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Thousands of participants line streets for Gasparilla races

Runners line up in rainy conditions at the start of Saturday’s Gasparilla 5K on Platt Street. More than 9,600 completed the race, and three St. Petersburg runners won their age groups.


Runners line up in rainy conditions at the start of Saturday’s Gasparilla 5K on Platt Street. More than 9,600 completed the race, and three St. Petersburg runners won their age groups.

Saturday's rainy conditions didn't deter 9,648 from completing the Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K along the streets of Tampa's Hyde Park district.

Palm Harbor resident Katherine McMeekin, 19, made the women's top 10, placing eighth in 18:33.

Three St. Petersburg runners were the fastest in their age group. Sam Chandler (17:30) topped the male 11-14-year-old group, Debra Donald (21:27) led the female 50-54-year-old group and Carol Berends (27:34) was first in the female 65-69-year-old group.

Justin Dodson of Pinellas Park won the male 25-29-year-old group in 17:16.

15K: Pinellas residents found the most success in Saturday's 15K, especially on the women's side.

Clearwater's Briana Whaley, 31, was the female champion, covering the 9.3-mile course in 54:05.

Christa Benton, 26 of St. Petersburg, was third across the line in 54:47. Kristen Proach, 25 of Clearwater, came in ninth in 58:16. Both were age group winners as well.

St. Petersburg's Hank Campbell, 30, was third in the men's competition (49:51). He was also first in the 30-34 age division.

Marc Dannis, 33 of St. Petersburg, came in ninth in 51:39.

Alex Eaton (1:03:20), Savannah Dearden (1:01:58), Christy Phillips (1:03:17) and Joseph Burgasser (1:02:37), all from St. Petersburg, placed first in their age group.

The 15K had 4,473 runners finish the race.

Half Marathon: In Sunday's half marathon, which 3,903 runners completed, Clearwater's Chuck Keating was an age group winner, claiming the male 65-69 division in 1:41:02.

The following Pinellas runners crossed the finish line in less than 1 hour, 45 minutes: Jerry Cox, 1:27:54; Gareth Burns, 1:28:08; Charles Mendes, 1:28:39; Bryan Prushinski, 1:28:42; John Macedo, 1:29:41; Ray Levesque, 1:31:53; Vincent Vercamen, 1:32:13; Steven Williams, 1:32:18; Mark Schreimann, 1:33:11; James Burton, 1:33:43; Kyle Buck, 1:34:20; Jon Herring, 1:34:35; Lance Chambers, 1:34:50; Matthew Bernard, 1:35:44; David Kunst, 1:35:53; Brian Zielinski, 1:36:28; Whitney Lasseter, 1:36:29; Shane Trivigno, 1:36:33; Cathy Krajnik, Noel Wells, 1:37:15; Matthew Weidner, 1:37:17; Jennifer Sullivan, 1:37:44; Sean Willey, 1:38:09; Matt Sterner, 1:38:09; Kevin Siesel, 1:39:04; Greg Vannette, 1:39:08; Ryan Pratt, 1:39:30; Dirk Shadd, 1:39:32; Greg Hollstrom, 1:40:07; Scott Galley, 1:40:28; Amy Keener, 1:40:45; Maggie Hayes, 1:40:52; Chuck Keating, 1:41:02; Shawn Kennedy, 1:41:28; Patti Spence, 1:41:58; Neil Wagner, 1:42:13; Claire Lynn, 1:42:20; John Cappa, 1:42:32; Craig Berg, 1:42:34; Dekin Dorcas, 1:42:54; Brian Balboni, 1:43:01; Debra Donald, 1:43:20; Jason Shearn, 1:43:36; Ralph Hoffmann, 1:44:32; Leslie Stallings, 1:44:48; Kacy Seynders, 1:44:54.

Marathon: Madeleine Zolfo, 45 of Treasure Island, crossed the finish line second on the women's side after completing a 26.2-mile circuit around downtown Tampa, Davis Islands and Bayshore Boulevard in 2:59:06. She was first in the 45-49 division.

