Digital detachment at the Labor Day Last Blast Prediction Run

Up to the corner and round the bend, runners take off for the Last Blast Prediction Run. BY DAVE FREDERICK
September 6, 2013

A sense of digital detachment permeated the field of runners at the start of the 23rd annual Last Blast Prediction 5K run Aug. 31 in Rehoboth at the Grove Park course.

The race is a bit of a fun run for a serious crowd who must predict their times and are forbidden to wear chronographs, GPS tracking devices, pedometers and pace makers. Ankle bracelets issued by probation and parole are permitted with supporting documentation.

Back on the race course, it was Enos Benbow in his first of three races on the day running away from the field of 143 in a time of 17:19. Enos was chased to the finish line by Cape runner Ryan Thornburg in 18:00 and masters runner Mike Sewell in 18:10.

Cindy Conant, 52, of Kensington, Md., and Rehoboth Beach was the first woman to cross, in 20:42. Susan Dunn was second for the women in 21:43, followed by Cape runner Keren Rams in 22:41.

The racing series age group winners were announced at the post-race bagel and banana nut celebration. A runner must complete five 5K races and a five-miler to be eligible for the series. Results can be found at