Locals compete at Eagleman 70.3 Ironman

June 18, 2021

Team TriCoach was well represented at the Eagleman Ironman 70.3 event in Cambridge last weekend, as hundreds of athletes from around the world gathered to swim 1.2 miles in the Choptank River, bike 56 miles on country roads, and run 13.1 miles to finish the challenge.

Matt Dunn crossed the line in 4:47:24 to finish 14th in his age group and qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship race in St. George, Utah. Dunn ran 4:15:59 in 2019.

Steve Venett of Milford finished in 5:22:59 to finish 46th in his age group, while Claudia Heim finished in 6:17:46 and 30th in her age group. Liz Gerritt finished in 6:22:50 and 38th in her age group, while Betsy Tootell finished in 7:46:27 and eighth in her age group.

Susan Pender missed the 8:30:00 cutoff time, but managed to finish the race on her own.  

Summer track & field

The Cape girls’ track & field team will host Thursday evening clinics where track & field fans can come out and participate in a workout, learn a drill, take part in an event or participate in some live competitions. The sessions are set up as clinics, which allow for any age to participate. So the first-grader who is looking at starting a hurdling career or the 70-year-old who would like to improve her 5K time with some repeat 400s can both come out and have some fun with track & field for all.

There will be five clinic sessions: July 1, July 8, July 15, July 29 and Aug. 5. There will be two competition meets – Saturday, July 22 and Thursday, Aug. 12.

Also on Aug. 12, the track version of the Rehoboth Avenue Mile will return, as we will race a festival of track miles with the following championships: Elementary, middle school, high school, 20-39 open, 40+ masters, and 50+ grand masters. The night will wrap up with an invited elite race.

Whether you want to improve on a field event, a track event, or run some repeat quarters, the Cape summer track clinics are a good way to have some fun with the sport of track & field.

For more information, contact coach Tim Bamforth at

Art Madric skills camp 

Art Madric, the former Glasgow High track & field coach and founder of the Wilmington Track Club, has been a friend of mine for 30 years. We still keep in touch and when we see each other at meets, we hug each other and then talk about family. First our own kids, and then our track kids. Coach Madric is hosting three camps this summer beginning the week of June 21 with his favorite event, the hurdles. The week of June 28 will be sprints, starts and technique. Art will finish up the week of July 12 with the long and triple jumps. 

The camps will take place at Middletown High School from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. The cost is $125 per weekly session. If you are interested, contact Madric at Coach Madric has coached at every level, from elementary athletes all the way up to Olympians, and has had numerous conference, state and national champions over the years.

Seashore Five-Miler

Martin Rodriguez of Selbyville took the overall championship in the 39th Seashore Five-Miler in a time of 29:54, while Jen Cawthern of Lewes won the female title in 36:17. Pete Rosembert of Milford won the male masters in 34:34, while Beth Lowenthal of Laurel, Md., won the female masters in 38:19.

Some notables and their performances were Cape hurdler and mid-distance runner Alexa Dougherty winning her 14-19 age group in her first five-miler in a time of 43:16, while Chris Stanley of Fruitland, Md., ran 37:34 to win the 50-54 age group. John Yanacek of Milford, Clyde or no Clyde, still won the 55-59 age group in 44:18, while Jack Huxtable of Rehoboth Beach at age 83 ran 55:22.

Triple Crown

The 2021 Seashore Striders Triple Crown will take place this weekend, beginning Friday evening with the Georgetown Library 5K at 7 p.m. Limited race registration will take place at the library starting at 6 p.m.

On Saturday morning, the triple will move a bit east to Sandhill Fields for the inaugural Sandhill Fields 5K at 8 a.m., with limited race-day registration beginning at 7 a.m.

Sunday will cap off the weekend with the Father’s Day 5K in Rehoboth Beach, starting from Wilmington Ave and the boards at 7:30 a.m. Limited race registration will begin at 6:30 a.m.

More information on the Seashore Striders events can be found at


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