Honoring the memory of Beau Biden, who himself was an avid runner, nearly 500 Delawareans turned out for the inaugural Beau Biden Foundation Run for Child Protection on Sunday at Wilmington’s Riverfront.
While the Foundation has held trail runs since Beau’s death in 2015, this was the first 5k on a road race course. Beau’s passion — advocating for the protection of children — resonated with many of the families and young runners who turned out for the 5K. The 470 registered runners is an exceptional turnout for an inaugural running event.
“Beau loved spending time running on Wilmington’s streets and the backroads of Delaware,” said Patty Dailey Lewis, the executive director of the Beau Biden Foundation. She said the race was an opportunity for others to help advance a cause Beau devoted his life to while doing something he loved.
Beau’s daughter Natalie participated in the race as did several cousins, aunts and uncles.
“It was a pleasure supporting the Beau Biden Foundation and the important work that they do,” said Wayne Kursh of Races2Run, which managed the race. The first 50 people to register for the race received BBF winter caps, and each participant received a commemorative finisher medal. The winners received Beau Biden drinking glasses and gift cards.
First place finisher Connor Nisbet, who previously ran the Beau Biden Foundation 10k trail run in March, when the conditions were snow and icy, appreciated the runner-perfect conditions on Sunday. The Wilmington Friends junior crossed the line at 16.49.2. Congratulations to Nisbet and all of the race participants!