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Top Gun Triathlon sets sights on younger crowd

The first Junior Top Gun Triathlon will start at 7:15 a.m. Saturday at Fort De Soto Park.

Children between the ages of 7 and 14 will have the opportunity to compete in a mini-triathlon on the same course the more experienced triathletes use a week later at the Top Gun Triathlon.

The course for 7- to 10-year-olds consists of a 100-yard swim, 2-mile bike and half-mile run; ages 11-14 swim 200 yards, bike 4 miles and run 1 mile.

In addition to the triathlon, children take part in a 30-minute clinic before the race hosted by USA Triathlon certified coaches.

Registration is $35 plus a $5 fee for a one-year USTA license, which is required to participate. For more information or to sign up, go to

The ninth annual Top Gun Triathlon, which starts at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 1, has reached capacity and is no longer accepting entries.

Cross-country: The second race in the Hit the Trails summer series was held Friday in FishHawk Ranch. St. Petersburg 15-year-old Cameron Wheeler had the fastest time among county participants and finished third in the men's race in 18:08. Palm Harbor's Whitney Lasseter was the top local female runner, crossing the finish in 22:43 and placing third in the women's race.

Bryce Loudermilk (16:47) from Riverview and Kelly Griffin (20:47) from Tampa were the overall champions.

The final competition in the three-race series is Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

Upcoming: In Hillsborough, the 5K Summer Series Challenge sponsored by Take … The First Step returns today at 6:30 p.m. with the third race in the four-race series. The 5K is held in Al Lopez Park. Registration for the final race on Aug. 5 can be found at

• The Sirata Beach Resort will host the St. Pete Beach 5K Series at 7 p.m. Friday. The race is the second of three races the St. Pete Road Runners are sponsoring.

The St. Pete Road Runners Web site,, has details on registering. The final race in the St. Pete Beach series is Aug. 28.

If you have running or other fitness news, e-mail Bryan Burns at


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

• Take the First Step Race Series No. 3, 5K, 6:30 p.m., Al Lopez Park. Call (813) 481-9310.


• Sunset at the Pier, Beach Series No. 3, 7 p.m., Pier 60, Clearwater Beach. Call Michael Weiss, (727) 644-7702.


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

• Heartland Triathlon, quarter-mile swim, 14-mile bike, 3.1-mile run, Sebring. Contact (863) 385-8448,

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

• Junior Top Gun Triathlon, 7:15 a.m., kids only, Fort De Soto Park, ages 7-10: 100-yard swim, 2-mile bike, half-mile run; ages 11-14: 200-yard swim, 4-mile bike, 1-mile run. Visit

• 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,

July 31

St. Pete Beach Summer Series No. 2, 5K, 7 p.m., Sirata Beach Resort, St. Pete Beach. Call Ben Fudge (727) 390-9213.

Aug. 1

• Top Gun Triathlon, quarter-mile swim, 10-mile bike, 3.1-mile run, 7:30 a.m., Fort De Soto Park. Contact FRPM Promotion at (813) 874-7223,

Aug. 5

Take the First Step Race Series No. 4, 5K, 6:30 p.m., Al Lopez Park. Call (813) 481-9310.

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Top Gun Triathlon sets sights on younger crowd 07/21/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 4:30am]
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