Cape Gazette

April Fools Race of undesignated distance attracts 53 runners

Danny MacElrevey is the overall winner
By Dave Frederick | Apr 09, 2013
Photo by: Dave Frederick Paul McBride gives two thumbs up in honor of Roger Ebert - or maybe he's just happy to be running with his crew.

The 19th annual April Fools Day Race, cleverly run on April 7 - no fooling - disembarked (get your bow wow on) from the Cape Henlopen State Park fishing pier, meandering down to Herring Point, back up to Fort Miles and making a stop on the new playground before returning to the finish line. Distance was unknown but somewhere near five miles, give or take several decimal points.

Danny MacElrevey, 44, was the overall winner followed by Chris Stanley, 44, Rick Poppleton, 60, Breck Vanderwende, 39, and Rich Romer, 31.

Joanne Szczepkowski, 67, and Linda Stanley, 43, were the first two women to finish.

Jack Huxtable, 74, was 10th in the race while Laney Shockro, 7, finished in 13th place.

The course involved jumping rope at the start and a playground stop where competitors dealt with a horizontal ladder, went down a slide and crawled under a pitched roof three feet off the ground.

An April Fools Race just screaming for cheaters appeared to attract only 53 honest people.

Chris Stanley drops down from a chin-up. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Winner Danny MacElrevey is shown on the Cape Henlopen State Park fishing pier. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Jack Huxtable is a 74-year-old fitness machine. (Photo by: Dave Frederick)
Jay Epstein, 55 seconds into the race, celebrates being in the lead. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Rich Romer on the slide is having way too much fun. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Laney Shockro, 7 years old, approaches the finish. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Mom and daughter do push-ups together. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Breck Venderwende emerges from the low crawl. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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