The owner of Tortilla Bay Southwest Grille restaurant, Holmes Beach, Perry Pittman, celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the 20th annual Disney Marathon at Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando.
Jackson Hayes takes off on a 45-yard touchdown run during Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football action at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Mike Gilley earns an ace on the 146-yard third hole at Key Royale Club using a four iron. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ed Havlik
Island tortilla-maker makes run for Disney border
Perry Pittman spends his days on Anna Maria Island running a popular Holmes Beach restaurant, Tortilla Bay Southwest Grille, hoping to always meet his customer’s expectations.
But Perry has personal goals and accomplishments, too, including his first full 26.2-mile race — the 20th Annual Disney Marathon Jan. 13.
The race wound through all four Disney theme parks and the ESPN Wide World of Sports. The event was a spectacular production, as we’ve grown to expect from Disney, including the start — a big fireworks display, according to Perry. There was no typical starting gun.
Perry completed his first marathon in 4:26:41, in the top 25 percent in his men’s 45-49 age group. His time could have been faster, but he paused several times at different points along the course to have his picture taken with Disney characters. Other factors that slowed him were having to weave in and out of slower runners, actually stretching his run by his measure from 26.2 to 26.85 miles.
“When I got to the 26-mile marker at Epcot, I felt a sense of accomplishment that I had never known before,” he said. “I thoroughly enjoyed the last .2 of a mile and sprinted for the finish line with 100 yards to go. Five months of training and over 600 miles run were more than worth the effort.”
Perry, who lives in Anna Maria, says he only started running in February 2012. He then weighed 217 pounds and didn’t like the person he saw in the mirror. He made a decision to be happy, and he set goals to improve in body, shape and mind. He started walking the beach, then walking and jogging. He added biking and swimming to his routine and, by August, he had dropped 50 pounds.
Perry then decided to participate in a sprint triathlon on Siesta Key before setting his sights on a marathon.
He has lived in Anna Maria for more than six years now, and looks forward to the Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon Feb. 17, where he hopes to break the four-hour mark.
Now that’s a good run for the border.
Flag football plays on
NFL Flag Football season continues at the Anna Maria Island Community Center with youth league games played on weeknights, and teams are starting to separate in the standings as they march toward the playoffs.
LPAC Cardinals sit atop of the 8-10 division standings with a 4-0 record, while Coastal Orthopedic Bears and Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings are on their heels with matching 3-1 records. Lobstahs Browns and Miller Electric Chargers are tied for third place at 2-2, while the 1-3 Beach Bistro Buccaneers and Manatee Cancer Center Dolphins, along with 0-4 Air & Energy Jets, follow in the standings.
Ross Built Dolphins lead the 11-13 division with a 2-0 record. They are closely followed by the 2-1 Lobstahs Buccaneers, while Walter & Associates Bears, Edgewater Realty Jaguars, Beach Bums Ravens and Holy Cow Cardinals follow with 1-1 records and Mr. Bones Colts looks for a first victory on the season.
Integrity Sound Falcons are 3-0 and lead the 14-17 division, but West Coast Surf Shop at 2-0 and Lobstahs Colts at 1-0 also are unbeaten. Eat Here Packers are 1-1, while Beach to Bay Construction Browns and Walter & Associates Bears are looking for victories.
Both games in the 14-17 division Jan. 22 were blowouts, as the undefeated Integrity Sound Falcons flew past Beach to Bay Construction Browns 37-0, and Eat Here Packers steamrolled Walter & Associates Bears 34-13. Quarterback Cody Tsai completed 17 of 21 passes for 217 yards and four touchdown passes. Pearce Hogan caught seven passes for 87 yards, including three touchdowns and two extra points, while Thomas Pears added three catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Brad Duffman led all players with nine flag pulls while Tsai added four pulls and a pair of interceptions in the victory.
Seth Walter passed for 147 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bears in the loss, including seven catches for 73 yards and a touchdown from Jack Walter and three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown from Jake Rodgers.
The 8-10 division game of the week saw Miller Electric Chargers cool the Air & Energy Jets 20-14. Ava Zink led the way with 80 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Jaclyn Schlossberg added 66 rushing yards and a touchdown. Javier Rivera and Shawn Belvin completed the scoring with extra point catches.
Zink and David Daigle led the defense with two pulls each, while Daigle added an interception in the victory.
