Monday, September 1, 2008

Life in Dewey

I am so very lucky to coordinate 11 events in Dewey Beach and one in Ocean City, Maryland. At this past weekends 2nd Dewey Beach Lions Club 5k we had 138 finishers (down from 180 last year) and had 16 states represented. Here they are in alpha order: AZ, CT, DC, DE, IL, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, and VA. So neat to see folks join us from around the country. I must admit....our numbers of finishers are down this year in Dewey. The economy? The cancellation of the Bartenders Ball? The weather? Not really sure but I think a combination of all three. Folks just are not spending money at the beach like years past. I talk to the bar owners.....they all agree. Folks drink at their beach rentals....come out at midnight....drink two beers in the bar.....and head home. Some folks still have not gotten over the cancellation of the Bartenders Ball last year and thus are boycotting our Seven Sister events. Too bad....they are missing out on a great time. And the weather...ugh. Two of our biggest events the Jimmy's Grill 5k and the Venus on the Half Shell 5k had huge thunder storms the morning of the race and heavy rain. Same thing at JD Shuckers.....rain and t storms. Looking at our 2008 standings we have 33 male and 22 females who have done all 9 events in the series. Not too bad. Plus where else do you have two pirates show up in pirate garb and start the race with a cannon.....Look for Pirate Pete and Pirate Woody to start off the 32nd Gary P. Lister Bottle & Cork ten miler with a bang! Hope you can join us.