Hundreds run the Main Street Mile
More than 800 people ran through the fog Saturday morning as part of the annual Main Street Mile.
The race, now in its 11th year, raised money for the Newark Police Department K-9 unit.
Nic DeCaire founded the race shortly after opening Fusion Fitness in Market East Plaza. He was looking for a charity to support, and a Newark Police Department officer who worked out at the gym told him about how the department’s K-9 unit needed support. The Main Street Mile grew into an annual event and spawned other fundraising efforts that together have raised more than $200,000 for the Newark Police dogs.
For the second year in a row, the race also benefited local schools through the Delaware School Challenge. The top five schools with the highest number of participants in the race earned money for their PTA/ PTO/booster programs.
Newark Charter School won for the second year with 139 participants, followed by William Cook Elementary (125), Thurgood Marshall Elementary (73), Downes Elementary (64) and Linden Hill Elementary (44).
“This event has always been about helping the community, now we are also helping the children,” DeCaire said. “It’s the participation that makes this so successful.”
John Charles, 20, of Wilmington, took first place in the race, while Amanda Eisman, 23, of West Chester, Pa., was the top female finisher.
Amy Santiago runs the Main Street Mile dressed as a banana.
Robert Quirk and Matthew Nussle, both police officers from Maryland, first-bump two Newark police officers while running the Main Street Mile.
Ten-year-old Andrew Peffley, who has spina bifida, crosses the finish line of the Main Street Mile and gets a standing ovation from the crowd.
More than 800 people ran the 11th annual Main Street Mile on Saturday morning.