Dewey Sprint Triathlon set for Sept. 19
The 19th annual Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 19. The event consists of a half-mile swim, 3.5-mile run and 16-mile bike, and begins and ends at Delaware Seashore State Park, Tower Road. The Dewey Beach Triathlon continues to support the Sussex Family YMCA’s Annual Campaign and to date has raised more than $268,000 for the cause. The annual campaign funds the financial assistance program that allows individuals and families to participate in the YMCA and its programs regardless of their ability to pay. “Visit the YMCA on any given day, and there are seniors, campers, preschool children, swim team kids and fitness fanatics alike who are in the YMCA thanks to the generous support of events like the Dewey Beach Triathlon," said Lauri Weeks, executive director of the Sussex Family YMCA.
This year, registration is allowed at packet pickup at the Sussex Family YMCA, 20080 Church St. in Rehoboth from 3 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18. Approximately 800 are expected to participate, including relay team members.
“This event has sustained virtually every weather condition expected in the fall. Fingers crossed that it is mild the weekend of the triathlon,” said Race Director Ava Cannon.
Some traffic congestion can be expected from about 7:30 to 11 a.m. on the morning of the event, so the public should plan accordingly. Spectators can watch along the beach at the state park for the swim, along the streets of Dewey for the run or at the transition area in the state park. Spectators are encouraged to bike or walk into the park as parking is very limited. A post-race party will be held for participants, and others are welcome for $5.
Go to the event website at www.deweybeachtriathlon.com to see how to be involved or call 302-296-YMCA.
Bottle and Cork 10-Miler set for Sept. 12
The finale of the 2015 Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach Summer Road Race Series is the 39th Annual Gary P. Lister Bottle and Cork 10-Miler and 5K benefiting the Sussex Consortium. The events will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday Sept. 12, starting and ending at the Bottle and Cork, Bellevue Street and Route 1.
“The Bottle and Cork Race began in 1977 and is one of the oldest running competitions in the state,” said Wayne Kursh, race director.
The race course has changed over the years from a half marathon to a 10-mile run. Twelve years ago, the race was renamed in honor of Gary P. Lister, a schoolteacher who worked at the Bottle and Cork. “This is an annual historic running event,” Kursh said.
Proceeds from the race benefit the Sussex Consortium in the Cape Henlopen School District; it provides intensive educational services to approximately 290 students with special needs. This comprehensive program for students pre-K through age 21 has a foundation in applied behavioral analysis and prepares students for successful transitions toward a meaningful adult life.
Races2Run, with the sponsorship of the Highway One Group, offers the 10 Sisters of Dewey Beach racing series each summer. All courses are USATF certified with chip timing. Entrants receives a gender-specific shirt, giveaways, and awards to overall male and female runners and walkers, masters male and female, and top three in five-year age categories 9 and under to 80 and over.
Registration is available online at www.races2run.com until Thursday before the race. Cost for the 10-Miler is $35 in advance and $40 from Thursday until day of the race. The 5K cost is $25 and $30 from Thursday and day of race. Packet and number pick-up will be available Friday, Sept. 11, at the Bottle and Cork from 4 to 7 p.m. Day of race registration will open at 6:45 a.m. Race begins at 8 a.m. sharp.
Blue-Gold Sussex Golf Classic Oct. 9
The 21st annual DFRC Blue-Gold Sussex Golf Classic is open for registration for interested golfers. This year’s event will take place Friday, Oct. 9, at Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown. Participants may sign up in groups of four or register as individual players.
DFRC Blue-Gold Golf Classics are held annually in each of Delaware’s three counties. The first tournament teed off in New Castle County in 1988, and with Kent and Sussex counties following the lead, together the three tournaments have raised more than $1 million for DFRC. At the conclusion of this year, DFRC will break through the $6 million mark in funds given back into the Delaware communities to support education, awareness and services for Delawareans with intellectual disabilities.
