The Summer’s End 5K held Sept. 1 in Dewey Beach was the beginning of astronomical fall but according to runners was the hottest, most uncomfortable racing weather all season whatever season it was.
Sandwich bags of ice were worn on heads and backs of necks; even a cleavage cooler was spotted as hundreds headed to Jimmy's Grille for final results and beer.
The race was won by 15-year-old “no driver's license” Aidan McDermott of Pleasantville, N.Y., with a time of 17:44.
Craig Moscetti, 18:51; Brandt Chi, 19:01; Joey Andrisani, 19:05; and Leroy Howards, 19:10 rounded out the top five.
The leaderboard for women saw Beth Reinhart, 33, of Allison Park, Pa., the winner in 20:32 followed by Alyssa Pietrobono, 20:50; Meryl Ludwig, 21:03; Eleanor Gitney, 21:31; and Sofia Alfieri, 22:00.
Taiwan Savage, 37, a former Cape cross country state champion and state cross country Athlete of the Year now living in Philadelphia, Pa., ran 23:11. Taiwan is one of five siblings who were state champions; the others are Willie with 11 titles, Princess in the high jump, Tranesha “Lady Bug” in the 400 meters and Janelle in the triple jump. The sixth sibling, Chimere, is the brainy one and is a teacher.
Joann Szczepkowski, 67, continues to dominate her age group, running 24:37.
Tim Latterner, 47, who was told before the race, “You can’t park here, pal” and still didn’t flash his FBI card, ran 25:12. Tim, a big guy who can take care of himself and a couple of bad guys, is training for a marathon.
Doug White, 71, a member of the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame, ran 25:20.
Mark Voicheck, 55, ran nine miles before the race then clocked a 27:19. Mark is like made-over major weight loss guy who should not be encouraged. He too is training for a marathon or is just crazy.
Jack Vassalotti, 61, running for the Frank Perdue Track Club ran 27:43.
The 37th Bottle and Cork 10 Miler and 5K will be Saturday, Sept. 7, beginning at 8 a.m.