Striders host another three-in-a-row weekend May 30 to June 1

May 30, 2014

The Seashore Striders will host another three in a row this weekend for their sixth event in 10 days to race into June and the summer season. Friday, May 30 in Laurel will be the first annual Dunbar Dash 5K Run & Walk, while on Saturday, Irish Eyes in Lewes will host the Lewes 5K Run for Habitat for Humanity at 7:30 a.m.

The Striders will close out the weekend with the Rehoboth 5K Run at Wilmington Avenue and the Boardwalk, also beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Irish Eyes event on Saturday is a part of the new Irish Eyes 6-Pack Series and will continue next week with the popular Blue-Gold 5K at Irish Eyes.

Emily Ritter heads to NCAA East Regionals

Former Beacon Middle School track athlete Emily Ritter is a Rider University junior and is currently in Jacksonville, Fla., competing in the steeplechase at the NCAA Regionals. Ritter ran the equilivent of an 11-minute two-mile at the IC4A Championships in an event that has four hurdles and a water jump and is one of the most challenging in the sport. Good luck to Emily, who holds the Rider record in the event, as she competes with the best of the best.

Beacon track & field

The Beacon track & field team put this season to rest May 29 with their end-of- season banquet honoring the 80 athletes who finished the season with me and assistants Gilbert Maull and Mary Marshall. The highlight of the boys' season is going undefeated in dual meets and finishing as runner-up in the Jim Blades Invite and winning the Cape Classic Invite at the end of the season. Highlighting the girls' season was their fourth straight undefeated year, extending their streak to 44-0, winning the Jim Blades Invite, the Cape Classic Invite, and capturing the McKinnon Invite Regional Championship to close out 2014.  The boys broke eight school records, while the girls broke 10. Alia Marshall, just a seventh-grader, was in the top 10 nationally ranked in the long jump, triple jump, and 200 meters, while Zoe Scott was ranked nationally in the high jump.

Four in a row

From May 23 to 25, the Striders hosted three events in a row on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, while Races2Run also hosted an event in Dewey Beach May 26, Memorial Day.  In sum, they drew 2,000 runners to the beach area, making it one of the popular road race stops on the East Coast. The Milton Mile kicked off the weekend May 23 as  just under 100 runners of all shapes and sizes and ages ran five heats of a loop one-mile course beginning with the wee & wheels and ending with the female master's division. On May 24, one of the largest events in the area, the Justin’s Beach House 5K, greeted 1,100 runners to Bethany Beach for a loop fast & flat course led by director Rick Hundley. May 25 kicked off the Seashore Striders Summer Racing Series with 310 runners leaving Cape Henlopen High School and heading out to Gills Neck Road, threading through town and returning to Cape High for the Olympic-style finish.  On May 26, the Races2Run Series kicked off in Dewey Beach with just under 500 taking part in the event. Congratulations to all finishers in each of the four events in the Cape Region.

Upcoming races

First Dunbar Dash 5K, 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 30, Dunbar Elementary School, Laurel.

Fourth Habitat for Humanity 5K Run, 7:30 a.m., Saturday, May 31, Irish Eyes, Lewes.

Fourth Rehoboth 5K Run, 7:30 a.m., Sunday, June 1, Wilmington Avenue & Boardwalk, Rehoboth.