Force 5K Sets Records; Football Team Shows Sparks in Loss
By Ted Fairfield
On the crisp Saturday of October 15th, the Charter School of Wilmington held its annual Force 5K. 271 runners and walkers came out, the morning before Charter’s homecoming, to support Charter athletics. The weather was perfect at a comfortable 65 degrees, and the excitement in the air was palpable. Volunteers and police lined the course, starting at the Charter School of Wilmington and stretching through Westover Hills neighborhood and Kennett Pike.
As the race began, runners bolted off the starting line while the joggers and walkers held a steady pace. In the end, though, Brendan Jones - a Charter alumnus - emerged as the overall winner of the race with a time of 18:34.28. Charter’s own Charlie Davis (3rd overall), Caroline Subramoney (4th overall), and Colleen Degnan (9th overall) also claimed first place in their respective divisions (each division was separated by age and gender).
This years 271 runners and walkers were the most in the event’s history. The Blue and White Club also raised over $15,000 to support Charter athletics, which exceeded all of the previous years’ totals. These are extremely impressive results, all of which will go towards a great cause.
As the race was winding down, the cheerleaders were cheering on the runners, and the runners and walkers were crossing the finish line, the crowd slowly gravitated towards the homecoming football game against Appoquinimink. Despite Charter’s 13-53 loss, the team had many memorable plays, including Peter Gosser’s kickoff return for a touchdown and MacAdoo Harrison-Dixon’s fumble recovery that was returned twenty yards for a touchdown. While not a highlight of the season, the sparks of life show true commitment and spirit to the game, which everyone in the crowd could feel.
The homecoming weekend was exciting in many ways for the Charter School of Wilmington: a record setting 5K and spirit-filled football game set the tone for all the activities to follow.