Santa on the run

Snow pro­vides per­fect back­drop for Christ­mas-themed 5K

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By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

When Nic DeCaire planned a Santa-themed 5K, he never ex­pected the big man would bring the North Pole cli­mate with him.

But, that’s ex­actly what hap­pened as an early-sea­son snow­storm be­gan shortly be­fore the race stepped off Satur­day morn­ing.

“It’s one of the worst night­mares you can have as a race di­rec­tor: bad weather,” he said be­fore con­ced­ing, “It was fes­tive.”

“You can’t ask for bet­ter pic­tures,” he added, hand­ing out wa­ter to race fin­ish­ers as snow col­lected on his hat.

For­tu­nately for those par­tic­i­pat­ing, the pave­ment stayed clear, but snowflakes fell through­out the race, which at­tracted more than 270 run­ners.

Many of the run­ners wore Santa hats, rein­deer antlers or other fes­tive garb. A few wore full Santa suits.

The 5K be­gan on Am­s­tel Av­enue and snaked through Old Newark and Devon be­fore fin­ish­ing back on Am­s­tel Av­enue.

Now in its sec­ond year, the race is known as the Santa Cause 5K, a nod to­ward its char­i­ta­ble na­ture. Pro­ceeds were split be­tween six lo­cal non­prof­its.

The or­ga­ni­za­tions re­ceiv­ing funds in­cluded the Food Bank of Delaware, the Delaware SPCA, the Home of the Brave Foun­da­tion, Inc., the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion, the Brett “BJ” Har­ris Schol­ar­ship Fund and Girls on the Run Delaware.

Mike DiGen­naro won the race with a time of 17:05. Madi­son Schuck was the top fe­male fin­isher with a time of 20:32.

NEWARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Chuck Ci­a­fardo, of Newark, runs in the Santa Cause 5K on Satur­day.

NEWARK POST PHO­TOS BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Ricky Ni­etubicz is dressed as Santa as he leads the race on a bike out­fit­ted with rein­deer antlers.

Ling Ngo, of Wilm­ing­ton, runs in the Santa Cause 5K on Satur­day.

Heather May­hew, of Abing­ton, Md., runs in the Santa Cause 5K on Satur­day.

A run­ner dressed as Santa heads down Or­chard Road as he nears the fin­ish line of the Santa Cause 5K.

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