Shadow Series five and dime begins Saturday, March 10

March 9, 2012
Scotty Bamforth, starting guard for Weber State, is a first cousin to local athletes Jake and Ben Bamforth. BY WEBERSTATESPORTS.COM

The first in a series of four race events called the Shadow Series will debut this Saturday evening beginning at 6 p.m. at Cape Henlopen State Park. The race starts and finishes at the Biden Center.

The 5K event was added just a few weeks ago due to the request of several beginning runners wanting a shorter distance. Awards will be given in 10-year age groups. The featured 10K event will present awards in five-year age groups.

Enjoy Cape Henlopen State Park in a different setting with the help of red blinking reflectors marking the course, glow bracelets, finger flashlights for runners, firewood, traffic control flashlights and reflective vests. Late registration and packet pickup will begin at 5 p.m. at the camp just past the Biden Center heading to Herring Point.

Scotty B for three at Weber State
It is Wednesday night and I am watching my late brother’s son Scotty play for his Weber State Wildcats in the Big Sky Championship Final on ESPN. It is not too often that you get to watch a relative on the big screen in a packed stadium and a game where the winner will be going to the big dance - the NCAA Tournament.

Scotty lost his father at age 14 to a heart attack and a year later lost his mother to liver failure, but managed to overcome all odds by making his way through high school in Albuquerque with the help of close friends, family and coaches. While at Del Norte High School, Scott led his team to two state titles and was named New Mexico State Player of the Year as a senior.

Scotty went on to Western Nebraska and played one season before being recruited by coach Randy Rahe of Weber State. He headed to Utah, where he instantly became a starter, earning rookie of the year and first team Big Sky All-Conference during the 2011 season. This year, Scott is in the backcourt with the nation’s leading scorer in Damian Lillard. The Weber State Wildcats, 24-3, lost to regular-season champion Montana for the conference championship.

Scotty, who got married last July on his dad’s birthday and has a newborn son, has been through more in his 21 years of life than most go through in a lifetime, and for a kid who could have easily given up - here he is on national television shooting 3-pointers and living a dream that his dad always had for him since his days in the Albuquerque youth YMCA league in the early '90s. Montana went on to beat Scott and Weber State in this game, so my hope now is an invite to the NIT at Madison Square Garden on the East Coast.

Training for a half-marathon

The Seashore Half Marathon Classic is just six weeks away, to be held Sunday, April 15, from the popular Irish Eyes Restaurant in Lewes.

This month is a good time to increase your longest run by a mile a week, building strength and confidence before the race. The rule of thumb for many is to get to a distance of 10 miles if you want to be able to finish a half-marathon, as your adrenaline will carry you the final three miles of the race. Visit for plenty of half-marathon information, and take advantage of the weather changing for the better, which should put you out on the roads.

Shamrock Shuffle 15K & 5K
The Seashore Striders will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with two events next weekend as the St. Patty’s Day 5K will be held Saturday, March 17, in Denton, Md., and the Shamrock Shuffle 15K & 5K will be held Sunday, March 18, in Rehoboth Beach from the Junction & Breakwater Trail behind the Tanger Outlets. Both events will bring out the green, so show up, dress up and have some green fun at the St. Patrick’s Day events with the Striders.

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