Records fall in 24th annual Sea Witch Fall 5K Classic

It's as much about the costumes as it is about running in the Sea Witch 5K. Superheroes ready to run are (l-r) Carla Costa, Karen Willey, Mindy Hete, Stephanie Hartsoe and Sharon Mews. BY RON MACARTHUR
October 28, 2013

Superheroes seemed to be the theme of the day as more than 430 runners took to the streets of Rehoboth Beach Oct. 27 during the 24th annual Seashore Striders Sea Witch Fall 5K Classic.

With 433 runners and 24 walkers, the event set a record for participation and also set a record for runs starting at Grove Park.

Although it was a costume-optional run, many runners did dress up. Wearing his best fast-man suit, Enos Benbow of Georgetown finished first as expected with a time of 16:48. The first female to cross the line - dressed in black - was Alyssa Pietrobono of Newark in 19:59, who was 14th overall. Jen Cawthern of Rehoboth Beach was the top local female finisher, who was 28th with a time of 21:19. Her Batwoman costume was also among the best in the run.

Dressed as the Green Lantern, Dan MacElrevey of Lewes was second and the first male masters finisher with a time of 17:56. Linda Reck of Rehoboth Beach won the female masters division with a time of 24:10.

Winning in the clydesdale division was John Yanacek of Milford in 23:59, and in the filly division, the winner was Billie Long in 30:26.

Local male age-group winners included: 9 and under - Luke Burton, Lewes, 21:38; 14-19 - Jake Bamforth, Lewes, 18:50, seventh overall; 35-39 - Jason Ruscavage, Millsboro, 20:45; and 75-79 - Jack Huxtable, Rehoboth Beach, 24:47.

Local female age-group winners included: 35-39 - Jen Cawthern, Rehoboth Beach, 21:19; 40-44 - Heidi Heleu, Lewes, 24:36; 65-69 - JoAnn Szczepkowski, Rehoboth Beach, 24:12; and 70-74 - Sharon Wright, Rehoboth Beach, 30:54.