CoDel Running Festival draws 3,500 runners to Rehoboth

Nippy, foggy morning the scene for three races
April 19, 2019

A thick fog rolled into Rehoboth Beach ahead of the CoDel Running Festival April 14, but the lack of visibility didn’t stop thousands of runners from keeping their eyes on the prize. 

The festival featured a 5K April 13 followed by a marathon, half marathon and 9K April 14. In total, more than 3,500 runners participated in the weekend.

The big winner of the day was Matthew Barresi, 36, of Palmyra, Va., who took the overall title in the marathon in a time of 2:38:00. He and runner-up Brad Dodson of Boonsboro, Md., demolished the field. After Dodson’s 2:39:18 finish, the next fastest runner was 11 minutes behind. Michael Bray of Baltimore took third in 2:50:20; Jake Marcus of North Easton, Mass., ran 2:51:43; and Alexander Hoerniss of Leichlingen, Germany, rounded out the top five in 2:53:10. 

The women’s marathon was won by Kelli Proctor, 41, of Waterford, Pa., in a time of 3:01:34. She was followed to the finish by Melanie Rebechi of Baltimore in 3:04:32; Carly Wolfe of York, Pa., in 3:06:14; Sharon Schmidt-Mongrain of Lafayette Hill, Pa., in 3:09:23; and Megan Venables of Harrison, N.J., in 3:09:49.

The marathon attracted 645 runners. 

The half marathon boasted 1,232 entries. Steve Sinko, 42, of Wilmington was the overall winner in 1:18:48. Following him were Francisco Puac of Georgetown in 1:20:32; Duane Oftedahl of Gilford, N.H., in 1:21:44; and Enos Benbow of Georgetown in 1:22:54. Sara Baugh of Richmond, Va., was the women’s champion and sixth overall finisher in 1:24:33. Just a minute behind her was Caryn Just of Baltimore in 1:25:38. 

Jake Mashack, 19, of Bloomsburg, Pa., took the top spot in the 9K in a time of 31:53. He was followed to the finish by Steven Eshelman of Lincoln in 32:16, Chris Vodzak of Hockessin in 33:00 and Joe Bukartek of Newark in 6:32. Olivia Montini, 14, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., was first female and fifth overall in 38:11.

The 5K in Dewey Beach was won by Joe Phifer, 23, of Alexandria, Va., in a time of 18:06. He was quickly followed to the finish line by a pack of runners, including Enos Benbow of Georgetown in 18:31; Andrew Berger of Cherry Hill, N.J., in 18:36; Kenny Krygier of Clayton in 18:39; and Mike Guessford of Newark in 18:55. 

Michele Karsnitz, 34, of Milton took top honors in the women’s 5K in a time of 20:14. She was followed by Andi Barnett of Wilmington in 20:50, 13-year-old Faith Mitchell of Milford in 21:24 and Caitlin Reiser of Chesapeake, Va., in 21:43. 

The weekend benefited Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation and Delaware Seashore State Parks.

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