Distance Runner from West Chester Wins Races in Rehoboth, Dewey Beaches


Dylan Smiley (163) leads the pack from the start of Rehoboth Beach's Fire Fightin’ 5K last month. (Image via Cape Gazette)

Distance runner Dylan Smiley, 21, a West Chester resident, recently won a pair of races within a span of three weeks at the shore in Delaware, write Dave Frederick and Dan Cook for the Cape Gazette.

In late August, Smiley, a Phoenixville High School graduate, topped a record field of 277 runners at the Fire Fightin’ 5K at Rehoboth Beach with a time of 15:25.

Then, last weekend at Dewey Beach, he took first place in a field of 225 runners at the 43rd Annual Gary P. Lister Bottle & Cork 10-Miler, one of Delaware’s oldest road races. Smiley clocked a 51:40.4 and bested the second-place finisher by more than six minutes.

Smiley competed on the collegiate level at Salisbury and West Chester universities. Scholastically, as a senior at Phoenixville, he qualified for the PIAA championships in cross-country and completed the course in Hershey in 16:56, a mark good enough for a 5:28 pace.

Click here and here to read more about Dylan Smiley in the Cape Gazette.

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