Perfect weather presented itself for the 36th running of the Dam Mill 5K in Millsboro July 27. A total of 162 runners toed the line then took off into Millsboro proper.
The word came back to the finish line by walkie-talkie from Gary Extract, driver of the Seashore Striders golf cart.
“The leaders just passed the two-mile mark and they’re flying,” Gary radioed to Race Director Tim Bamforth. “It’s Francisco [Puac] and some skinny white guy.”
Francisco, 34, threw down a 5:10 final mile to close his race in 16:23. Jake Bamforth, 22, the skinny white guy, ran a 5:22 to finish his race in 16:37.
Francisco barely trains and is always fresh for racing. Bamforth, a triathlete, trains three times a day. There are as many training regimens as runners in a race.
Olivia Montini, 14, won the female open race in 20:40. Faith Mitchell, 13, chased her to the finish line in 20:52.
Paul Montini, 51, was male masters winner and seventh overall in 18:40. Susan Dunn, 42, won the women’s masters in 21:57.
The male 9-and-under was won by Hunter Thomas in 24:04, followed by Landon Bratz in 25:23 and Robbie Myers in 29:24.
The clydesdale open was won by Nick Zaremba in 20:10, while clydesdale masters winner John Yanacek finished in 23:39.
Filly open top honors went to Rebekah Yanacek in 29:38, while filly masters was won by Laurie Milnes in 34:56.
Full results can be found at www.seashorestriders.com.