Double the usual turnout showed up at noon on New Year’s Eve for the Race into the New Year 5K.
The race assembled on the Boardwalk at Rehoboth Avenue, then quickly disassembled, heading north to Gordons Pond before turning around and coming back. The boards were crowded with walkers, bikers, pups on tethers, and Isabel the Boxer, the leashless legend of Darin Slade and friends.
Quinn Serfass, 18, a freshman cross country runner from Temple University with a Selbyville connection, won the event in 16:37, besting Jeff Young, 16:41; Matt Dunn, 18:56; and Martin Rodriguez, 19:22.
Katie Tomlinson, 30, from Charlottesville, Va., was the first woman, crossing in 19:25. She was followed by Jessica Parrillo, 19:56; Susan Greally, 20:51; and Elena Coupas, 21:51.
Paul Montinin, 51, was masters champion in 19:35, while Greally, 52, won the female masters division.
Outstanding performances by some of those too young to drive included Bennett Brumbley, 11, 20:18; Jacob Hayes, 13, 20:58; Elena Coupas, 15, 21:51; Emily Trout, 15, 22:47; Olivia Montini, 14, 23:12; Natalie Borsuk, 15, 23:32; Brayden Trout, 12, 24:03; and Brynlea Rieger, 10, 24:28.
Cody Kuhlman, 7, ran his first 5K with his grandmother Marie Kuhlman, 70, in 49:20.
Christian Knutsen, 9, and Gavin Knutsen, 7, finished together at 30:42.
Many relentless racers completed the calendar year with more than 100 races run.
The next Seashore Striders race is the Shamrock Shuffle 15K and 5K on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17.