Brokaw twins compete in Oregon ironman

August 4, 2023

Cape Henlopen graduate Grace Brokaw finished 23rd in the 25-29 division and 241st among female athletes in the Ironman 70.3 Oregon. Brokaw, who was competing in her first half ironman, was timed in 5:47:41. She led off with a nice swim of 20:50, followed by a bike ride of 2:59:47, averaging 18 mph. She finished off the half-marathon in 2:16:13.

Twin brother Ricky was 17th in the 25-29 age group and 319th among the male athletes in a time of 5:04:22 in his very first triathlon. Ricky exited the water in 19:18 and followed up with a bike of 2:41:37. Ricky finished up with a 1:51:47 half-marathon for pretty impressive first-time stats.

The pair graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 2016. Grace attended Clemson University for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, while Ricky attended the University of South Carolina and is currently a Ph.D student at the University of California Santa Barbara. 

Seashore Striders Championship Series

With two races to go, I thought it would be cool to take a look at how the Summer Championship Series is shaping up. Stat man Tim Young does a great job posting the series results each week and makes it available to view at

As of this week, 73 runners have qualified by racing a five-miler and five 5K races throughout the summer. There are 31 runners needing just one race to qualify and 11 runners who need to complete the final two races to qualify.

The following runners have completed every race this summer in the series: Liz Gerritt, Martin Rodriguez, Karen Eller, John Blackford, Vinve Pavic, Sheila Young, Peter Tracey, John Dowling, Tim Young, Michael Mitchell, The Caboose, Richard Tikiob, Jose Lukecart and Jim Marvin. Dylan Smiley needs one more 5K to take the lead in the overall standings. A sub 16:15 from him will break the all-time series record.

A look at the leaders of each age group: Male 10-13 - Keiran Labarre, 3:02:11; female 14-19 - Olivia Montini, 2:09:49; male 14-19 - Bennett Brumbley, 2:12:14; female 25-29 - Rebekah Yanacek, 3:04:58; male 25-29 - Dylan Smiley, 1:29:46; female 35-39 - Holly Merritt, 2:33:28; male 35-39 - Beau Croll, 2:02:35; female 40-44 - Eugenija King, 2:36:42; male 40-44 - Martin Rodriguez, 1:58:06; female 45-49 - Susan Dunn, 2:28:48; male 45-49 - John Blackford, 2:31:33; female 50-54 - Tanya Karaman, 2:32:54; male 50-54 - Mike Sewell, 2:10:00; female 55-59 - Maureen Pinketon, 2:50:24; male 55-59 - Paul Montini, 2:09:53; female 60-64 - Cindy Redefer, 3:47:23; male 60-64 - John Costello, 2:12:23; female 65-69 - Debra Isser, 2:40:16; male 65-69 - Michael Mitchell, 2:48:07; female 70-74 - Mary Kessler, 3:07:09; male 70-74 - John Walters, 3:11:27; male 75-79 - Doug Tootell, 3:18:52; male 80-plus - Jack Noel, 6:26:40; female walker - Marian Dowling, 3:59:59; and male walker - Don Zalenski, 3:29:41.

Race for the Paws 5K

Join the Seashore Striders for a great four-legged cause as the 15th annual Race for the Paws 5K Run, 5K Walk & 1-Mile Dog Walk will step off at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, in Dewey Beach. This is the 10th event in the popular Seashore Striders Championship Series and one of the most popular Seashore Striders events of the year.   

Proceeds will benefit Humane Animal Partners, formerly known as Delaware Humane Association and Delaware SPCA. Runners and walkers can go to to get registered. The post-race celebration with refreshments will take place at the Dewey Beach Lions Club. The Seashore Striders have added a separate 5K walk division this year; this will be the fifth walk of the summer. The top five male and female walkers will receive awards. Dogs are not allowed on the 5K course.  


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