Tri season upon us with Dewey and Bethany leading the way

17th Dewey Triathlon Sept. 14 will benefit Sussex Family YMCA
September 13, 2013
Laney Shockro, 7, shows off her flying feet as she taxis towards the finish line.

The Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquabike is still open for registration, and it is filling up fast as the event nears 1,000 athletes. The slate on Sunday, Sept. 22, will feature three different events as follows:

Triathlon (swim, bike, run) is a 1,000-meter ocean swim (.62 miles), 30K bike (18.5 miles) and 7K run (4.35 miles).

Duathlon (run, bike, run) consists of a 1,000-meter hard sand beach run (.62 miles), 30K bike (18.5 miles) and 7K run (4.35 miles).

Aquabike (swim, bike) includes a 1,000-meter ocean swim (.62 miles) and 30K bike (18.5 miles) with less than a quarter-mile run to the finish.

Swim Bethany Beach's beautiful and clean ocean waters, bike along one of the most tranquil and scenic areas of coastal Delaware and run through area towns along the coastline. You will no doubt discover why Bethany Beach was just named as one of the best secret beaches on earth by Travel & Leisure. Visit

17th Dewey Tri comes Sept. 14

The Dewey Triathlon will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, just south of Dewey Beach at Tower Road with more than 1,000 athletes expected to compete. Some interesting facts from the Dewey Beach Triathlon website give some history of the event:

The first Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon was held on Sept. 14, 1996. It was held in back of what was then called Gary’s Surf Spray Café on New Orleans Street. The after party was held on the roof of the building. Since its inception, the race has been held as a charity event for the Sussex Family YMCA Campaign for Healthy Kids. The following year it was also held on the same street but quickly outgrew the venue and has been held in Delaware Seashore State Park ever since. It’s a no-frills, grassroots community event and a Dewey Beach tradition that brings athletes and their families from near and far to the resort area. All proceeds go directly to Sussex Family YMCA.

Cannonball 5K Run

Lewes will be loaded with activities this Sunday, Sept. 15, as the celebration of the 10th annual Cannonball 5K Run & Trenny Elliott Walk will kick off the day at 8:30 a.m. 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. Race-day registration for the 5K will begin at 7 a.m. at the Lewes Historical Complex.

Cross country wrap

The Strider Youth Cross Country Team opened the recent Lake Forest Cross Country Invitational with a boys' and girls' race in the 8th grade and younger division. Two of the fastest young runners I have seen in a long while, Andrew Avila and Lydia Olivere, ran away with the individual titles on the 2.1-mile course at Killens Pond. For the purple & yellow it was 8th-grader Logan Shuttleworth leading the way in third place in a time of 14:16, while 6th-grader Blake Hundley led the boys in fourth place in 12:42. Helena Helou was fifth overall in 15:03, while Emma Barthelmess was sixth overall in 15:43. Lindsay Rambo was eighth in 16:37, while Lainey Shockro was 12th in 17:10.

For the boys following Hundley, it was Brock Diaz in ninth in a time of 15:00, while seventh-grader Robert Marsh was 10th in 15:15. Luke Burton was 11th in 15:39, while Ethan Shuttleworth was 23rd in 19:18.

The Striders will travel to Brecknock Park in Camden this Saturday, Sept. 14, to compete in the Holy Cross Invitational.

In dual-meet high school action from Sept. 11 it was Cape Henlopen, Sussex Tech, Caesar Rodney, Smyrna and Milford all victorious in their dual action. The high school White Clay Creek Classic will go off on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. with a unique format where races are grouped by year in school with freshmen leading off.

Upcoming races

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

9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, 10th Remembrance 5K Run, Federalsburg, Md.,

9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, Believe In Tomorrow’s 4th Annual Beach 5K Race; Fenwick Island,

7:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2nd Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon & Duathlon, Bethany Beach,

8:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, Inaugural LC Homes Race to the Future at Big Fish, Rehoboth Beach,

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