Cape Gazette

Rehoboth Seashore Marathon handles 2,000 athletes on perfect day for running

By Dave Frederick | Dec 08, 2013
Photo by: Dave Frederick Justin Gillette wins Rehoboth Marathon in a time of 2:36.36 as the clock goes haywire.

Justin Gillette won the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon Dec. 7, clocking a 2:36 and besting 805 following runners.

Chandler Rainey was the first woman to finish, in 3:13.

A total of 17 runners - all male - ran under the three-hour mark, while 322 in the field ran under four hours.

The digital clock over Gillette’s left shoulder read 2:96, which prompted race director Tim Bamforth to borrow a line from Peter Sellers, “That’s not my clock.”

A cool 1,200 runners elected to do the half marathon.

Steve Sinko, 37, former Saint Mark’s star, was first to finish the half marathon, in 1:13 followed by Mike Digennaro, 35, in 1:18.

Heather Leiggi, 38, from Bryn Mawr, Pa. was the first woman to complete the half marathon, in 1:28.

The event was professionally timed by Lin-Mark Sports. Expanded results and age-group winners can easily be found by typing that name in the browser window.

The field of 2,000 enjoyed almost perfect weather with no rain and annoying but bearable windy conditions. There were several runners going for 50 marathons in 50 states, with one achieving that goal in Rehoboth.

There were also a number of cancer survivors and others fighting back from wobbles in their personal lives. It is almost unheard of for a runner who toes the starting line not to finish, and the assistance out on the course, from volunteers to runners' stopping to help each other is amazing.

A day after the race Tim Bamforth said, “Everything went off without a hitch or glitch and so far not a complaint from a homeowner, so I hope it stays that way.”

Notes: Unofficially, the Rehoboth Marathon generates about $215,000 from entry fees, as the full marathon costs $120 to enter while the half marathon costs $100.

Local favorite Enos Benbow of Georgetown runs across the Lewes drawbridge on his way to fifth place in the Rehoboth Marathon with a time of 2:47.18. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sara Ellis of Newark runs over the Lewes drawbridge. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Rick Brokaw, 53, of Lewes runs to 35th place overall and fourth place in his age group with a time of 3:12.02. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Laura Stevenson of Midlothian, Va., is all smiles as she starts out on the Rehoboth Half Marathon. She finished 25th in the 35-39 age group with a time of 1:47.42. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jeremy Gruver of Dover, Pa., makes his own memory of the start of the Rehoboth Half Marathon. Gruver finished with a time of 2:12.18. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The runners just kept coming during the start of the Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Allen Scott of Washington makes the halfway mark in second and finished second in the Rehoboth Marathon with a time of 2:39:35. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Peter Osmond of East Aurora, N.Y., crosses the Lewes drawbridge. He finished in 11th place with a time of 2:52.03. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Breck Vanderwende of Bridgeville runs through Lewes and finishes 246th with a time of 3:51.43. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Rachael Chamberlin of Springfield, Va., is all smiles at the halfway mark and runs to 81st place with a time of 3:24.52. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Robert Jones of Ashburn, Va., ran to a ninth-place finish overall and a first place in the 40-44 age group with a time of 2:51.38. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Scott Cunningham, left, and Ken Maccuish ran 3:18.30 and 3:21.38, respectively. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Duane Watts of Kutztown, Pa., ran 103rd overall with a 3:28.59. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Carissa Liebowitz of Suwanee, Ga., is happy at the halfway mark and runs to a 3:32.54. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Lewes police officer Chatham Marsch directs traffic as the runners make their trek through Lewes. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Runners turn off Gills Neck Road in Lewes. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Gills Neck Road was busy during the Rehoboth Marathon. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Joe Mastripolito, front, of Glenmore, Pa., ran in honor of his mother and finished in 4:20.47. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
A runner takes a break from the race. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Runners move to the end of Gills Neck Road. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Rick Brokaw, Cape Henlopen High School psychologist, runs 3:12 but hasn't gotten the word that M.C. Hammer is still alive. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Bryan Mack runs the trail on his way to a 3:27 marathon, his first. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Micah the Strika: Former Cape soccer star Micah Sklut, 31,  bears a striking resemblance to Ferris Bueller's friend Cameron. He ran 1:52 for the half. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Saint Nick the Quick: Duane Watts, 53, from Kutztown, Pa., ran 3:28 then later jumped in the ocean. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
First woman to finish the marathon is Chandler Rainey, 28, from the state of New York. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Who's got the funk? Matt Wokolich of Limerick, Pa., runs a sizzling 3:09 marathon and still has energy to play. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Joe Cross, 46, from Cumberland, Md., runs 3:24 in the marathon. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Bryan Mack completes the marathon in 3:27. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Wendy Sibley holds back applause as she completes the half marathon in an elf costume. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Rebecca Hemler, 33, runs the marathon in 3:35. She is from Nottingham, Pa. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Aaron Torrelio runs 3:48 in the marathon. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Alieda Lynch, 28, runs 1:49. Alieda is a local girl who works at Elite PT on the Boardwalk. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
James Brown, 54, from Edgewood, Md., runs 2:08 for the half marathon. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Greg Pezzolano, 38, is fourth overall in the marathon in 2:45. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Steve Sinko won the half marathon in 1:13. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Casey Kenton from Milford ran 1:39 for the half marathon. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Have a drink and keep your ears on, good buddy. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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