walkers who took part in the eighth annual Chesapeake City Canal 5K, a scenic 3.1mile course that predominantly runs alongside the north side of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.
This marks the third 5K race that the Pinders have run since taking up jogging. They were delighted with the aesthetics that the waterfront course had to offer them and the other participants. Some of those participants clearly were gung-ho competitors, some simply striving to improve their previous personal bests and others doing it just for recreational value.
“It’s very beautiful along the water. I only saw one boat, but I saw lots of birds and a string of geese,” Jo said.
Cecilton resident Nick Hanifee, a 2010 Bohemia Manor High School graduate who was on the school’s track team, also marveled at the trail’s surroundings. Hanifee, who turned 24 on Sunday, made a point to give God all the glory for those sights.
“It’s a nice run through God’s creation,” Hanifee said, while doing a post-race stretch on Bank Street with the C&D Canal Bridge towering in the background. “It’s very Chesapeake City.”
Hanifee also acknowledged that he gave all the glory to God for his first place finish, which he did through an in-the-moment gesture. Seconds before sprinting through the stretched finish line tape with a time of 18 minutes flat, Hanifee pointed skyward.
His counterpart, Meredith Tulio of Dover, Del., was the “top female” with a finish time of 19 minutes, 39 seconds.
The bi-annual 5K event – the other is held on New Year’s Day – generates money for the city’s recycling program through entry fees, according to Chesapeake City Councilman Frank Vari, who serves as the race’s coordinator and director.
Approximately 170 of Saturday’s participants paid a $25 pre-registration fee, Chesapeake City Councilman Frank Vari, coordinator/director of the annual 5K fundraiser, lays out the medals for top finishers before the awards ceremony.
while the balance paid $30 on the morning of the 5K race.
Vari reported that Chesapeake City yielded the highest recycling percentage of all the towns in Cecil County in 2015, noting that recyclables represented 43.3 percent of the garbage collected in that canal town.
As a result, he added, the Cecil County Department of Public Works’ Solid Waste Management Division recognized Chesapeake City for its recycling endeavors, marking the sixth consecutive year that the city received the county’s recycling award.
While participants agreed that the fundraising event is a worthy cause, they considered themselves the beneficiaries because it afforded
them the opportunity to run, jog or walk on a beautiful course on a warm, sunny Saturday morning.
“You have the water, something nice to look at while you’re running,” said Erin MacFadyen, 32, of Bear, Del.
Enjoying the sight of the canal while running was just one of the memorable aspects of Saturday’s event, which marked MacFadyen’s first 5K run after taking up jogging in April through the motivation of friends.
When she crossed the finish line with a time of 33 minutes, 30 seconds, MacFadyen was greeted by her husband, Jimmy, and their two sons, Connor, 8, and Cole, 3 – and that’s when her supportive family gave her a bouquet of flowers.
Chesapeake City Councilman Frank Vari, coordinator/director of the 5K run, stands beside the male and female top finishers — Nick Hanifee of Cecilton and Merdith Tulio of Dover, Del.
The “elite” runners sprint down the street, seconds after the starting whistle.
Tom Pinder and his wife, Jo, relax after finishing the 5K. After retiring in September, the couple started jogging for exercise.