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Women runners 70 years apart break their ages down by half years

By Dave Frederick | Jun 24, 2014
Photo by: Dave Frederick The Wiedman family includes in back (l-r) Diane Armet, Gabrielle Gothe, Robert Armet, Melanie Frank, Ellie Frank , James  McIntyre, Ben Baker, Tim Roberts and Karlie Smith; third row, Steve Portalupi, Cori McCowan, Susan Portalupi and Allison McCowan; second row, Lena Armet, Elaine Portalupi, Marlene Wiedmann, Mildred Wiedmann, Charlie Wiedmann and Sara Baker; and in front Marla Wiedmann, Laura Portalupi and Parker Frank.

A Seashore Striders two-race weekend totaling over 600 runners highlighted a sunny summer solstice beginning with the 10th Jungle Jim’s 5K June 21 followed by the 19th running of the Bill Degnan 5K June 22.

Road races always have as many stories as runners. Near the back of the Jungle Jim's race, Mildred Wiedman crossed the finish line in 55 minutes surrounded by family members who came from as far away as San Francisco  to celebrate her 85th ceremonial birthday run.

“I live at Cadbury, before that Seaford, but I’m actually from New York," Wiedman said. “I’m really only 84 and a half, but six months from now, none of these people will be able to make it.”

The next day at the Degnan race, Julia Lambert, 15, from Virginia Beach, ran a 19:26 and outkicked Cindy Conant, 53, to the finish line. Conant had won the Jungle Jim’s race in 19:41.

Lambert just finished her freshman year at Norfolk Academy and last spring ran a 5:17 for 1,600 meters.

Lambert wanted to clarify her age, saying, “I’m actually 15 and a half.” I told her just the day before a woman had given me her age as 84 and a half so the half seems to maintain its importance throughout the life of a runner.

The Jungle Jim’s race was won by 23-year-old Jeff Young from Wayne, Pa., in 16:43, followed by a peloton of fleet-footed runners as the top eight broke 18 minutes.

The Degnan race was won by Enos Benbow  in 16:55, followed by Sonny Landis in 17:22.

Mildred Weidmann, 84 and a half, finishes the Jungle Jim's 5K surrounded by family. (Photo by: Dave Frederick)
Julia Lambert of Norfolk Beach, Va., won the Bill Degnan 5K. Julia, a 5:17 miler as a freshman, identified herself as 15 and a half years old. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Jeff Young in black is out front early on his way to winning the Jungle Jim's 5K. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Race winner Jeff Young had 400 people chasing him through the streets of Rehoboth. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Cindy Conant was the women's winner of the Jungle Jim's 5K. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Martin Rodriguez, 32, of Selbyville takes out the pack at the start of the Bill Degnan 5K. Rodriguez, who also plays in adult soccer leagues, ran 18:23, good for fourth place. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Enos Benbow wins the Bill Degnan 5K. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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