Mt. Pleasant Runner, Ironman Athlete Nab Gold at Dog Friendly 5K

Fifteen-year-old Allison Shaw was still recovering from a hard run at the White Clay Creek Classic when she woke up last Sunday telling her mom she might be up for the Faithful Friends 5K at Bellevue State Park. “It was really last minute, but I thought I might have enough energy to do okay,” she said.

Her decision to run turned out to be a fruitful one, as Allison took 1st place among all women, with a time of 22:25 in the annual dog lovers run, which had a record breaking 400+ racers on September 17th. And the crazy part? Allison played volleyball in the fall for several years, switching to cross country for the first time this year.  “I was really surprised I did so well, to be honest,” she told TSD.

The Mt. Pleasant freshman credits Girls on the Run with spurring her interest in the sport and giving her a solid technical foundation. “I did Girls on the Run all three years — 4th, 5th and 6th grades — until I aged out. I really liked that program,” she said.

Twenty-nine-year-old Brandon Dombrowski of Hockessin took the blue ribbon as the top overall finisher with a time of 18:34. Brandon also finished an Ironman 70.3 the weekend prior in Lake Placid, New York, placing 6th in his age group and 17th overall out of 3000 athletes. The challenging event consisted of 1.3 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and a half marathon.

Several Ursuline Raiders runners served as volunteers at the 7th annual Faithful Friends 5K & Mutt Mile, keeping runners, walkers and dogs on the right course and distributing water at break stations. They were thrilled to cheer to race participants and support the no-kill shelter, which takes care of homeless and abused dogs. 

In addition to the 5K run/walk, 150 participants walked the Mutt Mile around Bellevue State Park. Faithful Friends Animal Society is proud to report that this year’s event, with sponsors, exhibitors and a raffle, raised $55,000 for the organization.

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Christy Fleming

Christy Fleming

The managing editor of, Christy Fleming also supports a variety of non-profit initiatives in Delaware. Her background includes positions in public relations, advertising and journalism.

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