The inaugural St. Vincent House of Transformation 5K attracted 77 runners and walkers on a blistering-hot June 6 on the Sandhill Fields cross country course.
The course was out and back into the woods and across a newly constructed boardwalk, so conditions were not too brutal.
Matt Sparacino, 43, the Harrington Harrier, was the overall winner in 19:18. Matt was the only runner to break 20 minutes.
Mike Sewell, 51, was second overall and the male masters champion in 20:47.
Ana Arias, 43, of Harrisonburg, Va., was the overall women’s winner in 23:59. Karen Dawson, 60, of Dewey Beach was the female masters winner in 25:23.
The top 17 runners broke 30 minutes, which is roughly a 9:40 pace per mile.
There were outstanding times and places turned in by young runners, including Ricky Castaneda, 16, third overall, Harrisonburg, Va., 22:37; Anna Korpela, 12, Smyrna, 24:30; Samuel Castaneda, 13, Harrisonburg, Va., 26:53; Quade Cummings, 11, Dover, 26:54.
Rick Poppleton, 68, back from nagging injuries, ran 22:46 to place fourth overall.
The next local Races2Run event is the SoDel Cares 5K set for Saturday, June 12, at Thompson Island Brewing Company in Rehoboth Beach.