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414398 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2008-03-11 10:00:10.0 UTC 2008-03-11T06:00:10.000-04:00 two-ran-entire-sunrise-to-sunset-relay-last-year Published 2010-10-28 13:35:26.0 UTC 2010-10-28T09:35:26.000-04:00 sports/community DTI 36416518 Mike Melton gives new meaning to the word extreme. The Jensen Beach resident read last week's column regarding the Sunrise to Sunset Relay, a cross-the-state distance event usually run by relays, and pointed out that we left out the solo entrants. Last March, three wildmen — Melton, Dante Ciolfi of Fort Myers and Hung Hg of Orlando — entered the race. Hung dropped out after 60 miles, but Ciolfi pressed on, completing the 170-mile course in 61 hours 22 minutes. Melton finished in 64 hours 29 minutes. In February, as a tuneup for this year's race, Melton completed the LOST 118-mile endurance run around Lake Okeechobee. Out of the 15 starters, five finished the run. He finished fourth in 32 hours, 23 minutes. Melton is hoping to improve his time when the Sunrise to Sunset Relay runs again March 28-29. Unseasonably warm weather last year led to problems with heat exhaustion for many runners. If the temperature remains cool, he hopes to finish in 60 hours. More running: Don Bly, who grew up in Pinellas County and ran cross country at St. Petersburg High from 1989 to 1992 under legendary coach Rob Townsend, e-mailed last weekend to say that Pinellas isn't the only county entering runners in the Sunrise to Sunset Relay. "We here in Tampa are also sending three teams to the Sunrise (to) Sunset Relay," Bly wrote. "All three of our teams are 12-person co-ed (6 guys & 6 gals), and we are hoping to finish 1-2-3 in this category." Barry Hanerfeld, a longtime member of the Tampa running community, was primarily responsible for assembling the collection of 36 brave souls. Hanerfeld and Bly are both affiliated with the Blue Sharks, a training group based out of the Downtown Tampa YMCA and headed up by Fred Vasconi. The Sharks recently added Rick Cargo, a VP at Raymond James, and several of his coworkers to the team. On another note, don't forget the Bay to Bay Classic coming up this Sunday. This 12K race, which runs straight across Pinellas County, usually produces some blistering times. Don't be deterred by the distance. There's a 5K and a fitness walk as well. Go to www.runbaytobay.com or call (727) 367-RACE. Swimming: The St. Pete Masters is hosting its 38th annual short course yards championship at North Shore Pool on March 28-30. Organizers are expecting 250 to 300 swimmers from Florida and other states. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Competition will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The St. Pete Masters Team has a national reputation for attracting world-class swimmers. At this meet last spring, 40-year-old Dara Torres, a four-time Olympic gold medal winner who competed in the '84, '88, '92, and 2000 summer games, set records in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events in preparation for the 2008 Olympic trials. Triathlon: The St. Anthony's Triathlon, scheduled for April 27, may get all the press, but many of the top amateurs competing in Florida's premiere swim, bike and run event will be warming up two weeks before at the Annual Escape from Fort DeSoto Triathlon on April 12. "We like to call this the people's triathlon," race organizer Fred Rzymek said. "We usually get a good crowd. I expect 1,000 triathletes this year." This race — a one-half-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 4-mile run (that includes 60 stairs up the fort and 60 stairs down the fort) — is an excellent event for the beginning triathlete. History buffs may remember that the St. Anthony's Triathlon ran the same course its first year, before moving to downtown St. Petersburg. Rzymek moved in to fill the void. This will be the 22nd running of the race. For more information, go to www.escapefromftdesoto.com. He puts on other events worth marking on the calendar, as well. The second annual Sunrise Beach Biathlon (formerly known as the Sunset Beach Biathlon) is scheduled for June 14. This 2-mile run, one-half-mile swim, 1-mile run is a good way to get the blood pumping on a summer's evening. To learn more, go to www.sunsetbiathlon.com. Rzymek of Clearwater and Joe Fernandez of Tampa also publish Florida Race Place magazine, which is available at most local running and biking stores. Check it out online at www.flraceplace.com. Hats off: Tampa's Terri Rejimbal, who was the second-place female finisher at this year's Gasparilla half-marathon, just ran the very competitive Snickers Marathon in 3 hour, 15 minutes, 33 seconds in Albany, Ga., on March 2. Rejimbal finished in 14th place among the women and was third in her age group. Terry