Frolic or wallow in the water, Jungle Jim's 5K a popular family race

Patrick Boettcher leads the race post to paddock. BY DAVE FREDERICK
June 26, 2013

Patrick Boettcher was the first out of Jungle Jim’s Water Park June 22 and the first one back, the 32-year-old from Newark handling the large field in a time of 16:47 to win the ninth annual Jungle Jim’s 5K run.

Boettcher wins lots of races at the beach, and it takes a sub-16-minute 5K runner to beat him.

Andrew Smith, 18, was second in 17:18, followed by Jason Belinkie, 17:18; Mike Sewell, 18:04 and Joey Andrisani, 18:10.

The women’s race was won by Cindy Conant, 52, in a time of 19:38, followed by Bridget Danner, 20:01; Eve Hoffman, 20:26; Abby Andrews, 21:15; and Meryl Ludwig, 21:23.

A record number of 382 runners completed the race.

A large number of kids 13 and under completed the race because they love to frolic in the water afterward while their parents are more into wallowing.

Thirty-four girls 13 and under ran the 5K. Lainey Shockey, 7, won the 9 and under in 26:36, followed by Olivia Monti, 8, 28:39 and Devin Hundley, 8, 29:38.

Olivia Weir, 11, won the 10-13 age group in 22:20, followed closely by Lindsay Rambo, 10, in 25:29.

The boys' division had 18 under-13 runners. Garrett Hughes, 9, won the 9 and under in 24:04. Blake Hundley, 11, was the champion in the 10-13 group, followed closely by John Best in 20:44 and D.J. Farren, 11, in 21:58.

Caroline Judge, former Cape all-state field hockey and lacrosse player, now a field hockey player at Northeastern, ran the 5K in 27:27.

Sarah White, former Cape field hockey and lacrosse goalie, ran 26:25, and she continues to beast it up.

Linda Reck, 51, of Rehoboth Beach won her age group in 23:54.

Anthony Romano, 28, the kid who didn’t run in high school at Cape, ran 18:41 to win his age group.

Spencer Steele, 38, and John Jones, 35, continue their crazy quest into distance running with Steele going through the chute first as both ran 21:48.

A complete list of race results can be found at

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