Heavy fog and a delayed start didn't hamper the spirits of more than 1,000 triathletes who turned out for Saturday's Escape from Fort DeSoto Triathlon.
Andres Munera, 38 of Tampa, was the top finisher, covering the half-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 4-mile run in 55:40.
Local male age group winners included (14-under) John-Gerard Farese, 14 of St. Petersburg, 1:03:36; (15-19) Lucas Caron, 18 of Palm Harbor, 59:09; (35-39) Bob Wagoner, 36 of Seminole, 59:27; (40-44) Charles Anstadt, 43 of Seminole, 59:33; (45-49) Mark Aleksin, 46 of Largo, 1:02:56.
The male first-timer top finisher was Chad Siple, 24 of Clearwater, 1:04:32.
Cassie McWilliam, 43 of Belleair, was the top female, finishing in 1:02:33. Other local female age group winners included (15-19) Delaney Owen, 17 of Clearwater, 1:14:07; (35-39) Erin Kowal, 36 of Redington Beach, 1:06:53; (masters champion) Laure Blume, 44 of Pinellas Park, 1:03:27; (40-44) Sharon Beltrandelrio, 42 of Clearwater, 1:03:43; (65-69) Barbara Towey, 67 of Treasure Island, 1:38:23; (70-74) Shirley Bassett, 70 of St. Petersburg, 2:36:51.
Seminole Stampede: A 48-year-old from Palma Sola, Mickey Hooke, won the Saturday 5K with a 17:29. Donna Nesslar, 46 of Largo, finished first in the women's ranks with a time of 20:32.
Local male age group winners included (14-under) Aeden Bauduin, 12 of St. Petersburg, 25:39; (15-19) Brandon Anderson, 16 of Seminole, 19:45; (25-29) Thomas Miller, 28 of Clearwater, 22:46; (30-34) Brian Darrow, 33 of St. Petersburg, 19:54; (35-39) Steven Gyurkovics, 36 of Largo, 21:35; (40-44) Steven Williams, 42 of Largo, 21:02; (45-49) Bjorn Brunvand, 45 of Clearwater, 23:54; (50-54) Tom Kiggins, 50 of Largo, 19:39; (60-64) Charles Sarka, 62 of Seminole, 24:34; (65-69) Bill Castleman, 68 of Seminole, 24:12; (70-over) Herb Townsend, 70 of St. Pete Beach, 22:51.
Local female age group winners included (14-under) Kristin Nesslar, 14 of Largo, 22:31; (15-19) Carrie Hoffman, 16 of Seminole, 23:31; (25-29) Whit Lasseter, 25 of Palm Harbor, 22:13; (30-34) Lara Kondor, 34 of Seminole, 24:35; (35-39) Lisa McFadden, 38 of Seminole, 21:46; (40-44) Gay Poe, 43 of Seminole, 25:31; (45-49) Julide Burak, 48 of Seminole, 24:01; (50-54) Kathleen Robinson, 50 of Pinellas Park, 25:28; (60-64) Peggy McAvaddy, 62 of Seminole, 29:35; (65-69) Millie Hamilton, 65 of Madeira Beach, 27:46; (70-over) Ethel Lehmann, 79 of Largo, 32:41.
Steve Williams of Largo was the men's mile winner with a 6:03; Lexi Lassiter of Palm Harbor was the women's mile winner in 7:55.
The Run for Innocence: More than 200 runners hit the streets for this Tampa 5K on Saturday with a 17-year-old from Canton, Ohio, Corey Snyder, taking the top spot with a 17:37. Local favorite Terri Rejimbal, 40 of Tampa, was the fastest woman with a 17:47.
St. Petersburg's Maria Ghizzoni, 42, was the female Master's Champion. She ran an 18:14. Other top local female finishers included 13-year-old Alex Eaton of St. Petersburg, who won her age group with a 20:17.
Local male age group winners included (25-29) Jon Gilbert, 25 of St. Petersburg, 19:09; (45-49) Richard Allard, 46 of St. Petersburg, 19:11; (55-59) Dan McClenathan, 57 of St. Petersburg, 22:40.
Croom 50K: Treasure Island's Madeleine Zolfo won the overall women's title in Saturday's Croom 50k Trail Race in the Withacoochee Forests of Brooksville. Zolfo, 44, broke the women's record by more than five minutes with her time of 4:16:50.
Marathon Swim: Eleven of the world's top distance swimmers will hit the waters of Tampa Bay on Saturday for the 12th annual 24-Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim.
This ultra-distance race starts at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and ends at Whiskey Joe's Bar & Grill on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa.
The event is held each year to celebrate Earth Day and the restoration of Tampa Bay, Florida's largest estuary. This year's field includes John Muenzer, 47 of Elgin, Ill.; Rondi Davies, 38 of New York; Michael Tschantz-Hahn, 41 of Chicago; Ramses Rodriguez, 37 of Port St. Lucie; Gilles Chalandon, 52 of New York; Giaconia Mauro, 37 of Palermo, Italy; Mike Embry, 61 of Tampa; Yesenia Cabrera Fuegos, 36 of Guatemala City, Guatemala; LaurieJo Hall, 32 of Marietta, Ohio; Boris Fernandez, 35 of Key Biscayne; Flavia Zappa, 42 of Bradenton.
Local relay teams include HARPS (Hopefully Approaching Retirement Pretty Soon): Robert Aldrich, 60 of St. Petersburg, Pat Marzulli, 60 of Indian Rocks Beach, Cyle Sage, 44 of Tampa, Carl Selles, 62 of St. Petersburg; and First America Bank: Tim Kennedy, 52 of St. Petersburg; Jeffrey Logsdon, 38 of Bradenton, Keith Nelson, 44 of Treasure Island.
Since this event was first staged in 1998 it has drawn competitors from across the United States, Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Australia, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Canada and the Cayman Islands.
The fastest competitors are expected to arrive at Whiskey Joe's starting at 3 p.m. and the field will continue finishing until the sun sets at 8:30 p.m. For information, go to www.DistanceMatters.com.
Terry Tomalin can be reached at email@example.com.