We Are ... The Penn State College Day 5K! in downtown Dewey Beach took place July 31. The 19th version of the popular race was fast at the front, with 26 runners breaking 20 minutes, while an astounding 11 broke 18 minutes, including Elizabeth Swierzbinski, winner of the women’s race in 17:57, good for 11th overall.
Elizabeth’s husband Anthony Swierzbinski, 35, ran 16:49 for seventh overall. A total of 221 runners completed the race.
The Fuller brothers and fast-lane wives straight outta South Central Pennsylvania always show up for the Penn State Day 5K and never disappoint. Brian Fuller, 35, ran 15:06 for the win, setting a new course record while holding off Will Rehrig in 15:57.
Justin Krebs, 47, was masters winner in 16:18, just ahead of Mark Fuller, 30, in 16:29; Colten Morris, 19, in 16:29; Cole Perry, 17, in 16:38; and Kevin Fuller, 33, in 16:58.
Following Elizabeth Swierzbinski in the women's race were Emily Fuller, 32, in 18:16; masters winner Abby Dean, 49, in 18:56; Bella Treglia, 17, in 19:06; Katie Fuller, 29, in 19:07 and Marissa Pritchett, 17, in 19:25.
Fifteen of the top 25 runners were from Pennsylvania, and 10 of them had York listed as their hometown.
The next Races2Run event at the beach is the eighth annual Breast Fest 5K at Northbeach Saturday, Aug. 14 . A complete listing of expanded race results can be found at races2run.com.
Notes: Wayne and Barb Kursh of Races2Run were in State College on race day to join Barb’s dad in celebration of his 100th birthday. Drew Gonser, who purchased the business from Wayne and Barb, led the fastest race of the summer on his bicycle but got a flat tire. Fortunately, leader Brian Fuller, having run and won the race multiple times, knew the way back. Brian Fuller holds the course record in four age groups: 19-24, 25-29, 30-34 and 35-39. Other age-group course records were set by Justin Krebs, 47, of York in 16:18; Elizabeth Swierzbinski, 34, of Wilmington in 17:57; Abby Dean, 49, of Wilmington in 18:56; and Joann Szczepkowski, 75, of Rehoboth Beach in 28:37.