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.

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