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Teen on a winning streak

Treasure Island 14-year-old Hunter McCann was the overall champion for the second straight race in the St. Pete Beach Summer 5K series.

McCann, running against a strong headwind for part of the race, broke the tape in a time of 17 minutes, 47 seconds Friday, a personal record on a beach course for the youngster. He won by 18 seconds.

Placing second was Steve Schilling of St. Pete Beach. Schilling, 29, crossed the finish line in 18:05. Trey Howell, 31 of St. Petersburg, was three seconds behind Schilling to capture third. He finished in 18:08.

Christa Stephens ran virtually unchallenged to the finish line to win the women's title. Stephens, 27 of St. Petersburg, ran 18:58.

Savannah Dearden, 17 of St. Petersburg, was about a minute behind Stephens in 20:04 to grab second. Amy Keener, 34 of Clearwater, came in third after running 22:45.

The race had 158 finishers.

Age group winners from Pinellas County included: (M10-14) Adam Scott, St. Petersburg, 22:29; (F10-14) Fatima Abu-Rumman, Belleair Bluffs, 23:32; (M15-19) Sam Chandler, St. Petersburg, 18:16; (F15-19) Dearden; (M20-24) Zach Mathews, St. Petersburg, 20:55; (F20-24) Shaunda Melia, St. Petersburg, 26:08; (M25-29) Schilling; (M30-34) Howell; (F30-34) Keener; (M35-39) Joe Palmer, Palm Harbor, 20:05; (M40-44) Doug Peterson, St. Petersburg, 24:22; (F40-44) Christine Moorby, South Pasadena, 24:34; (M45-49) John Matter, Palm Harbor, 20:57; (F45-49) Yumi Toomey, Pinellas Park, 26:47; (M50-54) Chris Pedersen, St. Petersburg, 21:33; (M55-59) Dan McClenathan, St. Pete Beach, 23:37; (F55-59) Karen Alexeev, Gulfport, 26:09; (M60-64) Warren Wheeler, St. Petersburg, 28:35; (F65-69) Millie Hamilton, Redington Beach, 29:28.

ZOO RUN RUN: A handful of local runners were age group winners at the ninth annual Zoo Run Run at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. There were 511 finishers.

Carson Walton was the men's 10 and younger champion by more than two minutes. Walton, 10 of St. Petersburg, crossed the finish line in 27:39.

Noah Walton, 12 of St. Petersburg, had a time of 27:28 to win the men's 11- to 14-year-old division.

Francis Harlan was the top runner in the men's 35-39 group. Harlan, 38 of St. Petersburg, finished in 19:49 and was third overall.

Colleen Evans, 59 of Treasure Island, captured the women's 55-59 division in 34:09, nearly two minutes ahead of her nearest competitor.

Dunedin's Les Carroll, 60, won the men's 60-64 group in 26:18.

Paul Brown, 73 of Clearwater, was the champion of the men's 70-74 division after running 43:10.

Betty Rioux earned a top 10 finish after clocking in at 23:58. Rioux, 39 of Treasure Island, was seventh in the women's race.

HAMMERHEAD TRIATHLON: Casey Rabon of Clearwater made the top 10 at Sunday's Hammerhead Olympic Triathlon at Camp Blanding in Starke.

Rabon, 26, completed the 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run in two hours, 20 minutes and 14 seconds. Rabon was 10th overall and placed second in the men's 25-29 group.

FALL TRIATHLON FESTIVAL: Bob Brown of St. Petersburg was the overall champion of the Olympic duathlon at the Fall Triathlon Festival in Orlando on Aug. 20.

Brown completed the race in a time of two hours, 10 minutes and 16 seconds to outrace 17 other competitors.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Race organizers for next month's Morton Plant Mease Foundation Prostate Cancer Awareness race are looking for volunteers.

The family-friendly 5K run/walk is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 and starts at 7:30 a.m. at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater.

