Lake Forest Invitational a festival of running

Beebe gets the message out on cardiac health
The Sussex Tech girls' varsity cross country seven warm up prior to the 2012 Lake Forest Invitational. BY DAVE FREDERICK
September 6, 2013
Treat the Beat 5K Walk

My late brother John, a former 4:09 miler, ran against the great Alberto Salazar while racing for Watertown High School. John also trained in high school with the BAA organization, doing track workouts in downtown Boston with Bill Rogers and Greg Meyer. John was also teammates at Eastern New Mexico with the great Kenyan miler, Mike Boit. John led the college ranks in the indoor 1,000 meters in the early '80s with a 2:19 performance.

In May 2002, John went to sleep at age 42 and didn’t wake up. He died of a heart attack.

Beebe Medical Foundation will again highlight its focus on heart and vascular health by hosting the Sept. 8 Fourth Annual Treat the Beat 5K Walk to support Cardiac and Vascular Services at Beebe Medical Center. The free event will take place at George H. P. Smith Park at Blockhouse Pond, adjacent to Beebe Medical Center’s main campus in Lewes. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the walk starting at 9 a.m. Beebe Medical Center’s Population Health nurses will be on site to check blood pressures. Healthy snacks will be available.

Mid Atlantic Family Practice is returning as title sponsor for the fourth year in a row. Jeffrey Heckert, MD, FAAFP, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Family Practice, is this year’s honorary chair. In fall 2012, Dr. Heckert underwent life-saving heart surgery at Beebe Medical Center and credits the wonderful staff and surgeons for his recovery.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women across the nation. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries which supply blood to the heart. This happens over time and is the major cause of heart attacks.

Beebe Medical Center’s Cardiac and Vascular Services provide comprehensive care for patients with diseases of the heart and arteries. Services include cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, interventional cardiology, cardiac rhythm management, electrophysiology services, cardiac and vascular diagnostic testing, and cardiac rehabilitation services.

To register for the Treat the Beat event, visit or call the foundation at 302-644-2900.

Cannonball 5K Run

Lewes will be loaded with activities Sunday, Sept. 15, as the celebration of the 10th annual Cannonball 5K Run & Trenny Elliott Walk will kick off the day from the Lewes Historical Complex at the end of Second Street, followed by the much-anticipated Lewes Dragon Boat Festival in the canal later that day.

Cross country

It's cross country season in the Cape area as the high school scene gets under way this Saturday at Killens Pond with the Lake Forest Invitational at 11 a.m. Approximately 1,200 athletes will compete on the 5,000-meter course. There will be Varsity, Junior Varsity,  Middle School Open and Open 5K divisions in the jam-packed day. Cape Henlopen and Sussex Tech will kick off their seasons at the meet under head coaches George Pepper and Lou Nicoletti.

The Youth Seashore Striders will have 10-12 runners competing in the Middle School Open, which will open their 12-meet season. Leading the way for the Striders will be eighth-grader Logan Shuttleworth of Lewes in her eighth year with the team and sixth-grader Blake Hundley of Bethany Beach. Both Shuttleworth and Hundley have finished in the top five numerous times at the national championships.

Upcoming Races

8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, 37th Bottle & Cork 10 Miler & 5K, Dewey Beach,

9 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, Fourth Treat the Beat 5K Walk, Blockhouse Pond, Lewes,

8:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 15, 10th Cannonball 5K Run, Lewes Historical Society Complex, Lewes,

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