Many youth winners at Dare to Scare 5K

Published 6:54 pm Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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Two hundred and three people participated in the 5th Annual Dare to Scare 5k and Fun Run on Saturday, October 23, plus 50 more virtual competitors.

The 5k course started at the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese and wound its way along residential roads and maintained trails, finishing up at the Dare County Center in Manteo. The event was timed unofficially and all participants earned a finisher’s medal.

Many of the runners were youth from Go Out For A Run (GO FAR), a non-profit running club that seeks to bring awareness to the childhood obesity epidemic. Dare to Scare served as the club’s fall race.

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The top three male finishers in the 5k, out of 139 participants, were Luke Stevens (23.30); Joel Consolvo (23.31) and Donavan Wayne (23.32). The top three female finishers were Mary Syrrist, overall race winner (22.16), Adriana Velasco (24.32) and Esme Cartwright (25.14).

Runners and spectators were encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes, with awards presented for the most creative costumes. First place costume winners were Sienna and Trey Black.

At 9 a.m., 64 children lined up for the one-mile fun run course around the Dare County Center.

“We got lucky with a beautiful day,” said race director Jackie Pikulski Frappier.

Race partners include The County of Dare, Coastal Studies Institute, GO FAR and Dare County Center. The race was sponsored by Pop-A-Lock, Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau, Keller Williams OBX Realty, Kellogg Supply Company, Surf or Sound Realty, Atlantic Autism Services, Wheless & Wheless, Southern Bank, Rodney and Sarah Benson, Frosties, Island Pharmacy, Ocean Atlantic Rentals, Blue Water Raw Bar & Grill, Elizabethan Inn, Baymont Inn & Suites Kitty Hawk and Outer Banks Inn. Goodie bag sponsors included McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Preserve Beach Access, OBX Bowling Center, Albemarle Commission Area Agency on Aging and Surf or Sound Realty.

All race proceeds benefit the Dare County Center Annual Toy Drive.