The Main Street Mile returned to downtown Newark on Saturday morning after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

The race, which has become a Newark tradition, is now in its 14th year.

Approximately 200 people participated in the race this year - far fewer than usual due to a pandemic-related cap on participants.

Nic DeCaire founded the race shortly after opening Fusion Fitness in Market East Plaza. He was looking for a charity to support, and a Newark Police Department officer who worked out at the gym told him about how the department’s K-9 unit needed support. The Main Street Mile grew into an annual event and spawned other fundraising efforts that together have raised more than $200,000 for the Newark Police dogs.

The top male finishers were James Tracy, 31, of Newark; Clark Ridge, 41, of College Park, Md.; and Randall Stafford, 20, of Felton.

The top female finishers were: Sarabeth Opperman, 29, of Newark; Alison McCann, 47, of Lincoln University, Pa.; and Ellie Bowman, 14, of Baldwin, Md.

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