Face-fracturing frigid for the Race into the New Year 5K

Runners get crazy cards punched over three-day polar weekend
January 3, 2018

The 15th annual Race into the New Year 5K Dec. 31 at noon on the Rehoboth Boardwalk was the coldest race of the calendar year.

A total of 132 runners took the Arctic wind head-on for the first half of a race against a frozen face before turning around at Gordons Pond to have their medulla oblongatas pelted with polar winds.

Jeff Young from Bryn Mawr, Pa., emerged as the overall winner in 17:02. He was followed by Joey Andrisani in 17:20, Martin Rodriguez in 18:38, Matt Dunn in 18:55 and Paul Montini in 19:53.

Cindy Conant was the overall women’s winner in 20:03. She was followed by Amy Dischler in 21:14, Olivia Montini in 22:03, Lisa Jalot in 22:22 and Jackie Quigley in 22:46.

Special mentions go to Jamie Wollard (46:59) who ran with her granddaughter Amanda Wollard (41:29), and to Doc Masser who served as a guide dog to his foster step cousin twice removed Richard Tikiob in 50:29.

The next local race sponsored by the Seashore Striders is the 12th annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K and 15K set for Sunday, March 18, on the Junction & Breakwater Trail, commencing at Tanger Outlets on the east side of Route 1.