Cross trainer, MMA fighter wins Striders women's 5K

Ultra runner Mike Wardian wins men's race
Beacon track girls run the 5K. The girls received Beacon team jackets after the race.  Shown (l-r) in background are  Kaylie Truitt and Jodie Boyer. In front are  Alia Marshall, Annie Judge, Katie Klabe and Katie Boyer. BY DAVE FREDERICK
July 8, 2013

Tatiana Sheptock, 36, from South Riding, Va., won the Seashore Striders 5K women-only race July 6 in Rehoboth Beach, crossing over the turtle footbridge and through the finish chute in a winning time of 18:46.

Of Polish and Croatian ancestry, Tatiana is the mother of two young children. She trains 35 miles a week, does lots of speed work on the track, lifts weights twice a week and does mixed martial arts sometimes sparring with men.

“Sure I can take a hit,” she said with a smile. “But it’s not cage fighting, the idea is to get a workout.”

Mike Wardian, 39, from Alexandria, Va., is one of the most relentlessly focused and productive ultra runners on the planet. Mike won the men’s race in 16:27.

Mike is coming off 80K races in Costa Rica and Ecuador and has thrown in a couple of 2:30 marathons.

“I’ve been injured over the last year with five stress fractures and five hernias,” said Mike, a vegetarian who is 6 feet tall and weighs 139 pounds.

Lillian McCormick, 24, of Rehoboth was second in the women’s race in 19:43. Lillian is on her way to the Scripps Institute to pursue a Ph. D in marine biology.

Cindy Conant, 52, of Kensington, Md., and Rehoboth was third in 19:52, followed by Abby Andrews, 30, 21:01; Meryl Ludwig, 47, 21:09; and Cheryl Connors, 36, in 21:20.

Following Wardian across the finish line were Mike Digennaro, 16:58; William Hanley, 16:59; Joey Hawley, 17:00; and Sean Ryan, 17:11.