Tommy Nohilly wins chilly Pumpkin Pie 5K

Nohilly, 46, is a former NCAA champion in steeplechase
A record 500 runners toed the starting line for the Pumpkin Pie 5K. BY DAVE FREDERICK
November 26, 2012

The Nov. 24 Pumpkin Pie 5K which started from Grove Park then moved down Henlopen Avenue with a record 500 runners and a howling north wind was won by 46-year-old Tommy Nohilly from West Chester, N.Y., in a “shut it down no one around” time of 16:41. Tommy’s 14-year-old son, Eion, was eighth in 19:04 just behind 14-year-old Evo Pavosevich in 19:03.

Nohilly, a University of Florida graduate, was the 1989 NCAA national champion in the steeplechase with a personal record of 8:16 over 300 meters. Tommy was fourth at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic trials. He owns a personal best 4:01 indoors in the mile.

“I’ve been coaching high school runners in cross country, so I haven’t had a lot of training time,” said Nohilly, who has been vacationing in Rehoboth with 17 other family members every summer for the last 10 years. Two years ago he showed up and won the Bill Degnan 5K in Lewes.

“I guess I walk around with a good mileage base," he said in an understatement. “But I don’t do much speed work on the track.”

Enos Benbow was second in the race in 17:24. Danny MacElrevey won the masters race in 18:43. His son Austin, a junior at Cape, was a recent all-state performer for the Vikings in cross country.

Katie Tomlinson, 24, of Milton was the top female finisher in 19:10.  Wanda Tomlinson, 59, ran 28:53.

Margarita Brose, 50, was second in 20:18. Her 82-year-old father, Carlton Brose, also ran, completing the course in 44 minutes.

Leo Yombo, just 7 years old, ran an incredible 22:39.  D.J. Farren, 10, clocked a 21:17.

Breck Vanderwende, 39, the Bridgeville farmer, won his age group in 19:22.

Tony Bowe, 41, the fit and happy Superfresh cart guy, ran 21:12. Tony can also bench some weight.

Local Kevin Smith, 64, retired and free and clear of Biden and Obama (he was a Biden aide) won his age group in 24:06.

Other local notables include 13-year-old Shea Sugrue, who  ran a 26:45 in her first 5K effort.

Notes: The Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon and Half Marathon takes off at 7 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8.  The registration is closed unless you have some serious local juice.