Tomalin can be reached at tomalin@sptimes.com, or by calling (727) 893-8808. Send your swimming, biking, running, triathlon and adventure racing information to community.tampabay.com and click on the "Submit info" link. Terry Tomalin, Times Staff Writer Community,Dateline,Sports Two ran entire Sunrise to Sunset Relay last year KSYNOWKAN NWE Neigh-Northwest dhyj3h4p338e dhyj3 Two ran entire Sunrise-Sunset Relay Dateline 18 nwe_fitness031208 Two ran entire Sunrise-Sunset Relay 2008-03-12 04:00:00.0 UTC 2008-03-12T00:00:00.000-04:00 true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2008/03/11/36416518-two-ran-entire-sunrise-to-sunset-relay-last-year StaffArticle sports,communityCommunity SportsMike Melton gives new meaning to the word extreme. The Jensen Beach resident read last week's column regarding the Sunrise to Sunset Relay, a cross-the-state distance event usually run by relays, and pointed out that we left out the solo entrants.Community,Dateline,SportsCommunity,Dateline,SportsTerry Tomalin 443442 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:36:30.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:30.000-04:00 terry-tomalin published 2013-02-13 18:20:54.0 UTC 2013-02-13T13:20:54.000-05:00 Terry Tomalin <p>Terry Tomalin moved to Florida in the spring of 1980 for the sun and surf. After graduating from the University of South Florida in 1983, Tomalin backpacked through Europe, returning a few months later to work for a small Central Florida newspaper, where his stories on the Ku Klux Klan resulted in the resignation of a local sheriff.</p> <p>Tomalin joined the Times as a police reporter in 1986, but left 18 months later to backpack through New Zealand and Australia. He returned a year later and transferred to the sports department to cover the great outdoors.</p> <p>During the past 20 years, Tomalin has lived with witch doctors in the Amazon, explored sunken Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico, sailed to Cuba, canoed to the Bahamas and swam around Key West. Tomalin loves to fish, surf, paddle and enjoy all Florida has to offer.</p> <p>A fellow of the prestigious Explorer's Club in New York City, Tomalin holds a master's degree in Florida studies and is involved in many community organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America.</p> Times Outdoors/Fitness Editor writers DTI 33745498 Terry Tomalin moved to Florida in the spring of 1980 for the sun and surf. After graduating from the University of South Florida in 1983, Tomalin backpacked through Europe, returning a few months later to work for a small Central Florida newspaper, where his stories on the Ku Klux Klan resulted in the resignation of a local sheriff. Tomalin joined the Times as a police reporter in 1986, but left 18 months later to backpack through New Zealand and Australia. He returned a year later and transferred to the sports department to cover the great outdoors. During the past 20 years, Tomalin has lived with witch doctors in the Amazon, explored sunken Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico, sailed to Cuba, canoed to the Bahamas and swam around Key West. Tomalin loves to fish, surf, paddle and enjoy all Florida has to offer. A fellow of the prestigious Explorer's Club in New York City, Tomalin holds a master's degree in Florida studies and is involved in many community organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8808</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:ttomalin@tampabay.com ">ttomalin@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/WaterTribe">@WaterTribe</a></p> 1 resources/images/dti/2012/10/Tomalin_Terry_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745498-terry-tomalin AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:36:30.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:30.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">TERRY TOMALIN</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2289840 2016-08-17 16:28:29.0 UTC 2 Weeks Ago land-olakes-high-swimmer-looks-to-build-on-last-years-success sports/swimmingpreps Land O'Lakes High swimmer looks to build on last year's success StaffArticle 2291255 2016-08-28 00:33:04.0 UTC 2 Days Ago bucs-receiver-mike-evans-wants-to-be-great-8212-and-knows-he-wasnt-last sports/football/bucs Fennelly: Bucs receiver Mike Evans wants to be great — and knows he wasn't last year StaffArticle 2279564 2016-05-30 20:51:42.0 UTC 3 Months Ago french-opens-entire-monday-slate-washed-out sports/tennis French Open's entire Monday slate washed out StaffArticle <p><b>Mike Melton </b>gives new meaning to the word extreme. The Jensen Beach resident read last week's column regarding the Sunrise to Sunset Relay, a cross-the-state distance event usually run by relays, and pointed out that we left out the solo entrants.