The 37th Seashore 5-Miler was held July 14, for the first time on the trail from Gordons Pond to Herring Point and back. It attracted 150 runners for the 7:30 a.m. start.
The weather was stifling and the bugs were bad, but mosquitoes mostly like stationary targets, while the not-yet-awake deer flies will chase an oily head for miles.
“A beautiful morning and great venue. Runners shared the trail with bikers, and although there was some complaining, there were no incidents or verbal altercations that I’m aware of,” said Race Director Tim Bamforth.
The first 11 runners ran sub-seven-minute pace, with Darian Sorouri, 23, of Wilmington the overall winner in 28:46.
Barb Wells, 47, of Syracuse, N.Y., was the overall women’s winner in 37:09.
Both runners left after winning and did not pick up their trophies.
Mike Sewell, 50, was the male masters champion in 32:17. Mardiny Ung, 52, was women’s masters champion in 38:44. The top 5 leaderboard following Sorouri were Martin Rodriguez in 29:45, Enos Benbow in 30:45, Brian Diksa in 31:16 and Reginaldo Hernandez in 31:28.
The top five women after Wells were Faith Mitchell in 38:20, Ung in 38:40, Allison Sauntry in 39:18 and Becky Montini in 39:38.
The next Seashore Striders event is the 22nd Run for JJ 5K at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, July 21, in Rehoboth behind the Henlopen Hotel.