Fun Run, Splatter Dash Makes Area Debut

On Sunday, Oct. 11, runners of all skill levels can run for fun and a good cause at this year’s Run Fest: one day featuring two runs at the historic Oberod Mansion in Centreville. A former du Pont estate, the mansion was originally built by Harry Lunger and his wife, Jane du Pont Lunger, in the late 1930s. Located at 400 Burnt Mill Rd., it is celebrated as a historic monument.

Many experts consider the Oberod 5K Trail course to be one of the most challenging on the East Coast. Spanning five kilometers of off-road ascents, the trail features 400-foot elevation climbs, rolling ranges and a finish through the back yard of the mansion.

Runners will also encounter two foot bridges, an alleyway of pine trees and a fast-finish half mile. The entry fee is $30 and includes a bib with a timing chip and a tee shirt.

In memory of local humanitarian Art Connolly, the Oberod 5K trail is intended to evoke the same passion and love for community that Connolly is remembered for.

Following the 9 a.m. Oberod 5K Trail is the Splatter Dash, New Castle County’s first colorful run. Starting out, runners begin as blank canvases, then run through seven color stations along the route where they will be splattered with non-toxic colored power, reaching the finish line as a work of art. Participants are encouraged to wear sunglasses and bandanas and to have fun. This is a non-competitive, short run that can also be walked, hopped or skipped through. Registration is $30.

All proceeds from both runs will benefit the Children and Families First Initiative, a non-profit social services agency that builds the foundation for strong communities with an emphasis on child-centered and family-focused programs. Children and Families First works to help children who face adversity.

While both events are open to all ages, strollers and dogs are not allowed.