The inaugural Freeze the Day 5K was a frozen slog through the soggy bog Feb. 21 at Sandhill Fields in Georgetown.
The race was organized and coordinated by Sussex Academy students Sadie Tunnell and Kasi Showers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as part of the high school philanthropic leadership program.
A pair of 16-year-old high school cross country runners were the overall winners, as Cape’s Ryan Baker won the men’s race in 18:52, while Josephine Ledford of Lake Forest won the women’s race in 19:26.
Mike Sewell, 51, was the male masters winner in 21:43, while Stephanie Sherman, 42, was female masters winner in 26:59.
A total of 103 runners participated. There was $4,800 in sponsorship monies raised and an additional $1,040 in sign-up donations. After expenses, the students raised $5,500 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The field of runners was fairly fast, as the top 17 runners broke 25 minutes, including 7-year-old Nolan Furlong, who ran 24:50.
A complete listing of expanded race results can be found at seashorestriders.com.
The next Seashore Striders live event is the 15th annual Shamrock Shuffle Live and Virtual 10-Miler and 5K scheduled for Saturday, March 13.