The 10th and final Kelly J. Fritchman Memorial 5K and Kiddie K attracted 312 runners July 6 on the sizzling streets of Lewes Beach. The race has raised more than $150,000 over the last decade for a swim scholarship in Kelly’s honor at the University of Delaware.
Michael Wardian, a mind-boggling ultra runner with world-class credentials, won the race in 16:48, followed by masters winner Scott Wallace, 40, in 17:35; Martin Rodriguez in 17:58, Mark Walchinsky in 18:18 and Michael Marciano in 18:55.
Sarah McShane, 25, a third-year medical school student at UNC, was the overall women’s winner in 20:01. Sarah was joined on the leaderboard by Kailyn Buckley in 20:09, Bethany Wright in 21:08, Katie Desmond in 21:18 and Ashley Osman in 22:36.
Karen Sposato, 50, a fast friend of Kelly’s, was female masters champion in 22:49.
The Fritchman race attracted a couple hundred friends of the family each year who run well but not often.
Notable locals and age-group champions: Asia Daskalakis, 10-13, 29:49; Erin Cannon, 14-18, 24:20; Robbie Myers, 9 and under, 25:44; Denny Bontempo, 10-13, 23:00; Conner David, 19-29, 19:54; Martin Rodriguez, 30-39, 17:58; Rick Poppleton, 60-69, 22:33, and Jim Batts, 70 and over, 29:08.
A complete listing of expanded results can be found at races2run.com.