Lots of Winners at Gasparilla Distance Classic
TAMPA, FL — Austin Richmond, 31, of Babson Park, FL, and Stephanie Pezzullo, 34, of Ocala, FL, won Saturday’s 15K, then Christo Landry, 30, of Charlotte, NC, and Stephanie Bruce, 33, of Flagstaff, AZ, were overall winners of the half marathon on Sunday at the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic — the two longest races of the weekend.
However, 13-year-old Ellie Pleune of Tampa was a hometown hero as the female champion in both the 5K on Saturday and the 8K on Sunday.
Richmond won the 15K in 47:25.87, followed by fellow Babson Park resident Jonathan Mott in 48:20.12 and Michael MacDonald of Palm Harbor in 50:06.87. Pezullo was female winner in 54:57.94, followed by Becky Howarth of Tampa in 55:17.77 and Nicole Rozario, also of Tampa, in 55:35.94.
Landry won the half marathon in 1:03:07.09 in a close race with Scott Smith of Tulsa, OK (1:03:24.27) and Meb Keflezighi of San Diego (1:03:29.15). Female winner Stephanie Bruce raced home in 1:12:52.75. Esther Atkins of Greenville, SC, was second in 1:14:05.66 and Taylor Ward of Ogden, UT, was third in 1:14:09.57.
In the 5K on Saturday, Jack Rogers was overall winner in 15:32.12 and John Weaver second in 15:34.72, both of Tampa. Ellie Pleune, an eighth grade student, was female winner in 18:13.91. Runner-up was Lydia Friedman, 14, of Lutz, FL, in 18:23.83.
In Sunday’s 8K, Jeremy Richardson of Oldsmar was the victor in 28:05.25 with Lee Rietsma of Land O’ Lakes second in 28:33.04. The 13-year-old Ellie Pleune took her second female victory of the weekend, winning the 8K female title in 31:12.84. Stefanie Shimansky of Winter Springs was second in 32:42.86.
Results of all events: