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9"4 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape Gazette By Dave Frederick this event," said Bockhorn. fredman@capegazette.com "The other two elite members are Jack- son Johnson and Chris Gregory. Johnson The Michelob Ultra Runners are a St. hasn't won a marathon yet, but he has Louis, Mo.-based group of runners that placed second and third in several will be competing in the 2010 Seashore marathon attempts, and Chris is always Marathon in Rehoboth Saturday, Dec. 11. fight there." The team has front runners, They are sponsored by Anheuser-Busch's mid-pack runners and back of the pack Michelob Ultra Brand, a brand that pro- runners. "You can't miss us. We will be motes an active lifestyle." wearing Michelob Ultra branded uni- "We are a group of men, women and forms. One of our guys is a giant "m, the wheelers that range from the Olympic cal- running community - literally he s 6- iber to the 'just want to finish' runner, foot-4- we call him Big John." Running is our passion, and our team mis- When asked why Rehoboth drew the sion says it all.. 'Live Life to the Ultra'," team, Bockhorn replied that his team said team captain Jeff Bockhorn. looks for courses that offer something dif- Bockhom is registered in the marathon, ferent and challenging. This group ofrun- 'LFjn bringing a couple of special runners; neTs has participated in large and small one of them is the Glassman (Bryan marathons across the United States in- Glass)." cluding Mount Desert Island, Crater Lake, "WE ARE A GROUP OF MEN, WOMEN Pikes Peak, Mardi Gras, Marine Corps, Manchester City, Boston, New York, AND WHEELERS THAT RANGE FROM Route 66, and more. THE OLYMPIC CALIBER TO THE 'JUST "Yeah, we travel across the United States. My wife Joanne and I have run in WANT TO FINISH' RUNNER." over 40 marathons in the past four years," Bockhorn said. ".We mainly travel and -TEAM CAPTAIN JEFF BOCKHORN participate in the Michelob Ultra Series; Glass is the 2008 Governor's Cup usually the race picks us, but every now Marathon champion and 2009 Lake Erie and then we get to pick one - we picked Half Marathon champion, and he posts an this one - the Seashore Marathon. impressive 2:28 marathon personal Living in the middle of the country, we r cord. "I think Bryan is in the best shape seldom get to see the ocean. Everyone on of his life right now. I think he'll be well the team is talking about this trip. Yes, we under the 2"30 mark. It would be nice if he plan on taking the polar plunge after the could qualify for the Olympic Trials at marathon!" SUBMITTED PHOTO RECENTLY, SOME MEMBERS of the Michelob Ultra Running Club paused long enough in their training regimen for a quick photo. They include (I-r) Jeff Bockhorn, Bryan Glass, John Brenner, Mary Naeger, Joanne Bockhorn, Jackson Johnson and Pare Campbell. Bockhorn, team captain, has run more than 40 marathons in Our years and works at Anheuser-Busch Inc. as a database designer. Bryan Glass, a schoolteacher near Springfield, II1., is one of Michelob Ultra's top runners in the St. Louis, Mo. area. His nickname is the Glassman. Brenner, nicknamed "Big John," works at Wells Fargo as an information technology project manager. Brenner is on a quest to complete 50 marathons in 50 states. Hestands 6-foot-4 and runs consistently below 3:30 for a marathon - not bad for a Clydesdale. Naeger is an age-group contender for half marathons; she works as a recruiter for Monsan- to. Joanne Bockhorn, Jeff's wife, has run all 40 marathons witl~ him and while away from St. Louis she leaves her dog Nike, to take care of the house. Johnson is on a~uest to win his first marathon. Jackson has been in the top three finishers for the past four marathons in which he has competed. While not run- ning, Johnson works on a farm in Springfield, III. Campbell is a masters contender and has taken several ti- ties. She recently retired from being a prison guard in the state ot~lllinois; she is in charge of any team con- flicts. Campbell is injured and will not be running in the Seashore Marathon in Rehoboth. [ surprise record crowd of 396 showed up for the inaugural Huff, Puff & Race for Pump- kin Pie 5K Saturday, Nov. 27, in Rehoboth Beach as age group, o erall and masters winners were presented with pumpkin pies from Giant Foods. The crowd was the largest post: Thanksgiving turnout for the Seashore Striders and tanks as one of the top 10 turnouts of all tffne for the team. Former Penn Relays champi= on Tom Nohilly, 44, ran away v, ith the win in 17:08, while Matt Dunn of Trappe, Md., was sec- ond in 17:40. Mike Sewell of Sg)yma ran 1755 for third and captured the masters title. On the female side Arwyn BeckeT, 25, of Portsmouth, Va., ran 19:26 to win the overall title, while second place and the masters win went to Jen Hochrein, 