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o: FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 - MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014 71 Former Caesar Rodney runner and if they looked back just two minutes, they would have seen predicts his finishing time Blake Hundley, just 11 years old, running 30:17. By Dave Frederick "I hope I'm near the front in Emily Ritter, 21, who runs the mix," said the former Caesar for Rider University, was the overall women's winner in 31:47, Rodney cross country runner, followed by Lynn Knothe, 36, of Anthony Swierzbinski stood 'Tve been doing mostly mara- with his wife as 580 cats as- thontraining, no speed work; just Wilmington in 32:30. sembled on Garfield Avenue for ran a 3:06 so I hope for five miles The two-mile race was won by the start of the inaugural Surfin' I can run around 28 minutes." Carson Harris, 14, of Mechanics- Snowman Man 5-Miler/2-Miler Close to prerace predictions, ville, Va in a time of 16 minutes in Bethany Beach Dec. 28. Swierzbinski, 27, ran 28:02, beat- fiat. Nicole Deprey, 13, of Rock- Anthony was asked prior to ing York, Pa. calculus teacher ville, Md was the first female running a step, "You have the Greg Cauller, 54, who ran 28:41. in 18:32. look of a guy who could win this The math was easy - Swierz- thing. Are you that guy?" binski is half the age of Cauller, 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. Y aby new year - Avary Miller was born on New Day six years ago and has been in perpetual motion ever since. She went into the ocean Jan. I 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 iump 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 iust 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 - Mlie La- Force was the sideline reporter for the Outback Bowl, UCLA Continued on page 75 DAVE FREDERICK PHG~I~S 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.