Headlamps and knuckle lights: sundown runners race into darkness

The Day After 5K sundown run attracts 100 runners
Holly Zakrociemski looks a lot like Christmas racing and rocking around the pine trees and trails of Cape Henlopen State Park. BY DAVE FREDERICK
December 23, 2012

The Day After 5K (solstice and end of world) sponsored by the Seashore Striders set off from the Biden Center at 5 p.m., Dec. 22 as 106 runners wearing headlamps and knuckle lights were chased into the heart of darkness by chilly gale-force winds.

Ronald Shalks, 53, of New Hampshire took the point early like a Canadian honker and was first to the finish in a time of 19:07, an amazing time to run over unfamiliar trail terrain where you can’t see your own feet.

An oddity, three young runners named Dylan were in the top 10 including Dylan Varrato,18,19:48; Dylan Chan, 16, 22.34; and Dylan Stanley, 16, 22:36.

Ali Coning, former Cape start now a freshman at Towson, was the first female in 22:07.

There were lots of family combinations embedded in the race, proving a genetic link to zany endeavors.

A complete list of results can be found at