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Last weekend, more than 200 participants took part in the YM- CA 5-Miler to celebrate its 21st annual event by raising money for children's programs at the local Sussex YMCA. This weekend will be the race of the summer as the Seashore Strider event, the Run For J.J. Memorial 5K on Sunday, Aug. 10, will bring in an invited field with a goal of lowering the Delaware state records of 14:23 (men) and 15:45 (women). Just west of the beach, the Big Thursday celebra- tion will be held in Millsboro and with it will be the 20th annual Dam Mill 5K race on Saturday, Continued on page 127 Dan Cook photo Whether running competitively or just for the exercise and fun, hundreds of runners take part in the myriad of road races offered throughout the summer in the Cape Region. Two or- ganizations - the Seashore Striders and Marathon Sports - organize and direct most of the events that are usually held on Saturday or Sunday. Above, runners enjoy the trek along Deauville Beach during the start of the YMCA 5-Miler on Aug. 3. A story and more photos about that race appear on page 131. Waterfront, 5K, 10K set Saturday in Dewey By Dave Frederick The Seven Sisters of Dewey Beach Running and Walking se- ries has attracted 1,570 athletes af- ter four events this summer with another huge crowd expected Sat- urday, Aug. 9, for the Waterfront 5K and 10K races. Runners may choose between the more com- mon 5K distance or challenge themselves to the seldom-seen 10K as a field test for the Septem- ber Bottle and Cork 10-Miler. "We've had over 24 states rep- resented this summer and the se- ries has been a great success," said race director Wayne Kursh of Marathon Sports in Wilmington. Race numbers are hard to pre- dict in advance in a fast-moving town like Dewey Beach where 900 runners over four races have signed up the day of the race. "We expect 450 to 500 runners if the weather cooperates," said Kursh. "Many of our fastest run- ners sign up on race day." Chip Games of Linden, Pa., the youngest person in the race at 17, Continued on page 127 The moral of the story is you're never too old to stop reaching VILLAGE PEOPLE . I saw my friend Mark Merlo, a cross be- tween Omar Sharif and Joe Pesci, just before his running the YMCA 5-Miler last Sunday. Mark had a fresh, close-cropped haircut and a neatly trimmed mustache. I asked him if he was interviewing for a staff position at Harvey Milk High School? "You had in the paper that the school was in San Francisco, but it's going to be in New York," said Mark, who still thinks his North Jersey is God's country. Amaz- ingly, Mark was right. The last time he was right it took three basketball officials and instant replay. Harvey Milk Academy is an elementary school in San Francisco, but New York's first entire high school for gay students will open in the East Vil- lage this fall. The city with all its celebrated diversity also has a reading curriculum with books for first graders like, "'Heather Has Two Mommies" and "Daddy Has a Roommate." Hey, whatever? Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City de- fended the school as a haven from bullies. Incredibly weak and in- PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick adequate bullies, which describes them all I guess. LUMBAR 5K - I am an urban redneck. Half my life spent in Philly and the other half in Sussex County. I also spent over half of my life as a 42 long, now i'm Car 54 and could run I0 kilometers in 43 minutes. I write this stuff, not that anyone cares, but as therapy for that bevy of beefy big guys who can relate. Our acceptable ideal weight re-centers over time just like the SATs, so we don't re- ally comprehend how fat or how illiterate we've become. I was back on the track last week after taking several months vacation from walking 100 miles a month because, quite frankly, walking was starting to really an- noy me. Being a former coach and athlete, I simply turned up the idiot dial and decided not only to walk two miles, but to jog 100 meters on every lap followed by a 300-meter walk to recover. I hit the track and the shock reverberat- ed back up through my feet and out my ears. I was wearing New Balance shoes with grass stains and paint splotches. Two straight days of this program and I had shin splints, "Cholly Horses," and nerve impingement syndrome starting at lumbar five and mani- festing itself as ice pick stabbing pain in my left thigh. President Bush had a physical and his doctors told him that for older athletes the advice was quite simple: If something hurts or feels painful, then stop doing it immediately. George is now run- ning in the pool an activity no real athlete would ever do. "Honey, I'm off for my Aquacise workout. Where's my bathing cap?" SEAN MELUNEY - Last week Sean was incorrectly identified in the Athlete of the Week section as "Sean Leluney." First of all, it wasn't my mistake. Sean told me that was his name. No he didn't. When I had Scan as a student his senior year, principal Ed Waples, who will never catch retired prin- cipal Ron Burrows in the misiden- tification of students sweepstakes, came to my door and asked if he could see Shane Malaney. Ed was staring right at Meluney when he asked. I busted on Sean for months, calling him something different every time I saw him. Sean was OK with the joke, but didn't like it when I called him Eddie Haskell, responding, "Rich Benson is Eddie Haskell." My wife then told me, "No way. Sean Meluney is David Letterman." Whatever, Sean is a great kid with a wonderful sense of humor who has always overachieved on the athletic field. TWO HOURS FROM EVERYWHERE - When people relocate to the resort area from the urban hub, one thing they are al- ways told by our local pseudo so- phisticates is, "You are two hours from everywhere." And of course people move and never go any- where, and if they live here long enough they don't even do to the beach, which is why they moved here in the first place. This fall photographer Dan Cook and I will begin our fifth straight year of NFL coverage, as well as some collegiate ball, including the Uni- versity of Delaware and selected schools from the Big East to the ACC. Sports-wise, we are two hours from the action and there was no way I was going to sit back without being a part of it. Our crowning achievement was last year when the NFC handled all credentials for the NFC title game, which was the last game at the Vet. We were accredited with no questions as the young woman from the NFC said over the phone, "Yes, we are familiar with your work." The moral of the sto- ry is that you're never too old to stop reaching and, yes, that does include doughnuts. Continued on page 129