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Tampa triathlete captures series title

The Crystal River Rotary Triathlon Series ended in a big way for Andres Munera.

The 33-year-old Tampa resident won the final leg of the series with a performance of 1 hour, 2 minutes and 36 seconds Sunday at Fort Island Gulf Park, enabling him to capture the overall title.

Munera finished second and third, respectively, in the previous events and had the lowest aggregate time in the series at 3:08:50.

Athletes must have competed in all three races to be eligible for the championship.

Sunday's event originally was scheduled for Sept. 5 but was pushed back by Hurricane Frances.

Despite the delay, Chris Moling, organizer and president of the Citrus Roadrunners Club, was pleased.

"We had a smaller turnout than originally expected, but considering the hurricane and the rescheduled date, it actually ended up being a good group," Moling said.

"Everyone seemed to have a good race and a lot of fun," he said.

Other top finishers in Race 3 were Nancy Andrews, Ocala, overall female winner; Danny Stevens, Dunnellon, master male champion; and Patrick Hoffman, Palm Harbor, master female winner.

Citrus County athletes had a good showing in the final standings.

Overall age-group winners included Kenneth Hanning, Floral City, 15-19 division; Larry Warden, Floral City, 40-44; Robert Brockett, Crystal River, 45-49;Tim Brant, Crystal River, 50-54; and Derrick Bogart, Clydesdales class.

The area's top-25 finishers in the final event were Edward Brown, Homosassa, 11th; Brockett, 17th; Thom Neal, Crystal River, 18th; and Taylor Cooke, Homosassa, 24th.

RUNNING: Due to Hurricanes Frances, the Autumn Run for Autism 5K in Silver Springs has been pushed back from this weekend to Oct. 10.

The race is among four remaining events in the $10,000 Central Florida Road Warrior Grand Prix Series.

The next race is Beat the Sheriff, scheduled for Oct. 2 at the Old Historic Courthouse in downtown Inverness. For information, call

Moling, 726-4407; or Phil Royal, 726-4488.

DUATHLON: With the temperature beginning to drop, more people are staying out of the water.

Organizers of the first Crystal River Mall Duathlon picked up on this.

So, instead of a cool swim, the water element is out. Participants will compete in a 2-mile run, 10-mile bike ride and another 2-mile run.

The event is 7:30 a.m. Sunday at Crystal River Mall. Competitors can register the day of the race, and no experience is necessary.

For information, call Moling, 726-4407; or go online to www.ctri.com.

_ RICHARD BURTON,

Times correspondent

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