By the time Paul and Craig Eppler reached the Rehoboth Boardwalk, it was clear one of them was going to win the Bottle & Cork 10-Miler.
It appeared as though the brothers were out for a morning run together as they ran stride-for-stride north past the Dolle’s sign and toward Henlopen Acres. Separation never occurred, as Paul edged Craig by one second at the Dewey Beach finish line to win the 45th annual race in a time of 57:21.
The only other runner to break the one-hour mark was third-place finisher Michael Sheerin of New York, who clocked a time of 59:00.
Rounding out the top five were Matt McDavitt of Lincroft, N.J., in 1:01:08 and Keith Johnson of Wilmington in 1:02:53.
Finishing seventh overall and winning the women’s race was Sarah Rusk of Wilmington in 1:05:13. The next woman to cross the finish line was Kristen Henry of Elkton, Md., in 1:11:21.
In the 5K race, Owen Bubczyk of Thurmont, Md., turned in the fastest time at 19:15. He was followed by masters winner Luke Kempski of Harrisburg, Pa., in 20:55; Nicholas Stanley of Fruitland, Md., in 21:49; Evan Gallagher of Lititz, Pa., in 21:50; and Richard Clayton of Columbia, Md., in 22:11. Mike Smith of Milton was the first Delaware finisher, in ninth with a time of 23:24.
Women’s winner Lori Holdsworth of Lewes finished 10th overall with a time of 23:30. She was followed by masters winner Kelly Jones of Key West, Fla., in 26:38. Stephanie Weikel and Sara Singley, both of Easton, Pa., finished in a tie for third with a time of 26:57.
Full results can be found at www.races2run.com. The next Races2Run beach race is the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware 5K at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, at Irish Eyes in Lewes.