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First four finishers at Oy Vey 5K all bilingual with a dash of Yiddish

April 13, 2018

Eighty-eight runners toed the starting line April 8 in front of the Seaside Jewish Community Center for the sixth running of the Oy Vey 5K.

Oy Vey is derived from Yiddish. It’s an expression of dismay or exasperation. It appears often in the Weird Al Yankovic parody song, “Pretty Fly for a Rabbi.”  

The race commenced by group countdown – there was no gun or whistle – as chilled runners headed for the wind block of the “what’s your function” Junction and Breakwater Trail.

Enos Benbow won the race running an easy 19:07. Benbow was followed Francisco Puac in 20:15, Moiber Rivera in 20:38 and Edgar Gil Rico in 20:45, all bilingual speakers of English and Spanish.

Bennett Brumbley was fifth in 21:31, followed by Justin Welsh in 22:18, Tim Young in 23:34, James Lundeen in 24:38, Jenn Lundeen in 24:45, Gina Gil in 24:59, Gemez Tull in 25:08, Faith Mitchell in 25:14, Chip Thompson in 25:24, Alan Quillen in 25:50 and Linda Schwartz-Chi in 26:27.

The next Seashore Striders event is the Hustle 4 Hooch 5K (it’s a dog thing) at 9 a.m., Sunday, April 15, at Gordons Pond State Park Area. The race benefits Grass Roots Rescue.