SoDel Cares 5K won by engaged couple

Runners round the bend at the start of SoDel Cares 5k. DAVE FREDRICK PHOTOS

Runners round the bend at the start of SoDel Cares 5k. DAVE FREDRICK PHOTOS

Matt Latimore and Katie Tomlinson, both 31 years old from Virginia, are engaged to be married. An April wedding is planned for the elite runners and Races2Run’s Barbara Kursh will officiate.

At the inaugural SoDel Cares 5K at Bluecoast in Rehoboth Beach, Matt was the overall winner in 17:53, while Katie was the first woman and third overall in 19:09.

Chris Racine, 33, of Ocean View broke up the wedding party with a time of 19:04 for second overall.

Bryan Mack, 29, logged a time of 19:19  and Mike Marciano, 30, registered a time of 19:33, neither of whom will admit to training or getting a good night’s sleep prior to race morning, rounded out the top five.

The race attracted 410 registered runners with 329 finishers. Perhaps 71 athletes wearing bibs got lost in the badlands of Bay Vista.

SoDel Cares is a philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, which owns 11 coastal restaurants in Delaware, a consulting company and a hospitality management company. SoDel Cares gives money to local organizations that assist children, at-risk youth and adults and the elderly.

Masters winners in the race were Toby Ehrbaker, 44, of Bel Air, Md., in 19:34 and Karen Sposato, 50, of Milton, who ran 22:22.

Notable locals in the race included Andy Gorlich in 19:44, Beau Croll in 19:47 (first time under 20), Jack Stang in 20:48, Brandon Smith in 20:50, Colleen Donohoe in 22:41, Caroline Judge in 22:50, Dom Scott in 23:26, Kat Judge in 23:41, Annie Judge in 24:15, Maura Johnson in 24:59, Mike Zygmonski in 25:23, Ava Cannon in 25:34, Molly Weeks in 25:59, Abby Kane in 28:36, Erik-Stephane Stancofski in 28:46, Tammy Judge in 29:32, Jennifer Heffernan in 30:05, Shannon Colburn in 30:37, Steve Judge in 31:47, Robert Coupe in 32:10, Courtney Riordan in 32:12, Pam Coupe in 33:30 and Kelly Widdoes in 44:44.

Scott Kammerer, SoDel CEO, employing the management style of leading from behind posted a time 1:00:27. He said while laughing, “there will never be another photo of me finishing a 5K. This is the first and hopefully the last.”  

Matt Latimer wins the race in a time of 17:53.

Matt Latimer wins the race in a time of 17:53.

Chris Racine takes second overall in 19:04.

Chris Racine takes second overall in 19:04.

Katie Tomlinson wins the women’s race.

Katie Tomlinson wins the women’s race.

Bryan Mack crosses the finish line in 19:19.

Bryan Mack crosses the finish line in 19:19.

Engaged couple Katie Tomlinson and Matt Latimer.

Engaged couple Katie Tomlinson and Matt Latimer.

Brandon Smith is all smiles as he cruises to the finish in 20:50.

Brandon Smith is all smiles as he cruises to the finish in 20:50.

Karen Sposato pushes to the finish line in 22:22.

Karen Sposato pushes to the finish line in 22:22.

Caroline Judge scoots to the chute in 22:50.

Caroline Judge scoots to the chute in 22:50.

Steve White logs a time of 23:23.

Steve White logs a time of 23:23.

Dom Scott eyes the finish line in 23:26.

Dom Scott eyes the finish line in 23:26.

Erik-Stephane Stancofski heads home.

Erik-Stephane Stancofski heads home.

CEO looking like the B&O Big Train Scott Kammerer with Scott Viselli and Mayla Valles.

CEO looking like the B&O Big Train Scott Kammerer with Scott Viselli and Mayla Valles.