Thank you for coming out to battle the Brandywine terrain and the freezing wind that gave us all an extra layer of unanticipated challenges.
The small group of 5k runners got started just after 8 am. Justin Chan, a 12-year-old Delaware local, took the overall spot with a time of 23:53. David O'Connor of Wilmington, DE, (25:16) and Kade Reddick of Wilmington, DE (27:08), weren't too far behind Justin to complete the top three overall men. Maria Quinones of Wilmington, DE was the first female to cross the finish line at 27:08, and not far behind her was Amelia Lanier of Newark, DE (34:24). Paty Matiskella came all the way up from Alexandria, VA, to claim the third female overall spot at 35:27.
After a chilly check in, we started the morning off with a (vuvuzela horn) blast of 12k challengers running down the grassy hill toward the trail. Local ultra-running star Jackie Palmer took home the top female spot at 1:00:16, but hot on her heels was Karyn Dulaney of Columbia, MD, claiming second place in 1:01:26. Amanda Moreland, of Victor, NY, locked in the third place overall spot on the podium. Keith Matiskella from Alexandria VA took home the top spot with a blazing time of 51:43. The local speedster Jacob Capin snagged the second overall spot in 55:08, and just a few seconds behind him was Dan McConnell of Wilmington, DE, taking home the third overall spot with a time of 55:23.
Tragically, not everyone returned to the finish line.
In Memory of William (Bill) T. Stahler Jr.