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Bethany Turkey Trot 5K won by North Penn High School runners

Hundley clan hauls down three age-group awards
By Dave Frederick | Dec 04, 2013
Photo by: Dave Frederick Matt Aham takes the roundabout 10 seconds into the race, leaving the field behind and winning in 16:48.

The 11th Turkey Trot 5K to benefit Delaware Special Olympics was held at the Sea Colony Freeman Fitness Center Dec. 1 and was won by a couple of hand-holding teenagers from North Penn High School of Lansdale, Pa., as Matt Aham, 18, was overall champion in 16:48 while his girlfriend Jenna Reimer, 16, won the women’s title in 19:25.

Two hundred and twelve runners and walkers completed the race, and many teachers and students elected to walk a mike or 5 kilometers. The computer chip system sorted them all out by the post-race pizza party and awards extravaganza. Nicola's provided the pizza, and runners were on it like a German aunt on a one-legged turkey.

The Hundley family from Bethany Beach nailed down three first-place finishes as Rick, 45, was masters champion in 19:25, while Blake, 11, captured the 10-13 age group in 17:43, and Devin, 8, won the female 9 and under in 25:57.

Among the women's age-group winners were Georgette O’Cone, 65-69, in 31:27, and  Susan Carnohan, 62, who ran 25:21 to capture the 60-64.

Jenn Perkovich of Joppa, Md., ran 23:11 to win the 40-44 age group. Other age-group winners were Karly Pascuzzi, 35-39, 23:19; Mandy Hajel, 30-34, 22:00; Colleen Calhoun, 25-29, 25:37; Katalyn Clark, 20-24, 21:17; Morgan Prior, 14-19, 21:31; and Geneveive Dibari, 10-13, 22:41.

Several local guys turned in award-winning performances: Matt Dunn 17:17, Enos Benbow 17:43, Mike Firch 21:52, Michael Kline 21:01, Bruce Clayton 20:26, Brian Johnston 20:53, Jack Powell 26:56, and Henry Danver 24:57. Dennis William of Annapolis, Md., won the 70 and over group in 30:36.

Next up for runners is the Rehoboth Beach Marathon Saturday, Dec. 7. More than 2,300   runners will start together with over half turning around early, electing the half-marathon distance. The race shows off the natural beauty of seaside Sussex and inspires many athletes with disposable time and income to shop for real estate.

 

Jay Epstein and Mark Voicheck, two regular striders, close in on their 100th race this year. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Matt Aham, the winner, looks none the worse for wear. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Blake Hundley, 11, and Enos Benbow, 33, finish together in 17:43. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Rick Hundley was the overall masters winner in 19:21. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Jenna Reimer, 16, from North Penn High School, won the women's race in 19:25. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Adam Howard, 31, of the Body Shop in Rehoboth jumped in the race and ran 20:42. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Michael Kline  of Milton runs 21:01. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Devin Hundley, No. 413, drafts behind Jay Epstein and Abigail Welch. Devin, 8, won the U9 age group in 25:57. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Jerri Fleetwood of Houston, Del., comes home in 34:50. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Special Olympians and staff are ready to get this party started. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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