The downtown streets of Bethany Beach will be filled with participants in this year’s Bethany Beach Lifesaving 5K on Sunday, June 24.
The event will also feature a separate beach patrol competition before the race to find out who the “Fastest Beach Patrol Team” on the Delaware beaches is. The winner of the beach patrol event will earn the right to hold onto the Ed Dean Cup for a year.
All proceeds from the event each year benefit the Capt. Ed Dean Scholarship Foundation.
The race committee promotes the race as a one that is “flat, fast and gentle turns through the streets of downtown Bethany Beach.”
Participants of all ages are welcome to run or walk, and strollers are also welcome.
Racers are able to pick up their packets, or make any last-second race registrations, beginning at 6:15 a.m. on June 24. The Beach Patrol One-Mile Race Competition begins at 7:15 a.m., with the Ed Dean 5K Run/Walk following afterward, at 7:30 a.m.
An after-party with awards will take place on the Bethany bandstand, located at the end of Garfield Parkway, around 8 a.m.
Awards will be given out to the overall top male and female finishers, as well at the top Masters (40 or older) male and female finishers. There are also age-group awards, beginning with 9-&-under and including 10-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-&-up.
Last year’s top overall winner was Andrew Cavaliere, a 33-year-old racer from Fairfax, Va. The top female race finisher was 22-year-old Melaney Heald of Ocean View.
For more on the race and to view the results following the competition, check out the website at https://runsignup.com/Race/DE/BethanyBeach/BethanyMile.
By Jason Feather