40, of Oharlottesville, Va., in 20:14. Tara Murray, 34, rounded out the top three in a time of 20:43. Lo- 9 gan Shuttleworth, 10, of the Seashore Stritters, was the fourth female in the large field in a time of 20:47. ir, I! dlt Mike Toner of Arlington, Va., ran 19",27 and led a family of rela- tives who competed in the event, including three other Mike Toner names. Special Olympian Antonio Bowe of Mil- ford ran a tough 20-34. Tyler Townsend, 22, ran 22:59 and did not place in his age group; how- ever, I'll take Townsend in a home run derby contest any day that he is not busy playing pro baseball. Followingher dad's footsteps, 10-year-old Brooke Nohilly ran 23:51. Robert Wol- haT was fourth.in the 60-69 age groulS, running 26:01, and will top 100 races in 2010 by the end of the year. Former track runner of mine Tracie Duffy, 31, ran 27:23 to finish in the top 20 in her age group. At the halfway mark we were at 29"39 and a 9"34 pace. Nearly 200 people ran slower than 10 minutes a mile. Shields first-grade teacher Lisa Williamsof Milton ran 30"37. Cape's Coning runs Foot Locker Cape Henlopen junior All Coning competed in one of the United States' largest competi- tions last weekend as she took part in the Foot Locker North- east Regional Cross Country Championships at Sunken Meadow Park in Kings Park, N.Y. Coning placed 27th in the junior race in 22"39. Michelle Nelson of Maryland ran 20:23 to win the race. In the seeded section of the meet, the top eight runners qualify for the Foot Locker Na- tionals to be held in San Diego, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 11. In the Same section, Aisling Cuffe of New York ran 17"51 to win the race with the fastest time of the day. The Rehoboth Beach Running Company and the Seashore Striders will team up Dec. 11, for the annual Seashore Marathon & Half Marathon that will see 1,200 runners leave the Re- hoboth Beach Bandstand at 7 a.m. and run 5 miles in the town of Rehoboth before making their way to the Junction & Breakwa- ter Trail and a trip to neighbor- ing Lewes. Runners in the half marathon will turn around in Hawkseye development while the marathoners will continue north and into Lewes by way of Gills Neck Road. The course then takes them along Savannah Road to Cape Henlopen Drive and in- to beautiful Cape Henlopen State Park for four miles of bike trail before exiting and heading toward Lewes Beach. Runners will return to Rehoboth Beach the same way. Once they hit Re- hoboth Avenue, it a straight half-mile Shot to the finish locat- ed in front of the running com- pany. The elite runners are shaping up. The Michelob Ultra Team is coming in with 15 runners out of St. Louis, Mo., including "the Glassman," Bryan Glass. Glass is the 2008 Governor's Cup Marathon champion and 2009 Lake Erie Half Marathon cham- pion, and he posts an impressive 2:28 marathon PR. I also received confirmation that Mille Wardian of Virginia, who competed in the 2008 trials, will race. Last year, Wardian broke several U.S. records in the ultra marathon. I do not have a hint on the female runners but would like to see one finish in less than three hours. Best viewing and cheering lo- cations - The Grove park at the 5-mile point would be an excel- lent location to catch the early action in the race or the late ac- tion at the 26-mile mark. There is plenty of parking on site. Wolfe Neck Road, better known as the Wawa Road off north- bound Route 1, will be another prime location as the runners make their way through the Junction & Breakwater Trail and into Lewes at the 8-mile mark and on the return at the 23-mile mark. Plenty of parking is on site with state park restrooms. Lewes Beach would be a great spot to encourage runners as they pass the ll.5-mile mark at Cape Henlopen Drive heading into the park and the 19-mile mark at Lewes Beach on the re- turn. Cape Henlopen State Park at Fort Miles, deep into the race at 14.5 miles and featuring a bit of a hilly section, is another point where encouragement would be helpful. Park entrance fees will be in effect with plenty of parking at Fort Miles. The Seashore race organizers are asking spectators and family members to stay offGills Neck Road from 8 to 11;.30 a.m. in Lewes because runners cannot run safely on the shoulder of the road. "The cars that are slowing down to cheer on the runners are more of a danger to the run- ners with both the runners and cars in the road," said fire police- man John Hall. Upcoming races Saturday, Dec. 4,10 a.m. - Snowball 5K Run, Cape Hen- lopen Fishing Pier, Lewes. Saturday, Dec. 11, 7 a.m. - Re- hoboth Beach Running Co. Seashore Marathon & Half Marathon, Bandstand, Re- hoboth, Friday, Dec. 31, noon - Race l into the New Year 5K, Rehoboth Beach Running Co. and Catch- er's, Rehoboth. Registration in- formation can be found at seashorestriders.com.