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Youth wins the day in Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K

Youth wins the day in Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K

TAMPA — When Ellie Pleune finished as the runnerup in last year's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K by 19 seconds, she wasn't satisfied with her result.If anything, it drove her for more.In the year following that race, the 13-year-old Pleu...
Updated: 2 hours ago
In his final race, Lake Wales coach Richmond captures Gasparilla 15K for second time

In his final race, Lake Wales coach Richmond captures Gasparilla 15K for second time

TAMPA -— He joined thousands of other runners on the southern edge of downtown Tampa before dawn Saturday, and began running beneath a cloud-stained sunrise.Roughly 47 minutes later, Austin "A.J." Richmond triumphantly had sent his competitive ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Another weekend, another title for Gasparilla 15K women's champ Stephanie Pezzullo

Another weekend, another title for Gasparilla 15K women's champ Stephanie Pezzullo

TAMPA — Despite winning two 5-kilometer races in as many states last weekend, Stephanie Pezzullo felt obligated to enter Saturday morning's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K. An Ocala-based running trainer, Pezzullo had 10 clients and want...
Updated: 4 hours ago
NASCAR's Drive for Diversity extends careers of Armwood High alums

NASCAR's Drive for Diversity extends careers of Armwood High alums

DAYTONA BEACH — Collin Cabre's NASCAR dreams were nearing the end of their road.The son of a stay-at-home mom and attorney investigator didn't have a pile of cash in the bank to buy his next ride. And without more money, the Thonotosassa native...
Published: 02/25/17
NASCAR fast tracks changes to improve image, interest

NASCAR fast tracks changes to improve image, interest

DAYTONA BEACH — As NASCAR's top series prepares to open its season with Sunday's Daytona 500, one theme touches almost everything around Daytona International Speedway. Change.The Cup series' title sponsor has changed, from Sprint to Monster En...
Published: 02/25/17
Tampa's Aric Almirola still living the NASCAR dream, bumps and all

Tampa's Aric Almirola still living the NASCAR dream, bumps and all

DAYTONA BEACH — It was back to school for Aric Almirola.On Tuesday, the Tampa-raised NASCAR driver took time off from preparing for the Daytona 500 to spend some time in his hometown with students at Pierce Middle School, which his parents atte...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Rays and Mariners: a baseball bromance

Rays and Mariners: a baseball bromance

PORT CHARLOTTE — Is there something going on between the Rays and Mariners?Of the 65 players walking around Rays camp, 12 — nearly 20 percent — were formerly with Seattle, including eight (plus two minor-leaguers) acquired in four t...
Published: 02/24/17
Tampa Bay ties remain strong for defending Daytona champ Denny Hamlin

Tampa Bay ties remain strong for defending Daytona champ Denny Hamlin

DAYTONA BEACH — Denny Hamlin's Tampa crew sat in his motor coach last February and witnessed heartbreak.His aunts and uncles and cousins watched on TV in the infield as Hamlin made a last-lap charge in the Daytona 500, flying from fourth to fir...
Published: 02/24/17
Gasparilla half-marathon will be one of last stops for fabled distance runner Meb Keflezighi

Gasparilla half-marathon will be one of last stops for fabled distance runner Meb Keflezighi

TAMPA — The final stretch of Meb Keflezighi's fabled running career will include a section of Bayshore Boulevard. From there, his finish line looms, a few more miles — and months — in the northerly distance. The wildly popular Olymp...
Published: 02/23/17
Updated: 02/24/17
Fennelly: Through heartbreak, Daytona still the place for Waltrip

Fennelly: Through heartbreak, Daytona still the place for Waltrip

DAYTONA BEACH — No place in racing has meant more to him.No place ever has made him jubilant and heartbroken at once.For all those reasons, this place is where Michael Waltrip will run his final race Sunday, on the high banks at Daytona Interna...
Published: 02/23/17