Tyler Blandin throws down then throws up, winning WaterMel 5K in 17:53

Maria Miller wins women’s title in 20:24
August 10, 2022

Tyler Blandin, 18, wearing a Polytech T-shirt, threw down then threw up, winning the fourth annual WaterMel 5K Run Aug. 7 in a time of 17:53. 

Blandin was part of the Polytech cross country team that included Matty Gatune and Kenny Guy. 

Dylan Varrato, 27, a West Point officer, was second in 18:04, followed by Brett Parker, 16, of Laurel in 19:19. James Keister, 59, won the male masters in 23:15. 

Maria Miller, 40, of Tyaskin, Md., was fourth overall and first woman in 20:24. “I run all kinds and distances from 5Ks to ultras,” Maria said after her race. “The variety keeps it fresh and keeps it fun.” 

Arina Varrato, 16, was second female in 22:58. Keely Wells, 37, was third female in 23:37. Joanna Senft, 52, won the female masters in 24:35. 

The Varrato family captured three age-group golds. In addition to Dylan and Arina, Tony, 55, won his age group in 24:39.

Notables: Grace Barthelmess, 11, won the female 1-13 group in 39:44. Linda Marvin, 72, won her age group in 47:13. 

The race attracted 133 runners. 

The inaugural Bettie James Fest 5K is set for 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, in Dewey Beach. Bettie James is the name of Milton native Jimmie Allen's new album, coming from Allen’s father James Allen and grandmother Bettie Snead.  


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