Inaugural St. Vincent House of Transformation 5K attracts 77 runners

Sandhill Fields racecourse mostly shaded
June 7, 2021

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.


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