Seashore Classic Half Marathon on tap at Irish Eyes

April 8, 2017

The 45th Annual Cherry Blossom 10 Miler was held last weekend in Washington, D.C., with a team of local Certified Running Nuts making the trip. The event is a great one, with the total package of elite and middle-of-the-road runners, and those just walking and jogging to the finish. The combination of a great course, post-race, awards, T-shirt, and an event where runners can mingle with the professionals is such a bonus.

Cherry Blossom 10 Miler Nuts participants

Ryan Amsley, Jennifer Hess, Mike Sewell, Molly Sewell, Martin Rodriguez, Eugenia King, Mary Beth Evans, Bobby Hutton, Karen Karchner, Craig Karchner, Linda Stanley, Chris Stanley, Enos Benbow, Nancy Brooks, Bill Brooks, Bonnie Brooks, Georgette O'Cone, Nicholas O'Cone, Mark Voicheck, Lisa Voicheck, Willard Phillips, Jerri Fleetwood, John Blackford, Russell Littleton, Lisa Wynn, Scott Nagy, Stella Castillo, Alberto Castillo, Elizabeth Rose, George Corbin, Paul Jon Gitlin and Ed Hartwell.

NY Nuts Crew included Rosanna Castillo, Joey Kwit, Natalie Dorset, Daniel Rosenfeld, Valerie Lores, Ira Paul Turner, Jennifer Cooperman, Michael Gaulin and Ruby Lu.

Jump Rope for Heart

Congratulations to the Shields family which set a new school record in their annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. The Shields team raised $7,043.51 to lead the district and finish again as one of the top teams in the state. Rehoboth Elementary, H.O Brittingham Elementary and Milton Middle School also did exceptionally well, and I hope next week I will have totals for the district. Great job to all supporters of the American Heart Association.

Beacon track and field

The Beacon track and field team traveled south to Selbyville to take on Selbyville Middle School in a dual meet April 4, and when the dust settled it was the Selbyville boys with a win over Beacon 69-40 and the Beacon girls with a win over Selbyville 56-53 to remain undefeated in dual meets. It was the best middle school track meet I have been involved with in my career as a coach, with performances better than many high school teams. Close races were everywhere you looked. The hundreds of fans of both schools got a treat for a free price of admission to middle school track and field. Hats off to my friend and fall Striders coach Rick Hundley who, along with longtime runner Andy White and longtime SMS coach Sally Craig, put together the best team that I can remember on the girls’ side. It was a shame one team had to come up short, because the determination, desire, effort and talent on both teams were worthy of the victory.

The next meet for Beacon is a quad meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, at Cape with Beacon, Mariner, Seaford and Selbyville. As always, all volunteers are asked to arrive by 3:30 p.m.

Georgetown Run for Color 5K

The Third Annual Georgetown Run For Color 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 8. There will be limited parking at the Georgetown Middle School athletic field lot on School Lane. Additional parking is within walking distance of Georgetown Middle School and Georgetown Elementary School. Parking is not available in the schools’ front lots.

The 5K (3.1-mile) course starts and finishes at the GMS Athletic Field Complex on School Lane. The race will weave through the streets surrounding the school complex.

Proceeds benefit the GMS track and field program, programs to promote healthy students, and the GES Literacy Program. Go to for more information. For more information, email or

Seashore Classic Half-Marathon around the corner

The 8th Annual Seashore Classic, a half-marathon event, 5K run and relay division, will be held Sunday, April 9, starting and finishing at Irish Eyes at Anglers in Lewes. Runners will travel toward Lewes Beach and then Cape Henlopen State Park and loop the park to an out-and-back on the Gordons Pond Trail before returning to Lewes and back to Irish Eyes. Preregistration packet pickup will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 8, at Irish Eyes. The race will take off at 8 a.m., Sunday, April 9, and will kick off the opening of the Irish Eyes 6-Pack Series. If you can complete a distance of 10 miles, you're good to go for a half-marathon. Nearly 200 participants have registered; registration is still open through the middle of next week. For more information go to

Upcoming races

Inaugural Dash for a Draft 5K - 10 a.m., Saturday, April 8, in Milton. Go to