Just days after Wilmington was blanketed with an unwelcome March snow storm, 800 determined runners (a state trail run record!) slogged through snow, slush and mud to reach the finish line at the 2nd annual Beau Biden Foundation Trail Run at Granogue.
While the grounds of the estate are majestic, even under the best of conditions the course is considered challenging, with multiple hills and rugged terrain. With more than a foot of melting snow along several parts of the trail, some runners opted to slide down hills on their behinds to avoid injury. But Foundation Executive Director Patricia Dailey Lewis says that the location of the run is just right. “Beau loved running and certainly Granogue was one of his favorite places to run — he loved it there,” she said.
Race participant Karissa Thacker was unfazed by the chilly, wet conditions. “It was absolutely amazing to see such a commitment to Delaware’s children despite the weather challenges. The fact that hundreds of people came out to support a worthy cause got me up that last climb through the slush and snow! And Granogue is such a beautiful setting. I look forward to next year,” she said.
The Beau Biden Memorial Trail Run on March 18th was the second in a series of 2017 races organized by Trail Creek Outfitters. Several teams participated, including a group from UBS CW Financial Services, 4theKids, members of the Delaware National Guard and the cross country team from Archmere, Biden’s Alma Mater. Including the 30 “virtual runners” (new this year), the Foundation has so far raised $18,000 from registered participants, and the donation site will be live through mid-April.
Photos courtesy of Dennis Smith Photography and Rhonda Bowman.