John Cacciatore and Kaitlin Donner beat 801 other runners and walkers to the finish line in the Saturday, Aug. 8th I Run for Pizza Football Kickoff 5K at The Avenue at Viera.
And for Donner the event was worth getting up for.
“I didn’t feel awesome this but I didn’t expect to,” said Donner a candidate for the 2016 U.S. Women’s Triathlon Team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
“This week has been really low key and low volume to recovery physically and mentally from the race last weekend. Any other 5K I would have stayed in bed, but I can’t pass up the Running Zone series events when I’m in town.”
The race Donner referred to was the first of two Olympic qualifying events and while she came up short in her effort on Aug. 2nd she’ll get another shot in the March-May 2016 timeframe.
So for the Melbourne resident Pizza was a fun time.
“I love seeing everyone and they put on such stellar events,” Donner said. “I’m already getting excited and looking into costumes for the Ghostly Gecko” the third race in the seven-race Running Zone Foundation Race Series set for Oct. 24th at Melbourne’s Eau Gallie Civic Center.
By virtue of being top woman on Saturday – and finishing 18th overall – in 18 minutes and 34 seconds – Donner is two-for-two in series races this season, having been top woman in the Firecracker 5K on July 4th.
And she had to conquer the weather to do it.
“It was real humid this morning, but luckily the rain held off until the awards when everyone was chowing down on the best pizza in town,” Donner said.
Cacciatore, 16, of Indialantic, beat the field and second-place Kyle Butler to earn the podium’s top step, coming home in 16:32 to 16:39 for Butler, 28, of Melbourne. Egan Kattenberg, 16, of Satellite Beach, was third overall in 16:41, besting twin Trevor by four seconds.
Alison Nolan, 25, of Collegeville, Pennsylvania was second among women in 18:47 while Amanda Beach, 16, of Melbourne, was third in 19:06.
Viera’s Shane Streufert, 43, captured the Male Masters victory in 17:04 while Julie Hannah, 41, of Melbourne, was the Female Masters winner in 19:56.
Team laurels went to Set Goals Not Limits of Cacciatore, Egan, Trevor and Anique Kattenberg and Connor Mcmahon in 1:28. Long Doggers Club of Streufert, Michael Fisher, Ian Reesh, Ezekiel Zauner and Alison Nolan was second in 1:29:11 while Team Running Zone of Cacciatore, Steve Hedgespeth, Ron Abel, Luke Redito and Donner was third in 1:29:43. Indian Harbour Montessori won the school competition with 12 participants. Manatee Elementary was second with four and Meadowlane Elementary third with three. For complete information on the Running Zone Foundation Race Series visit www.runningzone.com/series or call the store at 321-751-8890.