The ninth annual DE-feet Breast Cancer 5K, staged May 20 behind Tanger Outlets Seaside and using the Junction & Breakwater Trail as a race course, saw 449 runners complete the course and another 200 walk a mile or the entire 5K distance.
The morning was filled with smiles and tears. There were remembrances of struggles and successes, and mostly families supporting a woman at the center of the fight against breast cancer.
Francisco Puac was the overall winner in 18:33. Puac ran through the banner while he made the sign of the cross, as he does after every race.
Karen Sposato was the banner buster on the women’s side, running 22:22. Sposato was followed closely by Natalie Quigley in 22:35, Joanna Kollar in 23:36, Jackie Quigley in 23:38 and Faith Mitchell in 24:18.
The men’s top 5 leaderboard after Puac included Ulises Castaneda in 19:22, Pete Rosembert in 19:28, Steve Eshelman in 19:43 and Cameron Fitzgerald in 20:42. Cape teacher and survivor Lisa Coverdale Locklear told her story before the run. Her event, the Kim Miller Run, which is named after her late sister, has merged with the DE-feet Breast Cancer 5K.