Run for JJ race through the mist remembers a son and his father

17th memorial race attracts 300 runners
Runners round the Henlopen Hotel at the start of the Run for JJ 5K. BY DAVE FREDERICK
August 1, 2014

The 17th Run for JJ July 27 was run under misty to drizzly conditions, reflecting a certain sadness that Jay Stein wasn’t there for the first time to host the race in honor of his son, who passed away 17 years ago at age 30.

Mauria Stein, Jay’s daughter, ran the race with her friend Rich Sargent in 32:14. Bill Sargent, Jay's running buddy on many of those high noon boardwalk runs, was also there.

“Running the race makes it a little easier,” Mauria said. "My dad loved hosting this race and just really enjoyed the runners.”

There were over 300 competitors counting racers and walkers and those registered in the Clydesdale and Filly categories.

Greg Laraia, 23, from Valley Cottage, N.Y., won in 17:06, followed by Sonny Landis in 17:40.

Jennifer Woods from Metuchen, N.J., was the first woman, in 19:24.

Eighteen-year-old twins from Madison, Ohio, Hilary (20:41) and Hannah Reigle (21:02) were second and fourth, busted up by Jen Cawthern in 20:51.

Bobby Hughes was the Clydesdale open champion in 22:45, just beating regular winner Bryan Bowles, 22:51.

Bobby’s wife Margaret Colvin won the 50-54 age group in 23:47.

Laura Ritter, Cape Gazette news editor, won the 60-64 age group in 26:16.

The Filly race was won by Michelle Hayes in 28:22, while Sandra Waldee-Warden placed second in 30:03.

The next Seashore Striders race, the Dam Mill 5K, is Saturday, Aug. 2.