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Race into the New Year attracts a family crowd on winter break

Last race of 2013, runners don't look back
By Dave Frederick | Jan 05, 2014
Photo by: Dave Frederick A thundering herd of 5K runners race into the new year—the wrong day to quit pancakes.

Enos Benbow, the Seashore Striders Jamaican from Georgetown, worked the finish line at the 11th annual Dec. 31 Race into the New Year in Rehoboth as 30-year-old Bornfase Omurwa crossed first in 17:11.  “He ran the marathon, too," Benbow said.  "He’s pretty fast.” When it was mentioned that Omurwa was from Kingston, Benbow thought “countryman” until he heard Kingston, Pa.

Steven Eshelman, 20, from Lincoln, Delaware, not Nebraska, placed second in 17:38, followed by Patrick Boddicker, 17, in 17:44.

Cindy Conant, 52, from Kensington, Md., not Philadelphia, was the overall women’s winner in 19:38. Bethany Killmon, former Sussex Tech star from Bridgeville, now a freshman at Misericordia College, was second in 20:18 followed by Paula Pels, 46, in 20:27.

“The Race into the New Year brings out families together over the holidays and college kids home on vacation. It’s always a fun time," said Race Director Tim Bamforth. “Where else can you find fit people standing around a cold parking lot eating blueberry pancakes cooked by Catcher's in the early afternoon?”

Two hundred and thirty-four runners completed the race, with the top 25 breaking the magical 7-minute mile pace.

The next Seashore Striders race is the 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 12 Race with the Hawks at Saint Georges Technical High School.  The local connection is coaches J.D. and Kai Maull, forever Cape guys.

Keats Gardiner, No. 201, and Dynan Verrato, No.56, get after it. Verrato, former Sussex Tech runner, is a plebe at West Point and is enjoying his vacation freedom. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Bornfase Omurwa from Kingston, Pa. won the race in 17:11. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Cindy Conant finishes as women's winner in 19:37. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Matt Hete 51 runs 21 minutes flat places second in age group (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Tara Calico is a cool cat running on a cold day. She won her age group. In nine days she will turn 40. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Joann Szczepkowski, 67, has dominated her age group all year long. Here she runs 24:27. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Rick Hughes, 43, runs 19:46. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Kid Race into New Year, 400 meters around the block, is bubbling over with enthusiasm. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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