Runners ring in the new year in Bethany Beach

John Castello and his furry friend race Katie Dickerson to the finish line in the Hair of the Dog 5K in Bethany Beach Jan. 1. BY NICK ROTH
January 4, 2014

Four hundred thirty-five runners turned out for the first road races of 2014 in a chilly Bethany Beach on New Year's Day. The Hair of the Dog 5K and 10K events took runners through the under-construction downtown of Bethany and out to Route 1 before finishing on the mile-long boardwalk.

Claiming the first crown of 2014 was 17-year-old Kyle Jones from Newark, who completed the 10K course faster than 110 other competitors, in 39:03. He was quickly followed by Reza Mahbod, 41, of Bethesda, Md., in 39:30. Helen Morrow, 43, of Millsboro, was the first woman to cross the finish line and sixth overall in a time of 46:58.

The 5K was won by a pair of 16-year-old Bethany Beach boys. Mikey Singer and Andrew Michelson clocked times of 17:39.0 and 17:39.5 to finish in a virtual tie. The Top 5 was dominated by youngsters, as 17-year-old Jake Fishkin, 11-year-old Blake Hundley and 16-year-old Dylan Orrell were the next runners to finish the 5K race.

Katie Dickerson, 34, of West Chester, Pa., was the first female runner to finish, with a time of 19:26.