Santa on the run
Snow provides perfect backdrop for Christmas-themed 5K
By JOSH SHANNON email@example.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.
Chuck Ciafardo, of Newark, runs in the Santa Cause 5K on Saturday.
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.