David Galvez and Kaitlin Donner made it 2-for-2 as they scored the overall and overall female victories respectively in the I Run for Pizza Football Kickoff 5K on Saturday.
The triumphs followed Galvez’s and Donner’s winning efforts in the Running Zone Foundation Race Series season-opening Firecracker 5K on July 4.
Galvez, 21, of San Luis Obispo, California, who is interning at Northrup Grumman, covered Saturday’s course in Viera in 16 minutes and four seconds, easily outpacing second-place Austin Camps, 17, of Melbourne Beach, who crossed in 16:21. Adrian Haywas, 28, of Satellite Beach was third in 16:47.
Donner, a four-time series female champion, was seventh overall in 17:39. Alison Nolan, 26, of Melbourne Beach, was second to Donner and 16th overall in 18:20. Samantha Folio, 17, of Melbourne was third among women and 18th overall in 18:28.
“I just love seeing so many people out there being active on a Saturday morning and hanging out with the Running Zone girls after all the races,” said Donner who extended her series racing unbeaten streak.
“Running Zone did a great job as usual. Viera is a great venue for that race and Pizza Gallery did a great job hosting so many runners early on a Saturday morning.
“I was very impressed with how some of the West Shore guys raced, some setting PR’s in August before their cross country season even starts.”
Speaking of seasons, this summer marked a pause in Donner’s professional triathlon career.
“I have no definitive plans for the rest of the triathlon season,” she said. “Really felt like I just needed a break so having fun with some different types of races here in the U.S. that don’t require as much travel or pressure.”
Familiar faces also scored the Masters titles. Shane Streufert, 44, of Viera, the defending series overall champion, topped the Male Masters in 18:13.
Defending Female Masters champion Julie Hannah, 42, of Melbourne was first in the category in 20:21.
Team Running Zone of Donner, Nolan, Steve Hedgespeth, Joe Lento and Doug Butler captured the team title with a combined time of 1:30:52.
Viera Pizza of Galvez, Streufert, Michael Fisher, Zeke Zauner and Cheryl Ritter was second in 1:32:22.
Viera Cross Country of Jonathan Campbell, Alex Krestan, Kevin McMahan, Drake Vaske and Taylor Seeley was third in 1:40:45.
Manatee Elementary of Viera captured the school participation victory with six entrants. Indian Harbour Beach Montessori and Meadowlane Intermediate were second with five each. Holland Elementary had four.
Next up in the seven-event series is the Oct. 29th Ghostly Gecko 5K. Visit www.runningzone.com/series for complete information.