tampa, or (727) 347-6133

• Great Clermont Sprint Duathlon and Triathlon, (7:30 a.m.), Trikidz race (9:30 a.m.),

• 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,


• Pinellas Park Circuit Race, 8:30 a.m.,

• Great Clermont International Triathlon and Duathlon (7:30 a.m.), short course (8:15 a.m.), or (727) 741-7250

• 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

April 2

• Roar through Ybor 5K and 1-miler, 7:30 a.m., Centennial Park, Ybor City, (813) 453-7885

• Beach to Bayou 5K and 1-miler, 8 a.m., Fred Howard Park, Tarpon Springs, (727) 943-3651

• Suncoast Sprint 5K, 8 a.m., Sims Park, New Port Richey,

April 3

Run for Haiti 5K, 8 a.m., Al Lopez Park, Tampa, (352) 588-8013

April 7

• Fort De Soto 15K cycling time trial, 6 p.m.,

April 9

• Super Gopher 10K, 5K and 1-miler, 7:30 a.m., Hudson, or (727) 243-0359

April 16

• Seminole Stampede 5K, 7:30 a.m., Walsingham Park,

• Fight for Air stair climb, 55 floors, Miami, or (954) 524-4657

• Escape from Fort De Soto triathlon (.5m swim, 10m bike, 4m run), 7 a.m., or (813) 820-7791

April 23

• Hare Racing Experience 5K (8 a.m.), 1-miler (8:45 a.m.), fun run (9:15 a.m.; 6-and-under), USF athletic fields, or (813) 374-8907

• Stop Child Abuse 5K and 1-miler, 8:30 a.m., Walsingham Park, Largo, or (727) 543-0142

April 30

• Meek and Mighty triathlon, 7 a.m., St. Petersburg,

• Fight for Air stair climb, 30 floors, Fort Myers, or (239) 908-2680

• Ultra miles for Moffitt, 12-hour endurance run, 7 p.m., USF track, Tampa, (813) 282-7200

St. Petersburg runner places fifth at second annual Florida Beach Half-Marathon in Tierra Verde 03/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 4:30am]
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