</p> <p>Last March, three wildmen — Melton, <b>Dante Ciolfi</b> of Fort Myers and <b>Hung Hg</b> of Orlando — entered the race. Hung dropped out after 60 miles, but Ciolfi pressed on, completing the 170-mile course in 61 hours 22 minutes. Melton finished in 64 hours 29 minutes.</p> <p>In February, as a tuneup for this year's race, Melton completed the LOST 118-mile endurance run around Lake Okeechobee. Out of the 15 starters, five finished the run. He finished fourth in 32 hours, 23 minutes.</p> <p>Melton is hoping to improve his time when the Sunrise to Sunset Relay runs again March 28-29. Unseasonably warm weather last year led to problems with heat exhaustion for many runners. If the temperature remains cool, he hopes to finish in 60 hours.</p> <p><b>More running:</b> <b>Don Bly</b>, who grew up in Pinellas County and ran cross country at St. Petersburg High from 1989 to 1992 under legendary coach <b>Rob Townsend</b>, e-mailed last weekend to say that Pinellas isn't the only county entering runners in the Sunrise to Sunset Relay.</p> <p>&quot;We here in Tampa are also sending three teams to the Sunrise (to) Sunset Relay,&quot; Bly wrote. &quot;All three of our teams are 12-person co-ed (6 guys &amp; 6 gals), and we are hoping to finish 1-2-3 in this category.&quot;</p> <p><b>Barry Hanerfeld</b>, a longtime member of the Tampa running community, was primarily responsible for assembling the collection of 36 brave souls. Hanerfeld and Bly are both affiliated with the Blue Sharks, a training group based out of the Downtown Tampa YMCA and headed up by <b>Fred Vasconi</b>. The Sharks recently added <b>Rick Cargo</b>, a VP at Raymond James, and several of his coworkers to the team.</p> <p>On another note, don't forget the Bay to Bay Classic coming up this Sunday. This 12K race, which runs straight across Pinellas County, usually produces some blistering times. Don't be deterred by the distance. There's a 5K and a fitness walk as well. Go to www.runbaytobay.com or call (727) 367-RACE.</p> <p><b>Swimming:</b> The St. Pete Masters is hosting its 38th annual short course yards championship at North Shore Pool on March 28-30. Organizers are expecting 250 to 300 swimmers from Florida and other states.</p> <p>Admission is free, and the public is invited. Competition will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.</p> <p>The St. Pete Masters Team has a national reputation for attracting world-class swimmers. At this meet last spring, 40-year-old <b>Dara Torres</b>, a four-time Olympic gold medal winner who competed in the '84, '88, '92, and 2000 summer games, set records in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events in preparation for the 2008 Olympic trials.</p> <p><b>Triathlon:</b> The St. Anthony's Triathlon, scheduled for April 27, may get all the press, but many of the top amateurs competing in Florida's premiere swim, bike and run event will be warming up two weeks before at the Annual Escape from Fort DeSoto Triathlon on April 12.</p> <p>&quot;We like to call this the people's triathlon,&quot; race organizer <b>Fred Rzymek</b> said. &quot;We usually get a good crowd. I expect 1,000 triathletes this year.&quot;</p> <p>This race — a one-half-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 4-mile run (that includes 60 stairs up the fort and 60 stairs down the fort) — is an excellent event for the beginning triathlete.</p> <p>History buffs may remember that the St. Anthony's Triathlon ran the same course its first year, before moving to downtown St. Petersburg. Rzymek moved in to fill the void. This will be the 22nd running of the race.</p> <p>For more information, go to www.escapefromftdesoto.com. He puts on other events worth marking on the calendar, as well. The second annual Sunrise Beach Biathlon (formerly known as the Sunset Beach Biathlon) is scheduled for June 14. This 2-mile run, one-half-mile swim, 1-mile run is a good way to get the blood pumping on a summer's evening. To learn more, go to www.sunsetbiathlon.com.</p> <p>Rzymek of Clearwater and <b>Joe Fernandez</b> of Tampa also publish <i>Florida Race Place</i> magazine, which is available at most local running and biking stores. Check it out online at www.flraceplace.com.</p> <p><b>Hats off:</b> Tampa's <b>Terri Rejimbal</b>, who was the second-place female finisher at this year's Gasparilla half-marathon, just ran the very competitive Snickers Marathon in 3 hour, 15 minutes, 33 seconds in Albany, Ga., on March 2. Rejimbal finished in 14th place among the women and was third in her age group.</p> <p><i>Terry Tomalin can be reached at </i><i>tomalin</i><i>@sptimes.com, or by calling (727) 893-8808. Send your swimming, biking, running, triathlon and adventure racing information to community.tampabay.com and click on the &quot;Submit info&quot; link.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:27:51