TIMES TURKEY TROT BIG RUNNING DRAW
There were 2,436 runners from across the bay area and beyond descending on Clearwater on Thanksgiving day to run the 10K at the 32nd Annual Times Turkey Trot.
Lee Stephens, 30 of St. Petersburg, was the overall champion, claiming his first Turkey Trot title in 32 minutes, 27 seconds to win comfortably.
Cameron Wheeler of St. Petersburg placed in the top 10 after running 34:40. Wheeler, 17, was seventh.
Mark Benjamin, 22 of Kenneth City, came in four seconds behind Wheeler at 34:44 to place eighth.
In the women's race, Christa Stephens was gunning for her fifth-straight Turkey Trot championship but was unseated by Apollo Beach's Sara Petrick.
Petrick, 22, broke the tape in 36:50. Stephens, 26, finished in 38:08 to take second.
Belleair's Aileen Bair earned seventh place after running 41:33. Kathy Frailing of Largo placed ninth in 41:50. Frailing, 43, was the female masters champion.
In the grandmasters division, Dennis Byron of Palm Harbor was the male champion after completing the 10K in 38:29; Carol Bancroft of Safety Harbor nudged Clearwater's Terri Doheny by 21 seconds for the women's title. Bancroft's time was 46:06.
Clearwater runners Briana Whaley and Kristen Proach raced neck-and-neck to the finish line in a spirited 5K.
Whaley, 32, was the champion by three seconds, claiming race honors in 17:19. Proach, 26, was second in 17:22.
Jon Mott was the top local runner on the men's side, coming across the line in fourth place in 15:29. Mott, 23, wasn't too far off the winning pace set by Tampa's Ryan Ripley, who was the overall champion in 15:07.
Laure Blume of Pinellas Park was the female masters winner with a time of 18:45. St. Petersburg's Bobby DeSantis clocked in at 17:43 to earn the men's grandmaster championship. Fellow St. Petersburg resident Amy McClenathan was the female grandmaster champ in 20:26.
Over 10,000 runners registered for the 5K competition.
AUTUMN FEST 5K
Zach Hoge of St. Pete Beach had the county's fastest time at the Autumn Fest 5K in Safety Harbor on Sunday.
Hoge, 18, was the third place finisher on the men's side after completing the race in 17:15.
Fourth place in the men's race went to Cody Sandford of Clearwater. Sandford, 15, was across the line in 17:34.
Also finishing in the top 10 were Hunter McCann, Treasure Island, 17:59 (sixth); Dennis Byron, Palm Harbor, 18:12 (eighth); Dan Bergeson, Oldsmar, 18:43 (10th).
Jacksonville's Nate Holden, 25, was the overall winner in 16:05.
Running in her hometown, Rebecca Pezzino finished well ahead of the field to win the women's race in 18:35. Pezzino, 15, was the champ by 42 seconds. Largo's Kathy Frailing was the closest to Pezzino in second. Frailing, 43, completed the race in 19:17.
Sissi Hethershaw, 42 of Palm Harbor, earned a spot in the top five after running 21:36 and coming in fifth.
SPACE COAST MARATHON
Melanie Peters was the female champion at Sunday's Space Coast Marathon in Cocoa.
Peters, 27 of St. Petersburg, completed the 26.2-mile race in two hours, 57 minutes, 38 seconds to win by more than 13 minutes. She was fifth overall.
Clearwater's Kyle Buck was the top local finisher in the men's race, which was won by Tampa's Oscar Orozco in 2:40:25. Buck was 13th overall in 3:09:51.
Chris Pedersen of St. Petersburg was the top runner in the men's 50-54 age division after completing the race in 3:15:41.
Tarpon Springs' Caroline Camisasca was an easy winner in the women's 20-24 age division, finishing in 3:37:57 to place first by nearly seven minutes.
Other local marathoners finishing in better than four hours, 30 minutes include: Dixie Glisson, Palm Harbor, 3:30:56; Brian Zielinski, St. Petersburg, 3:40:52; Dirk Grammel, Largo, 3:43:08; Suzanne Holland, St. Petersburg, 3:47:44; Eve Barrett, Dunedin, 3:48:22; Christine Kiernan-Ortiz, St. Petersburg, 3:48:50; Dinah Speck, Palm Harbor, 3:49:32; Agnieszka Pielaszek-Hun, Seminole, 4:06:55; Galen Garrison, St. Petersburg, 4:26:06; Gloria Hancock, St. Petersburg, 4:28:35.
In the half marathon, Steve Schilling of St. Pete Beach was the top local runner, placing eighth in 1:19:37. Schilling, 28, was the fastest runner in the men's 25-29 year old age group.
Locals finishing in under two hours in the half marathon: Jeff Essers, Largo, 1:25:58; Steven Williams, Largo, 1:29:13; James Krivacs, Palm Harbor, 1:43:12; Jonathan Muse, St. Petersburg, 1:50:06; Verna Deolaso, St. Petersburg, 1:53:58; Ken Klinker, Dunedin, 1:57:20; Edmund Bongolan, St. Petersburg, 1:59:03.
The winner of the half marathon was Ruairi Moynihan of Fargo, N.D., in 1:13:11.
FISHHAWK TURKEY TROT
Dave Kaplan was the lone county resident to pick up an award at the FishHawk Turkey Trot 5K in Lithia on Thanksgiving.
Kaplan, of Clearwater, was the top runner in the men's 65-69 age division by more than 14 minutes. His chip time was 24:26.
There were 920 runners competing in the race.
Oldsmar's Steve Schwab was the overall winner at the X-Country Marathon last Sunday in Lithia.
Schwab's time was 3:15:25.
Winning their age group were: (Male 20-24) Benjamin Hamby, Clearwater, 5:40:39; (M40-44) John Graham, St. Petersburg, 3:35:32; (Female 50-54) Sally Smith, Largo, 4:42:33; (M60-64) John Wood, Seminole, 4:20:05.
Finishing in better than 4:30 were Patrick Keller, Clearwater Beach, 3:58:29 and Craig Fitch, St. Petersburg, 4:19:53, among 101 runners who completed the marathon.
Age group winners in the half marathon were: (M25-29) Matt Shanklin, St. Petersburg, 1:41:47; (F30-34) Lindsay Cross, St. Petersburg, 2:01:14; (M45-49) Aaron Freedman, St. Petersburg, 1:36:28; (F50-54) Mary Stewart-Wong, Safety Harbor, 2:14:50; (M60-64) Jack Eads, St. Petersburg, 1:57:13.
Amanda Shike of Clearwater was the female champion in the 30K. Shike, 25, completed the race in 2:40:08.
Sloane Baby (3:16:33) of Clearwater won the women's 20-24 age group and Peter Kilcullen (3:01:59) of Largo was the men's 40-44 winner.
In the 5K, Loretta Simeon of St. Petersburg was the female champion after clocking in at 20:20.
Ryan Cardew of Palm Harbor captured the men's 20-24 year-old championship in 17:47 and Jim Ullery, also of Palm Harbor, was the men's 65-69 champion in 29:52.