Surfin’ Snowman 5-Miler donates $6,000 to local charities


Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company Chief Brian Martin, second from left, receives a donation of $2,000 from, from left, Surfin’ Snowman organizers Rick Hundley and Ernie Felici of Focus Multisports and presenting sponsor Michael Cummings of Miken Builders.

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Race Directors Rick Hundley and Ernie Felici of Focus Multisports, known for the Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike, Coastal Delaware Running Festival, Boo-B-Que 5K walk/run, Justin’s Beach House 5K/10K, Athletes to End Alzheimer’s Run and other entrepreneurial ventures, recently made contributions to the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company (BBVFC), Contractors for a Cause and Justin’s Beach House after their sixth annual Surfing’ Snowman 5-Miler.

Presented by Miken Builders, the Surfin’ Snowman took place at twilight on a mild evening in late December in Bethany Beach, with 600 runners and walkers participating, and more than 200 additional fans and volunteers to cheer them on.

Participants wearing complimentary glow necklaces crossed the finish line and celebrated with hot chocolate, apple pie and the sounds of DJ Rupe. With the proceeds from the race, Miken Builders and Focus Multisports were able to donate $2,000 to Justin’s Beach House, $2,000 to Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and $2,000 to Contractors for a Cause.

“We were proud of this event in particular because of the family-friendly aspect. To round out the 5-miler, we were thrilled to offer a 2-miler — a perfect activity for both residents and visitors alike who were at the beach over the New Year’s holiday. We thought: ‘Let’s do a run as the sun set, and outfitting each participant with glowing swag would be a great idea.’ By the attendance and the positive feedback, I think we accomplished that,” said Hundley.

“At Focus Multisports, Rick and I, along with our team of volunteers and enthusiastic participants, and through the generosity of our sponsors, make our community better through philanthropy and have fun while doing it. Our alliances strengthen local organizations and provide businesses with a platform to give back — and we were thrilled to honor the work of these three this year.” said Felici.

Michael Cummings, founder and CEO of Miken Builders and Better Living Delmarva, and presenting sponsor of Surfin’ Snowman, said, “For us at Miken Builders and Better Living Delmarva, sponsoring this wonderful event, knowing the proceeds would be donated, was a no-brainer, and partnering with Focus Multisports to support local non-profits is an honor.

“As committed to excellence and quality as we are in our business, collaborating with local businesses and non-profits for the betterment of our area and people makes perfect sense and aligns with our company values.”

Sponsors for the event included: presenting sponsor Miken Builders and Better Living Sunrooms & Awnings of Delmarva, the Coastal Point, Giant Food—Millville, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Hotel, Baja Beach House Grill, Creative Resource Group, 99 Sea Level Restaurant & Raw Bar, D3 Corp. and more.

Felici and Hundley urged people to save the date for Surfin’ Snowman 2019 on Dec. 28. Other dates for coming races include: Justin’s Beach House on May 25, Bethany Beach Firecracker 5K Run/Walk on June 30, Athletes Against Alzheimer’s on Aug. 4, Dewey Beach Buddy Run on Aug. 11, and Bethany Beach Sports Weekend (Tri-Du-Aquabike-5K and Half-Marathon) on Sept. 21-22.