Cape Gazette

Jared Tootell captures YMCA 5 Miler

Triathlete recently completed Hawaiian Ironman
By Dave Frederick | Jul 29, 2013
Photo by: Dave Frederick Jared Tootell goes to the front in the first 10 seconds and stays there. Dan Neiswender, right, placed third in the race.

Jared Tootell, a soccer guy turned triathlete, clicked off five miles at a 5:41 pace to win the 31st YMCA 5 Miler July 21 in a time of 28:23. One hundred and eighty-nine runners completed the course. Jared’s winning time was the fastest in five years since Enos Benbow ran 27:25 in 2008.

Benbow, 32, the Georgetown Jamaican, was second in 28:45 followed by Dan Neiswender, 17, in 28:47.

Mike Sewell, 44, won the masters race in a time of 30:30.

Joanna Baird, 20, of Timonium, Md., was the first woman, running 33:16 and followed by Beck Deweese, 25, in 35:22.

Meryl Ludwig, 47, won the women's masters race in 36:03.

Race conditions were crazy, hot and humid but all runners finished the course undaunted, unscathed and unfazed

"People are pretty smart about drinking water and taking care of themselves," said race director Tim Bamforth. "But running five miles in this kind of weather is tough on everyone."

Some notable male performances included Tim Ennis, 7, in a time of 44:49. John Best, 12, ran 36:36; Sonny Acosta, 35, 32:47; Breck Vanderwende, 40, 34:32, Larry Windsor, 61, 36:53; Tim Abbott, 38:21; Doug White, 70, 41:41; and Courtney Riordan, 76, 42:23.

Female performances of note included Helena Helou, 11, in 41:28; Nicole Vadsilis, 20, 37:40; Stacy Black, 34, 36:31; Kim Tootell, 35, 40:35; Mardiny Ung, 46, 37:42; and Joan Scezepkowski, 67, 39:52.

Sonny Acosta, No. 145,  and his buddy Nicholas Bushar, No. 299,  of New Jersey are proven front runners. (Photo by: Dave Frederick)
Jack Vassalotti not in costume is hard to recognize. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Rich Jones, No. 266, bites into the side of a water cup. Director Tim Bamforth in background looks concerned; now he can't reuse the cup. (Photo by: Dave Fredertick )
Jared Tootell crosses the finish line. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Enos Benbow places second. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Joey Andrisani, 30, of Wilmington placed sixth in 32:16. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Joanna Baird is the first woman in 33:16. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Meryl Ludwig is the women's masters winner. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
John Best, 12, strokes to the finish. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Helena Helou, 11, ran 41:28. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Kim Tootell, 35, ran 40:35 to win her age group. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Laura Critchfield, 26, from Harrisburg, Pa., wins the best-smile-in-agony contest. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Joel Simon, Cape guidance counselor, relaxes before the start of school. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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