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

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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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