22, 1999 OFFICIAL RESULTS:
1. Chris Derks, 28, of Miami,
FL - 8 Hours, 23 Minutes
2. Bambi Bowman, 25, of Miami,
FL - 9:30
3. Kathrin Lammers, 29, of Hamburg,
Germany - 9:43
4. Dave Parcells, 41, of Madison,
CT - 10:04
5. Rob Copeland, 42, of Somerset,
NJ - 10:10
6. Stuart Abcug, 27, Atlanta,
GA - 10:14
7. Tim Kennedy, 42, of St. Petersburg,
FL - 10:39
8. Bruce Anderson, 38, of Riverview,
FL - 10:42
9. Robert Abcug, 29, of Coral
Springs, FL - 10:59
10. JoAnn Harrelson, of St. Petersburg,
FL - 11:05
11. Tim Moore, 46, of St. Petersburg,
FL - 12:31
Dr. Konrad Euler, 63, of St. Petersburg,
FL - dnf due to leg cramps at
Hal Clarendon, 53, of Gainesville,
FL - dnf due to coldness at the
Jeff Wheetley, 38, of Tampa, FL
- dnf due to time constraint
Finlay Macadam, 39, of Georgetown,
Grand Cayman - dnf due to coldness
at the Pier
Derks, of Miami, FL set the
new course record for the Tampa
Bay Marathon Swim. He has completed
the New York City Marathon (28
miles) , and the Atlantic City
Ocean Marathon (10 miles). He
was USS 25 & 15 kilometer All-American
each year from 1995-97. He said
that sea life was abundant and
he saw hundreds of sting rays
during the Tampa Bay swim.
Bowman, of Miami, FL was the
womens' champion for the Inaugural
Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. She
was the 1998 USS (United States
Swimming) National Champion
for the 25K Open Water distance.
She has won three 25K open water
national championships. In 1995,
she placed first in the 25K
at the Pan Pacific Championships.
Parcells, of Madison, CT is
41 and was the first and only
amateur to compete with IMSA(International
Marathon Swimming Association)
professionals at their 17.5
Mile Swim Across Long Island
Abcug, of Atlanta, GA is 27
and swims for Dynamo Masters
Swimming in Atlanta, GA. He
also plays water polo for both
Dynamo Water Polo and Emory
Water Polo, and played in college
for Georgia Tech from 1989-1994.
Abcug, of Coral Springs, FL
is 29 and the brother of Stuart
Abcug. He swam and played water
polo at George Washington University
and competes at USMS (United
States Masters Swimming) meets
representing the Coral Springs
Masters Swim Team.
Harrelson, of St. Petersburg,
FL is 43 and a member of St.
Pete Masters. Her finish made
her the oldest woman to successfully
complete 24 mile swim.
Konrad Euler, of St. Petersburg,
FL is 63 and a member of St.
Pete Masters. Unfortunately,
leg cramps led to the Doctor's
demise about 3 hours into the
swim in 1999.
Clarendon, of Gainesville, FL
is 53 and swims the Florida
Aquatic Swim Team (FAST) Masters.
He has swam across Tampa Bay
twice already as a participant
in The Tampa Bay 5K Challenge.
He has also twice crossed the
Pensacola Bay in their annual
Macadam, Georgetown, Grand Cayman,
Cayman Islands is 39 and a Caribbean
open water swimming veteran.
In 1998 he
completed the 5 mile St. Croix
Coral Reef Swim.
To see the article written by Terry
Tomalin in the April 23rd St. Petersburg
Times, click here: http://www.sptimes.com/News/42399/Sports/A_windy__chilly_marat.shtml
Notes from 1999 participants:
Just a note to thank you for all
your efforts related to the swim..
It was a tremendous first time event
and you should feel proud it came
off as well as it did.. With some
more planning and marketing you
should have no problems attracting
some good sponsors next year, making
the event even bigger and better...
Please keep me posted on next
year's event as I will definitely
come back. "
I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW
WHAT A GREAT DAY I HAD. THE SWIM
WAS FANTASTIC, A REAL BLAST. THE
WATER AND WEATHER WERE PERFECT.
ALTHOUGH THE SWIM WAS MORE DIFFICULT
THAN I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO
BE, I REALLY DID ENJOY IT. ONE
DAY, WHEN I CAN MOVE MY ARMS AGAIN,
I'LL GET BACK IN THE WATER AND
START TRAINING FOR NEXT YEAR."
Coral Springs, FL
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