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Elective misery - running is for the entire family

The fastest runners break away from the pack in the first 40 meters; Hugh Toland, 1463, placed second and Patrick Boettcher, 5016, was third. PHOTOS BY DAVE FREDERICK
July 19, 2013

It was elective misery for 347 runners on a sultry, sauna-like Sunday morning, July 14, all piped and hyped and focused to run the Jimmy's Grille 5K as part of Races2Run's 10 Sisters Summer Running Series.

The sport of foot racing attracts mostly an educated class of athletes with disposable income and time, people who are successful in life because they are goal-oriented. The downside of this is that nobody is stopping because it's too hot, so if they start seeing spots, they figure in a dog-friendly town like Dewey, that's natural.

The fast-paced race went to Brett Kelly,19, of Gilbertsville, Pa., in 16:13 followed by Hugh Toland, 32, 16:26 and Patrick Boettcher, 16:54.

Tara Cavaselis, 36, won the women’s race in 19:42 followed by Jen Cawthern in 20:44 and Alyssa Pietrobono in 20:53.

The collection of characters in the Dewey races is hard to figure, but there is a pattern of college athletes from all sports using the 5K series to test themselves, improve personal times or justify partying for most of the weekend.