Kaitlin Donner made it 5-for-5 in the Running Zone Foundation Race Series on Saturday, capturing overall female honors in the Brevard Zoo Komono Krawl 3K.
The overall race victory went to John Davis, 39, of Viera who also won the Ghostly Gecko 5K series race in October. Donner’s husband Ed, 40, captured the Komodo Krawl Male Masters title for his first series victory in that category.
Davis finished in 9 minutes, 56.7 seconds, nipping Melbourne’s Derek Beckett, 24, who was two 2.1 seconds behind. Viera’s Shane Streufert, 44, was third in 10 flat.
Ed Donner crossed in 10:02.2 for fourth overall and Kaitlin Donner in 10:14 for sixth overall.
Kaitlin Donner, 26, a Satellite Beach native and new resident with Ed, previously captured overall female honors in the season-opening Firecracker 5K, the I Run for Pizza Football Kickoff 5K, the Ghostly Gecko 5K and the Jingle Bells 2-Miler run in Satellite Beach.
Viera’s Holly Davis, 21, was second to Kaitlin Donner on Saturday in 10:29 while Alison Nolan 27, of Indialantic was third in 11:05.
Rockledge’s Cristina Canales, 48, captured the Female Masters title in 13:12.
A total of 1,330 runners and walkers took times in a field of more than 1,500.
The team title went to Viera Pizza of John Davis, Holly Davis, Beckett, Streufert and Michael Fisher in a total time of 50:51. Team Running Zone of Steve Hedgespeth, Kaitlin Donner, Jonathan Howse, Joe Lento and Doug Butler was second in 52:43.
The Has Beens of Chi Cam, Alex Cozon, Brian Ramos, Justin Silnutzer, Jennifer Absher were third in 54:36. School honors went to Indian Harbour Beach Montessori with 25 participants. Team Covenant and Westside Elementary each fielded 24 participants. Overall 149 students took part. It was a good day for all.
“All of the Running Zone series races are fun in their own way,” Katlin Donner said. “There is no other race in our area like the Zoo 3K, and it’s great because it’s a shorter distance that gets more people out and moving on a Saturday morning. I can’t believe there were over 1,550 people out there at the zoo.”
As for what lies ahead triathlon-wise for Donner: “As long as a triathlon race conflict doesn’t come up I plan to race the last two (series races),” she said.
“I’ve actually never run the Gecko 5K. My first ITU (International Triathlon Union) race will be in Cuba the last weekend in February. I am so excited to go down there. I also recently made a coaching change to Jarrod Shoemaker in Clermont which has been working out really well.”
Triathlon also figured in Ed Donner’s effort.
“I have the fitness has been coming back slowly this winter since my Ironman last fall,” he said. “I’m glad that I still have some speed though. I’m having to be more patient in getting into peak shape, although I don’t feel any different than in my 30’s.
“I’m planning on the just the running series and local triathlon races on the horizon to support Team DW race team of which I am a member. We are a group of local athletes who hope to help build up the tri community and hopefully inspire those not active to get active.”
The next series race is the April 8 Pirate Plunder 2-Miler in Downtown Melbourne. For complete information visit www.runningzone.com/series/