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Persson, Joseph race to 5K wins

By Sharon Robb
STAFF WRITER
Posted December 29 2003

HOLLYWOOD Every runner had his or her own plan for the inaugural FedEx Orange Bowl Trek For The Coast 5K Run.

Some were working off holiday meals and gearing up for the New Year's celebration.

Women's overall champion Marlene Persson, 33, of Deerfield Beach, one of the state's top elite runners, was getting in a speed workout. She is training for the Feb. 1 Toyota Prius Miami Tropical Marathon.

"My training has been going well after having injuries with my calves on and off for the last two years, so today's race was a good indicator for me," said Persson, who won in 18:38. She finished nine seconds ahead of Pope John Paul II runner Jackie Areson, 15, of Delray Beach. "Today was windy and I couldn't hang with the guys."

Jackie Lowther (21:36) won the women's masters title and Donna Coopman (25:32) won the grand masters.

Men's winner Zepherinus Joseph, 28, of St. Lucia was visiting family in Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale and wanted to get a run in. Joseph, who ran 2 hours and 16 minutes in his marathon debut, won the men's race in 16:04, averaging 5:10 a mile. He was never challenged by the men's field. Roberto Castillo, 47, of Miami won the masters title in 16:59 and George Manekas, 51, of Hollywood won the grand masters title in 18:14.

Joseph's personal best is 14:24 for a 5K. He is trying to qualify in the marathon (2:14) for his country for this summer's Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. He attended Central Arizona for two years before transferring to North Florida where he plans to finish his degree while putting in 110-mile training weeks in Jacksonville.

"I wanted to get a long run in but then when I saw there was a race I just jumped in it," Joseph said. "I signed up late this morning. It was a bit windy. I ran nice and relaxed. I would like to think I have a shot at the Olympic team. It's been my goal to make the Olympics ever since I started running," he said.

Masters runner and age group winner Bob Bowen, 60, of Davie was returning after a two-year's absence from running because of a torn Achilles and appendicitis. Highland Oaks third grader Jeffrey Tait, 9, of North Miami, one of the most dominant youth runners in South Florida, wanted another trophy for his bedroom.

Whatever reason the large group of runners and walkers got a little more than they bargained for with high winds and cold early in the final race of the year Sunday morning on the out-and-back 3.1-mile certified course on the Hollywood Broadwalk.

Tait said he tucked in behind the bigger runners. Tait won the 10-and-under age group title in 22:22. "That's a little slow for me but it was windy," Tait said. Joseph led from the start and had no one to tuck behind.

Walter McLeod, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Clean Beaches Council, a six-year-old non-profit organization helping to protect and preserve the nation's coast including the Hollywood Beach, was pleased with the inaugural event and said it will return next year under the auspices of Davie-based Runner's Depot, organizers of this year's event.

McLeod said the race was staged to promote his organization and raise awareness to protect beaches. Other races have been held in Tampa/St. Petersburg and Seaside. It was the first series race staged in South Florida. Next year the race is expected to be held New Year's Eve.

"We are really trying to raise awareness and get the people in Hollywood more involved with the beach as a resource," McLeod said. "Everyone understands the recreational and economic benefits of the beach but more people need to understand they need to preserve the beach, too. This race is just the start for us. We are hoping it becomes a tradition in Hollywood."

5K RESULTS

MEN OPEN: 1. Zepherinus Joseph, St. Lucia/Pompano Beach 16:04; 2. Ramad Hicks, Fort Lauderdale 16:45; 3. Bryan Sharkey, Miami 16:53.

MEN MASTERS: 1. Robert Castillo 16:59; GRAND MASTERS: 1. George Manekas 18:14.

MEN AGE GROUP: 10-under: 1. Jeffrey Tait 22:22; 2. Jacob Isenberg 27:55; 3. Justin Soden 30:17; 11-14: 1. Tyler Zenga 19:38; 2. Jonathan Railey 20:48; 3. Brett Kaplan 23:39; 15-19: 1. Darius Hicks 18:08; 2. Aaron Baker 20:22; 3. Javier Sanchez 22:57; 20-24: 1. Patrick Kerr 26:45; 2. Andrew Edwards 27:16; 25-29: 1. George Diaz 26:01; 2. Harry Escarge 31:44; 30-34: 1. Jimmy Villalobos 16:55; 2. Seth Waller 18:19; 3. Kevin Channer 18:22; 35-39: 1. Chris Dickerson 17:15; 2. Jon Williams 19:09; 3. Neal Levine 20:31; 40-44: 1. Allen Notkin 18:25; 2. Mike MacConnie 18:32; 3. Rob Hernandez 18:38; 45-49: 1. Bob Dugan 17:43; 2. David Kroupa 18:10; 3. Cleber Sirianni 18:16; 50-54: 1. Jeff Hlinka 18:34; 2. Jay Jacob Wind 19:36; 3. John Treleaven 19:40; 55-59: 1. Dan Healy 19:07; 2. Larry Starr 20:24; 3. Edd Kreiling 21:00; 60-64: 1. Bob Bowen 23:15; 2. Alan Ashton 23:51; 3. Donald Murray 27:55; 65-69: 1. Michael Goldman 22:16; 2. Louis Best 23:43; 3. Herb Berman 24:28; 70-over: 1. Martin Quinn 26:11; 2. Edward Grant 47:32; 3. Herman Smolar 48:28.

WOMEN OPEN: 1. Marlene Persson, Deerfield Beach 18:38; 2. Jackie Areson, Delray Beach 18:47; 3. Alexandra Alves, Switzerland 19:29.

WOMEN MASTERS: 1. Jackie Lowther 21:36; GRAND MASTERS: 1. Donna Coopman 25:32.

WOMEN AGE GROUP: 10-under: 1. Samantha Railey 29:57; 2. Rylee Simons 40:58; 11-14: 1. Kelly Matthewman 27:23; 2. Michele Railey 27:23.1; 15-19: 1. Czamille Wright 23:14; 2. Alyssa Stewart 24:23; 3. Nichole Stout 41:16; 20-24: 1. Daniela Mizrahi 41:35; 25-29: 1. Amanda Keigans 24:12; 2. Katie Arnold 28:52; 3. Sara Gielow 29:53; 30-34: None; 35-39: 1. Arminda Ruiz 23:08; 2. Darlene Finnegan 23:56; 3. Lori Miller 30:54; 40-44: 1. Debbie Weiner 23:24; 2. Patricia Soden 23:43; 3. Flora Greenfield 25:34; 45-49: 1. Cynthia Raes-Barnard 22:20; 2. Sherri Lantz 24:20; 3. Bonnie Stewart 25:10; 50-54: 1. Anita Reibel 28:32; 2. Debi Treleaven 29:11; 3. Gwenn Floyd 34:09; 55-59: 1. Maria Clavijo 30:33; 60-64: 1. Judy Savitt 27:49; 2. Diane Berman 46:38; 3. Patricia Lemarier 48:37; 65-69: None; 70-over: 1. Miriam Gordon 40:47.

Sharon Robb can be reached at srobb@sun-sentinel.com.
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