Volunteers are needed to assist with athlete check-in, water station, course marshal and finish line. Volunteers will receive a race T-shirt and access to food and beverage.

More than 500 people participated in last year's inaugural race. For more information or to volunteer, call (727) 821-1521.

.upcoming events


• Oldsmar running club, various distances, 6 p.m., 300 E State St., Oldsmar, (727) 420-4666

• Tarpon Springs track workout, Tarpon Springs High, 5:30 a.m., (813) 690-8989

• Tarpon Springs swim, 5:30 p.m., Total Fitness Health Club, (727) 938-8552

• Progressive Training track workout, Wednesdays 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., University of Tampa track, (813) 846-5021,


• Tarpon Springs swim, 7 a.m., Total Fitness, (727) 938-8552


• River of Life's Run 4 Life 5K, 8 a.m., Riverview High School,

• Team Hope 5K for Huntington's Disease, 8 a.m., St. Petersburg Pier,

• Cotee Man Triathlon (150yds/9m/3.1m), 7:30 a.m., New Port Richey Recreation Center,

• Tarpon Springs ride and run, 7:30 a.m., Total Fitness, (727) 937-6049

• WFYRC group runs: 13m at 6 a.m., Clearwater City Hall, (727) 421-7323; 5m at 7 a.m., Chesnut Park, Palm Harbor (727) 644-7702,

• Pinellas Peddlers ride, East Mease parking lot, Dunedin. Saturday: 20m, Sunday: open/fast, (813) 736-4432

• Stanley Ride, 7:30 a.m., Seff­ner Elementary, novices and up, minimum 23m at 12 mph, breakfast in Plant City, (813) 684-3505,

• Gaither Workout, 7:15 a.m., behind Lifestyle Fitness at Mapledale/Dale Mabry, Tampa. Experienced cyclists only (shortest route 32m), (813) 238-2464,


•Tarpon Springs run, 7 a.m., flag pole at Fred Howard Park, (727) 937-6049

• 13-mile loop, 6 a.m., Clearwater City Hall. Call Mac at (727) 515-1374.


• Tarpon Springs swim, 5:30 p.m., Total Fitness Health Club, (727) 938-8552

• Temple Terrace YMCA adult swim program, Monday-Thursday, various times. $45/month, (813) 506-6623


• Triathlon Open Water Swim Clinic, coached workout, all skill levels, 6 p.m., until daylight savings time change, Sand Key Park, Clearwater, (727) 723-2453,

• Clearwater High track workout, 5 a.m., Skip Rogers, (727) 442-5838

Sept. 10

• Morton Plant Mease Prostate Cancer Awareness 5K, 7:30 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater,

• Tarpon Spring Triathlon (.25/10.5/3.1) , 7:30 a.m., Fred Howard Park,

Sept. 11

• Hillsborough County Sheriff's Ranch 5K, 8 a.m., Temple Terrace Elementary,

• Swim Bike Run for Freedom, 7:45 a.m., Palm Harbor YMCA,, (727) 787-9622

Sept. 12

• Ace of Clubs 5K and 10K, 7:30 a.m., Del Oro Park, Clearwater,

Sept. 17

• Crime Prevention Run and Family Festival 5K (free), 10 a.m., St. Petersburg,

• HCSO 5K Ranch Run, Temple Terrace Elementary School, or (813) 247-8115

Sept. 18

• Sand Key Lazy Daze Triathlon (⅛m/5m/2m), 7:30 a.m., Sand Key Park. Board shorts and bikinis, no aero gear allowed. Race divisions include challenged, college, Clydesdale (men over 200 lbs.) and Athena (women over 150 lbs.),

Sept. 24

• Miles for Hope cycle/run/walk 5K, 7:15 a.m., Coachman Park, Clearwater. Dual Challenge option adds a 25K ride after the run/walk, (727) 781-4673

Teen on a winning streak 08/30/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 4:30am]
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