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Teenager narrowly earns win at 18th annual Run with Nuns 5K

Fifteen-year-old Tyler Lewis of Largo defeated all racers to win the 18th annual Run with the Nuns 5K in St. Petersburg on Saturday.

Lewis completed the 5K in 17:18 to narrowly claim first place.

Trailing Lewis was 31-year-old Briana Whaley of Clearwater, who was the overall female winner after finishing just a second behind Lewis.

Top 10 male racers included: Keith Sawayda (second), Clearwater, 17:25; Zach Hoge (third), St. Pete Beach, 17:37; Cameron Wheeler (fourth), St. Petersburg, 17:41; Kyle Roun (fifth), Pinellas Park, 18:20; Sam Chandler (sixth), St. Petersburg, 18:28; Stephen Sawayda (seventh), Clearwater, 18:36; David Meri (eighth), St. Petersburg, 19:00; Phil Edelen (ninth), Redington Shores, 19:14; Anthony Melcher (10th), Pinellas Park, 19:17.

On the women's side, the fastest finishers were: Christa Benton (second), St. Petersburg, 17:46; Alex Eaton (third), St. Petersburg, 19:34; Amy McClenathan (fourth), St. Petersburg, 20:45; Lisa Williams (fifth), Largo, 21:14; Whit Lasseter (sixth), Palm Harbor, 21:44; Connie Mendoza (seventh), Madeira Beach, 21:51; Chris Simpson (eighth), St. Petersburg, 22:17.

The following runners were age group winners: (M master) Edelen; (F master) McClenathan; (F10 and under) Eliana Schaaf, Largo, 33:16; (M11-12) Daniel Sawayda, Clearwater, 20:50; (F11-12) Wylona Bouwens, Palm Harbor, 31:03; (M13-14) Chandler; (M15-19) Wheeler; (M25-29) Carlos Salcido, St. Petersburg, 25:14; (F30-34) Williams; (M35-39) Meri; (F35-39) Christine Moorby, South Pasadena, 24:05; (M40-44) Steve Williams, Largo, 19:42; (F40-44) Karen Eaton, St. Petersburg, 26:46; (M45-49) Alastair Baillie, St. Petersburg, 19:59; (F45-49) Anna Reschar, St. Petersburg, 24:07; (M50-54) Casey Chandler, St. Petersburg, 20:14; (F50-54) Sally Smith, Largo, 28:39; (F60-64) Jane Pearl, St. Petersburg, 24:39; (M65-69) Duncan Cameron, Palm Harbor, 20:41; (F65-69) Millie Hamilton, Redington Beach, 28:33; (M70-74) Joe Burgasser, St. Petersburg, 21:13.

NAPLES DAILY NEWS HALF MARATHON: A handful of county residents took part in the Naples Daily News Half Marathon on Sunday.

Albert Wieringa, 63 of St. Petersburg, finished as the second overall male in the senior grand master category. He completed the 13.1-mile course in 1:28:07.6 to end up as the second runner older than 55 to cross the finish line. Wieringa was 70th overall.

Lisa Kothe, 49 of Clearwater, took second place in the women's 45- to 49-year-old category with a time of 1:32:50. She was 109th overall.

The following local runners completed the race in less than two hours, 30 minutes: Arturo Delafuente, Largo, 1:32:39.8; Jim Baker, Largo, 1:53:54; Allen Kuhnicrazy, St. Petersburg, 1:58:18.3; David Shiner, St. Petersburg, 2:05:24.7; Carol Ardell, St. Petersburg, 2:07:11.4; Laura Boynton Johnson, Dunedin, 2:13:00.6; Margaret Rebecca Rowe, Dunedin, 2:13:01.7; Sharon Baker, Largo, 2:20:33; Emily Jane Morgan, St. Petersburg, 2:21:24.9; Jessica Kuhnicrazy, St. Petersburg, 2:27:16.4; Ashli Cooper, St. Petersburg, 2:28:09.4.

Simon Sawe of Santa Fe, N.M., was the winner in 1:04:31.1

UPCOMING: This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of the Clearwater Halfathon, one of the more visually stunning runs in the state. Making four ascents over Clearwater's bridges, it is also one of the most challenging.

The 13.1-mile race traverses the causeway and winds through Sand Key Park, providing water views nearly the entire way.

Racers looking for a lighter workout can enter the Clearwater 5-Miler, which climbs Clearwater Bridge twice on the way to the beach and back, or the inaugural Clearwater 5K Fitness Walk, an untimed walk from downtown over the bridge to the beach and back.

All three events start at 7:05 a.m. Saturday. Today is the last day to register online. For more information or to sign up, visit

Bryan Burns can be reached at

Fast Facts

Upcoming events


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


• Fifth annual Clearwater Halfathon, 3.1 miles and 5 miles, Clearwater. Call (727) 327-4440.

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

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

• Suncoast Sprint, 5K, 9 a.m., Rotary Pavilion, Hudson. Contact Terry Phayre (727) 844-7726.

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

Jan. 30

Guardian Gallop, 5K, 8 a.m., Lake Hollingworth, Lakeland. Call (863) 534-4605.

• Run with Pride, 5K and 1 mile, 8:30 a.m., Tampa. Call Karla Gorsky, (813) 383-6577.

• Stanley Breakfast Ride, 7:45 a.m., Seffner Elementary, 109 Cactus Road, Seffner. Contact Terry Farrell (813) 684-3503,,

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

Jan. 31

Florida Challenge, half-marathon and 5K, Alafia River State Park, Lithia. Contact, (813) 232-5200.

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