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p( ,rts & Outdoors FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 - MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014 71 Anthony Swierzbinski wins Surfin' Snowman 5-Miler Former Caesar Rodney runner predicts his finishing time By Dave Frederick Anthony Swierzbinski stood with his wife as 580 cats as- sembled on Garfield Avenue for the start of the inaugural Surfin' Snowman Man 5-Miler/2-Miler in Bethany Beach Dec. 28. Anthony was asked prior to running a step, "You have the look of a guy who could win this thing. Are you that guy?" "I hope I'm near the front in the mix," said the former Caesar Rodney cross country runner. "I've been doing mostly mara- thon training, no speed work; just ran a 3:06 so I hope for five miles I can run around 28 minutes." Close to prerace predictions, Swierzbinski, 27, ran 28:02, beat- ing York, Pa. calculus teacher Greg Cauller, 54, who ran 28:41. The math was easy - Swierz- binski is half the age of Cauller, and if they looked back just two minutes, they would have seen Blake Hundley, just 11 years old, running 30:17. Emily Ritter, 21, who runs for Rider University, was the overall women's winner in 31:47, followed by Lynn Knothe, 36, of Wilmington in 32:30. The two-mile race was won by Carson Harris, 14, of Mechanics- ville, Va., in a time of 16 minutes flat. Nicole Deprey, 13, of Rock- ville, Md., was the first female in 18:32. DAVE FREDERICK PHOTOS RACE ORDER AT THE FRONT is usually established early in the race; top fin- isher Anthony Swierzbinski leads second finisher (3reg Cauller through the in- tersection of then and now. Emily Ritter, 21, wins the women's race. Lynn Knothe places second in the "You'd better watch out" as 580 runners head south in the high noon Surljn' women's division. Snowman road race. New Year's Day baL00y Avary Miller plunges on sixth birthday aby new year - Avary Miller was born on New Year's Day six years ago and has been in perpetual motion ever since. She went into the ocean Jan. 1 with her dad, John David Miller, and her grandmother, Connie Miller, also plunged. Avary was car- ried into the ocean by her dad and got dunked and doused and seemed to be all about it. Up in smoke - Dale Johnson from Rising Sun, Md. made his 21st road trip to Lewes on New Year's Day to jump with the Lewes Polar Bears. "I gave up smoking 21 years ago today, cel- ebrated it by jumping into the ocean, Dale Johnson and so every year I come back to renew my commitment to health. My son was born 21 years ago, and I decided I needed to kick the habit for him." Dale brought his buddy Glenn Gerson, who plunged for the first time. By the way, grown men have bud- dies; it's just how we roll. Sea cow - I took a photo of some burly tattooed guy com- ing out of the frigid Atlantic on New Year's Day and wrote a Facebook caption: "It's your ocean; we're just playing in it." Dude looked like the dark side of the Breaking Bad series. But then I looked closer and exclaimed, "Hey that' s the Cow Guy. That's Burli Hopkins, the Cow Guy of Route 9, the former football and lacrosse player at Cape class of 1996." Funny story, I was walking on the Boardwalk on a summer day about eight years ago when a remote-control toy car kept driving after my feet. I calmly kicked it off the Boardwalk and kept moving. I heard all this laughter and looked up and saw Burli on the porch of Wayne Baker's rental; he was laugh- ing hard, "We've been messing with people all day; you're the first guy to kick the car onto the beach. That's hilarious!" LaForce be with you - Allie La- Force was the sideline reporter for the Outback Bowl, UCLA Continued on page 75 DAVE FREDERICK PH(3wIS JOHN DAVID MILLER and daughter Avary. She was born on New Year's Day six years ago at two minutes past midnight. This New Year's Day, she plunged with her dad.