Miami Beach's Bryan Huberty didn't seem to be bothered by running his fifth race in the last two weeks Saturday morning, breezing to an easy win in the 11th annual Tropical 5K, the warm-up race for the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon.
Huberty, 36, still rehabbing a broken hip he suffered in September, wanted to go out fast as he continues his training for the Boston Marathon.
"My goal today was just to come out and do a good workout," he said. "At the half mile mark, they were going too slow and I said 'we've got to go'. I thought (Miamian Byran) Sharkey would go with me, but he didn't . When I didn't see him again, I just went."
Huberty finished in 16:28.36. Vacationing women's winner Ashley Kollme of Washington D.C., focused on raising money for ALS research, finished in 18:48.36.
The 7:30 a.m. race drew 1,815 runners on a clear, but windy 74 degree Saturday morning. It began at the Miami Children's Museum east of Watson Island, and crossed the McArthur Causeway alongside the backdrop of the Port of Miami cruise ships. Runners then headed to South Point Park at the southern tip of Miami Beach near Miami's famed Joe's Stone Crab restaurant..
Huberty was satisfied with the victory, but disappointed that he missed his goal of running 15:50. A cold front was beginning its move through South Florida as the race began and blustery conditions slowed the runners a little at the start of the race.
"If it wasn't so windy, I think I could have done sub-16:00," Huberty said. "But we went out so slow."
Colombian Cristian Claijo, the race leader for the first half mile, was second in 17:20.18. The 28-year-old industrial design engineer from Chia, Columbia, took time out of his two-week Miami vacation to run.
"I think I did well, " he said. "I feel strong and I know that I can run faster."
Miamian Bryan Sharkey, a longtime local running standout and defending champion of the event, was running his first race since suffering a double hamstring tear in the New York Marathon in November.
"I was up with Bryan for the first mile," said Sharkey. "Then he took off. He was just running a little bit too fast for me. I'm just trying to get my legs back."
Sharkey, who finished as the 29th American in New York and is aiming his sights on the Boston Marathon, finished fifth in the Tropical 5K and will be running the Miami Half Marathon on Sunday.
Kollme, running on five hours sleep after arriving Friday night on a late flight from Washington, DC with her husband and 8-month baby, took the lead three minutes into the race.
"I had to pick off a few people," said Kollme, 31, who ran collegiately at Davidson. "At the beginning of the race I was the fifth or sixth woman and I passed the last one at about the three minute mark."
Far more important to Kollme was her progress in her goal of raising $5,000 for ALS research. When her 33-year-old friend Andrea, a triathlete, was diagnosed with ALS last year, Kollme wanted to make a difference.
"I'm committed to running once a month and fundraising for ALS," she said. "I've raised $1,000 so far, and my husband and I are matching up to $2,500. "
Lighthouse Point's Marlene Persson, the 2013 Tropical 5K winner, was the second female finisher Saturday morning, but she was more than a minute off the pace, finishing in 19:47.
Persson, 44, has been slowly returning to running after rehabbing a torn Achilles for more than a year. After running back-to-back events this week -- the Davie Police 10K and the MLK 5K -- Persson was content with her finish.
"I'm just happy to be back running again and out here," she said.
Huberty, a cross country coach at Miami Beach's Hebrew Academy, was also all smiles after the race.
"I like that there's international people in the race," he said. "The starting line of the race was super exciting."
Top Male Results
1 BRYAN HUBERTY Miami Beach, FL 16:28
2 CRISTIAN LEONARDO CLAVIJO LOPEZ CHIA, Colombia 17:20.18
3 LEO GAMBOA SANCHEZ Cartago, Costa Rica 17:37.17
4 LEONARDO MARTINEZ Mexico, Mexico 17:39.17
5 BRYAN SHARKEY Miami, FL 17:55.78
6 JOSE PENALVER Hollywood, FL 18:15.59
7 JONATHAN MEDEROS Homestead, FL 18:28.42
8 PEDRO MERAZ Wesley Chapel, FL 18:43.66
9 MARC WOODCOCK Glen Ellyn, IL 19:05.14
10 FERNANDO DE JESUS ESQUERRE PINTO Caracas, 19:08.96
11 ROBERT MARTINEZ Miami, FL 19:22.44
12 PATRICK GAUGHAN River Vale, NJ 19:28.45
13 EDUARDO XAVIER INTRIAGO Guayaquil, Ecuador 19:39.74
14 KEVIN COTE Fort Lauderdale, FL 19:41.58
15 FAUSTO FABRICIO BOLA GUAYAQUIL, 19:43.48
16 LEOCHEL LORDEUS Hialeah, FL19:45.04
17 BENNY ADORNO Staten Island, NY 19:51.23
18 LESKY LESKOVSKY IVANKA PRI DUNAJI, Slovakia 19:53.78
19 ROSS PATTENDEN 19:57.35
20 JAMIE ROJAS Miami Beach, FL 19:59.76
21 JOSE MANUEL MERCADO Mexico, 20:00.96
22 MATT DAWSON-CLARKE Fort Lauderdale, FL 20:02.31
23 CECILIO RAMOS Brooklyn, NY 20:19.08
24 DANIEL DE BARROS Miramar, FL 20:23.12
25 RODOLFO PEREZ Elizabeth, NJ 20:28.37
Top Female Results
1 ASHLEY KOLLME Washington, DC 18:48
2 MARLENE PERSSON Deerfield Beach, FL 19:47.00
3 CARLIE PIPE Worthing, Barbados 20:05.92
5 ALEJANDRA CEDENO Weston, FL 20:58.38
6 STELLA SHALEM Miami Beach, FL 21:05.23
7 ARLENE SCORE Eden Prairie, MN 21:19.47
8 DANIE MATUSIK Chelsea, MI 21:56.06
9 ELIZABETH RENONDEAU Bridgetown, Barbados 22:15.89
10 ALVARO ZEPEDA Brimfield, MA 22:16.08
11 MONICA ROSSI-MONTERO Miami, FL 22:23.71
12 TRACY JURGUS Miami, FL 22:35.44
13 JACQUELYN FERNANDEZ Miami Beach, FL 22:39.69
14 SUSAN KOOIMAN Pembroke Pines, FL 22:41.62
15 ALEJANDRA NEIRA Miami, FL 23:01.51
16 ANNIEBEE STEMER Fort Lauderdale, FL 23:09.18
17 ALANA LEE WO Port Of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 23:20.91
18 YVONNE LEIPPERT Coram, NY 23:24.10
19 MARIE-CLAUDE PROVOST Candiac, Canada 23:32.02
20 CRISSA LODEWICK Glen Ridge, NJ 23:41.80
21 ERIKA ANDREA IZIDIO SZPEKTOR SAO PAULO, 24:01.76
22 MONICA SANCHEZ ALDANA MEXICO, 24:13.85
23 GRACE MATOS Miami Beach, FL 24:17.51
24 SOFIA KARPAWICH Miami Beach, FL 24:17.58
25 LAURA WALSH Glen Ellyn, IL 24:19.54
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