And a hot time was had by all


Polina Bondarenko of Chicago took first place in the women’s division in 20:24.

Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:57 AM.

Bondarenko, Nordheim and Wiedeman set the pace for Saturday’s St. George Island Sizzler and Fun Run hosted by the Tate’s Hell Track Club.

Participants commented that the weather was indeed sizzling this year with temperatures in the 90s and no cloud cover. The race started an hour earlier than usual.

Fourteen runners turned out for the Fun Run, a mile-long warm up to the scorching main event. Daniel Wiedeman, 13, of Wakulla got his first win ever with a time of 6:48. This was the third ever race for the lanky young runner. Good job Daniel!

The top four runners in the One Mile Fun Run were Daniel Wiedeman; Lindsey Rykard, age 15, 7:16; David Miller, 10, 7:27; and Joseph Wiedeman, 9, 8:10.

More than 220 runners signed up for the Sizzler. This year’s youngest runner was 7-year-old James Watson. The oldest competitor in the race was James Varley, 74.

Many were visitors who registered on impulse when they heard about the Sizzler. Not so Polina Bondarenko, 14, of Chicago. Her family planned their vacation so she could compete. Bondarenko said this was her third year running in the Sizzler. She won the women’s division with a time of 20:24 and took ninth place overall. She beat her time last year by 1:03 but that was enough.

Bondarenko said she began running competitively at age 5 and frequently competes, but running is not her main athletic focus.

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