Nearly 500 runners and walkers participated in the Red, White and Blue 5K Sept. 6 on the Jack F. Owens Campus of Delaware Tech in Georgetown. The race benefits scholarships for first responders and veterans.
Austen Cave from Delmar was the overall winner of the 5K in 16:24. Cave was followed by Mike O’Brien in 17:17, Martin Rodriguez in 17:47, Reginaldo Hernandez in 18:20 and Michael Sullivan in 18:39.
Faith Mitchell, 12, was the overall women’s winner in 22:26. Mitchell runs for the Seashore Striders. The next five finishers are all members of the Cape field hockey team – Darby Klopp in 23:05, Emily Monigle in 23:26, Alia Marshall in 23:27, Samantha Connors in 23:45 and Jackie Cannon in 23:59.
Kathy Kay won the female masters title in 24:35. She was followed by Jan Perry in 24:54 and Magda Harmon in 26:08.
The male masters title went to Matt Sparacino in 20:43 followed by Ken Kessler in 20:59 and Eric Farinas in 21:47.
There is actually an age-group category 70-120. The male winner was Jules Woodall in 26:57 while Marie Kuhlman took the female title in 45:51.
The Red, White and Blue 5K attracts the youngest crowd of any on the racing circuit, with many athletic teams supporting the scholarships, from high school teams to Delaware Tech teams.