Chased by people and dogs, Brian Fuller wins Race for the Paws 5K

Fuller, 36, unbeaten in Dewey races since 2004
August 8, 2022

Brian Fuller was first to Dewey Beach Liquors followed by 300 bipeds and 50 quadrupeds at the 14th annual Race for the Paws 5K and 1-Mile Walk. They all turned left, but Brian was gone like a whippet on a wild rabbit.

Fuller, a 36-year-old 2009 Penn State graduate, had a smile on his face as he took to the front – the reason is, he knows he’s not coming back.

Fuller owns the Northbeach course record in four different age groups: 19-24 (15:21) in 2008, 25-29 (15:21) in 2012, 30-34 (15:10) in 2019 and 35-39 (15:06) in 2021. 

The Mechanicsburg, Pa., resident, who hit the finish in 15:46 this year, has not lost a race in Dewey since 2004. His brothers Kevin and Mark also run, as do their wives, and everyone is fast. There were no Fuller dogs in Saturday's race; they would only slow the boys down unless unleashed.

Dylan Smiley, 24, was second in 16:16, followed by Joey Andrisani, 39, who ran a personal best 16:38. Completing the top 10 list were Ian Cain, 16, 17:24; David Carillo, 16, 17:27; Mark Fuller, 31, 17:40; Josh Breighner, 26, 18:30; Lance Kauffman, 19, 18:52; masters winner Matt Spacacino, 44, 18:57; and Nick Ronan, 24, 19:15. 

Genevieve Dibari, 22, placed 11th and was the overall women's winner in 19:17. Completing the top women’s leaderboard were Katie Fuller, 30, 20:02; Maria Dibari, 18, 20:36; Eve Hoffman, 36, 20:52, and Sarah Richards, 37, 21:08. 

Susan Dunn, 45, won the women’s masters race in 22:47.  

Notables - Mary Kessler, 73, of Harbeson set an age-group course record of 25:50. The state age-group record is 25:09. Joann Sczepkowski, 76, ran 30:34 to win her age group. 


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