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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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CARL HAMIL­TON

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CARL HAMIL­TON

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CARL HAMIL­TON

The “elite” run­ners sprint down the street, sec­onds af­ter the start­ing whis­tle.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CARL HAMIL­TON

Tom Pin­der and his wife, Jo, re­lax af­ter fin­ish­ing the 5K. Af­ter re­tir­ing in Septem­ber, the cou­ple started jog­ging for ex­er­cise.

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