Runners High at the First Run Inspired 10K Race

Some runners enter a race for the medal, some for the t-shirt, and some to prove something to self. For more than 1600 participants at the first Run Inspired 10K Race, the biggest motivation was something completely different: they helped a child in need. Now, that is what we call a runner’s high.

Held at the beautiful Winterthur property, every runner and walker who registered for the race provided a gift of warmth to a Delaware child in need. Because of their participation, Operation Warm will provide over 1,600 brand-new coats to Delaware children living in poverty.

“Our main goal was to offer an inspiring venue and experience for each participant and attendee. In doing so, we’re now able to provide over 1,600 new coats to children who need them,” says Dick Sanford, Operation Warm’s founder. “That’s what this event is all about…bringing the community together in more ways than one.”

It was the first public race held on Winterthur’s property. In addition to the 10K race, participants had the opportunity to tour Winterthur’s beautiful grounds, including the museum post-race.

Participants and supporters also got the chance to enjoy the Run Inspired Finisher’s Party. Mike and Nancy (Ginger) kicked it by playing crowd favorites, while children enjoyed getting their faces painted and families posed in our photo booth.

Our beer distribution partners, NKS Distributors, donated a beer to all 10k participants to congratulate them on a job well done, and proceeds from any additional beers sales were donated to the Wilmington Firefighters’ Operation Warm program. Lastly, Montana Wildaxe, Delaware’s beloved jam band closed out the event by playing their hit songs to wrap up a wonderful day!

“This was the best 10K I’ve ever run! Super course, very organized, hard to believe it’s just the first year,” says Tonia Carpeter, a Run Inspired race participant.

Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises, the team behind the Boston Marathon, played an integral role in the planning, organization, and success of this 10K event. We could not have done it without them!

“I can’t wait to do it again next year!” Carpeter says.


Top Finishers:

The top overall finishers were:


1st  Panuel Mkungo (31:49.3)

2nd  Dan McConnell (38:44.5)

3rd  Colin Bodels (38:56.4)


1st  Sarah Rusk (41:05.7)

2nd  Natalie Trait (43:16.5)

3rd  Michelle Kirton (44:37.4)

Join us at the next Run Inspired Race: October 15, 2017! Learn more at

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