Anthony Swierzbinski stood with his wife as 580 cats assembled on Garfield Avenue for the start of the inaugural Surfin’ Snowman Man 5-Miler/2-Miler in Bethany Beach Dec. 28.
Anthony was asked prior to running a step,”You have the look of a guy who could win this thing. Are you that guy?”
“I hope I’m near the front in the mix,” said the former Caesar Rodney cross country runner. “I’ve been doing mostly marathon training, no speed work; just ran a 3:06 so I hope for five miles I can run around 28 minutes.”
Close to prerace predictions, Swierbinski, 27, ran 28:02, beating York, Pa. calculus teacher Greg Cauller, 54, who ran 28:41. The math was easy - Swierzbinski is half the age of Cauller, and if they looked back just two minutes, they would have seen Blake Hundley, just 11 years old, running 30:17.
Emily Ritter, 21, who runs for Rider University, was the overall women’s winner in 31:47, followed by Lynn Knothe, 36, of Wilmington in 32:30.
The two-mile race was won by Carson Harris, 14, of Mechanicsville, Va., in a time of 16 minutes flat. Nicole Deprey, 13, of Rockville, Md., was the first female in 18:32.