The Shadow Series Labor Day 5K and 10K held Aug. 31 at Cape Henlopen State Park left the Biden Center at 6 p.m and ran into the pine forest where dark mosquitoes show up on radar, but it's those pesky red bugs you don’t see - what locals call chiggers - that will chomp you down if you step through tall grass, and you will stay bitten for two weeks.
But no one admits to chigger bites, so back to the races.
Steph Hoag, 39, set a record for the summer as the first woman to be overall champion in a race in 19:08, beating defending Blake Hundley, 11, who ran 19:48.
Chris Stanley, 20:16; Rick Hundley, 21:46; and Wendy Rodgers, 22:17; rounded out the top five.
The 10K run was won by top eliminator Enos Benbow in 36:28 with Tatiana Sheptock the first woman and second overall in a time of 40:26.
Rounding out the top five were Dylan Varrato, Breck Vanderwende and Erik Farinas.
Cape chemistry teacher and Penn graduate Esther Kernosh, 51, won her age group in the 5K in 32:35.