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Dewey Goes Pink attracts more than 1,600

Familiar faces atop race standings
By Nick Roth | Oct 10, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth More than 1,600 people participated in the third annual Dewey Goes Pink event Oct. 4.

Dewey Beach — Familiar faces took home top honors at the 3rd Annual Gugie 5K Run, part of Oct. 5's daylong Dewey Goes Pink breast cancer awareness event at The Starboard in Dewey Beach.

For the second consecutive year, 32-year-old Hugh Toland of Fairfax, Va., ran away from the competition, logging a time of 15:50 to win by nearly two minutes over runner-up James Diienno, 42, of Avondale, Pa., in 17:48. Toland ran the course in 16:09 a year ago.

And for the second time in two years, 28-year-old Alyssa Pietrobono of Philadelphia won the women's race, clocking in at 20:46. Pietrobono won the inaugural event in 2011 and finished second in last year's event.

Rounding out the overall top five were Tracey Meder, 40, of Rehoboth Beach, in 18:03; Joey Andrisani, 31, of Hockessin, in 18:34; and Jordan O'Boyle, 28, of Frankford, in 18:36.

More than 1,200 people ran or walked the 3.1-mile course, while several hundred others completed a 1.5-mile walking course. The Starboard owner Steve "Monty" Montgomery said more than 1,600 people signed up for the event.

"Saturday was an amazing turnout," Monty said. "I feel that while the funds raised are extremely important, equally significant is the number of people who came out to run, walk or just enjoy the pig roast. There were families of all ages participating. Seeing the families come together and use this event as a way to bring their families together on a beautiful fall day at the beach is what makes me the happiest."

Montgomery and his friend Adam Howard started Dewey Goes Pink in 2011 in memory of and to honor their mothers. Montgomery lost his mother to breast cancer two years ago following a 25-year battle. Howard's mother is currently fighting the disease.

Montgomery did not have the total money raised from the event for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition by press time, but he expects it to easily surpass $30,000.

"My mother suggested to me prior to her passing that as a business owner of three local restaurant businesses, I should use them to raise money for this local community; those that support The Starboard and Bethany Blues should be the beneficiaries of the work done with these businesses to raise money for breast cancer," he said.

Montgomery could not run the race due to a foot injury, but his wife Dee Dee and 6-year-old daughter Savannah were each able to complete the course.

"Seeing [my daughter] cross that finish line knowing this event was something I started in memory of my mother brought the entire thing full circle for me," he said. "Everything else in life seemed much less important than seeing her cross that finish line with my own eyes. It was a feeling that I hope so many others got to experience with this very significant race during National Breast Cancer Awareness month."

Following the race, race participants and others joined together for a pig roast and pink party at The Starboard, where they feasted food prepared by Bethany Blues and listened to acoustic music from Love Seed Mama Jump. Monty said more than 800 pounds of pork was served at the event.

The event attracted many individuals and groups who ran the race in honor of a family or friend battling or lost their life to breast cancer, including Team Tara. The group honored Tara Lin Blitz, an 18-year kindergarten teacher in the Indian River School District who died less than a month ago after a short battle with cancer. Tara's daughter Caitlin said even after the diagnosis her mother was upbeat and positive.

"I can still remember to this day her telling me 'baby, I got this,'" she said. "Never once over those short seven months did I think I would lose not only my mom, but my best friend."

For race results, go to races2run.com.

Kristen Latham of Day In The Life Designs Photography contributed to this story.

Hugh Toland of Fairfax, Va., won the race in 15:50. He finished nearly two minutes ahead of the next runner. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Alicia Blair of Lewes piled on the pink for the breast cancer awareness race. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Former Dewey councilman Zeke Pryzgocki helped direct traffic before the race. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Hundreds of runners and walkers gather at The Starboard following the Gugie Run for a pig roast and pink party. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Alyssa Pietrobono, 24, of Philadelphia, was the first woman to complete the course in 20:46. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
James Diienno, 42, of Avondale, Pa., was the second runner to cross the finish line in 17:48. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Brooklyn Montgomery, daughter of The Starboard owner Steve "Monty" Montgomery, enjoys herself in the back of a pink-themed Jeep. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Wig and all, Gary Gryski, 48, of Laurel, crossed the finish line in 25:00, just behind his 14-year-old daughter, Paige. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Beth Hirst of Landenberg, Pa., high fives family and friends as she approaches the finish line. She finished in 23:39. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Ryan Cunningham, 33, of Lewes, runs the course in his bare feet. He finished sixth overall in 18:46. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Kimberly Geyer of Millersville, Pa., painted her body and colored her hair pink. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Runners kick off the third annual Gugie Run on New Orleans Street in Dewey Beach. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Chris Rohrer, 24, of Dewey Beach, eyes the finish line. He logged a time of 22:42. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Jordan O'Boyle, 28, of Frankford, was the fifth-place finisher at 18:36. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Michele Hunt, 28, of Dewey Beach, kicks off the race in the middle of the pack. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Joe Diprinzio, 39, of Broomall, Pa., navigates through the pack early in the race. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Jeff Kilner, 30, of Millsboro, stays just ahead of John Bilheimer, 31, of Linthicum Heights, Md. Kilner would finish eight seconds ahead at 19:51 for 13th place. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Alise Reynolds, 42, of Philadelphia, was the fourth woman to finish the race in a time of 21:33. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The Starboard Manager Doug Moore chats with race participants before the race. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Tracey Meder, 40, of Rehoboth Beach, finished in 18:03 to finish third overall. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The large pink ribbon is now synonymous with the Dewey Goes Pink event. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
A pair of Elvis' glasses remained in Dewey a week after Elvis Fest. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
A familiar face in the Dewey race scene, Joe Andrisani of Hockessin rounds the final turn to finish 18:34 for fourth place overall. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Michael Wesolowski, 12, of Millsboro, cruised home to a 21:44 finish. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Event organizers Steve 'Monty' Montgomery and Adam Howard. (Photo by: Kristen Latham)
Team Tara poses for a photo after the race. (Photo by: Kristen Latham)
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