Three-hundred hearty souls braved brutal frigid conditions in Sunday’s Icicle Miler in downtown Wilmington, leading 1st place finisher Darian Sorouri cheerfully exclaim about his fellow runners, “All of the crazies love coming out in weather like this.”
The official temperature at the start of the race was a mere 13 degrees, with a windchill factor of zero. The 20-year-old Sorouri, who finished with a time of 31.27, is a graduate of Wilmington Charter.
Mayor Mike Purzycki kicked off the 41st Mayor’s Icicle Ten Miler. But because a few streets on the route were not properly plowed after Saturday’s snow, Races2Run devised an abbreviated 5.55-mile course that started and ended at the Central YMCA. While parts of the course, were slick or covered in snow, all of the runners successfully crossed the finish line, with many heading over to Washington Street Ale House for a post-race party.
This year’s race benefitted the Central YMCA and the Mike Clark Legacy Foundation and was dedicated to Doug White, a Delaware marathoner and 20112 Delaware Sports Hall of Fame inductee.
The top female winner was Leah-Kate Lounsbury, also of Wilmington, who in fact hopped on a YMCW treadmill after the race to run another 5 miles “to get her full 10 miles in today.”
Third place finisher overall was Tatnall running coat Zach Chupa, who said the snowy conditions in a few spots along the course “kind of changed the sprint into a cross country competition.” But with a time of 33.20 and a 1st place in the Masters (over 40) category, Chupa took the abbreviated run in stride. “There’s always next year,” he said.