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Teen out front at Lakefront Classic

shape up for santa: Runners get started at the St. Petersburg waterfront for the 26th Annual Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 10. Live music kept participants entertained along the route.


shape up for santa: Runners get started at the St. Petersburg waterfront for the 26th Annual Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 10. Live music kept participants entertained along the route.

Saturday's YMCA Lakefront Classic in Palm Harbor drew a crowd of 151 runners. Palm Harbor's Tyler Greathouse, 17, was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 17:14. Jason Prieto, a 28-year-old from Clearwater, finished second in 17:58. He was followed by Benton Jones, 17 of Clearwater, in 18:41.

New Port Richey's Jacki Wachtel, 29, was the top female with a time of 18:47. Terry Repp, a 54-year-old from Palm Harbor, was the female masters champion with a time of 25:21.

Local female age group winners included: (9 and under) Kelly Carter, 9 of Palm Harbor, 32:14; (15-19) Maria Anastasion, 18 of Tarpon Springs, 23:28; (25-29) Lorena Prado, 26 of Tarpon Springs, 35:33; (30-34) Janae Pranschke, 32 of Tarpon Springs, 26:51; (40-44) Nicola Murphy, 44 of Dunedin, 26:59; (45-49) Tina Rosato, 47 of Palm Harbor, 25:50; (50-54) Chris Clynes, 52 of Tarpon Springs, 27:01; (55-59) Cindy Miller, 55 of Oldsmar, 25:47.

Local male age group winners included: (10-14) Chris DiRusso, 14 of Palm Harbor, 25:56; (15-19) Patrick Kaugler, 16 of Palm Harbor, 21:20; (30-34) David Toms, 33 of Seminole, 23:30; (35-39) David Shiner, 37 of St. Petersburg, 22:37; (40-44) Tom Hoffman, 44 of Palm Harbor, 20:20; (45-49) Tim Malinoski, 48 of Tarpon Springs, 21:45; (65-69) Doug Gillie, 65 of Palm Harbor, 31:26.

In the 1-mile race, Bethany Hengst of Palm Harbor was the fastest female with a time of 6:27; Rowan Hall of Oldsmar was the fastest male with a time of 6:38.

Road Runners

A group of Pinellas County runners traveled to West Palm Beach for the Fourth Annual Marathon of Palm Beaches on Dec. 7. Standouts included Eric Sager, 36 of South Pasadena, who finished second in his age group with a 3:04:16; Amanda Anes, 32 of St. Petersburg, who received and award for being the second-fastest Florida finisher with a 3:30:03; and Jennifer Laplante, 35 of St. Petersburg, 3:31:59 and first in her age group.

Other finishers included George Steriadis, 56 of Clearwater, 3:43:46; Ernie Glode, 48 of Seminole, 3:47:11; Christine Moorby, 38 of South Pasadena, 3:47:12; Flora Cook, 47 of Seminole, 3:49:35; Amy Keener, 31 of Clearwater, 3:55:18; Robin Johnsen, 53 of Largo, 4:02:00; Amy Maguire, 40 of Belleair, 4:04:07; Jessica Hughes, 27 of St. Petersburg, 4:33:45; Pamela Greene, 46 of Tierra Verde, 4:34:48; Helen Barrott, 38 of Tierra Verde, 4:53:48; James Patton, 68 of Seminole, 5:55:17.

Go the distance

St. Petersburg's Joe Burgasser traveled to Wakulla Springs State Park on Saturday and ran the 24th Annual Tallahassee Ultradistance Classic 50K. The 70-year-old's goal was to break the U.S. record of 5:16:30. Running in 29-degree weather, Burgasser circled the 15, 2-mile hilly loops in 4:22:04. Kathleen Wheeler, 47 of St. Petersburg, completed the companion 50-mile event, running 24 laps of the all-asphalt certified course.

Reindeer Run

Pinellas County residents finished at the top of a field of nearly 800 runners in Saturday's Tampa Bay Lightning Reindeer Run in Tampa. Payton Mitchell, 16 of St. Petersburg, and Brittany Lisman, 15 of Palm Harbor, finished first and second in the women's field with times of 19:53 and 20:28. Wes Reynolds, an 18-year-old from St. Petersburg, was the second-fastest male in 16:51.

Other top finishers included the male masters champion, Michael Lisman, 41 of Palm Harbor, 18:53 and Jonathan Cleary, 20 of St. Petersburg, who finished first in the 20-24 age group.

More marathons: Albert Wieringa, 62 of St. Petersburg, ran a 3:06:18 at the California International Marathon in Sacramento this month. He finished third in the 60-64 age group.

Cycling news

John Sinibaldi of Seminole won silver in the 5K and bronze in the 10K in the 50-55 age group of the Florida Senior Games cycling time trial state championships in Cape Coral on Dec. 8. Steve Schuler of Largo won silver and bronze in the 55-59 age group. Sandy Scott of Seminole won gold in both, his ninth and 10th state championships in two years. Rose Marie Ray of Seminole won bronze in each event but was awarded the slot of the silver medalist, an out of stater, who had qualified in her home state of Illinois.

Beaches halfathon

Sunday's seventh annual Gulf Beaches Holiday Halfathon drew close to 1,000 entrants and also saw records in the men's and women's divisions. St. Petersburg's Christa Benton, 24, ran a 1:20:42 for the 13.1-mile race, beating her record by more than a minute. Jesus Morales Negron, 35 of Villalba, Puerto Rico, crossed the finish in 1:11:13, breaking Keith Sawayda's record of 1:15:41 set in 2004. More local results will run in next week's column.

Terry Tomalin can be reached at

upcoming events


Tips for Success in Endurance Mountain Bike Racing, 7 p.m., Chainwheel Drive, 1770 Drew St., Clearwater. Call (727) 441-2444.


• Blizzard Blast, 5K, 9 a.m., Lopez Park, Tampa. Call (813) 874-7223.

• Gaither workout (for experienced bikers), 7:45 a.m., behind Lifestyle Family Fitness in Northdale, Tampa. Call Richard Johnson (813) 238-2464 or visit

• Inaugural St. Petersburg Bowl Fan, 5K and 1-mile fun run, 8 a.m., Tropicana Field. Call (727) 367-7223 or visit

• Jingle Bell Run, 5K and 1-mile, 8 a.m., JB Starkey Park, New Port Richey. Call 800-850-9455.

• Say No to Drugs, 10K and 5K, 8 a.m., Clearwater. Call Chris Alexander (727) 434-3409.

• Stanley breakfast ride, 7:45 a.m., Seffner Elementary, 109 Cactus Road, Seffner. Contact Terry Farrell (813) 684-3503, or visit

• Walk thru Bethlehem, 6-8:30 p.m., Clearview Methodist Church, St. Petersburg. Call Lisa Coffman, (727) 906-1954.

Dec. 23-24

• Progressive training team, track workouts, 6:30 p.m., University of Tampa Track, Tampa. Contact Dror Vaknin (813) 846-5021,

Dec. 27

• MADD dash, resolution run, 5K and 1-mile fun run, 8 a.m., Al Lopez Park, Tampa. Cal Lynn Gray (813) 453-7885, (813) 481-9310.

• 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

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