Brent Herring, 36, from Breckenridge, Colo., won the ninth annual Kelly J. Fritchman 5K in 17:19 July 7. A total of 234 runners completed the race on the Irish Eyes course in Lewes under ideal weather conditions.
Erica McCann, 38, from Hagerstown, Md., was the overall women’s winner in 21:34.
Chris Vansant, 46, from Fairfield, Pa., won the male masters title in 19:00.
Karen Sposato, 49, from Milton, a close friend to Kelly Fritchman, was the women’s masters champion in 22:04.
The top 45 runners broke 25 minutes, which is below 8 minutes a mile pace.
The top 5 male finishers after Herring were Luke Bosek, 17:48; Chris Czerwinski, 18:35; Alex Hoffsmith, 18:50; and Chris Vansant 19:00.
Czerwinski was the first finisher among members of the Dewey Beach Patrol, which supports the race en masse for the Fritchman family and Capt. Todd Fritchman.
The top 5 leaderboard on the women’s side after winner McCann were Morgan Austin, 21:50; Karen Sposato, 22:04; Kim Geyer, 22:57; and Ari Chiarella, 22:57.
Tens of young Cape Region athletes - not regular road runners - came out for the race to honor Kelly’s memory and the Fritchman family.
The top 5 girls in the 14-18 age group were Caroline Maull, 24:43, Katie Giles, 24:50; Emily Monigle, 25:44; Destiny Kusen, 26:20; and Hadley Rhue, 27:12.
The 10-13 boys race generated fast times, as Joe Giles edged friend Luke Burton 22:15 to 22:19.
The next beach races by Races2Run are the Believe in Tomorrow 5K Thursday, July 19, at the Indian River Inlet, and the 16th annual Dewey Beach Patrol 10K/5K Saturday, July 21.