Cape Gazette

Records fall in 24th annual Sea Witch Fall 5K Classic

By Ron MacArthur | Oct 28, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur It's as much about the costumes as it is about running in the Sea Witch 5K. Superheroes ready to run are (l-r) Carla Costa, Karen Willey, Mindy Hete, Stephanie Hartsoe and Sharon Mews.

Superheroes seemed to be the theme of the day as more than 430 runners took to the streets of Rehoboth Beach Oct. 27 during the 24th annual Seashore Striders Sea Witch Fall 5K Classic.

With 433 runners and 24 walkers, the event set a record for participation and also set a record for runs starting at Grove Park.

Although it was a costume-optional run, many runners did dress up. Wearing his best fast-man suit, Enos Benbow of Georgetown finished first as expected with a time of 16:48. The first female to cross the line - dressed in black - was Alyssa Pietrobono of Newark in 19:59, who was 14th overall. Jen Cawthern of Rehoboth Beach was the top local female finisher, who was 28th with a time of 21:19. Her Batwoman costume was also among the best in the run.

Dressed as the Green Lantern, Dan MacElrevey of Lewes was second and the first male masters finisher with a time of 17:56. Linda Reck of Rehoboth Beach won the female masters division with a time of 24:10.

Winning in the clydesdale division was John Yanacek of Milford in 23:59, and in the filly division, the winner was Billie Long in 30:26.

Local male age-group winners included: 9 and under - Luke Burton, Lewes, 21:38; 14-19 - Jake Bamforth, Lewes, 18:50, seventh overall; 35-39 - Jason Ruscavage, Millsboro, 20:45; and 75-79 - Jack Huxtable, Rehoboth Beach, 24:47.

Local female age-group winners included: 35-39 - Jen Cawthern, Rehoboth Beach, 21:19; 40-44 - Heidi Heleu, Lewes, 24:36; 65-69 - JoAnn Szczepkowski, Rehoboth Beach, 24:12; and 70-74 - Sharon Wright, Rehoboth Beach, 30:54.



It's no surprise that Enos Benbow of Georgetown wins the Sea Witch 5K with a time of 16:48. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
And they're off at Grove Park in Rehoboth Beach. More than 430 runners - a record - take off at the start of the 24th annual Seashore Striders Sea Witch Fall 5K Classic. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Dressed in black, Alyssa Pietrobono of Newark is the first female finisher, with a time of 19:59. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
As quick as the Green Lantern, Dan MacElrevey of Lewes wins the male masters division, crossing the finish line in 17:56 in second place overall. He finishes just ahead of Todd Buchanna.
Mutant Ninja Turtle Joseph Bauer of Fleetwood, Pa., and Pacman Jason Ruscavage of Millsboro race to the finish line. The turtle was a little slower by two-tenths of second as they finished in 20th and 21st places. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
It's not every day you see someone dressed as Big Bird running on the streets of Rehoboth Beach, but it's not the Sea Witch Festival every day either. Running as the yellow icon is Victor Marcello, who finished in the middle of the pack. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Running crayons are always a colorful addition to the Sea Witch 5K. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Hopefully he didn't attack anyone on the course. Phil Deangelis of Milton is in total disguise. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Wilma Flintstone of Bedrock is a pretty good runner, finishing in 53rd place. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Pirate Mike Cordeiro runs to a 60th place finish. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Jack Vassalotti of Lewes always comes dressed for the occasion. He finished in 177th place and sixth in his age group. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Ninja Ethan Shuttleworth of Lewes, who finished with a time of 26:53, leads a pack of runners toward the finish line. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Doris Hicks of Rehoboth Beach races to a third-place finish in her age group with a time of 25:15. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
When pigs fly? Allison Johnston of Ocean View warms up before racing. She finished with a time of 29:29. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Logan Shuttleworth leads her fellow Seashore Striders runners in warm ups before the race. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Dancing her way to the finish is Karen Badinger who was second in her age group with a time of 25:18. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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