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t CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, April 5 - April 7, 2005.33 .... fii i Sr"3,R00.rs & OUTD,( _300,S Kids tackle Character Counts Youth Triathlon By Tim Bamforth The annual YMCA Youth Char- acter Counts Triathlon was held April 2, in Rehoboth Beach under windy, cold and wet conditions. A young group of athletes took the conditions in stride and ran, biked and swam their way to vic- tory showing their character through the competition. The event was broken up into two courses with age 7-8 and 9-10 boys and girls completing a half- mile run, a one-mile bike ride and a 100-meter swim, while the 11- 12 and 13-14 year olds completed a mile run, a 3.5-mile bike and a 150-meter swim. In the 7-8 year old division, Jack Kelly led the short course following the opening run, with Austin MacElrevey, Kai Vitella and Jake Bamforth close behind, while Alicia Coning and Sarah May led the long course off the run. On to the bike ride with the wind a factor making every pedal a challenge. Jake Bamforth, moved to the lead and entered the transition first with a 41-second Continued on page 35 Steven Billups photos These children toed the line for the annual running of the Character Counts Youth Triathlon on April 2. Just amazing 00vlaat oe0ol,3 can accomplish when they s : tr00eir minds to it DON'T SHOOT DOWN- It was President Nixon who said, "Don't shoot down" when consid- ering retaliation for personal at- tacks. I personally think that is great advice. I wondered why none of the baseball players in Jose Canseco's "tell all" book on steroids have threatened to sue him. There is no doubt that Jose is a whack job and a compulsive liar who maybe sometimes by ac- cident he tells the truth. I remember once when Jose was fresh out of alcohol rehabilitation and a fan leaned out of row one during batting practice and screamed, "Hey Jose! Want a drink?" Jose attacked the man and I thought the creep deserved it just like the fan who kept riding Charles Barkley until Barkley spit in his face. Anyway, Lance Arm- strong is suing a former personal assistant who said he found a banned substance.in Lance's apartment last year. Armstrong's was quoted as saying that the comments were "an egregious character assassination founded upon a demonstrably false string of sensational, untrue and fabri- cated allegations."- OFF THE HOOK Now I'm willing to believe Lance is drug free, but I don't be- lieve he talks like a liability lawyer. HOW AND WHY? - More than 20,000 road runners who have "qualified" will participate in the April 18 running of the Boston Marathon. The African runners have come to dominate the event in recent years. The on- ly record held by an American is in women's wheelchair held by Jen Driscoll who rolled to a 1:34 in 1994. ......... The best wheelchair marathoner in the world is Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa with a world record 1:18. The wheelchair racers are sent out before the foot racers oth- erwise there would be accidents. One of the 10 Lewes Marathons was won by a wheelchair athlete who wanted the first place trophy, but too many others shouted, "It ain't fair. He's got that chair with wheels." Can you imagine going down steep hills and climbing Heart- break Hill in a wheelchair doing world-class speed? It is just amazing what people can accom- plish when they set their minds to it. DOG GONEAND LONG GONE - Justin Long, Delaware's leading receiver, will miss his fi- nal year of eligibility after being booted from school for a year in what was only described as a "campus incident." I listened to Long at many a press conference and he always seemed like an ar- ticulate and classy young man. As quoted for the University of Delaware website, "Long, a three- year starter from Pennsauken, dent Judicial Systems are any- thing but liberal when it comes to holding their peers accountable. I have no idea what Justin Long did, but by early summer the in- formation will be on the street. File photo LID's leading receiver Just- ing Long won't be suiting up for the Blue Hens this year. has been dismissed from the uni- versity for one year after his ap- peal of a decision stemming from an on-campus incident earlier this semester was denied by the UD Student Judicial System this week. Long led the team with 68 receptions for 772 yards and six touchdowns during the 2004 sea- son and had posted career totals of 164 receptions for 1,910 yards SPRING FORWARD - There is nothing springy about getting up an hour earlier. Working with teenagers capable of sleeping un- interrupted for 12 straight hours, I can tell you they don't handle post-vacation sleep deprivation well at all. The good news is the weather will break and we can all get out there to hang along the fences and talk about how much we know and what's wrong with everyone else. Remember the basic rule for Little League, which is to show up late unless you want to get drafted to umpire. I think umpir- ing and officiating is incredibly hard. I mean, some 12-year-old is rounding the basses and slides head first into third base I'm call- ing the kid safe. I just don't want to mess up his childhood memo- des. SNIPPETS - Josh Coveleski