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Tight finish at Armadillo Run 5K in Oldsmar

tight finish at armadillo run 5k

A trio of Pinellas County youngsters battled for the finish line at the 29th annual Armadillo Run 5K in Oldsmar on Saturday.

Andrew Chandler and Cameron Wheeler, both of St. Petersburg, and Clearwater's Sean Gallagher were within striking distance of one another near the conclusion of the race, but Chandler pulled away.

Chandler, 37, completed the 5K in 16 minutes, 19 seconds to win by eight seconds.

Wheeler, 17, was right behind to claim second. Gallagher ran 16:36 for a third-place finish.

Local age group winners from Saturday's Armadillo Run include: (F grandmaster) Karen Alexeev, Gulfport, 25:42; (M9 and under) Ryan Kempsey, Oldsmar, 29:22; (M15-19) Austin Lewis, Oldsmar, 18:51; (F15-19) Amelia Wong, Safety Harbor, 22:52; (M25-29) Jeffery Martin, St. Petersburg, 20:19; (F35-39) Jodi Dobson, Tarpon Springs, 23:07; (F40-44) Teresa Bodolay, Clearwater, 25:45; (M45-49) Marty Slade, St. Pete Beach, 19:48; (F45-49) Tina Rosato, Palm Harbor, 23:42; (M50-54) Doug Peltz, Palm Harbor, 24:20; (F55-59) Barb Harrison, Palm Harbor, 26:06; (F60-64) Stephanie Bessette, Dunedin, 28:48; (M65-69) Gar Flisek, Dunedin, 23:28; (F65-69) Brenda Hatala, Clearwater, 31:25; (M70-74) Jim Callan, Palm Harbor, 28:55; (F75-79) Betty Nevitt, Clearwater, 34:15; (M80 and over) Pat Fitzgerald, St. Petersburg, 33:16.

In the 10K competition, Carol Bancroft of Safety Harbor had the highest finish. Bancroft, 51, placed second in the women's race after running 44:18.

Richie Taffet of St. Petersburg was third in the men's race in a time of 37:36.

Local age group winners in the 10K were: (M grandmaster) Bruce Mann, Clearwater, 39:59; (M15-19) Paul McKenna, Clearwater, 42:58; (M20-24) Jonathan Desantis, Gulfport, 46:13; (F20-24) Kelly McClenathan, St. Pete Beach, 48:24; (F35-39) Heather Ellison, Clearwater, 46:24; (M40-44) Bret Jardine, Palm Harbor, 39:13; (M45-49) Dallas Rose, Oldsmar, 41:47; (F45-49) Cheryl Forgang, Safety Harbor, 54:37; (F50-54) Mary Stewart-Wong, Safety Harbor, 49:27; (F60-64) Ellen Kohn, Palm Harbor, 51:07; (M65-69) Duncan Cameron, Palm Harbor, 43:33; (M70-74) Herb Townsend, Treasure Island, 48:23.


Vince Tenaglia of Clearwater came within a minute of winning the 32nd annual Shamrock Classic 10K in Brandon on Sunday.

Tenaglia, 27, crossed the finish line in 37 minutes, 23 seconds to grab second place at the Shamrock Classic. Tenaglia, who placed first in the 25- to 29-year-old age group, was 48 seconds behind race champion Scott Lafferty (36:35) of Valrico.

Also winning his age group was James Hummel of Tarpon Springs. Hummel, 50, claimed first in the men's 50-54 division by more than two minutes after clocking in at 41:35.

In the 5K competition, Hunter McCann, 14 of Treasure Island, was the fastest local runner. McCann was fifth across the finish line after running 18:12, and he placed first in the men's 14 and under age division by more than four minutes.

The 5K, which saw 221 runners compete, was won by Tyler Moriarty of Lithia in a time of 16:56. Kristine Claffie, also of Lithia, was the women's champion in 20:28.


Treasure Island speed demon Hunter McCann picked up a race win at the Pasco Challenge 10K on Saturday.

McCann, 14, covered the New Port Richey course in 37 minutes, 58 seconds to cruise to victory by nearly three minutes.

Palm Harbor residents Bonnie Duren and Mary Twiss were age group winners in the 10K competition.

Duren, 50, claimed top honors in the women's 50-54 group in a time of 1:12:55.

Twiss was the winner of the women's 65-69 group after completing the race in 1:03:48.

A pair of locals were age group champions at Saturday's Pasco Challenge half-marathon.

Randall Hergert, 23 of Largo, was the top runner in the men's 20-24 group after completing the race in two hours, one minutes and 58 seconds.

Dena Schaeffer, 22 of Palm Harbor, took top honors in the women's 20-24 bracket with a time of 2:09:01.

Tim Pemberton of New Port Richey was the overall half-marathon winner after breaking the tape in 1:23:57. Kerri Kitchen of Crystal River was the women's champion in 1:44:27.

Chuck McCann was the only local athlete to claim a victory in the 5K competition at the Pasco Challenge, which featured 207 runners.

McCann, 59 of Treasure Island, ran 25:56 to place first in the men's 55-59 group.


Hunter McCann of Treasure Island won the Countryside Clover Classic by 37 seconds on March 5.

McCann, 14 of Treasure Island, ran 18:13 to claim victory.

Loretta Simeon of St. Petersburg was the women's champion by 19 seconds. Simeon, 44, clocked in at 21:03 for the win.

Age group winners from Pinellas County were: (M10 and under) Takuma Walter, St. Petersburg, 21:20; (M11-14) Tyler Condon, Clearwater, 27:56; (F11-14) Amanda Elsey, Clearwater, 23:15; (M15-19) Andrew Elsey, Clearwater, 20:13; (M20-29) Jerry Bell, St. Petersburg, 29:21; (F20-29) Sara Gill, Clearwater, 23:45; (F25-29) Amanda Stoutjesdyk, Clearwater, 35:41; (M30-39) Ken Huff, Clearwater, 23:45; (F30-39) Becky Baas, Safety Harbor, 29:43; (F40-49) Yvonne Bryant, Clearwater, 21:22; (M50-59) Victor Yeager, Dunedin, 18:50; (F50-59) Cynthia Conboy, Dunedin, 31:42; (M60-69) Duncan Cameron, Palm Harbor, 21:12; (F60-69) Ellen Kohn, Palm Harbor, 24:41; (M70 and over) Don Kohler, St. Petersburg, 29:49.

.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,


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


• Strawberry Classic 5K and 10K, 8 a.m., Temple Terrace, (813) 843-3276

• East Pasco YMCA Spring Sprint Triathlon, 8:30 a.m., Zephyrhills, or (813) 780-9622

• La Barquita 5K fun race, 8 a.m., Al Lopez Park, Tampa, (813) 810-8484

• 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,


• Florida Beach Halfathon & 5K, 7 a.m., Fort De Soto Park,

• 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

March 25

•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

March 26

• 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.),

March 27

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

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 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

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