Amy McClenathan of St. Petersburg, topped the female 50-54 age group in 3:24:24 and Buka Harris, also of St. Petersburg, was right behind in 3:24:34 to win the male 15-19 age group.

Other county residents who completed the marathon in less than four hours: Andrew Chandler, 2:53:55; Steve Schwab, 2:56:45; Ben Kreloff, 3:09:39; Alastair Baillie, 3:16:13; James Russell III, 3:18:06; Allen Kuhn, 3:20:02; Brian Darrow, 3:23:20; Steve Kropf, 3:25:56; John Forney, 3:26:17; Nathan Sylves, 3:27:06; Lawrence Witt, 3:28:25; Daryl Mullholand, 3:30:16; Brian Baker, 3:30:33; Laurie Wisotsky, 3:31:08; Steven Byrne, 3:32:38; Kristine Cox, 3:32:54; Donald Summers, 3:33:13; Kellen Leja, 3:33:16; David Cubito, 3:33:17; Tom Jensen, 3:34:05; Janine Bowman, 3:36:20; Ray Dupuis, 3:36:44; Joelma Heckerd, 3:37:10; Jessica Koelsch, 3:38:08; Dirk Grammel, 3:38:13; Laura Segrera, 3:38:17; Robert Stewart, 3:38:21; Mike Nagy, 3:38:24; Carol Bancroft, 3:38:31; Ashley Combs, 3:38:40; Andrew Zinsmeister, 3:39:06; J. Carey Bonham, 3:39:16; Steven Gyurkovics, 3:39:18; Andy Peterson, 3:39:43; Eric Keaton, 3:40:03; Christina Crowe, 3:40:23; Brett Ellinger, 3:42:01; John Kingston, 3:42:14; George McCreary, 3:42:27; Ruben Luna, 3:42:39; Ward Edwards, 3:42:42; Justine Dodge, 3:43:37; David Wilt, 3:43:38; Christopher Oeppinger, 3:43:40; Darin Moore, 3:44:21. George Steriadis, 3:45:33; Todd Kenner, 3:46:20; Frederic Moreau, 3:46:43; Juan Diaz, 3:46:46; Dennis Leary, 3:48:42; Allison Chandler, 3:48:51; Dolores Gilbert, 3:49:50; David Moorehead, 3:50:50; Travis Warner, 3:52:55, Jason Swierk, 3:54:18; Chris Bigger, 3:55:09; Timothy McDonnell, 3:55:52; Garett Raines, Tierra Verde, 3:56:10; Michael Patterson, 3:57:21; David Kightlinger, 3:58:53; Jennifer LaPlante, 3:58:59; Melissa Cosser, 3:59:06; Anna Reschar, 3:59:10; Colt Martin, 3:59:30; Sharon Kalember, 3:59:51.

A total of 2,089 runners finished the marathon.

Bryan Burns can be reached at

upcoming events


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


• Belleair Classic, 5K and 10K, 7:30 a.m., Belleair. Visit,

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

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

• Pasco Challenge, 5K, 10K and half-marathon, 8 a.m., Jay B. Starkey Park, New Port Richey. Call (727) 848-8888.

• 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,

• Zoo Zoom, 5K run, 7:30 a.m., Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa. Contact (813) 254-7866.

March 12

• Shamrock'n Run, 5K, 7 p.m., Downtown Largo. Call Skip Pots, (813) 587-6740, ext. 5016.

March 13

• Armadillo Run XXVII, 10K, 5K and 1 mile, 8 a.m., Oldsmar Library, Oldsmar. Call Colleen Morrissette, (813) 855-5824.

March 14

• Shamrock Classic, 10K and 5K, 8 a.m., Sabal Park, Brandon, Call (813) 681-4279.

• Trout Creek Trail Runs, Tampa. Visit or call (813) 232-5200.

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