The format for the event is a four-person scramble, which will feature contests like closest to the pin and longest drive, and will conclude with an award presentation for top finishers. Participants will receive lunch, an event shirt and a 19th hole reception featuring a dinner buffet immediately following play. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the event kicks off with a shotgun start at 11 a.m.
Part of the constantly expanding events for DFRC supporters, this is the latest endeavor in the months leading up to the 61st Annual DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game that will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the University of Delaware football stadium. All proceeds benefit programs for people who are intellectually challenged through grants provided by DFRC.
The cost of the event is $125 per participant or $500 per team.
Opportunities are available for businesses and organizations to support this event as a statewide, hole or event sponsor. Sponsor information can be acquired by calling 302-454-2730.
Fall boating skills course begins Sept. 14
The USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 12-09 will present its fall boating skills and seamanship course starting Sept. 14.
The seven-week course will be held at Short's Marine in Millsboro from 7 to 9 p.m. each Monday. All of the subjects important to the recreational boater will be presented and discussed. The course satisfies all state and federal requirements. The cost is $35 or $15 for other household members. Enroll now by calling R.A. Smith, FSO-PE, at 302-381-3882 or 302-537-2350.
Delaware Sports Lottery underway
The Delaware Sports Lottery started its football preseason wagering Wednesday, Aug. 12, for adults 21 and older. Regular-season pro football wagering will begin Wednesday, Sept. 9.
Pro football wagering is available at Delaware Sports Lottery retailers throughout the state and at three Sportsbooks locations: Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Harrington Raceway & Casino.
Players who don’t know what teams to pick can ask their retailers for a partial or full Quick Pick. With a Quick Pick, the lottery will generate a ticket with teams selected at random.
“We introduced the Quick Pick in 2014, and it’s been very successful in helping people who are interested in playing but don’t know what teams to pick,” said Delaware Lottery Director Vernon Kirk.
Preseason offerings include the Early Bird Card, Regular Season Week 1 and Pro Football Championship Futures.
Players may play Early Bird Parlay Cards daily throughout the preseason and on Mondays and Tuesdays during the regular season.
For Pro Football Championship Futures, no card is required. Players may wager on any or all of the 32 pro football teams to win the championship game. The Delaware Lottery offers these wagers for the entire current season.
For a complete list of the available wagers and the Sports Lottery retail locations, go to delottery.com/games/sports.
Cape Senior Center golf tourney set Sept. 28
Cape Henlopen Senior Center's annual golf tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 28, at the Rookery South golf course in Milton. Registration opens at 8 a.m., with tee times beginning at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 per golfer, which includes golf, cart, breakfast and lunch. A 50/50 raffle and silent auction will be held. To register, go to the senior center at 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach or call 302-227-2055 by Sept. 15.
Prime Hook lottery applications available
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced deadlines for preseason lottery hunting applications at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge for the 2015-16 hunting season. These applications are available through the web-based lottery permitting program operated by the vendor (Kinsail) at www.primehookpermits.com or by calling 703-994-4194.
Preseason lottery hunting applications for deer hunts in the Headquarters Area and for hunters with disabilities in the Island Farm Area are available now. The application period started July 15 and ends Monday, Aug. 31. The drawing and notification to hunters will take place Monday, Sept. 7.
The application period for accepting preseason lottery hunting applications for waterfowl hunts for hunters with disabilities in the Island Farm Area starts Saturday, Aug. 15 and ends Tuesday, Sept. 15. The drawing and notification to hunters will take place Monday, Sept. 21.
Any vacancies not claimed during the preseason lottery drawing will be available to hunters on a standby basis throughout the season through Kinsail’s website or by telephone. Hunters should check for updates on the website to learn when these vacancies will be released.
Many changes have been made to the hunting program for the 2015-16 season at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Refuge-specific hunting regulations are available on the refuge’s website at www.fws.gov/refuge/prime_hook/, on Kinsail’s website at www.primehookpermits.com, and at the refuge office. Hunters should take the time to become familiar with these new regulations and are encouraged to call the refuge office at 302-684-8419 with any questions.