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Grove Club takes part in annual Christmas run By Tim Bamforth The Grove Walking and Jog- ging Club celebrated its annual Christmas run Tuesday, Dec 22, with some noncompetitive fun and exercise through the streets of Rehoboth Beach as 18 partici- pants turned out for the workout. President Bob Porter organized the show, with a six-mile jog and three-mile walk through town that took in the decorated Rehoboth Avenue scene, the giant Christmas tree at the Bandstand, several side streets with the brightly decorated houses and the popular Board- walk. The only requirement to take part was to arrive with a San- ta hat and be ready to run or walk in. The Grove Club called it a B.Y.O.S.H. affair. "We use this night to celebrate Christmas and to change things up a bit, so participants take part in something different," said Porter. "Some people walked and others ran, but I think everyone had a good time and had some enjoy- able exercise. That what the Grove Club is all about." After returning to the park, the traditional refreshments of hot chocolate and home baked, low- fat cookies were served, and the social fitness party took over. The annual Grove Club New Year's Run will be Tuesday, Dec. 29, through Rehoboth Beach, with party hats and noise makers to go along. New this year, is at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3 l, at at the Grove Park, anyone who would like to run or walk on the last few hours of the year is welcome to join the Grove Club and the Seashore Striders for a couple of final miles. For Porter, it will be the 365th straight day of running; he is 100 percent for 1998 - a great accomplishment for any runner or walker. Come on down for a workout before heading out on the town to celebrate the new year. BRING ON THE COLD - Winter has so far been one of the mildest of all time, which is great for the running population; how- ever, after watching the news Tuesday, Dec. 22, it seems the cold weather is just around the corner. January, February and sometimes March are nightmare months for us in the field of fit- ness, because walking and jog- ging when the weather is harsh can make it unbearable at times. I thought it was a good time to print the four cold weather tips that have been published in "Run- ners World" and "Running Times"; hopefully, they will make it a little easier to head out the door: I. Layer your clothing and choose polypropylene to draw the sweat away from your body. Use a fleece garment for a second lay- er, such as a sweatshirt, and the last, outer layer should be a wind- and-water repellent material such as nylon or Gore-Tex. 2. Wear a hat to save 40 percent of your lost body heat. Don't for- get the gloves; however, mittens are much better because they gen- erate finger heat. On very cold days, try a mitten and glove com- bo. 3. Exercise if possible at mid- day, which should fall as the warmest part of the day - if there is a warmest part of the day! Try to head into the wind on your way out, so you can return with the wind to your back. 4. Don't forget to hydrate prop- erly, even though the cold weather is upon us. Lost fluids need to re- placed at all times. Many runners forget this because it is cold, but your body needs continuous re- placement when exercising. SPLITS - The Cape Henlopen indoor track team competed its third Salisbury Invitational just one week ago, as performances continue to drop; that's good news in this sport. The Viking girls fin- ished third in the team standings, led by jumper Lindsay Barkauskie, who finally got her gear in drive. She looked good in her specialty high jump, with her first win of the season at 5 feet. History was made in the girls' pole vault, as Cape sent its first jumpers, Maren Ford and Carrie Litke, over the bar at 6-0 to tie for the indoor school record and fin- ish fourth and sixth overall. Jodi Moore ran a tough anchor in the 3,200-meter relay in 2 minutes 39 seconds and returned to finish third in the mile in 6:01. The 4 - by-l-lap relay team of Lauren Kleb (22.9), Synthia Whitiker (22.4), Carrie Litke (22.9) and Ford (21.8) finished third in 1:30.10. Julie Jackson finished third in the shot put in 29-0. The Viking boys finished fifth overall, led with two second-place finishes by Chris Jackson and Matt Savini. Jackson, a much im- proved middle distance runner from a year ago, finished second in the mile in 5:00.2, with a tough final lap of 22 seconds. Savini, who is receiving valuable practice and competition in the vault this winter, finished second, with a leap of 10-0 and several good at- tempts at 10-6. Nick Shaffer ran another good leadoff of 52.8 to team with Mike Blankenship (56.1), Jason Wilson (53.8), and Jackson (53.6) in the fifth place 4- by-375-meter relay, while Shaffer also finished fourth in the high jump in 5-8. RUNNING Sunday, Dec. 20, I celebrated my 32rid birthday, as secretary Mrs. Reinhart was pleased to an- nounce at Shields Elementary School, so 540 little ones could say "Happy Birthday" to me over and over everywhere I went. But to the kids I'm only 25, or "just 20 years younger than Mrs. Riggin". Baby Barn update - Speaking of birthdays, just five hours before my day was to arrive, I find my- self with my family huddled in a matchbox-size room watching our favorite fetal monitor all over again. I was thinking, 'OK, this is great - another birthday on the 20th, to join my dad and me! ' Mom was hooked up again and nurses were turning her right, then left, up, then down, as this little baby would not stay still for some reason. The good news was that the baby finally took a break long enough for us to see that the heart was going strong at 160 beats per minute and not a contraction in sight. The bad news was that 17- month-old Jake, on his fourth can- dy cane, had already mastered the hospital bed's electric foot pedals and had his sights on the nifty life support paddles. "Hey, let's play the shock game daddy!" I'm be- ginning to appreciate the classic "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," as Baby Bam keeps us on our toes for another week. Merry Christmas to all my loyal Cape Gazette readers! Editor's note: As promised in last week  issue, an update on Daddy Barn's condition - while Monique underwent her test, 7Tm Bamforth apparently passed his stress test with flying colors and was not admitted to the maternity ward with sympathetic labor pains. COASTAL TOWING & R00Am Est. 1958 945-5400 or 645-6300 Comy m  LEWES . f=hd e mm) HAZZARD LIGHTNING Electrical Contractor L.P.I. Cert. 959 645-8457 645-9060 1-800-610-8457 PROTECTION P.O. Box 252, Lewes, DE 19958 Steve Pickering photo Striders race in the lead pack at national competition Ten-year-old fifth graders Chelsea Palmer and Bethany Pavlik are members of the lead pack racing at the AAU National Cross Country Championships held in December in Florida. Palmer, running in second position, and Pavlik, running in third position, are leading more than 200 runners in the race. Both girls were named as First Team All.Americans after finish- ing in the top 25.