The Camp Hill racers were in Dewey Beach July 7 for the running of the Ivy 5K, part of the 10 Sisters Summer Racing Series.
The thundering herd of 347 ran away from Rehoboth Bay and turned north at Dewey Beach Liquors as Barbara Kursh went megaphone from the race pace gator, “The Fuller Brothers are here! The Fuller brothers are here!”
The vacationing Camp Hill family by way of Penn State had been disrupting the imbalance of power at the front of 5K races over the last several years. They show up and one of them wins.
Brian Fuller took it out hard followed by his brother Kevin. World-class ultra-distance runner Michael Wardian from Arlington, Va., was also in the mix, but the 5K was about 77K short of Mike’s preferred distance.
A fleet a fast feet from the Pennsylvania 717 dominated the front of the summer's fastest race. The top six were Brian Fuller, 27, of Camp Hill, Pa., in 15:23; Mike Wardian, 39, 16:25; Kevin Fuller, of Camp Hill, Pa., 16:38; Danny Lorah, 17, of Reading, Pa.,17:15; Mary Dell, 24, of Hummelstown, Pa., 17:51; and Dalton Hergst, 13, of York, Pa., 18:11.
Master runner Andrew Shearer, 49, out of Bear ran the race in 18:15 and cracked the code for the 302 to place seventh and was followed to the finish Delaware mates Joey Andrisani, 30, in 18:37 and Brandt Chi, 48, 19:03.
“Chi got Chicked” T-shirts were up for discussion later in the morning as friends adjourned to the Starboard to celebrate his wife Linda Schwartz Chi's 48th birthday.
The sport of running and racing can be freakishly demoralizing, like when a ripped-and-fit, no-body-fat former wrestler and soccer player like Brandt Chi 48, can run a 5K race with 347 runners and place ninth, but lose to an older guy Andrew Shearwe, 49, and much younger guy Dalton Hengst, 13, and a woman Mary Dell, 24.
The far side of that friendly competition, the backpack portion of the race, was the 38 “truckers and trudgers” who ran on the upside of 40 minutes.