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Turkey Trot runners pick up pace

Lakeland’s Scott Mackley, center, is on his way to finishing first at Thursday’s Turkey Trot, clocking in at 31:37.


Lakeland’s Scott Mackley, center, is on his way to finishing first at Thursday’s Turkey Trot, clocking in at 31:37.

CLEARWATER — Nearly 2,500 people turned out Thanksgiving morning for a Turkey Trot that produced some exceptionally fast times.

Scott Mackley, a 22-year-old from Lakeland, was the first person across the finish line in a time of 31:37. Local favorite, Christa Benton of St. Petersburg, was the fastest woman. The 24-year-old ran a 36:27.

Top 50 Men: Local male finishers who made it in the top 50 include: second, Nate Holden, 23 of Clearwater, 32:23; ninth, Eugene Fanning, 20 of Palm Harbor, 35:24; 11th, Kevin Siesel, 17 of Seminole, 35:54; 12th, Keith Sawayda, 45 of Clearwater, 36:01; 14th, Keith Batten, 44 of Clearwater, 36:05; 15th, Brian Scott, 40 of Largo, 36:20; 16th, Mark Benjamin, 20 of Kenneth City, 36:26; 18th, Nick Ribble, 18 of Palm Harbor, 36:31; 19th, Brian Benjamin, 20 of Kenneth City, 37:17; 20th, Traveller Hill, 31 of St. Petersburg, 37:25; 21st, Chariel Anstadt, 42 of Seminole, 37:29; 15th, Cameron Wheeler, 15 of St. Petersburg, 37:37; 26th, Andy Canning, 21 of St. Petersburg, 37:44; 31st, Benton Jones, 17 of Clearwater, 38:02; 32nd, Joe Palmer, 35 of Palm Harbor, 38:07; 33rd, Scott Brane, 36 of Largo, 38:08; 34th, Micah Levine, 18 of Clearwater, 38:15; 37th, Sam Chandler, 13 of St. Petersburg, 38:38; 38th, Howard Feingold, 37 of Clearwater, 38:43.

Top 50 women: Local female finishers who made it in the top 50 include: fourth, Kathy Frailing, 41 of Belleair, 40:50; 10th, Aileen Bair, 34 of Belleair, 42:25; 11th, Lisa Kothe, 48 of Clearwater, 42:25; 12th, Kim Miles, 39 of Clearwater, 42:27; 13th, Brittany Hitpas, 22 of Clearwater Beach, 42:29; 14th, Leslie Beauchamp, 30 of St. Petersburg, 42:44; 18th, Ann Lea, 41 of Belleair, 44:00; 28th, Noel Wells, 24 of St. Petersburg, 44:59; 32nd, Erin Giesa, 27 of Seminole, 45:25; 34th, Kelly Morrison, 30 of St. Petersburg, 45:35; 37th, Draceana Kwiatkowski, 30 of Seminole, 45:49; 38th, Terri Doheny, 50 of Clearwater, 45:59; 40th, Jen Flory, 43 of Clearwater, 46:03; 41st, Delaney Owen, 16 of Clearwater, 46:07; 42nd, Joanne Holmes, 40 of St. Petersburg, 46:15; 43rd, Heather Ellison, 37 of Clearwater, 46:29; 45th, Carol Bancroft, 49 of Safety Harbor, 46:30; 46th, Debra Donald, 50 of St. Petersburg, 46:37; 48th, Cecilia Santos, 30 of Clearwater, 46:43; 50th, Tracy Storie, 42 of Largo, 46:53.

WinGding Men: Local male finishers who made it in the top 50 include: eighth, Tony Nicolosi, 21 of Seminole, 15:58; 13th, Joe Cathey, 18 of Safety Harbor, 16:26; 16th, Toby Probst, 18 of Clearwater, 16:52; 18th, Mark Benjamin, 20 of Kenneth City, 16:58; 25th, Dan Underhill, 19 of Palm Harbor, 17:18; 32nd, Brian Benjamin, 20 of Kenneth City, 17:28; 35th, Jonathan Cleary, 20 of St. Petersburg, 17:35; 38th, Jacob Hudak, 15 of Seminole, 17:43; 40th, Michael Homme, 19 of Seminole, 17:49; 41st, Bobby DeSantis, 48 of Clearwater, 17:50; 46th, Clayton Hofstra, 23 of Largo, 18:11; 49th, John Astrab, 25 of Tarpon Springs, 18:18; 50th, Stephen Warner, 17 of Belleair Beach, 18:20.

Wingding Women: Local female finishers who made it in the top 50 include: fourth, Beth McCubbin, 21 of Palm Harbor, 19:26; fifth, Christina Noordstar, 32 of Tierra Verde, 19:32; 6th, Laure Blume, 43 of Pinellas Park, 19:39; seventh, Kailand Cosgrove, 18 of Tarpon Springs, 19:43; eighth, Ali Crabb, 19 of St. Petersburg, 19:44; 10th, Celia Dubey, 36 of Tarpon Springs, 19:54; 11th, Donna Nesslar, 46 of Largo, 19:55; 12th, Alex Lechner, 21 of Clearwater, 20:06; 13th, Stephanie Rancich, 20 of Clearwater, 20:20; 16th, Lisa Williams, 30 of Largo, 20:47; 18th, Danielle Harris, of 21 of Palm Harbor, 20:50; 20th, Amy Keener, 31 of St. Petersburg, 21:07; 22nd, Patti Gasky, 47 of Clearwater, 21:12; 23rd, Tess Huttenlocker, 15 of Gulfport, 21:18; 26th, Laurie Belfiglio, 41 of Clearwater, 21:27; 27th, Debra Donald, 50 of St. Petersburg, 21:28; 28th, Marlise Davidson, 23 of Largo, 21:29; 29th, Kim Whitney, 31 of Dunedin, 21:30.

More wingdingers: 30th, Chris McDonald, 37 of Palm Harbor, 21:32; 31st, Connie Mendoza, 40 of Madeira Beach, 21:33; 32nd, Noel Wells, 24 of St. Petersburg, 21:39; 33rd, Diane Peltz, 43 of St. Petersburg, 21:43; 35th, Savannah Coleman, 17 of Tarpon Springs, 21:47; 36th, Clarissa Lomonaco, 18 of Seminole, 21:48; 37th, Mary Magee, 21 of Seminole, 21:58; 38th, Mandy Slomkowski, 43 of Oldsmar, 22:01; 39th, Jeanne Townsend, 35 of St. Petersburg, 22:04; 40th, Shelby Heinzler, 17 of Palm Harbor, 22:08; 41st, Karla Howal, 15 of Clearwater, 22:11; 45th, Kathy Preble, 39 of Safety Harbor, 22:22; 46th, Sydney Blume, 12 of Pinellas Park, 22:23; 47th, Kendra Miller, 17 of Clearwater, 22:23; 48th, Beth Wonicker-Cook, 42 of Palm Harbor, 22:24; 49th, Molly Rohrer, 39 of Palm Harbor, 22:25; 50th, Sue Van Allan, 45 of Palm Harbor, 22:31.

DVD: A DVD chronicling 30 years of the Turkey Trot is available for $10 at the following St. Petersburg Times offices: 490 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg; 710 Court St., Clearwater; 11321 U.S. 19 N, Port Richey. The Turkey Trot DVD is also available online at or by phone, (727) 893-8431 or (800) 390-7269.

Terry Tomalin can be reached at

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