Tyler Brewer led the Jets with 98 passing yards, 53 rushing yards, two touchdowns scored and a pair of extra points in the loss. Daniel Sentman added three catches for 56 yards on offense, while contributing six flag pulls and an interception on defense.
Key Royale golf news
There was a ton of golf action at Key Royale Club this past week, but the biggest news was a hole in one by Mike Gilley. He aced the 146-yard par 3 hole three using a four iron during a four-person scramble Jan. 24.
The team of Hoyt Miller, Jon Holcomb, Robbie Nelsona and Rich Smith took first place for the day, but Gilley was buying at the clubhouse.
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match Jan. 23. Don La Torre carded a 9-under-par 55 to grab first place by two strokes over Neil Hammer and Jim Sheppard came in third with a 2-under-par 62.
The club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in flight Jan. 22, and Judy Crowe’s 5-under-par 27 gave her the top spot in Flight A by four shots over Laura Purcell. Helen Pollock, Tootie Wagner and Mary Lou Dreier tied for third at even-par 32.
Liz Lang’s 5-under-par 27 earned first place in Flight B and matched Crowe for low round of the day. Joyce Brown was one shot back in second, while Mary Selby took third with 2 under par.
Jan Jumps carded a 29 to grab first place in Flight C. Terry Westby and Kay Anderson finished in second place.
Penny Auch won Flight D with a 2-under par 30, two shots ahead of second-place finisher Sandy Burrill.
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match Jan. 21. Vince Mercadante took the day’s scoring honors with a 7-under-par 25. Jim McVicar was a stroke back in second, while Bill Gallagher and Dennis Schavey finished in a tie for third at 4-under-par 28.
Three teams advanced to the knockout stage during Jan. 26 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Bob Lee and Mike Martell drew the bye into the finals and watched as Hank Huyghe and John Crawford defeated Gene Bobeldyk and Steve Doyle 21-14. Huyghe-Crawford followed up by defeating Lee-Martell 21-12 in the finals.
Four teams emerged from pool play during Jan. 23 action. Bob Lee walked past Bob Mason and John Johnson 21-10 in the first semifinal match, while Rod Bussey and Bill Wright took out Dennis Vanegas and Paul Sheatler 23-10. Lee walked all over Bussey and Wright by a 23-12 score in the final.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
Feb. 1 6 p.m. Tyler’s vs. Lobstahs
Jan. 30 6 p.m. Lobstahs vs. Cancer Center
Feb. 1 6 p.m. Miller Elect. vs. Bistro
Feb. 1 7 p.m. A&E vs. Coastal Orthopedic
Feb. 5 6 p.m. Coastal Orthopedic vs. LPAC
Feb. 1 8 p.m. Lobstahs vs. Walter & Assoc.
Feb. 2 9 a.m. Ross Built vs. Beach Bums
Feb. 2 10 a.m. Mr. Bones vs. Holy Cow
Feb. 2 11 a.m. Edgewater Realty vs. Lobstahs
Feb. 4 7 p.m. Ross Built vs. Edgewater Realty
Feb. 4 7 p.m. Holy Cow vs. Beach Bums
Feb. 2 noon Walter & Assoc. vs. Eat Here
Feb. 2 1 p.m. Integrity Sound vs. Beach to Bay
Feb. 2 2 p.m. Lobstahs vs. Surf Shop
Feb. 4 8 p.m. Beach to Bay vs. Lobstahs
Feb. 5 7 p.m. Eat Here vs. Integrity Sound
Feb. 5 8 p.m. Surf Shop vs. Walter & Assoc.
Jan. 30 7 p.m. FL Discount Signs vs. BY Construction
Jan. 30 8 p.m. Southern Green vs. Agnelli Pool
Jan. 30 9 p.m. Harrington House vs. Lobstahs
Jan. 31 6 p.m. Slim’s Place vs. Tyler’s
Jan. 31 7 p.m. Waterfront vs. Beach to Bay
Jan. 31 8 p.m. Duncan Real Estate vs. Sun
Jan. 31 9 p.m. Sato Real Estate vs. Duffy’s
Feb. 5 6:30 p.m. Duncan Real Estate vs.Lobstahs
Feb. 5 7:30 p.m. IRE vs. Tyler’s
Feb. 5 8:30 p.m. Duncan Real Estate vs. IRE